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How Talend's Mike Tuchen applies lessons learned as a near-dropout, and the runt on a rowing team

Mike Tuchen is best when he's feeling down.

Halfway through a project he kicks his efforts into overdrive, just when others might start to relax.

Tuchen is the CEO of Talend, a company with a billion-dollar market value. It helps customers take advantage of their data, and apply it effectively.

Yet before kicking off a career that includes an executive stint at Microsoft and a turn as CEO of Rapid7, he was nearly kicked out of boarding school. At Brown University, he had to figure out how to make a contribution as the runt of his rowing team.

Tuchen joined Fortt Knox to share a story that's not your typical wunderkind-makes-good tale. However, he showed that when the pressure is on, winning can mean making surprising choices.

High school was a time of self-discovery for Tuchen, who had just entered an elite boarding school filled with talented students. At his old school, he was the class brain. With so much competition at this new place, he soon...


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