In the movie “Back to the Future,” Dr. Emmet Brown changed the world when he fell off his toilet and hit his head on the sink and the vision of the “flux capacitor” came to him. The flux capacitor was the technology that allowed Emmet Brown to build his DeLorean-based time machine that skewed the existing space-time continuum.
For Juniper’s new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, a similar skewing of the space-time continuum was required when he was hired. In the past few years, the company’s stock price had jumped around and the momentum of many of Juniper’s products had been inconsistent. A change was certainly needed.
Luckily for Shaygan, no fall off the toilet was required for his inspiration. Instead, he took a look back at what made the company successful in the past and is trying to resurrect that culture. This week, Juniper held its annual industry analyst conference, and it was the first time Mr. Kheradpir addressed the analyst community and articulated his vision of where the company is going. During the Q&A portion of the event, Shaygan discussed bringing back a culture of co-creation with Juniper’s customers to do some unique things with the network.