Who is The VAR Guy?

The VAR Guy turns out to be a great guy, though not of mythical proportions.

I will admit it: I've long admired The VAR Guy's blog. It's one of the first (and last) open-source resources I read each day. It's insightful and opinionated, and generally quite smart. He was the next incarnation of the Fake Steve Jobs (minus the bilious attitude :-).

Today I got to meet him in person, along with his beautiful wife ("The VAR Lady"?). It turns out that The VAR Guy is an entrepreneur as well as a great blogger/journalist.

The VAR Guy (I can't bear to use his real name - it's like telling one's kids that Santa is actually Uncle Clark) made a great point in the midst of our conversation: "News is a commodity. If you're not adding opinion and personal perspective to it, who cares?"

I guess that's why I find blogs and op-ed pieces so much more interesting than straight news....

At any rate, if you don't read The VAR Guy's blog already, do so. Now.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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