The People Project with Todd

Interview with Todd Weidman, New Jersey, USA


Hi Todd, with all the change in the world, what has been the one constant in your life?


My love for the library. My father took me to the library every Saturday since I was a toddler. It became the place for me to explore different lives, cultures, history, all under one roof. Today, I look at the internet as the world's library, but I still visit my local branch. It has a familiar atmosphere where I can walk around, pick up a book, look at the jacket, read about the author. It’s tactile and experiential, and that keeps me centered.


What is your relationship with technology?


I've worked in Information Technology all my life, except for a brief detour into Accounting. I went to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, right down the road from IBM. Marist was a pipeline school for IBM. I started as a computer science major, but, at the time, I was no match for programming. So on my father's advice, I switched to Accounting.


That's quite a shift from computer science to accounting.

Think of it like chess. What takes one person 10 moves, might take another just one or two moves.

I spent just a few years in accounting post-graduation. I really liked it in the beginning. It made sense to me. There are clear governing rules and principles that all companies must follow. Computer science, while logical, is a more creative discipline. There's no single way to write code. Think of it like chess. What takes one person 10 moves, might take another just one or two moves.



I haven't heard computer science described as a creative discipline too often. How did you find your way back to IT?