Today we are talking to Yasir Anwar, the CTO of Williams Sonoma. And we discuss their exciting developments with AR and VR, creating an outcome based culture , and making sure your investments align with your passion to achieve success

All of this, right here, right now on the Modern CTO Podcast!

Show Notes

  • Sunny day in San Fran
  • WSI AR/VR implementation
  • Customer facing room planner
  • Who’s idea was it to engage with AR/VR
  • Yasir oversees the company that was acquired for AR/VR
  • How did you get started in technology and work your way up to WSI
  • What qualities stand out for great leaders X axis – passion Y axis – expertise
  • Customer is moving in to mobile
  • What gets you excited to jump out of bed in the morning
  • Companies are either tech companies or doing business through tech
  • What are the brands associated with WSI
  • Unique challenge for technologists having multiple brands
  • Pie Chart of a day – 1 slice is strategizing on initiatives – 1 slice engaging with people in different layers, ask questions get feed back – 1 slice EC meetings – strategy – operations – people
  • What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could talk to yourself 10 years ago
  • Follow your passion and make sure that your investments align with your passion
  • Passion is technology leadership and the customer
  • A business exists to bring value to a market
  • It’s so important to have the right talent
  • Outcome based cultures – shifting from output to outcome
  • Core competencies of the executive level
  • Has been very heads down in the transformation of WSI
  • Do something great and then go and share it

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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