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From idea to scale, we live in a new entrepreneurial age where leadership thinking needs to cut through the noise to deliver on a vision and blueprint to success. The Great Business Minds podcast goes inside the business with the leaders, inventors, investors, executives, trendspotters and visionaries of today to explore what it really takes to build a brand beyond conventional wisdom and disrupt the marketplace with the next big leap in entrepreneurship innovation. Seize the moment with host João Marques Lima, journalist and former editor-in-chief of FTSE 250 tech publications. Brought to you in partnership with Preiskel & Co, a leading award-winning City of London law firm, internationally recognised for its expertise in the digital infrastructure industry as well as the telecoms and tech sector work more broadly.

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Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
At Great Business Minds we would like to welcome our new sponsor for this year. GBM is now brought to you by Preiskel & Co, a leading award-winning City of London law firm, internationally recognised for its expertise in the digital infrastructure industry as well as the telecoms and tech sector work more broadly.  Wherever your legal or regulatory needs are (including outer space) Preiskel & Co LLP can support you, so do feel free to reach out to them here.
In this episode we get to talk to someone who is driving pure play investment into digital infrastructure across the board.
Richard Sem is a Partner and Head of Europe at global infrastructure fund Pantheon Infrastructure where he spearheads the Global Infrastructure and Real Assets Investment Team leading its European investment activity.
Founded in 1982, Pantheon has total assets under management and advice of $89 billion. Since 2009, the firm has completed more than 160 infrastructure investments alongside more than 50 asset sourcing partners. The global infrastructure investment team where our guest sits operates just south of $20 billion in assets.
Richard has 25 years of experience in infrastructure private equity, corporate finance and project finance at leading institutions including InfraRed Capital Partners, HSBC, ABN AMRO, and BNP Paribas.
Richard’s experience spans investing in primary, secondary, co-investments and direct investments across all infrastructure subsectors and global OECD markets.
He holds a Bachelor of Science and MBA from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and joins us from London.
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
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This episode features our commercial partner Preiskel & Co, a leading award-winning City of London law firm, internationally recognised for its expertise in the digital infrastructure industry as well as the telecoms and tech sector work more broadly. Visit www.preiskel.com for more information.
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Wednesday Jan 18, 2023

Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
 
Great Business Minds is brought to you by Portman Partners, the premiere executive search firm for the digital infrastructure industry.  With 50+ years of experience, no other firm can match their knowledge, discretion, and connections with the best top level talent in the sector.  Are you seeking great business minds for your digital infrastructure business? Contact Portman Partners.
 
In this first episode of 2023, we are joined by a special guest who is an expert in design, especially business design.
 
Mark Wilson is CEO at Futurestate Design, formerly known as Wilson Fletcher, a London-based business innovation consultancy which has over the last 20 years gained unique insights into challenges of driving transformative change in established organisations from their work with leading companies around the world.
A digital strategist with more than 30 years' experience Mark is also the author of 'Futurestate Design - how to step out of the past to create a business fit for the future', and a regular face on business changing platforms.
 
He has also founded Cronycle – a content intelligence platform – and authored an MSc in Digital Service Design with Brunel University.
 
As if that wasn’t enough, he is also an advisor to several startups giving them guidance on branding, positive transformation, and advice on market dynamics, always without forgetting the value of branding, consistency and visual language.
 
In this episode we discuss not only his journey through the years but also how design impacts a business and how digital infrastructure organisations can win better at the branding game, including quick actions that anyone can take today to up their branding resilience.
 
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
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Wednesday Oct 05, 2022

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
 
I’m your host Joao Marques Lima and I use my experience as a digital infrastructure journalist to dig deep into business issues but also get to know those who build our digital world.
 
Great Business Minds is brought to you by Portman Partners, the premiere executive search firm for the digital infrastructure industry.  With 50+ years of experience, no other firm can match their knowledge, discretion, and connections with the best top level talent in the sector.  Are you seeking great business minds for your digital infrastructure business? Contact Portman Partners at www.portmanpartners.com.
 
This week we have a special guest who is one of the world’s leading diversity and inclusion advocates in and out of the data centre space.
 
​Dr Terri Simpkin has enjoyed a successful career which spans global academic leadership, general management and human resources management in the private sector.
 
A forward thinking, industry experienced academic, Terri is invested in the examination of emerging leadership paradigms for the digital age. 
 
She is also an authority on the impostor phenomenon having researched both the personal impact and the implications of the phenomenon on diversity and productivity in organisations.
 
Terri works with bodies and individuals to establish a working suite of capabilities to better address the challenges of rapidly evolving organisational landscapes.
 
She has done so with a range of groups, including SMEs, large corporate clients, industry associations and government agencies for nearly two decades.
 
She is currently working within the digital infrastructure sector on workforce development, the diversity agenda and inclusion projects with a focus on emerging leadership challenges.
 
Terri today serves as a partner to Portman Partners having previously been the Higher and Further Education Principal at CNet Training and co-author of the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management.
 
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
 
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
 
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Get more from the GBM Podcast on:
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Wednesday Sep 21, 2022

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
I’m your host Joao Marques Lima and I use my experience as a digital infrastructure journalist to dig deep into business issues but also get to know those who build our digital world.
Great Business Minds is brought to you by Portman Partners, the premier executive search firm for the digital infrastructure industry.  With 50+ years of experience, no other firm can match their knowledge, discretion, and connections with the best top-level talent in the sector. Are you seeking great business minds for your digital infrastructure business? Contact Portman Partners at www.portmanpartners.com.
This week we are joined by someone who I have been waiting to chat for a long time, not only for what he is building at the moment and where, but also for his slightly unusual background when compared to other data centre executives.
From Portugal, Afonso Salema is heading one of Europe’s largest data centre capital deployments as its chief executive. With a price tag of US$4.2 billion US Dollars, Start Campus’ project in Sines aims to create one of the largest European data centres and redesign how colocation and hosting is done.
In this episode we delve into Start Campus and the ins and outs of the venture and much more.
For background information, Afonso has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and has spent 15 years in investment banking in London, New York and Madrid, covering the renewable energy, energy and infrastructure sectors, having briefly worked for EDP between 2009 and 2011.
This deep dive into capital markets around the energy segment has given the executive an interesting advantage in the climate transition that every data centre operator is facing today as well as an exposure to different market challenges.
In this episode of GBM, we cover this as well as current topics around data centres becoming a utility, the looming economic recession and how the sector should not ignore the warning bells of Wall Street, and how to navigate the backlash against data centre developments in different geographies due to land, power or water usage.
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
 
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
 
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Wednesday Aug 24, 2022

Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
 
Great Business Minds is brought to you in partnership with Portman Partners, the premier executive search firm for the digital infrastructure industry. 
 
This week we are joined by cricket and tennis player Rajiv Ramaswami, who is also an accomplished Indian entrepreneur and chief executive of American cloud computing company Nutanix, a role he took on during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
He joined Nutanix from VMware, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of Products and Cloud Services.
 
Prior to this role, Rajiv led VMware’s Networking and Security business, one of the fastest-growing units in the company, as executive vice president and general manager.
 
Before joining VMware, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure and Networking at Broadcom, where he established Broadcom as a leader in data center, enterprise, and carrier networking.
 
In his prior General Manager roles at Cisco, he led multibillion-dollar product lines in switching, data center and storage, and optical networking.
 
Earlier in his career, he held various leadership positions at Nortel, Tellabs, and IBM.
 
Rajiv earned his BTech in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and his Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California in Berkeley.
 
He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow and holds 36 patents, mostly in optical networking, and joins GBM from his home in the Sunny State.
 
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
 
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
 
See you soon!
 
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
 
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Thursday Jul 28, 2022

Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
 
Great Business Minds is brought to you in partnership with Portman Partners, the premiere executive search firm for the digital infrastructure industry. 
 
In this episode we are joined by an industry titan who has leading experience in creating, scaling up, and exiting businesses delivering on high return rates.
 
Byrne Murphy is an entrepreneur with more than thirty years of operations in international development and investment. Three times he brought US concepts to Europe and grew start-up companies into US$1+ billion global enterprises.
 
After developing high-end mixed-use projects in Washington, DC in the 1980s and ‘90s, Byrne co-founded BAA-McArthurGlen, the company that imported the designer outlet concept to the UK and Europe. After opening the company’s Paris office in 1992, he led its expansion across Europe, resulting in more than US$1 billion in sales.
 
He then developed private residence clubs, starting with restoring Palazzo Tornabuoni, a 15th-century Medici palazzo in Florence, Italy. The Palazzo underwent a $250 million re-development and is now managed by The Four Seasons. In 2010, the project won Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Award of Excellence for EMEA.
 
More recently, he co-founded DigiPlex, a sustainable data centre business in the Nordics, with Bill Conway, the Co-founder of The Carlyle Group. The two have recently sold the operator to affiliates of IPI Partners, LLC, a global investment platform focused on cloud hosting and other technology and connectivity-related real assets.
 
Author of the award-winning book “Le Deal: How a Young American, in Business, in Love, and in Over His Head, Kick-Started a Multibillion-Dollar Industry in Europe”, Byrne also owns and runs Kitebrook Partners, a real estate development and investment company.
 
In his first major public interview since the DigiPlex transaction was announced in July 2021, Byrne shares with GBM the ins and outs of the deal, as well as his vision and projections for data centre and digital infrastructure investment across different regions.
 
Byrne also delves into his life journey, the ups and downs, and how he turned things around when things turned really bad.
 
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
 
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
 
See you soon!
 
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
 
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Thursday Jun 30, 2022

Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
Our guest in this episode is a successful entrepreneur who has spent the last decade building a business that is today valued at more than US$5 billion.
Felix Van de Maele has led data intelligence firm Collibra through record growth and is responsible for its global business strategy.
But prior to co-founding Collibra, he served as a researcher at the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he focused on ontology-focused crawlers for the semantic web and semantic data integration.
He holds a Master’s in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Master's in General Management from the Vlerick Business School.
Outside his HQ, he is a big fan of kitesurfing and in 2019, Felix was named the EY Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in New York.
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
 
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
 
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Monday Jun 06, 2022


Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
In this episode we are joined by someone who has become a walking font of knowledge within the data centre sphere as some would say.
David Liggitt is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of datacenterHawk which he started in 2014 with the vision to help customers make better decisions about data center real estate.
His 15 years of industry experience and leadership have helped create a global platform trusted and depended on by the world’s largest data center owners, investors, consultants and users of digital infrastructure.
His data centre journey started however in 2007, right at the cusp of the boom of the data centre economy.
David has also started the datacenterHawk Podcast, an industry-focused video and audio experience exploring relevant digital infrastructure topics.
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
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Wednesday Apr 20, 2022


Welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.
Our guest this week has a strong capital market background as well as a solid international track record with experience in start-ups through to large international businesses. He has also successfully conducted IPOs and raised private equity for data centre expansion projects.
Josh Joshi is a household name in the data centre space having started his career in the 1990s, just before the dot com bubble imploded and dramatically reshaped the gaming board which had a heavy impact on him.
Post-bubble, Joshi has led teams across several businesses including at Telecity which became one of the first major data centre M&As globally when it was acquired by Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) in 2016 for US$3.6 billion. He has also spearheaded the financial efforts of European player Interxion which was later also snapped up by Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) in 2020 for US$8.4 billion.
Today, Joshi is an operating partner for DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG), one of the world’s most active investors in digital infrastructure and he serves as executive chairman of AtlasEdge, Europe’s newest hosting player. 
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
 
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
 
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Wednesday Apr 06, 2022


This week we are joined by someone who is building what will most likely become the world’s largest data centre campus. The site is so big, it could nearly contain three Cities of London. The most intriguing thing: he says this is the smallest project on the table for the business.
We are talking of course about Josh Snowhorn, founder and CEO of Quantum Loophole, who values approachability, accessibility, collaboration, innovation and growth, qualities that have guided Josh’s leadership in the interconnection industry over the last 20 years and building over US$10 billion of value along the way.
Josh has pretty much seen and done it all through key founding and executive positions at Terremark, Verizon, Cincinnati Bell, and CyrusOne, recently acquired by KKR and GIP for a whopping US$15 billion.
Outside of the data halls, his love for speed and cars has led him to launch TrackRats, LLC, the premier car club for track enthusiasts. He has also been a surfer for 39 years and a snowboarder for 25 years, traveling the globe in pursuit of experiences.
Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.
If you want to get more from the definitive podcast for the business of digital infrastructure, make sure you subscribe to Great Business Minds.
See you soon!
 
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This episode features our commercial partner Portman Partners, the leading executive search firm working exclusively in the digital infrastructure sector. Visit www.portmanpartners.com for more information.
 
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