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Neil C. Hughes

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    2527: AI-Optimized Customer and Employee Experiences

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 34:13

    In today's episode, I engage in a discussion with Raj Koneru, the visionary founder and CEO of, a global leader in enterprise conversational AI solutions. With the recently announced Experience Optimization (XO) Platform V10.1 upgrade, is breaking new ground in the fast-evolving realm of automated customer service. The conversation kicks off with the fascinating journey of, tracing its evolution from initial proof-of-concept stages to a comprehensive solution for customer service automation. Raj provides an insider's look at the platform's innovative features like Smart Co-Pilot and AI-Assisted Dialog Nodes, revealing how generative AI and large language models are revolutionizing the bot development process by enabling dynamic workflows and dialogues. Dive deeper as Neil and Raj explore the fusion of Large Language Models (LLMs) with ontology-based knowledge graphs, which opens new vistas for personalized and contextually aware bot interactions. The concept of domain-specific Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVAs) is brought into focus, demonstrating how AI can be meticulously tailored to meet specialized business requirements. Not stopping at customer interactions, the episode also delves into's ambitious plans to expand the scope of conversational AI to all applications. Raj provides insights into their strategic initiatives, including a burgeoning professional services business unit facilitated through preferred platinum partnerships. He also shares his vision for the future, which includes a revolutionary new product aimed at enhancing employee productivity. For any business looking to stay ahead in the age of AI and automation, this episode offers a wealth of insights. You'll come away with a nuanced understanding of conversational AI's current state and future possibilities, and how is pioneering these advancements.

    2526: Democratizing Digital: How Issuu is Leveling the Playing Field for SMBs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 32:18

    I sit down with Joe Hyrkin, the visionary CEO of Issuu, a premier omni-channel content tools and publishing platform. With a career spanning over two decades in the startup and tech space, Joe lends his profound insights into the ever-changing landscape of marketing and technology that small and medium-sized businesses navigate daily. The conversation kicks off with an exploration into the challenges and opportunities faced by SMBs in 2023, especially in the realms of digital marketing and tech adoption. Neil and Joe delve into the disruptive forces, from Google to AI-powered tools, that have democratized access to technology, thereby enabling businesses to be more efficient and creative. At the core of the discussion is Issuu's role in simplifying the content creation process. Transforming a single piece of content into multiple formats and integrating seamlessly with platforms like Canva and MailChimp, Issuu is setting new standards in digital content distribution. They also tease a future where Issuu intersects with the burgeoning Metaverse, adding yet another layer of complexity and opportunity for both business and entertainment. Shifting gears, the duo tackles the subject of scaling in the Metaverse. Joe emphasizes the critical importance of delivering real value to consumers and fostering strategic partnerships within this expansive ecosystem. The conversation culminates with a candid discussion on navigating businesses through periods of global uncertainty. Drawing from his extensive experience, Joe highlights the enduring principles that can guide entrepreneurs and businesses through tumultuous times. As an industry veteran who's been at the helm of various startups and tech companies, and with a portfolio that includes stints at Reverb, SingleFeed, and the Economist Group in China, Joe offers a multi-faceted view on marketing, technological innovation, and what lies ahead in the uncharted waters of the Metaverse.

    2525: Tenable - Hacker Trends and Cybersecurity with Nico Popp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 25:31

    I explore the escalating challenges of cloud security and hacker trends with Nico Popp, Chief Product Officer of Tenable—the leading Exposure Management company. With public cloud spending estimated to soar to nearly $600B in 2023, organizations find themselves in a race against evolving cyber threats.  Nico lends his expertise to decode the complexities around the pressing need for unified Cloud Security Posture Management and vulnerability solutions, as Tenable rolls out advancements in their Tenable One platform. The episode unpacks how simple misconfigurations and software vulnerabilities can serve as gateways for significant security breaches, making it essential for businesses to transition from reactive threat detection to preventative cloud security.  Nico also highlights the concept of exposure management as a paradigm shift that consolidates various security vendors into a unified data platform. This forward-thinking strategy not only operationalizes vulnerability management but also transcends mere compliance to bolster real cybersecurity capabilities. Tune in to glean actionable insights on achieving a robust cloud security architecture and staying a step ahead of imminent hacker trends. A must-listen for anyone tasked with safeguarding complex cloud environments.

    2524: Co-CEO Leadership in Fintech: A Conversation with Monika Liikamaa of Enfuce

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 31:56

    In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I sits down with Monika Liikamaa, Co-CEO of Enfuce, for a conversation that takes us from a hotel lobby to a moving taxi—illustrating that innovation never stands still. With operations across Europe and numerous accolades under its belt, Enfuce is at the vanguard of modern payment processing. The discussion kicks off with the audacious strategic decision by Enfuce to move card issuing entirely to the cloud, positioning the company as a trailblazer in a highly competitive industry. However, the episode isn't just a chronicle of tech milestones; it's also a study in unconventional leadership. With Monika at the helm as Co-CEO—a rarity in any industry, but particularly in fintech—Enfuce is challenging the status quo on multiple fronts. Monika elucidates how this distinctive leadership model has been pivotal for the company, especially in navigating the complex fintech landscape. Amid these business insights, Monika confronts an issue that the tech world often sidesteps: gender imbalance in leadership. With women making up a paltry percentage of CEOs in financial services globally, Monika's perspective serves as both a wake-up call and a beacon of change. Tune in to discover how Enfuce is not just leading in technology, but also in shaping the future landscape of leadership in fintech.

    2523: Atom Computing: How the US can Win the Quantum Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2023 34:59

    Today, I am joined by Rob Hays, the CEO of Atom Computing, a company specializing in the creation of scalable, gate-based quantum computers. In an era where quantum computing is quickly evolving from theoretical research to practical application, Rob Hays comes forward with an impassioned perspective on why the United States needs to lead the global race in this pivotal technology.  As we unpack his views, you will discover a detailed roadmap that includes increased public funding, diversified investment strategies, and the essential role of government partnerships. Rob and I also tackle the increasingly important topic of talent acquisition and retention in the burgeoning field of quantum technologies. The conversation illuminates the U.S.'s struggles and opportunities as it attempts to maintain a competitive edge, particularly when pitted against international rivals in the technology sector. However, this isn't merely about a race but the consequences of who crosses the finish line first. We will explore the monumental economic value and the array of industries that stand to benefit from large-scale quantum computing. Moreover, we will touch upon the implications of new rules under consideration by U.S. Treasury officials that could restrict the flow of investments and knowledge to foreign companies, particularly in China, which is making strides in semiconductors, AI, and quantum computing. Join us as we engage in an incisive discussion that goes beyond the headlines to provide a nuanced understanding of the complexities, challenges, and vast opportunities in the world of quantum computing. 

    2522: Mypinpad and the Tech Behind Secure Payments on the Move

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2023 24:31

    In this episode, I am joined by Barry Levett, the CEO of Mypinpad, a B2B SaaS enterprise making remarkable strides in the sector. Headquartered in Cardiff, UK, but with a presence in over 20 countries, Mypinpad aims to be the go-to solution for seamless and secure mobile transactions. Fresh from securing a $13 million investment led by the respected fintech investor Crossfin Holdings, Barry joins us to shed light on Mypinpad's ambitious goals and innovative technology. He will share how the company actively pursues financial inclusion in emerging markets, helping individuals access and manage their financial resources.  Given the current global economic landscape, it's an initiative that feels particularly timely, and we'll dive deep into how technology can make a difference in these communities. Beyond its laudable mission, Mypinpad is also setting the industry standard when it comes to security. We explore the company's emphasis on bank-grade security protocols that have undergone rigorous testing. Barry's insights offer much-needed reassurance for anyone concerned about the safety of financial transactions in a digital-first world. Navigating the regulatory waters of the fintech industry is a complex task, and this is where our conversation takes an intriguing turn. We'll delve into the challenges surrounding PCI compliance, a crucial aspect of data security in the payment card industry. This is a realm where partnerships are invaluable, as Barry will illustrate. Collaborations not only help companies like Mypinpad meet stringent regulatory requirements but also enable them to augment their offerings, thereby providing additional value to customers. In a time when the payments landscape is continuously evolving, Barry and his team at Mypinpad are keenly attuned to the shifting needs of their customer base. The company is not just reacting to changes in the market but actively shaping it, looking ahead to what secure mobile transactions could and should look like in the future.

    2521: Menlo Security: Why We Should Be Embracing the Realm of AI

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2023 31:30

    Tom McVey, Senior Sales Engineer EMEA at Menlo Security, joins me in a layered discussion about the complexities and potentials of artificial intelligence (AI). Drawing on Tom's extensive background in cybersecurity and AI, this episode serves as a comprehensive guide on how to boldly embrace AI's disruptive power while being vigilant about its ethical and security implications. The episode starts with Tom addressing the increasing proliferation of AI-generated images, videos, and voices and the threats these pose regarding misinformation and false flag operations. We examine the urgent need for verification tools to discern human-created content from AI-generated material, marking this as an essential line of defense against AI-based threats. Tom discusses the delicate balancing act of implementing ethical frameworks while not stifling the innovative potential of AI technologies. They also explore the concept of AI models controlling other AI models—what Tom refers to as the 'sci-fi reality' of multi-intelligence-based systems.  We delve into Menlo Security's latest product, HEAT Shield, and its machine learning capabilities to thwart these complex cyber threats. The conversation also brushes upon how Menlo's unique architecture isolates user interaction from potentially harmful web content. Towards the end, Tom dismisses the idea of halting AI development, comparing it to the societal transformations unleashed by Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. He argues that pausing progress would be both impractical and counterproductive, giving adversaries an unfair advantage.

    2520: Dimitra: Bridging Tech & Agriculture for a Sustainable Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2023 40:44

    Today, I am joined by Jon Trask, CEO of Dimitra, a trailblazing agtech company. Dimitra is revolutionizing the agricultural sector through its blockchain-based platform, designed to empower smallholder farmers across 14 countries. From combating deforestation to leveraging technology for sustainable agriculture, this episode offers a unique glimpse into how emerging technologies can address pressing global challenges. As an agtech pioneer, Jon outlines how Dimitra's flagship product, Connected Farmer, harnesses cutting—edge technologies— from blockchain and IoT sensors to satellite imagery—to offer a holistic solution to smallholder farmers. The platform equips them with the necessary tools to optimize yields, reduce costs, and secure financial assistance to foster sustainable agriculture. Jon shares how Dimitra's use of blockchain AI and machine learning can mitigate issues like deforestation while guaranteeing agricultural products' provenance. The dialogue emphasizes the critical role of education and training for farmers, elucidating how the adoption of these emerging technologies can redefine the agricultural industry. With an eye on the European Union's sustainability goals and a closing note on Jon's aspiration to meet with Bill Gates, this episode serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding technology's untapped potential in advancing sustainable agriculture and combating climate change. If you're a stakeholder in agriculture, an environmentalist, or simply someone intrigued by the interplay of technology and sustainability, this episode is a must-listen. 

    2519: Delinea - The Business of Cybersecurity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 29:03

    Join me in conversation with Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Delinea, where we delve into a critical but often overlooked aspect of cybersecurity: its alignment with business metrics. Based on alarming statistics from Delinea's Global CISO research, this episode urges cyber decision-makers to reframe their perspective and underscores the pressing need for integrating cybersecurity with business objectives. We explore the challenges stemming from the traditional cybersecurity-focused approach, emphasizing a seismic shift towards holistic business security. The statistics from Delinea's Global CISO research set the tone: 89% of survey respondents reported experiencing at least one negative business impact in the past year due to the absence of alignment between cybersecurity and business strategies. This underscores the importance of the conversation and the pressing need for structural changes. We discuss the art of communicating the value of cybersecurity initiatives to executive boards. Joseph argues that merely focusing on technical or activity-based metrics such as the number of prevented attacks isn't enough. These metrics must be integrated into strategic business objectives, helping to break down the conventional silos within organizations and positioning cybersecurity as a crucial enabler of business growth. Joseph shares why businesses need to prioritize the most critical assets and incorporate security considerations early in project development phases. He underscores the significance of a symbiotic relationship between the CIO and CISO roles for better alignment and fortification against looming cyber threats. Whether you are a CISO, a business leader, or an executive, the discussion renders invaluable insights into aligning cybersecurity strategy with business goals to gain consensus, appropriate budgets, and, ultimately, a seat at the executive table.

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    2518: Qualcomm: Navigating the Future of Connectivity with Wi-Fi 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 35:50

    In this episode, I am joined by Ganesh Swaminathan and Javier del Prado from Qualcomm Technologies. We discuss Qualcomm's exclusive Wi-Fi 7 Day event in San Diego, exploring the latest initiatives and technologies shaping the future of connectivity. The conversation ranges from Wi-Fi 7's advanced features to its seamless integration with Fiber and 10G networks. We kick off the episode with an introduction to Qualcomm's Wi-Fi 7 Day event, which Ganesh and Javier describe as a seminal moment for the tech industry. Here, we delve into the advanced features of Wi-Fi 7, including its adaptability and remarkably higher connection speeds. Within the first ten minutes, you'll be up to speed on how Wi-Fi 7 is poised to revolutionize internet access with enhanced speed, low latency, and optimized interference management. We also take a deeper dive into Wi-Fi 7's breakthrough features. We cover how these attributes, such as interference puncturing, multiple connectivity, and high band simultaneous multi-link, promise to improve not just internet speed but also latency and interference management. Whether you're at home or part of a sprawling enterprise network, Wi-Fi 7 offers benefits that are both wide-ranging and substantial. Around the 18-minute mark, we shift gears to discuss the confluence of Wi-Fi 7 technology with fiber connectivity and 10G. We underline this integration's tremendous benefits to end-users, particularly in terms of ultra-low latency and high reliability in applications like 4K gaming and ultra HD streaming. From a tech implications standpoint, the capability of Wi-Fi 7 to integrate with other technologies like Fiber and 5G points to a future where user experience is seamless and high-quality, irrespective of the device or access type. Additionally, Qualcomm's Service-Defined Wi-Fi holds the potential to transform the broadband industry fundamentally, thanks to its application-level granularity in quality of service. So tune in to this episode for an expansive, thought-provoking discussion that offers a multi-faceted look at the future of connectivity technologies like Wi-Fi 7.

    2517: How Manna Drone Delivery is Redefining Last-Mile Deliveries

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 33:16

    I explore the world of drone delivery with Bobby Healy, the experienced inventor and technology entrepreneur behind Manna, the world's first aviation-grade B2B drone delivery 'as-a-service' company. The episode provides an enlightening look into Manna's journey to revolutionize last-mile delivery, with exclusive insights into their European operations, technology, partnerships, and future plans. We explore the genesis of Manna. Taking us down memory lane, Bobby shares how Manna was born and the early days of experimentation involving quirky methods like parachutes and cherry pickers. Here, Bobby brings to light the significance of their unique license, positioning Manna as a trailblazer in the European drone delivery landscape. Manna's collaborations with the Irish government and the healthcare sector show how technology can be leveraged for the greater good. The episode delves into Manna's poignant role during the pandemic, ensuring that medication reached vulnerable individuals when needed. The episode takes an interesting turn when Neil and Bobby discuss Manna's strategic partnership with Hillwood in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Bobby elaborates on how partnerships and collaborations are fundamental for scaling a tech business while delivering tangible benefits to local communities. This episode serves as a blueprint for how transformative technologies like drones can redefine industry norms. The success Manna has achieved in Europe signals the expansive potential that lies ahead, yet it also underscores the challenges that accompany rapid innovation, such as safety and regulatory hurdles. From a business standpoint, the episode accentuates the symbiotic nature of strategic partnerships. Aligning with real estate development companies like Hillwood is not just about corporate growth but also about creating value for end-users. This episode offers a comprehensive yet nuanced perspective for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, logistics, and social impact. As we venture deeper into the 21st century, last-mile delivery is emerging as a critical touchpoint for consumers and businesses. Manna seems to be at the forefront of this transformation.  

    2516: XYO CEO and Co-Founder Discusses Self-Sovereignty & Market Trends

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 24:55

    As the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds blur, I sit down with Arie Trouw, the visionary CEO and Co-Founder of XYO Network, to dissect the labyrinthine world of geo-spatial technology within the blockchain universe. Known for their pioneering role in anonymously collecting and validating over 3 million IoT devices' geospatial data, XYO is also breaking ground in the metaverse and Web3. Key Topics: Mapping the Future with XYO World 4.0: Arie unveils XYO's ambitious 2023 product roadmap, with a spotlight on their forthcoming XYO World 4.0. Learn how XYO aims to make geographical staking more granular and accessible than ever, all stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Self-Sovereignty in a Digital World: Navigate the idea of self-sovereignty and digital asset ownership as Arie outlines the ethos behind XYO's mission. If personal data is the new oil, how does XYO plan to return the well to its rightful owners? Unlocking Geo-Tokens and NFTs: Get introduced to Geotokens, the unique NFTs that are integral to XYO World. Arie and Neil unpack how these tokens democratize digital real estate ownership and pave the way for user-generated rules and gameplay. State of the NFT Market: From oversaturation to value proposition, the conversation takes a hard look at the current trends and future predictions in the NFT marketplace. Is this the next bubble or the dawn of a new digital asset class? Challenges and Opportunities in Web3: Diving into the technicalities, the dialogue explores the limitations of shared ledgers and the untapped potential of decentralized technologies. How does XYO envision overcoming scalability issues to unlock a more functional Web3? Arie Trouw, with his wealth of experience and insights featured in various high-profile platforms like Yahoo Finance and BeinCrypto, provides an invaluable perspective on the evolving nexus of geospatial technology, blockchain, and NFTs. Whether you're a Web3 developer, a C-suite executive navigating digital transformation, or simply intrigued by the blockchain's real-world applications, this episode promises to be a treasure trove of insights, offering both micro and macro-level understanding of these game-changing technologies.

    2515: PA Consulting - Navigating the AI Labyrinth With Alwin Magimay, Global Head of AI

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 30:26

    In an era where AI's transformative potential oscillates between allure and ambiguity, I sit down with Alwin Magimay, a three-decade veteran in digital and data science and currently the Global Head of AI at PA Consulting. Known for his interdisciplinary acumen, Alwin serves as a strategic guide at the intersection of academia, business, and innovation. His vast experience provides a multilayered lens through which we examine the disruptive influence of AI on financial services, among other sectors. Key Insights from our conversation: The Boardroom's AI Agenda: Alwin's latest research unlocks the mysteries of AI for board members, setting the stage for what every C-suite executive should know. Learn why a company's "AI IQ" is as essential as its bottom line and why an "AI manifesto" might be the cornerstone of future business ethics. The Annual Report 2.0: Explore Alwin's provocative assertion that the next evolution of annual reports will mandate the explication of AI usage and ethical frameworks. Transparency isn't just a buzzword; it's becoming a regulatory imperative. Unveiling AI's Double-Edged Sword: From hacking to deepfakes, the conversation delves into the darker potentials of AI. The key takeaway? Trust and ethical considerations aren't secondary; they're foundational to AI's mainstream acceptance and utility. Bridging Ivory Towers and Marketplaces: Alwin argues for a tighter symbiosis between academic rigor and market pragmatism in AI applications. He shares his own criteria for evaluating the potential of AI startups, offering a roadmap for innovators and investors alike. The Multi-Industry Impact of Generative AI: Get a panoramic view of how AI technologies, including generative models, are revolutionizing industries as diverse as healthcare, transport, and retail. What opportunities do they offer, and what vulnerabilities do they expose? This episode is a must-listen for anyone tasked with navigating the AI labyrinth—whether you're a board member, a startup founder, or an academic. Alwin's insights offer not just a compass but also a detailed map, replete with pitfalls and treasures, for those journeying through the ever-changing landscape of artificial intelligence.

    2514: Deploying Business Intelligence at Scale - TIBCO & ibi, Cloud Software Group

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2023 22:11

    In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, I sit down with Ali Ahmed, the recently appointed EVP and General Manager of TIBCO & ibi, Cloud Software Group—a business unit underpinning the mission-critical software of some of the world's most innovative enterprises. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Ali provides a lucid, nuanced perspective on the seismic shifts occurring in the landscape of Business Intelligence (BI) and data analytics. Key Takeaways: Unlocking Enterprise Efficiency: Learn how deploying BI at scale isn't just a buzz term—it's the cornerstone of enterprise productivity and cost optimization. BI Evolution: Ali shares firsthand insights into the transformative changes in BI use over the last three years. Discover why modern BI is not your grandfather's reporting tool. Cloud is the New Fort Knox: A counter-intuitive perspective that cloud migrations, often seen as a security risk, are stepping stones to bolstering organizational security. AI and ML: The Next Frontier in Analytics: Understand how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are not just adding layers of complexity but significantly augmenting analytics capabilities. Economic Downturn as a Catalyst for Innovation: A thoughtful discussion on why a weakening economy could paradoxically spur technological innovation. The Future of BI: The year ahead promises a significant shift from traditional to modern BI. What does this mean for enterprises, and how can they prepare for it? This episode is a treasure trove for C-level executives, data scientists, and aspiring thought leaders who want to glean both the challenges and opportunities embedded in the fabric of BI and cloud technology. As Ali Ahmed guides us through TIBCO's strategy and innovation pathways, you'll walk away better equipped to navigate your organization's data-driven journey.

    2513: Measuring Meaningful Impact: Sherry Shannon-Vanstone on AI, Culture, and Philanthropy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2023 25:43

    Today, I am joined by Sherry Shannon-Vanstone, the mastermind behind Profound Impact Corporation. Sherry founded the company as a heartfelt tribute to her late husband, Scott A. Vanstone, and she brings to the table a wealth of expertise in startups, technology, and systems security and a life devoted to philanthropy and leadership. They kick off the discussion with a look at the unique and emotional origin story of Profound Impact, an AI-based software company focused on driving meaningful change. The conversation naturally flows into Sherry's personal journey in the STEM fields, where she emphasizes the crucial  role of mentorship and breaks down her experience of venturing into new areas. Her narrative serves as a practical guidebook, especially resonant for young women aspiring to make their mark in science, technology, research, and entrepreneurship. The dialogue also takes a significant turn towards diversity and inclusion, especially within the context of cybersecurity—a field where Sherry's extensive background in cryptography shines. Sherry stresses the latent power of diverse perspectives in meeting the burgeoning challenges in the sector. In a nuanced conversation about the interplay between philanthropy and startups, we explore the necessity of intentional and measurable philanthropic efforts. The need to align these efforts with a company's core strategy is laid bare, illustrating how goodwill isn't just an ethical need and a business imperative. This episode serves as a rich tapestry of wisdom, offering a 360-degree view of technology, diversity, and the human aspects that influence both. The talk is layered with strategic insights and emotional intelligence, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, society, and impactful leadership.

    2512: The Intersection of Tech and Finance: Unpacking DivideBuy's Consumer-Centric Model

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2023 29:29

    In today's episode, I sit down with Ian Barrell, Partnerships & Business Development Manager at DivideBuy, a frontrunner in the burgeoning consumer finance industry. Join me in a conversation that dissects the rapidly expanding landscape of consumer financing while shedding light on the technological innovations that are setting DivideBuy apart. We explore the unique selling points of DivideBuy, focusing on their dedication to merging technology with retail finance. The discussion pivots to the importance of ethics and responsibility in lending, emphasizing DivideBuy's commitment to making prudent and informed lending decisions. As we delve deeper, the conversation takes an exciting turn toward DivideBuy's recent acquisition by Zopa. Ian unravels the synergistic opportunities this merger opens up, from leveraging Zopa's underwriting capabilities to infusing new technological advancements into their portfolio. This union aims to redefine the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) concept by incorporating comprehensive credit checks and affordability assessments. Ian talks about the 'installments as a Service' model. This modern take on consumer financing offers businesses an edge, allowing them to integrate seamlessly with DivideBuy's solutions, enhancing their customer experience. They also discuss potential avenues for the company, including the possibility of venturing into subscription and rental services. Don't miss out on this eye-opening discussion that concludes on a lighter note as Neil and Ian share a musical recommendation that perfectly encapsulates the zeitgeist of our times.

    2511: CYPHER Learning and the Mission to Transform Education With AI

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 35:28

    In this thought-provoking episode of Tech Talks Daily, I explore the transformative world of edtech with Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER Learning and a visionary in the field of educational technology. Graham, a former senior lecturer at the University of Texas, Dallas, shares his fascinating journey from academia to entrepreneurship, revealing how he has consistently been at the forefront of driving meaningful change in the education industry. The conversation explores the seismic shift happening in learning environments—traditional and corporate—pivoting on human-focused experience design. Graham discusses how he and his team at CYPHER Learning are championing this shift through next-generation intelligent learning platforms. These platforms are not merely responsive; they actively mentor learners, regardless of geographical distance, breaking down traditional barriers to effective education. Among the episode's highlights is the discussion about Copilot, CYPHER's revolutionary AI-driven tool that significantly accelerates course creation. We examine the complexities and challenges of integrating AI into education, balancing the potential for fast, automated course design with the need for human oversight to ensure content quality and accuracy. Here, they touch on a pervasive concern: as we delegate more tasks to AI, how do we guard against misinformation and maintain the integrity of educational content? Taking a broader view, the conversation also encompasses the future of EdTech, scrutinizing how emerging technologies like AR could further revolutionize the landscape. Graham offers insights into how technologies can be harnessed to create tailored, personalized learning experiences that resonate with the learner.  This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the future of education, the ethical and practical implications of AI in learning, and how technology can be leveraged to create more inclusive and effective educational experiences.

    2510: QuEra's Quantum Leap: Demystifying the Future of Computing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2023 22:04

    In today's episode, I will take you on a journey through the frontiers of quantum computing, a technology surrounded by an aura of scientific intrigue and commercial promise. Yuval Boger, Chief Marketing Officer at QuEra, joins us to cut through the fog surrounding this emerging field. QuEra, a visionary Boston-based company founded by luminaries from MIT, has set out to transform quantum computing from a theoretical wonder to a practical tool for solving real-world problems. The crux of our conversation orbits around the timeline of quantum computing's contributions to real-world business applications. While the technology has been enveloped in a whirlpool of hype over the years, Yuval provides a sober perspective on when quantum solutions might genuinely disrupt industries like finance, oil and gas, and government research.  Yuval offers a nuanced view of how quantum processors will coexist with traditional CPUs and GPUs. The key takeaway is that rather than upending the computational apple cart, quantum will supercharge certain calculations and unlock problems beyond the reach of classical computing systems. By the end of our conversation, it becomes apparent that while quantum computing is undoubtedly a revolution in the making, it's a revolution that will integrate with, rather than overthrow, existing technological infrastructures. For companies and individuals willing to grasp its complexities and nuances, quantum computing offers opportunities that could redefine problem-solving in the 21st century.

    2509: AvePoint CEO TJ Jiang on SaaS Growth and Cybersecurity in the Hybrid Workplace

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2023 33:36

    In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I sit down with TJ Jiang, the Co-Founder and CEO of AvePoint, a company at the forefront of SaaS operations and cybersecurity. With an esteemed client list including the U.S. Department of State, NASA, Ikea, and Bloomberg, AvePoint is the critical infrastructure for optimizing the hybrid workforce, data management, and secure collaboration. The conversation with TJ offers an in-depth exploration of modern technology's multifaceted challenges and opportunities. TJ starts by delineating the growth trajectory of SaaS applications, which have become indispensable for modern enterprises. Given AvePoint's client base of over 17,000 worldwide, his insights are backed by hands-on experience and a broad spectrum of case studies. Data sprawl, a natural byproduct of our digital age, becomes the next focal point of the discussion. TJ delves into how this complexity can be managed effectively, particularly in hybrid work environments. For organizations grappling with enormous and dispersed datasets, the debate around data sprawl is an invaluable guide. Artificial Intelligence, a recurring subject on Tech Talks Daily, is another major topic. TJ expresses a nuanced view of the burgeoning field, highlighting its transformative potential and the risks accompanying its widespread adoption. He presents a compelling argument for a balanced approach to AI, advocating for comprehensive strategies that weigh both its opportunities and challenges. As the conversation turns to cybersecurity, TJ's insights become especially salient. With ransomware attacks and cyber threats regularly making headlines, he provides actionable tips on how individuals and organizations can mitigate risks. These insights stem from AvePoint's extensive network of over 3,500 managed service providers and its continuous endeavor to stay ahead of the technological curve. To round off this insightful dialogue, Neil and TJ discuss the future of the hybrid work model and how AvePoint plans to evolve its solutions to meet the ever-changing demands of this paradigm. The episode makes it abundantly clear that while technology offers unprecedented benefits, it also presents a labyrinth of challenges that demand robust, multifaceted solutions.

    2508: Boston Consulting Group (BCG): AI Ethics and Responsible AI in Recruitment

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2023 30:08

    In today's episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast, I speak with Alfons Straek, a seasoned leader in the tech industry with a wealth of experience at giants like Amazon and Microsoft. Currently serving as the Senior Director of Global Recruiting Technology and Experience at Boston Consultant Group, Alfons is the go-to expert regarding the intersection of AI, recruitment, and ethical considerations. The episode comes at a critical time. After an unfortunate incident where employees unintentionally leaked sensitive data, Samsung banned its employees from using ChatGPT on company devices. This event underscores the risks of integrating generative AI solutions like ChatGPT into HR and recruitment processes. Alfons takes the opportunity to dissect these challenges, leaning on his two decades of experience in the technology sector. Alfons kickstarts the conversation by discussing the growing prominence of AI in recruitment. He emphasizes that companies must develop responsible AI programs as AI becomes an increasingly vital piece of the recruitment puzzle. These comprehensive programs should include elements like strategy, governance, processes, tools, and a culture that imbibes responsible AI usage across the organization. The aim is to ensure that while technology evolves, it doesn't outpace our moral and ethical responsibilities. Data privacy emerges as another key theme of the conversation. In a world where data breaches are an everyday news headline, Alfons impresses upon listeners the imperativeness of protecting candidate data. He goes beyond mere warnings and offers tangible insights companies can use to safeguard sensitive information. The emphasis is clear: As AI-driven tools become increasingly integrated into our systems, they must be built and deployed with the highest security measures to protect candidate and employee information. On the subject of implementing AI in recruitment, Alfons is pragmatic yet optimistic. He offers listeners a trove of actionable insights for implementing AI tools in HR processes that are technologically advanced but also responsible. His recommendations range from choosing the right vendors to identifying metrics that can help measure AI applications' effectiveness and ethical impact. To wrap up the episode, Alfons delves into the future, offering a glimpse of what we might expect as AI-driven solutions evolve and improve the candidate experience. While AI promises tremendous opportunities, it also comes with challenges, ethical quandaries, and potential risks. He provides a nuanced perspective that should equip HR leaders and tech enthusiasts with the understanding and tools they need to innovate responsibly. We also demystify the complex landscape of AI in HR and recruitment, balancing the scales between technological advancement and ethical responsibility. As Alfons puts it, technology has the potential to solve real-world problems, but it's up to us to ensure that it does so ethically and securely. So, tune in to understand the challenges and opportunities in adopting AI in recruitment and HR processes. With insights from an industry leader like Alfons, you'll be better equipped to navigate the increasingly complex business technology landscape.

    2507: How Intel is Leading the Charge for Sustainable 5G

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2023 29:12

    In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, the deployment of 5G networks holds the promise of unprecedented speeds and data capabilities. However, with these advancements comes the imperative to address their environmental impact, a challenge the technology industry must confront head-on. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jeni Barovian, Intel's VP and GM of the Network & Edge Compute Division, about this pressing concern. Our conversation touched on many critical points, starting with Intel's strategies for making 5G networks more power-efficient. Jeni shared insights into innovative approaches, such as integrating Intel VRAM boost into processors. These advancements help to optimize power consumption without compromising on performance. Another fascinating initiative she highlighted was the development of Intel's Infrastructure Power Manager software, specifically designed to calibrate performance levels with energy use in 5G networks. Jeni and I agreed that collaboration will be the linchpin for making technology more sustainable. The technology ecosystem is expansive and involves many stakeholders—from technology vendors, operators, and service providers to governments, NGOs, and industry leaders. We hope to overcome the hurdles in the path to a sustainable future through a collective, multi-stakeholder approach. This harmonized action is vital for sharing knowledge and best practices and creating common methodologies and frameworks that are universally applicable. As we delved deeper into the subject, it became increasingly clear that sustainability is not a localized issue; it's a global one. For 5G and other technologies to be sustainable, there's an undeniable need for international partnerships.  Different regions present unique challenges, and tackling them necessitates a harmonized global strategy. With the impending threat of climate change, Jeni emphasized that these alliances are not just preferable but essential. It's a race against time to meet sustainability goals on a global scale, and doing so requires us to transcend national borders and work as one cohesive global unit. Towards the end of our conversation, we touched upon Intel's long-term vision for a greener, more sustainable future. Jeni talked about the company's ambitious goals of achieving renewable electricity, net positive water impact, and zero waste targets. She reiterates that sustainability is not an endpoint but a journey that requires continuous effort and, more importantly, collaborative initiatives within the technology ecosystem.

    2506: Transforming Futures: AI, Robotics, and Beyond with Donna Loughlin Michaels

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2023 42:36

    Today, I am rejoined by Donna Loughlin Michaels, an award-winning PR influencer, strategic communicator, and recognized innovator in many tech spaces. She brings unparalleled insights into the transformational power of technology, especially regarding AI, agritech, EVs, and robotics.  The episode kicks off with an exploration into the role of AI in automating labor-intensive tasks in agriculture, a subject that has become incredibly pertinent due to the pandemic-induced labor shortages. Donna brings an illuminating perspective on how autonomous tractors and AI interfaces are revolutionizing not only agriculture but other industries like automotive. Safety, predictability, and responsibility are crucial parameters for technological integration, a topic we discuss with gravitas. Donna highlights the need to build systems that prioritize these aspects without stifling innovation, essentially striking a balance that supports public good and corporate interests. One of the most enlightening segments is when the conversation steers towards the role of AI platforms like ChatGPT in corporate communications and content creation. Donna insists on the importance of integrity and responsibility while leveraging such platforms, underscoring that ethical considerations should accompany technological power.

    2505: Navigating a Future of AI-Driven Digital Transformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2023 27:30

    I sit down with Ranjit Bahia, the CEO of Cyferd, a next-generation digital transformation startup that is redefining how businesses approach low-code development and unified data processes in the cloud. This eye-opening conversation dives into the intricacies of AI-driven digital transformation and the far-reaching implications it has on the future of work, governmental policy, and the business landscape at large. The episode begins with an engaging exploration of Cyferd's unique cloud-based data platform. Ranjit shares how their platform leverages artificial intelligence to streamline application development and unify disparate systems, setting the stage for more agile and efficient businesses. We delve into how this paradigm is especially vital in sectors like healthcare, where inefficiency can be costly both financially and in human terms. As the conversation progresses, they discuss the transformative potential of AI. We address the common fears surrounding AI, demystifying the notion that AI will replace human workers. Instead, they emphasize the idea that AI can work alongside humans to enhance efficiency and reduce risks, serving as a tool for empowerment rather than replacement. A particularly thought-provoking segment of the episode centers on the regulatory challenges of AI, especially within the United Kingdom. Ranjit offers a critical look at the lack of governmental support for fostering AI innovation and what it will take for the UK to become an AI superpower in the global landscape. Toward the end of the episode, the focus shifts to practical applications of AI, featuring Cyferd's own product, Neural Genesis. This solution exemplifies how digital transformation can be achieved by leveraging AI and machine learning technologies for enhanced efficiency and growth. This episode is a must-listen for those looking to understand the complex yet rewarding landscape of AI and digital transformation. Ranjit Bahia not only brings a wealth of experience but also a passionate viewpoint on how businesses, irrespective of size, can harness the transformative power of AI to pave the way for a more efficient and innovative future.

    2504: Empowering Founders and CEOs Beyond Series B Funding

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2023 36:12

    In this episode, I am joined by Katy Trost, a highly sought-after coach and advisor specializing in guiding CEOs and executive teams through the intricacies of scaling up. With a client list that reads like a 'Who's Who' of the venture capital world, including firms like SoftBank, Octopus Ventures, and First Round Capital, Katy brings unparalleled experience to the table. The conversation starts with an insightful discussion on the challenges CEOs commonly face as their companies move through funding rounds and scaling stages. Katy delves into the psychological aspects of leadership, touching upon the role of imposter syndrome, the CEO's relationship with the board, and nuanced gender differences in how leaders seek and utilize support. As the episode progresses, Katy shares her perspective on the dynamism that exists within various departments of a scaling company—from the sales team to tech to finance. The chat sheds light on how CEOs can serve as the linchpin that connects different personalities and professional objectives into a coherent, effective leadership framework. One of the episode's highlights is a deep dive into company culture, a concept often misunderstood or underemphasized during rapid growth. We explore the necessity of maintaining a strong culture at scale and the challenges that can arise when implementing change across an organization. They also discuss the importance of measuring and setting Key Performance Indicators (KPI

    2503: LogicMonitor - Data Observability with Taggart Matthiesen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2023 22:07

    Today, I dive into the complex and often nebulous world of data observability with a leading expert in the field, Taggart Matthiesen, the Chief Product Officer at LogicMonitor. With an impressive career trajectory that includes pivotal roles at Lyft, Twitter, and Salesforce, Taggart offers an insider's view on the challenges and opportunities of harnessing data for actionable business intelligence. The discussion opens with Taggart sharing his unique perspective on how data has evolved to become the heartbeat of every business. In a world saturated with information, how do enterprises sift through the 'noise' to identify that elusive 1% of data which can drive decision-making and business outcomes? Taggart elucidates on the growing potential in the data observability space, shedding light on why this has become indispensable for businesses of all scales. As AI continues to infiltrate every aspect of our lives, questions around data responsibility become increasingly pertinent. We explore the readiness—or the lack thereof—of using AI to contextualize data. They discuss the ethical and practical implications, offering a balanced view on the technological advancements and the cautionary tales that serve as important guideposts for AI adoption in data observability. The episode then shifts to explore LogicMonitor's AI ops tool, DEXTA, as a case study. Taggart recounts how this tool provided immediate value by pinpointing the cause of a network outage, thereby showcasing the utility of intelligent data observability solutions. What are the design principles that inform such solutions? And what safeguards does LogicMonitor put in place to ensure data integrity and security? If you are a business leader, a product manager in SaaS, or someone simply interested in the frontier of data science and AI. In that case, this episode offers a holistic view on where data observability is headed, why it matters, and how to leverage it responsibly for business success. Prepare for an insightful journey through the world of data, AI, and business innovation.

    2502: Bloomberg: How Open Source is Driving Innovation in Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2023 24:51

    Today, I am joined by Adam Wolf, the Global Head of Engineering at Bloomberg—a company renowned for delivering data, news, and analytics through groundbreaking technology. With more than 17 years at Bloomberg and a strong academic background from Yale, Adam is a veritable treasure trove of insights when it comes to software engineering and innovation. Bloomberg may be a titan in providing professional services that connect decision-makers, but did you know that its true "superpower" lies in its engagement with the open-source community? In a thought-provoking dialogue, Adam uncovers how Bloomberg leverages open-source technology to catalyze true technological innovation, compelling why this open approach has more benefits than meets the eye. We dive into Bloomberg's transformative journey in the adoption of open source, examining the company's cultural metamorphosis. Was it a natural evolution or did it necessitate a seismic shift? How critical is it for businesses to contribute back to the community from which they draw so much? Adam touches upon Bloomberg's efforts in language standardization and what these contributions mean not just for Bloomberg but for the tech ecosystem at large. The conversation then turns to the symbiotic relationship between open-source communities and large enterprises. We dissect the nuances of democratic funding models like Bloomberg's FOSS Contributor Fund. They reflect on how these funding avenues are not just a give-back mechanism but also an investment in sustainable innovation. Adam highlights the array of benefits and challenges that engineers face while working on open source projects. The exchange delves into how open source can be a fertile training ground for budding engineers, offering avenues for them to sharpen their skills and broaden their horizons. But what does this mean for Bloomberg's talent pool? Adam shares unique perspectives on Bloomberg's "visiting engineer" pilot program, aiming to infuse fresh ideas and perspectives within its technical teams. Towards the end, we explore why Bloomberg's commitment to open-source innovation has made it more popular in these circles than even the FAANG companies. What does this mean for Bloomberg's positioning in the tech landscape? And importantly, what does it indicate about the evolving ethos in tech development? This episode is not just for the tech-savvy but also for business leaders, policy-makers, and even the casually curious. Tune in to delve into the future of open-source technology and its transformative impact on innovation in the global tech industry.

    2501: ForgeRock: Why The Future is Passwordless

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2023 28:04

    Welcome to another illuminating episode of Tech Talks Daily Podcast. I sit down with Fran Rosch, the visionary CEO of ForgeRock, a global leader in digital identity management. With a radical transformation on the horizon, Fran sheds light on the pressing challenges and monumental opportunities in enterprise identification management. Having previously been at the helm of Symantec's $2B+ Consumer Digital Safety segment, Fran brings two decades of rich industry experience to the table. In this episode, Fran takes listeners through a historical overview of how authentication has evolved over the past 20 years, punctuating the narrative with intriguing insights. Has technology really moved the needle, or are we stuck in a quagmire of incremental advancements? With solutions like self-service options and biometrics, Fran argues we're on the cusp of a passwordless future. But is the industry ready for it? Are we, as users, prepared for such a monumental shift? As we delve deeper into the realm of identity management, we discuss the far-reaching challenges and opportunities for organizations and governments in an ever-connected world. With identities numbering in the millions, perhaps billions, Fran casts a lens on the complexities of scale, specifically in the context of AI and IoT. We then explore why, despite notable technological advances, flawed passwords continue to be the Achilles heel of digital identity management. Is it inertia, or is it a complex web of technological, social, and economic factors? Fran paints a vivid picture of the challenges surrounding technology adoption and change management, especially when it comes to passwordless authentication. He emphasizes the urgency for companies to transition to new identity solutions—not just to stay competitive, but also to improve user experiences, both for consumers and within the enterprise. This episode is a must-listen for anyone intrigued by the future of digital identity, AI, and the ever-evolving technological landscape. From C-suite executives to tech enthusiasts, there are actionable insights and thought-provoking discussions that promise to keep you engaged from start to finish. Tune in and prepare to rethink what you know about passwords and digital identity.

    2500 : Digital Marketing Finance: A Conversation with Chris Pearce of Marigold (Cheetah Digital)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2023 21:09

    Today, I will take you into the often-overlooked corridors of finance within the digital marketing realm. My guest, Chris Pearce, serves as the International Finance Direct for EMEA and APAC at Marigold, a name that commands respect in the digital marketing arena.  In the episode, Chris walks us through Marigold's transformative journey as they made the shift from manual to automated accounts receivable using Quadient AR by YayPay. Chris delves into the before and after, revealing a landscape fraught with challenges, including inconsistent system reports and missed follow-ups that were a part of their pre-automation days.  With automation, the game has entirely changed for Marigold, with remarkable improvements like securing on-time payments, enhancing customer experiences, and slashing overdue customer payments by an impressive 40%. We then discuss the K-Piver-Cordion system, a leap forward in the company's automated accounts receivable efforts. This has significantly optimized communication with customers, streamlined payment processes, and bolstered cash flows. The conversation turns richly informative as Chris elaborates on the challenges Marigold had to navigate during this transition. He emphasizes the meticulous data organization and communication strategies that were pivotal to their success. We also explore the exciting horizons that automation and artificial intelligence could offer Marigold in the near future. Not just confined to accounts receivable, but the potential for sweeping transformations across various operational facets of the company. Tune in for a deep-dive into the transformative role of finance in digital marketing, as Chris Pearce offers an unprecedented look at the operations behind one of the industry's leading names. Whether you're a digital marketer, a finance professional, or someone intrigued by the blend of the two, this episode promises invaluable insights.

    2499: LegalTech: Navigating the Future of Legal Operations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2023 37:44

    I sit down with Tom Stephenson VP, Community & Legal Ops/ Plus and Host of Dear Legal Ops. Tom, brings over a decade of rich experience from global law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and legal tech vendors, illuminates the myriad facets of the legal landscape in today's digital age. The conversation kicks off with Tom sharing insights into how technology is transforming the very bones of the legal profession. Whether it's machine learning algorithms expediting contract reviews or AI tools revolutionizing compliance checks, technology stands as a game-changer.  However we delve deeper, discussing the thorny challenges that accompany this digital shift. Issues like imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and the complexities of migrating from traditional law firms to in-house corporate legal roles are examined with a critical lens. The episode takes a riveting turn as Tom unpacks his role at, a disruptive force aiming to redefine the legal hiring process and provide resources for career advancement. Tom elucidates how his platform is not just a marketplace for jobs but a community that fosters growth, innovation, and transformative professional experiences. We then venture into the realm of community building within the legal tech landscape. Tom reveals the magic behind cultivating effective relationships and aligning disparate groups under a unified mission. His insights are deeply rooted in his role as Vice President of Community & Legal Operations at, where he has proven his prowess in steering the ship of organizational strategies. Tune in to this episode for an intricate, multi-dimensional view of legal operations, technology, and the paths that lie ahead. It's a masterclass in understanding the future of law through the lens of someone who is actively shaping it.

    2498: Unlocking the Power of Modern Data

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2023 29:00

    Today, I explore the world of modern data analytics with Aron Clymer, Founder and CEO of Data Clymer. Aron brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience, from his time building the Product Intelligence team at Salesforce to democratizing data at PopSugar, and finally leading Data Clymer to become a force to be reckoned with in the realm of data and analytics. Our journey begins with Aron sharing his personal story, illustrating how his passion for data analytics has driven his career. He uncovers the transformative power of data in problem-solving across various sectors, highlighting how data is no longer a side note but central to business strategy. The discussion takes a deep dive into the modern data stack, a concept Aron is fervent about. He stresses the importance of centralizing, democratizing, and making data analytics-friendly. Amidst the chatter about buzzwords like 'data democratization,' Aron brings clarity by offering a pragmatic approach to building a robust data culture, grounded in solving specific use-cases and iterating solutions. The conversation shifts gears as we explore the evolution of data warehousing. Cloud technology, it appears, has been a game-changer. Aron elucidates how it's now possible to run an entire business operation off a data warehouse, obliterating the need for data movement. This technological leap means that employees in diverse roles can become 'data heroes,' wielding analytical tools with relative ease to glean valuable insights. As the dialogue moves forward, Aron shares captivating insights on the future of data analytics, including the harmonization of real-time data and batch processing. The discussion spirals into the specific challenges and opportunities in the domain of marketing analytics, hinting at what's next on the horizon for Data Clymer, particularly in untapped industries like sports and entertainment. Don't miss this episode if you're looking to understand not just the mechanics of data but its soul; how it can empower, inform, and most importantly, drive success.

    2497: Is the Future of Authenticity AI-Driven Digital Twins?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2023 26:06

    In this episode, Neil delves into the intricate world of digital identities with Thibault Launay, a serial entrepreneur and the innovative mind behind An evolution from Thibault's earlier venture, Exclusible, reimagines the concept of a digital twin by incorporating generative AI technology. Far from being just another avatar, the 'Doppl' becomes an interactive, highly precise digital version of oneself, evolving in real time based on the individual's data. Thibault shares the origin story of, giving listeners an intimate look at his entrepreneurial journey that began at the young age of 22. Not just a solo venture, he elaborates on how he has recruited an exceptional team from varied backgrounds, including veterans from IGN, GameFly, and Speechmatics. Each team member brings unique insights and skills, contributing to the revolutionary product they're building. As the conversation unfolds, it becomes evident that isn't just about digital identity—it's about the convergence of disruptive technologies like NFTs, the metaverse, and AI. It takes the scattered, curated, and often deceptive digital identities of traditional social media and transforms them into something far more authentic. This venture represents a significant leap in the ongoing quest for individuality in digital spaces, offering a transparent, real, and engaging user experience. Toward the end of the discussion, Thibault touches on the future of We talk about the rigorous quality improvements planned before its market launch and express their excitement about what lies ahead.  If you're interested in the future of digital identity, AI, and how we present ourselves in increasingly virtual worlds, this episode is a must-listen.

    2496: Unlocking Digital Collaboration and The Future of Hybrid Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2023 29:46

    In this captivating episode, Neil speaks with Sriram Sampath, Vice President of CX Management and Collaboration platforms at Tata Communications, a leader in enabling digital ecosystems for global enterprises. They delve into the imperative need for powerful yet straightforward digital collaboration platforms in today's hybrid work environment. We explore the complexities of merging our personal and professional lives in the age of remote work. As digital walls continue to blur, they discuss how the right technological frameworks can help manage these transitions and even aid in task-switching between different roles. The conversation further turns to the often-undiscussed challenges of a hybrid work culture—unproductive meetings, procrastination, and the friction points employees encounter when transitioning back to physical workspaces. Drawing on Sriram's wealth of experience and insight, they outline how companies can best navigate these issues. They highlight that failing to address such challenges risks not just productivity but also personal time, as described by The Wall Street Journal's report on the erosion of weekends in a hybrid-first world. Sriram provides an insider look into how Tata Communications is partnering with tech giants like Cisco and Microsoft to deliver end-to-end solutions that help companies communicate more effectively and adapt to these new work paradigms. He shares the forward-looking strategies that Tata Communications is adopting, from evolving platform capabilities to introducing features designed to meet the unique needs of a modern workforce. Listen in to gain a nuanced understanding of the digital transformation journey, its impact on the global work landscape, and the innovative solutions Tata Communications brings. This episode offers a 360-degree view on the challenges, opportunities, and next steps in digital collaboration and hybrid work culture.

    2495: The Evolution of AI: From the Obama White House to Conexus with Dr. Eric Daimler

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2023 33:16

    In a thought-provoking episode, I sit down with Dr. Eric Daimler, an eminent authority on artificial intelligence and robotics with over two decades of multifaceted experience. As a Presidential Innovation Fellow for AI and Robotics under the Obama Administration and the CEO of Conexus, Dr. Daimler offers a unique vantage point on the intersection of policy, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the ever-evolving AI landscape. The conversation kicks off with an exploration into Eric's role as the first AI authority in the Obama White House. They delve into the strategic importance of having technology expertise within the governmental structure, examining how such expertise can shape public policy and drive national initiatives. From the macro to the micro, the conversation shifts towards the mounting challenges of data management in AI implementations. With his current venture, Conexus, Dr. Daimler aims to revolutionize data integration and migration through a category-theory-based platform, CQL. The discussion takes a deep dive into the complexities of managing data deluge and the role of category theory in simplifying this monumental task. The discourse then moves into the social and ethical dimensions of AI and robotics. Eric and Neil ponder on the responsibility of communities and citizens in shaping the future of these technologies. They stress the necessity for a collective approach towards understanding the ethical, societal, and economic impacts of AI. As the conversation advances, we discuss the prospects and challenges for AI in automating vocational IT work and synthesizing various tools' actions. They underscore the transformative potential of AI in diverse sectors, including supply chain management, organ donation, and drug discovery. Dr. Daimler brings an unparalleled blend of academic rigor, policy insight, and entrepreneurial spirit to the episode. This is a must-listen for anyone interested in the multifaceted aspects of AI, from data management to ethical considerations and policy implications.

    2494: Mimecast - CISO Neil Clauson on Articulating Cyber Risk to the C-Suite

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2023 24:12

    In this insightful episode of Tech Talks Daily, Neil Clauson, Regional CISO at Mimecast, joins us to shed light on a subject that has now found a permanent place in boardroom agendas worldwide: cyber risk. The World Economic Forum's 2023 Global Risks Report has highlighted cyber risk as a top concern for global leaders, echoing the urgent need for board-level understanding and action in this domain. But how do CISOs make the complex world of cybersecurity comprehensible to the C-Suite and the board? Neil Clauson offers a masterclass. We explore the nuances of demystifying mid-to-long-term risks associated with cyber threats, urging the importance of language that resonates with the board. Gone are the days when technical jargon could dominate these high-level discussions. In today's interconnected business landscape, it's crucial that cyber risks are articulated in terms directly correlating with business outcomes. But it's not just about communicating what could go wrong; it's also about focusing on why it can go wrong. For instance, why does heavy reliance on a single security provider increase risk? The episode explores Clauson's recommendations for aligning cyber risk with the broader business landscape. By doing so, CISOs can move away from a crisis-response model to one that is integral to the business strategy, thereby elevating the cybersecurity discourse from a niche IT concern to a core business functionality. Neil Clauson also imparts wisdom on how to frame cyber risk without inciting unnecessary panic. He suggests tactical approaches that allow the board to quantify these risks accurately, driving home the point that not every incident warrants a five-alarm fire. Finally, we delve into the evolving role of the CISO, emphasizing the need for a sense of humor, preparedness, and proactive risk management strategies that go beyond mere compliance to embed cybersecurity into the very fabric of the business. This episode is a must-listen for CISOs grappling with the challenge of making cybersecurity a board-level priority and for board members looking to gain a nuanced understanding of this multifaceted risk landscape.

    2493: Hyland - Bridging Legacy Gaps: How Cloud and AI are Redefining Content Management

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2023 36:52

    In a digital era where content is king and data is the new oil, businesses grapple with the challenge of intelligently connecting these invaluable assets. In the next episode of Tech Talks Daily Podcast, I engage in a candid conversation with Tim Hood, VP for EMEA & APAC at Hyland, a company at the forefront of crafting technology foundations that empower over half of the Fortune 100 companies. With 15 years in content management and a formidable track record of expanding Hyland's European team from 48 to over 600, Tim brings an unmatched depth of insight into content management and digital transformation. Our discussion starts by tackling the age-old frustrations of legacy systems— their inflexibility, growing obsolescence, and widening performance gaps. Tim provides an eloquent analysis of why businesses often find themselves shackled to these outdated technologies, citing concerns ranging from cost and convenience to custom integrations and technological inertia. The conversation then transitions to the undeniable power of cloud technology in addressing these challenges. Tim elucidates how the cloud can pace a company's digital evolution, mainly through hybrid storage approaches. By framing the cloud as more than just a tool but as a strategic asset, Tim makes a compelling case for its role in shaping the future of content management. One of the unique aspects we explore is the regional nuances in digital transformation strategies. While the technological challenges remain consistent globally, the approach to solving them varies. Tim outlines how market behaviors differ across the UK, Europe, and the US, offering insights into how Hyland tailors its strategies to align with regional idiosyncrasies. Further, we dive into the broader narrative of digital transformation. Tim stresses the importance of a well-defined vision that includes technology, people, and processes. He discusses Hyland's mission of enabling intelligent connections between content, data, and processes using a blend of cutting-edge technologies like AI and machine learning. A holistic outlook has fueled Hyland's remarkable growth under his leadership. The episode wraps up with Tim sharing glimpses into the future— from the expansion of the content services market to Hyland's ongoing focus on enhancing customer experiences through technologies like Insight. Plus, he shares a bit of whimsy, expressing his hypothetical dining companions from history and tech, namely Charles Babbage and Bill Gates. This episode serves as a comprehensive guide for businesses looking to navigate the complex landscape of digital transformation, especially in the realm of content and data management. It's a conversation rich in expert insights and practical strategies, equipping listeners with the knowledge to make informed decisions in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.

    2492: FinTech, De-Dollarization & Market Dynamics: Expert Insights with AvaTrade's Kate Leaman

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2023 29:23

    In a financial landscape increasingly characterized by uncertainty and volatility, clarity and expertise are prized commodities. I sit down with Kate Leaman, Chief Market Analyst at AvaTrade, to shed light on some of the most pressing issues affecting the financial markets today. Kate Leaman isn't just another talking head in the world of financial analysis. With a background in financial broadcast journalism and over 15 years in the financial media landscape, she brings a nuanced understanding of market dynamics. She's not only a seasoned analyst but also an experienced trader, providing her with a 360-degree view of market movements. Our conversation begins with an exploration of Kate's role at AvaTrade, delving into the intricacies of analyzing markets in an era marked by unprecedented challenges, from inflation and fluctuating interest rates to the weakening of the U.S. dollar. Kate shares how her day-to-day responsibilities include not just scrutinizing numerical trends but also deciphering their implications for AvaTrade's vast clientele. One of the central themes of our discussion revolves around de-dollarization. This trending phenomenon signifies a shift away from the U.S. dollar in international trade, a move that resonates with broader geopolitical implications. Kate delves into how this trend has evolved, fueled by factors like Federal Reserve policies, trade imbalances, and emerging markets finding their foothold in the global economy. The conversation also touches upon the symbiotic relationship between inflation and interest rates. In an era where central banks have become proactive economic agents rather than mere regulators, understanding this relationship becomes vital for both institutional and retail investors. Kate offers actionable advice on diversifying portfolios and focusing on high-quality investments to hedge against inflationary pressures. Trading in uncertain times requires more than just financial acumen; it demands emotional intelligence. Kate and I discuss the importance of removing emotions from trading decisions, urging traders to adhere to a disciplined plan. She emphasizes starting small, being prepared for market volatility, and most importantly, learning from mistakes. Lastly, we venture into the intersection of technology and trading. The financial markets have seen a digital transformation that goes beyond algorithmic trading to include social trading platforms and blockchain technologies. Kate offers her insights into how traders, both novice and seasoned, can benefit from these technologies without getting lost in their complexities. As we traverse through an increasingly interconnected and volatile global economy, this episode stands as an essential guide for anyone looking to navigate the financial markets effectively. Kate Leaman's expert insights serve not just as a forecast of what's to come, but as a roadmap for how to prepare for it.

    2491: The Future of Impact-Driven Tech With Ananda Impact Ventures

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2023 35:30

    In the ever-evolving landscape of tech startups, one may wonder if the rush for innovation has room for meaningful impact. The conventional venture capital model has been scrutinized for its focus on rapid growth, often at the expense of the broader societal implications of the technologies being funded. Does this need to be the norm, or can we chart a more conscientious path for tech innovation? In a thought-provoking Tech Talks Daily Podcast episode, I delve into this pertinent question with Johannes Weber of Ananda Impact Ventures. Johannes introduces us to his revolutionary "Impact Carry Model," a framework designed to ensure that tech companies not only set but also meet impact Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Far from an idealistic endeavor, the model implements a concrete 'theory of change,' meticulously measuring a company's impact over time. What sets this model apart is its in-built self-checking mechanism that goes beyond mere intentions to quantifiable impact. If "what gets measured gets managed" holds true, Johannes' Impact Carry Model could be a vanguard in managing for good. While many venture capital firms talk about creating an impact, their claims often prove to be little more than marketing slogans. Johannes takes a different route by writing purpose-related clauses into contracts and term sheets, ensuring accountability and steering companies back to their original mission.  Johannes and I discuss the potential pitfalls of the "grow at all costs" mentality often propagated by traditional VC models. This single-minded focus has resulted in a burnout culture that impacts startups and founders. Johannes advocates for a balanced approach that gives equal importance to founder resilience, backing it up with proactive support measures like coaching and peer discussions. We also explore the innovative frontiers of impact-driven tech, spotlighting unique startups such as I-E-Z-O-I-E-S-O Digital Health, Nature Metrics, and Aurora Tech. These companies stand as testaments to what can be achieved when business imperatives are aligned with societal needs. The conversation takes a softer turn as we delve into the importance of kindness in the tech industry. Johannes shares a heartwarming anecdote about a pitch centered around the concept of kindness, which not only succeeded in securing funding but also led to a sustainable and impactful partnership. The episode provides actionable insights for startup founders keen on creating sustainable, impact-driven businesses. The industry's call to action is to move beyond mere talk and commit to quantifiable, impactful change.

    2490: The Inspiring Story of M-Files - From Vision to Centaur Status

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2023 19:49

    In a world where information management often leads to chaos, M-Files emerges as a beacon of organization and innovation. Antti Nivala, the CEO and mastermind behind M-Files, joins Neil on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast to discuss the company's remarkable journey to Centaur status, achieving $100M in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR). Through pragmatic leadership and a unique metadata-driven approach, M-Files stands as a testament to what unwavering commitment and clever strategy can achieve. Antti's journey began with the challenges he observed in engineering and construction projects, grappling with disorganized document handling. He realized the traditional folder paradigm was no longer sufficient, leading to the birth of M-Files and its metadata-driven approach. With over $150 million in investment, Antti has driven the enterprise SaaS company to new heights, reaching markets across the globe and particularly expanding in the U.S. Leadership at M-Files is not about authority but about empowerment. Antti emphasizes transparency and trust within the team. Under his guidance, the company celebrated the milestone of $100 million in recurring revenue—an achievement that speaks volumes about the firm's potential and its future in the market. Being named Software Entrepreneur of the Year and CTO of the Year didn't just bring Antti accolades; it shaped his leadership strategy. These recognitions instilled in him the courage to pursue audacious goals and enabled him to guide others on their entrepreneurial journeys. Antti's mantra is clear: Focus on what your startup does best, and stay committed to success. Achieving Centaur status, especially during turbulent economic times, is no mean feat. Antti's pragmatic approach to sustainable growth is a shining example for tech startups looking to expand globally. His stewardship has helped M-Files become the only pure-play modem platform in the document management space—an incredible feat that resonates with both industry insiders and newcomers alike. Antti Nivala's story is a masterclass in leadership, innovation, and resilience. From understanding the core issues of document chaos to creating a global leader in information management, M-Files is a testament to what clear vision and dedicated execution can achieve. As the conversation with Neil unveils, Antti's approach is not just about technology; it's about human values, commitment, and the courage to do what one does best.

    2489: How Memrise is Revolutionizing Language Learning with AI

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2023 28:11

    In this enlightening episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast, Neil delves into the world of language learning with Steve Toy, the CEO of Memrise. A name synonymous with innovation in education, artificial intelligence, and mobile applications, Steve Toy's journey is nothing short of inspiring. The conversation kicks off with an introduction to Memrise, a powerful language learning app with over 65 million users. Steve unveils MemBot, their latest innovation—an AI language chatbot powered by ChatGPT technology. This ground-breaking tool provides a friendly, encouraging language partner that aids learners in overcoming the daunting prospect of speaking a new language for the very first time. Steve then elaborates on MemBot's unique features, such as providing hints, translations, and suggested responses. It's more than just a tool; it's a safe space that offers all of the practice with none of the pressure. Steve passionately discusses how Memrise has used technology to personalize content, offering immediate feedback to users. The integration of videos from platforms like YouTube and TikTok, matched with words and phrases each user knows, brings a fresh perspective to language learning. The conversation turns reflective as we discuss the importance of continuous self-education and staying abreast with tech trends. Steve emphasizes the value of self-learning through free resources and the effectiveness of Memrise for language acquisition. But this technological advancement doesn't come without its concerns. We also touch on the challenges and negative aspects of AI in education. While AI offers highly engaging learning experiences, questions about it potentially replacing human interaction and ethical considerations in AI use are thoughtfully examined. Finally, they explore MemBot's ability to attract users with varied interests, personalizing their learning experiences, much like how Netflix recommends movies and TV shows. Steve also shares Memrise's future plans, underlining their vision of scaling language immersion digitally.  

    2488: Zeta Global CEO: Gen Z Shopping, AI, and the Retail Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2023 33:59

    In today's episode, we sit down with the dynamic David A. Steinberg, the co-founder and CEO of Zeta Global, a cloud marketing tech giant that recently broke down the distinctions between the shopping behaviors of Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X. How are they choosing brands? What's their shopping platform of choice? And how do these patterns signal the booming rise of live shopping and the "phygital" fusion in the retail space? As marketers scramble to decipher the digital-native Gen Z and anticipate the upcoming Generation Alpha, David sheds light on why understanding these consumer habits is paramount. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. With Zeta Global's expertise in harnessing AI-powered insights from a monumental data pool, they've been steering Fortune 500 brands like Hanes, Toyota, and Purple towards understanding consumer intentions. Not to mention their recent introduction of generative AI data analysts, ramping up companies' marketing arsenals.   Co-founding Zeta Global alongside ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, David has seen the company's triumphant public debut in 2021 and watched its market cap soar to a staggering $2B. But with AI's meteoric rise come significant concerns, especially regarding its impact on jobs. In light of recent events where thousands of film and television writers went on strike, citing AI as a factor in their job insecurity, David provides a refreshing perspective. Contrary to common fears, Zeta Global has showcased a model where AI augments the workforce rather than replaces it.  In our deep dive, David speaks about: The unique role AI plays in enhancing workplace productivity by weeding out redundant tasks. Tasks that AI can masterfully automate, which are beyond human capability, especially handling vast data quantities. The potential AI holds in not only creating new job avenues but also elevating existing ones. With rivals like Salesforce, Adobe, and Oracle in the fray, Zeta Global stands out with its unique blend of technology, data, and consumer insight. Dive in as we unpack David's profound insights, his vision for the future of AI and retail, and his storied journey in scaling tech businesses over the past three decades. It's a conversation brimming with revelations, and you won't want to miss it!

    2487: Redefining Tech Leadership With Crayon CEO Melissa Mulholland

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2023 34:54

      In today's episode, we delve deep into the tech world with Melissa Mulholland, the remarkable CEO of Crayon. Navigating a realm traditionally dominated by men, Melissa's journey is one of grit, innovation, and a passion for tech. Discover how Crayon is at the forefront of helping organizations maximize their software and cloud investments, all while creating unparalleled value for businesses. From her early challenges, where societal expectations did not align with her vision, to personal stories highlighting the transformative power of AI technology, Melissa breaks down the essence of what it truly means to be a leader in the IT industry. Rather than embodying an "untouchable" superhuman, she reminds us that the most influential CEOs are those who prioritize trust, sharing, dedication, and, most importantly, humanity. This enlightening conversation ranges from discussions about the need to disrupt traditional perceptions of IT leadership to Melissa's insights on the very human acts that differentiate great CEOs. Plus, hear about her work with Intel, Microsoft and the very personal story of her son's journey with autism and the role AI played in it. Prepare for an episode that touches on tech and delves into the heart of leadership, challenges, and the profound impact technology can have on human lives. Join me for an episode that promises tech insights and stories of resilience, vision, and transformation. Whether you're in the IT industry or someone who believes in the potential for change, this conversation with Melissa Mulholland is not missed.

    2486: Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL): Navigating Security in 80 Countries with Doug Shepherd

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2023 24:14

    In a digital age marked by rapid technological advancements and increased global connectivity, ensuring cybersecurity for large corporations can often seem daunting. Today, I am joined by Doug Shepherd, Senior Director of Offensive Security and Global Insider Risk for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). This leading, billion-dollar real-estate services company spans 80 countries. JLL's challenges are multifaceted: ensuring the safety of a decentralized workforce, navigating the complex terrains of diverse privacy laws and regulations across continents, and maintaining real-time visibility into an impressive 100,000 endpoints. During our insightful chat, we delved deep into the previous security issues faced by JLL. The intricacies of having endpoint checks just every 75 days, coinciding with password changes, posed significant risks. Doug sheds light on the dynamics of managing security across different jurisdictions, emphasizing the importance of local expertise and overarching global strategies. Together, we explore the prevalent cyber threats that JLL and other organizations of its stature grapple with. Doug shares the transformative impact of real-time endpoint monitoring on JLL's cybersecurity posture, highlighting its role in enhancing incident response capabilities. The broader industry has its challenges.  Doug and I discuss the relentless pace of the cybersecurity sector, the balancing act between data privacy and augmented security measures, and the critical symbiosis between security and business. The episode also touches on innovative training programs and technologies, such as Immersive Labs and CASB, that are ushering in a new era of cybersecurity preparedness. Wrapping up, Doug, with his rich background as a former 'spook' and red team leader, offers a nuanced perspective on the pressing need to find the middle ground between rigorous data collection and upholding privacy. Join us in this riveting episode as we journey through the cyber labyrinths of a global giant and uncover the strategies, challenges, and solutions that shape the future of organizational security.

    2485: STEPN, GNT, Gas Hero: A Deep Dive into Find Satoshi Lab's Innovations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2023 34:31

    In today's Tech Talks Daily episode, we dive deep into the exhilarating world of Web3, NFTs, and innovative gaming. Joining us is Shiti Manghani, the dynamic COO of Find Satoshi Lab (FSL) and an award-winning business leader with a formidable track record spanning 14 years and 11 countries. Find Satoshi Lab began its exciting journey with the introduction of STEPN, a revolutionary Web3 application that marries fitness with crypto rewards. Imagine being rewarded for your every step, jog, or run with the help of a virtual NFT sneaker. That's the innovation of STEPN, and Shiti offers a behind-the-scenes look at its inception during the height of COVID-19 and its subsequent impressive growth trajectory. But why would a digital sneaker hold more appeal than its physical counterpart in our current era? We delve into this intriguing topic, understanding the strategic confluence of health awareness and technological allure. The future of Web3 is vast and promising. Shiti offers her perspectives on the trailblazing projects in this domain that aren't just innovating but also turning profitable. Find Satoshi Lab, the genius team behind STEPN, has recently unveiled GNT, an AI-powered NFT generator. This unique platform is a boon for creators, founders, and startups, offering them the prowess to craft distinctive digital art pieces that can be instantly minted as NFTs. And there's more. Awaiting launch is the online multiplayer game, Gas Hero. This game, accessible via web browsers and mobile phones, promises a tantalizing mix of power, fame, and money, accentuating the importance of player interaction. Shiti shares her insights on the psychological intricacies of game development, emphasizing the meticulous care FSL is putting into refining Gas Hero's UX and UI. Shiti's journey is nothing short of inspiring. With an academic foundation in Electronics Engineering and an MBA in Marketing, she's donned several esteemed hats. From founding a top-ranked computer vision-based AI start-up in the UK to launching the Wall Street Journal's digital arm in India and building influential brands for PepsiCo US, Shiti's story is one of innovation, tenacity, and global impact. So, gear up for an episode replete with insights on Web3, the explosive potential of NFTs, and the future of immersive gaming. Dive into the world of Find Satoshi Lab and the brilliant mind of Shiti Manghani.

    2484: How Your Data Infrastructure Budget Will Determine Your Fate

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2023 33:23

    In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, Neil dives deep into the world of data infrastructure and its transformative power in the digital landscape. As organizations grapple with the complexities of building robust and flexible data infrastructure, we uncover why such an investment can unlock unparalleled potential despite not always being in the limelight. The global Data Infrastructure Construction Market is on track to see an impressive growth of over +7% by 2030. But what's driving this surge? And how should organizations approach budgeting, modernizing, and strategizing for it? Joining the conversation is Diana Bald, President of Blue Orange Digital. With over 20 years of experience in leading digital transformations and fostering sustainable product development across diverse industries, Diana shares her invaluable insights. She delves into her journey at the helm of Blue Orange Digital and how the company has been pivotal in aiding businesses in their digital evolution. As the narrative unfolds, the duo touches upon the evolving challenges and opportunities of recent years. From navigating the tides of remote/hybrid work models and economic flux to ensuring tangible ROI on tech ventures, the discussion is both insightful and timely. Data's undeniable power also takes center stage. How can organizations harness its full potential?  From revolutionizing industries to fueling innovation, Diana and Neil view data not just as an asset but as a continuous expedition. Diana emphasizes the integral aspects organizations must focus on when budgeting for data infrastructure. From aligning goals and ensuring scalability to understanding the cloud paradigm and ensuring impeccable data security, the nuances are many.  The digital age sees a proliferation of IoT devices, an influx of unstructured data, the shift to cloud, and heightened data protection norms. Diana and Neil ponder what this means for the global data infrastructure construction market. The conversation then steers towards the art and science of modernizing data infrastructure. Diana and Neil navigate the roadmap to ensure businesses can evolve without causing rifts in their current operations. Their mantra is clear: run systems in parallel, begin on a smaller scale, and always be in the iterative mode. Peering into the future, the episode delves into what's next for data infrastructure. With data volumes soaring, advancements in cloud technology, industries becoming increasingly tech-reliant, and AI & digitization becoming more embedded in daily life, the future promises to be exciting. Wrapping up, Diana recounts her professional trajectory and the unique ways Blue Orange Digital empowers businesses in their digital journeys. This episode is a riveting discussion on the very core of digital transformation: data infrastructure. Tune in to equip yourself with the knowledge to navigate its intricacies.

    2483: How Zinier is Bridging the Field Service Gap: AI, Automation, and Frontline Empowerment

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2023 31:13

    In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, Neil delves into the vital world of field service automation with Prateek Chakravarty, CEO of Zinier, a frontrunner in leveraging AI and machine learning to revolutionize field installation and maintenance operations. At the heart of our conversation is Zinier's mission: to make field service organizations more intelligent, efficient, and swift in their response. As the digital age advances, with phenomena like 5G and the boom in IoT devices, data floods in at an unprecedented pace.  The age-old manual methods and legacy solutions are proving inadequate to keep up with the demands of the times. Enter Zinier, with its comprehensive solution that seamlessly merges the back office with the field, ensuring not just the efficient management of tasks but also a transformative touchless field service delivery experience. Prateek passionately discusses technology equity, emphasizing the urgency to level the playing field between desk and frontline workers in terms of technology access. In a world racing towards innovation, he believes it's crucial that our frontline workers aren't left behind. We explore the unique challenges infrastructure-centric industries face in embracing technology. Beyond the technological hurdles, we ddress the socio-economic dimensions of this transformation, underscoring the essence of ESG measures in modern business strategies. Our conversation takes a deeper dive into the importance of sustainable and inclusive practices in heavy industries. With the global push towards eco-consciousness and gender equality, how are industries adapting? We also evaluate the role of no-code and low-code platforms in catalyzing this change. While AI presents unprecedented opportunities, it's not without pitfalls.  Prateek candidly discuss the challenges and imperatives of integrating AI into infrastructure-focused sectors. Whether you're a tech enthusiast, an industry professional, or someone curious about the future of infrastructure, this episode promises valuable insights and takeaways!

    2482: How ArcBest is Transforming Logistics through Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2023 25:42

    In today's episode, I explore the convergence of technology and logistics with Michael Newcity, the CIO and president of ArcBest Technologies. While logistics may not immediately evoke thoughts of high-tech innovation, Michael sheds light on how ArcBest sets new industry standards through technological advancements. ArcBest's commitment to harnessing the power of tech is evident in its groundbreaking Vaux Freight Movement System. This state-of-the-art system comprising software and hardware components is a game changer for the logistics landscape. Michael delves into its ability to drastically reduce the time spent loading and unloading freight — a transformative shift from hours to mere minutes.  The Vaux system's proprietary technology, which seamlessly integrates into existing setups, offers warehouse managers and dock supervisors the tools to supercharge productivity. But that's not all. The software's unique tracking technology ensures real-time visibility, further reinforcing ArcBest's vision of providing unparalleled efficiency in the logistics realm. Michael emphasizes that the Vaux system is a testament to ArcBest's robust investment strategy in technology. Remarkably, half of the company's impressive $150M annual technology budget is allocated towards strategic, transformative projects — a figure that surpasses industry benchmarks. Throughout the discussion, Neil and Michael also touch upon the industry's historical strides in tech, such as the pioneering efforts in online tracking for consumers. Michael's insights underscore ArcBest's customer-centric approach, using innovative solutions like the Vaux system to provide unprecedented value. As the conversation unfolds, the duo deep dives into broader tech trends reshaping the logistics industry, especially after recent supply chain disruptions. From the surge in IoT and digitization to the promises of edge computing, listeners will get a panoramic view of the tech-driven metamorphosis in logistics. Tune in to understand how technology is not just augmenting but revolutionizing the logistics domain. This episode offers an inspiring narrative of how forward-thinking strategies and relentless innovation can drive a century-old business like ArcBest into the future.

    2481: Zenoss - From Cloud to AI: The Evolution of IT Infrastructure

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2023 27:04

    In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, I sit down with Trent Fitz, a seasoned veteran in the tech space with over two decades of leadership experience, especially in cloud computing, AI, and cybersecurity. As Chief Product Officer of Zenoss, Trent has been at the forefront of technological innovation, steering product strategy, and global marketing. If the terms 'AI' and 'IT Infrastructure Management' get your gears turning, you're in for a treat. We dive deep into how AI is revolutionizing how we manage complex IT ecosystems, encompassing hardware, software, and network devices. From the historical evolution of IT infrastructure management, with a spotlight on mobile and cloud computing, to the pivotal role AI promises to play in the domain - the conversation promises a whirlwind of insights. Remember the days when mobile and cloud computing were the buzzwords? Trent draws from his vast experience to explain how these tech trends have evolved over the past quarter-century and why AI stands to overshadow them in terms of impact. His stint in cloud computing has uniquely positioned him to approach AIOps with a nuanced perspective, especially considering the escalating complexity of today's digital infrastructures. Listeners get a peek into the world of AIOps: its current trajectory, the inherent challenges, and the multitude of benefits it promises. But, as with all technology, there are pitfalls. Neil and Trent emphasize the need for discretion in selecting AIOps tools. A one-size-fits-all? Think again. Thorough research and precise alignment of vendor capabilities with individual use-cases are crucial to sidestep ill-fated projects. The duo also shines a light on the intersection of AIOps with data security and compliance. With rising concerns about data breaches and regulatory mandates, could AI be the knight in shining armor? Beyond the nitty-gritty of AIOps, Trent shares snippets of his personal journey into the tech realm, offering words of wisdom for budding tech enthusiasts. His roles, ranging from leadership stints at Nimboxx and SailPoint Technologies to his consultancy practice, have equipped him with a 360-degree view of the tech landscape. To all our listeners pondering the seismic shifts in information technology or those sifting through the AI chatter to separate myths from reality – this episode has you covered. Plus, today's discussion is a gold mine for anyone contemplating a tech career or simply seeking a deeper understanding of AI's business applications – from security and compliance to sales and marketing. Take advantage of this enlightening conversation with Trent Fitz, where we bridge IT management's past, present, and future through the lens of AI.

    2480: Therabody - How Intentional Tech & Thoughtful Designs Deliver Real Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2023 17:51

    In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, I delve into the intriguing world of technology behind wellness products with Jaime Sanchez, VP of Product Development and Manufacturing at Therabody. While many recognize Therabody as a pioneering brand in percussive therapy, few are aware of the intricate tech, rigorous R&D, and science-backed principles that underpin their celebrated products. Jaime peels back the curtain to unveil the thought processes and advanced technologies incorporated to prioritize human needs. From the deployment of rare earth magnets in the Theragun motor for precision pressure control to the innovative use of Cryo-thermal technology that rapidly cools the skin to a consistent 10 Celsius, every facet of product design is meticulously crafted to serve genuine user needs. With patented heart rate sensors, a unique bed design enabling versatile product features like air massages and vibrations, and a commitment to iterative development based on genuine feedback, Therabody sets the bar high in the wellness tech sector. Throughout the conversation, we explore the brand's commitment to changing the paradigms of self-care. We discuss the painstaking R&D journey, the critical role of customer feedback in refining products, and share light-hearted moments like experimenting with the Theragon device on the face. I also gain insights into the upcoming innovations from Therabody, with a peek into the development of the smart goggles product, boasting a distinctive heart rate sensor. The episode an insight into how Therabody harmonizes technology with human-centric design, ensuring that their offerings don't just promote wellness but also cultivate behavior that prioritizes health.

    2479: AI Everywhere With IEEE Senior Member Ayesha Iqbal

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2023 31:11

    In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, we're diving deep into the world of artificial intelligence with Ayesha Iqbal. She is an IEEE Senior Member and Engineering Trainer at Manufacturing Technology Centre, UK. Throughout our discussion, Ayesha uncovers AI's profound influence across many industries, illustrating both the opportunities it presents and the challenges it raises. We delve into the transformative power of AI in healthcare, from genetic code discoveries to robot-assisted surgeries, and how the technology promises to reshape diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. Yet, as with any technological evolution, it's crucial to move forward with caution.  Ayesha highlights the urgent call from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for rigorous oversight, ensuring that AI's integration in healthcare remains safe, effective, and ethically sound. But our AI journey doesn't stop at healthcare. We venture into AI's broader applications, discussing its burgeoning influence in travel, transportation, and even its potential to address some of the planet's most pressing climate and environmental challenges. One can't help but feel a flurry of lightbulb moments while listening to Ayesha's insights, inviting listeners to dare to think bigger, to envision the art of the possible. In addition to her illustrious work in the AI realm, Ayesha has an impressive academic and professional background. With a master's in electrical engineering, a decade of professional experience, and numerous publications to her name, Ayesha's expertise is undeniable.

    2478: Check Point Software - Why Boardrooms Need to Measure Cyber Resilience

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2023 23:43

    On today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, we're diving deep into the world of cyber resilience with Deryck Mitchelson, Field CISO at Check Point Software. The number is staggering: organisations lost over $2.7 billion in email fraud last year. But should this continue? In our dynamic conversation, Deryck and I explore why many CISOs may be underestimating the threat of email security breaches and how the right security measures can lead to significant cost savings for companies. Amidst the rising tide of cyberattacks and the socio-political turmoil, it's evident that traditional cybersecurity measures are no longer sufficient. Instead, Deryck introduces us to the concept of cyber resilience, where organizations strive to anticipate, withstand, and bounce back from cyber onslaughts. We also discuss the pressing need for organizations to transition from a detection-focused mindset to a prevention-first approach. Central to our conversation is the three C's vital for enhanced cyber resilience: Comprehensive measures, Consolidation of tools, and Collaboration within the cybersecurity ecosystem. Deryck emphasizes the role of Checkpoint Software in pioneering this shift, offering solutions to ensure businesses stay one step ahead of cyber adversaries. Referencing his insightful article, "How Does Your Board Measure Cyber Resilience?", Deryck further delves into the frameworks that businesses can adopt to bolster their security and why resilience is the cornerstone of any modern cybersecurity strategy. As threats grow and evolve, resilience becomes more critical than ever, and Deryck offers a roadmap on how businesses can navigate this complex landscape.

    2077: Intel Accessible Computing & Inclusive Technology Design

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2023 37:58

    In the latest Tech Talks Daily podcast episode, we sat down with Darryl Adams, Director of Accessibility at Intel. Darryl provides enlightening insights into how Intel is harnessing technology to bridge the accessibility gap, particularly for individuals with hearing disabilities. Here are some of the key takeaways: Global Access to Assistive Technology: In a heartwarming partnership with 3DP4ME, Intel is making strides in increasing the availability of assistive tech in developing countries. A pilot project in Jordan stands as a testament to the potential of this initiative. By employing 3D printing technology, 3DP4ME is equipping children with custom-fitted hearing aids. This not only ensures a better fit but also proves to be a quicker and more cost-effective solution than traditional methods.   Seamless Aid-to-PC Integration: Leveraging the insights from their employees with hearing impairments, Intel's innovative team is closing the compatibility gap that once restricted the full use of hearing aids with PCs. Thanks to the implementation of Bluetooth LE Audio, users can now directly connect their hearing aids to their computers.   A Tailored Audio Assistance Experience: Recognizing that one size doesn't fit all, Intel is pioneering personalized audio assistance solutions. For those challenged by specific sound frequencies, Intel's tools are designed to help them concentrate on their PC tasks without missing out on vital ambient sounds. The All Ears software is a prime example of this, alerting users to significant sounds in their surroundings through on-screen notifications. This conversation sheds light on the power of technology in making the world a more inclusive space for all.

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