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Net Effects

By Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto
Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto have come together to create a new podcast for technology professionals: Net Effects Podcast. Topics they talk about include the CIOs’ unique perspective on COVID and Post COVID priorities affecting today’s business landscape. Listen to their upbeat discussion with startup founders and various leaders as they help others navigate this new decade of change. Net Effects is all about network effects join us as we talk about digital transformation, social transformation, and personal transformation.
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Build a Great Team and Tirelessly Pursue Outcomes
"Every day is an opportunity. And I'm prepared to pivot whatever it is I'm doing to fit whatever seems the most interesting or that I'm most passionate about," says Chris Campbell, CIO at DeVry University. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, Chris shares his expertise on building effective teams, transformation initiatives, and tiny homes.
September 19, 2021
Build a Digital Experience that Customers Want to Participate In
Jeri Koester, CIO at Marshfield Clinic Health System and board member at TBM Council, drives a Harley Davidson and knows how to take charge. Jeri’s background working in IT startups led to the manufacturing industry, where she learned about workflow and automation. Jeri then moved to healthcare, leading IT teams for the past decade. She says she loves the mission of Marshfield. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto talk with Jeri about project management, leading teams, and creating digital experiences.
September 13, 2021
The Art of the Turnaround with Pete Gibson (Part 2)
In the first part of Net Effects Podcast, co-host Mark Bavisotto’s conversation with Johnny Rockets and Friendly’s Restaurant CIO & CITO Pete Gibson covered everything from leading organizations to quality assurance and software architecture. In this follow-up episode, Mark and Pete talk about the restaurant industry and how the process has changed to respond to a changing marketplace.
September 6, 2021
A Changing World and Understanding Consumer Behavior with Dr. Rippee (Part 2)
Executive Director of UNLV's Black Fire Innovation Hub, Dr. Robert Rippee, is also a practitioner of zen and the. In this follow-up episode, Net Effects Podcast co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto visit with him about personal transformation and our experience in the now. Meditative zen questions like "What am I?" "Where am I" and "What is now?" help engage with the present moment. This focus can be applied to everything from meditation to considering customer experience to innovation and transformation.
August 29, 2021
The Art of the Turnaround with Pete Gibson (Part 1)
Pete Gibson, CIO & CITO of Johnny Rocket's and Friendly's Restaurant, recalls the lessons learned from his time in the military and working on the team that developed the technology for Tomahawk cruise missiles. He says these lessons impacted his whole career, from developing high-reliability systems and software quality assurance to software architecture and project management to running a technology organization. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-host Mark Bavisotto interviews Pete about his time in the military, leading innovation teams, and leaning into leadership.
August 22, 2021
A Changing World and Understanding Consumer Behavior with Dr. Rippee (Part 1)
Dr. Robert Rippee's office mate is a machine learning robot named "Pepper." Her dutiful listening is part of his research and teachings at UNLV about human behavior and the future of interactive technology. Dr. Rippee is the Executive Director for UNLV Black Fire Innovation Hub — his doctorate and dissertation bring together compelling fields of statistics, innovation, and consumer behavior. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto visit with Dr. Rippee about disruptive innovation, our changing world, and never settling for the status quo.
August 16, 2021
How to Command a Room with Confidence and Skill, According to Teena Piccione
“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less,” is the quote that Teena Piccione, Telco, Media & Entertainment, and Gaming Industries at Google Cloud, had printed on her team’s badges for an event. Teena has always excelled at rising to a challenge and thinking outside the box. At 18, she struck out on her own, working her way through high school and college. She supported herself by working at UPS at 3 am every morning. Teena also concurrently excelled in music and technology — both taught her the importance of knowing your work inside and out. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-host Mark Bavisotto chats with Teena about continual learning, thinking outside the box, and standing out as a female leader.
August 8, 2021
Platform Revolution has Arrived and It's Sparking New Business Models and Cloud Transformation
Dr. Geoff Parker says the punchline when it comes to choosing a career path is that "you don't have to make up your mind." Pursuing computer science during his undergrad years and then spending time in semiconductor engineering, he says that a lot of what is interesting in the economy today is at the intersection of technology, business, economics. This intersection makes Dr. Parker one of the foremost experts in his field of platform technology; he is the co-author of Platform Revolution and a professor of engineering at the Thayer School of Dartmouth College. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto visit with Dr. Parker about how platforms are changing the global economy and the future of business.
August 1, 2021
Pull Up a Chair. Mike Fulton Takes Listeners to School on Digital Transformation.
Mike Fulton is a proud Buckeye. Ohio State is “near and dear to his heart,” and he is an alumnus and teacher at the institution. During his time teaching at OSU, Mike has developed a groundbreaking digital transformation curriculum based on years of enterprise IT experience. Mike also leverages his digital transformation expertise to lead cloud services company, Expedient, as the Head of Innovation and Product Strategy. Mike began his career at P&G, which he calls a “great training ground” for anyone who wants to understand leadership — working every job in the IT department and eventually landing in concurrent Chief Cloud Architect and Shared Services roles.
July 25, 2021
Pay it Forward By Sharing Your Knowledge and Innovation
Dr. Marta Meana is a professor of psychology at UNLV. She has served as Acting President and Dean of the Honors College at the academic institution. But she never aspired to these leadership positions. Instead, she aspired to excellence in her field and her scholarly endeavors. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, Dr. Meana visits with co-hosts Mark Bavisotto and Les Ottolenghi about starting her first agency as a copywriter to pivoting to work in clinical psychology, and how opportunities find you when you give your work and passion 150%.
July 18, 2021
Make Your Own Road in the Lifelong Pursuit of Personal Transformation
Renee Pearson leads many roles as a mom, enterprise executive, and involved community member — and she leaves an indelible mark of excellence no matter what project has her focus. But one of the most remarkable things about Renee is her unerring focus on leading with empathy and curiosity. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, Renee visits with co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto about embracing competition and teamwork while also finding fulfillment in professional and non-profit causes. Her quest to striving for balance, continuous learning, and personal transformation make this episode a fascinating and highly relatable conversation about contemporary topics that shape a person's life.
July 12, 2021
Pursue Work that Professionally, Financially, and Purposefully Feeds You
In each episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto start with a segment called “Unmasking the Executive.” This ice breaker often illuminates a facet of the episode guest’s life experience that played a pivotal role in their transformation over the years. For executive coach Jennifer Pitts, her story is about the lessons learned working “Italian construction in New York City in the 80s.” As a summer laborer, she worked on the World Financial Center and carved out her niche in the organization (and rescued some palm trees in the Winter Garden, too!). Today she is an accomplished executive coach and business advisor. In this episode, Jennifer talks about pursuing the work that offers professional, financial, and purposeful sustenance. And because it is her field of expertise, she also shares the critical importance of finding coaches and mentors as well as building effective networking skills.
July 5, 2021
Chase Your Goals with Conviction
CxO, a lawyer, and board member, Kim Sinatra, knows a thing or two about chasing down dreams. After finding herself in need of a quick career transition after just a year in Las Vegas, she sent a letter to Steve Wynn asking to join his new venture. Steve took her up on her offer, and she joined Wynn Resorts, rising to EVP and General Counsel, a leadership role she held for over 15 years. Kim shares her fearless optimism and bright vision in this episode of Net Effects Podcast. She talks with podcast co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto about lessons learned over four decades of business and her new initiative, Woman Up. An organization that acts as a comprehensive resource for women through mentoring and sustainable change for advancing equity.
June 27, 2021
Find Your Seat at the Table and Make Your Voice Heard
Jan Jones Blackhurst is a prolific American businesswoman and former government official. She served as the mayor of Las Vegas from 1991 to 1999, becoming the first woman to do so. This episode begins with a recount of Jan's experience riding in an F-15 fighter jet. For the next 43 minutes, she shares her stories of transforming Las Vegas in the 90s to pioneering paths in business and governance efforts.
June 21, 2021
Find and Create Opportunities, Even if They're Outside Your Comfort Zone
What you do in college often has nothing to do with what you ultimately end up doing in the world, explains Heather Creran, COO of OncoLens. While at Duke University, Heather switched from a biomedical engineering field of study to political science. Upon graduation and deeply touched by her mom's experience with cancer, she joined IMPATH as the 10th employee and helped grow the organization into a large enterprise. Her professional experience has spanned more than three decades of various executive leadership in diagnostics and healthcare. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, Heather visits with co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto about honoring career potential and jumping into growth opportunities.
June 14, 2021
Cybersecurity is Leader in the Next Generation of Innovation
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, Mark Bavisotto and guest host Salil Kulkarni (President/CEO and Founder of Vichaar, LLC) talk with Palo Santo Networks President Amit Singh about cybersecurity and its potential as “one of the most vibrant fields for innovation.” Amit attributes his success and journey to his dad’s wisdom. Amit grew up in India and traveled to America to get his Master’s degree. Upon graduation from Rensselaer with a Master’s in Industrial and Management Engineering, he joined Oracle as a software engineer in the early 90s. He rose to VP of Sales within the company and in 2007, and realized that the future of computing was the Cloud. He joined Google Enterprise and led Google from a consumer-focused company to an enterprise. In 2018, he joined Palo Alto Networks (PANW) — a leader in cybersecurity with core products that include advanced firewalls and cloud-based offerings. Amit shares predictions for the next normal as informed by decades of experience in leading digital enterprise initiatives.
June 7, 2021
Nicholas Thompson Wants You to Think Critically About Platform Technologies and Content Publishing
Nicholas Thompson is a master strategist when it comes to thinking about efficient business models. His thought leadership helped build The New Yorker’s digital strategy, diversified revenue streams at Wired, and he is now channeling this particular talent into a long-term plan for The Atlantic. In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, Nicholas talks with co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto about social obligations around platforms and content, as well as the political implications of technology and its governance.
May 31, 2021
Step Up to the Plate. Start a Business.
When Tim Wise was young his father, an attorney, gave him some invaluable career advice. He described pursuing a professional career as a baseball game — those that stepped up to the plate to swing were the ones starting businesses. Tim has built a career on that advice of stepping up to the plate and taking a risk—albeit with some great data and life lesson-learning—and these days he’s helping other tech and IT leaders step up to the plate with their company and use all data and information at their disposal to make great business decisions. Relying on that baseball metaphor again, effectively, improving their at-bat percentage. In this episode, Tim talks with Net Effects Podcast co-hosts, Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto, about digital, social, and personal transformation.
May 23, 2021
Bring Together the Best of Two Worlds - Enterprise IT and Startup - and Their Key Characteristics
Every day when Marcus Curley’s mom dropped him off at school, she told him to be a “man of character.” It was this family-centric mentorship and high standards that transformed his early years and set him on the path to being a bold executive leader. In this episode, the Wyoming-based technologist shares his experience in enterprise IT with co-hosts Mark Bavisotto and Les Ottolenghi, and how that mashes up with being the founder of his new startup, FrostyFlake. This episode covers topics around leading and living with grace, creating a culture that springs from values and creating products that customers can get passionate about.
May 18, 2021
Cloud Wizard, Sanjay Pal, Talks Cricket, CX, and Enterprise Organizational Design
Sanjay Pal, Global VP and GM, Head of CX and Cloud Operations at IBM, equates many business experiences to lessons learned on the cricket pitch, “When you catch the ball, it doesn’t hurt. If you drop the catch, it can break your finger.” In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto, talk with Sanjay about championing ideas and change, overcoming challenges, and relentlessly focusing on customer success.
May 10, 2021
David Gardner Shares the Essential Ingredients for Startups
Episode 17 of Net Effects Podcast features David Gardner, an angel investing #GOAT and Founder and Managing Partner of Cofounders Capital. He is also on the board of directors for numerous startup companies. David shares his ideas with co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto — tackling everything from successful investing to finding new business ideas to what entrepreneurs need to do in the next 12 months to be successful. David has an educational background in theology and dead languages, and this fascination with language construction likely influenced David’s first endeavors around writing early programs for hardware and software solutions. He has successfully started and sold six companies and one he “refuses to talk about it.” David’s world is eclectically modern and full of exploration and adventures in venture capital and angel investing.
May 2, 2021
Featuring Ross Woodley, Colonel (Retired) USAF and Chief Programs Officer at Red River
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto catch up with retired USAF Colonel and Chief Programs Officer at Red River, Ross Woodley. Throughout his career across government and business, Ross has acted as a linchpin in achieving critical missions. “I like a lot of challenges in my day,” he says. These days Ross uses his extensive knowledge in team-building and navigating high-pressure environments to contribute to the technology company Red River.
April 26, 2021
Zscaler CEO, Jay Chaudhry Pioneers Innovation
Jay Chaudhry launched his first startup in the mid-1990s intent on carving out a new place in the market for his idea. Through his resilience, innovative vision, and optimistic mindset, Chaudhry launched multiple startups over the past three decades and rose to international prominence, including a place on Forbes’ 400 list of richest people in America. In this episode of the Net Effects podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto talk with Jay about disruptive technology and ideas, security trends and evolution, customer service, and a culture of change.
April 19, 2021
Featuring Mike Burgett, Founder and Executive Advisor at CIO Partners
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Mike Burgett, the Founder and Executive Advisor of CIO Partners. As a former CIO, Burgett has a perspective on both sides of the lens for both technology leaders and executive recruiting for the Fortune 1000. This episode includes topics around personal transformation for CIOs whether networking with mentors and peer advisors or seeking knowledge and counsel to improve skill sets to be a more effective leader.
April 12, 2021
Featuring Sunny Gupta, CEO of Apptio
Sunny Gupta, CEO, and founder at Apptio knows a thing or two about perseverance — and it started with immigrating from India and creating his own self-funded pathway to higher education in the United States. After earning Computer Science and Math degrees, Sunny pursued software and framework development at the forefront of innovation. At 26, he started his first company and 18 months later sold it to Rational Software (now part of IBM). In this Net Effects Podcast episode, Sunny shares his vision about grit, determination, and digital transformation with co-hosts Mark Bavisotto and Les Ottolenghi. Topics range from new and digital-first business models to Sunny’s organization-building with the Technology Business Management Council. This episode offers a pragmatic look at some of the most pressing issues facing CIOs today.
April 5, 2021
Featuring David Spitz, CEO of ChannelAdvisor
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, ChannelAdvisor CEO David Spitz joins co-hosts Mark Bavisotto and Les Ottolenghi. As public corporations emerge from a catalyzing year of digital and social change, the leaders who were able to safely navigate their enterprise through turbulent waters, offer the most elucidating advice and strategies. David shares his vision for steering ChannelAdvisor through disruption and how the company remained sound, emerging stronger than ever. This episode covers topics like nurturing value-rich company culture, serving customers, and rising to meet extraordinary challenges.
March 29, 2021
Dan Streetman, CEO of TIBCO
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Dan Streetman, CEO of TIBCO. Dan has an extraordinary history in leadership and service, and in this episode, he shares his motto, mission, and strategies for leading a “Pay it first” life. This episode covers a variety of topics that are top-of-mind for startup entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders alike, ranging from digital transformation to moving with integrity and assuredness in a networked world.
March 22, 2021
Todd Olson, CEO, and Founder at Pendo
In this episode of the Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Todd Olson, CEO and Founder at Pendo. The unicorn company, Pendo,  founded by Todd Olson, is “on a mission to improve the world’s experiences with software”.
March 15, 2021
Jason Williamson, VP, Oracle for Startups and Oracle for Research
In this episode of the-future-happening-now Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Jason Williamson, VP of Oracle for Startups and Oracle for Research. Williamson is a passionate advocate for helping people build things that haven’t been built. At Oracle for Startups, he works to help people who invent, create, and discover do it with Oracle technology. Williamson and his team help startups accelerate growth, development, and revenue opportunities by bringing an array of resources to assist in all areas of growth. Startups at every stage, industry, and/or location are supported and welcomed. Oracle for Research strives to see a generational impact in advancing the world through scientific discovery.
March 8, 2021
Featuring Igor Jablokov, Founder and CEO of Pryon
AI (or machine learning, depending on who you are talking to) has permeated much of our daily reality. Yet, as discussed in this episode of Net Effects Podcast, it is simply a tool like a hammer. Co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Igor Jablokov, CEO of Pryon and machine learning (ML) expert about the future of the technology, as well as the power and responsibility of those who wield it.
February 28, 2021
Scot Wingo, CEO of Spiffy and Executive Chairman and Founder at ChannelAdvisor
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto visit with serial entrepreneur and founder Scot Wingo. Wingo is the CEO of Get Spiffy, Inc. Spiffy provides on-demand car care and services with operations across 23 cities in the United States. With over 200 vans and technicians mobilized to cover everything from oil changes to car washes, Wingo has a remarkable intuition for reading the market and anticipating customer needs.
February 22, 2021
Featuring Isa Watson, Founder, and CEO of Squad
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto discuss all things social with Squad CEO and Founder, Isa Watson. This episode is an insightful look at what it takes to build meaningful connections on social platforms and keeping people happy and engaged.
February 17, 2021
Paul Martino, Co-founder & Managing Partner at early-stage VC firm
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Paul Martino, co-founder and managing partner of early-stage VC firm Bullpen Capital. The conversation dives into what makes a great investment opportunity as well as what makes a great startup founder. Martino brings his effusive knowledge to the table with plenty of anecdotes about resilience, grit, and curiosity.
February 15, 2021
Larry Long, Jr., Director of Collegiate Sales at Teamworks
In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto visit with Larry Long, Jr., the tour de force leading athletic engagement app Teamworks’ Collegiate Sales division. The conversation opens up around the impact of COVID19 on sports, how to pivot, and pursuing life with optimism and motivation.
February 10, 2021
Featuring David Brown, Founder of Techstars
This episode of Net Effects Podcast with hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavissoto features an interview with lifelong entrepreneur David Brown. David leads his groundbreaking accelerator, Techstars, with the mission that “entrepreneurs can change the world.” This episode dives into how the “Give first”-mentality can empower organizations with a conscious approach to participating in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
February 8, 2021
Early-Stage Investing Whiz Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano
The dynamic Pomp, who leads with the Twitter philosophy, “My rules of business: Build shit people want, never give up, avoid assholes, question assumptions, learn new ideas & always reward ambition,” shares his thoughts on the importance of building a personal brand, learning about the world as a “student,” seeking patterns and insight in unlikely places, traversing a new digitized world, and what he looks for when investing.  Click for the Full Interview  Find Pomp on: Pomp Podcast/Twitter/LinkedIn
February 1, 2021
Featuring Atticus Tysen, CIO, CISO of Intuit
Atticus Tysen shares with Net Effects Podcast highlights from his journey from Stanford student to leading Intuit’s technology and innovation vision as CIO. This episode is filled with brilliant insight around leading with empathy and pursuing career passion.
January 25, 2021