Tech Fan? Here are 7 Inspiring and Powerful Technocrats to Follow in 2018

Tech Fan? Here are 7 Inspiring and Powerful Technocrats to Follow in 2018

This article was written by Ayushi Bhatnagar from 9ightout. She is a 24 YO tech freak who loves putting her hands on the latest gadgets.

“Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” – Steve Jobs.

This one thought, one notion sets the world on a revolution of many breakthroughs and inventions.

Founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs became a darling of the tech world, creating products that provide an analytics-driven platform. Similarly, there have been a number of techies in the world that have brought change in the technology sphere.

Every now and then, exciting tech gadgets, experimental start-ups, and fresh ideas are announced. For instance, the self-driving car and augmented reality. So, when it comes to looking forward to some people in the tech industry, who rules the list?

Don’t get confused. Here are some of the most influential people that you must follow for inspiration, dedication, and creativity.

Inspiring Techies You Must Follow

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. These amazing and sharp techies here are the creative minds that you should pay attention to.

1. Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors

Crashing the tough road with her passion for technology, Barra is ruling the driver’s seat for years now. Proving her mettle over and again, Barra launched Chevrolet Bolt EV, now the top-selling non-luxury pure electric car.

This scintillating techie also has her eyes on a driverless future.

After the acquisition of self-driving tech startup Cruise Automation, General Motors has begun piloting autonomous bolts. Wise decisions and fail-safe strategy of Barra rose 9.2% of company’s revenue.

Also, she is fortifying the company by pulling GM out of weaker international markets. Isn’t she someone to look forward to?

2. Reed Hastings, CEO & Co-founder, Netflix

When Hastings started working on the project Netflix, he didn’t have an office and did not even need the laptop. Since 2008, he is constantly working using just a smartphone, most of the times. The 54-year-old Peace Corps volunteer and former U.S. Marine now runs one of the most-talked companies in the world.

With over 60 million subscribers, Netflix has created its original series including Orange is The New Black and House of Cards. Besides, his idea of binge-watching series later changed to binge-racing. As per binge-racing, the fans complete a new series on the same day it is released. Hence, more viewers, more business. People could now enjoy the party vibes at their home.

Do you see, how just the idea of offering flexibility and control brought a threat to traditional TV concept? This is the power of a great technical mind.

3. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Believe it or not, but Microsoft has time and again suffered from a reputation of a follower. When Nadella joined the company, the future didn’t seem promising. Earlier, he was only in charge of the firm’s Cloud and Enterprise division. He had never headed a big company.

However, with the launch of Windows 10, everything changed. For many people, it was the best Windows in years.

The profit of Microsoft shot up to $85.3 billion. Do you think that would have been possible without Nadella’s techie mind and sound leadership?

4. Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube

When Wojcicki took over the video-sharing channel YouTube in 2014, the company’s female percentage stood at 24%, for women who at that time were not considered to have an excellent technical mindset. Now the company’s women presence has increased to 30%.

Apart from being a role model for aspiring women technocrats, Wojcicki has majorly influenced the wide video-sharing platform.

She loves how far the online video sharing platform has come. Besides, she is also using her position to motivate the new-age celebrities. It’s safe to say that she has developed the platform to address issues of violence and racism. Wojcicki is one of the most talented tech-strategists and a wonderful leader.

5. Elon Musk, CEO, Chairman, Co-founder, Tesla Motors; CEO, Founder, SpaceX

A true technocrat is keen on discovering and developing something new and beneficial. Musk fits right in the frame.

Space rockets, electric cars, and residential solar power are some of his projects to bring into notice. Musk is a pro at solar products and also influences the digital payment systems since he co-founded PayPal.

His seemingly impressive portfolio has produced great results. Tesla is now worth over $50 billion and SpaceX has successfully illustrated reusable rocket technology.

Musk’s achievements are a road-map for overachievers. And, it’s convenient to say, he is one of the influential faces of technology.

6. Lei Jun, Xiaomi, Co-founder and CEO

Chinese products and companies are not very much trusted in terms of longevity. However, Lei Jun changed the whole perspective by introducing Xiaomi in the market. The Chinese entrepreneur says that his company has given India priority over its home market China.

The co-founder of the fourth largest smartphone distributor, Lei embarked to prominence by developing high-quality smartphones while keeping the margins low.

In 1999, 2000, and 2002, he was featured on the list of Top 10 IT figures. His future plans include bringing around 200 products in India which are not just smartphones.

7. John Hadl, CEO, Swoop

You may not be familiar with this name but it’s soon going to be on the top. John Hadl, CEO of Swoop has started this tech company for advertising. It is a closed-loop marketplace, increasing direct relationships with publishers and advertisers. Publishers can also monetize their content without wrecking it with thoughtless, pushy advertising.

Hadl mastered the plan of Swoop that ensures the highest-quality traffic for maximum ROI. This new-emerging techie is an example of how to give the ideas a platform.

Do you aspire to be a technocrat? Did these people motivate you? If yes, then follow their lead and make the most of the learnings and technical know-how. Also, let us know if you follow some other techies that are not on the list.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career