Well, it's been awhile!
I left Microchip a couple of years ago for many reasons, the least not being that my supervisor didn't know what an infinite loop was.
The fact is that the weeks prior to my leaving, I was set to teach a course at the yearly Masters conference on embedded and Linux. This course was cancelled. The reason, I was told that there just wasn't any interest.
At that time I was also working on a distro project aimed at embedded users. This project was scrapped at about the same time the class was cancelled.
Feeling stagnant and feeling that things were not going to change, I left to pursue other options. I don't regret that decision, as much as I did love working in an engineering environment.
I was looking for a job for my sister, who is in finance, so I looked at Microchip and found this post for a Linux Fellow. Ironically, I meet the qualifications. These big companies have no idea what they have. While Microchip was not at all the evil empire that other corporate entities are, they still failed to recognize the talent and skills of their current staff pool...
Microchip is seeking a dynamic open-source leader, speaker and developer to be our Linux Technical Fellow, internally and for the embedded Linux community at large. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for executing the following objectives:
1) Shape the strategy for Microchip to become a respected player in the embedded Linux community.
2) Working with architects, ensure that Microchip devices and software present a world-class solution.
3) Guide the realization of the strategy developed above, staffing and leading a team to do so.
4) Represent Microchip’s growing dominance in the community.
5) Improve and maintain Microchip’s relationship with key Linux influencers.
•Develop a viable, culturally-appropriate business strategy to make Microchip a vital force in embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s silicon devices represent a viable vehicle for embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s software offerings appropriately support the Linux eco-system.
•Ensure that Microchip’s Linux offering meets or exceeds the demands of our customer base.
•Represent Microchip to the community when necessary.
•Represent Microchip’s Linux offering to key customers as required.
•Coordinate the embedded Linux message with marketing professionals.
•Attract and build a first-rate development team and lead the realization of the agreed-upon strategy.
•Step in and provide hands-on guidance, including coding, when necessary.
Job Requirements :
•Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field, preferably an advanced degree.
•Proven, demonstrable track record bringing Linux to the embedded world.
•Minimum five (5) years contributing to the open-source, preferably Linux, community.
•Excellent verbal (including public speaking), written, teaching and presentation skills.
•Strong organization skills.
•Strong leadership skills.
•A team-oriented perspective.