In the latest episode of the Nomad Futurist Podcast, Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence have the pleasure of welcoming Scott Brookshire, the innovative Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at OpenColo. With over two decades of experience in the data center realm, Scott is not only instrumental in crafting the technical vision at OpenColo but also plays a crucial role in steering the company toward its mission and objectives. His expertise is not just limited to technical strategy; Scott is actively involved in nurturing sustainable relationships with customers, vendors, and partners, always seeking mutually beneficial outcomes. His hands-on approach ensures that the leadership at OpenColo is well-equipped with the necessary tools and insights to thrive in the industry.
In a candid reflection on the principles that define OpenColo’s approach to customer service and operational transparency, Scott shares a powerful commitment to accountability:
“If we make a mistake, we’ll fall on our swords. We will tell you we made a mistake, and we will work to resolve it.”
Reflecting on the importance of simplicity in design and the value of asking fundamental questions, Scott shares an insightful approach to problem-solving and innovation:
“The best way to learn something is to just ask why, like the little kid, why daddy, why, why, why?”
As Scott shares his journey and the driving forces of his work, Nabeel is curious to know what is something Scott really enjoys doing in his role as CTO. Scott expresses his enthusiasm for the diverse aspects of technology and the strategic vision required in his position:
“It’s being able to touch a lot of different technologies and look at the visions of where we are now, and where we want to be.”
As the conversation draws to a close, Nabeel and Phil are eager to hear what wisdom Scott would impart to the listeners, particularly the younger generation entering the sector:
“Don’t give up, learn from the old guys, be patient with the old guys. Some of us are stuck in our ways. And if you want to learn something, ask great questions.”
This episode with Scott Brookshire is a testament to the power of curiosity, the pursuit of simplicity, and the strength of accountability in the tech industry. His insights serve as a guide for both seasoned professionals and newcomers alike, reminding us that at the heart of innovation lies the willingness to question, learn, and adapt. Scott’s journey is a reminder that the future of technology is shaped by those who dare to ask “Why?”.
Connect with Scott on LinkedIn to see where his questions lead him next.