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On this episode of Powered by Battery, we chat with Max Schireson, a Battery executive-in-residence who previously served as the CEO of open-source database company MongoDB.
After growing up in a tent in Canada (his parents were hippies), Max followed a fairly non-traditional path to the CEO suite. He also has some interesting stories to tell about working with Oracle founder Larry Ellison—including searching for the Oracle chief’s glasses in the Pacific Ocean. Max also discusses managing work-family balance, the future of artificial intelligence and the potential antitrust implications of some recent industry moves in cloud computing.
- You can take a non-linear path to becoming a leader in the technology industry–and might not even need to graduate from college.
- As a CEO, you don’t always have to be reasonable to be an effective leader. In fact, being unreasonable may help sometimes–such as having the vision and ability to solve extremely difficult technology problems.
- Successful open-source companies need to win the battle for securing developer mindshare and adoption as well as figure out a sustainable monetization strategy. Companies can’t just do one or the other.
- Amazon Web Services’ move to compete with some open-source startups could raise antitrust concerns.
- Machines are on track to perform a lot of intellectual, creative human tasks better than us, and this will have a huge impact on society and the economy, including, potentially, a universal basic income.
Have a listen.
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