I'm sad to share that friend-of-the-community Clint Battersby passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Clint was the CTO of Desktone and a friend of many BriForum attendees and BrianMadden.com readers. Those who were lucky enough to spend any time with him remember his quick wit and penchant for doodling supporting diagrams for whatever he was talking about on the nearest white board, tablet, or napkin.
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I first met Clint at BriForum 2007 Chicago. Back in those days we had a smaller venue with physical capacity limits. So it was typical that we'd actually sell out and have to turn people away. A few weeks before BriForum 2007, Clint called Emily and explained that he was the CTO of a new VDI startup and that he had just heard about BriForum. He asked if there was any way he could attend despite us being at capacity.
"Is there ANYTHING I can do to get in? Seriously? I can be a dancing clown. I'll follow the speakers around with fans… ANYTHING?"
So how did Clint get in to BriForum 2007?
Don't let Clint's serious focus in this photo fool you. On the last day of BriForum 2007, Clint told us that he had a blast behind the camera and actually volunteered to operate a camera again the next year. We tried to offer him a real ticket instead, but he insisted that he liked the camera role, so who were we to argue!
A lot of us in the community knew that Clint was sick, and a lot of people cared about him and have asked about him over the past year or so. Clint was a great guy. Super smart. Could explain anything with a pen and a napkin. I'll miss him dearly and cherish the memories of the time we spent together. (And ironically even though he lived in Boston, I always met him in the most random locations.. Silicon Valley, NYC, Chicago...)
So to his family: Know that in addition to the people you've heard from, there are a few thousand more of us who were happy to know your husband and father. We learned a lot from him. We'll pass it on.