Upside: He speaks hacker
Nov 16, 2000, 00:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)
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"At first glance, it's hard to tell whether Ned Lilly's job
title is an omen of things to come or yet another soon-to-die
artifact of the nitro-fueled '90s, the same decade that turned
"chief yahoo" and "human resources goddess" into suitable business
"As vice president of hacker relations for Great Bridge LLC, a
Norfolk, Va.-based company that specializes in products and
services built around the open source database PostgreSQL, Lilly's
own business card certainly inspires a double take. Even in the
software industry, it's rare to see the word "hacker" embossed on
business card stock."
"Whatever feelings of whimsy the card may inspire, however,
quickly disappear upon meeting Lilly, a burly 32-year-old Virginian
who looks like he spent the better part of his high school and
college years beating up hackers rather than cultivating
friendships with them."
"Nevertheless, Lilly says he enjoys his current role as
chief inside liaison for the PostgreSQL community. He also
considers his job the clearest signal his company can send that it
wants to play by the rules of the open source community."