Bob Ainsbury

My Likes

Authenticity, simplicity, and this cool place.

My Formula

I don’t have one. Technology leadership is like jazz – you must know all the fundamentals and then you ignore them knowingly.

My Strength

Molding organizations that consistently make ideas profitable.

My Career

All things high tech with roots in software development – more on LinkedIn

My Weakness

Marks and Spencers Wine Gums

My Dislikes

Arrogance, laziness and fish.


A technologist that gets what it takes to go from an idea to a scalable business, and how to accelerate growth in mature organizations. Truth be told, I like engineery things the most.

Business and technology perspectives have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, on CBS Radio and on National Public Radio.

Recently honored as 2016 Titan of Technology by Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Woot.

People that interest me ...


Quotes I like ...

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

Caress the detail, the divine detail.

Vladimir Nabokov

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Always remember, your focus determines your reality.

George Lucas

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Leonardo da Vinci

Truly great leaders spend as much time collecting and acting upon feedback as they do providing it.

Alexander Lucia

Books that have affected me ...

Where I Work

I am currently the Chief Product Officer at Granicus, and I am having a blast. Granicus products connect more than 3,000 government organizations to 150 million people, creating a powerful network to enhance government transparency and citizen engagement It is my favorite job in 15 years - a great team, doing really impactful and important work.

Tech @ Work

A massively scalable platform designed for government. Multi-tenant. 100% cloud first. Ruby, Java, Javascript. C#. React. Jenkins. Pager Duty. AWS. Puppet. Jira. GIT. Two data centers. Billions of communications a month. 50,000 admins. Agile shop.