TBLP031 | Alan Fong: Path of Success is Through a Hurricane

Alan Fong is the Chief Technology Officer at Fleet Complete.  Alan brings over 20 years of experience building and developing innovative and high-growth technology companies, including technology leadership and execution to various verticals – healthcare, telecom, enterprise workload management.

With his progressive responsibilities in the software industry, Alan has helped create product value by understanding customer problems and building valued technology solutions that improve business outcomes and realizing hyper growth potentials.

Alan is also very involved in the startup ecosystem, a MARs Advisor and as an advisor and mentor to various startups, helping them focus to build for customer value and preparing them to rapidly scale. Alan holds a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How to successfully transition from key executive roles
  • The difference going from IBM to a small startup
  • What it means to work with “brilliant jerks”
  • How to apply the AWE Question to become a better listener
  • Know when to Pivot

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP025 | Farhan Thawar: Building Together is Genius

Farhan Thawar is the CTO and Co-Founder of a Helpful.com. Most recently he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and the VP of Engineering at Pivotal Labs.

Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world.  He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto’s 25 most powerful people.

Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, Celestica and Trilogy.

Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo.

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The  experience growing Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world
  • The benefits of paired growing and the best practices to managing it successfully
  • Mobile and the enterprise, what is missing
  • How the acquisition of Xtreme Labs by Pivotal helped change his leadership style
  • How businesses can utilize AI for talent selection and how it will impact future jobs
  • Some leadership myths not to follow

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.