By @SimonCockingDaniel Newman Principal Analyst @futurumxyz | @Broadsuite & V3B |@Forbes @Entrepreneur Contributor | TEDx Alum | Global Speaker on Digital Transformation| Dad x3 |

What is your background briefly?

I love technology, but I am also extremely passionate about digital transformation and strategy because I believe technology can only reach its potential when it is intertwined with humanity. When people and technology work together to meet their potential, the business results will follow. This is where I come in.

I am an entrepreneur focused in the Technology and Digital Space. Founder, partner and operator of 4 companies ranging from my role as Principal Analyst at Futurum Research, a Technology and Analysis firm to the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group and President of Digital Agency V3B.

Prior to my days as an entrepreneur, I served as the CEO of EC3, a hosted IT and Communication services provider. Prior to that at the spry age of 28, I was the CEO of United Visual, parent company to United Visual Systems, United Visual Productions, and United GlobalComm; a family of companies focused on Unified Communications and Audio Visual Technologies.

I am also an author and contributor to some of the worlds largest media outlets. A regular on Forbes, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post, as well as the author of 5 Amazon Best Selling Books.

How did you end up doing what you do now?

I started out in sales. I was actually a musician and a DJ and I sold pro audio tech to make a living. I got into selling tech into the corp space and then moved my way up the ladder both by moving up in companies and changing companies. By 28 I was CEO of a tech var with over 100 employees.

1 min pitch, what is Digital Transformation, and what should people be doing to achieve it?

Digital Transformation is about building a culture that can rapidly adapt and innovate in a time where technology change is continuous and often disruptive.

How do you balance your various current activities, do they help cross fertilise each other?

I try to have most of what I do correlate so I can operate exponentially. Of course, that excludes the family. With them it is all about just being in the moment (or at least trying to be).

Looking back what have been your big wins?

Writing my first book even though no one wanted to read it. Taking an equity position in a start up that failed and then a CEO role in a turn around company; I learned so much. Having the courage to go out on my own at what felt like the most inopportune time. And staying with the plan (being adaptable of course) but never giving up in the tough moments.

What tips would you give to others looking to develop their careers?

I try not to give too much unsolicited advice. But…if anyone asks. Follow passion but stay realistic. Too many people think they can hardwork their way to anything. I believe you have to have the drive but talent is a huge help. Otherwise I would be starting striker on Arsenal.

What Social media trends are you excited about at the moment?

I’m really excited about live video. Not so much about talking heads, but about the opportunity for brands to tell their story in a more compelling way without endless equipment. It’s a game changer.

Who do you follow for your inspiration and insights?

I’m not much into following. There are a lot of smart people out there and I’m a voracious consumer of snackable content. I read all the time, but more short articles, journals and papers than books. I try to limit intake of certain topics as I want to make sure I find innovation from within instead of iterating on others ideas.

We can be online 24/7, how do you manage your work life balance?

I do a terrible job of this. Actually did a Ted Talk on the very topic. I try to stay balanced and remember what and more importantly who matter most. Hint: it isn’t random peeps on social.


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