June 27, 2018

by Todd Erickson

Phase Change Software announced that veteran technology executive Steve Brothers joined the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) as of June 1, 2018. Steve will focus on transitioning Phase Change from a research and development-focused organization to a growth-stage enterprise-software-solution provider.

“I’m excited to join the phenomenal team at Phase Change and have the opportunity to change the face of software development as we know it,” Steve said. “Hopefully my industry and technical experience will help us transform the company’s robust intellectual property into our initial significant product offerings.”

Steve has over 25 years of experience in technology related positions, but not necessarily technology focused companies. His career includes avocations with financial services, healthcare, and technology services companies.

Prior to joining Phase Change, Steve was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Ajubeo, an enterprise-class cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) provider. Ajubeo was acquired by Green House Data in November 2017.

He started with Ajubeo in 2012 as a Senior Account Executive and served in several capacities thereafter, such as Director of Partner Solutions and Vice President of Operations and Technology before rising to CEO in 2015.

Before embarking with Ajubeo, Steve served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Urban Lending Solutions, a provider of outsourced mortgage services. The appraisal side was acquired by MCMG Holdings in March 2017 and the fulfillment side was acquired by HCL Technologies in April 2017.

Steve’s responsibilities at Urban Lending Solutions centered on building the business as a whole and not strictly the technology side. He specialized in bringing together the company’s business personnel and objectives, and its technology staff and goals. His specialties spanned a broad range of responsibilities, including strategic business planning, resource management, team development, and technical-operations management.

"At Urban Lending, I began to realize the vision of the proper alignment between technology and what the business was trying to accomplish,” Steve said. “It gave me additional perspective on the role of technology across organizations of different sizes, visions, and directions."

His education reflects his holistic approach to his career. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Information Systems from the university’s Leeds School of Business.

"There's an interesting correlation between philosophy and technology,” Steve said. “At a minimum, the logic required to be successful in philosophy obviously applies to technology. In addition, the critical thinking and argumentative style of interacting with others to drive new thought processes is also a good alignment.”

Todd Erickson is a tech writer with Phase Change Software. You can reach him at terickson@phasechange.ai or on Twitter @PhaseChangeAI.