Caught by the potential of what coding could do at an early age, Steven Pogrebivsky still gets excited about finding the solutions to problems. In his monthly column, he walks readers through different pain points they may be experiencing to help them hopefully find the path forward. Find out what story Steven will be watching in 2014.
Who are you -- in a 140-character tweet? I am someone who is always striving to achieve something and then find something new to achieve
What attracted you to your field -- and what still excites you about it? I was introduced to computers in middle school (something that seems archaic today when 10-year-olds have smartphones). I was mesmerized that I could write a few lines of code and a complex task that would otherwise take hours to do, would be done in a few seconds.
That excitement has never left me. Although I leave most of the coding to more advanced programmers now, I still get excited when I see something we designed come to fruition, or when we find an answer to a problem that we have been trying to solve.
What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2013? Professionally, I am very pleased with the continued success of MetaVis Technologies and our sales and product accomplishments in the past year. There is certainly more than one way to build a company, but I am most proud that we did it through continuous innovation and hard work. It just feels right and the feedback we get from our ever growing customer base (and even our competitors) confirms this.
On a personal level, I was talked into playing in a basketball league for the first time in 25 years. I set a goal of at least holding my own when competing with players my age, but in many cases much younger. After the first game, I had a hard time getting out of bed the next day. But after almost a year and a lot of pain, which my physical therapist friend calls “DOB” (date of birth) disease, I think I made it.
What’s your goal, personal or professional, for 2014? Professionally, I see 2014 as the year when MetaVis moves from being a start-up and a technical innovator, to a leader in our space. We have all the ingredients to make it happen and I can’t wait to start.
My oldest daughter is applying to college in 2014. Although we just started, it is mind-blowing how competitive and sophisticated this process has become. I don’t want to be the one with a “in my day” story, but the whole thing is just ridiculous. The other day, my wife showed me a scatter graph that matched my daughter with prospective colleges. How does a scatter graph know all this? So, my goal is to bring this process to a successful end without too much stress.
What's an important story you will be tracking in 2014? I think the whole corporate unstructured data space is marching to an inflection point. For many years companies have tried to keep a stranglehold on their IP within their data centers, but this is becoming more and more challenging. With the introduction of cloud-based content management solutions such as SharePoint, Google, DropBox, Box and others, the reality is not if businesses will adopt the cloud but when. With this in mind, the need to secure and manage corporate assets, regardless of where they reside, becomes essential.
What’s the one New Year resolution you always make -- and always break? There are quite a few to choose from, unfortunately. I guess the one I always try to make is to stop worrying, especially about things that are out of my control.