Technologists, Thought Leaders, Executives
My hope for this project is to capture and share the earned knowledge of a growing army of seasoned technologists, entrepreneurs and investors. I recommend you watch the videos you’re interested in. But I strongly recommend you watch the videos you’re not interested in. I’ve found that in seeking a thing that will change your life, it is useful to change the places you look.
Context Relevant CEO Stephen Purpura is working on the leading edge of big data — helping companies use their data more effectively. But Purpura, whose company scored $21 million from Bloomberg Beta, Madrona, Vulcan and others earlier this year, followed a career path many of his peers advised him against.
After working at Microsoft, Purpura decided to go back to school, earning a degree from Harvard and studying at Cornell before returning to found his own company. He describes being CEO of Context Relevant as “one of the most exciting things that I could do in my life.”
Like many other Nextcast interviewees, Pradeep Prabhu, cofounder and CEO of CloudMunch, never expected to be the CEO of a tech company when he was growing up. “I just got into it by accident,” he says. But his knowledge and experience are obvious after 20 years spent working in the space, and now he heads up CloudMunch, a company offering continuous deployment and monitoring in the cloud. Their mission? “Let developers focus on their code.”
Though he’s only held one other job since college, WhitePages founder and CEO Alex Algard thinks he’s found a pretty good fit in his growing company. “I like the feeling of making an impact and a positive difference in the world,” he says of his role running a site that boasts over 50 million monthly users who come to them for contact information. And it’s not hard to see how he translated this into his role running a company based on delivering “directory assistance to the masses for free”.