Every Team Just Lost One

No matter what team you're on, you're a little bit poorer today.

Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and creator of many other amazing innovations in high tech, died last week at the age of 88.

Engelbart's innovations made computing more accessible and friendly to all of us. This is even more remarkable given the fact that he was among the industry's early pioneers - the peeps that, too often, are blamed for hoarding the secrets of the magical tech stuff for themselves.

Not him. A visionary who contributed to technologies that led to graphical computing, windowing, the Internet, video conferencing, even text editing, he was a real-world guy who could look into the future and not only see what was there, but could also make it happen.

He even coined the well-known term "Moore's Law," the adage that computer circuitry would continue to shrink in size, double in power AND get cheaper over time.

Engelbart's vision was of collaborative, small-group teams who controlled user-friendly technology to solve real-world problems.

We're proud to point out that Mr. Engelbart was from the Pacific Northwest - but we're also proud to say that his impact was global.

We need more team members like him.

Rest in peace, Mr. Engelbart.

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