That’s what I thought when I received an email from Chaotic Moon‘s PR person. They ended the email with “we know you’ll love whurley, we all do.” whurley, hmmm.
So then I did some research, sat down with the man for an incredible UNTETHER.tv session and, quite frankly, I do love him and you will too.
He’s an IBM Master Inventor, holds a bunch of patents, is THE open source evangelist, augmented reality soothsayer, speaker and, well, all-around smart smart smart guy.
And now he’s turned his attention to our sweet mobile world as the CTO of Chaotic Moon — a team of talented people building innovative applications for some of the top brands in the world.
This is a long session, full of lessons, suggestions, direction and even a few product demos. I had a blast listening to whurley and I know you will as well. My recommendation is to listen to this more than once.
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Turns out you usually sound like an arrogant SOB when you write your own bio. I’m not talking about your full-blown autobiography, but that little tossed-off, two-paragraph snippet you include on your website, or with your resume, or in your byline. So whurley asked me to write one for him, since I generally know whether a word’s a noun or a verb. The fact that I’m sitting here jockeying this keyboard ought to tell you something about him.
I think there’s some truth to what Eric Hoffer said, that “we are what other people say we are.” This is especially true for whurley, given the importance of his reputation and his credibility in the very social business he’s taken up. He’s been called an “open-source expert”, “advocate”, “activist”, and even “evangelist.” I’d say activist is pretty accurate–he’s too level headed and reasonable to be an evangelist. Mark Hinkle called him a “talent versed in the collaborative nature of open source.“ Brian Proffitt called him “a force of energy dressed in black and carrying a very large skateboard,” and added that he’s “a pretty good socializer and could conceivably kill you with his pinkie.”
He’s been called a “visionary systems theorist,” and the “BMC open source guru.” Todd Weiss wrote, “Hurley has a unique MO that makes him as comfortable in the boardroom as he is on the legendary long green skateboard he often uses to commute to work,” LinuxWorld magazine named him one of the “Top Leaders in Open Source Business” in 2008, and the Austin Chronicle named whurley “2008’s Best Evil Genius.”
To read the complete bio written by Heath Huff visit http://whurley.com/bio/