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Venturi’s Voice brings you conversation with leaders from various technology disciplines - data, cyber security, development, cloud, infrastructure, business intelligence and more… Each week you will be able to relate, take inspiration and action the business education from our compelling guests. Outside of technology we tend to cover; career progression, influences, best practices, leadership, talent, recruitment and the inspiration behind our guest successes in career and life! Inspired by Joe Rogan, The Art of Charm and TED talks. www.venturi-group.com/podcast.

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Venturi’s Voice brings you conversation with leaders from various technology disciplines - data, cyber security, development, cloud, infrastructure, business intelligence and more… Each week you will be able to relate, take inspiration and action the business education from our compelling guests. Outside of technology we tend to cover; career progression, influences, best practices, leadership, talent, recruitment and the inspiration behind our guest successes in career and life! Inspired by Joe Rogan, The Art of Charm and TED talks. www.venturi-group.com/podcast.

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Whether you’re well established as someone innovating in the technology and cyber security space, or just getting started carving out your niche - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Andy does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 👏

By JoshCrist - May 19 2020
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Whether you’re well established as someone innovating in the technology and cyber security space, or just getting started carving out your niche - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Andy does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!
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Venturi's Voice: Technology | Leadership | Staffing | Career | Innovation

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Venturi’s Voice brings you conversation with leaders from various technology disciplines - data, cyber security, development, cloud, infrastructure, business intelligence and more… Each week you will be able to relate, take inspiration and action the business education from our compelling guests. Outside of technology we tend to cover; career progression, influences, best practices, leadership, talent, recruitment and the inspiration behind our guest successes in career and life! Inspired by Joe Rogan, The Art of Charm and TED talks. www.venturi-group.com/podcast.

Rank #1: Routes to CDO, there’s more than one path - Jason Foster

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Jason is Co-Founder & CEO at Cynozure
Jason has spent the last 15 years defining, shaping and executing strategy for information management, BI, enterprise performance management, big data and analytics solutions to support organisational transformation.

Jason also runs his own data podcast Hub & Spoken:
https://cynozure.co.uk/hub-and-spoken-podcast/

Cynozure
Cynozure’s mission is to help individuals and their organisations access, understand and leverage data by finding those nuggets of data that can truly improve your business in a way not previously possible.

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On the show Andy asks Jason about his route into a career in data and they continue to talk about the breadth of disciplines within the data sector. They also discuss the importance of having a CDO in the C-suite and when and how you should hire a data professional (if you even need one).

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #2: Building discipline throughout your career - Omari Rodney

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Omari is Chief Product Engineer at yoti.

A hacker at heart, Omari has been tinkering with computers and code since he was thirteen. He started his career as a web developer but as the years went on his passion migrated towards product engineering and strategy. Working on solutions that provide new ways for people to interact with the digital world is what makes Omari tick.

Omari has worked across the entire business spectrum; from technical product development to database management. He has a broad set of technical skills and the entrepreneurial acumen to apply them in a way that’s in line with a company’s wider business goals. He uses those skills on today’s podcast to discuss building software teams and how computer games and DJing kept him focused on his career.

Show Notes:

0.29 Professional career breaks.

4.29 Taking a disciplined approach to business.

5.54 Developing good habits for business when growing up.

7.41 Remaining focused throughout your career.

9.52 Traits of great software engineers.

11.18 Omari’s approach to team building.

13.41 The best team building environments.

15.38 Embracing and celebrating failure.

17.31 Are technical teams under more pressure now?

19.30 Becoming more commercially aware as a technical person.

21.45 Moving into management.

24.44 Staying hands-on in a management position.

26.12 Keeping up with evolving tech.

29.32 Detecting false opinions online.

Jun 29 2018

34mins

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Rank #3: Discussing Dev-Sec-Ops - George Crosby

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George is the director at Cogito Group.

Growing up around his dad’s carbon fiber business George was lucky enough to be introduced to computers at an early age. He went into finance straight out of university and he worked in engineering roles for the best part of 3 years. He then spent the next 4 years building up a company from scratch which wasn’t his own. It was in this where he learned a lot of the skills he talks about on the show.

He really enjoyed the challenge of growing a company so decided to found his own and do it himself. From this decision, Cognito Group was born.

Dec 13 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: UX & Product Design: Getting into the psychology of the user- Alex Reekie

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“I see UX like a function of product design because it’s less about the look, feel and structure of a product and more about behaviours and getting into the psychology of the user”

Alex is the Head of UX/ UI and Product Consultant at WM Reply.

Alex believes UX is a function of product design and he has spent most of his professional life combining the two disciplines. With a background working for companies like; Satago, Comet & Millermedia7 he is an expert in bringing together UI, UX and Product Design. And in doing so, making something far greater than the sum of its parts.

An expert at bringing together teams, Alex can communicate a company’s goal to various departments in a way that drives greater cohesion. He has a sharp eye for web design which he uses to dissect the inner workings of Facebook’s business model on this show.

Show Notes:

0.32 Peer-driven behaviours.

6.06 De-centralising the internet.

12.56 Commoditising creatives.

19.01 The UX & UI talent pool.

23.14 Diversifying your skill set.

27.02 Staying with a company for too long.

31.08 The automation & AI movement.

34.38 Making sure your work challenges you.

May 29 2018

38mins

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Rank #5: Talking coding and framework - Mohammed Khan

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In this episode Andy Davis talks to Mohammed Khan, CTO of virtualisation and cloud EMEA at Netcracker. They discuss all things coding, explaining things in simple but not simplistic terms and Devops.

Apr 17 2019

41mins

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Rank #6: Moving to a more collaborative work environment - Aubrey Stearn

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Aubrey is Head of DevOps at Arcadia Group

Aubrey counts DevOps amongst her biggest passions. Her past experiences have seen her working for the likes of likes of Pizza Hut and Travel Lodge. Aubrey enjoys reducing the friction between development and operations, especially the SRE model that emerged from Google.

Aubrey is a massive advocate of creating a company culture that is supportive and innovative. She hasn’t always led a team this way though. She used to evangelise ‘cutthroat’, target driven methods to get her team’s projects completed on time. In her own words:

‘for those who knew me by another name, I am immensely sorry for being a massive asshole’

Aubrey discusses why she changed her attitude for leadership on today’s show.

Show Notes:

0.29 Being a member of the software development club.

4.47 Collaborating with tech talent.

7.15 Celebrating failure.

9.28 Creating career paths for technical people.

13.46 Reducing bureaucracy and increasing innovation.

18.20 Dress down in the office.

25.46 The pressure to perform.

28.16 Staying ahead of innovations in the tech space.

32.01 Getting excited by Kubernetes.

Jul 31 2018

35mins

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Rank #7: Balancing your soft skills and technical skills in data - Isaac Josephson

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In this episode Andy Davis talks to Isaac Jospehson, the SVP of Data Platform at Viacom. On the show they discuss how to create consistency across your team. Andy asks Isaac how he deals with disruption. They also chat about balancing your soft skills and technical skills. Isaac tells Andy how he quantifies the ROI of a data team.

Isaac Josephson is an executive with two decades of digital media experience building products and businesses for best-in-class brands. Prior to Viacom, he was on the product leadership team at Audible - Amazon's audiobook division. There, he oversaw the company's primary web, mobile web, and mobile app experiences.

Show Notes:

1.07 Having a sense of purpose in business and a vision.

3.13 People care about outcomes and thinking about the bottomline.

5.03 Creating consistency across your team to ensure your aligned with your business's goals.

6.27 When you look back at your career do you chuckle at some of the behaviours you undertook at work?

7.50 How do you navigate disruption in your sector and look forward and plan for what’s coming next?

9.30 You naturally gravitate towards things that interest you.

10.39 Is it necessary to place yourself in tech hubs like London and New York to truly be successful in your career?

13.29 What are some of the key traits you think are essential to be successful in your career?

15.03 Are softer skills now essential in the hiring process?

16.06 You can teach the technical side of a role but you need to see your company from a macro perspective.

17.10 The product management mindset.

19.47 Managing people within data and everything really being a people problem.

21.15 What do try and continually learn and strive to be good at?

22.31 Has it been difficult for you to learn the hard skills around data?

23.41 Having the belief in yourself that you can figure stuff out.

25.00 Data leadership and the journey data is on.

28.44 Do you think that Data is fully understood outside of the data department?

31.51 Quantifying the value add of Data and do you feel confident you can directly quantify the ROI of a Data team.

Apr 18 2018

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Rank #8: IT support: Transferring tech support skills to a career in management - Liam Williamson

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In this episode Andy Davis talks to Liam Williamson, the Manager of IT systems at Lithium Technologies. Liam chats to Andy about the challenges and rewards of working in IT support. They discuss Liam’s transition into management. Talk also turn to how technology is constantly changing the working environment.

Liam has over 10 years experience in IT support within the commercial and private industries including 1 year of deputy team leadership, backed by a 2nd class computing degree. In all of Liam’s roles, he has built rapport with everyone he works with, from junior members of staff through middle management and traders, to CEO’s, MD’s, Partners and Equity Partners.

Show Notes:

1.10 Working on support desks.

3.29 Does working in support make you figure out more efficient ways of thinking.

4.57 Did your support mindset benefit you when you moved into management?

5.53 Figuring out how to be a manager.

9.14 Your approach and attitude to management.

11.31 Liam’s background and career development.

14.16 When you think about what you’re working on what technologies have impacted your space the most?

19.52 The technology space evolving and keeping up to date with the latest tech.

22.45 Technological evolution requires a cultural change.

24.04 What are your hopes and aspirations for your career?

Jan 16 2018

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Rank #9: Hiring, culture & career - Ryan Giles

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Ryan is the Senior Director of Talent at Pendo.io

Ryan went to university at Brigham Young in Utah where he studied history whilst working as a systems administrator. His job at uni gave him experiences fixing computers and maintaining networks etc. After his bachelor's, he got a Masters in Business and he started working in HR where he worked at American Express.

American Express took Ryan to England and he worked in their Brighton HR office. He realised he wasn’t a big company person he wanted to work for smaller businesses. From there he moved careers and went to work at LinkedIn as their HR lead.

As LinkedIn got bigger he left HR and became a salesperson for a year. After this, he moved to a startup called Mobile Iron where he was the Head of Recruiting. It was in this role, he found that recruiting was his true passion. Ryan spent a few more years working as the Head of Recruiting at various Startups before landing at Pendo.io.

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #10: Volunteering, community and mentoring with Salesforce - Nitzan Marinov

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Nitzan is a Senior Salesforce Systems Manager & Information Security Lead at The Challenge

Before working with Salesforce Nitzan worked as a software developer and project manager for various companies, including outdoor advertising, several software houses, and a stock market trading training company.

Most of her career has been based around the database application space and that made the transition to Salesforce the most logical step.

Nitzan started her Salesforce career volunteering for a charity. She was eager to work more closely with the platform and found a lot of support, knowledge, and careers advice in the Salesforce community. She’s also a mentor and came on the show to chat about her community work, volunteering and mentoring with Salesforce.

Aug 29 2019

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Rank #11: How automation is making human labour more valuable - Azeem Azhar

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Azeem Azhar is an entrepreneur, investor and adviser with a two-decade career in technology. He runs the highly-cited newsletter, Exponential View, which covers the societal implications of technology and is a totemic source for the investors, entrepreneurs and policy-makers. Azeem is the Senior Advisor on AI to the CTIO of Accenture. Azeem also advises breakthrough entrepreneurial firms, including Kindred Capital, Onfido, Ocean Protocol, as well as the Harvard Business Review.

Show Notes:

00.30 Automation is making our lives busier.

01.23 The behaviour patterns needed to make automation a success.

03.49 Why human behaviour is so difficult to change.

7.24 Viewing technological change through the lens of a journalist.

15.21 Azeem’s motivators for moving into tech.

20.33 Will coding be a requirement for individuals in the near future?

26.17 Making coding accessible for everyone.

Aug 23 2018

33mins

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Rank #12: How Blockchain & Crypto are driving a fintech revolution - Greg Hawkins

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Greg Hawkins is the Chief Technology Officer at Starling Bank.
Starling is a mobile-only current account that gives people full control over their money and data. Greg is bringing his customer’s finances into the present with an app that harnesses the full power of modern tech. Moving beyond the traditional confines of an app and cash card, Starling makes financial management effortless and empowering.

In essence, it’s a bank that doesn’t look much like a bank at all.

Greg joined Starling as the Head of Engineering before progressing to CTO. Working during a period of rapid expansion, Greg has relied heavily on agile methodologies. He combines his agile mindset with his proven track record of introducing change and improving development practices.

This has made him a one-stop shop for advice on managing teams in an agile way, Fintech app development and the disruption Blockchain is sowing in society.        

Show Notes:
1.05 Learning to code.

2.45 Technology as a solution to real-life problems.

4.18 Making better business decisions.

5.42 Broad understanding vs niche understanding in tech.

8.01 The sharing economy in tech.

10.54 Choosing a career path as a technical person.

14.17 How external factors can change your perspective on work.

15.55 Getting your first management position.

18.50 Vision in business.

21.34 Why changing culture is difficult.  

23.24 Current state of affairs at Starling Bank

25.42 The value in office location.

27.36 What banking will look like 5 years from now.

30.39 Why constant innovation is now a necessity.

Apr 27 2018

34mins

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Rank #13: GDPR, team building and the onion model - Klaas Ardinois

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Klaas is CTO at Azoomee
Klaas has years experience in delivering bespoke software projects for firms in various industries. During this time he has built up significant experience in coaching and supporting Agile development teams and building lean organisations across the globe. Klaas puts emphasis on open communication and building the right value at the right time. His main goal is to deliver value in a fact based, predictable approach.

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Azoomee is a fun learning platform for kids aged 5+. Available on any mobile device, a subscription to the award-winning Azoomee app gives families unlimited access to premium games, videos, and activities in one place.

Their mission is to make screen time meaningful for every child in the world. Azoomee is building the world's largest library of games, videos and educational activities based on 21st Century skills like online safety, the world around us, problem-solving, technology and creativity.

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Security and GDPR take center stage in this podcast. Andy ask Klaas about the measures Azoomee have taken to protect customer data. A large part of the show is also dedicated to hiring and Klaas tells us what he looks for in potential employee’s. He also tells Andy about his onion model, which is his way of looking at the layers of a project and career progression.

Feb 01 2019

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Rank #14: Retaining staff and routes into IT Infrastructure - Usman Hamid

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In this episode Andy Davis talks to Usman Hamid, Head of infrastructure services at the BBC. On the show they discuss how companies can use innovative ways to retain staff. Andy asks Usman about how he got into a career in infrastructure. Usman also chats about his management style and recruitment process.

Usman is a highly experienced, ITIL certified, multilingual Senior IT Leader, with expertise in delivering effective business critical IT solutions across both the private and public sectors. He also has a proven track record of leading business improvements on a global basis. He has been working in the ICT industry for over 14 years, and has played an integral role in identifying solutions and driving forward change on both a national and international basis. This has resulted in improved business efficiency and significant cost savings.

Show Notes:

1.07 What’s the typical path into infrastructure and how did you get in to infrastructure?

4.18 Technology and music.

6.10 Discussing non traditional and unique routes into technology.

13.03 Employers incentivising candidate beyond salaries.

16.01 Driving cultural change in legacy companies.

20.03 How infrastructure is becoming like wifi.

22.48 We need to know how best to utilise technology as opposed to knowing how to use it.

27.40 Taking the step up to management and the recruitment process.

31.53 What direction do you see infrastructure heading in the coming years.

Jan 26 2018

37mins

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Rank #15: Blogging about tech and leadership in the technology industry - Adam Gill

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In this episode Andy Davis talks to Adam Gill, the CRM at Totaljobs group and the founder of Sirius.Red. They discuss Adams blogging career and how blogs can help with one’s creative processes and problem solving. They also discuss transitioning into management and the importance of team dynamics.

Show Notes:

1.09 Had you always planned to write a blog?

2.32 Does writing a blog help with your creative process and solving problems?

4.21 Blogging as a tool for articulating difficult concepts.

5.51 Getting management ideas from your blog creation.

7.30 Do you take inspiration from your team when writing your blog?

8.49 What was your initial transition to management like?

13.58 What’s your current management situation now?

16.46 The importance of team dynamics when managing a business and a team.

19.18 Continual learning and the rapid pace of change in technology.

21.42 Have you always subscribed to an agile methodology?

23.53 Do you consider yourself a technologist and what technologies are you most excited about.

Feb 02 2018

28mins

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Rank #16: Extra data please, no pineapple. Chatting to the CIO of Dominos - Barry Wiech

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Barry is CIO at Domino’s pizza UK.

Barry has had a varied career working in finance, FMCG, manufacturing and, most recently, pizza. He spent 5 years as the chief information officer at Domino’s in Australia before moving companies only to return to the fold early last year. After 6 years at Parmalat Australia he is now the CIO of Domino’s UK.

Domino’s, along with many other companies, is reacting to the changes brought about by data. Utilising data to its full potential is what separates good and great companies. Barry is responsible for ensuring Domino’s is getting the most out of its technology and data.

Show Notes:

0.32 Finding talent that can help you achieve your business goals.

4.36 Ensuring compliance with GDPR.

7.16 Scoring some free pizza.

9.08 Domino’s the data company?

11.41 Using company culture as a vehicle to roll out change in a business.

13.48 When did companies become all about the data?

16.18 How has the CIO role changed over your career?

17.42 The software talent gap in the UK.

20.37 Why is there a software skills shortage in Britain?

22.41 Automation gives us the time to spend more time on business strategy?

25.08 Next-gen tech: The digital workspace.

28.34 Working in a ‘happening’ workspace.

29.47 Creating a collaborative work culture.

31.48 What keeps getting you out of bed every morning?

34.46 Finding a scene of purpose in your work.

36.10 Advice for those starting their data careers?

Sep 06 2018

39mins

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Rank #17: Putting your tech career development at the centre of your career in data - Hilla Pedramparsi

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In this episode Andy Davis talks to Hilla Pedramparsi, interim head of data at Gamesys. Hilla is a senior IT professional with a strong development background. He possesses an outstanding record of formulating technical strategies to meet business objectives.

On the show he chats to Andy about the ever evolving role of a data professional and a person's tech career development . They also discuss how to extract the most value out of your data sets and why you need to instigate a cultural change in your company to place it on a data driven footing.

Show Notes:

1.06 Hilla’s background and career progression.

2.38 What is a bigger challenge, the size of a data set or the complexity of it.

4.11 Was it a big advantage for you learning how to decipher Data sets before technology got so advanced you didn’t need to anymore.

6.05 How difficult has it been for you to stay ahead and stay relevant in technology?

7.30 Do you find you have enough time to keep skilling up in your professional life.

8.07 Always being willing to learn.

10.08 Being a technical person with an understanding of the macroeconomics affecting the business you’re working for.

12.45 The role of a CDO and a data team.

16.57 Determining the value of data.

19.58 Implementing a data team into your business needs a cultural shift in your business.

23.34 Will the role of a high level data person ever stop evolving?

25.05 The excitement around data.

26.13 The variety of different backgrounds present in a data team and data as a creative discipline.

28.14 What do you hope to see in the coming years in your career and in data.

Jan 22 2018

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Rank #18: Coaching, mentoring and sponsorships - their role in building a successful career - Alan Grogan

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Alan is an Executive Partner and Service Line Leader for Advanced Analytics, Cognitive Solutions, Data Platforms, Internet of Things and Watson Healthcare, at IBM Global Business Services, UK & Ireland.

Alan spends his time helping clients and colleagues embed Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and IoT into business decisions and processes in order to unlock the potential to combine all data – internal, external, structured, unstructured, voice and visual. In doing so, the service line he leads delivers insights and solutions that transform how IBM's clients make decisions, re-engineer/automate business processes, and contemplate new revenue and business models.

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IBM is a leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, they are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries.

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Coaching, mentoring and sponsorships. What’s the difference? Alan and Andy pick apart these three forms of training on this podcast. Andy also asks Alan about graduate hiring and they discuss career development and when its the right time to move companies

Jan 30 2019

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Rank #19: Business transformation: An IBM case study - Andy Brierley

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In this episode Andy Davis talks to Andy Brierley, the Vice President of IBM. On the show they discuss how IBM has developed from a hardware manufacturer to a services provider. They also discuss business transformation more generally. Talk also turns to Andy’s background and motivations.

Andy is the Vice President Of Technology Services at IBM. He has a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. He is skilled in Business Process, Enterprise Software, ITIL, IT Service Management, and IT Strategy.

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1.13 How do you stay relevant as a company and a business?

6.43 How closely do you have to work with the technical people inside IBM.

12.57 Outsourcing IT platforms.

14.37 How much project management is required in your role and how is your team comprised?

17.45 Andy’s background and career development.

24.44 How big a role does corporate culture play in keeping you motivated.

Jan 12 2018

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Rank #20: Helping the C-Suite execute data strategies to gain competitive advantage - Samir Sharma

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Samir is a data strategy and analytics expert and currently founder and CEO at Datazuum.

Samir works with companies to help create and execute data strategies. His current clients include; high-end luxury, retail, aerospace & defense, government, postal, telecoms, banking, utilities, insurance, mutual Insurance, and media.

He advises board members, the C-suite and directors on how to get the most out of their datasets. Samir loves to use data to tell stories. Seeing clients extract value from data is a real motivator for him.

Show Notes:

00.35 Connecting with people using podcasts.

05.34 Hiring talent that is committed to growing professionally.

09.17 Taking a disciplined approach to work.

12.53 The benefits of podcasting.

19.13 Samir’s background and career progression.

26.17 Did you ever get frustrated with the corporate world?

31.02 Taking your business from idea stage to full time.

35.34 How the people around you can help you succeed.

Aug 14 2018

39mins

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The Power of Building Robust Teams @ Railsbank | Nico Cortés

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Nico Cortés is Talent Acquisition Specialist at Railsbank.

Railsbank is a banking and compliance platform. It is a B2B company that connects a network of banks, financial institutions and compliance providers to companies that want to integrate global banking into their app or business. They have set out to make it super simple to access financial services by giving "access to global banking with 5 lines of code".

Nico gives us some amazing advice for fellow Recruiters and an insight into the reason why Railsbank is so successful and why creating robust and dedicated teams is so powerful in any business. Making teamwork one of Railsbank's core company values, and a clear emphasis on self-managing teams that are empowered by great leaders to make their own decisions to achieve their personal and company goals.

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0:45 - What Railsbank provides as a Fintec service.

1:50 - Access to global banking with 5 lines of code!

2:30 - Nico's role and career history in Recruitment.

4:12 - How the business has grown, despite Covid.

5:30 - What the reason is for the success of Railsbank.

7.46 - Creating strong teams and strategies to ensure success is imperative.

8:35 - The culture at Railsbank.

10:44 - Reading body language during an interview over video conferencing.

14:44 - Transparency in recruitment

15:30 - The undervalued and overlooked skills in the industry.

20:00 - Recruiters' time is precious.

21:30 - Advice for people starting out in recruitment.

24:00 - Where Nico looks to for inspiration and other resources he relies on.

28:00 - Learning the hard way, is the best way - taking positives from negative situations.

29:45 - The future of Railsbank.

Oct 21 2020

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Helping Influencers Build Brands @ Genflow | Zamen Akbar & Shahzaib Muneeb

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Shahzaib Muneeb is Head of Development at Genflow, and Zamen Akbar is Head of People at Genflow.

Genflow partners with influencers to help them build their own business and sell products to their audience. They work closely with clients to determine what products will sell the best for them according to their audience and analytics. They are a team of business managers who manage everything from product design, manufacturing, shipping, fulfilment, marketing, ads and the overall launch and strategy of the business.

They have helped clients sell thousands of products worldwide, achieve millions (£) in sales, and ultimately build a long-lasting profitable business.

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0:45 - What Genflow does as a business and the specific service they provide to influencers.

1:25 - The history behind the concept.

3:00 - The development of the business and the different verticals that have been introduced over time.

5:20 - Preparing for the shifts in technology and in business.

7:40 - Where do you find new hires, and how do you ensure they're right for the business?

10:00 - How the recruitment process has changed during the pandemic.

15:22 - The unique culture at Genflow.

16:15 - The undervalued and overlooked skills in the industry.

18:40 - What do Genflow look for when recruiting.

23:45 - Advice for people looking to get into the industry.

26:35 - The future of Genflow and other avenues of the business.

Oct 15 2020

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Navigating a Career in Tech & Avoiding Burnout | Amy Boyd | Formidable

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Amy Boyd is an advisor to start-ups and the Engineering Manager at Formidable: a tech consultancy business that helps your team work smarter, by optimising your design and engineering practices and defining your software needs.

Amy is a self-taught coder who has worked in the start-up industry for many years and helped a wide range of team sizes and sectors, meaning she is adaptable and her knowledge is particularly expansive. She has recently taken a break from start-ups to join Formidable full time.

On the podcast, we speak about Amy's career, what she's learned along the way and some of the pitfalls to be aware of when navigating through your own career journey in tech. Being a self-taught coder and working across many disciplines of the industry, Amy has a breadth of knowledge in relation to managing a team, avoiding burnout, and how to approach members of your team who may be experiencing burnout. We also spoke about the pros and cons of the tech start-up world and some of the warning signs to look out for when joining a new start-up business.

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0:40 - Insight into the service Formidable provides.

1:21 - What has changed since we had Chris Bolin (also from Formidable) on the podcast.

2:20 - Amy's role as Engineering Manager at Formidable and what it entails.

3:40 - Amy's Career history, being a self-taught coder and working in a wide variety of different technical environments.

5:50 - The pros and cons of the start-up world, and the difference between start-up and consulting.

9:20 - The warning signs when joining a new start-up - what to look out for.

10:30 - The tech industry and the realities of burnout.

11:50 - How to work with limited resources.

14:40 - The importance of tracking to see if features are a success.

19:36 - Hiring people who are young and moldable.

23:19 - The resources Amy relies on to stay ahead of the curve in tech.

26:30 - How Amy keeps the joy of software engineering and keeping a team motivated.

31:00 - How to approach burnout amongst members of your tech team.

36:00 - Advice for people looking to get into the industry.

Oct 08 2020

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Combining Machine Learning with Human Experience @ Peerox GmbH | Markus Windisch

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Markus Windisch is CTO and Founder of Peerox GmbH.

Peerox GmbH develops assistance systems for machine operators and technicians that combine machine learning with human experience. Their mission is to use software solutions to make employee knowledge available company-wide at any time and according to the situation, and to achieve a new level of production efficiency through the exchange of information between colleagues and machines.

Markus and the team at Peerox have a modern approach to business and culture:

"We have to avoid big major mistakes but if we make no mistakes, we are too slow. This is how we develop our software and also how we communicate with our customers. Big customers are used to companies promising them everything is possible. We emphasize our strengths, but we are very open concerning our weaknesses and limits, this is a brave approach, but it has worked so far - we don't promise more than we can fulfill!"

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0:45 - What is Peerox and what's the motivation behind the company?

2:15 - How developments and processes have changed over time.

2:55 - How Peerox has grown and scaled in such a short space of time & the business model behind it.

5:00 - The unique business and strong error culture at Peerox.

6:10 - The benefits of maintaining an open and transparent with clients and customers.

7:50 - Markus' route into the software development industry.

10:35 - What Markus loves about the industry and Markus' motivation to keep learning.

13:25 - Finding inspiration and the value from resources that are not directly related to software engineering.

16:00 - How Peerox is preparing for the unforeseen technological developments in the next 5 or 10 years.

17:20 - How a cheap mechanical pencil has influenced Markus' work at Peerox.

20:40 - What concerns Markus about the industry.

22:55 - The importance of building a network and gaining feedback.

Oct 06 2020

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The Future of Data-Driven Healthcare @ Tempus | Luke Shepard & Alissa Ampezzan

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The Future of Data-Driven Healthcare at Tempus, with Luke Shepard & Alissa Ampezzan.

Luke leads the Insights Engineering team and Alissa is Senior Director, Head of Product Design and Customer Experience.

Tempus is a technology company advancing precision medicine through the practical application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. With one of the world’s largest libraries of clinical and molecular data, and an operating system to make that data accessible and useful, Tempus enables physicians to make real-time, data-driven decisions to deliver personalized patient care and in parallel facilitates discovery, development and delivery of optimal therapeutics. The goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by providing physicians with tools that learn as the company gathers more data.

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0:50 - What exactly is Tempus and where it fits into the health-tech space

2:22 - Luke and Alissa's role at Tempus and career history

10:02 - Staying focused on the end goal & looking to the next phase of growth

10:45 - What's changed in the 5 years since Tempus began?

15:30 - The recent exponential technical changes in product development

21:00 - supporting doctors by better understanding patients

31:02 - The processes involved in Tempus HRD and Tempus TO

44:30 - Bringing on inspirational leaders into the business and bringing speed and agility to healthcare

49:15 - The move to personalised healthcare & individualised medicine

Oct 01 2020

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Advice for Recruiting Tech Talent | Clifton Jadoo | Foursquare

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Clifton Jadoo manages technical and product recruitment at Foursquare.

After graduating from Brooklyn College summa cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology and from NYU School of Engineering with a M.S. in Management with a double concentration in Project Management and Technology Management, Clifton found his way into recruitment and later refining his career into Tech Recruitment.

Foursquare is a technology platform that powers leading business solutions and consumer products through a deep understanding of location.

Clifton gives us some amazing inside knowledge about the industry along with actionable advice, and the main things to think about whether you're starting out as a recruiter, or looking to take the next step and level-up in your career.

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0:45 - Clifton's role at Foursquare

2:20 - What Foursquare is as a business as an intelligence leader

3:20 - Clifton's career history and falling into recruitment as a young graduate

6:00 - The vastly different areas of recruitment

8:30 - Taking the time to learn about the role you're recruiting for

11:13 - The desire to learn and actively looking for resources to understand the landscape

14:30 - Being a Chameleon when managing a team

17:46 - Being transparent with your team and communicate clearly

20:30 - How to motivate your team

25:50 - Being informed and well researched in your industry

33:40 - The biggest challenge Clifton has faced in the industry

37:06 - How to be successful in recruitment in 3 words

Sep 29 2020

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Andy Talks DevOps @ FOOTASYLUM | Andy Norton

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Andy Norton worked in software development at organisations both big and small, with a keen focus on people, delivery and pragmatic solutions based around agile, lean and DevOps practices.

After graduating from The University of Salford with a degree in Computer Science and computing, he has worked in the field as a Software Developer, Senior Developer, Software Architect, and now finds himself as a Software Development Manager at FOOTASYLUM, which is a streetwear fashion retailer with 65 stores across the UK and an online store.

Andy also mentors engineers, helping them to level up in their own career. He has spoken at various events and meet-ups across the U.K. on a wide range of technologies including Azure, Augmented Reality, DevOps and Serverless architecture. And is also a co-organiser of Lancashire Tech Talks meet-up.

We spoke about finding simple solutions to complex problems, “what problem are we trying to solve?” or “what’s the outcome we’re looking for?” in the often complex world of DevOps and Engineering.

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0:50 - The service FOOTASYLUM provides.

1:21 - Andy's 15 years in the industry and his role now at FOOTASYLUM.

2:26 - Optimising for flow across a process, removing waste from a process to provide effective delivery of an end goal.

4:40 - Think of development as a production line.

5:30 - Creating short feedback loops.

8:40 - Strong product management, how to get a team to deliver as a unit.

10:50 - The horror stories of Code Reviews.

15:30 - Online code schools and boot camps.

22:00 - How Andy has adapted to hiring remotely.

27:00 - Andy's approach to finding the right people.

33:21 - Taking a less hands-on approach to solving problems.

41:00 - The best new piece of tech in the last 10 years.

Sep 24 2020

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The Value of Building a Personal Brand: Advice and Tactics | Chris Samiullah

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Chris Samiullah is Technical Lead at Babylon Health, an online course author, conference speaker and writer.

Chris has been writing code for 8 years, and for the past three years has focused on scaling machine learning applications. He has done this at fintech and health-tech companies in London, where he has worked on and grown production machine learning applications used by hundreds of thousands of people. And currently works on systems for predicting health risks for patients around the world at Babylon Health.

Babylon Health is a health service provider that provides remote consultations with doctors and health care professionals via text and video messaging through its mobile application.

In this podcast episode, Chris explains the importance of self-promotion and personal branding to get ahead in the tech industry. In today's modern age, a good CV isn't enough to rely on to make your next big career move. Chris explains the different ways you can contribute to the tech industry in your own time, and by doing so, improving your personal brand and increasing the likelihood of taking the next big step in your tech career.

"Think about your personal brand, it's something that you have to take on as your own project and really make sure that it's an area you give attention and time to."

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0:41 - The service Babylon Health provides

1:52 - Chris Samiullah's role at Babylon Health and background in the tech industry

2:58 - The fierce competition in the software engineering space

4:01 - How to get to the top: The combination of personal-branding and self-promotion

7:50 - The tactics of personal branding, where to begin

10:20 - What does Chris do for personal branding?

12:05 - Getting through the paper-sift when applying for a new role

15:00 - Doing personal branding the right way

16:50 - How does Chris find the time to contribute to so many different projects?

18:34 - How to develop positive habits

20:45 - The resources Chris relies on to stay ahead in tech

21:48 - Is there anything that people underestimate in the industry?

Sep 22 2020

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Dev Stories: The Coding Journey with Ashley Firth | Octopus Energy

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Ashley Firth built and leads the Front-end department at Octopus Energy, crafting sites and internal tools, building new products and campaigns, and expanding into other countries. Their aim is to combat climate change, use technology to build a better standard of energy supplier, and make renewable energy more affordable for everyone. In May 2020, Octopus Energy became the 15th UK tech “unicorn” after achieving a valuation of over £1 billion.

Ashley has also written a book: 'Practical Web Inclusion & Accessibility', a new book, designed as a practical guide to access needs, which is a huge passion for Ashley.

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0:30 - Ashley's unconventional route into Coding

3:40 - The finer details of coding and willingness to learn

5:00 - The skills Ashley and the team at Octopus look for when hiring

9:20 - Not losing sight of the brand's core values

11:28 - Where Octopus Energy fits into the world of energy & technology

16:30 - Preparing for such rapid and dramatic scale in success at Octopus

19:04 - The concept behind Ashley's book: 'Practical Web Inclusion & Accessibility'

26:20 - The tech involved in providing customers with a personal experience

32:10 - The developments since our previous podcast with Octopus Energy's CEO: Greg Jackson 

35:00 - The future of Octopus Energy

Ashley has also written a book: 'Practical Web Inclusion & Accessibility', a new book, designed as a practical guide to access needs, which is a huge passion for Ashley.

Sep 17 2020

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Closing the Gender Gap in Tech | Megan Sun | OLX Group

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Megan Sun has an impressive career history from a data strategy consultant at BCG, to a Data Science Consultant at IBM, before moving to Berlin last year to start a new role as Senior Program Manager at OLX Group.

The OLX marketplace is a platform for buying and selling services and goods such as electronics, fashion items, furniture, household goods, cars and bikes. In 2014, the platform reportedly had 11 billion page views, 200 million monthly active users, 25 million listings, and 8.5 million transactions per month.

OLX Group Berlin is an inspirational environment for top notch engineers, data scientists, designers and product managers looking to make a difference. It works to a horizontal structure, with 40+ nationalities collaborating on global projects, and using cutting edge tech stack to build the very best products.

We spoke about Megan’s experience working in various different cultures around the globe. After being elected as “40 under 40 Girls in Tech” we also spoke about how to get more women involved in the technology industry.

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0:35 - Megan's role at OLX and the service OLX Group provides.

3:16 - Megan's career journey up to this point and how she navigated the technology & data landscape.

5:03 - How Megan has adapted to different cultures around the globe.

6:15 - The positive outcomes of remote working.

10:03 - The hiring process at OLX Group.

16:44 - The recruitment strategy at OLX Group and finding the right people for the role.

20:25 - How can we get more Women involved in Data Science and Technology?

23:22 - What inspired Megan to enter the Data Science industry.

25:30 - Making an impact with Data Science.

Sep 15 2020

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Why You'd Want an Autonomous Engineering Culture | Natalia Baltazar

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Natalia Baltazar is Head of Engineering at Lantum. Lantum is a health tech startup, working on solving the issues around scheduling and rotas within healthcare.

Natalia has a very unconventional journey into tech, beginning her working life as a teenager running her own fashion design business in Canada, before moving to the UK and managing a boutique clothing shop in Shoreditch. The transition into tech came from learning how to code on her own and helping to create a coding Bootcamp - founders and coders, a free code camp based in London.

We spoke about how to create an autonomous engineering culture, and why you'd want one. The difficulties of running a team remotely, managing communication, and remote collaboration.

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0:55 - The background of Lantum 

2:28 - Natalias unconventional pathway into tech 

4:35 - The correlation between making software and making clothing 

6:04 - The motivation behind starting Lantum

10:15 - Managing a team remotely 

14:25 - The remote hiring strategy at Lantum

22:00 - Ensuring the team are mindful of a work / life balance during remote working

22:30 - Why an autonomous engineering culture is a good thing

28:40 - Screening for curiosity when taking on new hires

Sep 10 2020

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Leading the Flutter Transformation @ Very Good Ventures | David DeRemer

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David DeRemer is Founder and President of Very Good Ventures, a Flutter development consultancy with offices in New York, Chicago, and teammates around the world.

Very Good Ventures is the World’s leading Flutter development team. They have been working with Flutter longer than anyone and on the biggest Flutter apps, including the first commercial app outside of Google in 2017 — the Hamilton app.

Flutter is a UI toolkit created by Google for building beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase.

In prior roles at Posse, Chobani, frog design, and Accenture, David has developed innovative products and solutions for companies such as: Chobani, The Rock Clock, Jet.com, Sixpoint Brewery, Shoptiques, Spring, Gatorade + Smart Design, Best Buy, Staples, GE, AT&T, Bloomberg, TouchTunes, Humana, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Mobility, CNN.com, Crocs, Estée Lauder Companies, ETS, GE Healthcare, GE Money, IMAX, KLA Tencor, Nokia, Philip Morris, WalMart, Accenture, Sony, and many more.

Sep 08 2020

41mins

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Travel and Festival Experiences @ Pollen.co | David Ives | VP Engineering

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David Ives is VP Engineering at Pollen, an international marketplace scale-up, changing the game in live music, youth culture and travel. Following several successful acquisitions in the travel space, they are already the market leader across North America, which has allowed them to tap into an increasingly larger share of a $12 billion market.

As a service that’s core is dependant on group activities and experiences, we hear how Pollen.co is managing to grow in an industry that's rapidly shrinking. The travel industry has been hit hard by COVID, but David and his team have managed to pivot quickly during lockdown to ensure the company develops, rather than diminishes.

Sep 04 2020

29mins

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The Virtual Festival Experience @ The World's Online Festival | Gary Knight & Martin Rosinski

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Martin Rosinski is Founder & Chief of Tech at The World's Online Festival, with an impressive previous technical history having created Palringo, which was the first ever chat app to launch on the Apple App Store (2008), and then became the first mobile app to introduce chatbots – and the first to introduce sticker packs (2011). Building on its proven heritage of world-first innovation, and leveraging its state-of-the-art technology platform, Palringo has now introduced a breakthrough market offering – the World's Online Festival, which is an incredible user-created world filled with Group Chat, Live Audio Shows, Friendship and Entertainment. WOLF has over 35 million downloads and more than 350,000 user-created social groups.

Gary Knight is CEO of WOLF, building a user-created world filled with group chat, live audio shows, friendship and entertainment. The app delivers the festival experience to your pocket – users can interact with the people on stage, create their own audio shows and experience the magic of real-world festivals on their phone.

We spoke about the considerations when re-launching an app, and from a technical point of view, how to rebuild the foundations of an app.

Sep 02 2020

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Integrating Data to Scale @ Datadrivers GmbH | Erik Christiansen

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Erik Christiansen is Head of AI and Data Science at Datadrivers GmbH, a consulting company for business intelligence, big data, data-driven infrastructures, data analytics and technology consulting.

We spoke about some of the pitfalls to be aware of when integrating a Data Science team into an organisation, and how to avoid these common issues. Keeping up with the ever-evolving technology and trends within Data Science and AI, and what some of these trends are, as well as what works and what doesn’t work when integrating data to scale.

Sep 01 2020

32mins

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CTO Stories: Building & Testing the Collctiv App | Pete Casson

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Pete Casson is CTO of Collctiv, the group payments app, designed to take the hassle out of collecting money for a group purchase or booking. 

With over 15 years of transforming technology within business, removing complications, and pioneering new products Pete is a sought-after expert and speaker. Having launched a World's First Multiplayer Augmented Reality app for Education and featured as 'App of the Day' on the App Store, Pete has built a reputation for tackling seemingly impossible tasks.

As a trusted expert in Technology he often speaks at events, such as Google Next '19, discussing how technology is shaping our lives, what to expect in the future and how businesses need to place technology first when developing strategies.

As CTO & Co-founder of Collctiv, Pete has developed a new simple and seamless way of allowing people to collect money from a group. In an industry that's typically slow to change Pete developed a solution from an idea to live in 8 weeks. Already Collctiv has managed hundreds of thousands of pounds and has the interest of large firms.

Aug 27 2020

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Advanced Analytics & Data Gurus | David Rice & Tom Bruce | Snap Analytics

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Modern Cloud Data Platforms: How using such platforms and innovations in the cloud can help you create insights faster with less risk and less cost.

We caught up with David Rice, CEO and Co-founder and Tom Bruce, Delivery Lead and Co-founder of Snap Analytics. Snap Analytics deliver solutions that simplify and accelerate data projects, focusing on ensuring that technology and data helps you to clearly achieve your strategic goals whatever they may be.

Never before has the power of data and analytics been greater, however there is also an ever-increasing amount of data being created. The key for businesses is being able to unlock the power of their data to gain a competitive advantage. We discussed common pitfalls to be aware of when implementing a new data strategy into your business, and with Gartner estimating that 60% of Big Data projects failing, what’s going wrong?

Aug 25 2020

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Autonomous Economic Agents @ Fetch.ai | David Minarsch

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David Minarsch holds a PhD in Applied Game Theory from the University of Cambridge, is a researcher at Fetch.AI where he researches and prototypes consensus mechanisms and smart markets, combining game theory expertise with engineering and product experience in machine learning and blockchain. He has conducted cutting-edge research on the Economics of Networks, strategy of conflict and political competition and is a co-founder of Panopy.

Fetch.ai is building an open access, tokenized, decentralized machine learning network to enable smart infrastructure built around a decentralized digital economy.

Aug 20 2020

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Partnership Model of Recruiting @ Policygenius | Cindy Gordon & Nadia Danford

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Cindy Gordon is Chief People Officer at Policygenius, and Nadia Danford, who is Senior Director of People at www.policygenius.com

Policygenius is America's leading online insurance marketplace. Their mission is to help people get insurance right by making it easy for them to understand their options, compare quotes, and buy a policy, all in one place. Since 2014, they've placed $35 billion in coverage and helped over 100,000 families get the financial protection they need.

We hear about their unique "partnership" model of recruiting, and how the recruitment strategy has changed with the challenge of remote working and how Policygenius has quickly adapted to remotely hiring new people into the business.

Aug 18 2020

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The Evolution of Location Data @ Ordnance Survey | Lisa Allen

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Lisa Allen is Head of Data and Analytical Services at Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey is Britain's mapping agency. We make the most up-to-date and accurate maps of the country. They're also a digital business, and use their content to help governments, companies and individuals to be more effective both here and around the world.

Lisa is a data leader and data expert and has gained experience across many data disciplines from data strategy, data governance, open data, data quality to data protection to name a few.

We hear how Ordnance Survey has developed from when it was founded in 1751, and how location-based data is more important in society than it ever has been before.

Aug 13 2020

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Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 👏

By JoshCrist - May 19 2020
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Whether you’re well established as someone innovating in the technology and cyber security space, or just getting started carving out your niche - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Andy does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!