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CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER: You Have To Prioritize What You Want To Do And What You're Going To Do

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Eric is the founder and chief technology officer for a startup education technology company. He is the youngest person we've interviewed at PathSource, but he's as confident and on target with his message as any seasoned high tech professional. Eric shares what a typical day looks like as the CTO of his company. He also talks about how he got his start in the high tech industry, and how it was through entrepreneurial inspiration that enabled him to raise a quarter of million dollars to start up his present technology company. Eric tells us a couple of the things he's learned since launching his company, including: "...prioritizing what you want to do and what you're going to do." And finally, Eric provides sage advice for those looking to get into the high tech industry.

Job Title: Founder / Chief Technology Officer

Job Summary: Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects

Job Description

Information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects all use information technology (IT) to advance their organization's goals. Security analysts ensure a firm's information stays safe from cyberattacks. Web developers create websites to help firms have a public face. Computer network architects create the internal networks all workers within organizations use.

On-the-Job Training

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Additional Info

Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for all three occupations should be favorable.

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$45,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Home, Indoor, Office, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Creativity, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills

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m='10220'>solve,</span> <span m='11110'>than</span> <span m='11570'>solving</span> <span m='11940'>them</span> <span m='13554'>theoretically.</span> <span m='14430'>But</span> <span m='14840'>then</span> <span m='15080'>I</span> <span m='15140'>have</span> <span m='15250'>to</span> <span m='15340'>correspond</span> <span m='15870'>with</span> <span m='16000'>my</span> <span m='16149'>team</span> <span m='16930'>in</span> <span m='17030'>order</span> <span m='17190'>to</span> <span m='17300'>tell</span> <span m='17490'>them</span> <span m='17660'>how</span> <span m='17760'>to</span> <span m='17840'>actually</span> <span m='18350'>implement</span> <span m='18810'>it</span> <span m='19320'>so</span> <span m='19470'>that</span> <span m='19720'>they</span> <span m='19840'>can</span> <span m='20010'>turn</span> <span m='20510'>my</span> <span m='21080'>solution</span> <span m='21930'>into</span> <span m='22170'>a real</span> <span m='22380'>world</span> <span m='22840'>product.</span> </p><p><span m='24420'>So</span> <span m='24900'>I</span> <span m='25010'>actually</span> <span m='25380'>started</span> <span m='25770'>out</span> <span m='25930'>in</span> <span m='26400'>the</span> <span m='26510'>video</span> <span m='26710'>gaming</span> <span m='26940'>industry</span> <span m='27410'>through</span> <span m='27670'>my</span> <span m='28450'>parents'</span> <span m='28700'>company</span> <span m='29860'>Game</span> <span m='30060'>Services</span> <span m='30470'>Group,</span> <span m='30870'>so</span> <span m='31410'>I</span> <span m='31520'>was</span> <span m='31650'>inspired</span> <span m='32060'>by</span> <span m='32280'>the</span> <span m='32409'>entrepreneurship.</span> <span m='33350'>Then</span> <span m='33980'>in</span> <span m='34720'>July of</span> <span m='35130'>2012,</span> <span m='35990'>I</span> <span m='36130'>raised</span> <span m='36420'>$250,000</span> <span m='37292'>in</span> <span m='37730'>angel</span> <span m='38050'>investment</span> <span m='38930'>to</span> <span m='39020'>begin</span> <span m='40120'>the</span> <span m='40240'>tech</span> <span m='40410'>company</span> <span m='41200'>Gen4Web.</span> </p><p><span m='41960'>Well</span> <span m='42245'>what</span> <span m='42530'>I</span> <span m='42700'>know</span> <span m='42910'>now</span> <span m='43470'>is</span> <span m='45090'>there</span> <span m='45500'>are</span> <span m='45660'>a</span> <span m='45730'>lot</span> <span m='45980'>of</span> <span m='46080'>opportunities</span> <span m='46650'>that</span> <span m='46760'>you</span> <span m='46830'>have</span> <span m='46960'>to</span> <span m='47080'>take,</span> <span m='47770'>and</span> <span m='48500'>you</span> <span m='48610'>have</span> <span m='48740'>to</span> <span m='48830'>choose</span> <span m='49800'>which</span> <span m='49990'>opportunities</span> <span m='50520'>you're</span> <span m='50640'>going</span> <span m='50820'>to</span> <span m='50900'>pursue</span> <span m='51330'>and</span> <span m='51720'>which</span> <span m='51970'>opportunities</span> <span m='52470'>you</span> <span m='52580'>have</span> <span m='52700'>to</span> <span m='52810'>leave</span> <span m='52930'>behind,</span> <span m='53520'>because</span> <span m='53790'>there</span> <span m='53940'>are</span> <span m='53990'>finite</span> <span m='54390'>resources,</span> <span m='55010'>both</span> <span m='55460'>time,</span> <span m='56360'>money,</span> <span m='56810'>and</span> <span m='58160'>human</span> <span m='58410'>capital,</span> <span m='59200'>and</span> <span m='59370'>you</span> <span m='59560'>have</span> <span m='59750'>to</span> <span m='59830'>prioritize</span> <span m='60530'>what</span> <span m='60740'>you</span> <span m='60870'>want</span> <span m='61050'>to</span> <span m='61120'>do and</span> <span m='61330'>what you're</span> <span m='61733'>going to do.</span> </p><p><span m='62540'>I</span> <span m='62780'>would</span> <span m='62970'>say</span> <span m='63470'>pursue</span> <span m='64190'>the</span> <span m='64550'>opportunities</span> <span m='65110'>you</span> <span m='65310'>want.</span> <span m='66960'>Don't</span> <span m='67200'>let it</span> <span m='67420'>go</span> <span m='67540'>to</span> <span m='67630'>waste,</span> <span m='68030'>because</span> <span m='69530'>there's</span> <span m='69830'>just</span> <span m='70450'>so</span> <span m='70660'>much</span> <span m='70870'>potential</span> <span m='71850'>to</span> <span m='71960'>innovate,</span> <span m='72990'>especially</span> <span m='73580'>here</span> <span m='73790'>in</span> <span m='73870'>Silicon</span> <span m='74270'>Valley.</span> <span m='75090'>And</span> <span m='75250'>I</span> <span m='75320'>would</span> <span m='75460'>recommend</span> <span m='75970'>following</span> <span m='76310'>your</span> <span m='76430'>dreams</span> <span m='76800'>and</span> <span m='77480'>doing</span> <span m='77770'>whatever</span> <span m='78150'>you</span> <span 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