Co-Founder & CEO at Earlybird (J3)
"The Junto community really pulled through to help me."
What are you working on right now?
A really fun project with Notre Dame, using data to understand the alumni network and how alumni can make a bigger impact on students.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
How to put myself in someone else’s shoes and care about them. It’s not about you, it’s about them - their needs, wants, desires.
What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?
I’ve got a lot to learn.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is that I see how things work - I see the moving parts in my head, and the systems and structures to make that happen. I can look at a problem technically or from a business standpoint, and get it, see how the pieces connect and then put in a plan to get it done. It bridges the gap between business and technology.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
Gather the evidence, go with your gut, and don’t look back.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
My areas of expertise are in connecting the dots between business and technology, between executives who want to use technology to make decisions and developers who understand how tech works.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
Sold a company.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
I had been using a computer for the first three or four years [of our company] that had a shattered screen. It worked fine, I just couldn't bring it anywhere with me, I had to use it at my desk. One of the Junto CEOs wanted to meet at a coffee shop to work on something and I told him why I couldn’t, but he told me to come anyway. When I got there, he had bought me a new computer. The Junto community really pulled through to help me.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
It’s all about the other person. Focus on them and ask questions, and see yourself from their point of view. Also, focus on not always being results-oriented. It’s more important to do it the right way, and things won’t always end up the way we want it to. But if you ask yourself, “Did you do the best that you could?”, and “Did you do things the right way?”, naturally you’ll win more than you lose.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
How to Win Friends and Influence People. I was blown away by how many very simple things there were, like how to treat people right that nobody understands. It’s a new way to look at the world and business.