Blackboard’s Matthew Small on life in the jungle

I sent Matthew Small, VP and general counsel of Blackboard, the following note:


Matthew,

I wrote several posts on yesterday’s presentations at the Sixth Sakai conference that relate to BlackBoard:

https://daveshields.wordpress.com/2006/12/06/the-blackboard-jungle/

https://daveshields.wordpress.com/2006/12/06/the-patent-jungle/

https://daveshields.wordpress.com/2006/12/07/attention-must-be-paid/

https://daveshields.wordpress.com/2006/12/07/eban-moglen-on-life-in-the-jungle/

Thanks again for taking the time to come to Atlanta and represent your company at this discussion.

I expect it was somewhat intimidating. I know the feeling.

I have shared the stage with Richard Stallman and Bill Clinton, though not at the same time — that would be really intimidating!

As I say in my posts, I have no particular brief on this matter, favoring one side or the other.

However, I do hope that — in the midst of all this furor — folks don’t forget what your company is all about — helping our educators.

thanks,
dave


Here is his reply:


David:

Thank you for your note. I will be sure to read your posts.

I agree with you completely that we cannot afford to lose sight of the big picture– improving education. Bb and Sakai need to build bridges if we are going to effectively serve the mission of our mutual user-base.

Best,
Matt


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