MEET BRIAN POWELL
Brian has spent more than 10 years building companies around solutions in emerging device and technology markets. His technology leadership and development experience ranges from interactive television to mobile applications to big data/cloud solutions. As the CTO of CompleteSet, he leads a team of talented developers on the quest to overhaul the way people find, exchange, and value collectibles.
Prior to CompleteSet, Brian served as the CTO of Strap (Brandery 2014), VP of Engineering for Ensequence, founded Devici and Inset Solutions, and managed competitive intelligence for Maritz. He is a mentor and advisor for Atumsoft (Brandery 2016), ButterflyHub, Hosanna Revival, and Wyzerr (Brandery 2015). He utilizes his love of building technology and businesses to help early-stage companies approach their technology solutions in ways the expedite their time-to-market while anticipating scale. He was named AngelHack’s “2015 Global Mentor of the Year.” Brian holds a Masters in Software Engineering from California State University Fullerton and a BSBA in Marketing and International Business from Washington University in St. Louis.
WE RECENTLY ASKED BRIAN TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU GET TO KNOW HIM.
Why did you become an UpTech mentor?
I became an UpTech mentor to expand my involvement in the Cincinnati Startup ecosystem while supporting the need for a vibrant and growing community.
Tell us a little about your background.
I build technology things 😀
What is the best advice someone has given you?
Listen and appreciate the other person’s perspective
What can you bring to UpTech 6 as a mentor?
Technology: platform, development, scoping, and guidance.
Why should someone apply to UpTech 6?
To join the growing list of successful companies that have made their way through the UpTech program.
What is the best advice you can give a startup?
Realize that what you are building is most likely not your final solution and don’t become so emotionally attached to the solution that the tough decisions cannot be made.
What motivates you to be successful?
Celebrating the successes.
Who inspires you, and why?
My wife, Amy. She just kind of awesome.
What do you wish you would have known when starting out in your career/starting your company?
Find investors that care about your company and the vision – quickly identify them and move on fast.