In this episode of the Half Geek Half Human podcast, we are joined by three legends from Nashville’s early tech scene: Tim Moses, Thomas Conner, and Bill Butler. Together, they founded Telalink – Nashville’s first internet provider – back in 1993. Listen as they reminisce about Telalink’s origin story and reflect on how the tech landscape has changed in Nashville over the last 30 years.
More about our guests:
Tim Moses is a software developer and small business owner who started his first computer business during his freshman year at Vanderbilt. With friends from school, he started a computer consulting business, Nashville’s first internet provider, and a SaS company that developed one of the first content management systems. He now works as a solutions architect for the Tennessee Book Company, a small division of Ingram Content. Tim is a father of seven, owns a converted school bus, and builds electronic devices and writes programs for fun. His pirate translator and pirate insult generator have held the top spots for those keywords in Google for years. He is on the board of Shower the People, an organization that provides showers to the homeless and frequently drives the shower bus. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmoses/
Thomas Conner is co-founder and president of One Eleven, a Nashville-based digital agency, specializing in locally supported hosting, website builders, digital marketing, and custom development. Former co-founder and CFO of Sitemason and CFO of Telalink, he currently co-chairs the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt Divinity School and previously served on the executive boards of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, PENCIL Foundation, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and the Vanderbilt University Alumni Board. Thomas is a ten-gallon plus blood donor and occasional marathon runner. Personal website: www.thomasbconner.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasbconner
Bill Butler is a founding partner in PolicyCo and VP of Engineering for Advent Health Partners and the inventor of CAVO, an innovative document processing solution. He has 15 years of experience as the founder of two regional ISP’s, Telalink and Butler Networks, and 15 years of experience managing software development teams focused on the healthcare market. He is passionate about matching user requirements with technical feasibility by acting as a translator between the C Suite, SMEs and Application Developers. Bill is a firm believer in the Agile process and dynamic DevOps architecture ensuring continuity and fault tolerance across the enterprise. On Sundays, there’s a chance he’s enjoying a beach day, tinkering on his 1979 lobster boat or exploring a small general aviation destination. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wmbutler/
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