Chuck Smith Joins Datanomix as Director of Product Marketing.
Why did you choose to join the Datanomix Team?
As someone who has been involved in the analytics and data industries, I was looking for a startup company that was doing something interesting in analytics. It was also important that the company had solid leadership, good momentum, and a fun vibe. Datanomix checks all these boxes and more!
What makes you excited about your upcoming role and working with Datanomix customers?
The most exciting thing about working with Datanomix customers is the impact we can have for their businesses. I’ve seen the tremendous value of turning data into actionable insights work in a number of industries – financial services, insurance, healthcare, and tech. Manufacturing has been a bit behind in adopting analytics, machine learning, and AI, but with all of the information today’s machines collect, there’s such a huge opportunity for digital transformation. The thing that seems to be holding a lot of companies back is a lack of time and expertise, and Datanomix handles both of these for manufacturers so they can do what they do best – build parts for customers.
Prior to Datanomix, what were you doing? How can that help you in your current position?
Before Datanomix, I was at a company called Netbrain. They offer an automation platform for network operations at scale. Basically, they are helping network engineers and architects automate manual processes for troubleshooting and problem resolution. I think this experience translates very well to Datanomix since we are helping manufacturers automate product intelligence, turning a manual and mistake-prone process into something that drives insights in real time without having to learn a new software or change the way you do business in any way. It’s just turbocharging their results.
What is one experience in your career that has helped shape who you are?
I was lucky enough to work at a very successful startup that went from 40 people when I started to hundreds of employees, a successful IPO, and then an acquisition by Cisco Systems. This experience showed me how a team of people that genuinely like each other and are all working together towards a common goal can accomplish just about anything. There’s always an element of luck, but in general, I believe you can make your own luck by being focused on the finish line and working hard for your customers.
Where can we find you on the weekends? How do you like to spend your free time?
Golfing. Over the past year-and-a-half, golf is one of the activities that has been relatively untouched by quarantine rules. It’s a great 4 or 5 hours outdoors spoiled only by my own bad shots. And I’ve been fortunate that my entire family – wife, daughter, and son – have all joined me in my mad obsession for the game. It’s been some great family time and now I have them hooked on a game they can play for the rest of their lives.