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Fed up with tech hype and buzzwords? Looking for a tech podcast where you can learn and be inspired by real-world examples of how technology is transforming businesses and reshaping industries?Keep informed of the latest business and tech trends by listening to stories of other people in your field and how they are overcoming challenges with emerging technologies. Learn from the guest's actionable tips, and lessons learned to obtain greater clarity and how you can leverage technology.In this daily tech podcast, Neil interviews tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, futurists, technologists, thought leaders, celebrities. I have also teamed up with Citrix and its Citrix Ready partners to reveal how they are solving problems together while building the future of work.We discuss how tech trends such as AI, machine learning, 5G, IoT, AR, VR blockchain, crypto, and digital transformation strategies are already reshaping our world. Guests from every industry educate listeners through sharing their road to success, startup stories, and how technology transformed their business and life. Join me for a daily dose of optimism and motivation as I prove that technology really does work best when it brings people together.

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Fed up with tech hype and buzzwords? Looking for a tech podcast where you can learn and be inspired by real-world examples of how technology is transforming businesses and reshaping industries?Keep informed of the latest business and tech trends by listening to stories of other people in your field and how they are overcoming challenges with emerging technologies. Learn from the guest's actionable tips, and lessons learned to obtain greater clarity and how you can leverage technology.In this daily tech podcast, Neil interviews tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, futurists, technologists, thought leaders, celebrities. I have also teamed up with Citrix and its Citrix Ready partners to reveal how they are solving problems together while building the future of work.We discuss how tech trends such as AI, machine learning, 5G, IoT, AR, VR blockchain, crypto, and digital transformation strategies are already reshaping our world. Guests from every industry educate listeners through sharing their road to success, startup stories, and how technology transformed their business and life. Join me for a daily dose of optimism and motivation as I prove that technology really does work best when it brings people together.

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Great banter, great guests, overall fabulous. Highly recommend a listen!

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Very informative, timely and enjoyable!
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Fed up with tech hype and buzzwords? Looking for a tech podcast where you can learn and be inspired by real-world examples of how technology is transforming businesses and reshaping industries?Keep informed of the latest business and tech trends by listening to stories of other people in your field and how they are overcoming challenges with emerging technologies. Learn from the guest's actionable tips, and lessons learned to obtain greater clarity and how you can leverage technology.In this daily tech podcast, Neil interviews tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, futurists, technologists, thought leaders, celebrities. I have also teamed up with Citrix and its Citrix Ready partners to reveal how they are solving problems together while building the future of work.We discuss how tech trends such as AI, machine learning, 5G, IoT, AR, VR blockchain, crypto, and digital transformation strategies are already reshaping our world. Guests from every industry educate listeners through sharing their road to success, startup stories, and how technology transformed their business and life. Join me for a daily dose of optimism and motivation as I prove that technology really does work best when it brings people together.

Rank #1: 659: The Platform Using Blockchain and Crypto to Disrupt Game Distribution

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Ultra is building a first-class PC game publishing platform and marketplace that puts an end to the current distribution monopoly.

Founded in 2017 by Nicolas Gilot and David Hanson, Ultra’s vision is to provide developers with the flexibility of a custom-built platform while bringing exciting innovations and financial incentives to players, making the development of a new breakthrough game distribution platform possible. Created by industry heavyweights and former Xbox, Atari, Dell, Uber, and Time Warner executives, Ultra plans to disrupt the distribution monopoly in the gaming industry by being fairer to developers, introducing new revenue streams, providing effective marketing tools, and establishing a rich token-based economy. On today's tech podcast, CEO Nicolas Gilot shares the story behind the company dubbed as "Steam on steroids for PC games" We explore the unfairness and problems in the gaming industry and how blockchain can deliver much-needed trust and transparency to the industry.

Oct 08 2018

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Rank #2: 557: How GPEC Is Tempting Tech Companies to Relocate To Phoenix

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The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is actively working to attract and grow quality tech companies and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. Chris Camacho, president, and CEO Greater Phoenix Economic Council is wooing tech companies to the Grand Canyon state. During his tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of more than 280 companies creating 47,011 jobs and $4.4 billion in capital investment. Some of the more notable projects include Apple, Silicon Valley Bank, Zenefits, GoDaddy, Yelp, Amazon, Garmin, General Motors and many others.

I wanted to find out more about the region’s approach to connectivity, how it extends beyond the fabric of their community and how as a region, they are on a relentless pursuit of innovation and technology companies here are committed to changing the game.

GPEC believe that connectivity is about their region’s legacy businesses joining forces with emerging disruptors. It’s about our educational institutions working together to produce talent that is job ready and entrepreneurial in spirit. It’s about community organizations listening to their residents and responding in kind. It’s about the internet of things being THE thing in Greater Phoenix.

Chris Camacho reveals all and also how driverless vehicles, cybersecurity, blockchain, wearables, and Industry 4.0 make up the four pillars of ‘The Connected Place.’

Jun 20 2018

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Rank #3: 1127: Vue.ai. - How AI is Saving a Retail On and Offline

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Anand Chandrasekaran is the founder and CTO of Mad Street Den, an Artificial Intelligence company, powering the Retail Industry with its Image Recognition platform, Vue.ai.

Anand comes from a long history in academia, with a PhD in Neuroscience, a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neuromorphic Engineering at Stanford. As a Neuroscientist turned entrepreneur, he develops a platform for intelligent agents Mad Street Den.

The company is headquartered in the Bay Area, California with offices in Seattle and Chennai (India). Vue.ai, the company's first vertical, works with marquee retailers, brands, and marketplaces across the globe, transforming the fashion industry's operations through intelligent automation.

Prior to Vue.ai, Anand worked as a Research Scientist and Consultant developing machine learning solutions for companies including IBM and DARPA. He has also used his scientific background to develop the most advanced retail AI + computer vision solution for brands around the world.

We discuss how the company's 'neural network' of products alleviates time-intensive tasks such as manual data entry, inventory management, and catalog tagging. I learn how it enables up to 30hrs in time saved per person per week so they can focus instead on creating amazing customer experiences.

Anand shares their journey as a company and how they've scaled the platform since launch in 2016, to power commerce in over 180 countries for brands like ThredUp, Levi's, Macy's, and more. He also reveals what's next for Vue's platform and how they've successfully built a global company of 175+ employees, with 50% women, many at the executive level.

Feb 29 2020

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Rank #4: 602: Automation Anywhere and Robotic Process Automation

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With nearly two decades of experience in robotic process automation (RPA) technologies, the company’s CEO, Mihir Shukla, has been a leading voice and visionary in developing this category. He believes in a future where automation will free up employee time to focus on what people do best – think beyond repetitive tasks, be creative and add value to the workplace.

While many aspects of automation are surrounded by negative connotations in mainstream media, I wanted to explore the positive side of how technology 

One hundred years ago, work consisted of digging a hole in the ground and planting something. We then moved onto boring, mundane and repetitive tasks. But technology is now liberating workers and enabling them to question inefficiencies rather than accepting them. 

Mihir shares his tech startup journey, building Automation Anywhere, and the future of bots in the workplace. We also discuss how tech can help us think beyond repetitive tasks, be creative and more human.

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #5: 881: Startup Story: Greg Shepard, $985M eBay Acquisitions & Beyond

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Greg Shepard is a seasoned veteran in building and running sustainable growth businesses. Greg is also a serial angel investor and startup growth consultant who has spearheaded 12-15 company exits throughout his career. His former company, AffiliateTraction, was acquired by eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions in January 2016 as a part of a cross-brand deal totaling $985M.

The following April, the company was rebranded Pepperjam during a transaction that earned them the prestigious “Tech Deal of the Year Over $250 million” award as well as “Private Equity Deal of the Year Over $500 million to $1 billion,” “Cross Border Deal of the Year Over $500 million to $1 billion,” and “M&A Deal of the Year Over $500 to $1 billion” awards.

The $985-million-dollar deal comprised of the purchase and the selling of more than 14 companies, including AdAssured, another company founded by Greg, and garnered Greg a spot among the elite in performance marketing.

Greg served as Pepperjam’s Chief Strategy Officer during 2016, charting the company’s trajectory for future products and service offerings, before transitioning into the role of Chief Technology Officer in 2017 to execute on the vision and strategy defined during his time as the Chief Strategy Officer.

Prior to AffiliateTraction, Greg was involved with and/or co-founded a number of online retail merchants, online publishers, SAAS affiliate tracking software, and online directories; all of which were acquired. Greg has served on numerous advisory boards, is a regular contributor to industry publications such as; Forbes, Fortune, and Adweek, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe; including the 2017 Annual Tech Summit for Permira.

Most recently, he has been authoring a book titled: ‘Meet the BOSS - The Agile Playbook for Startups slated to publish in Q4 of 2019. Alongside the book will be a TED talk.

However, it's the inspirational story behind Greg's success and his lust for life that will stay with me forever. This episode is a must listen for any startup founder and contains many valuable insights from a hugely successful career.

Jun 09 2019

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Rank #6: 1156: MarTech Interview with Alex Collmer, Founder at Vidmob

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Alex Collmer, the founder and CEO of VidMob, the world’s premier technology platform to help brands more intelligently use data and scale their mobile advertising creative. Since founding the company in 2015, he has raised more than $45M and counts many of the world’s leading brands and agencies as clients. An engineer by training, Collmer’s career has always been at the intersection of technology, design, and consumer entertainment as those sectors have evolved. Prior to founding VidMob, he was the co-founder and CEO of Autumn Games, a premier publisher of video game franchises. Under his leadership, Autumn Games developed successful partnerships with such personalities as Jimmie Johnson, the 7-time NASCAR champion and companies like Def Jam, the leading urban culture brand, as well as the award-winning fighting game franchise, Skullgirls.

VidMob focuses on designing technology to make human creativity more scalable, accessible and efficient, enabling brands to understand which creative attributes are driving performance.

Built on a proprietary pipeline of machine learning services and data processing, and integrated with social platform APIs, their technology service - Agile Creative Studio - provides precise creative insights that are immediately actionable. Over the past two years alone, VidMob has seen its revenue grow by over 35 times, and is currently an official creative partner of Facebook, Instagram, Google/YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn among others.

Its roster of clients includes global brands such as Bayer, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Ikea and Neutrogena, as well as disruptor brands like True & Co and Acorns. VidMob also works with global creative and media agencies including Publicis, Ogilvy and Universal McCann. I learn more about how VidMob focuses on designing technology to make human creativity more scalable, accessible, and efficient, enabling brands to understand which creative attributes are driving performance.

Mar 29 2020

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Rank #7: 790: GlobalTranz, The Technology-Driven Freight Brokerage Company

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Specializing in LTL, full truckload, expedited and managed transportation solutions. I wanted to learn more about how the company is leading the market in innovative logistics technology by optimizing the efficiency of freight movement and matching shipper demand and carrier capacity in near real-time.

I invited Greg Carter, Chief Technology Officer at GlobalTranz onto my daily tech podcast. Prior to joining GlobalTranz, Greg was CTO and SVP of Product Development at Kewill, a global provider of enterprise logistics software to the world’s largest logistics and transportation companies including FedEx, Volvo, Crane, and DHL.

Greg joined Kewill in 2014 to establish a new technology vision for the company and help communicate that vision to the market. At Kewill Greg led a global team of over 500 people and was responsible for product development, IT and cloud operations. Greg moved Kewill’s strategic products to the Amazon cloud, beginning with Kewill’s flagship Customs and Transportation products.

I learn more about how after leveraging its extensive freight agent network, GlobalTranz has emerged as a fast-growing market leader with a customer base of over 25,000 shippers. GlobalTranz was also recently recognized as the 10th largest Brokerage Company in Transport Topics'​ Top Freight Brokerage Firms.

Mar 07 2019

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Rank #8: 522: Omni Reveal Their Tech Startup Story and Raising Funding From Ripple (XRP)

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Omni first appeared on my radar when Ripple, the fintech startup behind the controversial XRP token, revealed its first investment after it backed the U.S.-based storage startup through a $25 million round.

Have you accumulated too much stuff over the years and wish you could manage your life like dropbox? Where you could upload the stuff you use once in a blue moon to the cloud and then just get hold of it when you need it?

You don't want a surfboard in your home in Birmingham here in the UK or New York in Feb, right?

At Omni, they are fundamentally changing the way people think about ownership. When you keep your things in Omni instead of your closet, they're everywhere you want them to be: Access anything you need – whenever, wherever – with just a few taps, and Omni will deliver. Rent items you need or want to try from other members of the Omni community and earn extra money by renting out your unused items, all without ever leaving home.

Omni enables everyone to reclaim their space AND keep their stuff. We seek to help everyone live lighter – that is, to live the life they want and have access to all the things they need – no matter the size of the apartment, house, loft, trailer, boat, yurt, or teepee they find themselves calling home.

To date, Omni has raised more than $40MM in venture capital and through strategic partnerships.

This story about accessing things rather than owning everything has it all and an inspiring tech startup journey. From a fantastic idea, Stefan Thomas at Ripple, the Fintech startup behind the XRP token, backing Omni through a $25 million round, to turning to Amazon exec, Brandon Rowan to scale the business.

May 11 2018

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Rank #9: 957: How ReliaQuest's GreyMatter Unifies Disparate Technologies

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Every year Forrester puts out a report with top recommendations for cybersecurity leaders. This year, Forrester listed the most persistent problems for CISOs, and introduced “vendor sprawl.” The number of security solutions within enterprises -- which operate in silos, unable to integrate or communicate with each other -- is undermining companies’ security posture, and are exacerbating staffing gaps/skills shortages.

However, there's a bottom-line impact to all of this. Companies are spending billions in cybersecurity annually, and security teams are getting slammed. For example, 32% of IT pros ignore alerts, unable to keep up with the resulting noise.

This is where ReliaQuest comes in. ReliaQuest recently announced GreyMatter, a first-of-its-kind platform that connects data from disparate cybersecurity tools to improve security operations, and allows customers to proactively identify and addresses threats to allow better response times.

ReliaQuest's average customer has $10B in revenue -- some of the largest global enterprises, who as a result of their partnership have improved threat detection by 4X in less than 90 days and reduced security system downtime by 98%.

The company has also helped decrease security spend by 35% due to more efficient defenses. I wanted to learn more about this progress and how ReliaQuest's business has been booming with increased revenue of 451% in a three year period.

ReliaQuest Founder and CEO, Brian Murphy joins me on my daily tech podcast to talk about all this and how ReliaQuest has become the first national cybersecurity partner of 3DE, bringing cybersecurity awareness and education to high schools

Sep 05 2019

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Rank #10: 939: Cyber Security - The Philosophy Behind a Zero Trust Model

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Ericom's Zero Trust Software-Defined Access is a platform that helps organizations to isolate their interactions with web & cloud services securely. It also securely & centrally manages next-gen access to their business-critical systems.

Companies need to control who gets what access, to which data accurately. The philosophy behind a Zero Trust model assumes that attackers can come from within and outside of the network, so no user or device should automatically be trusted.

Traditional security technology such as firewalls, intrusion prevention, and VPNs are based on the assumption that there is already a secure perimeter established. Zero Trust claims the opposite. Organizations are not to automatically trust anything inside or outside its perimeters by default.

The goal of Zero Trust is to reduce organizational risk by preventing unauthorized users such as cybercriminals or insider threats from accessing pertinent data, applications, or services.

David Canellos, Ericom Software's President and CEO, joins me on my daily tech podcast to talk about their Zero Trust Security approach. We discuss how we need to encourage greater education around remote browser isolation.

We also discuss the cyberthreat landscape and some of the most prevalent threats.

For over 25 years, Ericom has delivered remote access, secure connectivity, isolation, mobility, and virtualization technologies to thousands of customers worldwide, allowing seamless user interactions with mission-critical systems while maintaining productivity and optimizing the user experience.

Aug 18 2019

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Rank #11: 1100: How Can DevOps Help Financial Services Keep Pace?

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As technology continues to advance, the workplace will need to adapt to meet the new expectations of the workforce. The usage of traditional IT models is causing regulatory hurdles for many financial firms. As a result, many financial service firms have begun their quest for upgrading technical infrastructure, both at the backend and the front-end.

DevOps brings security along throughout the process chain, monitoring errors and failures at the very instance of the occurrence, making this an increasingly essential tool for financial service organizations. Dinesh Venugopal, President at Mphasis, joins me on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast to talk about this subject and much more.

As President, and Member of the Executive Council, Dinesh is the global head for Direct-Core Business and Digital across industry verticals. With over 20 years of cross-functional leadership experience spanning strategy, technology innovation, M&A, and marketing, Dinesh has been instrumental in catalyzing Mphasis growth through focus in delivering business value and delighting customers.

Under Dinesh's leadership, Mphasis has transformed its solution, and services portfolio has enabled Direct-core business to grow faster than the industry. Also, Mphasis is now consistently ranked as #1 or #2 service provider by our top 5 Industry-leading customers.

The new-age digital-first companies like Amazons and Googles of the world are moving along a mile a minute. Innovating on modern software delivery practices and deploying software updates rapidly to take their business forward at incredible speeds and agility has become the norm.

We talk about how a new standard and how high expectations for service that can be tough for other businesses & industries to match up on, particularly ones in highly regulated businesses such as financial services. While financial services continue expanding their digital capabilities, the ability to deliver new software-based services efficiently becomes exceptionally critical.

However, we explore how DevOps is changing the game and how the financial services industry has not only played catch up but has been an industry-leading the change. I learn how it is speeding up innovation and how adopting modern software delivery practices, including agile, continuous delivery (CD), and DevOps.

Feb 03 2020

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Rank #12: 1065: How Unqork Is Driving the No-Code Enterprise Revolution

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Unqork is the industry pioneer no-code enterprise application platform that helps large companies build, deploy, and manage complex applications without writing a single line of code.

Companies like Liberty Mutual, Goldman Sachs, and John Hancock are using Unqork's drag-and-drop interface to build enterprise applications faster, with higher quality, and lower costs than conventional approaches.

Unqork first appeared on my radar when it recently closed an $80 Million Series B Funding Round Led by CapitalG. I wanted to find out more about the story behind the company and how this latest funding round is driving the no-code enterprise revolution.

Unqork CEO Gary Hoberman talks about how they enable brands to bring complex, regulated products to market without writing a single line of code. Gary is a 24-year financial technology veteran, holds eight patents, was the youngest-ever MD at Citigroup, and is a nationally recognized thought leader, having been featured in such publications as Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and Financial Times. Prior to Unqork, Gary was Executive Vice President and Global CIO for MetLife, overseeing technology across 47 countries and managing a $1.2 billion budget. Gary Hoberman has spent the last 24 years helping top financial institutions bring transformative solutions to market.

Dec 30 2019

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Rank #13: 1201: James 'The Outsource King' Baskin

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Is the task of searching for leads and chasing your ideal prospects taking all of your time? Or preventing you from selling as much as you should and want to? What if you could delegate the cumbersome work so you could spend 100% of your time on more value-added activities.

James King Baskin is the founder of Outsource Kings and shares his mission to leverage technology to help businesses get their time back. On average, his team is making 3,000-5,000 phone calls a week. But I wanted to learn more about the story behind Outsource Kings.

I learn how he came to live in Colombia and manage a team in the Philippines. We also talk about how they focused on one niche in the beginning and grew inside that niche but then expanded to other niches and are still growing.

May 10 2020

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Rank #14: 872: Gary Vaynerchuk

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Before going solo, I would leave my home at 7 am and not return home until 6:30 pm. But I made the most of my commute time and found myself reading, watching, and listening to content created by Gary Vaynerchuk. But rather than passively listening, I wanted to take his advice and run with it.

I was also inspired by DRocks story too and how he got his job working for Gary Vee. Fast forward five years, and my journey came full circle as I got a chance to thank the guys that inspired me to follow my dream at the recent Magento Imagine event in Las Vegas.

We tackle a wide range of topics such as digital-first giants and the rise of consolidation which is putting an end to the need for intermediaries. We also talk about how people care about privacy in theory, but then don't live it. For the most part, people always go with convenience and the product.

"If you are not recognizing that technology is going to put you out of business, then you are very naive."

As this is a tech podcast, Gary shares his thoughts and excitement around emerging technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and blockchain. We discuss how 5G has the potential to disrupt every industry.

Outside of technology, I also ask Gary what advice he would offer younger people listening who are passionate and hungry for success. But they want it right now How can they learn to overcome that impatience and focus on the actual long game?

"The number of people that take diet pills, and sign up for a quick fix and health benefits, grossly outweigh the people that eat right and exercise right every day. And that's what happens in business. Everybody thinks there's a course a shortcut, you know, I'm going to make all my money in Bitcoin and be out and be a billionaire next year.

A shortcut mentality is inherently in people, I believe it's because they worry too much about other people's judgment. Patience is unbelievably not on the pedestal than it should be."

This interview is not about hero worship or online follower counts, it was just a perfect example of how technology can bring people together. A couple of guys from the opposite sides of the Atlantic met and share their stories. But, I want you to share yours too.

My door is open to each and every one of you wherever in the world you are listening or reading this message. Together we can share your story with the world and inspire others too.

May 31 2019

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Rank #15: 688: The Tech Start Up Story of 3 Ex-Googlers and Cockroach Labs

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Cockroach Labs is the company behind CockroachDB, the SQL database for building global cloud services. With a mission to Make Data Easy, Cockroach Labs is led by a team of former Google engineers who have had front row seats to nearly two decades of database evolution.

The company has also hit a number of milestones since the 2.0 CockroachDB release in April of this year, including bringing on significant new customers, breaking into new verticals, hiring senior-level strategic roles, increasing headcount by 36%, and opening new offices across the US.

"Enterprises are looking for a distributed SQL database that provides the flexibility and solid performance to support global growth," said Co-Founder and CEO of Cockroach Labs Spencer Kimball. "This means a cloud-neutral solution which can support on-premise, cloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud environments. These are solutions that have not been available to enterprises in the past and are not available on Oracle, AWS or GCP, which is also why we are seeing so much growth in the market."

Cockroach Labs' roster of customers continues to grow and includes name brands such as Comcast, Bose, Kindred, Baidu, and Nubank, among others.

The range of industries served by Cockroach Labs speaks to the universal business need for a database solution that not only scales elastically but provides the consistency and resilience required to build services that are always available and never lose data.

CockroachDB's standard of resiliency is a critical feature for companies focused on handling financial transactions at a massive, global scale. This has led to several long-term CockroachDB pilots currently running within Fortune 500 companies in the financial sector and increased interest from businesses that manage financial ledgers across the globe.

Join me on my daily tech podcast where I explore how this tech story began and where they are heading in the future.

Nov 06 2018

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Rank #16: Citrix Ready / ControlUp: User Experience & The Future Of Work

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Starting in the early 90s, Citrix established themselves as the key solutions provider that pioneered secure remote access, to securing app delivery on different endpoints. In the 2000s, this evolved into enabling enterprise mobility. Here in 2019, the company is on a mission to create a true digital workspace that addresses the pain point/demands of end-users and IT admins.

Our world has been transformed by technology. There are now more devices and applications in the enterprise. So what does this mean for the future of work? Citrix Workspace is aimed at changing the way people work in the new workforce. The goal of the Citrix Workspace and the Workspace with intelligence was unveiled at Citrix Synergy 2019 and ensures end-users are using technologies that make them more productive.

What does this mean for you and your business? I have joined forces with Citrix Ready to interview Citrix partners and learn how together they are building the future of work. On today's episode, I interview Nitin Sharma from Citrix and Trentent Tye from ControlUp.

About Nitin Sharma

Nitin Sharma is a leader in product and solutions marketing strategy at Citrix. He is responsible for designing and executing global, companywide go-to-market strategies for digital workspace solutions. With a passion for solving business problems with technology solutions, he has held various solutions sales and marketing roles—targeting audiences at all levels: executive, line of business, and IT.

Trentent Tye

Trentent Tye was first introduced to Citrix in 2011. Originally an Active Directory administrator, seeing Citrix XenApp in action was immediately engaging and he sought to know more. Applying for a Citrix position with no Citrix experience, Trentent became a Citrix Administrator by promising to become an expert efficiently.

From here, he was introduced to complementary technologies like Microsoft's App-V and UE-V and became a Microsoft MVP in 2015. He achieved the Citrix CTA designation in 2017 to highlight his prowess in Citrix technology and then achieved the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) in 2019. After experiencing the challenges in Health Care and Oil and Gas environments, Trentent joined ControlUp to further his passion for making people's lives better.

About Citrix Ready

Citrix Ready identifies recommended solutions that are trusted to enhance the Citrix Delivery Center infrastructure. All products featured in Citrix Ready have completed verification testing, thereby providing confidence in joint solution compatibility. Leveraging its industry-leading alliances and partner ecosystem, Citrix Ready showcases select trusted solutions designed to meet a variety of business needs.

Through the online catalog and Citrix Ready branding program, you can easily find and build a trusted infrastructure. Citrix Ready not only demonstrates current mutual product compatibility but through continued industry relationships also ensures future interoperability.

About ControlUp

IT management is crowded, but is ready for a revolution. There are literally dozens of products that help monitor or analyze an IT infrastructure. Only ControlUp focuses on what matters most: Being able to easily find the root cause of IT issues, remediate directly from its UI vs. having to rely on several tools, and strategically analyze historical resources, usage, and issues data.

Jul 17 2019

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Rank #17: 991: HR Tech - The Story Behind HR Acuity

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Deb Muller is driven by an obsession to do things the right way, particularly in employee relations, where she has spent her career championing excellence and effectively managing workplace investigations.

After serving in executive HR roles at numerous Fortune 500 companies like Honeywell, Citibank, and Marsh & McLennan, Deb launched HR Acuity to create technology with built-in expertise and equip organizations to manage employee relations more strategically.

Deb provides a wealth of real-world experience and guidance to help companies strengthen processes, transform workplace culture, and elevate employee relations as a strategic driver of business success. I invited her onto my daily tech podcast to learn more about her HR Tech startup story.

While conducting workplace investigations at high-profile companies like Honeywell and Citibank, Deb Muller realized there was no standardized or formal training for HR professionals working in investigations, which put organizations at risk for potential lawsuits.

To solve the issue, Muller founded the tech platform HR Acuity to help companies identify, track and investigate employee issues, which is now being used by companies such as Lyft and LinkedIn.

About HR Acuity While you can't prevent every employee relations issue, you can change how you respond. HR Acuity is the only technology platform specifically built for employee relations management.

HR Acuity's SaaS technology that empowers you with built-in intelligence, templates and reporting so you can conduct best practice, fair investigations; uncover trends and patterns through forward-looking data and analytics; and provide trusted, consistent experiences for your people

Oct 14 2019

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Rank #18: 1223: Augmented Reality & Virtual Events

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AT NexTech AR Solutions Corp they are developing a proprietary Augmented Reality (AR) advertising platform that uniquely engages consumers by connecting them to brands and retail locations through a fully immersive AR experience.

With a focus on their two core technologies, augmented reality and holographic telepresence, NexTech AR offers innovative solutions that can be harnessed across a wide range of industries. Harnessing these technologies allows us to bridge the physical and the digital worlds, pushing the boundaries of branded communication and user experience in a disruptive new way.

It is the first publicly traded augmented reality (AR) company (OTCQB: NEXCF /CSE: NTAR) and the fastest growing “pure-play” AR company. It is also the first to market with its patent-pending WebAR e-commerce 3D shopping solution.

The fourth transformation has begun. So I invited Evan Gappelberg CEO/Founder at NexTech AR Solutions to join me on Tech Talks Daily. Evan shares his startup story and the role serendipity has played in his success.

Finally, we talk about the recent acquisition of Jolokia, which is a virtual events webcasting live streaming software company. I learn how these combined companies make it possible to launch AR first Virtual conferences

May 29 2020

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Rank #19: 1172: Mavenlink - Prioritizing Tasks to Reduce Employee Burnout

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Mavenlink is a modern software platform for professional and marketing services organizations. It is the only solution that helps services firms establish an operational system of record that facilitates their business lifecycle, including key capabilities like resource management, project management, collaboration, project accounting, and Business Intelligence.

Roger Neel, co-founder and CTO of Mavenlink for over 11 years, is an accomplished web designer, Ruby on Rails engineer, thought leader in agile software development, mentor to startup founders and software developers, and a strong advocate for pair programming.

There are a lot of people working from home at scale at the moment, and many people will not be able to switch off and overcompensate. Roger joins me on Tech Talks Daily to explore the topic of burnout. Roger states that "one of the major factors that contribute to overwhelmed staff members is a lack of focus of vision from management - resulting in too many conflicting projects and priorities.

For example, if you give someone 20 tasks and say they're all critical, they'll be overwhelmed. If instead, you're more focused and do a better job prioritizing, people are less likely to wind up overwhelmed with their task list."

Apr 14 2020

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Rank #20: 591: Best VPN - How to Protect Your Privacy In A Digital Age

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Pete Zaborszky is a libertarian techie that has been invested in privacy since before Edward Snowden's revelations. Founded in 2013, his website BestVPN.com has helped millions of visitors gain information on how to protect their privacy in the digital age.

Together with a team of experts, bestVPN.com is dedicated to fighting for people’s privacy and freedom to use the internet when, where and how they wish.

BestVPN.com is a VPN price comparison and review site with three main purposes.

  1. To comprehensively review and compare VPN (Virtual Private Network) services to help all users of technology choose the best services to enhance their internet privacy and security.
  2. To educate people on the best ways to stay safe online, with guides for everyone from novices to technical experts.
  3. To provide up-to-the-minute news on cybersecurity and online privacy matters, and support efforts to educate people on the latest related legal developments.

Pete Zaborszky owner shares his story and how Best VPN are helping users.

Jul 30 2018

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1303: Recalibrating Real Estate Via Blockchain Technology

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David Bartels Broker/Owner Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty joins me on Tech Talks Daily. David is one of America's Top 100 Real Estate Agents who believes the US real estate sector primed and ready for a phase of deep recalibration post-pandemic, powered specifically by blockchain technology.

David is a distinguished expert in real estate negotiations, distressed property solutions, foreclosure avoidance, and real estate investing. It has some interesting takes on how the current pandemic has significantly impacted the global real estate sector. He shares his vision to empower prospective home sellers to market and sell their homes themselves;

We also discuss how, for too long, prospective home sellers have been forced to choose between two extremes on the home selling spectrum – bloated full-service agent fees versus the uncertainty of navigating the home selling process independently.

I also learn why only 8% of prospective home sellers grapple with the prospect of marketing and selling their home themselves, without enlisting the services of full-fee agents. However, the latest technological innovations can create a more consumer-centric model while addressing the legacy sector issues that have placed too much power in the hands of full-service agents.

Aug 13 2020

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1302: Changing The VC World From The Ground Up

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Zane Venture Fund is a woman-led venture fund investing in early-stage, tech-enabled B2B, B2C or DTC companies, with exceptional diverse founders, and teams. Their mission is to catalyze the proliferation of world-class organizations led by diverse founders and teams building tech-enabled solutions by providing capital access and support to companies that can capitalize on these resources to scale their business.

Shila Nieves Burney is the founder of Atlanta-based Zane Venture Fund. An entrepreneur at her core, Shila is dedicated to reinventing the world of venture capitalism with – and for – the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs.

In June, Shila and ZVF announced the Zane Access Pre-Capital Program, a new program aimed at helping these entrepreneurs from the very beginning of their startup journey. This 12-week program, sponsored in part by Techstars’ Brad Feld, is specifically focused on providing and supporting diverse founders (women, POC, LGBTQ+, etc.) The Zane Access Program is a first-of-its-kind approach to leverage our network and provide these early-stage founders with the strategy they need to accelerate growth, gain traction and get founders thinking about how to go down the right funding roadmap for their companies – be it venture, crowdfunding, or a different option.

Aug 12 2020

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1301: Digital Solutions Powered By Innovative Technologies

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Alex Lutskiy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Innovecs, a global software development company. Under his leadership, Innovecs became one of the fastest-growing US companies, according to Inc. 5000 in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The company is also recognized on The 2020 Global Outsourcing 100® list by IAOP and is one as the youngest on the list. Alex founded Innovecs in 2012, starting with three team members - now we have 800+ people on the team. Moreover, Innovecs is achieving +65% YOY growth for the last three years. Before Innovecs, Alex held several executive management positions at CitiGroup, Ipsos, and GlobalLogic.

Alex shares valuable insights from his success story, change management, human-to-human approach, and tips and tricks on entering emerging markets. He also reveals a few tips and tricks for growing from 3 people to 800+ employees and achieving +65% YOY growth for three years in a row;

I learn more about their the human-to-human approach in B2B business and why emotions and relationship are exactly what drives the business. We also discuss the challenges and opportunities for tech companies in emerging markets in a virtual world without borders where entrepreneurs’ mindset has changed.

Aug 11 2020

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1300: How Samasource Is Powering AI for 25% of the Fortune 50

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25% of the Fortune 50 trust Samasource to deliver secure, high-quality training data and validation for the technology teams driving humanity forward. From self-driving cars to smart hardware, Samasource fuels AI. But I wanted to learn more about the story behind this tech success story.

Founded over a decade ago, its teams are regarded as experts in image, video, sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms in industries including automotive, navigation, AR/VR, biotech, agriculture, manufacturing, and e-commerce. Their staff are driven by a mission to expand opportunities for low-income people through the digital economy. Their social business model has helped over 50,000 people lift themselves out of poverty

Here in 2020, the pandemic is affecting every tech sector - including AI. But what exactly have been the effects on AI so far? How will companies in this field be impacted in the long-run? Do they need to pivot their business models? These are just a few topics Wendy Gonzalez, President and Interim CEO of Samasource discusses with me.

As the leading training data company fueling Silicon Valley’s AI, Samasource has seen firsthand how the pandemic has affected the entire industry. Given Samasource’s vertical expertise, Wendy takes a deep dive into how the autonomous vehicle and virtual reality industries are being impacted.

We discuss how AI/ML companies are pivoting business models to adapt to new times and how they are using AI to fight against COVID-19. We also discuss how this pandemic will change the investments made into AI and what AI leaders need to prioritize right now to be successful post-pandemic

Aug 10 2020

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1299: Being More Creative and Human In The Age Of AI

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We live in a time where busyness is a badge of honor. Time off can seem like a forgotten or even despised concept. Although this is a tech show, as it's Sunday, I wanted to explore how time off and leisure will be the essential skills and competitive advantage that keep you happy and unique.

Many are working from home for the first time. It can be challenging to find work/life balance. Taking time off isn't about extravagant vacations; it is about finding small ways to take breaks throughout the day. Today's guest is Max Frenzel. He is an AI researcher, digital creative, coffee lover, writer, beatmaker, and Co-author of Time Off, a book about finding success without the stress.

Many of the greatest minds in history knew about the importance of time off. But this is not an outdated concept. Even though most of us seem to have forgotten about it, time off is just as applicable (and essential) now than ever. Today, people who are recognizing this ancient wisdom are reaping tremendous benefits from it.

Aug 09 2020

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1298: Quantum Metric - Creating Digital Customer Experiences

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Mario Ciabarra, CEO of Quantum Metric (SaaS platform that delivers behavioral and predictive analytics for major global brands like Neiman Marcus, Lenovo, Lululemon, etc.), returns to the Tech Talks Daily Podcast. As a teenager, Mario worked in retail, identifying which customers needed help choosing products. Growing up through the digital era, he questioned how companies could do this digitally with both scale and speed – providing the best customer experiences to increase brand loyalty, drive higher revenue, more digital channel adoption, and reduce costs. Fast forward to 2015, Mario founded Quantum Metric, a platform for Continuous Product Design (CPD), which is a fundamentally new approach to this idea, helping organizations deliver digital products that have a greater impact, both quickly and reliably. Under Mario’s leadership, Quantum Metric has seen rapid adoption from Fortune 500 eCommerce, travel, entertainment, and financial services companies. Securing a $25M Series A capital raise in 2018, Quantum Metric’s customer base, team, and revenues have more than tripled in 2018 and 2019.

Mario discusses how CPD is empowering a new generation of cross-functional teams, where Product, Marketing, VoC, Ops, and Engineering work together to discover, analyze, and align on what next project will make the most substantial impact to their business in real-time. He also shares tips for startup founders on overcoming the biggest challenges in getting companies to adopt and embrace your tech, We also explore how the trend of CPD is increasingly empowering a new generation of cross-functional teams, where Product, Marketing, VoC, Ops, and Engineering work together to discover, analyze, and align on what next project will make the largest impact to their business in real-time.

Aug 08 2020

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1297: BAE Systems Spins Out SOC.OS Cybersecurity Startup

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BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security, and aerospace companies. The company recently announced an Applied Intelligence spin-out, cybersecurity venture called SOC.OS. The announcement is considered another milestone in what has been an eventful and remarkable few years for its CEO, David Mareels. David is a graduate of BAE Systems' demanding SIGMA leadership programme. His journey with the company has taken him from project engineering management in Portsmouth, to a Eurofighter Typhoon program in Warton, before settling in Applied Intelligence in 2018. During this time, he became involved in the corporate incubator programme, taking a lead role at SOC.OS.

SOC.OS is a SaaS product and can be thought of as embedding an extra analyst into the team, one who can remember every interconnected relationship between every alert produced from each security tool, even if generated weeks and months apart. SOC.OS continuously operates, analyzes, triages, and prioritizes the most important incidents before escalating it to the IT security team for further review via a graphical user interface. I invited David onto the podcast to learn how technology is transforming multiple industries. But also learn more about David's journey from engineering graduate to CEO.

Aug 07 2020

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1296: Affiliate Trends With Rakuten Advertising

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Rakuten Advertising is the leading global provider for marketing and advertising services and technology. Working with agencies and brands around the world, Rakuten Advertising brings together unique media inventory, a global affiliate network, advanced machine learning, and consumer insights to deliver experiences that increase brand awareness and marketing performance – while pushing the advertising industry forward.

Stuart McLennan, Senior Vice President, APAC Region at Rakuten Advertising, joins me on Tech Talks Daily to share his insights on affiliate marketing. He has a proven track record of building and managing high-performance teams, delivering multiple reorganizations and changing management initiatives to ensure the prospect consolidation position as The World’s #1 performance agency.

Highly experienced in creating go to market narratives to meet clients’ changing demands across data, analytics, and digital paid media, securing significant new business revenue and existing client cross-sell revenue.

We explore the impacts of COVID-19 on publisher networks and industries such as travel, hospitality, and luxury brands. But also how can these sectors can evolve and potentially bounce back. With online shopping experiencing massive growth, we also talk about motivating users when shopping at home.

Finally, we attempt to bust a few myths and misconceptions in the industry and learn how the marketing landscape will continue to evolve.

Aug 06 2020

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1295: Infosys Finacle - The Tech Serving 1 Billion People

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As banking systems struggle to survive the impact of the current pandemic, customers look to their banking providers seeking financial aid, stability, and accessibility to banking services. Before the pandemic, banks were figuring out how to renovate their legacy models and deploy advanced technologies.

Fast forward to 2020, and banks are suddenly on the fast track to not only replace traditional operational tools with digital options but meet increased demand and provide full-fledged services to customers without displacing the trust that existed before.

John Dangoia, Head of Product Management for the U.S. and Europe at Finacle, is a dynamic product and operations executive with 25+ years of experience leading growth in industry-leading banking and insurance businesses. Before joining Infosys, John was Vice President of Product Management at Fiserrv in support of the company’s Financial & Risk Management Solutions (FRMS) Group.

Finacle is used by leading banks in over 100 countries to serve more than 1 billion people and has aided numerous banking systems with their digital transformation initiatives. Finacle is part of EdgeVerve Systems, a subsidiary of Infosys.

We discuss how the shutdown of physical branches and manual processes being unavailable have led to the profound significance of the access to digital services. But banking modernization has suddenly become an urgent feat, leaving banking management questioning which programs genuinely make a difference to the end-user.

We explore why focusing on providing solutions that offer the most significant relief to customers is imperative during a crisis, and the banking system’s role in helping the economy recover from a global pandemic.

Aug 05 2020

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1294: The Role of AI-Powered COVID-19 Chatbots In Healthcare

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Greg Kefer from AI-powered COVID-19 chatbot company, LifeLink, joins me on Tech Talks Daily. In today's episode, I explore the Chatbot benefits for healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies as the landscape in healthcare continues to evolve.

COVID-19 has left healthcare providers in dire need of support - both on the front lines and back-of-house (call centers are seeing a 10x increase in volume!). In response, health systems like Jefferson Health, Memorial Health, and Banner Health have all quickly deployed chatbots like LifeLink because of its unlimited capacity to pre-screen and schedule appointments for patients.

I learn more about how this sudden need has pushed chatbots into the mainstream and transforming it overnight. Greg shares chatbots' new mission-critical role in the healthcare system and what this means for the "new normal" of healthcare.

Aug 04 2020

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1293: Digital Asset - Creators of DAML

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Yuval Rooz, co-founder and CEO of Digital Asset, is working with developers to incorporate blockchain approaches that simplify how distributed applications and processes are built and interconnected between organizations to easily drive business transactions.

Previously, he served as both the CFO and COO. In this capacity, Yuval hired the majority of the company’s executive leadership, established its global presence, and oversaw its acquisition of four technology startups. Before DA, Yuval held positions at Citadel and at DRW Trading, where he managed an algorithmic trading desk and helped launch DRW Venture Capital.

Digital Asset has an interesting, developer-friendly, open-source application platform called DAML. With DAML, developers can easily build and deploy multi-party applications on any distributed ledger platform or database; blockchain experience is not required.

As the demand for developers with blockchain skills continues to rise (Linkedin listed it as a top-ten in-demand skill for 2020) this is a great solution for developers to expand their talents in the dAPP space or enterprises keen to expand product offerings.

Companies such as ASX, HKEX, Amazon, Tencent’s WeBank, and others are using DAML to build new trading platforms built on blockchain or for software development to launch and deploy new products and services on a blockchain or a traditional database.

Yuval joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss how blockchain is evolving from technology focused on the financial services industry to one that is being adopted across vertical markets such as healthcare and retail.

I also learn how VMware recently joined the company’s Series C financing round. With the investment, VMware joins technology leaders Salesforce Ventures and Samsung Venture Investment Corp (Samsung) as investors in Digital Asset and its growing ecosystem of DAML partners.

Aug 04 2020

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1292: Automated vs. Manual Testing With QA Supermarket

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QA Supermarket provides comprehensive QA testing services on-demand and with competitive, completely transparent prices. The company is on a mission to offer Manual Testing as SaaS. The startup was founded by current CEO Paul Belevich, whose previous roles include Product Development Director at Blue Lithium (acquired by Yahoo!) and GM of Wargaming Research and Development Center in Austin. Most recently, he was founded software development company Software2Life.

I wanted to learn more about how they found a way to change a long, boring, and difficult application testing to an easy, transparent, and hassle-free one. We talk about the differences between Automated and Manual testing. We discuss what trends they are noticing in the industry. We also bust a few myths and misconceptions in the world of application testing,

Aug 03 2020

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1291: Predicting The Future With Behavioural Science

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Dectec is a Behavioural Science consultancy where they help clients predict future market responses and applying their insights across far-reaching sectors, including banking, telecoms, and retail. The company was created to provide the most accurate and best value forecasts available on how people will behave in new situations.

The team are enthusiastic proponents of behavioral research, randomized controlled trials, and data modelling. Founded in 2002, they are based in London and are staff-owned and are members of the Market Research Society and Management Consultancies Association.

I wanted to learn more about how they model human behavior to reveal the responses to different scenarios, giving clients a significant edge over their competitors in choices across range, pricing, communications, and offer. Dr. Henry Stott is the Co-founder of Dectech and a passionate proponent of doing more randomized controlled trials in business.

Henry has over 25 years of commercial experience across retail, finance telecoms, and other sectors. Before Dectech, he helped to create Oliver Wyman's Risk practice. We talk about what factors drive people's behavior and decision making. We also explore the alternative methods out there to predict the 'future', and I learn how accurate they are.

Aug 02 2020

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1290: NASA Detects Lattice Confinement Fusion

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A team of NASA researchers seeking a new energy source for deep-space exploration missions, recently revealed a method for triggering nuclear fusion in the space between the atoms of a metal solid. I felt compelled to find out more.

Lawrence Forsley is a senior experimental physicist with NASA, research fellow at the University of Texas, and CTO of Global Energy Corporation.

During the past 45 years, he has worked with laser fusion, mirror fusion, tokamaks, modular bremsstrahlung sources, sonoluminescence, and bulk Pd/D electrolysis and the patented co-deposition protocol.

Lawrence specializes in temporally, spatially, and spectrally resolving infrared through gamma-ray energy photons, charged particles, and neutrons. He is an author or co-author of over 40 scientific papers and book chapters.

In his spare time, he’s developed and deployed autonomous seismic sensors around the world and applied space-based Differential Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (DInSAR) to places hard to write home from, let alone pronounce.

We discuss the methods to drive and monitor condensed matter nuclear reactions in industrial, US Navy, and NASA laboratories, with an eye toward a clean, energy-rich future.

Aug 01 2020

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1289: Extended Threat Detection and Response (XDR)

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Extended Threat Detection and Response (XDR) is an emerging hot category that I wanted to learn more about. My curiosity led me to Hunters.AI, which is the first autonomous threat hunting solution. It's a pure-play vendor-agnostic XDR startup noted in the Gartner report. For CrowdStrike users, Hunters extends threat detection beyond the endpoint and enables XDR capabilities.

Hunters.AI generates and delivers actionable visualized attack stories allowing organizations to more quickly and effectively identify, understand, and respond to attacks. Uri May Co-Founder & CEO, Hunters, reveals how XDR has emerged as the next-gen successor to EDR and SIEM solutions. He also shares why it's different and what it brings to the IT security stack.

On the subject of missed signals, I learn how XDR finds legitimate threats while filtering out the noise and why a vendor-agnostic approach is essential to success. Finally, we discuss how Hunters grants XDR capabilities using AI for autonomous threat hunting.

Jul 31 2020

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1288: Accelerated Digital Transformation and Business Continuity

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Regardless of how a business looks at flexibility, workplace innovation continues to advance at high speed, evolving into a more natural and integrated aspect of life and dominating modern workers' expectations. The shift in traditional work's rhythm creates assumed challenges that may be intimidating for organizations trying to adapt.

Pushing aside misconceptions and uncovering the truth about flexible work can accelerate an organization's path to delivering a successful balance of work and flexibility to all its employees, regardless of age or working preferences.

Jed Brown, SVP of Product & Design at Fuze joins me on Tech Talks Daily to explore the three main misconceptions that prevent flexible work from being successful throughout organizations, and importantly explains how the right technology will not only kick-start flexible work now, it can also prepare a business for what's to come, keeping them open to the future too.

About Fuze Fuze is a global cloud communications provider for the enterprise. Its intuitive unified communications and contact center platform enables seamless transition between calling, meeting, chatting, and sharing powered by the industry-leading intelligent cloud architecture. Fuze empowers the digital and distributed workforce to communicate anywhere, anytime, and across any device. Founded in 2006, Fuze is headquartered in Boston, MA with offices around the world.

Jul 30 2020

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1287: The Robotics Company Empowering Humans

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Daniel Theobald is the CEO of Vecna Robotics. His company recently raised $50M for their Series B and has been helping automate materials handling for global clients like FedEx. Daniel is a passionate leader who is dedicated to the idea that technology can be used to improve life for everyone on the planet.

Daniel is also a co-founder of Mass Robotics - an independent, non-profit organization serving as the innovation hub for robotics and connected devices in the Greater Boston, MA area, so he has his pulse on the innovation of the robotics industry. But I wanted to learn more about the robotics company that believes the future belongs to those who empower humans.

We talk about how robotics, AI and automation help keep the supply chain running, the importance of robots and humans working together to increase workflow efficiency, and what the robotics industry needs to do to push interoperability forward. We also discuss why humans and robots are better together.

Jul 29 2020

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1286: Aweber Founder, Email Automation Industry Leader Tom Kulzer

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AWeber delivers powerfully-simple email marketing software specifically designed for small businesses. Since 1998, They have helped over 1,000,000 small businesses around the world grow their businesses by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to connect with their prospects and customers.

AWeber is a 100% remote-first team. That means they work from the comfort of their homes while making an impact on customers around the world. they value collaboration, flexibility, and entrepreneurial spirit — not what you wear or where you choose to do your most productive work.

They also believe that an incredible culture is not about where you work, but about the people that you work with.

Jul 28 2020

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1285: Commercial Drone Analytics Enriches Data to Empower Action

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When a utility embarks on a capital project, they’re doing so to serve their customers better, comply with regulations, and/or build the value of their asset network—and they’re increasingly making drones a part of their efforts.

Utilities are using drones across the capital project lifecycle. Whether to inventory assets, monitor current project work, or evaluate pre-completion performance, project managers achieve greater data breadth and precision. Not only does this help justify CapEx spend, but it also enables better project management.

PrecisionHawk, the market leader of commercial drone analytics, has seen first-hand the challenges of keeping utility asset databases up-to-date. During routine inspections for all of their utility clients, PrecisionHawk has found discrepancies in location data for up to 50% of poles. And while ground teams typically find that 10% of poles are out of compliance, they have, on average found that the number is actually 25-30%.

As a solution, Drone technology is implemented to accurately geolocate all pole assets, convert imagery and data into metadata for quality assurance, and execute strategic business decisions accordingly with substantial evidence.

Robert Henley joins me on Tech Talks Daily in a conversation about how utilities leverage drone technology to improve their asset management systems and validate capital projects tied to critical infrastructure.

Jul 27 2020

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1284: The Future of Sports? Creating a Social Living Room

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Sporting leagues are beginning to unveil their plans to return to play, and the NBA is planning to return at Walt Disney World. When exploring the future of sport, leagues must start thinking about the live stream viewing experience will look like for fans. They also have to consider if platforms are capable of supporting the influx of people tuning in from home and how they'll be able to replicate the in-person fan experience at home.

Jed Corenthal, the CMO of Phenix (real-time streaming technology platform), discusses what platforms must prioritize seamlessly delivering virtual experiences that will keep fans happy. If games are delivered in real-time and synchronous streams, the opportunities to engage viewers are endless – from trivia games to switching up camera angles and even selling merchandise – but this is all only possible if livestream technology is up to par.

Phenix has customers on five continents, and all focused on delivering a superior user experience by reducing latency, maintaining a high-quality stream, and reaching large audiences. I learn more about how they were challenged to create compelling interactive mobile content to keep viewers engaged throughout the Oscars broadcast with short development timeline.

Disney/ABC selected Phenix and its partners to deliver the first ever Official Oscars Trivia Game. During commercial breaks, the game featured a real-time "audience cam" capturing celebrities chatting and socializing.

The 2019 Oscars digital experience was nominated for an Emmy Award. Jed shares this and many more stories.

Jul 26 2020

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By Passionate for Climate - Jan 15 2020
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Great banter, great guests, overall fabulous. Highly recommend a listen!

Great podcast

By JGM20192019 - Sep 09 2019
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Very informative, timely and enjoyable!