Almost two years ago, on January 28 2007, my good friend and mentor Jim Gray took his sailboat out for an afternoon run to the Farallon Island. He never returned. We launched a massive search using many innovative techniques including crowd-sourcing, but no trace of him or his boat was ever found. The whole story has been well documented, the most complete in wired.
There are still many moments where my natural reaction to some event or question is to want to consult Jim. I am not alone in that, it is something I hear from many of my peers as well. James Hamilton sums it up best in his essay “What would Jim do”? (warning, .doc file).