Forbes Technology Council members are in a wide range of industries and come from a diverse set of experiences. However, they all have lots of great insights to share, from best practices for technology departments to smart predictions for the future of tech. To showcase their expertise, we’re profiling Forbes Technology Council members here on the blog. This week: Pin Chen.
Pin Chen is CTO at ONTRAPORT, an all-in-one business and marketing automation platform for entrepreneurs. With more than 10 years of professional coding, growth and team-building experience, Pin was one of the first three team members to begin working at ONTRAPORT. The company now has more than 100 employees. Pin helps guide team members’ career paths while looking ahead to the company’s future.
What is your background, and how has it influenced what you do today?
I grew up in an entrepreneurial family; ambition and drive were ingrained in me. When I was young, my father left his day job to start a white-label consumer computer company. His determination to become a successful small-business owner was a constant inspiration. Years later, I rely upon those lessons as a foundation of business practices to help rising entrepreneurs achieve their goals.
What do you think is the most interesting piece of new technology today? (And/or how do you see the technology landscape changing in the next 5-10 years?)
I am interested in the maturation of sustainable energy and how it will reduce the cost of energy for consumers. New technologies around energy storage are positioning renewable energy to take over the fossil industry. I’m excited to see how these technologies will benefit the consumer and how emerging industries will capitalize on the groundbreaking shift.
What’s your best piece of advice for technology executives to keep on top of the rapidly evolving tech space?
Never be stagnant. In a rapidly changing industry, it is imperative to remain up-to-date on the newest technologies, especially when they might affect your business. Be agile. Ask your team to prototype new ideas and decide how it can be leveraged.