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08 October 2021

Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels senior vice president of engineering and suppport

Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels senior vice president of engineering and suppport

What was your big career break?
This would have been when I moved from being a developer to the CEO position at Parallels in 2003. At that time Parallels was a start-up and when I needed to run older OSes on newer PC hardware, I developed a solution which later became Parallels Desktop for Mac - a way to run Windows on Mac without rebooting. When Apple switched to Intel-based Mac computers in 2005, Parallels Desktop became famous virtually overnight.

One of my most memorable career moments was during a meeting with Apple to obtain approval for Parallels Desktop to join the Apple sales channel. Initially, some of the top execs were hesitant, then Steve Jobs joined the meeting and after firing some questions at me and my colleague, he simply said: “I think we should do it!”

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Please meet...Paul Feenstra, vice president of Fluke EMEA

06 October 2021

Paul Feenstra

Paul Feenstra

Networking+ caught up with Paul Feentra of Fluke to talk life away from work

1. What was your big career break?

Early in my career while working at Philips Consumer Communications, I was trusted with the responsibility for all telecommunication network operators. I had the opportunity to work on the full scope of the mobile phone business, ranging from collaborating with R&D to implementing marketing and sales promotions. My manager at the time provided me with the opportunity to excel in this role at a relatively young age, offered me an MBA and basically set me up for an early career jump. This manager believed in me and trusted me to deliver my assignments. This made all the difference in fostering my ability to learn and grow, ensuring I was well placed to develop a great career path. At Fluke, I experience much of the same opportunities today. I enjoy learning and developing my skills by adding more and more responsibilities to my role.

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VPNs

VPNs: security, speed and how to choose a provider

04 October 2021

VPNs are very popular with consumers wanting to unlock a world of streaming content, but why do enterprises need them? Robert Shepherd investigates

If you stopped the average person in the street and asked them what a VPN (virtual private network) is, you’d either get a short, shrift “no idea” or a “yes”, followed by a comment on how amazing they are. I know, because I’ve asked. I also know because I have one.

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