Name: Mark Bauhaus
Mark is a 35-year tech industry executive and entrepreneur.
He currently holds a number of positions.
- A general partner at Just Business LLC
- The Chief Commercialization Officer at Paired Power (a solar-to-electric vehicle charging company)
- A strategic advisor to Environmental Entrepreneurs
- An emeritus advisor to Joint Venture Silicon Valley and co-founder of its Smart Energy Economic Development Zone (SEEDZ)
- An American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow
- And mentor to students in Social Impact and Leadership at Middlebury College
Previously, Mark has been an Executive Vice President & General Manager for companies like Juniper Networks and Sun Microsystems.
Mark is dedicated to a sustainable economy. This all started with his handcrafted bachelor of science degree in “Business Management and Environmental Systems Analysis”, which he earned with high honors from the University of California at Davis.
I ask Mark three questions that are specific to him.
- You have had a few roles that are Advisory in nature. Talk a bit about these roles. What are you responsible or accountable for, what do you like and not like about them?
- You spent a good deal of your career in large software organizations. You then changed your focus to social and environmental. What drove that change? What were you prepared for and what came as a surprise?
- What are 2 or 3 characteristics or attributes that have made you successful in your career?
I then ask Mark the same six questions that I ask all interviewees – in a lightning round format.
- What’s the most important factor you consider when hiring someone?
- Who was your most effective boss, and what made him or her stand out?
- What was the most difficult transition that you made in your career?
- How do you approach helping someone with their career development or path?
- What tools and tricks do you use to find work-life balance?
- How do you go about building relationships with your peers and other leaders in the company?
Mark’s background and experience, along with the pivot that he made, give him some amazing insights – which all come out during the interview.
I then ask Mark to share his career path. Start at the beginning and talk us through the path that you took, and the decisions that you made along the way that led you to where you are today.
Mark made a significant pivot a few years back, but it does not come as a big surprise as you hear him talk through his education and the kinds of things that have always been of interest.
I hope you enjoy it!