Believe it or not, this week marked the second anniversary of the launch of a little interview series we started called "Take 5 with Warren". We run this video series like a TV show having "seasons" and tomorrow we are wrapping up Season 5! Over this period I've had the great pleasure of talking technology with a lot of people and being able to give people all over the world a chance to see what its like to live and work in Silicon Valley.
The inspiration for this little idea was that here in the valley we are blessed with having access to an enormous amount of really smart, driven people who change the world with their work. I've been fortunately to have a career where I could meet and get to know at the personal level so many great people, with interesting stories about what they are doing and how they got involved in technology in the first place. We figured, why not see if we can get people to sit down and talk for 5 minutes, throw it up on our YouTube channel and see if anyone cared! The answer-- a resounding yes!
This is the real silicon valley, not some looney HBO series. We are talking to real people who have made amazing inventions, suffered enormous hardships and tribulations to bring their ideas to market. The original Take 5 took place on April 4, 2013 and featured Silicon Valley legend, Jim Hogan. Here's a link to that inaugural episode.
For me the technology stories are all really cool, but the human interest backstories is what really gives a context to what makes these people tick. For example, Raik Brinkman, CEO of OneSpin describes growing up in East Germany and had a fascination so great of computers that he and his teenage friends built their own using a gray market Z80. Another example is Randy Smith of Sonics, who had a Cornell football scholarship and was possibly headed to the NFL but blew out his knee and figured that he better go into engineering if he wanted to make a living. Such little twists and turns of life are abundant in all of our stories.
The consistent theme that I've gather from talking to all these people is there are a few characteristics that connect us all:
- Passion. They LOVE what we do.
- Dedication. They DONT GIVE UP when we truly believe in something.
- Intelligence. SMART people like to hang around other smart people.
- Vision. Successful people tend to SEE FARTHER than most of us. Having a long time horizon in your perspective seems key to long term success.
Five seasons of Take 5 means 55 five minute episodes, so if you want to binge watch some unsung titans of technology, here's the link to the entire collection.
If you are interested in popping in to tell your story, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you queued up for Season Six.