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
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?
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?
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?
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?
The brick walls and art!
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
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?
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?
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 government 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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