The self-awareness that leads someone to say that “technical management needs have evolved to require types of experience that I don’t have” is massive, and it should be admired. This is the essence of what it is to be a professional.
Yes, there’s that too. Marco’s just a special guy. Tremendous talent combined with the refusal to be anything but honest, opinionated, and straight-forward with himself and others. Whether we’re talking about tech, coffee, politics, or proper ordering techniques at our local Chicken Deli.
And he’s also just a great guy who I’ve been lucky to work closely with these past few years. Can’t wait to see what the bright future holds for our pal Marco.