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Jive掌门人:勇敢追梦,一切皆有可能

《财富》杂志 2013年07月17日

他父母都是美国第二代移民。父亲连高中都没读过,当了一辈子酒保。母亲当了一辈子家庭主妇。但是,他们告诉他,只要有梦想,努力工作,一切都有可能。于是,他从小读最好的学校,30年前前往硅谷创业。如今,他的公司已经是硅谷炙手可热的商务社交软件供应商。

Jive公司总裁兼首席执行官托尼•辛格尔

    《财富》科技头脑风暴大会(Brainstorm Tech conference,将于7月22日-24日在科罗拉多州的阿斯彭市召开)是科技创新领域的顶尖人才定期碰头的盛会。《财富》杂志(Fortune)每周都会邀请一位与会者来分享对商业、技术和创业的个人见解。本周,我们邀请到了企业用社交网络软件供应商Jive公司的总裁兼首席执行官托尼•辛格尔,他畅谈了业余生活和最仰慕的公司等话题,还给年轻创业者提出了建议。

    您最近在读什么书?

    哈兰•科本的小说《六年》(Six Years)。我喜欢他所有的作品,算是他的超级粉丝。我就爱看谋杀类的惊悚小说,这种作品悬念丛生,结尾往往出人意料。

    对于即将踏上艰难求职之路的年轻人,您有什么忠告?

    我的父亲是第二代移民,连高中都没毕业,辛辛苦苦干了50多年的酒保。我母亲也是第二代移民,她这辈子就只顾着在家带孩子了。他们俩总是要求我上最好的学校,比别人用功,追求自己的梦想——对我来说这就是30多年前来到硅谷追梦。听起来可能很老套,但事实就是如此。如果努力工作,追求梦想,一切皆有可能。

    如果您没有从事现在这份工作,您会做什么?

    如果我没有运营Jive,那我还是会成为Jive的董事,就像四年多前那样。当时公司即将上市,我应邀出任公司的首席执行官。如果我不在Jive工作,也不是它的董事,那我就会尽情地打高尔夫或滑雪。对我来说真正的梦幻工作是当旧金山巨人队(San Francisco Giants)、旧金山49人队(San Francisco 49ers)或金州勇士队(Golden State Warriors)的老板,因为我是湾区运动队的超级粉丝。

    您通过什么途径了解新闻消息?

    我的iPhone和iPad,还有传统的广播电视和报纸。我还是喜欢早上喝咖啡时看看本地报纸。

    Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference(July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo.) regularly brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Each week, Fortune turns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer his or her own personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship. This week, we asked Jive Chairman and CEO Tony Zingale to answer 10 questions about life outside of work, the company he admires most, and industry advice for young entrepreneurs. His responses follow.

    What was the last book you read?

    "Six Years" by Harlan Coben—I love everything he writes. I'm a huge fan and love a murder mystery with its suspense and surprise endings.

    What would you say to a group of young people looking to enter the tough job market?

    My father was a second-generation immigrant who didn't graduate from high school. He worked extremely hard for 50+ years as a bartender while my mother, also a second-generation immigrant, raised the kids. They both always demanded that I get the best education possible, work harder than anyone else and then pursue my dreams—which for me was coming to Silicon Valley over 30+ years ago. Although it may sound trite, it's the truth. Anything is possible if you work hard and pursue your dreams.

    What would you do if you weren't working at your current job?

    If I wasn't running Jive I would still be sitting on Jive's board of directors, as I was doing more than four years ago when I was asked to become CEO in advance of the company's IPO. And if I wasn't working at Jive, in addition to sitting on the board, I would spend as much time as I could on the golf course or ski slopes.

    If I could have my dream job it would be the owner of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, or the Golden State Warriors. I'm a massive Bay Area sports fan.

    How do you get your news?

    My iPhone, my iPad but also good old fashioned radio, TV, and print news. I still love the local newspaper with my coffee every morning.

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