At the time we start­ed, the new Linux sys­tem was not there. So we used Unix sys­tems to con­nect them to each oth­er, and try to con­nect them via dialup lines. Later on, the ARPA and TCP/IP stack exist­ed. But the whole thing was pos­si­ble, I learned lat­er on, by the blue­print for mak­ing the inno­va­tions okay.

And that book was writ­ten in 1962. It’s writ­ten by Everett Rogers, who should thank Gabriel Tarde, who had those ideas. And the book is called Diffusion of Innovations, and I urge you to read that book. Or if you have your Google device with you, look it up and look up the dif­fu­sion of inno­va­tion for health­care. For that’s not five hun­dred pages, and that’s only three pages and gives you ten rules to obey to make things hap­pen and to dis­sem­i­nate those things.

And what you need for that, and I will do that in a lit­tle bit, is sim­plic­i­ty. Think about that, and think about sim­plic­i­ty and the com­plex­i­ty which we get on now. And what you also need to do is tri­al­a­bil­i­ty, com­pat­i­bil­i­ty, and rel­a­tive advan­tage. And what you above all need is what I call dare­dev­ils. And those dare­dev­ils made the whole Internet going on.

And I think— I was just in charge. I was just direct­ing things. But all those peo­ple with me, and all those peo­ple with you, we have to thank them all for doing this. And thank you for the open­ness and free­dom. Keep main­tain­ing that. Thank you.

Further Reference

Teus Hagen pro­file, Internet Hall of Fame 2013

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