Joe introduces himself and shares how he got his start in technology. Joe then reminisces about his first technical job, his first programming languages, and how the community has grown over the past 20 years. Then Joe talks about starting three different companies and how he sold each one of them. Cecil then asks Joe to share how he transitioned from small business owner to Microsoft employee. Richie then inquires Joe’s experience with playing in a heavy metal band, recording, and album and touring. The panel then discusses their favorite playlists and what is their favorite music to listen to while working.



Joe Raio is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist based in Miami, Florida. As a technical evangelist, Joe primarily focuses on presentations leveraging the Microsoft Stack focused on website development and cloud technology. Prior to becoming an evangelist for Microsoft, Joe successfully owned and operated three small businesses centered around website development and marketing. To learn more about Joe, visit his website at

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