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C-suite career advice: Jason Collier, Scale Computing

Jason Collier

 Company: Scale Computing                        

 Job Title: CTO and Founder        

 Location: Mountain View, California


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgement.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
It was someone recommending we launch in stealth mode.  I’ve done this many years and I will make the bold statement saying that “Stealth mode is stupid, the customer is king”.  Anyone who thinks they have such an original idea that it has to be kept secret, let me just say you don’t.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
Don’t make enemies in tech. It’s a very small world here.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
This is a quote from Jim Goodnight CEO of SAS and it is the best piece of C-level advice that I’ve heard: “95 percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening. It's my job to maintain a work environment that keeps those people coming back every morning.”

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
Failures are important.  Don’t be afraid to fail, but learn from those failures.  See the above “Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from poor judgement.” 


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