In this issue we will look at the telecommunications industry in our Conversations. We start with a Conversation with John Stanton, one of the pioneers in the wireless business, who has been working in the field since the 1980s. Over the years, he has been associated with Western Wireless, VoiceStream, T-Mobile, and McCaw Cellular in leadership positions. He is presently chairman of Trilogy partners and was just announced as the interim CEO of Clearwire.
John offers a look to the future in telecommunications technology, but passionately shows its transforming power through Trilogy’s wireless work in Haiti. Mobile phones play a role in communication there for people who have never had access to phones, and also serve as a bank and an emergency communication system during natural disasters.
The second Conversation in this field will be with Barry Rowan, the chief financial officer at Vonage.
In addition to the Conversation, we offer Roger’s comments on the news, David Gill’s insights on Mauldin Mills, and my thoughts on the conflicting roles of technology from connectedness to distraction. We look forward to your comments.