Driven: How Did I Get Here
About This Show
The Driven: How Did I Get Here podcast explores the unconventional path to leadership. Host Justin Gray talks to some of today's most badass leaders about how they arrived where they are today. Discover how they overcame obstacles, navigated the detours, and
learned to trust the journey.
Most Recent Episode
From Tech to Helping Founders Navigate the Waters with Chad Jones
6 days ago
What is your current job? I’m a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. I came up through the tech space and a number of different startups, and have gone through several acquisitions. I leverage the money I was blessed with from there to now invest in early stage ideas. I’m always looking for the next great idea that is at the seed or angel phase where I can help through my own investment or coordinating investments. Let’s rewind - what did you want to be when you grew up? I went to my guidance counselor’s office back in high school and they asked me the same question! I said I wasn’t sure, but I know I don’t want to wear a suit every single day. Little did we know at that time the technology explosion was just around the corner. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I was inspired by the space shuttle program and it really spoke to my imagination that anything could be possible. I got into discovering computers in the 1980s. My first computer was an Atari 2700, and it hooked me into all that was possible with computers. At what point in your career path did you start to hone in on what you’re doing now? Through fits and starts. In high school I wrote an inventory program for a company and ran it on an early network system, which was a big deal at the time. Then I went to college for a few years. I had been playing beach volleyball, so I actually jumped out and played semi professional beach volleyball on the AVP tour for about five years. Then I realized, this is a fun lifestyle, but I’m not going to make money doing this. So I jumped back into technology in the mid-90s as the internet bubble started to rise and focused my career on virtualization in the early Citrix days. I was part of a company that was acquired by a service provider –– basically a cloud provider before it was called cloud. Before I could cash that check the bubble burst, so easy come, easy go, right? But to make a long story short, it opened my eyes that building companies, making them worth something and selling them can be quite lucrative. So I started to investigate how to do that. And now I get to do my favorite thing, which is to effect meaningful change. Where did you go to learn how venture-backed businesses work?