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Mayfield’s CXO of the Future podcast series seeks to elaborate on the challenges facing future CIOs by interviewing today’s leaders on what works and what doesn’t.The role of the CIO has always had lofty expectations, but today’s CIO has many responsibilities that range well beyond uptime metrics. Rather than focus on technology alone, the role is becoming more business-oriented: a partner to the business as opposed to a service provider. Increasingly, this partnership extends to the board level, where expectations have fallen on the CIO to orchestrate and enable a technology-driven transformation for the business.As a result, CIOs have been placed in the position of both near-term custodian and longer-term architect: managing future unforeseen change while leveraging new and existing technologies. They must help the company properly navigate the rapidly transforming business landscape, while remaining strong communicators. Digital Transformation is the often-used buzzword in press that drives urgency at the board level of an organization – the business-savvy CIO is generally the best equipped executive to guide this journey and consult with the board on impacts and tradeoffs to the business. Broadly speaking, all businesses are evolving into digitally-driven businesses. As a result, CIOs are closer to actually running the show than they’ve ever been before. The business side of organizations has always been dominant, but technology is the business now. CIOs often find themselves being the connector between products and operations groups and are increasingly involved in enabling execution across the organization.In Mayfield’s “CXO of the Future” podcast series, we seek to flesh out high-impact stories from those who are in the throes of this business transformation. Tune in to learn more from today’s industry leaders.

The CXO of the Future Gamiel Gran

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Mayfield’s CXO of the Future podcast series seeks to elaborate on the challenges facing future CIOs by interviewing today’s leaders on what works and what doesn’t.The role of the CIO has always had lofty expectations, but today’s CIO has many responsibilities that range well beyond uptime metrics. Rather than focus on technology alone, the role is becoming more business-oriented: a partner to the business as opposed to a service provider. Increasingly, this partnership extends to the board level, where expectations have fallen on the CIO to orchestrate and enable a technology-driven transformation for the business.As a result, CIOs have been placed in the position of both near-term custodian and longer-term architect: managing future unforeseen change while leveraging new and existing technologies. They must help the company properly navigate the rapidly transforming business landscape, while remaining strong communicators. Digital Transformation is the often-used buzzword in press that drives urgency at the board level of an organization – the business-savvy CIO is generally the best equipped executive to guide this journey and consult with the board on impacts and tradeoffs to the business. Broadly speaking, all businesses are evolving into digitally-driven businesses. As a result, CIOs are closer to actually running the show than they’ve ever been before. The business side of organizations has always been dominant, but technology is the business now. CIOs often find themselves being the connector between products and operations groups and are increasingly involved in enabling execution across the organization.In Mayfield’s “CXO of the Future” podcast series, we seek to flesh out high-impact stories from those who are in the throes of this business transformation. Tune in to learn more from today’s industry leaders.

    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #10: Stuart Evans, Distinguished Service Professor, CMU & Patrick Naef, Partner, Boyden

    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #10: Stuart Evans, Distinguished Service Professor, CMU & Patrick Naef, Partner, Boyden

    In this time of uncertainty, business leaders are searching for ways to adapt. How can the CIO drive this change thoughtfully? Gamiel Gran discussed this topic with Dr. Stuart Evans and Patrick Naef for Mayfield's "CXO of the Future" podcast. Patrick and Stuart are friends as well as colleagues and have worked together on a variety of projects over the past twenty years. Here, they talk about teaching innovation and entrepreneurship, lending their insights into the need to leverage intelligence to drive innovation. They also tap into the CIO's role and how it is changing, and why now is the best time to seize bold ideas.

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    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #9: Norm Fjeldheim, Former CIO, Illumina

    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #9: Norm Fjeldheim, Former CIO, Illumina

    A huge part of the CIO’s role is to drive strategic innovation in their companies and make sure the whole team is imbued with that culture of innovation. This is especially true when you’re working for an organization that is disrupting the industry it’s in with new ideas and new technologies. This is the kind of world that Norm Fjeldheim has been working in for more than 40 years. Norm has is the recently retired Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the San Diego based biotech firm, Illumina, where he has worked since 2016. Prior to that, he occupied the same role at Qualcomm, an engineering firm where he grew his career from entry-level to C-suite way back in the mid-1980s. Norm is also a thoughtful advisor to many early stage companies. In this interview with host, Gamiel Gram, Norm shares the valuable lessons that every CIO in a disruptive organization needs to learn from.

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    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #8: Ashwin Ballal, CIO, Medallia

    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #8: Ashwin Ballal, CIO, Medallia

    In a world that is increasingly driven by information technology, the role of the CIO is one of the most rapidly-evolving leadership roles in the C-suite space. Joining Gamiel Gram in this episode of CXO of the Future Podcast is Dr. Ashwin Ballal, Chief Information Officer at Medallia, and a leader in the customer experience industry since 2016. He began at KLA-Tencor in 2000 and has held various executive and senior level positions in marketing, engineering, program and operations management. Before joining KLA-Tencor, Dr. Ballal held various senior management positions at Electroglas Inc., Keithley Instruments and Noran Instruments. In this conversation, he describes from his own experience the transformation of the CIO role since he first got into it at KLA-Tencor.


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    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #7: Bill Bradley, Former CIO At CenturyLink

    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #7: Bill Bradley, Former CIO At CenturyLink

    The COVID-19 crisis has taught us that adapting to change may not be easy, but it’s necessary. The role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is one that has seen constant change over the years. With the pandemic altering just about every aspect of business drastically, the job will have to confront even more new challenges now as well as in the post-COVID world. Joining Gamiel Gram is Bill Bradley, the former CIO at CenturyLink. Bill worked for almost 33 years in that company and the last third of that time as CIO. He believes that learning to embrace change is a key leadership skill – something that every CXO needs to realize in these rapidly changing times.
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    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #6: SVP Business Development At SAS & Former CTO, MapR

    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #6: SVP Business Development At SAS & Former CTO, MapR

    What got you here today is not necessarily what’s going to get you there tomorrow. Joining Gamiel Gram for the sixth CXO of the Future Podcast here at Mayfield is Tom Fisher, the SVP Business Development at SAS and Former CTO MapR, who discusses his vision of the CXO of the future and the evolving role of the CIO and IT leadership. Tom is a senior executive with an accomplished international track record of developing, implementing, and delivering high-tech solutions across cloud, digital, eCommerce, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and other major sectors. He shares some important principles on how to drive a company forward, highlighting how businesses should ask the “why” question constantly and communicating with the customer and letting them give us this feedback loop. They also discuss the innovation process and the impact of using external resources, companies, and startups.

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    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #5: Declan Morris, Former CIO, Splunk

    Mayfield CXO Of The Future Podcast #5: Declan Morris, Former CIO, Splunk

    There is a huge appetite for innovation in today’s world. Coming out of that is the central role of technology, where digital disruptions are constantly pushing the envelopes for many businesses and innovators. Join Gamiel Gran on this fifth CXO of the Future Podcast here at Mayfield with Declan Morris, Former CIO at Splunk, as he discusses his vision of the CXO of the Future. Here, Declan shares with us his journey of driving innovation forward across his varied experiences in the digital space and offers some great advice for CIOs who are struggling to push that culture of innovation to their organization. Addressing some of the issues that tend to come with disruption, he then talks about how to overcome these things with the help of your team and partners. Follow along in this discussion to learn more about innovation and digital disruption and bringing it to your organization as a leader.

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