Name: Ajai Sehgal
Company: The Chemistry Group
Job Title: CTO
Location: Seattle, WA & London, UK
What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
Looking back, the best career advise that I have ever received is advice that I have not always followed and each time I didn’t, I regretted it. That advise is: When choosing a job, choose who you are reporting to wisely. If you have doubts about your manager or in the case of a CEO about the board you are working with, walk away.
What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
The worst piece of business advice that I have ever received I chose not to follow. That was to play the political game and ignore the facts to get ahead. The short-term gain would never be sustainable and following this advice would have eaten my soul.
What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
The advice that I would give to someone starting their career in the tech industry is to never stop learning and work out loud. Technology moves like the wind on a blustery day, if you stop learning you will fall behind. You will learn more if you “work out loud”. For example, don’t be afraid to speak at conferences, document what you do in blogs and open it up for comments. The knowledge available in the global tech community will help accelerate your work and help you avoid mistakes that have already been made.
What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
Here are some tips for someone aiming for a c-level position:
Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
The career advice that I have given that I am most proud of:
Those whom I have mentored who have taken these and the tips in the previous question to heart have done very well in their careers, most notably the current CISO of Expedia.
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