Kevin Goldsmith: Companies must learn to deal wisely with errors

JAXenter Editorial Team

A company culture built on the premise of avoiding failure hinders innovation. Sebastian Meyen, Chief Content Officer at S&S Media talked to Kevin Goldsmith about his experiences as CTO with Avvo and Spotify and the idea of a mistake-friendly culture.

Software development has been evolving. Previously, IT projects were planned, implemented and launched on the market over long periods with no customer interaction. “We have blindly developed software,” says Kevin Goldsmith, CTO at Avvo, and former Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify.

Sebastian Meyen, Chief Content Officer at S&S Media talked to Kevin Goldsmith about the need to establish an experimental culture in a company that promotes innovation. How can a company allow people to make mistakes and learn from them? How can systems be built in such a way that, instead of being designed to prevent errors, they can anticipate and process errors?

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Kevin Goldsmith is the Chief Technical Officer at Avvo in Seattle, overseeing all Research and Development, Data Engineering, Dev Ops and IT teams. Previously he was the Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify in Stockholm, Sweden, where he led both the product development and streaming delivery organizations. Kevin was a Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems for nine years, where he led the Adobe Revel product group and the Adobe Image Foundation group. He spent eight years at Microsoft, where he was a member of the Windows Media, Windows CE CoreOS, and Microsoft Research teams. Kevin has also worked at such companies as Silicon Graphics, (Colossal) Pictures, Agnostic Media, and IBM. He has a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.


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