The nomads put a new spin on the tech genre by shining a light not only on technology but also on the human side of the digital age. Tune in if you find yourself thinking about how to integrate into the digital landscape and be a part of the evolving industry.
For over two decades, Phil and Nabeel have provided a powerful catalyst for organizations to create a vision of the future and the will to innovate. As futurists, they deliver a dynamic and entertaining vision of change, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture, and human nature.
With real business experience and a deep understanding of technology, the two nomads know the difference between science fiction and useful forecasting. Rather than focusing on the distant future, they devote themselves to scanning the horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, thereby sharing a compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.
Empowering the Next Generation in Telecom
This week, Isabelle Paradis, President and Founder of HOT TELECOM, joins Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence on the Nomad Futurist Podcast to jump into her transformative journey in the telecom industry. With an impressive 30 years of global experience, Isabelle is a visionary leader specializing in international and wholesale telecom services. Before founding HOT TELECOM, she earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA in Finance. Isabelle is not only an industry expert, but also an advocate for the inclusion of women and young people in technology and science. She serves on multiple boards, including the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (ESCAP) and the Global Telecom Women’s Network.
Phil and Nabeel kick off the episode eager to explore what it is that Isabelle does:
“I run a company called Hot Telecom. It's been in business for 20 years, and we do telecom, strategic consulting, and market research, focusing more and more on marketing and content. We are creating fun, memorable content and events for telecom operators in the international space. So, we are really focused, we are niche, in the wholesale and international space.”
When questioned about her drive and initiatives in working with the younger generation and creating excitement around the industry, Isabelle shares a valuable insight:
"I just tell them, do what you love. If they want to be an entrepreneur, as long as you go in with your eyes wide open, which I think is the key, then do it. If you know what you're getting yourself into and you're happy with that, please go ahead."
Isabelle wraps up the interview by sharing some of her key takeaways:
"I think the energy you bring, especially positive energy, plays a big part in getting you to a better place. Giving back has an important role because when you give back you receive so much more in return. For example, when I work with my customers, I'm a consultant. If at the end of the day, I made them smile and I made a difference in their business or in their life, then I've succeeded on that day."
Isabelle Paradis's episode is more than just a career overview; it's a lesson in leadership and a deep dive into the complexities of the telecom industry. Her insights make this episode a must-listen for anyone aspiring to make a significant impact in the world of telecommunications.
Connect with Isabelle on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to learn more.
Building Trust Through Transparency
This week, Jeremy Pease, Chief Executive Officer of Colohouse, joins Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence on the Nomad Futurist Podcast to unpack his illustrious career in the digital infrastructure industry. With over 20 years of experience specializing in data centers and cloud hosting, Jeremy is no stranger to leading high-performing teams. Before taking the helm at Colohouse, he served as the Senior Vice President of Managed Services at DataBank, where he revitalized revenue streams across multiple business lines. He also held the role of Chief Operating Officer at both Aptum and Contegix, driving product innovation and operational excellence. A graduate of the University of Phoenix with an Associate of Arts in Business, Jeremy is a client advocate who brings a wealth of experience across the entire IT stack.
Nabeel starts the conversation by asking Jeremy about his first steps into the data center industry:
"I started more as a consumer in the data center space for quite a while. It was an interesting transition to go from being a customer to actually working on the data center side of things. It gave me a unique perspective on what customers really need."Phil and Nabeel are keen to understand the life lessons that have molded Jeremy into the multifaceted leader he is today:
"I've enjoyed the journey because it allowed me to learn so many different parts of the business. From cloud hosting to security and compliance, understanding these diverse areas has given me a holistic view of what my teams do and what our customers expect."When asked about the advice he would impart to the younger generation, Jeremy offers a gem:
"Transparency is key. I've always believed in being transparent with the organization. In my experience, employees often feel they're kept in the dark when leadership doesn't share information. Being open fosters a culture of trust and collaboration."
Jeremy Pease's episode is not just a career retrospective; it's a masterclass in leadership and a deep dive into the intricacies of the data center industry. His insights make this episode a must-listen for anyone aspiring to make their mark in the world of digital infrastructure.
Follow Colohouse on Linkedin to learn more.
Navigating the Digital Frontier
This week, Michael Morey, President & CEO at Bluebird Network LLC, joins Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence on the Nomad Futurist Podcast to discuss his impressive career in the digital infrastructure industry. With more than 37 years of telecommunications experience, Morey has served as President & CEO of Voxitas, Senior Vice President at NuVox, Regional Vice President of Electric Lightwave, Inc. and held various management positions within his 13 years at AT&T. During his tenure at Bluebird Network, the company has more than doubled in size and was named as one of the fastest growing companies in Missouri in 2015.
Nabeel kicks off the episode by asking Michael how he got exposed to science and technology and landed in this industry:
“Like a lot of people out there, I just like to learn. I still love to learn. I'll watch anything. And so, science was the coolest thing to learn in school. It was the most difficult thing, and so I always tended towards whatever was the hardest, the most difficult. I saw it as the most challenging.”
Phil and Nabeel are interested to know what lessons Michael learned that made him who he is today:
“I would say some of the best lessons are listening. A lot of the top people in the industry are former salespeople and you know that the best salespeople are the ones that listen. So, listen to the people around you. Listen to your employees, to your investors, to your customers, to your friends, to your family, and try to make a difference.”
Michael shared a lot of great insight in this episode, but Nabeel wants to know what advice he would give to the younger generation:
“Nowadays, I think that if you spend more time trying to figure out proactively where you should go and what can make things happen for you, you are going to find the right place more often. You are going to be happier in those places and you're going to move up because moving sideways doesn't really help you much.”
From Hands-On Beginnings to Strategic Success
In this episode, Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence are accompanied by Paul Peterson, Senior Director Facilities Manager at JLL overseeing operations at multiple data center locations in the Northeast on the CyrusOne account.
In this position, Paul is a major piece in the puzzle to ensure that customers have uptime, availability and connectivity with their data set and data set requirements. Nabeel digs deeper asking, “What's your day-to-day job? Are you just keeping the data center active in life?”
“We'reboots-on-the-ground engineers at the facilities, keeping everything going. We deal with the maintenance plans, budget forecasts, everything that operationally needs to happen at that data center from the critical side all the way to the carpets and the paint on the walls - It runs through our team.”
Paul never really had an interest in school growing up. He shares some insight with our co-hosts on how that played a role in his journey:
“I remember what it was like coming out of high school as not a great academic, not really knowing where I was going. I had to learn the hard way. I had to kind of figure things out and it was concerning…this is why I'm doing what I'm doing with you guys and I'm talking to trade schools, visiting students, and having these conversations.”
Nabeel asks Paul, "What's next for you? What are you thinking?"
“I'm very, very happy where I'm at. I think things again kind of fell into place for a reason and timelines worked, and I think that the success of the [CyrusOne] account is that we're heading in the right direction.”
Paul leaves us with advice for the younger generation beginning their own career journeys in the industry:
“The best thing I can say for the students is to follow their passions. Find your aptitudes, do things, and you have to enjoy what you're doing. I had to learn a lot of hard mistakes before I figured out how to get from A to B. But I think this is a great industry. Everybody I've met in this industry always has a positive trajectory about them and we're booming, it's getting bigger, faster every day. If we can get these students in the right mindset, give 'em the skills they need, I think there's gonna be some really tremendous players.”
On this episode, Nabeel and Phil are joined by Lee Smith, Data Center Consultant and Education Ambassador for the Nomad Futurist Foundation. Lee has over 30 years of digital infrastructure industry experience and is an accomplished international data center consultant, covering planning, strategy, design, and operations. During the last 15 years, he's been fully immersed in all matters related to designing, building, and operating mission-critical data centers.
Lee’s educational background is in strategic marketing and economics, which from an outside perspective may not appear to have much to do with the data center space. So, Nabeel asks Lee how he found himself in this industry:
“I was going to be appointed as a process controller at a large petrochemical organization in South Africa… and I wasn't too excited about it. So, I just asked the HR guy ‘Is there anything maybe in computers that you could show me?’ I walked into the computer room and there were two guys running around loading printer paper and tape reels and all of that, and I just knew. I looked at the guy and I said, ‘I gotta do this job. I have to do this.’”Lee's passion for education and unwavering commitment to standards never cease to inspire. Nabeel and Phil witness his desire to pay it forward, as he constantly engages in efforts to provide tools, resources, and educational materials to African communities which often lack access to them. Intrigued, Nabeel ponders why this transformative transition took place:
“I guess in that case, it's where I come from. The African continent is not an easy place… it’s not always easy for people to be exposed to opportunities for education. Offering that opportunity to people to learn something new, to be able to grasp a concept through whatever means you can… for me that's first prize.”
Learn more about Lee and the other Nomad Futurist Ambassadors: https://nomadfuturist.org/nomad-futurist-team/
The Art of Hustle
On this episode of the Nomad Futurist Podcast, Nabeel and Phillip are joined by Walter Cannon, Vice President, Business Development at ZenFi Networks, a Boldyn Networks company. Walter leverages over 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience in the wireless, wholesale, and enterprise markets to lead sales teams in efficient delivery of network solutions that enable customers to grow their businesses more effectively.
Walter serves as a perfect example that success can be achieved without a college degree. Nabeel and Phil kick off the conversation by asking Walter how his journey began:
“So basically at 12 years old, my father comes home with a typewriter and a modem attached to it, and he's basically saying, ‘listen, you're going to learn how to program.’”
Nabeel marvels at the tremendous accomplishments of Walter, who grew up in an underserved community, and asks what the driving force was that kept him going:
“Part of it was hunger, I'm just going to be blunt. Having seen people that had nice things I was just like, ‘I’ve got to figure out what this hustle is and how I get there.’”
Phil and Nabeel are left wondering: Knowing what he knows today, what would Walter tell his younger self or younger generation to do?
“Listen, get your butt in those books. Understand processes, understand the value, the consequences, ‘cause it'll kill you. And then understand some form of technology because technology is good.”
Learn more about Boldyn Networks: https://www.boldyn.com/
By far one of the best technology podcasts
Without a double this is the most informative podcast when it comes to technology, Phil and Nabeel have a larger than life personality and always deliver on making an otherwise uninteresting yet critical business more fun. This podcast is highly recommended, and is hours and hours of endless entertainment mixed with great personality and information
impactful, motivational and inspirational tech guru
The journey to success is different for everyone. The obstacles we overcome along the way are often what make us who we are. Nabeel’s inspirational story and the chilled demeanor will inspire you to power forward in all that you do. As he often says - live life is there is no tomorrow and of tomorrow comes live again.
Great! Phil is a hero!
Tremendous insight throughout. A whirlwind tour of technology. Great fun. In my life, I’ve dealt mainly with the past, so hearing about the future was a treat.