And so an era ends.

As of 5pm this evening, stevela@microsoft.com is no more. Well, I'm not sure exactly when I get locked out, but today was my last day at Microsoft.

Even though I'm incredibly excited to be building a startup from scratch and moving on to the next phase in my life and career, the past two weeks since I announced my departure have been filled with a wild mix of emotions.

To paraphrase Guy Kawasaki in The Art of the Start, I'd be crazy to not be a little scared about what is to come, and there is definitely some of that mixed in with the excitement.

But also I'm a little sad to be leaving behind a great team at a great company.

Microsoft has been good to me.

And with that I shall dwell no more.

Onward!