I joined Infragistics as an undergraduate at Rutgers, majoring in Computer Science. I decided to go for the Bachelor of Science, because I thought getting a Bachelor of Arts in Compuer Science just sounded strange. At the time, ProtoView and Sheridan were just inking the deal that would form Infragistics. I started out on the ProtoView side, in the support department. I still have nighmares about ActiveX controls, and debugging crazy dll/ocx dependancy issues.
2001 was a great time to be in the software business. Even though the .COM bubble had just busted, Microsot was about to release this new SKD called ".NET" I think we all know how that venture turned out.. So after putting in my time in support, I moved into a development spot where I got to work on Java and ASP.NET. Eventually I focussed all of my attention on ASP.NET, building some of the controls you're probably using today.
After a couple of years on the development team, I decided to try my hand at Product Management. It was an eye opening experience. I finally knew where the features I had been building for years were coming from! I managed the ASP.NET product for about a year, before moving over to Evangelism. I still get to give input on the products and talk to customers, but now I don't have to worry about actually writing the requirements documents anymore - phew!
I'm now leading up a team of Developer Evangelists spread around the world. I'm sure you've seen these guys, as they're constantly talking at usersgroups, code camps, and even tradeshows. And if you don't have a chance to see these guys in person, you can listen to their voices in podcasts and screencasts all up on http://community.infragistics.com