At 34, Juan Carlos González Martín was born in the beautiful, cultural city of Salamanca. He spent much of his childhood and adolescence in the charming village surrounded by mountains in the northwest province of Leon, known as Palacios del Sil. Juan studied Telecommunications Engineering in the University of Valladolid before going to Erasmus and Eindhoven in Holland. He started his first technology-related job in the multinational Accenture in Madrid, arriving in the city of Santander, where he currently lives. His present job is with the Microsoft Innovation Center Cantabria (CIIN) as a Solutions Architect specializing in the SharePoint platform.
What does being an MVP mean to you?
To me, being an MVP means doing lots of things for the benefit of the community by passionately teaching and sharing my knowledge of Microsoft technology in general and SharePoint in particular. At the same time, being an MVP is a huge challenge because you are constantly seeking to outdo yourself and give the best of yourself in the articles that you write in your personal blog, in the projects that you upload on Codeplex and, of course, in all of the events and seminars that you teach on-site and/or online as a regular part of the user groups in which you collaborate or act as a coordinator (SUGES and Nuberos.NET).
How did you begin collaborating in the community?
I began through the CIIN blog, which I write for regularly, and through the seminars on Microsoft technology which we have been giving in the CIIN classroom since 2006.
If you could ask Steve Ballmer one question, what would it be?
How difficult is it to make the decision to abandon a product or technology which seems promising at first but which for one reason or another ends up being dropped? For example, there was that brilliant Slate prototype in the form of a book which appeared a few years ago and which we all wanted Microsoft to release as soon as possible so that we could buy it.
What do you think the best software ever written was?
SharePoint, without a doubt.
If you were the manager of SharePoint, what would you like to change?
I would try to bring order to the fast-paced chaos which our technological world seems to have evolved into and which makes it difficult for us to keep up with the big software giants.
What makes you a great MVP?
I don't think I should be the one answering that question. I like to be humble and let others tell me if I am doing things well or badly and, above all, how I can improve.
What's the best thing that has happened since you've become an MVP?
I don't think there is just one thing. I think there are several things, which I could sum up by saying that being an MVP has enabled me to do things that I didn't think that I could do: give conferences both in Spain and abroad to exacting audiences, write books and, above all, belong to a group of fantastic people, both in terms of their level of expertise and character.
What is your motto?
"Fill your days with life; don't fill your life with days."
Who is your hero?
For me, a hero is a person whom I admire, so instead of having one hero I would say that I have several people who I admire and who I am very grateful to: my father, for supporting our family by working in the coal mining industry for 20 years; my friends for always being there to support me through the good and the bad times; my fellow MVPs for being a continuous source of learning and inspiration and all those who fight for what they believe in and don't just make do with what they have.
What does success mean to you?
To me success means being the master of your own destiny, making your own way instead of letting others lead the way for you, not conforming and trying to reinvent yourself with a view to improvement.
Name one plan that you would like to fulfill this year.
Without a doubt it would be to continue to travel and explore new countries, cultures, etc. and to add to the 16% of the planet which I have visited so far, according to the TripAdvisor application.