Enterprise IT

Smart People on Ice: JR Rivers and Nolan Leake On Founding Cumulus Networks

In Alex Benik’s latest “Smart People on Ice” segment he sits down with JR Rivers and Nolan Leake, the co-founders of Cumulus Networks. In the video, Rivers and Leake share stories about their early careers in the networking industry, the evolution of the networking market, and how they came to meet at Nuova Systems, a networking equipment company that was acquired by Cisco in 2008.

“Smart People on Ice” is a line from the 1985 movie Real Genius, the classic comedy which chronicled the exploits and hijinks of a group of precocious youths at fictional California university, modeled on CalTech.  Our Smart People series features conversations with leading technologists from across the technology stack discussing how they first fell in love with technology, their early days with computers, and their evolution as technologists and entrepreneurs.

Smart People’s host is Alex Benik. Real Genius was one of the sparks that catalyzed Alex’s fascination with technology as a boy and has influenced him to this day.  Alex has been with Battery since 2001 and invests in infrastructure technologies. He currently works with Cask, Catchpoint, Chef, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, GuardiCore, Interana and Stratoscale.