2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: When you host visitors from outside of Columbus, where will you typically take them?

BS: Hot Chicken Takeover.

Columbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?
BS: Inniswood Metro Gardens

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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.

Columbus: 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?

BS: Dog.

Columbus: Netflix or Theater?

BS: Theater.

Columbus: Phone Call or Text?

BS: Text.

Columbus: Beach or Mountains?

BS: Beach.

Columbus: High Tech or Low Tech?

BS: High Tech.

Columbus: That one we might have guessed. Big Party or Small Gathering?

BS: Small gathering.

TEDxColumbus: Thanks for sharing!