So yes, it takes a personality type—perhaps a bit like being an adrenaline junkie. “What drives me?” he said. “I hate to lose. That will drive you to compete.”
It goes beyond that, though. His background in applied mathematics trained him to be a problem solver, he said, and he takes pride and satisfaction from being able to solve customer problems.
There is the fulfillment that comes from being capable of doing a job well. “I am very good at what I do,” he said. “I got lots of bonuses and recognition over the years and have a significant amount of respect from executive teams, so those things feed my sense of self-worth.”
There is doing something that matters. “I want to be able to make a difference and have an impact,” he said. Figuring out how a new feature can directly address a customer’s concern has a definite impact on both Synopsys and the customer.
And, oh yes, the money is pretty good. It is not his main motivator, but he appreciates it, having two children in college and one in high school. “That ain’t cheap,” he said.