CTO shares tips for impact and efficiency from a career spanning startups, government and NGOs

Tyrone Grandison, chief technology officer for Pearl Long Term Care Solutions. (Photo courtesy of Tyrone Grandison)

Tyrone Grandison started his career path in math, economics and computer engineering, studying at universities in Jamaica, the West Indies and London and earning multiples degrees that culminated in a PhD in computer science.

But these days, what Grandison really values is his ability to read people.

“The biggest compliment I’ve received over the years, with people I’ve interviewed with, is you have a really high EQ,” he said, referring to one’s emotional intelligence. “You have to be aware of people’s motivations and reactions,” Grandison said, and maneuver accordingly “to get your mission accomplished.”

Over the years, his mission has been wide ranging and encompassed roles enough for numerous people. Grandison, who lives in Seattle, has launched and led numerous startups, worked for the White House and government agencies during the Obama Administration, holds

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