We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Drobman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeff, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Consulting in general, but especially in the tech field, is very difficult to succeed in. Everyone wants your consultation but they don’t want to pay for it. So yes, I am “successful” in that many important people value my opinion, but my income is sadly quite low. I am relegated to accepting my sense of accomplishment in knowledge as only a psychic reward.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have twice launched software development businesses. On the face of it, they should have been very successful. But luck and timing have been tides against me. So, like many other aging engineers, I have been forced to accept my fate of being a teacher and consultant — with attendant low wages. Many of my students make twice what I make.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love sports, so I take guests to Dodger and UCLA games, and maybe some beach volleyball tournaments. I hang out at sports bars and have a burger and a beer with friends, or hang out at the beach for volleyball and swimming. I like to sample exotic cuisines, and especially enjoy mom and pop Mexican or Thai. I used to take guests to Universal City Walk, but sometimes just take them to Bob’s Big Boy, Tommy’s or Pink’s.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Certainly my many years of education and alumni affiliation with the outstanding people and culture of my alma mater, UCLA, continues to inspire me.