Michael D. Reed

My career has focused on and been shaped by three core values:

Vision – My life-long personal passion for technology has given me a broad understanding of technology that allows me to identify patterns of innovation and spot trends early.  Knowing where things will go tomorrow is critical to understand what to build today, and building in anticipation of change protects products from changes that would otherwise derail it. I use this vision for developing team structure and business goals so that we will not just be prepared for changes in how we will need to work, but to be enhanced by those changes.

Business focus – I have been coding, designing systems, and integrating technology my entire career, but my substantial technical expertise has always been married to business needs and focusing my teams to build the right products in the right way for the right reasons.  By attracting, building, and structuring my teams toward a clear strategic vision, my team’s individual goals are always aligned with the strategic goals. Most importantly, it is critical that we understand the customer and how to address their needs today while also anticipating where their needs will lead tomorrow.

Principles first – I truly believe in self-managing entities, empowering individuals in ways that allow them to drive their own goals and objectives and control their destiny without undue compromise. It is critical to me to empower the individual with information and align their interests with those of the business to build the best products through collaboration. Position, title, or role shouldn’t be a limitation for business value – great ideas come from anywhere. For technology development, It’s not just what you’re doing, it’s how you’re doing it. Principles first.

I’ve helped businesses of all sizes from startups to multinational corporations.  I’ve also engaged with multiple, diverse industries each presenting specific and unique learning opportunities.  My core values have persistently guided us, together, to overcome these challenges regardless of the size or specialization of the business.