Our original guest co-host Dr. Sarah Glova was sick and could not make it. But, we got the next best thing—Clark Rinehart, Innovate Raleigh’s Interim Executive Director, joined Pete and Jackie in hosting this week’s episode of The Friday Nooner sponsored by Dualboot Partners.
Our featured guest is Sharat Nagaraj, CEO & President of celito.net. Based out of Raleigh, celito creates technology solutions for businesses across all sectors both big and small. Some of their services include providing high-speed internet service, quality VoIP telecom service, and setting up your office network. Sharat enjoys teaching and has taught numerous classes on security, plus he has planned and implemented security systems in organizations across Wake County. [We previously featured him in a Download Q&A.]
Here are some highlights:
- Joe is currently on spring break with his family in Akron, Ohio. To keep his seat warm, Jackie joined Pete in hosting. The two talked about the our inaugural full-day conference Grep-a-palooza, which is focused on early-stage tech companies in the Triangle and will be held on Thursday, June 9 at the Durham Convention Center. The event will include keynote speakers, networking opportunities, panel discussions, and more. Save the date and look out for registration on Eventbrite!
- After giving helpful tips for running conferences—including the Innovate Raleigh Summit—Clark joined in on this national topic: the potential formation of Amazon’s first worker union. The trio discussed potential impacts and whether they see this being a trend in tech companies.
- Sharat’s interest in computer engineering began as a high school student, which continued into college. He worked at the co-op program for Cisco Systems as an undergrad at NC State, then launched celito upon graduation. The rest is history. Sharat talked about what makes the company unique, its core values and his passion for philanthropy, plus what role it plays at celito.
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