64 minutes | Jul 13, 2021

109 Jon Herlocker - Setting High-Level Goals & Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Jon Herlocker is the Founder and CEO of Tignis, a company that provides a physics-driven software solution for managing industrial assets, processes, and operations. Jon is a technology entrepreneur, an experienced executive with a long leadership history in big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Before building his company, he was CTO of VMware’s Cloud Management, and CTO of EMC’s Cloud Services division. Jon is a former tenured professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University. In this episode, Jon and Aviv engage in a deep conversation about entrepreneurship, the power of setting big, hairy, audacious goals and the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Jon speaks to his unique ability to enable others to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs and how this trait has been a critical tool for him as a leader and CEO. Finally, Jon shares the importance of being a lifelong learner and the one insight he values above all else. 00:39 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Jon Herlocker who speaks to what he enjoys the most about his work and his experience enabling others to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs 11:12 – Jon tells the story of where his fascination with giving people vision started 15:38 – Jon shares the origin story of Tignis, the initial problem he set out to solve when he launched and how Tignis has evolved since then 25:35 – Jon speculates on when we might have fully autonomous industrial plants 27:53 – Jon explains Industry 4.0 30:36 – How Jon addresses concerns that automated plants will lead to social challenges such as job loss 32:54 – Aviv and Jon discuss the Overshoot Undershoot Syndrome and Jon provides an interesting Control Systems analogy 36:50 – Jon expounds on common misconceptions that people have about machine learning and artificial intelligence 41:25 – Jon speaks to his entrepreneurial origin story 46:26 – Jon shares the top lessons he’s learned throughout his career 50:36 – Core management practices that Jon established in his company 53:29 – Aviv breaks down The Four Stages of Adult Learning 55:38 – How Jon continues to learn and evolve as a CEO and a leader 58:05 – Advice Jon would give to his twenty-five year old self 1:00:31 – The one insight Jon values above all else 1:01:40 – Final words of wisdom from Jon FULL SHOW NOTES: https://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf109
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