But sometime yesterday, Stuart Elby of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) took the top spot early on and hasn't given up yet. Jacobs? He's fourth.
We've only gotten a few dozen responses, admittedly. Apparently voting for our Hall of Fame isn't as fun as, say, following the Olympics (or complaining about them). But the love for Elby -- and for John D'Ambrosia, the high-speed Ethernet standards guru who's now at Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) -- is quite clearly voiced.
Table 1: Your HoF Choices So Far
|Stuart Elby, Verizon||501|
|John D'Ambrosia, Dell||468|
|Matt Bross, Huawei, BT, Williams||437|
|Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm||422|
|Richard Frenkiel, BellSouth||420|
|Rob Pullen, Tellabs||389|
|Jack Grubman, Salomon Smith Barney||341|
|David Huber, Corvis||330|
|Donald Keck, Corning||324|
|Drew Perkins (or Dave Welch?), Infinera||253|
|Ren Zhengfei, Huawei||245|
|Richard Snelling, BellSouth||215|
|Niklas Zennstrom, ex-Skype||205|
|Source: You, unless you didn't vote yet. Go vote!|
A couple of surprises:
- Very little interest in Ren Zhengfei as a nominee. Is that because his name is near the bottom of the poll? (We're trying an experiment to see if that's why. Shhh.)
- A strong showing for Rob Pullen, the former Tellabs CEO who recently passed on. A small Twitter campaign might be helping.
We should mention that this vote is unofficial and non-binding. We reserve the right to add five names that none of you like (and you, of course, would have the right to throw virtual rotten tomatoes at us on the message boards).
The good news: We're still taking nominations (Hedy Lamarr comes to mind). Feel free to nominate a Hall of Famer at www.lightreading.com/leadinglights, or call out their name on the message board below.
We're going to close the poll late on Monday -- or maybe Tuesday, if the voting stays interesting. Because the poll involves moving stuff around with the mouse, you can think of it as a very retro video game. Doesn't that sound fun?
You'll find the poll here, and thanks in advance for voting.
— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading