Dave Winer
UserLand Software

Winer is a software entrepreneur and creator of RSS, the technology that allows people to skim lots of blogs in a short amount of time. He also maintains one of the oldest and longest-running blogs. He started DaveNet, an e-mail newsletter, in 1994, and began his online journal, Scripting News, in 1997, years before blogs were called that.

From "A Weblog Manifesto"

"Open the doors, show your readers the other points of view in all our little cloisters. Make it bigger, not smaller. Don't be like the portals of the dotcom craze, trying to capture people in your wake and not even tell them that there's more to the weblog world. That's defeatist. It kills what we're all doing."