William Wright Ferrer has spent his life dedicated to being a technology expert and leader of enterprise technology companies, growing and adapting with the changes in the industries with which he has been involved. He is constantly working to find and incorporate the most cutting-edge tools and best practices to keep improving what he does and how he does it. He is talented at leading and mentoring others to help them refine their craft and excel at the work they bring to the table. He has vast experience with designing, planning, architecting and building products as well as collaborating with others to make client goals a reality. He believes that organization, inspiration, and diligence are key ingredients to accomplishing even the toughest tasks.
Currently, he is bringing his 30+ years of experience at building software together with his 10+ years of experience at running technology departments/companies to helm “Tempest House.”
What advice would you give your younger self?
Be extremely careful of who you go into business with.
You may want to go into business with your closest friends because you trust them and like working with them. But if you don’t make things very clear ahead of time about how the business will operate, you may damage the business and end up hurting your friendship.
Even if things are clear and documented from the start, there can still be issues with expectations, hurt feelings, or poor decisions made out of considerations for your friendship, rather than considerations for the business, which can be disastrous for both the company and the friendship.
Another thing to be mindful of is who your investors are. A good investor can offer not just funding, but good business guidance and connections to industries. A bad investor can provide constant chaos, as well as unrealistic or fluctuating expectations and unnecessary drama. A bad investor can steer the company into one bad business decision after another until all the money they put up is gone.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on?
It is best to never hold any hard and fast beliefs about anything. I am not a Big Lebowski style Nihilist or anything as hilarious as all that, but I do think that beliefs and emotionality (two things which generally go hand in hand) can be the two biggest enemies of rational thought.
This philosophy also pertains greatly to technology, since anyone that believes they have found the end all be all way to accomplish a technological goal will be proven wrong in the richness of time.
My advice is to allow yourself to dabble in all modes of thinking, especially if you find them enlightening or emotionally rewarding, but through mindfulness, never adopt any mode of thinking as a hard and fast belief that could never change.
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