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C-suite career advice: Chris Savage, Wistia

We ask industry leading C-suite professionals for their expert career advice...

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  Name:
Chris Savage

  Company: Wistia

  Job Title: CEO and Co-Founder

  Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

 

What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?

Start early. Everyone has to do something for the first time: whether you are raising money, hiring people, forging partnerships or running a marketing campaign. It can be easy to forget that the experts around us were all amateurs at one point.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?

“Don’t trust your gut.” Although it’s important to consult with others and trust their insight, sometimes the only person who knows what’s best is you.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?

Find a company that has a mission you believe in. Products and companies will evolve, but missions usually change more slowly.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?

Work hard and optimize your opportunities to learn.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?

The team at Wistia inspires me every day. I’m proud of their growth and that I’ve had the opportunity to mentor each of them in some way. Their growth encourages me to be a better leader.

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