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His major asset at this point in time is his reputation

Agree completely. Reading the article, I couldn't help but imagine how Patrick would be perceived if he followed the OP's well-intentioned advice.

IMO, his humble persona, generosity/openness and consistent work ethic have made him the popular and approachable figure that he is today. It wouldn't be surprising if much of Patrick's inspiration came from Balsamiq's Peldi.

Hi Joel, thanks so much for the flattering words, but it's the other way around. Patrick has been a huge inspiration for me for a long time now! :)

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