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Michael G Schwern
July 27, 2000 04:40
Re: Possible conflict of interest?
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On Thu, Jul 27, 2000 at 04:53:23AM -0400, Dave Paris wrote:
> While I agree that Dick Hardt would probably do an excellent job as
> Customer Relations, he is also inextricably linked to ActiveState Tool
> Corp.  
> My fear is that Dick, as the "official" Customer Relations contact - and
> therefore ActiveState, would be given an unwritten endorsement as the
> 'official' (although not truly so) Perl Support Company.

Do you have similar issues with brian d foy being official
spokesperson for perl6 (he is a partner at an NYC consulting company)?
What if Randal or Tom Christiansen, both heads of Perl consulting
companies, was the customer relations guy?  Would you be concerned of
the advantage it would give to their companies?  Would it be wrong
that they got an advantage out of it?  TANSTAAFL works both ways.
Free software developers don't really work for free.  We DO get
something out of it (and you thought it was just for the t-shirts.)

What I'm getting at is, is it because Dick is the head of a Perl
company that bothers you, or because he's head of ActiveState (ie. a
"large" Perl company) in particular?

And a bit of clarification here, although it may be academic at this
point.  My understanding of the little group formed from the TPC4 p5p
meeting was that we are here as points of contact, not necessarily
heads.  We're the guys who makes sure the job gets done, but not
necessarily do the job.  And we're just a bootstrapping group.  Things
will change once we're moving.  That was my understanding from the
meeting anyway.

Of course, this is probably moot in this case since if there is the
popular perception that Dick is heading up perl6 customer relations,
that would help his sales irregardless of the reality.

This issue did explictly come up at the p5p meeting.  When Dick
offered to take the customer relations slot the question came up if he
was doing it as Dick Hardt or as the head of ActiveState.  The answer
was he'd be doing it as Dick Hardt.  Again, possibly moot as above.


Michael G Schwern
Just Another Stupid Consultant                      Perl6 Kwalitee Ashuranse

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