Grenadier

David Perlman
I set out to become a history professor, but took a sharp right turn into software development and never looked back. After a decade-plus writing code, I moved into management, and again never looked back.

Most recently the CTO at Everyday Health for three years, I led the software development, quality assurance, technical operations, and program management teams. In addition, I've also worked as CTO at Infinium ASP, VP Technology at Raging Bull and VP Technical Operations at WebMD.

In all of my roles, success rested on the quality of the people I found, hired and developed.

Currently, I live outside Boston with my wife, one of our three children, two dogs, two cats, and a hermit crab. I like to read, write, cook, eat, watch the NFL, and collect books on espionage and organized crime.

GRENADIERS The first grenades were small iron spheres filled with gunpowder, roughly the size of a baseball. The grenadiers had to be tall and strong enough to throw the grenades far enough to reach the enemy, and disciplined enough to light the fuse and throw at the right moment. Gradually, they came to be regarded as an elite fighting force.

During the 18th century the British army, fielding battalions comprised of eight companies, began to sort some of the men into special-purpose companies. One was the Light company, whose men were agile, quick-witted and often used for skirmishing or ambushes. The second was the Grenadier company, whose men were big, strong, steady veterans, often used for particularly difficult missions, such as desperate assaults on fortresses.

You get enough Grenadiers together, direct and support them properly, you usually win the war…it’s not too complicated.