DataStax Employee Spotlight: Marco Collazos
How did you get into the industry?
Since I was little, I was very intrigued by everything that had to do with Technology. From Video Games like the Atari, and early computers running Pentium I. Back in 2001, my family migrated to the US, and ever since I lived in San Jose - CA, right at the heart of Silicon Valley. As I grew, I was surrounded by huge technology innovations happening around my area. When I went to Mission College in Santa Clara, I decided to study Computer Science, and had my first job at AT&T to get my hands on the latest devices. This curiosity led me to a successful career at Barracuda Networks, where to took it upon myself to learn the engineering details of their products which then led me to learn about Development leading me to land a job at DataStax to continue working in helping clients achieve their technical goals
How would you describe your job to a class of kindergartners?
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What are some challenges you have encountered during your career and how did you overcome them?
For me it was mainly about having a late start in my career. As an immigrant, I didn't have quite the same opportunities for education as those who were legally here. Since my mom brought me here at a young age, I had to navigate the US culture, and work to get my citizenship to live a normal life. English was my second language, and after I finally legalized my status I got a chance to begin my career and work my way up with little College Education as it was unaffordable. Even though others had a head start, I didn't let that stop me and instead encouraged me to work twice as hard to achieve my goals. I'm proud of what I've accomplished and will continue to keep in mind the humble beginnings.
Why are you passionate about what you do?
There is a sense of pride, and a sense of accomplishment when you go to a Store, or you are utilizing an Application that you helped contribute to making it possible. In many interviews in my career, I always say I'm not a “seller”, even though I was applying for a sales position, but instead I'm a customer advocate and I truly enjoy helping solve problems with our customers, and finding ways to innovate.
What is one thing people do not know about you?
If you meet me, I may reflect a lot of confidence. But in reality, I constantly doubt myself, and if it wasn't for those around me, I wouldn't be where I am today.
What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?
In a short time, I'm happy to have made our sales team successful in both increasing their knowledge and sales revenue. Now, I've jumped into a bigger role by covering some of our biggest Global accounts in the West, and I'm definitely excited to work with this new Team in reaching even higher goals
What organization(s) are you currently involved with?
How do you think we can better promote Cassandra within the database industry?
By continuing to support the Apache Organization and the Open Source Cassandra Community. Making Cassandra easily adoptable to everyone, and promoting it to Developers via Events, LinkedIn, Blogs so they know there is an easy way to achieve their most difficult data goals, enabling them to reach higher innovation
Is there anything else you would like to share?
If I were to boil down, what has really helped me succeed in my career, no matter what career path I would take, it has been the fact that I continue being genuine. Like, be honest, show your feelings, be vulnerable and also confident, and show you truly care. Be transparent, and don't be afraid to be yourself. Instead of working hard at being different, more serious, more strict. Instead, embrace your differences, and be the best version of yourself. That's also what I look to do with people I manage. I want to know YOU, not the image you've built