Today we’re talking to Eric Newcomer, the CTO at WSO2. And we discuss how to get comfortable being uncomfortable. How WSO2’s Choreo platform makes cloud integration easy, and the history of the cloud from invention to today.

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

To learn more about WSO2, check them out at, and check out their cloud integration platform Choreo here!

About Eric Newcomer:

I joined WSO2 in November from Citibank, where I was Global Head of Security Architecture and Strategy for the Consumer Bank division. Prior to that I was Chief Architect for Treasury and Trade Services at Citi (the institutional bank). Before joining Citi I was Chief Architect for the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse. I worked in financial services IT altogether for about 10 years.

Before working in financial services I worked for about 25 years for technology companies – Digital Equipment Corp (now part of HP) where I was a Distinguished Engineer and transaction processing architect, and IONA Technologies (now part of Progress Software) where I was CTO. Working for WSO2 is like “back to the future” for me, but having experience on the customer side is very valuable as I help try to contribute to the future vision and strategy of WSO2, especially how we can solve customer problems with our technology.

Technology is at its most valuable when it solves a customer problem, such as online billing, real time payment processing, or rapid integration of multiple APIs to develop a new user experience.

About WSO2:

Founded in 2005, WSO2 radically simplifies the way enterprises create, deliver, and scale digital experiences. Our cloud native, API-first approach helps developers and architects to innovate at speed and accelerate time to market. Customers choose us for our broad, integrated platform and our expertise in API management, enterprise integration, and identity and access management—the cornerstones of every successful digital transformation initiative.

With offices in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Sri Lanka, the UAE, the UK, and the US, WSO2 employs over 800 engineers, consultants, and professionals worldwide.

Today, hundreds of leading brands and thousands of global projects execute over 18 trillion transactions annually using WSO2 technologies.

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 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 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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