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Khalid Raza , CEO and Founder of Graphiant
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Khalid Raza , CEO and Founder of Graphiant

wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement ?

Developing a new and innovative technology . I came up with the idea of SD-WAN four years prior to cofounding Viptela . The SD-WAN market didn ’ t exist in 2012 . Ten years later it is an $ 8 billion-plus market .
What made you think about a career in technology ?
Growing up in Pakistan , I had no choice . I would be an engineer or a doctor . I couldn ' t cut a frog in my biology classes , so I decided that was not for me . I was good at math , so technology was the logical direction .
What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position ?
I believe in maintaining a critical balance between compassion and accountability . You should have compassion , but that should be supported with accountability . It is critical .
What do you think is the current hot technology talking point ?
Machine-to-machine connectivity is on the rise and because of that , we are seeing the Industrialization of the Internet . Robotic devices on factory floors are talking to automation software without a human involved and hospital beds are reporting back to AIbased safety monitoring systems .
A key challenge for this is latency . These devices require near-real-time communications , or bad
things happen . This was not the case for what I ’ ll call the ‘ consumer Internet .’ People are more tolerant of these issues , but the connectivity models that sufficed for the consumer Internet will simply fail for the industrial Internet .
We need a very different type of connectivity to handle these challenges .
And how do you deal with stress and unwind outside of the office ?
My best friend in life is my wife . I spend time with her every evening to catch up on family , life , and work . She is my biggest stress reliever .
If you could go back and change one career decision , what would it be ?
I should have bet on myself , believed in my idea , and left Cisco five years before I did . I should have taken the risk when I initially had the idea for SD-WAN . I believe that whenever you have an idea that will change an industry , you should have the courage to take a risk .
And what do you currently identify as the major areas of investment in your industry ?
As I mentioned earlier – the Industrialization of the Internet . This is intertwined with Edge Computing . It is
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