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I hate it when the first time I hear about an amazing person is when I read her obituary. I suppose it’s a reflection on the limits of my own horizons that I had never heard of Red Burns until I read the New York Times obit about the woman who had an outsized influence on technology, Silicon Valley and the way we all communicate with each other.

Burns, who died last week at 88, was the founder of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She was known as the godmother of Silicon Alley, but it’s clear that her work helped shape Silicon Valley innovations in ways that make them more relevant to all of us.