Today we are talking to Pat Wilbur the CTO of Hologram.io and we discuss the future of 5g what it means for the consumer market, the importance of bringing an in house designer as quickly as possible, and what steps are needed to address IoT security.

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


Pat Wilbur is the Chief Technology Officer at Hologram.

Prior to his current role, Pat architected high-density IoT sensor networks, built cellular IoT infrastructure, secured financial transaction data, architected (state-actor-proof) privacy and anonymity communications systems, helped design network resilience and security modeling/research systems for defense use, researched deployable aerial communications architecture in high-altitude near-space weather balloons (years before Google), and invented the first application containerization system (years before Docker).



Show Notes

  • Absolutely love the design of hologram
  • Advice for startups: Bring an in house designer in as quickly as possible
  • In to amateur ballooning before it was cool
  • What is hologram?
  • Founded as a cellular IoT Company – Very Developer focused
  • Companies aren’t focusing on the initial connection
  • User Experience Matters
  • Stripe and Heroku had a baby
  • How are things going to change with 5g?
  • A lot of assumptions were made with 3g and 4g before the IoT boom
  • To use 5g you’ll have to upgrade to 5g device
  • Do you showcase your customers? Twitter / Projects page with contests
  • How large is the hologram team currently 21-22 people
  • What was your first experience in technology?
  • Father built and sold technology businesses
  • Accidentally formatted his dad’s business computer
  • Credits brother-in-law with getting him in to programming
  • How did the co-founder relationship come about?
  • Met online – had a shared pain point
  • Who were your first customers? How did you approach the market?
  • Ben had previous experience in fundraising and was able to raise capital
  • You get more access and attention when working with a small company?
  • How do you deal with rejection and push through it to be successful?
  • IoT Security
  • Coming to a situation where nearly everything will be secure around us
  • Tech companies need to buckle down their IoT devices?
  • Multiple layers of security is absolutely necessary
  • Better communication between the layers of security
  • The problem is not solved yet, but we need to get there
  • Where do you see IoT in 10 years – won’t be here in 10 years
  • Most of the IoT around us will be that the environment will be connected not just individual things
  • Build the Hologram community off of discourse
  • You need to be actively contributing to community building
  • Where to find Pat? Linkedin mainly

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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