FLASH: TD turns down

Rohit Khare (khare@w3.org)
Wed, 2 Apr 1997 20:48:59 -0500 (EST)

So, the downshot is no offer from Teledesic.

Reason (putative): need to hire the Networking Product Manager first
-- that person would have a say in hiring any subordinates...

Reason (between the lines): "you're more of an evangelist -- we
thought about how you'd work with someone else who's more of a
heads-down security guy and does stuff, or with a strong senior
manager who has a background in these areas." Same ol' problem... I
exude too much marketing skill for my own taste :-).

"If we wanted to go with exploring a more technical position, we'd
have to figure out your day-to-day role and how you'd spend your time"
but the question got headed off at the pass because they *already*
have too many junior folks to take on more.

Actually, I guess this was a pretty good outcome: I got knocked down a
notch or two, but I didn't lose outright to someone else for the
position discussed, nor did I get the offer and agonize over it,

No reaction whatsoever about the security architecture memo I wrote:
http://xent.w3.org/FoRK-archive/spring97/0027.html Perhaps I'll tickle
Hans-Werner Braun directly to see what he thought. Otherwise, I have a
feeling it got less attention since it became clear they weren't ready
to fill this slot yet anyway.

Reinforces my basic belief that I should definitely shore up my
technical credentials with a PhD. Here's to UC Irvine! [Which is now
definite -- only question is June or September start]