An Interview with Speaker Brian Sampsel
A TEDxColumbus interview with Tech-Spark Speaker Brian Sampsel, the Vice President of Analytics at the Columbus Collaboratory.
TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
BS: I think many decisions can be made better using data, though you still need courage as well. I like helping organizations move along that path.
TEDxColumbus: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?
BS: I have two young daughters, so I am just as conversant about the Descendants movies as I am about the Marvel movies.
TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?
BS: I’ve been a fan for a long time of TED in general. It’s a great format. Anytime I get to glean wisdom from such great thinkers I feel grateful.
TEDxColumbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker?
BS: Getting to know the other speakers and learn more about their topics. I love getting to know what other do and the nuances of their work.
TEDxColumbus: What previous TED or TEDxColumbus talk was most meaningful to you?
BS: This tells you something about me, but Susan Cain is great. Hans Rosling is a close 2nd.
TEDxColumbus: Why would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?
BS: It’s a chance to be exposed to new ideas and areas that you might not otherwise come in contact with.
TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?
BS: There’s so much development. You can see construction everywhere. And there is such a diversity of organizations and industries.
TEDxColumbus: When you host visitors from outside of Columbus, where will you typically take them?
BS: Hot Chicken Takeover.
TEDxColumbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?
BS: Inniswood Metro Gardens
TEDxColumbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?
BS: Don’t overthink your decisions. If it turns out to be a “bad” one, the cost is almost always low, and you can change directions.
TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?
BS: It’s a combination of the things I am good at, what I enjoy doing, and what the market values.
TEDxColumbus: Who do you consider to be a mentor? Or who inspires you?
BS: As I mentioned before, Hans Rosling is someone who inspires me through his clarity of thought and presentation.
TEDxColumbus: What is your favorite book?
BS: Picking a favorite is hard. From books I’ve read recently, Trillion Dollar Coach and Open (Andre Agassi’s autobiography) are both great.
And just for fun:
TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat?
TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater?
TEDxColumbus: Phone Call or Text?
TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountains?
TEDxColumbus: High Tech or Low Tech?
BS: High Tech.
TEDxColumbus: That one we might have guessed. Big Party or Small Gathering?
BS: Small gathering.
TEDxColumbus: Thanks for sharing!