ITA Spotlight: Tracey Wiedmeyer, CTO & Co-Founder, InContext Solutions
Monday, October 14, 2019
Posted by: Gary Hotze
Tracey Wiedmeyer, CTO & Co-Founder, InContext Solutions
How did you come to work with InContext Solutions?
After working for my first start up as an individual contributor, I was looking to start my own company where I could “call the shots”. So I hooked up with a couple of other co-founders after we recognized a need in the market and went after it. We are now in our 11th year and I have enough material for at least a 3 volume book series.
Out of all the positions you've held, which one is the most interesting?
Early in my career I worked for a startup as an engineer but had to do anything and everything needed, including technical phone support. It was a chore but it taught me how to break technical conversations down for non-technical people in a way that made things easy to understand.
What do you like most about what you do?
We are in such a fast moving space (Virtual Reality, 3D, Computer Graphics, etc) so the technical aspects are always interesting, it’s like drinking from the fire hose on a daily basis. We have to stay on the forefront because it’s getting easier and easier for others to catch up. This technical fire hose is great to be a part of every day.
What is the hardest challenge that you’ve faced on your professional journey?
The hardest challenge was adapting from a technologist who was an individual contributor, to some in a leadership and position to motivate others. Early on in this transition I kept the blinders on to the point where I was doing the company a disservice. Once I recognized how my role was shifting I had to grow into it, and am still growing into it.
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever received?
My high school guidance counselor senior year wouldn’t let me drop a year long computer science course after I was nearly failing after the first trimester – it just wasn’t clicking for me. I was looking for scholarship money and couldn’t let a low grade affect my GPA. She said something profound to me that I wouldn’t recognize until years later – “You can’t run away from every challenging situation you face, you need to learn how to deal with consequences.” I stuck with it and ended up with a B+, which was quite a turn around and allowed me to see the power of perseverance. After that class computer science became the focus of college and my career and the rest is history.
What success are you most proud of?
InContext is in its 11th year, when I look back at everything we’ve done, the trials and tribulations, the customer success stories, the technical challenges overcome and all the great employees who have contributed in many different ways – this is what makes me so very proud to be associated with InContext.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
It sounds cliché, but my parents gave me a solid foundation and all the tools I need to win as my career continues to evolve. They set a career course for me before I knew what a career was through work ethic, curiosity, exploration and never feeling constrained. I’ve carried these principles where ever I go and they’ve given me the fortitude to march into any situation, knowing I have a chance at success.
What is the one thing that keeps you up at night?
Not much as I seem to be in a perpetual state of sleep deprivation, so when my head hits the pillow I morph into a rock until the alarm goes off.
If money was no object, what would your dream job be?
If money was no object, I’d love to spend my days tinkering with all sort of things, from blacksmithing, to IOT Sensors, BCI and everything in between. I’m a builder at heart, but don’t have enough free time to explore all the technical change happening right now. I would like to think if given the creative space to connect the past to the future some new businesses would emerge.
This one is all you! Tell us anything. Any topic at all.
I am in the middle of building my own house with my own hands, I’m 4 years into this project and have accumulated several pieces of old, but very useful, construction machinery.