40 Under 40: Ben Brutsch

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Company: Podium
Title: VP Sales Development
Age: 37
City: Lehi

PODIUM POWER Ben Brutsch’s resume is the who’s who of tech companies: Ancestry.com, Omniture, Adobe, and Pluralsight. And today? He’s a leading executive at Podium, which has catapulted in growth, raised $36 million in funding, been named one of the best places to work by Glassdoor, grown to 300 employees, and was named the No. 1 Startup to Watch in BusinessQ’s 2017 UV50. *Mic drop.*

Childhood Vision “A scientist.”

Growing Up “I loved to read and be outdoors. I avoided most trouble, but I also made my own decisions — even when they didn’t meet grownups’ expectations.”

School Of Thought “Never loved school, but I got good grades and occasionally became passionate about a single subject or topic (i.e. history, government).”

Hindsight is 20/20 “Never fall victim to sunk cost thinking. Early on it’s easy to think, ‘I have five years invested in this path, if I switch direction, all that time will be wasted.’  I’ve realized now that the only wasted time is that not spent pushing yourself to get better at something, anything.”

Clearing The Mind “I ride my bike.”

A Visionary Is “Far more than predicting the future, being a visionary is about seeing the current situation for what it really is. Most people who appear able to predict tomorrow are actually just unusually perceptive and honest about today.”

Ultimate Vision “I’m a proud local boy and I would love to play a small role in completely transforming Utah’s economy into something that’s sustainable, recession resistant, and our kids will be proud of. It’s easy to look at the progress we’ve made and think we’ve arrived, but the truth is we still have a very long way to go.”

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