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InfoWorld: The Spirit of Winning (and Open Source)

Sep 25, 2006, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"I see these same attributes in those who dominate the technology world. Marten Mickos and Matthew Szulik, in particular, strike me as preeminent examples of these winning attributes.

"I remember interviewing once with Matthew. The first question he asked me when I walked into his office was, 'How much did your plane ticket cost?' It immediately taught me one cardinal Red Hat attribute: a focus on controlling costs (given that the company could only live off its recognized revenues, not its bookings). It helped me to see just how seriously Matthew took the 'game,' right down to the cost of plane tickets used to bring in potential employees. I respect that..."

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