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Aaron Swartz (half-tone), via The Daily Beast (Image)

Who Is Aaron Swartz

After his death, Mr. Swartz has come to symbolize a different debate over how aggressively governments should pursue criminal cases against people like Mr. Swartz who believe in “freeing” information. (2013)

David Heinemeier Hansson

Who Is DHH

“Minority investment evaluations aren’t real,” David Heinemeier Hansson, a partner in the software developer 37Signals, contended on his blog, adding that Facebook’s secondary market valuation was “entirely based on what starstruck minority investors have paid for a tiny slice of the company.” (2010)

Jason Fried

Who Is Jason Fried

“Many sites spend lots of time and effort on big-picture issues but forget that it’s the little things, like error messages and confusing language, that often drive customers away,” said Jason Fried, a partner at 37signals, the interface design firm that sponsors Design Not Found. (2001)

Who Is Jeff Bezos

Who Is Jeff Bezos

“We are not profitable,” he said. “We could be. It would be the easiest thing in the world to be profitable. It would also be the dumbest. We are taking what might be profits and reinvesting them in the future of the business. It would literally be the stupidest decision any management team could make to make profitable right now.” (1997)

Who Is Elon Musk

Who Is Elon Musk

Perhaps the most notable local on-line activity recently has been in the newspaper business, where an aggressive upstart, Zip2, has managed to forge partnerships with 160 papers around the country. Twenty of those deals have led to full-scale city guides, said Elon Musk, chairman and founder of Zip2, which is based in Mountain View, Calif. The remaining deals have produced local guides within newspapers’ Web sites. (1998)