Julien Stamatakis, CTO and Co-Founder Emerging Tech
Innovator of the Year
1. What does innovation mean to you?
Innovation is more than an inspirational thought; it is the process of bringing forth substance from an idea. It is difficult for me to decouple innovation from hard work, from the many hours of working through difficulties and setbacks. Innovation at its core is perseverance, and we must persevere to see the process through to produce something of value. The end product of innovation can be glamorous, but the process of innovation certainly isn’t.
2. What makes your company/organization innovative?
Senseware values hard work and the commitment for finishing the task at hand. Every position at Senseware has challenges that must be overcome. We rely on the ability of each team member to find a way to get the job done. Collectively we are working, so collectively we believe we are innovating.
3. What or who are some innovative companies or people that inspire you and your team?
Saar Yoskovitz of Augury Inc., a startup company applying innovative vibration analysis to enable predictive maintenance in facility equipment, has been particularly inspiring to us at Senseware. As an avid entrepreneur, Saar has brought such keen insights to challenge our current thinking and perspectives of the marketplace. We value Saar’s input highly. More than that, however, we appreciate Saar’s genuine concern for us. This experience has inspired and challenged us to grow Senseware in a way that succeeds internally and in the marketplace.
4. What about Greater Washington has positioned us as an innovative region?
Greater Washington has amazing resources available to it right now. The people, the educational system, and the infrastructure are more than sufficient to position us as an innovative region.
5. What advice would you give to up-and-coming leaders striving to be innovative in today’s business environment?
See it through. Innovation doesn’t happen without hard work.