Former Microsoft Chief Architect Ray Ozzie Starts New Company

So far, we only know that the company is called Cocomo. There is no office yet, but just the note that he is hiring and that he won't be able to talk about the business "for some months". Ozzie indicated that the team includes people he worked with before. Boston.com reported that former Microsoft executives Matt Pope is a co-founder of Cocomo, and Ransom Richardson, another former Microsoft executive, joined the company as well.

There is a first public job posting that seeks a lead UX designer, for both smartphone and tablet iOS and Android platforms. The candidate the company would consider will have "had a minimum of several years of experience designing, building and delivering mobile apps on platforms such as iPhone, iPad, and Android." There are several notes that the individual will have to "understand and embrace the conceptual models, constraints and affordances of the mobile/social design environment", which would include "Email & SMS, Facebook, Google+, Twitter".

Ozzie left Microsoft in October 2010 and hinted that he may be looking at some opportunities to realize a "post-PC world". Ozzie, recently updated his blog earlier this week with some tweaks, but no new posts. In six years, Ozzie only posted to his blog twice - when he announced his resignation from Microsoft in 2010 and when his previous company, Groove, was acquired by Microsoft in 2005.

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  • FAIR WARNING TO ANYONE STUPID ENOUGH TO CONSIDER WORKING FOR RAY OZZIE: IN THE END, HE WILL SCREW YOU.

    Former Groove employee here. After years of working on and helping to QA ("Groovefests," or mandatory unpaid overtime) a product I truly believed in -- Groove -- Ray Ozzie downsized the company in order to prep it for sale to Microsoft, and then proceeded to zero out all the common options of Groove stock so that peon employees like me ended up with $0.00 for all our years of hard work on a product that was novel in its time. Ray and his board of directors, of course, made out like bandits, with multi-million dollar payouts and high-level jobs at Microsoft. Groove employees who actually purchased their options with cold, hard cash paid thousands of dollars for what amounted in the end to literally nothing. Nothing.
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  • hopefully not another patent troll company...
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  • hopefully not another patent troll company...
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  • "had a minimum of several years of experience designing, building and delivering mobile apps on platforms such as iPhone, iPad, and Android."

    ROFL.........
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    had a minimum of several years of experience


    That's one way of saying how much work experience you have.. LOL
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