Who is your tech industry hero?
becker 2 years ago
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 ?
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