Meet the TruTeam: Ross Boyd, CEO

Sure, you know the TruQC team are all hard workers who strive for excellence in everything we do, but do you know the answers to the real important questions (like what we drink after 5pm)? Now you do!

Ross

The Fun Stuff

Favorite STL restaurant?  “Paul Manno’s–you can’t believe this place is in a strip mall. Go there once and it will be your favorite as well.”

One thing most people don’t know about you is…?  “I am a big time space nerd. Can’t get enough planets, comets and stars. I send out ‘nerd alerts’ to my friends when a big cosmic event is about to take place.”

If you could do happy hour with anyone, who would it be?  “Mark Cuban–seems like a normal guy that just gets it.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?  “Ross’ Autobiography”

Favorite beverage (for those 21+)?  “Right now I am on a Malbec kick.”

If you could be on a reality show, which would it be?  “Amazing Race.”

Favorite app to use in your downtime?  “Flipboard–really intuitive and very customer centric. It has been my favorite for some time.”

Start-up Culture

The majority of your time at TruQC is spent doing…?  “This is ever changing, but the bulk of the time I spend is managing and executing the company’s short and long term vision.”

What is your favorite part about working for a tech startup?  “The people I work with. There is something great about the people that work at a startup. It is a sort of ‘us against the world’ type of mentality.”

What is one thing you couldn’t work without?  “My iPhone.”

Who in the office talks the loudest?  “MEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

What is your go-to site for tech news?  “TechCrunch.”

What do you think is the largest misconception about working for a startup?  “That it is somehow not a real business. We have a laid back culture here, but the work we do is serious. Our customers are as demanding as any and we take what we do very seriously.”

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Ross and his (growing!) family

Let’s get serious…

Name one public figure who inspires you and why.  “Warren Buffet. He has the ability to transcend politics in ways most cannot. People respect his honesty and intelligence and he is able to be who he is without filters.”

What would be your advice to those dipping their toes in the start-up waters?  “Be ready for the roller coaster. Every day is either the best or worst day ever. Be prepared for the dramatic ups and downs and don’t let the day-to-day crush your spirit.”

The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given is…?  “Be honest in everything that you do. If you have a good product and work openly and honestly with people, success will become a bi-product.”