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Cool People I Want to Meet Someday

February 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Who doesn’t have a list like this? Here’s mine, in no particular order:

  • Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto – the inventor of Ruby, a language that revived my love of programming and turned my career back into a passion. My interest in meeting Matz is amplified by our common connections to the LDS church in Japan and in the way he inspires the ruby community to be helpful and friendly.
  • Stephen King – one of the most prolific American writers ever and a true craftsman. His career is evidence of something I really believe – that if you keep trying to improve at something you care about, you will, and it will matter.
  • David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried – As much as I appreciate Ruby on Rails, the attitude these two guys have about building a good business has influenced me more. At some point, something better than Ruby on Rails may come along, but the bootstrapper mentality will always be relevant.
  • Carl Erickson – the founder of Atomic Object in Grand Rapids, MI, Carl exemplifies the leadership qualities I admire most. Technically, I’ve already met him, but if I hadn’t he would be on this list. If you care at all about building a company that is great, but not necessarily big, you should follow his writing.

This isn’t just a list of people I want to meet, it’s a list of people I try to be learn from and be like. So, if you’re on this list, thanks for your example. I appreciate it.


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  • 1 Lisa Walker // Feb 22, 2012 at 4:57 am

    It is nice when you have a list of people who show you the right way among life difficulties or help you to discover new potential in yourself and it is certainly cool if you meet them one day. Dreams are sent to us in order to become true :) Good luck!

  • 2 Kevin // Mar 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Yes, these guys are really outstanding! I’m sure you will meet them some day and thank you for the interesting post!

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