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Marc Canter leaves California

Monday, July 13, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named macromind.gifI remember when Marc came to California in 1988. He got here just in time for the Loma Prieta quake. Two people died outside his office on Townsend. They had just been to visit Marc. Permalink to this paragraph

There would be no tech industry South Of Market if Marc hadn't moved his small company here from Chicago in the late 80s. He was young then, he had a purpose, he was going to turn desktop computers into movie machines. He did that.  Permalink to this paragraph

He was hugely influential, although time has a way of paving that over. Remember that, young people, you may be important now, but there will come a day when no one knows your name. Prepare for that day. Permalink to this paragraph

He got rich, very rich -- but he blew through the money like a drunk rock star with an entourage, which he had. Permalink to this paragraph

Marc is a wild man. California has captured his wildness for a long time. Now that wildness belongs to the rest of the USA. Permalink to this paragraph

Good luck man -- keep blogging so we know what's up with you. Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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