EVP, Blonder Tongue Laboratories

Nikoo, who comes from a long line of engineers and is one herself, spearheaded the “Business Technical Group,” which brainstorms and develops solutions for the Business/Commercial Services sector. She has a goal to make CATV technology easier for women—and for any personnel new to the industry or from the non-technical side. “My favorite part of my job, and the biggest challenge, is that it never stays the same,” she says. “The hyper-drive, supersonic velocity that technology is changing keeps things interesting and keeps me learning.”

What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job (and the biggest challenge) is that it never stays the same. The hyper drive, supersonic velocity that technology is changing keeps things interesting and keeps me learning.
 
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
Because it hit us right between the eyes, the biggest story of the “year” from my point of view is Superstorm Sandy—the actual event, the impact and the recovery. I realize it’s not a “cable story” specifically, but how can you separate out one facet of the news, it all affects us.
 
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
The best “trick” is recognizing it doesn’t exist at any exact moment; it’s a myth. One moment life will lean to the personal side, and another moment to the professional side. To assume (or demand) that it can exist at all times will make you feel guilty and drive you crazy. It just needs to balance out over time.
 
Who would you want to swap jobs with for a month and why?

Anthony Bourdain, because his job combines all of my hobbies into one: food, travel, photography and writing. I’d love to suggest a more well-intentioned position, but I would actually need to be able to do the job, and I know I can eat.

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