The most recent recipient of 10 Questions is Anthony Quartararo, CEO of Spatial Networks, St. Petersburg, Florida. Anthony and yours truly (Glenn) connected back around 2000 when we were both active participants in the popular Mapinfo-L discussion list – there was no Twitter back then so the list was where the geeks hung out! I’ve always enjoyed following Anthony on social media and find him very useful as a go to expert on the topics of mobile data collection, humanitarian mapping efforts, Geoint, and open source solutions. Anthony heads up the team at Spatial Networks as President and CEO. The company’s flagship solution is Fulcrum, a pretty awesome solution that makes mobile data collection easy!
And so, a few quick questions for Anthony:
Q: PC or MAC?
A: Mac, but not always the case. Made the switch around 2007, never looked back.
Q: Coffee or Tea & Beer or wine?
A: Coffee. Tea when sick. Neither, I don’t drink.
Q: ArcGIS or QGIS (or other)?
A: Haven’t used an ESRI product in 10 years. I’ve got QGIS installed, along with Mapbox Studio.
Q: iOS or Android?
Q: ESRIUC or FOSS4G?
Q: If I was to look on your bed table or coffee table, what are you currently reading?
A: That’s kinda creepy, but Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Team of Teams by Gen. Stanley McChrystal (audiobook)
Q: On the job front, is your company hiring or have you recently made a hire? Also, are there any challenges you face in hiring Geotech talent?
A: Our newest addition is Katrina Englested as an integration engineer for fulcrum & we’re really excited about that. We’re also looking for inside sales people to handle the high volume of inbound leads for fulcrum, and of course, we’re always interested in talent software engineers and designers.
Q: I’m a College student wanting a career in “GIS” what words of wisdom can you give me? Also, I often get people asking what courses or prof. development can I suggest. Is there a short course through Coursera or code academy etc… that you would suggest for a geogeek?
A: I would ask you “why” you want a career in “GIS”? It’s not sarcastic – you should be able to answer that with confidence. Based on your brutally honest answer, that would determine what you should do next, in my opinion. Above all, be passionate, be authentic and never give up your integrity for anything. I would recommend learning all you can from diverse aspects of our industry and technologies. Get outside, way outside your comfort zone, give an Ignite talk, go to geo meetups, meet people and get engaged in social media in our community. Travel to places and see how “GIS” can make a difference to people on the ground. Intern and volunteer and get used to failure, it’s part of your education.
Q: I’m a bit of a skeptic regarding the economy at the moment and don’t view things as being completely rosy. How do you see the current business climate unfolding?
A: There seems to be a lot of movement in the greater geo community, whether it’s HERE, Uber, Mapquest, CartoDB, Mapbox, Boundless, OSM, Apple, Google Maps. There’s many areas in the economy that are improving and getting stronger, but we are more susceptible to global hiccups and downturns than ever (eg. China, EU) and that uncertainty impacts our industry.
Q: Can you share a snippet of what’s on the horizon for your company?
A: Sure, just a snippet. We’ll double in revenue and staff size over the next 18-24 months, largely powered by the growth of Fulcrum.
Thanks for taking part Anthony!
anthony quartararo | president & ceo
spatial networks, inc. | @tonyquartararo