Life Lessons: Tate Cantrell, CTO at Verne Global

Tate Cantrell, CTO at Verne Global

Verne Global’s CTO, Tate Cantrell, is fascinated by low power processing at the edge and massive computing resources at the core.

  1. As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

I wanted to be a haematologist. My brother had a serious battle with hepatitis when I was younger which at first they were sure was leukemia. We spent a lot of late nights at the Los Angeles Children’s Centre waiting and wondering. I knew at that point I wanted to help people. The medical desires stayed with me and towards the end of my university studies, I turned my engineering studies to Biomedical Engineering.

2. If you had one business lesson to share with your younger self what would it be?

Pursue your interests, even if it seems like they are not directly related to your current direction. In business, you want to do what you love, and that means that you need to be working on activities where you find a genuine interest.

3. Which Internet of Things (IoT) use case has recently fired your imagination?

I have always been fascinated with the work of my friend Dr. Jeremy Holleman. While I ended up designing, constructing, and operating facilities that draw megawatts of power, Dr. Holleman works with specialised circuits whose power draw is in nanowatts.

Soon we will see specialised circuits at the edge of IoT, bringing decisions to the point of origin of data. I am fascinated at the thought of lower power processing at the edge and massive computing resources at the core of the network in data centres like those provided by Verne Global.

4. What lessons have you learned from doing business in other countries or organisations?

Since I started my career in the United States and now work in Europe, I have the benefit of seeing the business world from two different perspectives. While my work in the United States instilled a hard working, goal-driven attitude, it is the work life balance in Europe that adds the complete dimension to my business perspective.

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