Name and Title: Tien Tzuo, co-founder and CEO of Zuora\nTwitter: @TienTzuo\nHow long have you been in your current role?\nI have been the CEO at Zuora since I co-founded the company seven years ago. Prior to that I was with Salesforce for nine years where I held various executive roles including chief strategy officer and chief marketing officer.\nWhat business technology issue is your role focusing on?\nZuora makes it really easy for companies to succeed in the subscription economy. Our technology is flexible and scalable allowing companies to easily price, bill and manage their finance. We also use big data and analytics to give them vital customer insights. All technology and business is after all, about people.\nWhat are your interests away from work?\nHaving come this far in my career, I try to give back as much as I can. So, I spend time with younger founders and CEOs to help them build their companies. On the personal front, I enjoy hanging out with my daughter. Whatever she wants to do, we go do it.\nI admire people who are not afraid to constantly reinvent themselves and their businesses such as Marc Benioff, Reed Hastings and Jeff Bezos. Tien Tzuo, Zuora\nWhat's the best piece of advice you've ever received?\nThe best piece of advice was a good mentor of mine pushing me beyond my comfort zone to start Zuora. It was way back in \u201907, when I was toying around with ideas. I wasn\u2019t somebody who started his career with the ambition of becoming a CEO. But, I had this idea and knew I\u2019d have to quit my job to become a CEO. I reached out to my mentor and asked, \u201cDo you think I\u2019m ready?\u201d And the response was \u201cYou\u2019re absolutely ready.\u201d That was just the push I needed.\nProfessionally, who do you admire most?\nI admire people who are not afraid to constantly reinvent themselves and their businesses such as Marc Benioff, Reed Hastings and Jeff Bezos. Marc has been an inspiration and I\u2019ve learned quite a bit working with him. He\u2019s also a genuinely good person with a very big heart.\nHow long have you been working in your field? How did you get into your role?\nIt\u2019s been 25 years now! After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, I got a job at Oracle and was there for six years. Back then, technology wasn\u2019t so big. In fact, no one knew what tech was. I left Oracle to pursue an MBA at Stanford and then joined Salesforce. This is when I saw the beginnings of a world shifting to subscriptions. It was obvious that companies would need new services to help them succeed in this new business model. And in 2007, we started Zuora.\nIf you weren't working in your field, what would you be doing?\nIt\u2019s very hard for me to imagine doing anything else. I realised I was passionate about building software when I was in school. I like building things, so I might have pursued architecture.\nCan you share one key pointer for keeping abreast of business technology trends?\nAlways stay curious. As we grow older, we get used to our comfort zone and stop trying out new things. Or maybe that's just my excuse to buy the latest gadgets in the market!\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.