André Bearfield

André Bearfield

Senior Director of Product


IBM Blue Box

Seattle, WA USA


I’ve been very successful, and it’s not because I’m special—it’s just because I always focused on what I wanted.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
He was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas; the city had one of the top 10 highest crime rates in America when he was growing up.
Also went to college in Little Rock, where he originally studied biochemistry because he thought he wanted to become a doctor.
By his junior year, he knew he didn’t want to be a doctor, but he also didn’t have the money to change majors and spend more time in school, so he put his head down and pushed to finish.
After school, he realized he didn’t want to keep living in Little Rock, so he researched different cities, searching for a place with a low crime rate and an upward trend in growing technology.
He settled on Seattle, Washington; packed up all of his stuff in his car and drove halfway across the country without any plans for when he got to his destination.
Despite having to figure out where he was going to live and work, he was so excited about the change that he wasn’t worried.
Within a few weeks, he’d found a place to live and the perfect job for someone looking to learn more about technology.
Says that really successful people always take big risks; once he figured this out, he didn’t become a huge risk-taker overnight, but he started building more risk into his decisions.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Chemistry, General
Hendrix College
Career

Career

Senior Director of Product

I am the head of product for a cloud technology startup that was recently acquired by IBM.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Technology
Technology
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I own all product-oriented software development and third-party integrations at Blue Box. The key technologies supporting the Blue Box business are Blue Box Cloud and Box Panel. I design and lead engagement with executives through a plan of record and product roadmap processes. I develop pricing and sales enablement materials, including Salesforce implementation and management.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Successful people take risks. You don't need to become a risk-taker overnight, in fact, it will probably take some time, but start building more risk into your decisions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Understand what it is that you want today. Not in a month or five years, but today. Knowing what you want right now is the thing that should be driving you.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I have no idea who I am. "

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Financial