Since I’m spending this weekend doing some administrative stuff like updating my resume, cleaning up my online profiles, etc. I decided to go searching for an old interview by an old friend from the Washington, D.C. days. Sadly, the original url is lost to the ether, but I did find the original content on Scribd. It’s a shame a lot of the content from the days a lot of us young, black professionals were heavily active in the #DCTech community seems to be missing from the internet (Chris Cooks, Najeema Washington, Tamara Rasberry, we should have archived more of our stuff), so as I run across it, I want to recreate it for posterity. Plus it’s pretty interesting looking back at myself 6 years ago to see if I’ve changed much.
Without further ado, here’s the original in its entirety.
Interview: Anthony Braddy by Tamara Rasberry
Originally published on msrasberryinc.com (May 2011)
Nearly a year ago, during DC Week 2010, I had a brief encounter with Anthony Braddy at a seminar called Black Tech Blazers. We were both in attendance and he said something that, though to this day I can’t recall what it was, struck a chord in me. I felt as though I needed to learn more about him and Capital Management Consulting, LLC (CMC, LLC), the management and IT consulting firm of which he is CEO. Fast forward to May 2011 – I’ve seen Braddy at a couple of events and spouting his special brand of wisdom on Twitter, but I had yet to have the opportunity to have a real “let’s sit down and let me pick your brain” conversation with him. Well, after several cancellations, I finally had the opportunity to find out a little bit more about what makes this tech entrepreneur tick. Believe me when I tell you, his thought process is one of a kind; and I haven’t even scratched the surface.
“It was all a dream…” – Notorious B.I.G.
Braddy hails from a small, rural town in North Carolina. At not quite 40 years of age, he recalls growing up without running water. Yeah; it was THAT rural. At a young age, Braddy was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug as he watched his father run his own business. He appreciated the flexibility that being a business owner allowed his father and recalls that he was “always there.” This, along with the later realization that he isn’t cut out to work for other people, set Braddy on the path to being the successful business owner that he is today
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