Apr 06, 2012

Who is your tech industry hero?

Thusday nights I get together with the other local members of DOC (Ducati Owners Club), and while talking about things over a cold one last night, the conversation turned to design and designers. We were discussing Italian motorcycles with most of the debate being over the level of awesomeness of Piero Remor, Massimo Tamburini and Fabio Taglioni. Conclusion: all very awesome!

On the way home, I started thinking about the same question applied to the tech industry. I admire many people, including some of the obvious choices like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Linus Torvalds, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. In the end, I think I settled on Richard Stallman. The GNU project really was a game changer, but Stallman has also been an activist and, I think this is fair to say, a philosopher. I often find myself initially disagreeing with Stallman, only to later come around to his point to view.

Hero may or may not be the right term to use, perhaps inspirational is a better description. Either way, it made me wonder what other people think. Is there someone that stands out in the industry as an inspirational figure for you ?

Always been a big Bill Gates fan ...
I don't have any one here, but I'd have to say that all of the open source developers are tops with me. They give so much to the community and many remain totally unknown by the people who use their software.

Thanks so much guys! Your efforts are deeply appreciated though we users might not say so very often. The world would be a different place without all of these great open source developers.

I know this is a weird one, but William Higinbotham.  He made "Tennis for Two" the first real interactive computer game, in 1958.  There were a couple of earlier games, like tic-tac-toe, but that's more of a board game in a digital format than an actual video game.  I've had almost every video game system made since I got my Atari 2600 as a kid, and I still play games more days than not, and so do most of my under 40 friends.  Video games really were the genesis of my love of technology, and I doubt I would have made some of the choices that led me down my career path otherwise.  I would have also missed out on all of those fantastic Madden Football tournements in college!

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