First, my sincerest thanks go to Taylor Ray, editor extraordinaire, who understood what Painting with Numbers was about from the very beginning and stuck with the project through all its stops and starts. She was both immensely supportive and unfailingly candid, and worked tirelessly to make sure I honored my compact with the reader.
A few played special roles in the creation of this book. Joel Orr helped me get organized, explained the ins and outs of the publishing business, and offered wisdom that was rabbinical in the best sense of the word. John Cardozo demonstrated that a friend is someone who reads every word you've written even when he has more important things to do. And Tom Campbell not only agreed to apply its lessons to the electorate and lend his name to this book, he was the most punctilious, yet most insightful, witty, and supportive of readers—and this while running for statewide office in California.
Many people read parts of this book and made invaluable comments, including Stephen Few, Shomit Ghose, Dana Hendrickson, Karl May, Barbara McMurray, Larry Moseley, Ethan Thorman, Linda Wilson, and Donna Winslow. The finance team at Fortinet (Robert Lerner, Tim Emanuelson, Keith Andre, Jim Bray, Daneya Denson, Doug May, Scott Robinson, and Simran Singh) met with me frequently as a group to offer their from-the-trenches perspectives. To readers I somehow failed to mention, my apologies and my thanks.
My professional colleagues in the Silicon Valley chapter ...