Meet Style Arcade's Trailblazing Techie: co-CTO Brent Maxwell
AS WRITTEN BY ALISON STEPHENSON
After navigating an extremely rare degree in psychology and IT, climbing the leadership ladder and running engineering teams for leading global tech firms, Brent Maxwell has found himself in "start-up heaven" building his first company.
When it comes to the tech, software and engineering space, Maxwell, co-founder and co-chief technology officer of Style Arcade, is as widely accomplished as they come.
Behind the Screens (and Scenes!)
Few men in the tech world are known for their love of fashion (some even famously wear the same thing every day to avoid extra “decisions”) but not Maxwell, who is almost an exception to the stereotyped fashion rule of the modern tech enthusiast.
Who needs designer threads when you're with this beauty?
"I always loved fashion and I spent way too much on luxury designer wear in my early twenties, all of my Accenture money was spent on Dior, Givenchy and YSL,” he confesses. "And then I met my wife ten years ago and all of my fashion spending stopped at that point because she had a much more conservative view on fashion than I did. These days I dress very simply and that’s largely a reflection of my wife's influence" he jokes.
Three years as a Solutions Architect at Amazon, a role as Director of Information Systems at the Iconic and key roles at Accenture have seen him develop technical expertise as diverse as it is deep.
Oh and that's after he cut his teeth travelling the world, running labs and training doctors and neurologists on how to administer psychometric tests to evaluate the health of the brain. Did I mention he also found time for a few cameos in big name reality TV shows and films as well?
"It was kick ass,” he says of his brief foray into TV and film, “I had long hair and got on Queer Eye for a Straight Guy because I was appropriately nerdy at that point. I was also in The Matrix as an extra, I was Agent Smith's clone number 6, so that was a really fun phase."
Cameos aside and despite his varied achievements, the one thing that eluded the passionate technologist and executive leader for a long time in his career was an original idea of his own. A real tangible problem to solve.
"I always wished I had an idea for business" he recalls, "because I ran engineering teams for other people, I always thought 'wouldn't it be great if I had something I could really own.'"