Who Am I?

I used to have a glitzy bit of professionally created marketing buzz here and while it was basically an accurate description of my skill set it never felt like me.

Here's the bottom line. I'm a skilled and experienced professional. I love being part of a team and tackling big challenges. I've had successes and failures over the course of my career. I've enjoyed the good times and learned from the bad.

I work hard, listen and watch intently and I'm going to tell you what I'm thinking, not what I think you want to hear. When I point out problems I also bring possible solutions to the table.

I love the technical world but have no desire to hear about jobs that are purely technical. I've been there, I've done that and I've had some success. I'm looking for new challenges.

I work well with both technical and business people and help make sure both sides understand what the other is saying.

I'm an entrepreneurial thinker who is always looking for ways to refine existing processes and products and create new opportunities.

If you're contemplating starting a new company I'd be interested in hearing your pitch. If you are part of an established company I might be interested as well.

What Have I Done?

I've had a knack for being an early adopter and contributor in many technologies over the course of my life.

  • With the exception of some brief outages due to moves I've had a full time home Internet connection since 1989.
  • In February of 1992 when the Linux operating system was less than six months old and years away from a 1.0 release I was debating the merits of various methods of allowing users to access process information in on line news groups. In fact I was one of eight hundred and fifty eight people who voted in favor of the comp.os.linux USENET news group in March of 1992.
  • In 1997 I discovered MySQL and volunteered to lead the effort to edit and create documentation. I also wrote two articles centered on MySQL that appeared in Web Techniques magazine in 1998.
  • From 2001 to late 2007 I helped integrate and support many of the worlds fastest super computers including BlueGene/L, number one on the top 500 super computer list for a record four straight years.
  • In 2007 I decided I needed to get an MBA and enrolled in the Fast Track MBA program at the Babson F.W. Olin Graduate school of business. I completed my MBA in September of 2009.

Contact

Send me an email at: MikeJMiller at turbolift.com