Garry Connolly considers himself a stubborn digital optimist who sees many more benefits of using data for good than in possible dystopian outcomes. He is the Founder and President of Host in Ireland, an award-winning strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland.

In this #NomadFuturist podcast, Connolly shares his fascinating personal trajectory starting out as a student of cartography, a soccer coach in the wilds of Erie Pennsylvania, and a failed COBOL programmer. His move into communications and pre-sales support ultimately led to being in the right place at the right time and the launching of several companies.

Connolly shares how his background in sports has given him critical skills in collaboration and resilience. He speaks about his relationships with his children as key in terms of keeping in touch with the pulse of developments in society and technology.

His take on the current COVID moment: The rate of digital transformation for all industries, top to bottom, has achieved in two months what was anticipated to take two years.

He stresses the importance of finding purpose as we focus on the digital frontline which is the backbone of all the apps we rely on.

His ultimate takeaway is the importance of being kind to oneself.

“Be yourself. Everybody else is taken!”