Always Be Learning and Don’t Be Afraid To Change with Rob Rastovich

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Rob Rastovich

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Rob Rastovich, the Chief Technical Officer at ThingLogix, a provider of Internet of Things solutions, solution components and advisory services. He has been actively involved in technology for nearly 30 years including what is now known as Amazon’s AWS IoT. As CTO of ThingLogix he is the chief architect behind the company’s ground-breaking IoT platform that eliminates the need for code. Rob talks about the importance of continual learning and how it can advance our IT career paths. He also discusses why we must never feel boxed in by the career we choose, and why it’s okay to follow our passions into other fields.


Rob Rastovich

Resources – Click on the link to check out Rob’s company website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) We must always be learning. The IT industry is never static, and so we must endeavour to keep abreast of what’s new, and master the skills and tools that push us forward.
2) Rid yourself of the idea that your career path is permanent. Remain fluid, and if you find diversions that thrill you more than the path you’re already on, follow your heart and diversify.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

While working on a job, Rob accidentally deleted some invaluable information on a server. It taught him to always make sure that he is aware of the consequences of every command entered.

Career Highlight

The Amazon acquisition was a particular highlight. The early development of these systems was a period of experimentation and discovery, and provided much insight and motivation.

The Future

The disappearing of laptops, computers and browsers, and the advancements that will replace them. The internet will become less of a service that we plug into, and something that becomes more ubiquitous – more device agnostic.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

After his first successful attempts at coding, Rob was hooked.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

To go all in on ideas, and never live with any regrets.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

That Rob would be paid when the company went IPO.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

To have focused more time looking at the possibilities of cloud computing.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Rob is focusing on stepping back from the cutting edge of innovation, and spending more time in guiding the next generation of thinkers and dreamers.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Ranching has taught Rob the value of balance.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Rob is always researching and looking for the next big thing.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Rob spends his time on his ranch, and enjoys outdoor pursuits.

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