The Digital Technology Leader Series is a profiling of the most influential people in Chicago's digital technology community. The goal of the series is to inspire entrepreneurs and founders running digital technology startups in Chicago and share with the nation Chicago's most influential digital technology leaders.
Pat Ryan, CEO of INCISENT Technologies
"When focused on the big audacious goal, make sure you know how to achieve quick wins along the way. It keeps you and employees motivated"
Brian Spaly, CEO of Trunk Club
"The servant leader paradigm. As a CEO, it is your job to serve your team and provide the resources they need to be effective."
Amanda Lannert, CEO of The Jellyvision Lab
"...early in your career, the people you work with are more important than the company or the project that occupies your time in terms of how much you can learn. So choose your managers and mentors wisely."
Bill Ready, CEO of Braintree
"...How important it is to surround yourself with great people. I was fortunate enough to stumble into situations with great people early in my career and later learned how valuable it is to proactively seek out those great people."
Bryan Johnson, Founder & Chairman of Braintree
"Be true to yourself. Life is so personal and contextual that it's best to carve your own path.
Sean Finnegan, CEO and Founder of The C4 Group
"...promotion is not always a good thing. The notion that you can only succeed through climbing the corporate ladder is a fallacy. I now recognize that it is also best to “rise” while..."
Gian Fulgoni, Chairman & Co-Founder of comScore
"For me, Rudyard Kipling had the best advice, which is that creativity and new ideas are the lifeblood of entrepreneurs..."
Irv Shapiro, CEO and CTO at Ifbyphone
"Successful communication requires much more than emails, tweets, or even talking to someone. Successfully communicating is all about listening. Actively listening. In active listening you may be starting a conversation or..."
Mark Achler, SVP Strategy & Innovation at Redbox
"At the end of the day, no matter how good the idea or how big the opportunity, if you don’t assemble the very best team the opportunity will never reach its full potential."
Talia Mashiach, CEO and Founder of Eved
"Challenges will be overcome and they will be the best learning experiences."
Matt McCall, Partner at New World Ventures
"Entrepreneurship and venture capital are 90% people and 10% strategy and insight. I originally believed that the key to success was knowing the answer and figuring out the path to..."
Rishad Tobaccowala, CIO at Vivaki
"Nobody is as passionate about what you do as you and nobody else can see the possibilities like you do. Navigating the chasm between your idea and their reality is the key to success and peace of mind."
Larry Kaplan, CEO of Navteq
"...products and services don’t build businesses. People do. The people are most important. And, of course, you still need great strategy and execution!
Alex Campbell, CEO & Co-Founder of Vibes Media
"...Just how crippling the fear of failure can be for an organization. By nature, we all want to look good or avoid looking bad which really prevents us from trying new things that might fail."
Matt Moog, CEO & Founder of Viewpoints
"Necessity is the mother of invention...creating a sustainable competitive advantage should be at the heart of your strategy."
Troy Henikoff, CEO & Co-founder of Excelerate Labs
"In a startup, success is more correlated with what you choose not to do than what you choose to do."
Jai Shekhawat, CEO & Co-Founder of Fieldglass
"...software companies get eaten from the bottom up. Think Salesforce and Siebel in the CRM space. Software invariably gets overbuilt due to pressure to keep adding functionality and eventually new players emerge with..."
Tim Fagan, COO of CouponCabin
"...the key to being a successful outwardly-facing business development leader is to know the inside of your own operation better than anyone."