Microsoft's B+ student shines

Stephen Baker

I was surprised and happy to read in BW's cover story that Microsoft's shining light, J Allard, was a B+ student who went to Boston University--far across the river from Harvard and MIT. I've been put off for years by Microsoft's focus on recruiting from prestige universities. They've often seemed smug and closed-minded, bragging about things like a sky-high corporate IQ. (Full discloser: I went to State U.) It always seemed to me that Microsoft would have to broaden its scope to find the rebellious spirits the company needs. (This is an issue with Google, too, which appears to focus on only one aspect of intelligence.) Looks like Microsoft found what they needed with Allard--though he and his future wife had to cross the river to an MIT job fair to get their attention.

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