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Tech and Business Executive Shaygan Kheradpir

Born on December 1960 in London, UK, Shaygan Kheradpir decided to move to the United States to try to get into a university. He was able to get into Cornell University and graduates with a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in electrical engineering on With his degree in hand, he went on to work for GTE Corporation, Verizon, Barclays and Juniper Networks, where he would find success in the field as a technology and business executive.

His first job at GTE Corporation was on network management, control and routing. Shaygan Kheradpir created TONICS, a Telephone Operations Networking Integrated Control System, and allowed the company to consolidate its network and network operations efficiently and effortlessly. This allowed his to be promoted to CIO of the company and his ability to keep delivering high-quality products on time kept him there.

In 2000, a merger occurred between GTE Corporation and Bell Atlantic in order to form Verizon. It was there he was appointed as the President of Verizon’s e-Business and later CIO.

Shaygan Kheradpir managed a large team of over 7000 employees. He split them all into smaller teams and assigned each with the task of creating new product ideas. A 30-day prototype cycle was implemented by him in order to keep the time for tests and modifications to products low, allowing many ideas to flourish quickly and get the modifications they need to become successful and allowing Verizon to diversify itself. His team was able to create things such as Iobi, a way to manage telephone services online, Verizon One, a portable modem, phone and router built-in-one device, and contributed in the creation of Verizon FiOS, which has become one of the United States largest infrastructure programs. Along with these, his team also created many more quality services and devices and that in turn made him a well-respected individual at Verizon.

Kheradpir left Verizon and joined Barclays at the start of 2011 as its COO. He was able to change the way Barclays worked and managed to modernize their way of operating and thinking. He contributed in the development of the Pingit mobile payment system, which resulted in his promotion to Chief Operations and Technology Officer and the company’s first steps into a modernized way of operations as he was their first technology executive in the executive team. Barclays did manage to get brought up to date in technology and has become better at banking and financial services.

In 2014, Shaygan Kheradpir became CEO of Juniper Networks. At the global networking equipment company, he launched an Integrated Operating Plan and was able to lower the company’s expenses while being able to buy stock and increase dividends.

While all this was happening, Kheradpir also made time to serve in the Advisory Board of the YMCA of Greater New York for three years starting in 2007, on the Unites States National Institute of Standards and Technology board for three years starting in 2013 and is a member of the Cornell University Engineering Council.


Marc Sparks: the example set for modern entrepreneurs

Marc Sparks is an excellent entrepreneur! This has to be the first sentence when we describe this man. Ever since he graduated from high school in 1975 that he started several business ideas, some with a lot of success, and some that did not, which is part of the growth as an entrepreneur. Right now, Marc Sparks is in what we can call, the “mature stage” of entrepreneurship, all the lessons learned, all the failures that provided a step closer to great success, all of those will serve as a path for younger entrepreneurs.

“They Can’t Eat You”
“They Can’t Eat You” is the title of the book that Marc Sparks wrote to pass his experiences to new entrepreneurs understand that the path of success is very harsh, and sometimes not a very rewarding one. All the experiences described are fantastic and valuable lessons for everyone that wants to venture in the path of building his own career.
The greatest value transmitted by Sparks’ book is the passion he places in everything he does, and where there are no impossible when you want to reach and that is possible to have a wide range of interests while you develop you career.

When does success happen?
Another valuable lesson that you learn with Sparks, is that success is right now, you must always have your doors open to success and keep refining your ideas to the point they will get in a point where you do not need to keep investing more resources than you should. According to Sparks’ way of business, you shouldn’t have fear to lose, as long as you can maintain yourself and your family, anything you lose other than that is just collateral or if you want to put it in that way, it’s the investment’s risk.

Value the people
Marc Sparks’ greatest achievement is to be able to place his family and others’ above the road for money and success. Being possible to give back to society is also one of his traits, we work for ourselves, but we can produce surplus to give back to the people who supported us, who helped us or those that simply never had an opportunity such as he keeps having. This native from Dallas keeps inspiring people into success and to help others, that is what makes of Marc Sparks a perfect example for modern entrepreneurs.