As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Riggs Eckelberry.
Riggs was once a happy tech executive. In 2005, he helped take a security software company public as its president. Then, he pitched a fund and─long story short─Riggs ended up as CEO of a small public company working to disrupt industrial water, a huge, but slow-moving trillion-dollar global market. Riggs is uniquely qualified to disrupt this industry, having learned management in the nonprofit space, captained oceangoing ships, and achieved several tech exits during the dot-com boom.
"My wife is a tutor, and she is so focused on the activity that her kids just blossom. Again with that patient persistence, she doesn’t let up and doesn’t ever give up on a kid, no matter how rocky it gets sometimes. I call her a Child Whisperer — not because she has any special language for kids, but because she has their back, without ever letting up."