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Michael Koziarski of Vend: Economist turned tech executive

Divina Paredes | July 13, 2016
How ‘Koz’ went from crawling under computers to heading technology architecture for a growing company, one fun, gruelling step at a time.

"But on the flip side, if it is just something that does not interest you at all, I am not sure pushing people to study it, and then pushing people into the industry, is going to have a positive effect."

"It is a brutal industry," he says. "We work very hard and if you don't keep up, you will quickly find yourself, your skills, are out of date."

Koziarski says if he didn't enjoy his role at Vend, he would go back to consulting or helping new startups.

"One of the nice things working for a consultancy firm is you see dozens of different companies in a given year," he says. "Some are really interesting, some are really tedious.

"As a consultant, typically I would come into a dysfunctional engineering organisation or a place that needed some additional skills. I would help them improve their technology or improve their team and once everything got working well, that was it," he says.

"Whereas now, working at Vend, the team is phenomenal and doing really great things," he says. "I get to continue working with really talented and amazing people."

Source: CIO New Zealand 


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