Is it possible to love a Company?
After Steve B ran on to the stage frenziedly and with the kind of passion rarely seen but regular in the man, up and down the stairways of Philips Arena, many times over, here and there, he pauses to collect his breath and said: “I love this Company.”

That was a defining moment for me. Over 12,000 Microsoft employees from all over the world, from Corporate VPs to college hires, had their moments of revelation and truth. That was the beginning.

In the end, it was Kevin Turner who shared an emotional moment of his life. His best friend, his mentor, his Dad had recently passed away and he would rather share this with this multitude than with anybody else. He would rather be here than anywhere else. This is his family.

That was a defining moment once over.

Is it possible to love a Company?

These people do. It was clear, without doubt and with absolute sincerity.

In between these, one saw business leader after leader coming on to the stage making impassioned pleas and world class presentations on how to make Microsoft rock. To grow our share. And to eat Google for lunch.  So that we can collectively grow our profits and impact a billion lives. A missionary zeal balanced with social good. The desire to grow our market share peppered with a desire to do greater good in our hearts.

Yes, it is possible to love a Company.

A Company whose founder gives away his billions to make this world a better place. A company that has visionaries like Craig Mundie and Ray Ozzie who not only have the ability to see the future before others but also plan a Go Dos to go for it. A cogent roadmap is articulated. And execution is the key. Developers, Developers, Developers!

Yes, it is possible to love a Company.

A Company that believes in its people and invests in them, a Company that doesn’t believe in hierarchy and places work ethics above all. Where each employee is a shareholder and where collective dreams forge a common reality.

Yes, it is possible to love a Company.

My journey has begun. 

27 July 2009