Meet Brent Buck
Brent is President & CEO of Ajax Analytics and member at desk chair workspace. Ajax Analytics performs environmental monitoring specializing in real-time oil and gas activity and other climate change concerns. Their job is to take data and make it consumable for the public—rather than just readable by scientists.
Q : Tell us a little about your career and journey
B: I began with a major company as their Developer. I transitioned into their leading Software Consultant and stayed with that company and position for 15 years. I grew with the company and was fortunate to lead huge Enterprise companies such as JM Smucker, Disney, Volvo, and ADP. I worked with teams of 300+ with impressive budgets of around 10 million dollars. It was exciting. I was traveling 50 weeks a year and eventually, I got burnt out. I decided to take a break and become a stay-at-home dad. I met the founders of Ajax and helped them out for a bit. I now am the CEO. Ajax has been in business since Nov 2016 and they keep growing.
Q : Give us your elevator pitch – describe your business in a few words.
“We leverage technology, modern software, and science to make environmental concerns consumable for the public”
Q : How did you come up with your business name?
B: The name AJAX was formed from the Eagle County Vail. When the team was exploring names, they decided on naming it after the mountain in Aspen.
Q : Have you always wanted to be doing what you are doing now?
B: I have always wanted to lead a company and help it grow into something bigger. I love working with software to this level and build something to what it should be.
Q : How did you decide to choose coworking and what is your favorite part about it?
The biggest driver with co-working is COST. Having a small team, with the possibility of quick expansion, it was important to find somewhere that could be as flexible as we were. I wanted to put our team in a space that had great amenities but I really didn’t want to spend the capital that is needed to get a space that has those things to offer.
Q : How did you hear about desk chair workspace?
B: My wife and I came downtown on a Friday one night and we were walking by and she asked If I had looked into it. We ended up on the rooftop and had a drink – – I got pricing and was sold on it from there.
Q : What is your favorite part about desk chair workspace?
B: The brick walls and art!
Q : What do you like to do for fun?
B: I live on Boyd Lake so, of course, I love to take the boat out in the summer. I like to snowboard. I like woodwork and metalwork. I love to play with my kids!
Q : Besides your own, what is your favorite local business?
B: Here in Loveland – if we go by frequency, I like to pop into The Breakfast Club. Pepper jack burrito – – it is my favorite!
Q : If you could share a drink or dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
B: Socrates or Thomas Edison – I believe it would be such a random, wandering conversation and I would learn so much. You could learn a lot from him and learn how he thought about what he did and also the patterns of his thought.
What’s Exciting For You Right Now?
It has been a really fantastic adventure building Ajax into a company that citizens can trust for real environmental data. The state and local governments can rely on them to execute and get real-time monitoring into the world. We help understand and identify real situations and learn how to fix them. We are trying to create a world where people can engage together and solve problems.
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