Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Passing of a Leader

Ted Rogers, former CEO of the Canadian telecommunications company Rogers, passed away yesterday.

I worked for Rogers for almost 5 years at the beginning of my career. Ted was a visionary; someone who boldly ventured into new technologies long before they became mainstream. In the mid-1990s, when I joined the company, the cable modem Internet service was a 250-customer beta test. When I left in 2001, it was a booming cross-country network serving upwards of 100,000 customers. And in addition, it was a pretty damned fun place to work.

Ted Rogers was a brilliant visionary and an exceedingly charismatic leader, but at times, his stubbornness was legendary. Many engineering proposals spoke of the dreaded "T-Factor", the probability that Ted would decide he did not like the proposal for some arbitrary reason, and shoot it down without discussion.

Battiness aside, he led a good company into greatness. And he will be missed.

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