Today we are talking to Steve Alexander, the CTO at Ciena. And we discuss how to build products that are better, faster and stronger, what the “T” in CTO means, and we dive deep into how the internet works and our current limitations.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

About Stephen:

Steve Alexander is currently Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He has held a number of positions since joining the Company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena’s Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems.

From 1982 until joining Ciena, he was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. He is an IEEE Fellow and is a recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award. He is a member of the Board of Governors of 5G Americas and a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Telecom Industry Solutions (ATIS). He has been an Associate Editor for both the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications & Networking (JOCN) and the Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT) and has served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council (TAC-4) and as a commissioner in the TechAmerica Cloud First, Cloud Fast Initiative. He was General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997.

Mr. Alexander received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been granted 23 patents and has authored a text on Optical Communication Receiver Design as well as numerous conference presentations and journal articles.

About Ciena:

Ciena is a networking systems, services, and software company. We help our clients build more adaptive networks in response to the constantly changing demands of their users—businesses and consumers alike. We do this by delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, backed by 26 years of experience in building the world’s most complex networks. From our founding, Ciena has always been a pioneer in the networking industry. Coupled with innovation, our growth and success have been built on our ability to partner with clients—delivering the solutions they require to evolve their networks. What they demand today is changing, driven by changing end-user behavior. End-users want more capacity, more content, and more flexibility while also demanding less overhead, less complication and less cost. Our clients and their networks must transform. Ciena is the best partner to guide them through this transformation to build a more intelligent and adaptive network. Only Ciena has the depth of expertise and the culture of collaboration and partnership required to help clients evolve. We do this by strategically integrating hardware, services, and software in an open environment to ensure our clients’ networks are ‘fit for flexibility’ today and into the future.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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