C-suite talk fav tech: Todd Carothers, CounterPath

What tech do the c-suite really get excited about?


Name: Todd Carothers

Job Title: EVP, Sales & Marketing

Company: CounterPath

Industry: Unified Communications Vendor

Location: Canada

Years of Experience: 24



What is your favourite personal gadget?
This is a tricky one, as there are so many. I alone have 70+ connected to my home wi-fi. But if I had to choose one it would be my Netgear Orbi system. With one router and three satellites covering my entire property it allows those 70+ other gadgets to work well and achieve the best coverage possible (55Mbps down and 50Mbps).

Do you have a favourite piece of personal software?
CounterPath’s Bria, of course. Thanks to the likes of Bria we’re no longer tethered to the office, or to the age-old nine-to-five working hours thus creating a better balance between home and work life - something we all strive for.

What was the first piece of technology you got really excited about?
Without a doubt the first piece of technology that got me really excited was The Xerox Alto from Xerox PARC. It was in the late 70’s possibly early 80’s and I was playing my first video game called Maze War.

What device improves your life most at work?
My work takes me all over the world, so with that in mind, the device that improves my working life the most is, of course, my mobile.

What software keeps you most productive at work?
Again, it would have to be my mobile. Having my office in my pocket allows me to be at work wherever I am or whatever time zone I may be on.

Is there any technology that has become extinct that you would like to resurrect?
The Xerox Alto. Just kidding. Technology has migrated and evolved so quickly, including many of the important elements of previous innovations, that it’s hard to look back and want to resurrect anything.

Is there any technology you would personally recommend that you don’t think enough people know about? (Hardware or software, work or personal)
I still think home automation is so new that users are missing out on the connected home. IoT is the next big thing and it’s a great time for people to jump in with both feet and make their lives easier. From opening your front door remotely, video surveillance and monitoring for water leaks in the basement, to even letting the FedEx driver open the garage door with a  tracking number… there is so much Home Automation can help us with...

Do you think anything about your personal use of tech would surprise your colleagues?
It’s highly unlikely that anything about my personal use of technology would surprise my colleagues anymore - I am the demo guy at work.