Alec Saunders, formerly the BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations and the QNX, has decided to return to his old stomping grounds at Microsoft. After departing BlackBerry in the fall, Saunders is now a "Principal Technical Evangelist" at Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft's venture capital arm.
So it was natural that one of the first companies I reached out to after leaving BlackBerry would be Microsoft. As of last Monday, I’ve rejoined Microsoft in the role of Principal Technical Evangelist. My beat is Canada – not just Kitchener-Waterloo. My boss is Microsoft Chief Evangelist and Corporate Vice President for Developer Experience, Steven “Guggs” Guggenheimer. I’m part of the global Microsoft Ventures team. And we run programs, like the Microsoft Ventures Accelerators, that are focused on helping early stage companies achieve their full potential.
Microsoft was where Saunders initially joined BlackBerry from, where he worked under various titles and position from 1992 – 2000.