I’m a bit of a sentimentalist, but we are all doing the good work. We’re trying to support the real heroes of this thing, the men and women who are on the front lines. We’re Enablers. So, on the one hand, we can only pat ourselves on the back, but let’s be clear, the heroes are in the hospitals, driving police cars and ambulances, serving coffee at Starbucks, delivering packages, helping us get groceries, and all the other frontline people. They are putting themselves at risk every day and then going home to their families and then putting them at risk. They are the heroes. We must keep our eye on that ball. We are enablers, and that’s good enough for me.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the six people that have made today possible. Rory. Enough said. Garr, who has been there from the beginning (sorry, couldn’t pass that up), but related to this week, has kept Rory on the rails, non-trivial; and driving SO much of this effort. Taylor. UNBELIEVABLE amount of work. He is the poster child of what I’ve been talking about with people in DC for two years back there. I’ll call it the Seattle difference in software, architecture, approach, and team. Alex, who has literally worked around the clock to light up the first Small-Batch Production site and create a franchise model. Appreciate, this is a 20-year-old kid who is blowing off his online mechanical engineering classes at Case Western to make this happen. I hope he gets some good internships with all of you when this is done…. Also, I told him that I’d be damned if this hurts his school. I have some management coaching on how to get out of constant crisis mode that I need to relay to those young guys. The essential role of Heather McMahon. I fully appreciate that all of this D.C. collaboration is based on the high regard everyone holds her in and her tireless efforts. Least, and definitely not least, an acknowledgment of Dr. Xuan Gin at Children’s. Whenever I am feeling a bit beat up, I look at the picture of her holding her thumbs up in the Lab. We are doing this for her, and that’s a pretty damn good thing. I have soooo any more people to acknowledge and shout out to, and it’s a slippery slope, but to Harvey, Chris, Mara, Beth, John, Mike, Philip, Megan, Doug, Pete, Bill, Elizabeth, Winston, Chase, Tony, Powell, Kenji, Doyt, Kelli, Rich, Nicole, and so many more people
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