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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 podcast

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

Love it!

By Daniellle - Apr 24 2019
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A great and informative podcast with a very friendly and witty host- love tuning in!!

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117 Ratings
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115
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Great podcast

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

Love it!

By Daniellle - Apr 24 2019
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A great and informative podcast with a very friendly and witty host- love tuning in!!
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The Tech Talks Daily Podcast

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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: 897: Growing Two Unique Brands To Over 1 Million Visitors A Month

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What is the secret of creating two websites that generate over a million views a month each? This is just one of many questions I want to ask the hugely successful Kenny Kline who has experienced exponential growth online by combining passion and technology

Kenny Kline is a serial entrepreneur in digital technology and fashion. He is the co-founder of several online brands including BarBend and managing partner at JAKK Media. Kenny has helped grow BarBend from a small content site to one that is now the official media partner of USA Weightlifting and has raised $825,000 in seed funding.

JAKK Media owns and operates some of the web’s favorite brands across a range of interests: fitness and health, sleep, home security, and more. Each is run by a team of writers, editors, videographers, and designers who love producing content that’s as accurate as it is engaging.

By contrast, BarBend is the leading online source for strength sports news coverage, analysis, and opinion pieces. Kenny joins me on my daily tech podcast to explain how he grew two very different online brands to more than one million online visitors a month each.

Kenny also advises how to scale and grow your site to one that partners with major household names and explains why niche content is key to all your marketing efforts in 2019.

Listen to Kenny's story of how this serial entrepreneur in digital technology and fashion grew his online businesses. Kenny also provides some invaluable actionable tips for listeners.

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 1047: How d1g1t Is Closing The Gap In Analytics Technology

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d1g1t is an enterprise-level wealth management platform engineered to meet the needs of all firms providing investment advice, managing investment portfolio or selling wealth management products to individual investors and families.

d1g1t has already signed 11 clients responsible for managing approximately CAD$50 billion of assets under management (AUM). The company signed its first US client - BBR Partners - ranked #8 on Barrons’ Top 50 RIA Firms for 2019. The company is currently speaking with several large banks and building on its momentum to expand its footprint in the U.S.

The firm also recently announced a strategic partnership with CI Financial, an independent Canadian company offering global asset management and wealth management advisory services. As part of the agreement, CI will deploy the d1g1t technology platform across the firm’s advisory businesses and is making an equity investment in d1g1t equal to 9.5% of the company.

This builds upon their Series A financing which saw Purpose Financial, Extreme Venture Partners, Portag3, Illuminate Financial, angel investors and d1g1t clients invest over CAD$12M to fund the continued growth of its enterprise wealth management platform. I felt compelled to find out more about how d1g1t is transforming this space through technology.

An Internationally recognized Quant and Fintech entrepreneur, Dr. Dan Rosen is also an Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Finance at the University of Toronto, and was the first Director of the Center for Financial Institutions at the Fields Institute.

Dan has also worked with numerous financial institutions around the world, lectures extensively on risk and portfolio management, financial engineering, and Fintech innovation, and has authored numerous research publications and several patents.

In 2010, he was inducted a Fellow of the Fields Institute for his “outstanding contributions to the Fields Institute, its programs, and to the Canadian mathematical community”. Dan was the co-founder and CEO of R² Financial Technologies, acquired by S&P Capital IQ in 2012.

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #7: 815: Meet Contentsquare, the Digital Experience Insights platform

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Contentsquare is a digital experience insights platform that helps businesses understand how and why visitors are interacting with their app, mobile, and websites. They compute billions of touch and mouse movements and turn this knowledge into profitable actions that increase engagement, reduce operational costs and maximize conversion rates.

Using behavioral data, artificial intelligence, and big data to provide automatic recommendations, Contentsquare empowers every member of the digital team to easily measure the impact of their actions, and make fast and productive data-driven decisions to optimize the customer journey.

The AI-powered User Experience (UX) analytics and optimization platform is used by many major retailers and brands that include Walmart, Tiffany’s, Avon, and GoPro. The company also recently launched the Digital Happiness Index (DHI), a pioneering metric to help brands measure the quality of the experience they deliver across the web, mobile sites, and apps.

For the first time, IT, product, marketing, and merchandising teams can all track a single digital customer satisfaction score. The Digital Happiness Index nets out the collective impact of the dozens of actions taking place across departments to provide a brand with a single common barometer.

Jean-Marc Bellaiche, Chief Partnership & Strategy Officer at Contentsquare joins me on my daily tech podcast to share exciting developments they have coming down the pike and shares his insights on the retail industry as a whole, including:

  • How AI-based solutions help marketing executives better understand and connect with their customers.
  • The effect of data privacy on the retail industry, especially in regards to ad targeting.
  • How stores are increasingly integrating the digital experience into their brick-and-mortar locations.
  • The trend toward hyper-personalization

Apr 02 2019

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 1005: Keeper Security - Cybersecurity in SMB Report

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For the third consecutive year, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have reported a significant increase in targeted cybersecurity breaches. A newly released global survey found that attacks against the U.S., U.K., and European companies are growing in both frequency and sophistication.

Further, nearly half (45%) of the 2,000 respondents described their organization's IT posture as ineffective, with 39% reporting they have no incident response plan in place.

The 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses report underscores growing cybersecurity concerns best illustrated through the year-over-year trends dating back to 2016. The survey, commissioned by Keeper Security, measured responses from 2,391 IT and IT security practitioners in the U.S., U.K., DACH, Benelux, and Scandinavian.

"Cybercriminals are continuing to evolve their attacks with more sophisticated tactics, and companies of all sizes are in their crosshairs," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, The Ponemon Institute.

"More businesses are experiencing highly-targeted, sophisticated, and severe cyberattacks than ever before, yet the results of our study show they aren't doing enough to close the gap," said Darren Guccione, CEO, and co-founder of Keeper Security.

"We sponsor this annual research with Ponemon because we want SMBs to understand that no target is too small for cybercriminals, and it's not enough to simply be aware of the cyber threats that exist. It's critical that these businesses take the next step toward cybersecurity preparedness and get a strong prevention strategy in place."

Continue the conversation with Neil Hughes, Darren Guccione, and Larry Ponemon for an informative webinar where you'll learn about the biggest threats to SMEs in EMEA and the three easy actions you can take to protect your company.

US (Oct. 30) - https://www.keeper.io/2019-ponemon-webinar-us UK & Europe (Oct 31) - https://www.keeper.io/2019-ponemon-webinar-emea  

Oct 28 2019

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 888: Wonolo - Why Baby Boomers Are Embracing the Gig Economy

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Fast. Flexible. Staffing Reinvented. Wonolo, which stands for “Work Now Locally,” is an on-demand staffing platform that is changing the way businesses find talent for their immediate labor needs.

The company is on a mission to create flexible opportunities for individuals to make extra income, learn new skills, and change their lives. At the same time, they are saving companies money by connecting them with talented people within minutes.

However, when I looked a little closer I discovered the intriguing story behind Wonolo which began working inside the Coca-Cola Company. They were motivated by wanting to solve one pervasive problem. How do they ensure cans are always on the store shelf? When a warehouse worker calls out sick, a driver is caught in traffic, or a merchandiser can’t work overtime, how can we find the talent to get the product on the shelf?

Meanwhile, they observed a growing segment of frontline workers, often part-time or unemployed, struggling to find additional work around their busy schedules. Some already had the right skillsets to get that product on the shelf, others had the capability to quickly learn.

The convergence of these two insights began our journey to not only create a smarter way to match supply and demand but to redefine the pool of talent available to get work done.

Today, Wonolo helps connect thousands of businesses with tens of thousands of Wonoloers. What started with getting Sprite on the shelf evolved into giving anyone the opportunity to Work Now Locally - making Wonoloing the future of work for frontline jobs.

On this show, I like to bust a few myths, and today we explore how baby boomers are leveraging hiring apps to find blue-collar work. Wonolo recently released a blog post highlighting its internal data from all completed gigs on the platform last year.

Beatrice Pang, the VP of strategy and finance at Wonolo, joins me on my daily tech podcast to share more insights on the data and how a hiring app like Wonolo helps Boomers find flexible work in retirement. We also talk about:

  • The average number of gigs Baby Boomers work per week
  • Top job categories Boomers tend to pick
  • Average job ratings by employers compared to younger generations
  • A breakdown of Boomers’ earnings across Wonolo’s largest markets

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 1029: Stratifyd - The AI Powered Data Analytics Platform

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AI in financial services is a growing trend. With AI, FinServ companies are increasingly able to ingest and analyze data from a variety of channels in a timely and accurate manner - dramatically impacting on customer experience, acquisition, and retention.

North Carolina-based Stratifyd is a technology company providing an end-to-end AI-powered customer analytics platform to companies worldwide. The platform utilizes unsupervised machine learning, natural language understanding, topic modelling, predictive intelligence, sentiment analysis, and more to help solve the unique problems enterprises face.

Stratifyd is already deployed by blue-chip companies in sectors spanning CPG, automotive, pharma, insurance, and Fortune 500 financial services companies. The Stratifyd’s platform enables companies to efficiently tailor marketing efforts, increase customer retention, improve products and services, and boost revenue based on the timely and accurate analysis of unstructured data.

The platform’s sophisticated AI-powered engine is also able to ingest complex data feeds and rapidly deliver real value in the form of actionable insights – all delivered via an easy to use interface which requires no prior knowledge of natural language processing or analytics by the end-user. The Firm also recently closed a $25 million Series B investment led by Georgian Partners who are investors in growth-stage SaaS-based business software companies that harness applied artificial intelligence, conversational AI, and trust – along with participation from previous investors. Derek Wang, Co-founder and CEO, Stratifyd, joins me on my daily tech podcast to share the human story behind the tech company. He grew up in Beijing and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Shortly after, he – along with the company’s two other co-founders – began conducting government-funded research on the ways AI could be used to ingest, analyze, and visualize unstructured data.

During this period, Derek found strong use cases while working with Bank of America, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions. This post-doctorate work was the foundation on which Stratifyd was built. Under Derek’s leadership, Stratifyd is recognized as an innovator and global force in the customer analytics industry. As the company continues to grow, Derek is looking towards the future. I learn how he is currently focusing on Stratifyd’s vision to take data and AI democratization to the next level.

Nov 22 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: 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 #17: 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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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: 464: How Waze Is Revolutionizing Digital Navigation

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Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today's maps. Waze is home to one of the world's largest networks of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money.

The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favorite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace.

I wanted to learn more about the other features that are probably under your radar. For example, The Waze Connected Citizens Program that connects Wazers, cities and its citizens to collaborate and improve their community. But also answer the question "What's happening on our roads right now, and where?"

I also wanted to understand how the Waze Beacons Program is improving tunnel navigation in cities around the world and became the first scalable, affordable solution to power seamless navigation underground.

After noticing that there too many cars and so many empty seats. The company also launched Waze Carpool to offer a simple, quick, cheap and fun way to commute together. But, the app made a real impact last year in Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on locals.

The Waze Global Event Partners free program also enables event organizers to work with the company. The free traffic management program enables real-time road closures, full communication with local drivers and up-to-the-minute detours to get drivers to events more quickly, safely and happy.

I invited Finlay Clark, UK country manager at Waze to talk about how the platform is evolving.

Feb 12 2018

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1083: The AI-Powered Commerce Solution For The Experience Economy

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Coveo uses AI and intelligent search and recommendation technologies to personalize millions of digital experiences for customers, partners, dealers, and employees.

However, Coveo for Commerce is transforming the way businesses sell online and its AI-powered solution is helping to deliver relevant buying experiences that is driving business growth. But I wanted to find out more about this experience intelligence platform.

Coveo for Commerce is enhancing product and content discoverability, detects buyer intent, and automatically merchandizes personalized product recommendations that make business sense.

“The experience economy is built on data and AI. Tech-first companies have trained people to expect personalized, relevant, and unified experiences. With Coveo, every business can be an intelligent experience leader.” Coveo Chairman and CEO Louis Tetu.

However, personalization alone is not enough; businesses also want to increase the profitability of their customer lifetime journeys. In today's episode, I explore how this experience intelligence platform stitches together content and data, learning from every interaction, to tailor every experience using AI. I learn how Coveo for Commerce connects and unifies product catalogs and product-related content to provide shoppers with comprehensive, relevant information in their shopping experience. We also discuss how structured product catalog data can blend with unstructured content.

Mark Floisand is Chief Marketing Officer at Coveo joins me on Tech Talks Daily to talk about all this and more. He has over 20 years of marketing, sales and general management experience in the technology industry, spanning blue chip and start-up companies across three continents, including Apple, Adobe, BusinessObjects, SAP, Total Defense, Untangle and WeVideo.

Mark was most recently with Sitecore, a Coveo technology partner, where he led product marketing. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; and an MBA from the University of Durham in the UK.

Jan 17 2020

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1082: Takeaways From The Consumer Electronics Show - CES 2020

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Last week 175,000 people from165 countries make their annual trip to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Over 4,500 global companies and tech startups showcased new and innovative tech. The media desperately searched for the best ideas hidden inside 2.9 million net square feet of exhibition space.

After following the news online, I was a little disheartened around new tech that didn't seem to solve any real problems. Samsung's Ballie is a tennis ball-like robot that beeps and rolls around following its owner and captures special moments. But this seemed at odds with our new privacy-aware state,

With the increasing awareness around climate change, I found myself wondering if Charmin's Bluetooth-controlled robot bear that brings its owner a spare toilet roll is the best use of our resources? But rather than turn into just another bitter tech columnist, I went in search of a more positive and optimistic view.

Over at Finn Partners, they have a talented mix of researchers, strategists, designers, technologists, content specialists, and campaigners. With over 800 people across three continents, I knew they would have someone that attends CES every year that could talk about the trends they have seen over the years and what stood out at this year's event.

Barry Reicherter is a senior partner at Finn Partners and has a passion for Digital Insights and Ideas. The Digital transformation and innovation leader joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss what he saw at CES. We also discuss the conversations he was monitoring online and those he heard on the show floor.

With more than 20 years of experience in digital marketing, Barry leads Finn Partners' Insights team focusing on online and social media research, analytics, planning, and measurement for clients operating in consumer, healthcare, education, government, public affairs, travel, and technology sectors.

Holding positions at AOL, Porter Novelli, Active.com, Sage Software, Widmeyer Communications and Finn Partners, Barry's body of work has been focused in the digital strategy and measurement for clients such as Hyundai, CapitalOne, American Express, Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Steelcase, Rosetta Stone, HP, Nestlé, Pfizer, Chase, Pearson, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and Reed-Elsevier.

Barry is also a frequent speaker-panelist at industry conferences. Recently Barry joined the faculty of the Kogod School of Business at American University as an adjunct professor of digital branding for the M.B.A. program.

Jan 16 2020

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1081: The Tech Behind The Internet of Things (IoT)

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Software Design Solutions provides embedded system software development, desktop application development, and software process improvement consulting. The company prides itself on decades of expertise to learn new best practices in agile embedded software development.

Ed Kuzemchak is an expert on the Internet of Things and the founder of Software Design Solutions. As an embedded software thought leader, I invited Ed back onto this tech podcast to shares his experience around the challenges and pitfalls of designing intelligence into objects.

As an embedded software thought leader, Ed Kuzemchak is well-versed in the challenges and pitfalls of designing intelligence into objects. His experience across multiple industries has afforded him unique insights that he can share with companies looking to create, update, or improve their own IoT technologies.

While CES focuses on the shiny new tech solutions and buzzwords, I wanted to look under the hood of these emerging technologies. Ed explores the real challenges and opportunities that surround the internet of things (IoT)

In today's conversation, we talk about the convergence of low-cost networking (NBIoT/Cat-M1) and how power-efficient highly capable edge nodes are changing the IoT landscape. We also explore the unique challenges of IoT in industrial control settings (harsh environments, legacy equipment, IT vs. OT, security).

As we look beyond the smoke and mirrors of the tech hype, we look beyond the impacts of 5G and talk about the role of Fog computing in a world where edge nodes are becoming more and more capable. We also dare to ask, do you need Machine Learning for your IoT application? Or is good old fashioned heuristics what you really need?

Jan 15 2020

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1080: The Artist and Event Database Aiming To Be The IMDb for Music

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According to Statista, live music industry revenue in the United States is on track to reach 11.99 billion USD in 2021 (up from 9.28 billion USD in 2015). But what setbacks could stall this foreseen growth? One of the greatest challenges plaguing the live music industry is a lack of robust data, a problem that live music data company Viberate is perfectly positioned to solve.

On the Viberate platform, entities are organized by event, festival, artist, venue, genre, subgenre, city, and country. Entities are crowdsourced with the help of over 20 thousand contributors, and each and every entry is then curated by a team of 70 full-time database curators.

Viberate also taps into the API's of major ticket vendors, which provide tens of thousands of events daily (contributors can add events manually as well). Artist profiles are also rich with content and always up-to-date, since Viberate sources the content from entities' official sources and enrich the content with metadata.

To date, the Viberate database includes 1/2 million artists, 1/2 million events, 150,000 venues, 5,000 festivals. But it's the success that it is delivering to artists that is the most impressive part of this startup story. But it's the success that it is delivering to artists that is the most impressive part of this startup story. Viberate Co-Founder and COO Vasja Veber joins me on the podcast to discuss how Viberate is solving a major pain point in the live music industry. Vasja tells me how "You can't develop anything using the current data in the live music business. It's just too unstructured. It's also hard to keep the information updated. Standardization is our only way forward."

Viberate aims to standardize and map the entire global ecosystem for live music, becoming something akin to IMDb, a single, verified, and artist-approved source for music information. To accomplish this, the Ljubljana-based startup uses a carefully calibrated mix of crowdsourcing and curation, and blockchain, incentivizing contributors and supporting artist control of assets and information.

"Blockchain has become the long-overdue catalyst for the music industry to update its policy and business models toward music-makers and to provide quick and seamless experiences for anyone involved in creating or interacting with music," notes Viberate advisor, blockchain advocate, and musical innovator Imogen Heap.

"Anything that involves music-makers being independent and having space where they can reach out to anybody who wants to make business directly with them is a really positive thing."

Vasja Veber explains how he and his team are doing for music what IMDb does for the movies.

Jan 14 2020

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1079: Meet ADA and The Automated Customer Experience (ACX)

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It seems that almost every website now has a chatbot. Some are quite good, but many create more frustrations than they solve. Meanwhile it has been reported that we all spend 43 days of our lives waiting on hold.

I wanted to get a company that stands out from the crowd in this area, and it didn't take long for me to find the perfect guest.

Ada, the market leader for Automated Customer Experience (ACX), is disrupting the customer service sector with a fundamentally new approach that brings an automation first strategy to drive cost savings and improved CSAT.

Ada replicates manual behavior with machine learning freeing up expensive agents to pursue more meaningful, urgent tasks on behalf of customers. With Ada's transformative approach to customer service, businesses are evolving their customer service departments from cost centers into profit centers.

Air Asia is an excellent example of the power of Ada's automation first strategy. They fly 100 million passengers per year and used to struggle with customer support wait times of more than one hour. Within 30 days of launching Ada, the wait time for customers is now less than one minute. AirAsia is now generating millions in annual revenues because they've automated meal plan purchases, ticket changes, and more.

In 2019, Ada was also included in Gartner's Competitive Landscape: Virtual Assistant Platforms, Worldwide and recognized as one of the leading vendors leveraging linguistics, machine learning, and knowledge programming to create conversational user experiences.

I invited Ruth Zive, Ada's head of Marketing, on to this daily tech podcast to learn more about how Ada is transforming how people work and how businesses design their customer service organizations.

Jan 13 2020

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1078: ARwall - Green Screen Replacement And Experiential Marketing

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Eric Navarrette, Chief Marketing Officer ARwall, joins me on the podcast to reveals how their augmented reality technology is fixing issues for entertainment studios that utilize a Hollywood staple: the green screen.

ARwall is an AR technology company that has created the first AR display that requires no headset, no goggles, no smart device. Its spatial imaging technology is four times faster than anything equivalent on the market.

The green screen replacement has already been used for projects by studios like Netflix, Syfy, and HBO, and made an appearance on the HBO series Watchmen red carpet. But problems does this tech really solve? Post-production can be time-consuming and expensive, often pushing film and television projects past deadlines and budgets. After spending over two decades founding startups and leading in the advertising space, ARwall Founder and CEO Rene Amador developed a breakthrough solution: digital backdrops that display realistic, VFX-heavy sets in real-time, with no "fix it in post" required. The invention spectacularly replaces the green screen.

The 'ARwall' significantly reduces editing costs and cuts down on filming time for production teams. With VFX that studios would have needed to add in post-production already present on-set, ARwall shortens project pipelines and budgets, helping film and TV projects stay on-pace with today's heightened viewing cycle.

ARwall is also helping solve problems for businesses in post-production with real-time technology, staying innovative in a fast-paced industry. Eric returns from CES after winning an award for 'Best AR Experience for ARwall' and reveals how they are using AR to transform an entire industry.

Jan 12 2020

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1077: How Trintech Is Transforming Financial Processes

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Learn How Trintech is Making Accounting Faster, More Efficient and Human.

Trintech Inc., a pioneer of Financial Corporate Performance Management (FCPM) software, combines unmatched technical and financial expertise to create innovative, cloud-based software solutions that deliver world-class financial operations and insights.

In today's episode, Derick Schaefer, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Trintech joins me to talk about Trintech's mission to take the drudgery out of accounting, making it faster, more efficient and more human. We also talk about why the best kind of innovation comes from customers.

I learn more about his passion for causes outside of tech, including local theater and water conservation. He breeds cattle at his ranch in Texas too.

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Trintech, he is responsible for leading its software engineering, cloud operations, information technology, and information security functions. Schaefer has spent over 25 years in a variety of software leadership roles, including the last ten years running large scale SaaS and PaaS operations.

Before joining Trintech, Schaefer led engineering, information security, and compliance for Silicon-Valley based Digital Insight (an NCR Company) who provided online banking and mobile solutions for community financial institutions. Schaefer also received his Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from The University of Miami.

Jan 11 2020

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1076: Being Present And Transforming the Employee Experience

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On today's podcast, I want to spend some time thinking about the individuals who must "be present" every day to do their jobs as these are the unsung heroes that make up the majority of the global workforce.

However, they are not as frequently considered in discussions about work-life balance, career growth, employee experience, and creative benefits. A new book is daring to challenge yesterday's mindset while strategically looking at the future of work. It reveals eye-opening insights on the positive outcomes for employers who invest in their workers' experience.

"Being Present" challenges readers to consider the differences in the employee experience between laptop-toting office workers and the frontline workforce, with the goal of inspiring leaders to strategically and creatively build frontline workplace capability, development, productivity, flexibility, empowerment, and trust.

Written by some of today's most respected leaders and practitioners in human resources, workplace technology, and the future of work, the authors share new ways to create and build frontline workplace capability, productivity, performance, empowerment, and trust. Joyce Maroney joins me today to discuss these topics and much more.

Joyce Maroney is the executive director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. She founded the Workforce Institute in 2007 to provide a platform and forum to research and discuss workplace issues relevant to leaders of both salaried and hourly teams.

Workforce Institute content, including research, opinion pieces, and podcasts, can be found at www.workforceinstitute.org. Before joining Kronos in 2006, Joyce served as vice president of services, products, and recruitment outsourcing at BrassRing and held management positions in marketing, sales, and operations for companies such as Lotus/IBM, Software AG, and Wang Laboratories.

Jan 10 2020

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1075: MarTech - The Road Ahead For Customer Data Platforms (CDPs)

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Jason Davis is co-founder and CEO of Simon Data. Simon Data is a customer data platform (CDP) that provides enterprise marketers at brands including Blue Apron, Venmo, Equinox, and Peloton with live and personalized data to monitor purchasing trends and predict customer behavior.

These transformative brands are part of the fuel behind Simon's success recently marked with a fast follow $25M Series C funding round. On today's podcast, Jason discusses the state of the CX today – where it fails us, how CDPs are delivering on the promise of Big Data and Business Intelligence solutions.

“Over the last year or so, we have seen an uptick in older companies positioning themselves as CDPs to try to take advantage of the buzz around the category, without offering the capabilities of a true CDP. As the market matures, these follower companies have struggled to keep up - recent acquisition news around Acquia/AgilOne and Amperity/Custora is evidence of this.

However, these acquisitions do highlight the increasingly critical role customer data plays in driving marketing strategy, as well as the importance of having a competitive product in this new category." – Josh Neckes, President/Cofounder, Simon Data

After the recent Acquia / AgileOne acquisition news. Jason also shares his perspective on what this means for the industry and why we can expect to see more M&As in 2020.

I also learn how Simon Data his helping brands across industries achieve a unified customer view. On the subject of customer data privacy, we also discuss if CDPs will get to a place where we're not just okay for data to be shared.

Jan 09 2020

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1074: The Tech Transforming Employee Reimbursement For Mobile Workers

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Since 2005, the mobile-enabled workforce has grown 11 times faster than the total workforce, with more than 92 million mobile-enabled workers now in the U.S. alone and a growing number of companies allowing use of personal devices to make balancing the demands of work and personal life easier.

Motus recently announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind solution that makes it possible for companies to easily and accurately reimburse employees for the business use of their personal mobile devices. As the world’s foremost experts on reimbursement, Motus developed the Fixed and Variable Rate (FAVR) reimbursement methodology.

After the IRS recognized FAVR as a tax-free reimbursement option in 1992, Motus used it to transform how companies reimburse employees for personal vehicle use. With this new solution, Motus applies the same FAVR code to mobile devices for the first time, allowing companies to fairly, accurately and compliantly reimburse employees for this rapidly growing mixed-use asset class.

As recent trends in employment law now require employers to recognize even small tasks performed by employees on their personal devices as work, fair and defensible reimbursement is more important than ever. Organizations often face legal action over inaccurate expense reimbursement – and lawsuits have begun to include disputes over accurate mobile device reimbursement.

Motus CEO Craig Powell joins me on this daily tech podcast to discuss the announcement in further detail, including why he believes this is a huge stepping stone in helping to accommodate the needs of the future workforce.

Craig also discusses how the company’s recent acquisition of Wireless Analytics made this possible and shares the strategic vision Motus has for the future of reimbursement for mobile-enabled workforces.

Craig is the visionary of Motus with experience leading companies to achieving market leadership within their industries. As President and CEO, he is responsible for the vision, strategic direction, cultivation of key relationships and tone of the winning culture at Motus.

Jan 08 2020

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1073: Ghostery - How AdTech And Ad Trackers Slow Down Websites

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Did you know that every website has 15 seconds to keep the attention of its audience? As humans, our attention span is now less than that of goldfish at 8 seconds and your visitors will form an opinion about your site in 5 seconds. Finally, if your website fails to load within 3 seconds, users will leave and never return again?

What’s even more eye-opening is how much seemingly minute increments of additional load time actually impact the outcome. A mere 100s of difference can cause conversion rate to drop by 2.4%. A page loading 1 second slower can see their conversion rates plummet 21.8%, and a page loading 2 seconds slower could find 36.5% of their conversions lost.

If you want users to stay on your page, then statistics hurt even more – with a 2-second delay causing a 62.1% average increase in bounce rate. Meanwhile, many retailers are filling their websites with trackers that are increasing load times and creating negative experiences for their visitors.

These are a few areas that I wanted to explore on this daily tech podcast. Today I have invited Jeremy Tillman back onto the podcast from Ad Tracker experts Ghostery who recently released their 2019 Retail Tracker Tax Report. Ghostery revealed insights to analyze the specific tracker stack of 12 retailers’ websites to expose the hidden cost of certain trackers.

Ghostery found that many retail websites in this study suffered from frivolous trackers that were found to negatively impact customer experiences. Some of the worst-performing websites belonged to Everlane, Footlocker and Urban Outfitters, which all had the biggest discrepancies between default load time (load time with all trackers in place) and load time with trackers blocked – with a difference between load times of 6 seconds, 5 seconds and 5 seconds, respectively.

Although these three retailers did not have relatively high numbers of trackers on their websites among those analyzed, the trackers they did have were attacking performance. Jeremy reveals other findings from the report and much more.

Jan 07 2020

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1072: Healthcare Technology Trends and With Terry Rowinski

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The US healthcare system is one that I don't fully understand. But I have a few friends who have received a few big bills at the end of treatment, so I wanted to learn more about it. Technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry with continuous advancements and procedures in the operating room. But, I also wanted to explore how it's influencing payments in healthcare. Health Payment Systems (HPS) is a Milwaukee-based company that has plans for a major expansion in 2020. The company enhances the healthcare billing experience for consumers, employers, and providers.

Terry Rowinski joins me today to talk about emerging healthcare technology. He provides insights on how emerging healthcare technology trends can enhance the patient experience through improved payment processes.

We also discuss the basics of stop-loss insurance, when to encourage clients to use level funding, and reducing costs with self-funded plans. But I also use the time t learn more about the tech startup scene in Milwaukee. Afterall Sharing is caring!

While Terry has spent the last five years in the healthcare and patient billing industries, his senior leadership has made a positive mark in logistics, E-commerce, and online retail, including guiding retail giant Kohl's Department Stores Inc.'s online merchandising launch as VP and GMM of E-commerce.

Terry's commitment to thriving work environments and amazing customer relationships has made him a highly sought-after motivational and keynote speaker for groups and events ranging from 5-5000.

Jan 06 2020

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1071: Pod - The Social Network That Wants You To Meet In Person

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The first generation of social media apps encouraged us all to take our friends, put them online, and communicate with them online. What would happen if we used technology to do the opposite and bring people together?

When I learned that anew social networking platform called Pod wants to help users make connections the old-fashioned way by leaving our homes and meeting in person for a face to face conversation, I felt compelled to find out more.

I quickly learned that Pod has already gained over 5 million users on its web platform and also recently launched a free app for iOS & Android. I invited Dr. Jo Webber, serial software entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Pod onto this daily tech podcast, to learn more about the social networking platform that puts people on the map.

We discuss how technology is creating loneliness among millennials and why meeting face to face is key to business networking. I also learn more about exactly what Pod is and how the platform helps users make friends easily in real life.

Jo has a wealth of executive and software product experience, having served as the chief executive officer for multiple private and public software companies in the fintech, cybersecurity, and scientific software markets.

Jo is also the Chairman of the Board for the Los Angeles - based Saas company Edlio and also serves on a non-profit board. Before Pod, Jo founded the youth digital payment B-C startup, Oink. Forbes featured Oink as the Paypal for Kids in 2012, and the Oink app won the SIIA Codie Award for the Best Commerce Solution in 2015.

Jo was also the recipient of the Woman of the Year in Technology award in 2014 from the International Business Awards group. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BS in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Quantum Physics.

Jan 05 2020

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1070: The Digital Intelligence Platform Improving Customer Experiences

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In 2015, Mario Ciabarra founded Quantum Metric to help enterprises understand where they can improve their digital customer experience. Previously founding and exiting an APM startup that solved where enterprise applications can be improved, Mario saw the natural next step was to solve where the entire digital journey could be improved too.

Here in 2020, Quantum Metric's Digital Intelligence Platform gives cross-functional teams real-time, out-of-the-box insights to easily and proactively identify, prioritize and act to help their clients maximize the business impact of their web and native apps.

I wanted to learn more about how the platform's intelligent analysis enables modern enterprises to deliver exceptional online experiences quickly. Mario joins me on the podcast to talk about how businesses can make the most of customer data to tell the story of digital consumer experience for companies. Mario shares his passion for understanding what's causing customers the most amount of frustration that has the most significant impact on the business, and getting executives to put themselves in the customer's shoes – basically feeling their pain – and matching that to business impact.

For example, if a website has an issue with its search feature that affects 2 million customers vs. an issue with it's Check Out/Shopping Cart page that's affecting 500 customers and actively costing a brand money, the latter should be prioritized. It's a game of working smarter, not harder and using time effectively.

Join Mario Ciabarra and me as we discuss how businesses can overcome large-scale technology challenges to thrive and survive in the experience economy.

Jan 04 2020

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1069: The Role of CISO and How Businesses Should Prioritize Data Risks

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Conversations around data and privacy are already dominating conversations in 2020. We have already discussed the impacts of the California Consumer Privacy Act CCPA and GGDPR on yesterday's episode, and today I want to explore how businesses should prioritize data risks to their business.

I chat with Roger Hales, who has become the CISO-in Residence at YL Ventures. The former Chief Information Security Officer of Informatica - a $1+ billion annual revenue software development company talks about the role of the CISO and how he has seen the role evolve.

YL Ventures funds and supports brilliant Israeli tech entrepreneurs from seed to lead. Based in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, YL Ventures manages $260 million focused on deep-technology sectors and specializes in cybersecurity.

YL Ventures accelerates the evolution of portfolio companies via strategic advice and U.S.-based operational execution, leveraging a powerful network of Chief Information Security Officers and global industry leaders. The firm's track record includes successful, high-profile portfolio company acquisitions by major corporations, including Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft, CA, and Proofpoint.

Roger Hale is YL Ventures' CISO-in-Residence. In this role, he imparts his 30 years of industry experience towards the firm's due diligence process by vetting candidates and concepts in the pipeline and its value-add services to its portfolio companies.

Roger proactively supports the ideation processes of up and coming entrepreneurs, advises them on the industry's greenfield opportunities, and helps YL Venture portfolio companies remove communication roadblocks with customers, refine their positioning, and validate their go-to-market strategies.

Previously, Roger directed and managed the global information security, risk, and compliance of some of hi-tech's most notable players. Most recently, this included his position as VP and CISO at Informatica. Prior to this, he served as CISO at Inkling Systems, Senior Director of Security Architecture and Engineering at Symantec, and the first ISO at Brocade Communications.

Roger's legacy in technology and information security extends across multiple verticals, including financial services, healthcare, eCommerce, biotech, and education. He has a proven track record of delivering effective strategies that align information lifecycle management with specialized business objectives, information assurance, and risk management.

Jan 03 2020

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1068: Is Your Website Ready For The California Consumer Privacy Act?

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Exploring the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) With Vanessa Wu, Rippling's General Counsel

The Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) caused significant confusion and forced companies to clean up their act online when it was introduced in Europe last year. Now, a new set of regulations, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), is about to go live in 2020 and is giving businesses something else to worry about.

As we continue to redefine the entire landscape of how online user data is to be handled, I explore the impacts of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) With Vanessa Wu, Rippling's General Counsel.

I also learn how Rippling is the first way for businesses to manage their HR & IT — from payroll and benefits to employee computers and apps — all in one, modern system.

In 90-seconds, a company can onboard a new employee and set up their payroll, health insurance, work computer, and third-party apps like Gmail, Microsoft Office, and Slack. It's the only platform that unifies every employee system and automates the administrative work behind each.

Vanessa Wu currently serves as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Rippling, the first employee data system of record across all of a company's HR and IT systems. In this role, she oversees all legal and compliance issues, including corporate governance, product counseling, and regulatory compliance, and influences emerging privacy legal frameworks and data protection strategy. Prior to Rippling, Vanessa was the General Counsel at LiveRamp, Inc. (NYSE:RAMP), a global leader in identity resolution and data marketplace services for the advertising and marketing ecosystem. Vanessa also previously worked in private practice at the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, where she advised technology companies on high-stakes litigation, merger control, and regulatory proceeds involving the intersection of antitrust, data protection, and privacy. Vanessa graduated, cum laude, from Princeton University, and from the UCLA School of Law, where she was order of the Coif. Vanessa is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Jan 02 2020

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1067: CareTech - How WeMa Provides Wellbeing For Businesses

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Vivek Patni, CEO, and Co-Founder of Lavanya Plus, joins me on my daily tech podcast to talk about the recent launch of WeMa Care. The new CareTech solution is aimed at helping businesses – including fintech heavyweight Global Payments – to provide advice, support, and referrals so informal carers can arrange care services on behalf of their loved ones. For context, there are 8 million informal carers in the UK, with 18% of full-time workers also providing some form of unpaid care for someone close to them; of them, 88% say their employer provides no support; 46% feel lonely or isolated as a result of their caring responsibilities, and 82% do not feel comfortable talking about their caring responsibilities at work. Vivek reveals why he believes that CareTech could ease the ever-increasing pressure faced by informal carers. He also believes that such technology can also help businesses to offer some long-overdue support to employees, who currently feel torn between fulltime employment and care responsibilities. As we approach the cold winter months that will impact vulnerable individuals and, consequently, the people who care for them, I explore how CareTech could help employers provide greater support to their families.

Jan 01 2020

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1066: temtum - Cryptocurrency on the Temporal Blockchain Network

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Try to imagine a decentralized financial future where banks are irrelevant and the people hold the power. Today's guest is on a mission to fight the status quo is turning this vision into a reality.

Richard Dennis is the founder and CEO of TemTum (TemTum.com), the efficient, quantum-secure, ultra-fast, and environmentally friendly cryptocurrency. He is a globally recognized cybersecurity and cryptography expert and one of the world's leading lecturers on secure networks, blockchain, and encryption. 

Dennis has a significant body of published research. He delivers presentations on next-generation solutions across a wide range of subjects, including Bitcoin wallet vulnerability, an analysis into the scalability of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and a formal analysis of the Temporal block. 

As a former member of the Cypherpunk community at 16, Dennis went on to study Mathematics and Computer Science before becoming the world's youngest cryptography lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

For cryptocurrency, blockchain needs to take the next step in its evolution. I learn how temtum is aiming to do just that by helping to secure a truly distributed, decentralized, and democratic future for finance where transactions are secure, traceable, transparent using the quantum attack resistant architecture that their experts are world leaders in.

Built on years of academic research, we discuss how temtum features unmatched security and maximum transaction times of 12 seconds, plus no risk of a 51% attack.

I also learn how temtum is set to announce the launch of its web wallet, which allows any internet-connected (from phones to cars) to conduct crypto transactions. During one recent test, temtum turned a BMW into a full-service node on the network, facilitating device-to-car payments. 

Dec 31 2019

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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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1064: How To Declutter Your inbox And Embrace Conversational Email

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As you all know, the ways we interact as humans are continually evolving. However, Email, the most dominant form of contact in today's world, has not adapted to the fast-paced communication of the 21st century.

If you're like me, you have Outlook for work emails, a Gmail for personal emails, a Slack for team collaboration, and a Skype for client meetings. Consistently flipping through apps is time-consuming and honestly fairly annoying.

In today's episode, I learn how Spike is a one-of-a-kind platform that combines emails, chats, calls, team collaboration, and tasks – all in one place.

Dvir Ben-Aroya is the co-founder and CEO of Spike. He has over 20 years of executive experience leading technology and internet companies. As an entrepreneur, he is passionate about creating SaaS businesses and nurturing them throughout their entire lifecycle. When he's not talking about how to improve modern communication, you can find him surfing with friends or running after his three boys.

Dvir joins me on this daily tech podcast to share why they set out to tackle the problem, going where no other email platform had gone before and created the world's first conversational Email. Could upgrading the way we work, save our teams time, sanity, and a lot of headaches?

As we are at the time of year where we are all open to change and setting goals to reach inbox zero, I learn more about how we could all declutter our inboxes with Spike if we embrace conversational Email.

Dec 27 2019

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Great podcast

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

Love it!

By Daniellle - Apr 24 2019
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A great and informative podcast with a very friendly and witty host- love tuning in!!