One partner of the year’s personal and professional transformation.

Welcome to the 48th episode of the Ultimate Guide to Partnering. For this episode of the podcast, I got to spend time with Dr. Tianyi (TJ) Jiang, the co-CEO, and co-founder of AvePoint, a multiple award-winning and 2017 Public Sector Partner of the Year for Microsoft.

TJ oversees product strategy and business development for AvePoint’s global businesses. He is one of the main architects in guiding AvePoint’s evolution from a SharePoint infrastructure tools company, to an information management solution focused Microsoft cloud expert—helping enterprises in their digital transformation to cloud. TJ is a regular speaker at C-level and technology events worldwide.

AvePoint and TJ’s story are one of transformation as the company pivoted from a Sharepoint Infrastructure tools company to an information management solutions company focused on the Microsoft Cloud.

TJ’s story is one of personal transformation that I’ve now chronicled many times through this podcast. It is one of an immigrant, in this case, one who came to the US from China at the age of 11 and achieved great academic and business success.

In addition, TJ is the recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in New Jersey in 2010, TJ received both B.S. and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Philosophy and PhD in Data Mining from Department of Information Systems, Operations Management, and Statistics, Stern School of Business, New York University.

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This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Cloud Wave Partners.