What's different today is that I got a late start, then got sucked into moderating flamewars, and only just noticed the duplication on the front page. Will merge the threads shortly.
I do see people who seem to have an ax to grind with the guy. Someone asks, without being too snarky, "what's the point of Joyent?" bcantrill responds in a reasonable manner in several places in the thread. Several posters decide the thread should be "what's the point of bcantrill?" and dredge up an old usenet post, engage in ad hominems, and are generally surly. His responses come across as eminently reasonable to me.
The original poster even apologizes to bcantrill for triggering a dogpile. What is he meant to have done wrong there?
I don't know him personally. I've only seen him speak via YouTube videos. My point isn't to damage his reputation further, just add evidence that there may be an egocentric aspect to what is going on with the team heavy focus of the initial marketing push for the company.
There are arguments being made in these few threads today that such a direction is misguided and I believe his history supports that.
He tends to dismiss his impact on the failures and blame others instead. The claims about joyent for example that it was too far advanced for mass adoption or Amazon squashed it, rather than he not focusing on better marketing or the customer.
The products are held back not because he wasn't good enough, but rather because he was too good. I have an intuitive sense this new company is going down that same road.
This post is his personal blog, so this is obviously about his personal perspective on the new company. Anything else would be weird on a personal blog.
Also: "The “we” here is paramount ..."
I don't see any evidence of him making "the company" be about him.
Probably the same privilege some complain about other groups of people have, but nonetheless it's usually an effective strategy to build up a good network of people looking over your projects.