As 2018 definitely comes to an end, it’s the time to revisit the events of the year and then to look ahead of what’s to come in 2019. I can say that 2018 turned out much different than we expected. The biggest surprise was a new job and with it the relocation to Redmond. But that wasn’t the only pleasant surprise, I also became an Uncle for the 7th time. This time, it was the first child for my younger brother and as if it were planned, he was born the week before we left Switzerland. From a professional point of view, I listed my personal highlights down below:

Highlights:

  • The Keynote at the Tech Summit was the first time I talked to a live crowd in a room of more than 1000 people plus roughly 300 people watching the online live stream. The whole event was a huge success and we were even trending # on Twitter for both days. You can watch a summary of my keynote here or the full-length version here. For all the geeks that like to watch it analyzed with AI, check this out.
  • When I asked if Mark Russinovich would sit down with me for an episode for my personal VLOG, I told myself that in the worst-case scenario he says “no.” He did agree and as you can imagine, once your tweet gets retweeted by him, it is most likely the tweet with the biggest reach. You can check out the episode I did with him here.
  • After uncountable hours working on building the case together with Marc Holitscher and my peers who represent Microsoft 365 andDynamics, we were finally able to announce that Microsoft will launch two sites in Switzerland. Azure will become available in 2019.
  • My last VLOG episode was about one of our Partners, which I believe is key to the success of many companies out there. I had the unique chance to spend some time with their board of Directors and that was super valuable to me and I enjoyed every second of it. You can learn more about them here.

Book Recommendation:

These books have had the biggest impact on me and are top of mind as I write these lines. They’re not listed in any order but the biggest highlight if you only pick one, is take Designing your life. I promise you won’t regret it.

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Top learning:

When you relocate and start a new position in a new country, you’ll learn a lot in a very short time. But the one thing that I noticed the most is that I should never ever again sacrifice my personal workout time. It was the first thing that suffered because a lot of our equipment and clothes and work out things such as bikes are delayed in the container shipment. But there are other workouts I should have done such as running or going to a gym. But it has come short during the stress of the relocation and getting started in my new role. On 12/30 I went for a bike ride. I just took the time to just go and do it, and it was easily the best decision of the day. Exercise just helps to balance all areas of your life and when one area suffers the other area will suffer too.

This is it for 2018 and I look forward to engaging with all of you over the various channels in 2019 and my goal is todo more frequent vlogs and I can already tell you that I have a huge surprise for you in February, so make sure you subscribe today so you won’t miss it.

Written by Dave Kurth
Thriving within my current role as Product Marketing Manager, I am the leader and voice of the Microsoft Azure within the Swiss subsidiary. Views are my own.