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Jim Hogan - An Inspiration to Us All

In Remembrance of Jim Hogan

The world lost an amazing human being over the weekend. Jim Hogan embodied what it means to be not only a great leader, but also a great person. His infectious energy, kindness, and enthusiasm had a profound effect on the soul of our company, as well as on each of us individually. Jim was a consummate advisor who was extremely approachable and generous with his counsel: a mentor in every sense of the word. He guided so many in the industry, whether they worked for him directly or not.

When Jim joined OneSpin’s board of directors in 2015, we felt his impact immediately. Jim’s vast experience and expertise in EDA were invaluable in sharpening the company’s vision and helping us to grow and develop. He encouraged OneSpin to explore paths that other verification players hadn’t even thought about, allowing us to become a strong and independent leader. His vision and personality fit perfectly into our company’s culture, perpetuating high standards and uniting our team with pride, joy, and respect in the workplace. OneSpin would not be the success it is today without Jim. His unflagging support and encouragement granted us the freedom to be bold and innovative and fueled our drive to dare greatly and to achieve.

As the devastating news of Jim’s passing reached the OneSpin team, people immediately jumped in to share how he had personally impacted their lives. It is safe to say that he was a friend to everyone, and to some, he even became an honorary “Uncle Jim.” As we reminisced, we were reminded of the many stories Jim used to tell. His tales were certain to entertain—he had some great ones about the wild, formative years of Silicon Valley—but, like parables, they were often filled with deeper meaning: lessons about business, career, or life.

Jim was as humble as they come. Whenever someone offered thanks for help that Jim had rendered, he would only shrug. “I’m just a regular guy,” he would say. “Your job now is to find a way to help somebody else. That’s what this whole ‘life’ thing is all about.” Jim’s passion, exuberance, and goodwill toward others will remain indelibly woven into our DNA. Above all, we will work hard to be stewards of the lessons that he taught us—and to pay forward the good that he brought into our lives.

When we try to express everything that Jim Hogan meant to us, words fail. We looked up to him. We trusted him. We respected him. We loved him. We will hold his friendship in our hearts forever. The following word cloud, assembled collectively by the OneSpin team, is a small tribute that only begins to encapsulate the person Jim was and what he meant to all of us.

Rest in peace, Jim. We will miss you.