07 Jan 2021

OODA Network Interview: Paul Becker

This post is based on an interview with RADM Paul Becker, CEO of The Becker T3 Group.  It is part of our series of interviews of OODA Network members. Our objective with these interviews is to provide actionable information of interest to the community, including insights that can help with your own career progression. We also really like highlighting some of the great people that make our continued research and reporting possible. 

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13 Nov 2020

OODA Network Interview: Blake Bartlett, CEO of Janes

This post is based on an interview with Blake Bartlett, the CEO at Janes.  It is part of our series of interviews of OODA Network members. Our objective with these interviews is to provide actionable information of interest to the community, including insights that can help with your own career progression. We also really like highlighting some of the great people that make our continued research and reporting possible. 

Blake started his professional life in a very interesting way, pursuing a dream of being a Tennis Pro.  Read how he channeled this passion and then leveraged his ability to communicate and an affinity for people into his current job leading Janes into the future.

“Stay focused on your long-term goals.   It’s easy to get distracted by short term opportunities.  Leaders need to keep their organizations working on a small number of key objectives.”

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02 Oct 2020

OODA Network Interview: Masha Sedova

This OODA Network Expert interview is with Masha Sedova, Co-Founder of Elevate Security.  Masha’s life story is a surprise and an inspiration.  Read how this Russian-born emigre developed a synergy between left-brain and right-brain to solve one of our toughest problems in Cyber Security – the Insider Threat.

Masha often hears executives opine “Humans are the weakest link”.  She disagrees.  “It’s a hard problem, and requires good psychology and good data, but I’ve seen organizations where the human element is one of the core features of their defense.”

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10 Sep 2020

OODA Network Interview: Joel Wallenstrom

This post is based on an interview Joel Wallenstrom, CEO and President at Wickr.  It is part of our series of interviews of OODA Network members. Our objective with these interviews is to provide actionable information of interest to the community, including insights that can help with your own career progression. We also really like highlighting some of the great people that make our continued research and reporting possible

Joel Wallenstrom took a long look at his classmates in the computer lab at Brown University and decided he’d never have the discipline and rigorous engineering habits needed to create a career in technology.  Today, he’s the CEO and President of the world’s most innovative secure communications company.

“We need to create a data transport where the service provider can’t get access to your information for monetization. It’s a very complex problem when you consider firewall rulesets being automatically updated by machines.”

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26 Aug 2020

OODA Network Interview: Marc Ambinder

Marc Ambinder has spent his high profile career at the intersection of journalism, national security and politics.  Read how his innate curiosity helped him create a successful career doing the work he loves.

“When you are trying to mitigate a crisis, you need to be open minded for things that violate your intuition but might make sense down the road.” Marc advises.   It’s not always immediately obvious what the winners will be.

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17 Jul 2020

OODA Network Interview: Jen Hoar

Jen Hoar has been a part of the OODA expert network for a decade, specializing in the HUMINT skills that can be utilized to derive nuance and information from conversations and interviews. “I’ve come to be surprised at how indispensable listening to your intuition is, including when you have a ton of information at your disposal to make a risk calculus,” Jen says. “You can research and pull data forever, but there is only so much analysis a human mind can do. At some point, you have a pretty good read on the situation, and that is borne of experience and trusting the instincts that come from that.”

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25 Jun 2020

OODA Network Interview: Chitra Sivanandam

Chitra Sivanandam followed her dual love of Art and Science to forge an amazing career.  Read how she applied her Mission Centric approach throughout.

“You can only enable technology to do a small portion of our communications.  At the end of the day, it’s the human dynamic and person-to-person trust that is needed to solve problems.”

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19 Jun 2020

OODA Network Interview: Dr. Gaurav Banga

Dr. Guarav Banga assumed he would become a Professor and spend his life in Academia.  Read about how his one year sabbatical to Silicon Valley in the late 1990’s changed his life and led to an explosive career on the leading edge of technology trends. 

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29 May 2020

OODA Network Interview: Dr. Christopher Ahlberg, CEO of Recorded Future

This post is based on an interview with Dr. Christopher Ahlberg, CEO and Co-Founder of Recorded Future. It is part of our series of interviews of OODA Network members. Our objective with these interviews is to provide actionable information of interest to the community, including insights that can help with your own career progression. We also really like highlighting some of the great people that make our continued research and reporting possible. 

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03 Apr 2020

OODA Network Interview: Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn turned an education in the U.S. Navy into a lifetime of learning.  Read  how Tom used his military skillsets to prepare him for some of the most important positions in the country:  CISO at a the world’s largest financial firms including his current role as CISO at  Investment Firm, T. Rowe Price.

“Using data science to create insight is where we are spending a lot of time.  Tools and controls are necessary and still effective, but they don’t discover the things you don’t expect to find.  You need ML/AI for that – to produce a picture of what is normal and identify what isn’t.”

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