In this episode of Nomad Futurist, Phillip Koblence and Nabeel Mahmood are joined by Chris Crosby, the CEO and Founder of Compass Datacenters. Crosby is a visionary leader in the data center industry, renowned for his innovative approach and significant contributions to the field. Crosby’s leadership has been instrumental in Compass Datacenters’ rise to prominence, earning recognition as one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing companies.

As one of the few people in the data infrastructure space who went to college for computer science, Crosby has observed trends for a while, leading with the perspective of inevitable continued growth for the data center industry:

“I’ve seen the pendulum swing from centralized computing to distributed computing, and it will swing again, at various points in time. The one thing we can be certain of in technology is it’s never this or that, it’s this and this. So we just keep growing on that front.”

Regarding Crosby’s learning experience from networks to transitioning into data center real estate, Crosby reflects:

“Every door that closes creates a new door that opens if you’re willing to walk through it.”

Toward the end of the interview, Crosby highlights Compass’s focus on a diverse workforce motivated by a desire for diversity of thought:

“It is really key to us that we are bringing women into the space, bringing vets into the space, bringing diversity, and bringing people that just want to express an interest to come into it.”

Beyond a career overview, Chris Crosby’s episode is a lesson in entrepreneurship and encourages curiosity. This episode is a must-listen for those on their own personal growth and career journey in the realm of telecommunications. Connect with Chris Crosby on LinkedIn to stay updated on inspiring insights.

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