Entrepreneurship | episode 857

Disruptive Simplicity: The Origin Story of Nile Secure, Network-as-a-Service, and AI in Network Engineering with Co-Founder & CEO Pankaj Patel

Pankaj Patel is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nile Secure, a company that has defined the category of network-as-a-service which features built-in security, automation, and continuous monitoring for maximum performance. Prior to founding Nile, Pankaj was previously the Chief Development Officer at Cisco in charge of more than 30,000 engineers and over $38 billion in revenue. In his many collaborations with executives at the largest enterprises and service provider organizations, the seeds of the idea that would become Nile germinated until he made the leap to start this new venture roughly five and a half years ago. March 25, 2024

857: In the last decade, companies across a variety of industries have experienced the ascent of the as-a-service model. At Nile Secure, Co-Founder and CEO Pankaj Patel has pioneered the category of network-as-a-service featuring built-in security, automation, and continuous monitoring for maximum performance. In this episode of Technovation, Peter High speaks with Pankaj about this category of network-as-a-service and the broader mission of Nile. Pankaj reflects on his early career at Cisco, the challenges he saw in the IT landscape, and how the partnership with Cisco’s former CEO John Chambers led to the eventual establishment of Nile Secure. He also details the market transitions that influenced the company’s founding, the impact of AI and automation in network engineering, and what the future ahead looks like for the industry. Finally, Pankaj looks back on starting a company as a grandfather, balancing family life with work, and the secrets to his career success including early customer interaction and emphasis on team building.

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The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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