Reading the "5 Reasons Why JBoss Founder Marc Fleury is My Hero", I am reflecting on some of the things I liked about Marc.
1) As the other post mentioned, I have seen and heard from folks about how Marc took chances with people. He sometime made quick decisions to hire folks during the first meeting itself. It is better to hire someone and (rarely) get burned than not hiring at all. Talent is precious and rare. It is no secret that the JBoss group built the popular Application Server and is continuing to execute, using a small set of precious talent.
2) Elocution, diction, charisma, glamour et.al characterized his speaking engagements and talks. People would arrive in large groups and be enthralled by his talks, because he would always display his passion - Professional Open Source and ASPECTIZED MIDDLEWARE.
3) He could write blog entries rapidly with great control over content. I think he still does on his blog.
I can say more about the man who is "million"(s) of times richer than me, but it will suffice to say that marcf radiated passion, intuition and charisma (Please do not listen to those who were subjected to marcf's SMD pointers). ;)