“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Contrary to the great words of L. Frank Baum, the man behind the curtain of Scrypt, Aleks Szymanski has a lot to be recognized for. He’s currently blending two companies together into one and taking the business into uncharted profit numbers. Commandeering not one, but two innovative product launches within the Scrypt family of four products and overseeing 40 employees in two different cities. All while playing father to two wonderful boys, and husband to a patient and talented wife and partner for 24 years. You can say he likes a full plate. But, with all these hats he wears you’d never guess it. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the open Scrypt seating floor (he chooses not to have an office) you’ll find Aleks dreaming of ways to inspire, create and lead by not only example, but also through innovation.
As part of our ongoing series, “No robots. Just Humans.” blog, we got the opportunity to sit down with Aleks and get a peek inside his brain. No C-level questions, just real, raw questions about who Aleks is and how he and Scrypt became aligned. Watch the video to learn more about the man behind the Scrypt curtain, you won’t want to miss it!
The abridged version is below.
How did you become Scrypt CEO?
In about Spring 2009, I met a UK investor who had put money into Scrypt and it wasn’t going anywhere. They asked me to come out and have a look at the company (SecureCare Technologies) and see what I thought about it. I fell in love with the opportunity; I fell in love with Austin as a place. I was fascinated by what the company was trying to do.
Every great leader has someone they look up to for inspiration. Who is yours?
The reality is I don’t have one single inspiration. Everyday I try and get better at what I do and I see leadership in different areas.
What is the best advice you have been given?
One thing I sort of live by is lots of times in business things are soggy, things are left vague. I live by a world to make things crunchy, there has to be real clarity about who is doing what and when. That is how you make real progress.
What is one goal, personal or professional, that you would like to accomplish in your lifetime?
I think there are a lot of things I want to do in my lifetime. If I had to choose one, it would be to see my children reach their potential. To be the best they can be.
What is the biggest challenge Scrypt faces today?
I think the biggest challenge is adapting to new environments and new risks. The way we approach it is thinking of things in a technology agnostic way so if a new iWatch or device comes along, we can adapt our tech to be able to deliver safely, and securely encrypted information onto that device.