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In this episode, Heather chats with Brandon Powell, a business executive, technology entrepreneur, and community philanthropist who helps transform organizations to be successful in today’s digital world. He is the founder and CEO of HatchWorks Technologies, a technology services firm that provides integrated US and nearshore (LATAM) Agile teams in your time zone to build transformative software and data solutions. Before founding HatchWorks, Brandon amassed over 20 years of executive leadership and digital product development experience, most notably as Head of Product at AT&T, where his teams launched more than 100 products. He is passionate about creating other great leaders.
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Key Takeaways

  • He doesn’t refer to himself as the Chief Executive Office, but instead as the ‘Chief Enabling Officer’
  • Brandon began his company with the goal of having the best place to work
  • He considers that his employees are his customers
  • HatchWorks takes a portion of their profits and reinvests it into their community and people
  •  They focus heavily on helping tech students in countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, etc.
  • There is a skill shortage in the US tech industry
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Brandon Powell’s Bio

Brandon Powell is a business executive, technology entrepreneur, and community philanthropist who helps transform organizations to be successful in today’s digital world. He is the founder and CEO of HatchWorks Technologies, a technology services firm that provides integrated US and nearshore (LATAM) Agile teams in your time zone to build transformative software and data solutions. Before founding HatchWorks, Brandon amassed over 20 years of executive leadership and digital product development experience, most notably as Head of Product at AT&T, where his teams launched more than 100 products. His career also includes stints at Accenture and Slalom Consulting, where he served Fortune 100 clients such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, and British Telecom. An Atlanta native and alumnus of the University of Georgia and Harvard Business School, Brandon is a member of EO Atlanta and the HBS Club Atlanta. In addition, he’s been honored as a 40 Under 40 and Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and is a two-time winner of the ABA Gold Stevie Award for Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. In its first year of eligibility, his company Hatchworks was named by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing privately-owned businesses in the United States. Brandon is passionate about STEM education and its ability to enable people to create better opportunities for themselves. He started the Hatch Futures program to empower at-risk youth with hands-on technology training and mentoring, career development, and financial support for ongoing educational opportunities. He also sits on the board of Bright Futures Atlanta, which provides inner-city kids a nurturing school environment, afternoon school programming, and summer camp.

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