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Avi Cavale

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We are the Yankees… If you want to bat, go join the Devil Rays

2010 was a fabulous year. We had just shipped a massively successful product called ‘Kinect’ and my team at Microsoft was busy celebrating with no thought to what the future might bring. 

I was celebrating with everyone else, but I had one more reason. In 2008, a CVP (corporate vice president) had told me – “Don’t dream too big. Microsoft is like the New York Yankees – the starting 9 have already been decided. You should be glad to just be a part of the team. If you want to bat, go join the Devil Rays.” I had proven him wrong by dreaming bigger and advancing my career quite nicely in the Kinect team.