While originally coming from the world of startups, James Kyle was looking to join a company that would allow him to be agile in small teams. When AT&T recruited him to work at its Foundry in Palo Alto, the communications powerhouse showed it was doing just that.
During the recruiting process, AT&T invited Kyle to come out to Silicon Valley. It was his first time in the area and he was definitely taken by the culture. He loved being around other smart people talking about cutting edge technology. It was also enough to get him to move out and be part of the team as a Senior Product Development Engineer. Today he’s handling private cloud and deployment, as well as operations and network engineering. The excitement has continued as he’s pursued development and has direct access to the very best equipment and underlying networks.
The amount of traffic coming through the office in terms of new ideas and businesses was a real shock to Kyle. He gets to see the latest developments as they’re happening. “You’re not reading about it in the paper the next day. You’re living it,” he told us when we met at the Tech Career Expo in San Francisco.
While finding talented workers is key, what the AT&T Foundry really needs is drivers, says Kyle. That means people who have the capacity to innovate, recognize new opportunities and bring them into the company, and then turn them into things that make sense.