Hi. I’m Duncan Davidson.

I am a Startup Advocate and CTO in Residence at Microsoft for Startups in Berlin, Germany. My job is to provide advice for startup founders and CTOs and help them prioritize, focus, and think through their work.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Great Reckoning is in front of us. How we respond to the calls for justice will shape the future of technology and society.” —danah boyd

Five months

Five months ago, I said to my son: “When I’m older, and I get sick sometime, you’ll come and see me, won’t you?”

Five months ago, my Dad had a major stroke that put him into the hospital and I flew back to the States to see him. At first, the treatments looked to be working well. The doctors were cautiously upbeat with the goal of getting him home. A fairly good recovery seemed possible. Maybe he wouldn’t drive again, but he’d be able to go home and enjoy life.

He hasn’t been home.

Despite several tries at rehab, his condition got worse. Abilities that initially came back faded. His ability to read didn’t come back. Television, the opiate of the masses, became confusing and only served to irritate. Even listening to an audiobook didn’t provide any enjoyment.

Five months later, here we are. In a room at a nursing home. Holding hands. It’s about the most meaningful thing we can do right now.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Note to self: If you’re going to own a photo printer, you have to use it every so often so that the ink heads don’t get all jammed up.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

I got a sunburn yesterday. Good news: It was our last beach day and I don’t have to deal with the sun today with a burn. Bad news: It was our last beach day.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Greta Thunberg’s pissing all sorts of people off with her Atlantic crossing, but it really is about as carbon neutral as you can get. Rock on.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

I’m listening to a presentation that’s repeating the phrases “no code”, “low code”, and “citizen developer” over and over.

Send help. Please.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Unplug for a week or so these days and it feels like an information tsunami when you poke your head up again. Almost makes me want to put the periscope back down.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Terrorism is the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. The most appropriate response is political.

Monday, August 5, 2019

“Name for the order?”

“Duncan,” I answered


Awkward silence… followed by wide eyes as understanding of what was just said registered. “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry!”

“No worries. It’s OK. Just write Duncan.”