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Suppose I wasn't the CEO of the iText Software Group. Suppose I didn't have to attend meetings. Suppose I wouldn't have to tell people what to do. Suppose I didn't have any responsibility. What would I do? I'd do the things I like! I'd do the things I'm good at! Three things jump to mind: write code, write documentation, answer questions. I've also gotten a taste for building business models.

But that's not what this blog is about.

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I joined StackOverflow 6 months ago. I accrued 3,407 points. Sure, I can't beat professional StackOverflow addicts like John Skeet, but in 6 months I succeeded in combining my job as CEO with a place in the top 12,000:

My next goal is to reach the top #10,000, but as my agenda is fully booked for the months to come, this is going to take a while.

When magazines such as DataNews chose their nominees for the "IT Personality of the Year", why do they overlook the online reputation of a CEO? Why do they overlook the book sales of a CEO? Why do they overlook the business results (revenue x15 between 2009 and 2012)? What are they criteria?


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