Why TechSoEasy Would Invite His Dad, Kevin Rose And A Stranger To Dinner

Posted by · August 13, 2012 4:45 pm

If you’ve been following Jeffrey Kane’s activity on Experts Exchange (his member name is TechSoEasy), you might have noticed that he often posts answers during the wee hours of the morning.

“I can’t sleep at night if there is anything that’s unresolved,” Jeffrey says.

The San Diego, CA resident first stumbled upon Experts Exchange in 2004 when he was first entering the IT field.  Jeffrey had been operating a small web hosting company on the side for a couple of years and after getting laid off at his corporate job in 2003, he decided it was time to turn his side business into a career.

“Unfortunately, my savings started to dwindle shortly after I decided to focus on my web hosting company, so I decided to post an ad on Craigslist offering tech support.  Within a week I had received over a dozen calls from small businesses needing help,” Jeffrey says.

One of the first requests Jeffrey received as an independent IT consultant was from someone needing to upgrade their Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2000 to SBS 2003.  Since Jeffrey didn’t even know what SBS meant, he decided to look it up.  Over the next few months, he continued to look up various SBS related questions online and eventually stumbled upon Experts Exchange.

“I was asked to deploy Microsoft SBS 2003 which I didn’t really know much about. I found Experts Exchange as I was searching for answers and as my learning progressed, I realized that many experts on Experts Exchange didn’t know much about it either. So I jumped in with what I had just learned, and I found that answering even more questions gave me the opportunity to learn,” Jeffrey says. “I would grab any question related to SBS, and if I didn’t know the answer I would see if I could replicate the problem in the SBS test lab I had set up at home.”

Within 3 months of starting his IT consulting business, Jeffrey was named the first Microsoft Small Business Specialist in San Francisco, and just over a year later he received his first Microsoft MVP award for Small Business Server.

As any IT consultant knows, owning your own business is more than a 40 hour a week job, so when he’s not at the office (or answering questions on Experts Exchange), Jeffrey enjoys a wide range of activities.

“My idea of a good time varies depending on where I am and who I’m with,” he says. “It can range from a quiet dinner at home with good friends, to attending an all-night dance party half-way around the world.”

When asked who he would invite—if he could invite anyone—to dinner at his house, Jeffrey immediately knows the answer: his father.

“My dad passed away when I was 10, and I’m sure there are so many things I could learn from him.  I wouldn’t want him to come to a dinner party, though. I’d want it to be just him and me,” Jeffrey says.

If he was throwing a dinner party for multiple people, however, he’d be sure to invite Digg founder turned Google venture partner, Kevin Rose…and a complete stranger:

“Kevin has an incredible sense of what’s next in the tech world. And as for the stranger—who I’d pick at random—I think that everyone has something to teach you, and I’d want to learn from him/her.”

Learning seems to be a passion of Jeffrey’s.   In fact, he says it’s what keeps him participating on Experts Exchange:

“The same thing that got me to Experts Exchange to begin with is what keeps me here: the ability to keep up-to-date with all issues related to the technology I’m interested in. Answering questions forces me to keep learning.”

So far, Jeffrey has amassed close to 10 million points and 32 certifications on Experts Exchange.  He’s also a Cleanup Volunteer and Zone Advisor.

Currently, Jeffrey is looking to find a full time job at firm specializing in a cloud services; and as a self-motivated IT Consultant and life-long learner, we’re pretty sure any company would be lucky to have Jeffrey on staff. So, potential employers, if you want to learn more about Jeffrey’s professional prowess check out his Experts Exchange and LinkedIn profiles.