Damien Katz is a developer. He invented CouchDB (currently a project hosted under the apache umbrella) and put much traction on the nosql “movement”.
But what’s more important then some tech facts is his very open style to actually talk about intentions and personal motivation. I must admit, he has something of Tom Cruise round about ’99 but younger. Just enjoy the talk about how he did it (incl. slides, this one is actually quite new from 2009). Ca. 30 minutes worth paying attention to.
It covers personal motivation as well as programing practices, job choosing, dealing with the company you’re working for, the enterprise, and naturally licensing issues and how to get your project on the run. A link worth to share.