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C-suite career advice: Doron Gordon, Samanage

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 Name:
Doron Gordon

 Company: Samanage

 Job Title: CEO

 Location: Cary, NC

 

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

  1. Never give up. Building a company is hard and you will have ups and downs. The emotional roller coaster can literally take your breath away, but focus on the target and remember the up is coming.
  2. Building a company is a team sport. Get the best team of people you can find and never compromise on hiring.

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

Do what they did, it will work.
“Build it and [they] will come.”

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

Don’t skip past the basics. Get a job working for a large company that will give you exposure to multiple people, projects, initiatives, and technologies. Gain as many experiences as possible, as quickly as possible, so you can better understand your interests and career path goals. Invest in your people skills.

Don’t take it too seriously. Some of the most successful people never had a clear “career path.” Have fun and don’t pass up an opportunity to network over a drink, you never know who your future partners will be. 

And, start investing in your 401(k) early (that compounding thing is really powerful in the long run!).

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

Find a mentor that will be a sounding board for your ideas and questions. Surround yourself with exceptional people that you can reach out to for an advice and inspiration. Learn how to work with other people and how you can best inspire them.

Trust your gut and ask yourself what kind of skillset you need to improve and build upon to best serve your goal.

Always bring value to the organization you are a part of.

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

What I’m most proud of is seeing my team, friends, and peers conquer amazing things and find the path they were striving for. I am delighted to think that I may have provided small, albeit not necessarily important, pieces of advice that caused them to take an action and move toward success. But, each person deserves all of the credit for their achievements.

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