Mitch Kapor Quotes
One of the perks of being the founder is that you get to build the company in your image.
Old ways of thinking die hard, particularly when they were weaned by legally enforced monopolies.
The critical thing in developing software is not the program, it's the design. It is translating understanding of user needs into something that can be realized as a computer program.
If you go back to the '50s and '60s... there was zero tech in S.F. It was all in the Valley... and it crept northward in early 2000s.
The accomplishment of open source is that it is the back end of the web, the invisible part, the part that you don't see as a user.
People are hungry for community. They're hungry for meaning in a society that is oriented around the production and consumption of consumer goods.
Wikipedia has a way of compiling compendiums of information on subjects.
StumbleUpon has humanized the Web and mastered a way for people to discover online content by incorporating an individual's personal preferences and recommendations of friends and like-minded people.
Life in cyberspace is often conducted in primitive frontier conditions, but it is a life which, at its best, is more egalitarian than elitist and more decentralized than hierarchical. It serves individuals and communities, not mass audiences, and it is extraordinarily multi-faceted in the purposes to which it is put.
Today, in the Internet gold rush, so many people go into dot-com jobs right from school or even before finishing. Their motivation is understandable, but sometimes they just lack experience.
Open source can propagate to fill all the nooks and crannies that people want it to fill.
I soon realized that the best thing I could do for the profession of human services was to get out of it.
The main languages out of which web applications are built - whether it's Perl or Python or PHP or any of the other languages - those are all open source languages. So the infrastructure of the web is open source... the web as we know it is completely dependent on open source.
We've already gotten a significant grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a university consortium. I think the whole sector of Foundations, potentially with government support, is promising - more than promising, I think, it's substantial.
What is design? It's where you stand with a foot in two worlds - the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes - and you try to bring the two together.
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