Friday, October 19, 2007

My Psalm

We all remember the Little League trophy we received or the ribbon we won at the three-legged race back in third grade. But I have to say that nothing is both so gratifying, and so humbling, as being an adult who has been recognized by his peers.

I experienced these emotions when I was named CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council last night, an organization “dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and promoting the success of companies that develop and deploy technology across industry sectors.”

I'm not reporting this news to brag. Far from it. In accepting the award, I did not have the opportunity to express my feelings and explain my perspective of the value of it.

I'm a firm believer in the notion that success is a team effort – all the hard work by Team Black Duck resulted in this award. I was just the team member who got the recognition. Like Tom Brady, the New England Patriots’ quarterback, his offensive line makes him successful each week, and the Pats' “D” delivers up the ball and minimizes the points of the other team. The hard work and dedication of Team Black Duck inspires me and is responsible for realizing the vision of composite software development within enterprises and among a growing community of software developers.

A business is a wonderful thing to grow, develop and expand. Now that the dust has settled from the award, I look forward to working with Team Black Duck to take our vision forward into new markets, with new products and greatly expanded horizons.

And let all the people say, "Amen."

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Congratulations - I mentioned to others after I left Black Duck what a great CEO I thought you were.

Even when I disagreed with decisions you made (which was rare), it was clear that those decisions were made with your investors and the overall success of the company in mind.

I was also very impressed at the quality of the team you were able to assemble -- even when your company was at a very early stage.