On this week’s podcast, I’m introducing you to Alex Sirota from NewPath Consulting. One of the reasons why I like Alex so much is that, while he’s definitely a techy guy, he clearly tries to understand the needs of an organization and its members in order to be intentional about how tech can support those needs. It’s never technology just for technology’s sake.
Alex has a BSc in computer science from the University of Michigan and has worked as a product manager at two Internet startups. He is a father of 2 and plays the trumpet for fun. In addition to his role as the founder of NewPath Consulting, he is also the founder and the president of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Toronto, so he understands what it is like to have to grow an organization that serves members.
Alex is partnering with us on the next few episodes of this podcast, so you’ll be hearing several of his clients sharing their own stories over the next few weeks. For now, let’s dive into my conversation with Alex Sirota.
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