An Engineering Mindset Is Crucial and Always Work On The Things You’re Passionate About with Leon Kuperman

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Leon Kuperman

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Leon Kuperman, the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of CAST AI. He has worked in technology for more than 20 years in roles that cover product management, software design & development though to production deployment. Leon talks about the value in fostering an engineering mind-set. He also discusses the importance of following our passions and how working on things we’re interested in can help us to be far more productive.


Leon Kuperman


CAST.AI – Click on the link to check out Leon’s company website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Developing an engineering mind-set is a keystone element in ensuring that you have a successful career as an IT leader. You must be immersed in the subject matter of what you are building.
2) Always make sure that you’re working on something you’re passionate about. If you do this every day, then work will never seem like work.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

A system was taken offline by hackers who demanded a ransom in order to release it back to the company Leon was working for. Rather than pay their demands, Leon was tasked with fixing the problem, retrieving the site and ensuring it could not happen again. However, this was not possible. The ransom was paid. But Leon learned about new ways in order to safeguard systems.

Career Highlight

Leon had an opportunity for a larger role in cloud security at Oracle, overseeing products that customers use to secure their environments. It was a time in which Leon was allowed to be more creative.

The Future

Machine learning and data science has exploded recently, and this is incredibly exciting. There are many opportunities in the field, and many opportunities for self-development in the area.

The Reveal

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

Receiving the first computer as a child and learning coding at home.

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

If you work to work yourself out of a job, then you’ll never be out of a job

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

The engineers can’t be business people, and that business people can’t be engineers

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

Leon would take his time and focus upon what he was passionate about and interested in.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Looking for ways in which he can positively impact the IT industry.

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

Being able to communicate clearly and with empathy.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Deep diving into topics, and focusing on self-development.

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

Spending time with family and participating in mixed martial arts.

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