Name: Hitesh Sheth
Company: Vectra Networks
Job Title: CEO
Location: San Jose, California
What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
Building and maintaining a strong culture is one of the most important aspects of a company.
Over time, taking that advice to heart, my definition of culture is based on three things: 1) the customer is always first; 2) no drama teamwork; 3) everything you do, do with integrity.
What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
Unless someone is being malicious, advice is rarely “bad” from the point of view of the person giving the advice. However, because advice is given with a certain point of view, there is always bias built into advice. The pitfall to taking advice is in not being able to separate the bias from the advice itself.
What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
Don’t play it safe. The tech industry is very unique with lots of opportunity for someone just starting their career. Take risks. Look for startups that can drive exponential change and not just ones that seem to be the “coolest.”
What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
Anyone aiming to achieve a c-level position will at some time be charged with hiring and building teams. My advice when hiring people to join your team, hire people with: a high degree of competency, a high emotional quotient (EQ), and those with a high dose of humility.
Also, when working with or hiring other c-level executives, try to understand whether or not that executive can connect the dots and then be able to chart a path that will successfully execute on that path.
Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
For those that I mentor, I try to instill the idea that taking risks and being outside of their comfort zones can be a very good thing. I want to help them to understand that building relationships is important and the key to building relationships is to do so when you don’t need anything out of the relationship; this makes the relationship more authentic. Relationships forged simply out of need, will not last.