Regulars on the ABI forums are no doubt familiar with the awesome Dave McLauchlan or, as he is known around here, ”DaveMac-MS.” Dave worked at Microsoft for over 11 years, most recently as the Senior Business Development Manager for Zune. In addition to overseeing Zune hardware, Dave made sure the Zune HD always had a constant stream of high-quality apps. He’s always been very active in our forums, graciously interacting with the community and providing news and insights into Microsoft whenever possible.
On September 6, Dave announced that he was leaving Microsoft to found a startup company, Buddy, with fellow former Microsoft employee Jeff MacDuff. The two officially launched the company on Thursday, providing a great cloud-based solution for mobile developers. Buddy allows developers to quickly and easily integrate such services as geo-location, user accounts, meta data for users and applications, messaging, and much more into their apps.
Buddy provides a great service, and we wish Dave and his business partner the best of luck with their new company. Dave will continue to participate here on ABI as his “time and interests allow.” He’s always welcome here.