Dan Woodman — the guy who got a Blue Monster tattoo with the internal Microsoft slogan “Change the world or go home.” — has been laid off by Microsoft in its first wave purge of 1,400 employees.
He’s obviously hoping to be hired back, so his response is still vaguely sycophantic:
Working at Microsoft has been the greatest experience of my life and I have no desire to forget about it. And even if I don’t get back into Microsoft right away (which is, by the way, my plan!), then I have a reminder that even outside of Microsoft, I need to do my best to change the world every single day.
That’s a pretty awesome attitude, so good for him. This does seem a bit heartless on Microsoft’s part, I have to say. But for those that think firing a guy who tattooed his loyalty in his flesh is bad Microsoft cricket, let’s think about things for a second: if you were a Microsoft manager, and one of your employees was the Zune guy, wouldn’t he be one of the first guys you’d get rid of?