Five minutes with the Technical Director of Mashbo

Thu, December 12th, 2019

Steve Todd is one of Mashbo’s co-founders and the Technical Director...

Steve Todd is one of Mashbo’s co-founders and the Technical Director at the software development consultancy. He is the driving force behind Chamber-award winning student property management platform, PropertyCloud and he uses his expertise to push the boundaries of Mashbo’s technical ability, leading automation and AI projects for global companies, as well as delivering business-transforming solutions for whole industries.

What does a typical working day look like?
I’m not sure if there is a typical working day at Mashbo anymore. Our work takes us to so many different clients in so many different places - San Francisco, Bratislava, Lisbon and Berlin to name a few highlights this year. However, when I am in the office in Liverpool there are a few constants. One is copious amounts of tea and coffee. I begin most days checking through emails to make sure our clients are up to date. I then catch up with each member of my team to get a progress update and find out if there are any blockers I can help with. I go to the gym at lunch time to energise myself for the afternoon. I usually have meetings to attend or panels to speak on throughout the week which gets me out of the office and keeps the day-to-day interesting.

What technology will most benefit businesses in the Liverpool City Region in the next 12 months?
Investing in process automation, without a doubt. Businesses are always trying to maximise the value they provide to their customers and advances in automation mean sophisticated solutions are becoming more economical. There are many different technologies available under the 'automation' umbrella that still wildly range in cost, but the general idea of offloading a repetitive, manual and error prone process to a computer, in order to free up staff's time to concentrate on providing better quality and human centric services. This is exactly what we did with PropertyCloud, which was the product we entered into the Chamber annual awards Digital & Technology award this year - and it won!

What advice would you give your teenage self?
People give more credit to those who talk rubbish than those who don't talk at all. Get out there and be confident. Everyone's terrified just like you, but some people have good poker faces. Once you really believe that (and it can take a while) you’re indestructible!

Where would we find you on your day off?
Usually playing football, climbing, running, flying planes, playing the piano, doing DIY or making a cuppa.

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?
Think it, believe it and it'll come true. It hasn't always worked, but sometimes it does, so I’ve always taken that advice on board.

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