4. Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
My therapist, and thank God for her. Seriously, there've been so many, but I would have to say my partner, Evan. He is really everything I'm not, so I learn something new from him every single day.
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to women beginning their
careers in technology?
That it gets easier. Really! Even though if you're any good at what you do your responsibilities will inevitably pile on and time management becomes the holy grail, over time you get kind of zen about your career and are able to put it in context with the rest of your life. Plus, one of the great things about getting older is that people do take you more seriously. Not once in the past ten years has someone greeted me in the hallway with, "Hey, where's my smile?" Now that's a relief!
6. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive impact on the
world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?
Well, I think Customer Relationship Management technology is a really big deal. Moreover, the combination of CRM with data warehouses and the Internet is allowing companies to gather information about their customers, and thus understand who they are, their preferences, and their long-term value like never before. It can shift the competitive balance-of-power across industries like never before.
Of course as with everything else, the pendulum does swing, so I'm also on the lookout for new privacy software and the accompanying legislation that enable consumers to opt out. This is good news for consumers, but not such good news for the companies vying for them.
Jill Dyche answers these questions:
1. What was your first job in technology?
2. Who has been your most significant mentor? Why?
3. What has been your greatest challenge and what strategies
did you use to overcome obstacles?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your life?
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to
women beginning their careers in technology?
6. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive
impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?
On the lighter side:
1. If you could have dinner with any 2 people (living or not),
who would they be?
2. What was the last book you read? What books do you love to recommend?
3. If you couldn't do what you are doing now, what profession would you choose?
4. What is your definition of success?