The Imposter Syndrome Network Podcast

The Imposter Syndrome Network Podcast

The Imposter Syndrome Network (ISN) is a community of professionals who come together to share information and advice about jobs, roles, careers, and the journeys we all take throughout our lives as the designers, builders, fixers, investigators, explainers, and protectors of the world’s technology. The goal of the ISN podcast is to shine a light on the myriad ways people can apply their passion for technology and to encourage others to pursue their own tech-related passions, no matter what.


November 28, 2023 35 mins

In this episode, we chat with John Capobianco, a developer advocate at Cisco.

John has 20 years of IT experience, including network engineering, automation, and artificial intelligence. He’ll share his journey from being a factory worker to becoming a developer advocate and an author.

We talk about how he discovered his passion for network automation and AI, and how he went from barely knowing what AI is to becomi...

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In this episode, we chat with Tim Crawford, a strategic CIO, executive coach, and advisor who works with large global enterprise organizations and vendors.

Tim has over 30 years of experience as a technology leader, working in various roles such as network engineer, infrastructure manager, and CIO at different companies and industries. He’ll share his journey from mowing lawns as his first job to starting his own business,...

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November 14, 2023 35 mins

In this episode, we chat with John White, the Chief Operating Officer of US Signal, a cloud and data center service provider.

John has over 20 years of experience as a technology leader, working in various roles such as engineer, architect, and innovator. He’ll share his journey from building websites for a robotics company to becoming a COO and a board member of multiple organizations.

We discuss how he deals wit...

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November 7, 2023 30 mins

In this episode, we chat with Andy Taylor, a networking specialist solutions architect at AWS.

Andy has over 25 years of experience in the network industry, working in various roles such as helpdesk, network engineer, and network automation expert.

He shares his journey from starting as a temp on a helpdesk to becoming a community leader and a cloud networking guru.

We talk about how he overcame his imposter syndrome, ADHD, and learni...

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October 31, 2023 34 mins

In this episode, we talk to Ned Bellavance, an IT professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field, and founder of Ned in the Cloud LLC.

He shares his journey from working in retail to becoming a consultant, a content creator, and an independent entrepreneur. He also reveals how he overcame the challenges and discomforts of consulting, and how he developed his passion for learning and teaching new technologies. 

We dis...

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October 24, 2023 38 mins

In this episode, we have a conversation with Mallory Knodel, the CTO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit organization that advocates for human rights and social justice in the digital age. 

Mallory shares her fascinating journey from working in homeless shelters and teaching physics in New York to becoming a public interest technologist who engages in global internet governance and policy.

She explains what “multi...

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October 17, 2023 37 mins

In this episode, we chat with Nico Strina, the Vice President of Network Software and Platform Architecture at Equinix.

Nico has over 25 years of experience as a network engineer and architect, working in various sectors such as broadband, content delivery, and interconnection.

He shares his journey from graduating as a car mechanic and discovering Linux through music to becoming a leader in the network industry.

We discuss how he mov...

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October 10, 2023 33 mins

In this episode of the Imposter Syndrome Network podcast, we talk with Senior Systems engineer Keiran Shelden who’ll share his career journey and experiences with imposter syndrome.

Keiran discusses maintaining their VMware Vexpert status for nearly 10 years through community involvement like blogging and tech field days. 

They describe first discovering their passion for virtualization technology and how getting engaged with online ...

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October 3, 2023 29 mins

In this episode, we chat with Chris Cummings, a full-stack network automation software engineer at ESnet.

Chris has a fascinating story of how he accidentally got into network engineering, starting from a summer camp job in Alaska. He’ll share his insights on the value of certifications, the importance of learning from others, and the challenges of imposter syndrome.

We discuss how he transitioned from being a net...

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September 26, 2023 28 mins

In this episode, we chat with Jeff Doyle, a director of solutions architecture at Juniper Networks and a renowned author of several books on routing protocols.

Jeff has over 30 years of experience as a network engineer, working in various roles such as technical marketing, consulting, and engineering. He’ll share his journey from climbing poles as a” phone man” to writing books and becoming a director at Juniper.


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September 19, 2023 28 mins

Today, we have a special guest, Jason Gintert, the CTO and co-founder of WAN Dynamics, a network services firm that helps customers with their network challenges.

Jason is a self-taught network engineer who started programming at seven years old. He’ll tell us how he got into networking through a movie theater job, and how he learned from his mentors and his mistakes along the way.

He’ll also share his passion for...

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September 12, 2023 34 mins

In this episode, we have the honor of talking to one of the pioneers of the internet: Vint Cerf. He is not only the co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and the internet architecture, but also a visionary leader and a passionate advocate for digital inclusion and accessibility.

He will tell us how he got interested in technology and software engineering, how he met and collaborated with Bob Kahn on creating the internet, an...

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September 5, 2023 29 mins

In this episode, we chat with Julie Smith, a senior research physicist in the space vehicles directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Julie has over 15 years of experience working on satellite communication development as a physicist.

She tells us how when they offered her to speak at a conference, she realized she had Imposter syndrome and decided to talk publicly about it to educate and help people.

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August 29, 2023 31 mins

In this episode, we chat with Jordan Villarreal, a senior technical advocate for NetBox Labs.

Jordan has over 20 years of experience as a network engineer, working in various industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. He’ll share his journey from designing websites as a teenager to becoming a network engineer and a technical advocate.

We discuss how he balances his passion for technology with his communicat...

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August 22, 2023 34 mins

In this episode, we chat with James Shank, a technology professional with over 20 years of experience in network security, community building, and fighting online threats.

James is a member of the NANOG Programming Committee, the founder of the Internet Fire Brigade Society, and a former employee of Team Cymru. James is currently happy to be the Director of Data Product Strategy at SpyCloud.

We talk with James abo...

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August 15, 2023 28 mins

Our guest today is Franck Martin, a network engineer, a former trustee of the Internet Society, and an electronic music producer.

We talk with Franck about his journey from finance to tech, and how he got involved in the Pacific islands, where he worked on various projects related to internet infrastructure, security, and development. We also discuss his passion for ipv6 and how he helped to bring it to the root of the int...

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August 8, 2023 26 mins

In this episode, we are joined by Chris Malayter, the VP of Network and Interconnection at CoreSite. 

Chris shares his 25 years of experience as a network engineer and leader, and his passion for improving interconnection in the internet ecosystem. 

He talks about how he got involved in peering and volunteer work, especially as the chairman of the board at PeeringDB, a non-profit organization that maintains a data...

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August 1, 2023 37 mins

Today we chat with Tom Nadeau, the CTO of Spirent. 

Tom shares his non-traditional career path, from his early days doing AI in undergraduate and autonomous robots cleaning the underwater side of boats, to his current role at Spirent, where he works on some cool projects like satellite technology and rocket science.

Tom also talks about how he moved over to Networking after AI didn’t work out, how he bumped into the invento...

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July 25, 2023 27 mins

One year's worth of weekly ISNP episodes - it's episode 52! To celebrate, we chat with Eric Bell, the founder and managing partner of Baxtel, a company that helps enterprises find data center space or as he calls it “a Yelp for data centers”.

Eric tells us how he discovered his passion for tech and how he overcame the challenges of starting his own business. He also shares his tips on how to deal with a dysfunct...

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July 18, 2023 37 mins

In this episode, we feature Matt Vitale, Sr. Network Automation Consultant at Network to Code with 13 years of experience in the networking field.

Matt shares his personal journey of dealing with impostor syndrome, from landing his first network engineering job at Finish Line to presenting at NANOG 87 on overcoming impostor syndrome in network automation. 

Join us as we hear the story of how a simple configurati...

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