Hello and thanks for reading! My name is Travis Schlafke, and I am a new member of Cisco’s Advanced Services Wireless Team. I’ve been at Cisco a little over 2 months now and I can say it has been a crazy fun ride thus far. My first day I went into the office, picked up my laptop and set up my email and day 2 I was out on a flight to work on a survey of a hospital in Houston, Texas. My primary job task involves working with customers on a wide variety of projects providing wireless network solutions. As a side project I get to share my experiences through this blog. Through my work, during my (hopefully!) long career at Cisco, I hope that I can find some fun and unique things to share with everyone and give back to the Wi-Fi community.
To give you an idea of my background, I grew up in Central Wisconsin and pursued a degree Information Technology Management at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. I lived in Minneapolis the past few years working as a Wireless Engineer for a large retailer. Less than a week ago I packed up and moved to San Jose, California to be part of the AS Wireless team located there. I’m looking forward to the change of weather and the change of scenery (tech companies on every block, etc). I learned a lot in my previous job, but found the opportunity to come work at Cisco and expand my knowledge and career experience too exciting to pass up. Although it’s hard to pack up and be so far away from friends, family and my Green Bay Packers, I’m really excited for the opportunity to work with some of the brightest Wi-Fi guys in the industry.
That is a little bit about my background and how I joined the Cisco Team. But what I want to share in one of my first blog posts is why I am excited to have the opportunity to use social media here. I grew up at the right time for social media to play a huge role in how I interact with people in all the facets of my life. Being a millennial, some of my first memories of computers were playing Oregon Trail on the Apple IIGS’s in my elementary school classrooms. I still remember when my parents bought a computer that had a modem and I didn’t have to go to the library anymore to use the internet. Some of the early forms of social networking I recall using, although that term didn’t exist yet, were yahoo chat rooms and instant messaging programs like ICQ and MSN. It was pretty cool to talk to my friends all the time on the internet and not have to call their landline at their parent’s house.
When I started college there was a still cool social sharing site called Digg, which was hugely popular with us computer geeks. We also all had these mobile photo blogs we could share pictures with that we took on our super cool flip phones. However once Facebook showed up to the party, it became the dominant form of communication between all my friends at school. Now that I am out of school and my entire family has invaded Facebook (and my privacy!), I have started using twitter to learn, share and meet people in the Wi-Fi industry from all over. This all has brought me here, to be able to contribute to the Cisco Mobility blog.
Thanks for reading and I hope you follow and comment on my future posts!