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Leaving Microsoft… for MSNBC

March 6th, 2006 by Hans Bjordahl :: 12 Comments

Change is in the air. I’ve joined MSNBC as a group manager on the technology team.

Granted, a move from Microsoft to MSNBC (a separate but closely associated company) isn’t all that far : ) , but I can tell you after two short weeks on the ground at MSNBC that it already feels like I’ve covered many, many miles.

The opportunity was appealing to me for a lot of reasons. I’ve been a news junkie since day one; as a kid, devouring the local paper (starting with the comics of course) was a highlight of my day. I was a journalism major in college, but took a technical path after graduation that found me in the thick of the dotcom boom and subsequent bust.

Today I devour the daily papers online, and in the face of an accelerating shift in how people get their news, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to move right into the industry’s sweet spot. Adding to the appeal was the fact that this is a fast-track, A-list team with a lot of ambitious leaders who are rapidly reengineering to take full advantage of everything NBC has to offer on the broadcast side and everything Microsoft has to offer on the technology side, all in the interest of delivering the best possible news experience online.

Is it working? I’ll quote you some recent figures:

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