This week's Featured Employee is actually one of our owners – Guidance CTO, Jon Provisor. Jon leads the technical strategy and vision of the company, and had a key role in spearheading Guidance’s environmental efforts and movement towards carbon neutrality. We asked Jon to answer a few questions for us, here's what he said:
What’s your title?
CTO & Co-owner
How long have you been at Guidance?
I started in November 1999 – over 11 years ago.
Tell us about your hometown.
I grew up in West Los Angeles, CA. There were some neat things growing up in WLA, and some not so neat. That was the time before catalytic converters were enforced by the EPA, so smog was a really serious problem in Los Angeles. I remember being in the playground with my friends and having to take deep breaths. Thankfully, all of that has improved much with time.
I have to ask – having grown up in L.A., did you go to school with anyone who’s now famous?
I did. David Schwimmer (Ross on Friends) was on my English class. I also went to school with Lenny Kravitz.
What city do you currently live in?
I still live in West Los Angeles, in the Westwood area.
How did you decide on this career?
I’ve always been interested in computers so I enrolled on several Computer Science courses during college. A lot of us where recruited by Oracle right after school, and that was my first real job. I worked in Technical Marketing, flying out to tradeshows all over the states. I enjoyed it so much, I went on to get my Masters in Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics.
What was the oddest job you ever held?
Actually, returning from London -- after working for Oracle and completing my Masters in MIS – I decided to work on the family business, a clothing manufacturing company. The technology industry can be very competitive, but nothing is as competitive as the apparel industry. There are thousands of clothing manufacturers out there and if you want to succeed, you need to stand out. Working on the family business thought me a lot about entrepreneurship, about selling techniques and about the importance of listening to the clients’ needs. It really helped shape my career.
What do you like most about working at Guidance?
As one of Guidance’s owners, I like that our company provides careers and helps support people. Also, the relationships I’ve built through the years I've been at Guidance will last a lifetime. I still meet with employees who worked on one of the first projects I managed back when I started at Guidance. It’s been 10 years since that project, and some of them have moved on to other things, but the relationship is still there.