Meet Taylor Gibb. He’s a 22-year old from Durban who has just been appointed Microsoft regional director in South Africa. Now, while being a computer whiz kid at a young age isn’t anything new, Gibb isn’t exactly like other whiz kids.
While some pioneers like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates all dropped out of varsity, Gibb didn’t make it that far. When he was 14, he decided that school sucked and computers were better.
“Leaving school at 14 taught me that I work best outside of my comfort zone. Whenever I get comfortable doing something I know it’s time for change. I need to keep moving and challenging myself; it’s just the type of person I am. There are many times when things get tough, but to me it’s just another challenge. I look for solutions, not problems,” he told News24.
Gibb started off my fixing computers in his mother’s garage and things blossomed from there. News24 reports that he went on to become a successful software engineer at the Durban branch of one of the world’s largest software and gaming development companies, Derivco.
As his company grew, so did his reputation. He started giving talks at local events and was then recognised as the youngest Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the world — an award that is given to those who share their technical expertise of Microsoft products with others.
A regional director may only be appointed by another director or Microsoft employee who has to motivate for a candidate. Once shortlisted, candidates are then screened to see if they are fit for the title at the Microsoft headquarters.
He will officially begin his position in April and said that he hopes his success will encourage others to follow suit.
“If you get up every morning and think ‘Argh, I have to go to work’ there is something wrong.”
Source: The South African.com