Britton Johnson, Gigabrit LLC
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Britton Johnson, owner & IT consultant, Gigabrit LLC.
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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
Most businesses don’t know what technology they need. I provide consulting to find the right solutions so your business can grow, and then I deliver it so you know it’s done right. It’s challenging shifting gears going from fixing an email issue to troubleshooting an enterprise virtual datacenter issue. I get to do a little of everything and that can be rewarding and challenging at the same time, but I love what I do. I love the challenge of helping solve problems and providing actual value to my clients.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
John Scully, the former Pepsi and Apple CEO. He’s had a long and successful career, however his time at Apple is historically looked down upon because he made one big mistake — the Apple Newton. What often gets overlooked, though, is he grew Apple 10 times from what it was when Steve Jobs nearly killed it. It was this growth that allowed Jobs to return at just the right moment to grow Apple another 10 times, and Apple now seems poised to soon be worth $1 trillion. None of it would have been possible without the steady leadership and vision of John Scully.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
This past year marked my first full year as a full-time consultant and business owner. By far it’s been my best year and I expect it to keep going. I’ve gone from three clients to over 10, and still growing. My goals for 2018 are to double the business in revenue and add key staff to aid in further growth by positioning my company as the best IT value in Madison.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
I would mostly tell myself to finish my IT certifications faster, and start independent consulting as soon as possible. However, I realize now that without having spent the last 15 years working for other companies I wouldn’t have the depth of knowledge and contacts that I have today. The big thing though is to start somewhere; nothing happens without action and if you’re constantly waiting for the right moment, you’ll be waiting forever. I tell every young person I meet who’s just starting in IT to find the product they want to gain deep knowledge in and dive in. Get certified in it and never stop learning other things along the way. Also, don’t be religious or romantic about the way things are, because change is the only thing that is for certain in technology.