Today we are talking to Cody Sanford, the CIO of T-Mobile. AAnd we discuss the future of 5g, how t-mobile is using Alexa, and why it’s all about the people when building a technology product.

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



Show Notes

  • Start – Typical day for Cody
  • Talking about Stem and kids
  • On the board for Washington better schools
  • Robotics first
  • Hosted a IoT Hackathon
  • 19 year journey from starting at t-mobile to becoming CIO
  • Spent 7 years in Engineering and Operations
  • Spent a few years leading sales on the west coast
  • Lightsaber battles between CTO and CIO
  • Cody’s side is the software side of the house
  • Transformation to the Uncarrier Journey – ATT tried to buy but deal fell apart
  • In a broken industry and the way to fix it is to listen to the customers
  • John Legere is what you see
  • Gets in his flow state when he runs, does a lot of problem solving
  • Cody is a Mood runner – old school hip hop
  • Uncarrier moves – Music Freedom
  • 5g What’s going on with 5g?
  • Brings 15x speeds – 450 average download speed
  • Incredibly low latency – as low as 10ms – Great for Autonomous Vehicles
  • IoT and 5g
  • Hologram.io
  • Saw first 5g dev kit
  • Had a need to pull cell phone records
  • Support the Dev Community
  • How to use the Dev Community to create ecosystems through the open source community
  • Stripe used the dev community to explode their product
  • Do you do speaking as CIO for T-Mobile – Do something First and talk about it later
  • Making the team feel rewarded for the great work they are doing
  • Alexa is a big part of what t-mobile is doing internally
  • Doesn’t have the home automated yet
  • What are you really excited about at T-Mobile – Sprint merger and 5g
  • In the heart of digital transformation – about 18 mos away from fully being there
  • Layer 3 technology
  • Pivotal has been a great partner with T-mobile
  • Elon musk invites you to his house with a time machine
  • It’s all about the people
  • How do you define value?
  • How to find out more about Cody Sanford – Linkedin and Twitter
  • Clap ins when John Shows up at the call centers

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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