Tech

Coworking with Scott Likens

He’s Innovation Hub and trust technology leader at PwC
article cover

Scott Likens

· less than 3 min read

Stay up to date on tech

Drones, automation, AI, and more. The technologies that will shape the future of business, all in one newsletter.

Coworking is a weekly segment where we spotlight Emerging Tech Brew readers who work with emerging technologies. Click here if you’d like a chance to be featured.

How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t work in tech?
I lead teams that find the connective tissue between business problems and far-out solutions (enabled by technology). In other words, teams who think about technology that isn’t quite figured out, and then finding ways to apply it to the here and now of business problems. Basically, looking at the future and applying what’s possible to our current world.

What’s your favorite emerging tech project you’ve worked on?
Tracing milk powder from the fields of New Zealand to the mom and dad in China feeding their newborn, using cutting-edge blockchain and digital technology. This was a project that made a difference to society while also increasing the value of the product being sold. Very cool to see it come to life.

What emerging tech are you most optimistic about?
I continue to be bullish on the concept that blockchain has created, which is creating a truly distributed but secure future technology ecosystem. Considering how to truly leverage innovation at the edges takes a new architecture for data and compute and blockchain, and derivatives have created that. Oh, and quantum is something I spend time with because many worlds is too mind-blowing not to think about

What’s the best piece of tech-related media you’ve read/watched/listened to?
Hands down, Everything Everywhere All At Once, a film by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

One thing we can’t guess from your LinkedIn profile?
I have 15 chickens, 13 goats, two emus, four alpacas, four cows, and one herd dog on my ranch in Austin. Oh, and I rescued a mini horse I named Hot Dog.

Stay up to date on tech

Drones, automation, AI, and more. The technologies that will shape the future of business, all in one newsletter.