BELANGRIJK: voor een update, zie Fietsen in Gent.
op 7 maart 2013 stuurde ik een mail naar de burgemeester van Gent met een specifieke vraag over een gevaarlijk kruispunt in onze stad. Binnen het half uur stuurde Frank Philips, de kabinetsattaché van de burgemeester, deze mail naar u door. Voor zover ik kan zien, kreeg ik vooralsnog geen antwoord op mijn vraag, vandaar dat ik het eens langs deze weg probeer.
When you're a tiger, you needn't be afraid of the other tigers in the jungle. Those are your peers. Fighting them will make you stronger.
There are far more dangerous enemies to fear. Beware of the mice! Watch out when they tell you: "Look how scared the other animals are when I walk alongside you." These little, gray creatures will poison you with their cynicism the moment you start believing them.
There are two reasons why I like going to the Open Source Think Tank in Napa Valley:
- You get to meet a fine selection of CEOs, CTOs, licensing officers,... from major corporations such as RedHat, HP, Adobe, Xerox,... and smaller companies such as Colosa, xTuple, PushToTest, iText,... This almost exclusive access to the Powers That Be at these companies allows you to see the future of Open Source as projected by the main Open Source drivers in the world though panel sessions and personal conversations.
- The location is fantastic. Andrew Aitken always manages to organize a visit to some top-locations. This year, we visited the Sterling Vineyard, famous for its view and its gondolas, and the Castello Di Amorosa, a medieval castle that opened in 2007 and that was built using $40M worth of stone, iron, and wood imported from Europe. The gala dinner took place in the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). It was great!
One of our most recent customers informed us that he found our company thanks to Adobe. He had been using EchoSign to sign documents. Looking at the document properties, he found our name:
Recently, I was asked to become a member of the program committee for the eID and ePassport Conference.
A week and a half ago, we had our first meeting for the next edition of this conference, and it was decided that it would take place in Berlin on October 28th and 29th. The web site for the event is still under development because we're now compiling the results of last week's meeting.
Suppose I wasn't the CEO of the iText Software Group. Suppose I didn't have to attend meetings. Suppose I wouldn't have to tell people what to do. Suppose I didn't have any responsibility. What would I do? I'd do the things I like! I'd do the things I'm good at! Three things jump to mind: write code, write documentation, answer questions. I've also gotten a taste for building business models.
But that's not what this blog is about.
When o when will LinkedIn stop providing the message "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn" by default? Now I always have to reply like this: