8 August 2013

Reid Madsen!!!

It was the summer of 1995. I had just joined a small startup company as a developer. Next week Reid Madsen joined and we shared an office. Reid came from C coding background and we used C++.
I remember the first question this tall guy asked me – “Rajib, what is a template”? And I proceeded to explain, feeling good with the early sign that I can add value to my new company.
In under 72 hours, Reid was spitting out C++ template code that made me wonder “How the heck did he do that”? I knew that I was licked.
So, I became a Development Manager πŸ™‚
It was like “Dude, you are way better than me. Now, let me manage you” πŸ™‚
It was fascinating to see that Reid Madsen today after years and years. Thanks are due to him for making the time for a hurried breakfast before I had to run to the airport.
It was heartening to hear from him that he still is proud of me…. for following him in hairstyle πŸ™‚


Posted August 8, 2013 by Rajib Roy in category "Intersection Points


  1. By Ravi Iyer (Post author) on

    I love the “…I knew that I was licked. So, I became a Development Manager” – LOL πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

  2. By Ram Venkat (Post author) on

    Ah – nostalgia. I think Reid always liked your management style, Rajib. I remember him saying so.

  3. By Kuntal Sengupta (Post author) on

    I did not know you dug C++ in the past, Rajib Roy. πŸ˜‰ Now a puzzle for you on templates (STL). Tell me the most elegant way to sort an array of numbers, by returning the indices instead of the sorted array list πŸ˜‰

  4. By Rajib Roy (Post author) on

    Bob, I am sure you have some choice words for “management”? Ironically, even our FB posts represent the split of that day. Mine has a story, a picture… Reid’s has two hyperlinks and one pointer to a map πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. By Kuntal Sengupta (Post author) on

    Good you dont do it, Rajib. The guys who keep doing it, just keep doing it even in their mid 40s πŸ˜‰ So much for career growth ;)))

  6. By Bob Hart (Post author) on

    Good to see both of you are doing well. Can’t help but notice that Reid wore a tie expecting to talk to not just a manager, but an executive πŸ™‚


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