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    The Cloudcast
    A 2022 Mid-Year Cloud Update

    The Cloudcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 55:22


    Aaron, Brian and Brandon Whichard (@bwhichard, Co-Host of @SoftwareDefTalk) talk about all the big stories, trends and transactions in the cloud in the first half of 2022. SHOW: 630CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:New Relic (homepage)Services down? New Relic offers full stack visibility with 16 different monitoring products in a single platform.CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsSHOW NOTES:Software Defined Talk - go subscribe to Brandon's podcast!Topic 1 - VMware WTF!?Would VMware be a different company if it was never acquired by EMC/Dell?Nearly every successful Enterprise Software company becomes legacy at some point, was this always VMware's destiny?If VMware was an independent company, would the rise of Containers (Docker) have been any different?Should some other company buy VMware and if so, who?Topic 2 - I really liked the recent analysis on Clouded Judgement Substack about subscription vs. consumption in an economic downturn. (link) If SaaS is the future, does the consumption model really matter as long as value is there?Topic 3 - Is there any aspect of the crypto industry that hasn't been proven to be a sham this year? Decentralized (no). DAOs for governance (no). Controlled by the community (no). Secure (no). Not linked to fiat currencies (no). Good technology (no). A16z propaganda (no).Topic 4 - Are passwords finally dying? Companies like strongDM/Teleport are pushing certificate based authentication and FIDO is gaining adoption in Windows and macOS. Will there be a time when we don't need passwords?Topic 5 - We always talk about skills and keeping up with the industry waves on the show. SaaS is less about building skills and more about operating. How does you get/keep up to speed about SaaS and what's the future? Is the Cloud Architect going the way of the Infrastructure Admin?Topic 6 - Did the big 3 cloud providers all fire their marketing teams? I feel like there hasn't been one big announcement from any of them this year. FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnetDev InterruptedBehind every successful tech company is an engineering org. We tell their story.Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify

    Disruptive CEO Nation
    Episode 151 Christine Akselsen

    Disruptive CEO Nation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 20:30


      Christine Akselsen Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 151 When Christine Akselsen accepted her role as CEO of Kezzler, a leading product traceability technology provider, she set out to change the way that consumers and companies think about the global supply chain. It's not just about getting an item to a buyer. It's about ensuring that what they receive is safe, authentic, and produced sustainably. Fast forward to 2022: Amid a stagnant global supply chain, keeping track of products and assuring their quality can be the competitive edge that keeps an organization viable.  Kezzler's traceability technology uses specialized codes on individual products to secure their validity. They utilize patented serialization technology to track products through their entire supply chains while ensuring the products we consume (such as food and pharmaceuticals) are safe prior to use. From source to consumer, data is associated with the product through the code.  In our conversation, Christine Akselsen explains: -      Christine's role at Kezzler and the products Kezzler traces. -      Why tractability is important and what it provides to supply chain technologies. -      The problems with supply chain that Kezzler solves! Be sure to check out Christine's links listed below. Enjoy the show! Connect with Christine: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-charlotte-akselsen-b552288   Website: http://www.sweetprotection.com       Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Culture Factor 2.0
    Chris Skinner: Power of People with Bitcoin, Power of State is too Great!

    Culture Factor 2.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 38:50


    Chris Skinner is known as one of the most influential people in technology, and as an independent commentator on fintech through his blog, The Finanser.com. His latest book (sixteenth!) is called Doing Digital. He is Chair of Nordic Future Innovation, is a non-executive director of 11:FS and on the advisory boards of many FinTech and financial firms. Mr. Skinner has been an advisor to the United Nations, the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. He is a visiting lecturer with Cambridge University, as well as, a TEDx speaker. In recent years, he has been voted one of the UK's foremost fintech observers by The Telegraph and one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal's Financial News and Thomson Reuters. Chris is also a successful children's author and co-founder of The Portrait Foundation, a non-profit platform to encourage children and the arts. Let's start with the recent crash in crypto, in your blog you state that you believe the end-game will be a hybrid model of CBDCs, stablecoins and cryptocurrencies. I found is fascinating that you state that too many people believe these currencies are all about HODLing (in the crypto slang it's about keeping them as an investment) instead of what currencies are really about, which is allowing the exchange of value to buy and sell products and services. It's all about creating currencies that work for value exchange in a networked world.Would you like an opportunity to give this more depth for those just beginning to invest in cryptocurrency and please define CBDC (central back digital currency)?What is your take on a global coin and how this would affect governments if it's realized? A coin that can be traded anywhere, anytime, in real-time with anyone.Your book, Digital Human, explores the transformations that are sweeping through all spheres of life: the domination of global digital giants; the advent of new financial structures (FinTech); the disruption brought about by Bitcoin; the rise of robots; and the fall of banks.A standout line from your book: not only will everyone on the planet be connected digitally, they can be raised out of poverty through inclusion. Can we dive into your thoughts on blockchain, cryptocurrency and how this may level the playing field for those in poverty?Digital for Good looks at everything from how banking plays a role in the climate emergency through the FinTech world using technology to overcome issues of inequality and inclusion. I'd like to understand this intersection, can you share your vision for Fintech in lifting us out of this global climate crisis and possibly helping marginalized lives?Chris Skinner's Blog, The Finanser Chris Skinner, LinkedinChris Skinner, TwitterHolly Shannon's WebsiteZero To Podcast on AmazonHolly Shannon, LinkedinHolly Shannon, InstagramHolly Shannon, TwitterWatch Culture Factor and VaynerNFT#nfts #nft #nftart #cryptocurrency #blockchain #metaverse #culturefactor #web3 #smartcontracts #bitcoin #nftartist #nftcollectors #eth #ethereum #youtubers #tiktok #instagram #reels #branding  #entrepreneur #coach #consulting #zerotopodcast #podcast #jobsearching #thoughtleader #thoughtleadership #startapodcasttoday #startapodcastalready   #experiences #experientialmarketing #companyculture #employeeengagment #community #peertopeer #decentralizedeconomy

    Shock Your Potential
    Ascend Your Start-up - Helen Yu

    Shock Your Potential

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 33:27


    “Explore life in whatever form it takes, be curious, leave your comfort zone, and embrace courage in small and big ways, because you have amazing answers just waiting inside you.” Helen Yu The path towards growth and prosperity is long, and sometimes difficult. Embracing the opportunities that life presents ensures that we not only become a better version of ourselves, but also propels us towards living a life of purpose. Helen Yu has been working with entrepreneurs to help them scale their businesses, and highlights the importance finding purpose for starting and running a business. Helen Yu is the founder and CEO of Tigon Advisory and WSJ Best Selling Author.  She drives growth for tech companies from start-ups to global titans like Oracle and Adobe, and helps CEOs achieve multibillion-dollar revenue growth and record profitability. She's a board advisor to fast-growth SaaS companies and is on the board of the Global Cybersecurity Association. She's a top Twitter influencer with a 10M+ weekly reach and was ranked a Top 10 thought leader by Thinkers 360, and a top 10 digital transformation influencer by IBM. She's spoken at SXSW, TiECon, DMS, and Money2020. An avid adventurer who trekked to Mt. Everest base camp and ice-climbed glaciers, her book Ascend Your Start-up: Conquer the 5 Disconnects to Accelerate Growth won first place at the New York book festival, Firebird award and first place in Entrepreneurship & Small Businesses at American book festival in addition to achieving WSJ Best Seller.  Helen's CXO Spice Talk podcast is named as the top 70 podcast to listen to in 2022. In today's episode, Helen talks about her career experiences that led her to living her purpose. She also shares the motivation behind writing her book. Listen in! Social Media Handles https://tigonadvisory.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/tigonhyu/ https://twitter.com/YuHelenYu https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClZX2qjIQaEgjUnOMycBDog https://www.podcasts.com/cxo-spice-talk Book: https://amzn.to/3yif3fS I enable global players to scale through people first framework because I'm passionate about the voice of customer when it comes to digital transformation. Growth does not happen by accident, and is not sustainable in any organizations where the culture is not a people culture. I was a financial analyst at a manufacturing company, but later got into tech and learnt how to code and design applications for the largest financial banks and insurance companies across the globe. The risk I took to get into tech was worth it because that was what got me to where I'm at today. I came to the US in 1991 to pursue education, and got my first job in the mailroom at a corporation. I got an opportunity and ended up going working for the same company as a Treasury Department. There are random opportunities that you have to seize and be bold enough to talk to people when they walk in. I always say network with people, when you are not in need of anything. Commercial break. My purpose in life is to tenfold other people's success, and my book is about thinking about the framework for tech startups. It talks about the five functional fundamental growth disconnects that trap startups and keeps them from reaching the summit, and from touching the sky. I intended to empower founders and CEOs to self-reflect and grow as they progress and scale their business. I challenge clients and co-workers to be curious seeker, and this book helps people understand the questions to identify blind spots as they scale their business. The book is not just about business, but also about my experience climbing Mount Everest base camp to keep a secret that I promised my grandma to spread her ash there. When you're a founder, you need to know why you start a business, and when you stick to that mission, your success rate is much bigger. Curiosity is a prerequisite for dreaming and is the rock of innovative thinking, and I inspire curiosity when I work with my customers. We as leaders, we can always help people to tap into their potential by encouraging and inspiring their curiosity. Explore life in whatever form it takes, be curious, leave your comfort zone, embrace courage in small and big ways, because you have amazing answers just waiting inside you. ………………………………………………… Do you want to be a go to expert that news reporters, anchors and media producers turn to? Are you a media professional looking for credible, reliable and timely guests? Shock Your Media Potential is here for you. Shock Your Media Potential is a one of a kind platform that connects vetted experts with news professionals around the globe. As part of the launch of the platform, CEO Michael Sherlock, along with co-host Eddie Luisi, stage manager for Good Morning America, have interviewed 25 media personalities and professionals to ask them the questions you need to know the answers to in order to become more newsworthy, pitch your story better, and get invited back again and again, and much more. Some of their guests are household names, with exceptional on-camera careers. Others are award-winning directors, producers, camera operators, audio engineers, celebrity hair and makeup professionals, and so much more. To learn more about our platform and our conference today, go to https://www.shockyourmediapotential.com

    Sales and Marketing Built Freedom
    Building Your Audience Before You Need It - Speaking with Jimmy Mackin of Curaytor; an All in One Marketing Solution

    Sales and Marketing Built Freedom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 38:42


    Jimmy Mackin is the CEO of Curaytor, a marketing solution which specialises in real estate. Curaytor bootstrapped its way from 0 to 11 million in  just 7 years, aided by their unique go to market strategy is ‘leading with your why'. In this episode, Jimmy talks all about leading with your why, by always putting your customers' needs first and by building an organisation that your employees love, that you love as a founder and that customers love too. He also delves into what he and his team at Curaytor do differently in the market and the common mistakes CEOs make. KEY TAKEAWAYS Curaytor have also been a company that has engrained themselves with their audience. Their philosophy is to build their audience before they need it. It's all about focusing on content marketing to help acquire customers, this comes in many forms including podcasting, social media and blogs. Curaytor is a marketing solution which provides the people, the plan, and the platform to get their marketing right. Often when you are starting off a company, you think of capital as a solution to all your problems, but this simply isn't the case and can distract you from what you should be focusing on. A lot of people in the SAS industry purely focus on the growth metrics, of course these matter, but when they become the focal point you can easily lose track on the customer. It can remove the connection with customers and lead to the wrong decisions being made. Jimmy and his team at Curaytor simply ‘road the waves' early on in the market, as they were happening. They didn't overthink their strategy at the start they just mirrored what other successful companies were doing and one of the big waves at the time were FB ads, so that's what they focused on. Once a company gains a good amount of revenue, they can gain a fear of losing it. This means they can become very risk adverse which in time causes them to become irrelevant. BEST MOMENTS  “Leading with the ideas our beliefs and world views to attract them to who we are before we sell to them” “How do we help our customers get more customers?” “You should only raise capital when you absolutely need it” “Market performance always trumps individual business strategy” Do You Want The Closing Secrets That Helped Close Over $125 Million in New Business for Free?"  Grab them HERE: https://www.whalesellingsystem.com/closingsecrets Ryan Staley Founder and CEO Whale Boss 312-848-7443 ryan@whalesellingsystem.com www.ryanstaley.io EPISODE RESOURCES https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmymackin https://www.curaytor.com ABOUT THE SHOW How do you grow like a VC backed company without taking on investors? Do you want to create a lifestyle business, a performance business or an empire? How do you scale to an exit without losing your freedom? Join the host Ryan Staley every Monday and Wednesday for conversations with the brightest and best Founders, CEO's and Entrepreneurs to crack the code on repeatable revenue growth, leadership, lifestyle freedom and mindset. This show has featured Startup and Billion Dollar Founders, Best Selling Authors, and the World's Top Sales and Marketing Experts like Terry Jones (Founder of Travelocity and Chairman of Kayak), Andrew Gazdecki (Founder of Micro Acquire), Harpaul Sambhi (Founder of Magical with a previous exit to Linkedin) and many more. This is where Scaling and Sales are made simple in 25 minutes or less. Support the show: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-staley/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TD Ameritrade Network
    Smartsheet (SMAR) CEO On SAAS For Work Management/Collaboration

    TD Ameritrade Network

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 5:58


    Smartsheet (SMAR) is a SAAS offering for collaboration and work management. Mark Mader, CEO, discusses SMAR's most recent revenue report. He talks about how SMAR is used to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, and share documents. He also goes over how SMAR's 1Q revenue grew 44% Y/Y. Tune in to find out more about the outlook of SMAR.

    Default Alive
    71 | Achievement unlocked: First MRR

    Default Alive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 62:02


    Corey celebrates getting the first SwipeWell customers. Chris ships a helpful update to Jetboost and brainstorms some content ideas. They also discuss product analytics and being a power user of your own app.Ask us a question →Notable mentions: PostHog More podcasts for bootstrappers Learn more about their businesses: Default Alive Ventures Swipe Files Jetboost SwipeWell Follow them on Twitter: @coreyhainesco @c_spags

    CTO Mastermind: Il Podcast per i CTO
    Estendere le potenzialità del Saas con il Paas | Talk di Alex Pagnoni e Marco Dragoni (Salesforce)

    CTO Mastermind: Il Podcast per i CTO

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 54:53


    Quali sono le diverse strategie per scalare un'applicazione Saas? E quali sono i vantaggi di farlo affiancandovi un Paas? Ne ho parlato con Marco Dragoni (Cloud Architect di Salesforce) e con la Community del CTO Mastermind durante il primo CTO MEET del CTO Mastermind. L'evento si è tenuto a Milano, presso la sede di Salesforce, partner del CTO Mastermind. 🗣 GUEST: Da oltre 30 anni in ambito IT, è ora Cloud Solution Architect in Salesforce. Marco ritiene fondamentale mantenere un ruolo di trasparenza ed affidabilità per clienti e partner che incontra ogni giorno e stimolarli ad affrontare le nuove sfide di un mercato sempre in trasformazione. 🖖 HOST: Alex Pagnoni: CTO Mentor, Fractional CTO, imprenditore di servizio e di prodotto (Innoteam), esperto di cloud, sviluppo software e marketing technologies. Sono speaker, content creator, conduttore del CTO Show e del CTO Podcast, fondatore della community CTO Mastermind (+520 CTO, Leader Tech e aspiranti tali). 🤝 PARTNER: Quanto è difficile scalare il team di sviluppo? Se sei un CTO o un Leader Tecnologico sai benissimo quali sono le complessita di attirare e trattenere talenti. Per questo Alex Pagnoni ha creato il metodo Team Scaling di sviluppo collaborativo, in cui condivide le skill di una parte del proprio team tech, per aiutarti a scalare anche nei momenti più difficili. Per saperne di più, vai su http://www.teamscaling.it/ (www.teamscaling.it). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Il Podcast ti è piaciuto? Aiutaci a farlo a conoscere a altri CTO e leader tecnologici. Aggiungilo ai tuoi preferiti e lascia una recensione su Apple Podcast o su Podchaser!

    Innovation Leaders by TogetherbyTech_

    Voici un podcast pour découvrir le cœur du réacteur de Zendesk. A travers une discussion passionnante avec Pierre-Alain Bouchard, Director of engineering, vous découvrirez les coulisses et les secrets de cette impressionnante scale-up. Zendesk, société danoise fondée en 2007 et cotée au Nasdaq depuis 2014, est une pépite tech qui compte plus de 160 000 clients et 5500 collaborateurs. C'est une plateforme SaaS de service client que vous avez forcément utilisée sans même vous en rendre compte et qui vient tout juste d'annoncer son rachat par un fonds d'investissement pour la modique somme de 10 milliards+ de dollars. Dans cet épisode, vous découvrirez :

    Silver Fox Entrepreneurs - the maturepreneur show
    How a construction SaaS B2BTech brand is being built, with Surendra Singh

    Silver Fox Entrepreneurs - the maturepreneur show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 20:09


    Building a brand just online is not that easy. But this company, ViAct, a Construction Management Software, made it look very easy and simple. In this episode, Surendra Singh, ViAct's Marketing and Public Relations Lead, shares how their company built a brand online through SaaS marketing, and how they #getnoticed and got a 2-million dollar investment deal.Surendra also shares how ViAct can help construction companies, not just to monitor their operations, but to #getnoticed as well. He also explains how they are being noticed through their brand ambassadors, acquiring client feedback, sharing organically on social media and partnerships, and how they are contributing to ESG. Surendra also mentioned DingTalk, which is a communication tool they mainly use within all of their teams in 50 different locations.Post-production, transcript and show notes by XCD Virtual AssistantsBuild responsive quizzesGenerate higher quality, higher converting leadsVidyard - Use Video In Your EmailsVidyard is the easiest way to record and send videos that build personal connections.AI Writer - Content writing made easierGenerate Accurate, Relevant & Quality Content in 2 MinutesPeppertype - Virtual Content AssistantGenerate better content copies in seconds.If you want to know how to get noticed this show is for you. I have interviews, tools, tips, everything that an entrepreneur could need in order to help their organization to get noticed for free. Thank you for joining me on the unnoticed show.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEPlease rate the show here.

    The Tech Chef, Restaurant, Hospitality and Hotel Technology Business Podcast
    TCP057: Digital Entirety Featuring Noah Glass, Founder and CEO of OLO

    The Tech Chef, Restaurant, Hospitality and Hotel Technology Business Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 50:44


    Welcome to The Tech Chef podcast! I'm your host, Skip Kimpel, and I'm here to take you on a ride of technology news related to the restaurant, hotel, and hospitality industries.  For those of you returning, it is great to have you back and for those of you joining us for the first time, welcome to the show! I'm excited to have you here and please go ahead and hit that subscribe or follow button on your favorite podcast app or website. What a great episode we had last week with https://skipkimpel.com/tech-chef/drone-delivery-the-facts/ (Ben Thein from Flytrex)…. The drone delivery company you have been hearing quite a bit about over this past year. If you didn't hear it, make sure you go back and listen to this show. Today, I have a guest that doesn't really need any introduction. https://www.linkedin.com/in/noahglass/ (Noah Glass) is the Founder & CEO of https://www.olo.com/ (Olo), a leading open SaaS platform for restaurants that enables digital hospitality at every touchpoint. He is an industry visionary whose mobile ordering work pre-dates the iPhone, beginning with text message ordering on feature phones in 2005. Olo's customer list includes over 600 of the most-loved enterprise restaurant brands.  How To Contact MeWebsite: https://skipkimpel.com/ (https://SkipKimpel.com) (all archived shows and show notes will be posted here) Website: https://constrata.io/ (https://ConStrata.io) Instagram: https://instagram.com/skipkimpel (https://instagram.com/skipkimpel) Twitter: https://twitter.com/skipkimpel (https://twitter.com/skipkimpel) Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/skipkimpel1/ (https://www.facebook.com/skipkimpel1/) TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@skipkimpel (https://www.tiktok.com/@skipkimpel) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/skipkimpel/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/skipkimpel) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/constrata-consulting (https://www.linkedin.com/company/constrata-consulting) You can also hear all these new episodes on the ConStrata website at https://my.captivate.fm/ConStrata.io (ConStrata.io) Email me at skip.kimpel@constrata.io Next Week's ShowI am currently in Orlando for HITEC this week and am hoping to grab some interviews from here.  I am also working on a very interesting episode for next week…. let's just say it revolves around NFT's and how it can impact the casual operator. You don't need to be a big fish to play in this market space! Those of you who are interested in Web3 technologies, this will be a great episode for you.

    Invest Like the Best
    Kenneth Stanley - Greatness Without Goals - [Invest Like the Best, EP.283]

    Invest Like the Best

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 73:50


    My guest today is Ken Stanley. Ken is a Professor in Computer Science and a pioneer in the field of neuroevolution. He is also the co-author of a book called, Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned, which details a provocative idea that setting big, audacious goals can reduce the odds of achieving something great. We discuss that revelation in detail and how to apply it in our day-to-day lives. Please enjoy this great discussion with Ken Stanley.   For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page here.   -----   This episode is brought to you by Tegus. Tegus streamlines the investment research process so you can get up to speed and find answers to critical questions on companies faster and more efficiently. The Tegus platform surfaces the hard-to-get qualitative insights, gives instant access to critical public financial data through BamSEC, and helps you set up customized expert calls. It's all done on a single, modern SaaS platform that offers 360-degree insight into any public or private company. As a listener, you can take Tegus for a free test drive by visiting tegus.co/patrick. And until 2023 every Tegus license comes with complimentary access to BamSec by Tegus.   -----   Today's episode is brought to you by Brex, the integrated financial platform trusted by the world's most innovative entrepreneurs and fastest-growing companies. With Brex, you can move money fast for instant impact with high-limit corporate cards, payments, venture debt, and spend management software all in one place. Ready to accelerate your business? Learn more at brex.com/best.   -----   Invest Like the Best is a property of Colossus, LLC. For more episodes of Invest Like the Best, visit joincolossus.com/episodes.    Past guests include Tobi Lutke, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, John Collison, Kat Cole, Marc Andreessen, Matthew Ball, Bill Gurley, Anu Hariharan, Ben Thompson, and many more.   Stay up to date on all our podcasts by signing up to Colossus Weekly, our quick dive every Sunday highlighting the top business and investing concepts from our podcasts and the best of what we read that week. Sign up here.   Follow us on Twitter: @patrick_oshag | @JoinColossus   Show Notes [00:02:36] - [First question] - The best way to change the world is to stop trying to change it [00:06:26] - The kinds of goals his work addresses and the ones it doesn't [00:08:46] - Almost no prerequisite to any major invention was invented with that major invention in mind [00:14:04] - Picbreeder [00:17:21] - How looking for specific results often makes arriving at them a longer process [00:24:00] - The importance of the individual in a web of invention and disruption [00:28:30] - How generations progressed in Picbreeder when consensus mechanisms were inserted into the process  [00:31:24] - Examples of stepping stones that were invented that became something even greater [00:36:02] - What his research means for how we should conduct ourselves writ large [00:44:17] - Thoughts on necessity being the mother of all invention [00:50:08] - The ways that society is arranged is psychologically toxic [00:55:14] - The role that constraints play in creative output and outcomes in general; Brett Victor - Inventing on Principle [01:01:10] - What the constraints are that he sets for himself in AI development [01:04:44] - To know what's new you need to know what's not new [01:06:47] - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him [01:08:28] - How he would allocate resources to create more innovation in the world

    The SaaS SEO Show
    Structured Data for SaaS Companies with Martha van Berkel, CEO at SchemaApp (#35)

    The SaaS SEO Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 37:27


    In this episode of The SaaS SEO Show, we've interviewed Martha van Berkel, CEO at SchemaApp, and discussed structured data for SaaS companies. Here's what we're covering: What is SchemaApp? Who's using the product?  What is structured data, and why is it important?  Should SaaS companies have a strategy around structured data?  How to measure the business impact of structured data? Stay Tuned:► Website► LinkedIn► YouTubeDon't forget to leave us a five-star review so that more people learn about The SaaS SEO Show as well as to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we upload the video version of this, and every, episode.This episode is sponsored by Ahrefs.Visit ahrefs.com/awt and sign up for free!

    Software Social
    When Should You Let People Pay You?

    Software Social

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 38:25


    Follow Vic! https://twitter.com/VicVijayakumarEveryOak, Vic's preschool communications SaaS: https://www.everyoak.com/Try out HeyTexting: https://www.heytexting.com/Huge thanks to all of our listeners who've become Software Socialites and support our show! You can become a supporter for $10 a month or $100 a year at softwaresocial.dev/supporters. Chris from Chipper CI The Daringly Handsome Kevin Griffin And Mike from Gently Used Domains, who has a nice personality Dave from Recut Max of OnlineOrNot Stefan from Talk to Stefan Brendan Andrade of Bright Bits Team Tuple Alex Hillman from The Tiny MBA Ramy from Memo.fm Jane and Benedikt from Userlist Kendall Morgan Ruben Gamez of SignWell Corey Haines of SwipeWell Mike Wade of Crowd Sentry Nate Ritter of Room Steals Anna Maste of Subscribe Sense Geoff Roberts from Outseta Justin Jackson, MegaMaker Jack Ellis and Paul Jarvis from Fathom Analytics Matthew from Appointment Reminder Andrew Culver at Bullet Train John Kostor Alex of Corso Systems Richard from Stunning Josh,the annoyingly pragmatic founder Ben from Consent Kit John from Credo and EditorNinja Cam Sloan Michael Koper of Nusii Proposals Chris from Urlbox Caeli of Tosslet Greg Park from TraitLab Adam from Rails Autoscale Lana and Alex from Recapsy Joe Masilotti of railsdevs.com Proud MaMa from Oplnet, LLC Anna from Kradl Moncef from Ruby on Mac Steve of Be Inclusive Simon Bennett of SnapShooter Backups Arvid Kahl James Sowers from Castaway.fm Nathan of Develop Your UX Jessica Malnik Damian Moore of Audio Audit Podcast Checker Eldon from NodleStudios Mitchell Davis from RecruitKit

    Market Mentors
    Mid-Season 2 Update From Matt Dodgson

    Market Mentors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 1:30


    It's been a crazy busy year for so many of us, so I'm currently away on holiday enjoying some downtime. Hence there's no episode this week, but I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a short update on what we've got in the pipeline.Have a great week everyone and catch you soon.Market Mentors is brought to you by Matt Dodgson, Co-Founder of Market Recruitment. Market Recruitment is a recruitment agency that connects B2B Tech & SaaS businesses with top class marketers to help them grow.If you'd like to be a future guest on the Market Mentors podcast you can apply here.

    Technology Untangled
    World poverty: Is technology the great leveller?

    Technology Untangled

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 33:39


    Since 1990, the global rates of extreme poverty have gone from around 40% to around 10%, and ending World Poverty entirely by 2030 is one of the UN's Key Sustainable Development Goals, announced in 2015. However, progress is slowing, and 710 million people around the world still live in extreme poverty - currently earning below $1.90 per day. So how can technology help? In this episode, we'll be meeting some of the people and organisations aiming to eradicate poverty through the use of technology.The power of connectivityOne of the most important ways in which rural economies can grow and become more efficient and productive is to get access to communications technology. Isabelle Mauro is the Head of Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) Industries at the World Economic Forum. The WEF is the world body bringing together the public and private sectors, and has been pushing for greater co-operation between the public sector and telecoms providers to work on lifting developing communities out of hunger and poverty. The results speak for themselves: Research suggests a 10% improvement in mobile connectivity can add 1.5% to a country's GDP. The challenge is to provide a financial incentive for companies and Governments to reach out to poorer areas where the business case for connection might not be so obvious.Harnessing complex skills and technology for unconnected communitiesOne of the firms leading the charge to bring rural communities into the digital age is Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Brian Tippens is their Head of sustainability, and has been working closely with WEF and partners around the world to enable remote and disconnected communities to take advantage of HPE's experience in data and connectivity - particularly in encouraging skills sharing and industrial expertise among NGOs and other bodies. At the core of their philanthropic ambitions, however, is to allow and enable local communities to help provide their own solutions to their own problems, encouraging long-term, sustainable and useful programs of change to emerge.Getting educatedOne of the ways in which communities can be enabled to develop their own long-term solutions is through education and upskilling the population to take advantage of the opportunities offered by technology. Leading that charge is the Micro:bit Educational Foundation, which provides expandable, programmable micro-computers to schools around the world, alongside locally-led educational programs and learning resources. Gareth Stockdale is the organisations CEO and tells us that the democratisation of technology through enabling local participation is key to lifting people out of poverty, providing pathways to future skilled careers, and to enabling self-sufficiency among remote or impoverished communities. Whether it's educating children or upskilling adults to make the most of opportunities in their community and work in collaboration with international organisations, there's plenty being done to help end world poverty by 2030. Will it be enough? Time will tell. But the appetite seems to be real for long-lasting change.Key takeaways: Even small improvements to digital connectivity can have a lasting impact on local and national economic growth and resilience. Most people have the potential to get connected, and doing so can drastically improve lives in remote communities. The best way to lift the world out of poverty is through public-private partnerships which enable and upskill communities to create their own solutions and take long-term advantage of new technologies. Western organisations have a responsibility not to parachute in solutions, but to work on the ground with communities to enable them to make best use of the technology on offer, through collaboration and education. Links and resources:The UN Sustainable Development GoalsThe World Economic Forum's Edison AllianceTech Impact 2030 - How HPE is driving positive change through technologyThe micro:bit Educational FoundationThe impact of digital technology usage on economic growth in Africa - from the Elsevier Public Health Emergency CollectionBrian Tippens on LinkedInIsabelle Mauro on LinkedInGareth Stockdale on LinkedIn

    Day In-Day Out
    Michael Piggott - Life starting a start-up in tech

    Day In-Day Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 97:01


    Michael PiggottWebsite:https://lootfeed.com/LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/piggottmichael/Twitter:https://twitter.com/michael_piggottMy social media links:Podcast:https://podcast.app/day-in-day-out-p832991Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/muui23LinkedIn page:https://www.linkedin.com/company/day-in-day-out-podcast/?viewAsMember=trueYouTube:https://bit.ly/2UVszCm

    Småbolagspodden
    58. Syncro Group – “Influencer marketing växer enormt”

    Småbolagspodden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 21:29


    Syncro Groups strategi är att äga, förvalta och förädla SaaS-bolag. Målsättningen är att i ett tidigt skede identifiera och förvärva bolagen som har en överlägsen affärsstrategi och en digital plattform som kan bli ledande inom sitt affärsområde. I veckans avsnitt av Småbolagspodden gästar bolagets vd, Magnus Winterman, för att berätta om deras senaste förvärv och framtidsplaner. Avsnittet är ett betalt samarbete med Syncro Group. Småbolagspodden är podcasten om och med människorna bakom bolagen, visionerna och idéerna. Programledare: Jonathan Furelid. Småbolagspodden produceras av contentbyrån Borg Owilli.

    Marcel van Oost Connecting the dots in FinTech...
    Your Daily FinTech Podcast - June 28th, 2022

    Marcel van Oost Connecting the dots in FinTech...

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 2:50


    Sign up for my Daily Fintech or Daily Digital Banking Newsletters here. Check out my latest podcast episode below: Welcome to another episode of our Daily Fintech Podcast. THE NEWS HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY IS Klarna's UK executive Alex Marsh has hit out at Barclays for publishing a report that he called “mind-boggling” and “irresponsible”. This research explores mounting buy-now-pay-later debt levels in the UK. Barclays joined forces with debt charity StepChange to warn that 876,000 Brits could fall into financial difficulty as a result of using BNPL. JUST IN: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is facing a new class-action suit that alleges his actions involving the meme-themed cryptocurrency Dogecoin constitute a Ponzi scheme. ALSO: Digital bank Kroo has just won its full UK banking licence ahead of plans to launch personal current accounts "in the coming months". WHAT ABOUT FUNDING ROUNDS AND INVESTMENTS? SleekFlow, an Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund-backed SaaS omnichannel social commerce platform, announced that it has raised an US$8 million Series A funding round. Tapcheck Inc., an employee financial wellness and earned wage access platform announced a $20 million Series A led by PeakSpan Capital. Blockchain-based paytech Roxe is to go public via a $3.6 billion special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deal. WHAT ARE THE LATEST INSIGHTS? Thirty-nine new billion-dollar FinTech companies have emerged in the past year, making up 25% of all Unicorns

    Radio Raccoons
    S04E05 - Sam Hendrickx en Michiel Vandendriessche - Wat je van wasberen leren kan

    Radio Raccoons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 56:47


    Twee levenslange vrienden, oprichters van de Raccoons Group, maar bovenal: iemand met een panische angst voor elektrische steps en iemand met een enorme voorliefde voor elektrische steps. Opposites attract.Onlangs vroeg iemand van de Surf Studio, het innovatiehuis van KBC, of Radio Raccoons iets te maken heeft met Raccoons na een bedrijfspresentatie. Dat was voor ons een teken dat het hoog tijd was om een aflevering op te nemen waarin we het verhaal achter onze podcast uitleggen. Dat verhaal gaat zo'n 29 jaar terug in de tijd. De centrale vraag van de dag: wat doen wij naast podcasts maken?Innovatiehuis“Onze missie is om onze klanten te helpen met digitale producten te bouwen, maar dan met nieuwe technologie. Als er een probleem is en klassieke technologie kan het niet oplossen, dan kunnen we het waarschijnlijk vanuit Raccoons wel oplossen,” vertelt Sam. “Bij ons kan dat typisch met nieuwe technologieën. Als we vandaag kijken naar onze omzet en projecten, dan vloeit dat grotendeels toch voort uit artificiële intelligentie. Dat is natuurlijk in de zeer brede zin van het woord, maar daar later over,” vult Michiel aan.The origin story“Ons verhaal brengt ons ondertussen 29 jaar terug in de tijd naar het doopvont, want Michiel en ik zijn gedoopt in dezelfde misviering, groeiden een straat verder van elkaar op, gingen samen naar de middelbare en hogeschool, enzovoort. We kennen elkaar al 29 jaar en voor de start van Raccoons, ondertussen al zes jaar geleden, hebben we samen al heel wat watertjes samen doorzwommen,” vertelt Sam.Zo ontwikkelden de vrienden samen een game in de lagere school. Michiel legt uit. “Toen we 11 waren, ontwikkelden we een RPG, een tekstgebaseerd spel. Dat ging gepaard met discussies, want ik wilde het thema Lord of the Rings, en Sam wilde Warcraft. We vonden geen compromis, dus het thema werd een combinatie. De essentie: je kon puur tekstueel wapens kopen met geld en mensen aanvallen.”Ze waren zelfs pioniers in de monetisatie van het online gamen. “Wat we als elfjarigen gedaan hadden, was technologisch niet erg vooruitstrevend, maar we waren wel al bezig met monetizing en marketing. We lieten t-shirts drukken — waar we dan vier weken op moesten wachten — dus heel onze school kende het spel. Dat was ook in de TMF-tijd waar je kon smsen om ringtones te kopen. Je kon eigenlijk voor verschillende zaken bellen of smsen naar een nummer om iets te kopen. Dat hebben wij geïmplementeerd in ons spel. Je kon muntjes kopen door te bellen. Zo spoorden we alle elfjarigen aan om te bellen met de gsm's van hun ouders en zo coins te kopen,” lacht Sam.“Dat was niet geïntegreerd trouwens. Die coins kwamen niet automatisch in je account. Spelers belden, lieten dat ons weten op MSN, wij keken of dat klopte, en dan voegden wij credits toe aan hun account in onze database. We waren early adopters van het vandaag zeer bekende betaalsysteem Mollie dat toen in zijn kinderschoenen stond,” vult Michiel aan.Wat marketing betreft, vertelt Michiel, waren de t-shirts de moeite. Vanboven stond ‘BFTH' (Battle for the Honour) en daaronder stond een gigantische, copywrited orc die gescreenshot was uit een van de Lord of the Rings scènes. “Daar liepen wij dan mee rond op school om ons spel te vermarkten.”Superpowers & SkolaSam en Michiel hadden 101 ideeën, maar wat ontbrak was technische kennis. Dat veranderde toen het duo naar de universiteit ging.“Michiel is burgerlijk ingenieur gaan studeren, ik toegepaste informatica. Dat bleek een ideale combinatie om onze zotte ideeën vorm te geven. Michiel had theoretische kennis van AI, ik was als toegepaste informaticus super hands-on door bijvoorbeeld webapplicaties te ontwikkelen. Plots voelde het alsof we een soort superpower gekregen hadden waarbij we alles tastbaar konden maken door ons gewoon twee weken op te sluiten met een paar Carapilsjes,” vertelt Sam.Skola, het kunstonderwijsplatformDat opsluiten resulteerde in heel wat vreselijk slechte ideeën, maar hier en daar ontspoorden er ook enkele. “Michiel zijn vader heeft altijd in het deeltijds kunstonderwijs gestaan en ervaarde het probleem dat weinig tot niets gedigitaliseerd was. De middelbare scholen kregen Smartschool, deeltijds kunstonderwijs had niets. Wij hebben een platform gebouwd, eerst om Michiel zijn vader te helpen, maar dat heeft nadien geleid tot student-ondernemer worden, een vennootschap oprichten, de baan opgaan naar alle muziekscholen om de software te verkopen, customer support leveren, sales licenties opstellen, in de clinch liggen met Sabam en legal advice nodig hebben…”Eerste medewerkerSam en Michiel beseften in dat traject dat ze perfect hun technische skills die ze op de schoolbanken leerden konden combineren met hun gezonde appetijt voor ondernemerschap. Ze leerden veel bij op verschillende vlakken en na een tijdje kwam daar ook people management aan te pas. “We hadden een klein team nodig en meer bepaald om de software te ontwikkelen. We hadden relatief weinig tijd want we zouden full-time in de les moeten zitten, dus namen we een stagiair aan die dagelijks naar ons kantoor kwam om te ontwikkelen,” vertelt Sam.Dat kantoor? Dat was meer bepaald Michiel zijn kot van zo'n 15 vierkante meter. “Het zag er niet erg professioneel uit, maar de stagiair vond het wel ongelofelijk leuk. Het raarste moment was toen we de leerkracht op stagebezoek kregen en we die persoon niet eens een stoel konden aanbieden. We hebben hem dan maar op het bed gezet om een glaasje water te drinken en met ons te babbelen over de stagevooruitgang van de student,” lacht het duo. “Die leerkracht was wel mee met het hele startup gebeuren en waande zich al in de garage van Apple van de jaren ‘70.”Limitaties“We konden alles wat we leerden op school eindelijk in de praktijk brengen. Voor Skola bouwden we ooit een platform waar studenten notities konden delen tegen betaling. Dat werkte wel, we waren bijna bij een lancering, maar technisch hing het met haken en ogen aan elkaar. Skola was het eerste platform dat we effectief op een professionele, veilige manier draaiende hadden,” vertelt Michiel.“We zijn bij Skola tegen één limitatie aangelopen en dat was een onwaarschijnlijk waardevolle les. We hadden een heel groot deel van de markt in België die op Skola draaide, maar enerzijds is die markt zeer klein, en anderzijds heeft het deeltijds kunstonderwijs zeer weinig financiële middelen om te spenderen aan digitale producten. De schaalbaarheid van het platform was er technisch zeker, maar business-wise eigenlijk niet. Uiteindelijk hebben we het aan een van de allereerste klanten verkocht, dus het bestaat vandaag nog steeds. Ik weet niet of het nog heel intens gebruikt wordt, maar we hebben het wel netjes kunnen afronden,” besluit Sam.Tweede ‘zot' idee: Ellie WatchAl snel stond er een tweede idee in de steigers. Sam en Michiel wilden een wearable ontwikkelen die de features had om senioren langer thuis te laten wonen. “We wilden door middel van een AI model detecteren wanneer mensen vielen, puur door de sensoren die rond de pols zaten.” Michiel pikt in: “Sam kwam dan naar mij en vroeg of ik zo'n algoritme kon bouwen. Ik kreeg toen het vak machine learning, maar dat was een pak primitiever dan vandaag. Dat was in 2015. We mogen dat niet vergelijken met de beschikbaarheid van AI vandaag.”Het duo begon te bouwen. Voor in die tijd liep dat eigenlijk goed, maar toen hadden de twee data nodig om het algoritme te trainen. Hoe gedragen de sensoren zich wanneer iemand valt of net niet valt? “Daarvoor hebben we onszelf vaak laten vallen: op matrassen, op de grond, … Op alle mogelijk manieren. Op een bepaald punt beseften we dat als je weet dat je gaat vallen, je anders valt dan wanneer het onverwacht is. Na een tijd beslisten we om elkaar op random momenten te duwen. Uiteindelijk was dat allemaal data die we gebruikten,” lacht Michiel.“In die tijd stonden we op een innovatiebeurs van Surf Studio met een demo. Simpel gesteld was dat een gigantische matras die we op de grond legden en een grote display waarop stond ‘train our AI algorithm'. Heel veel personen kwamen kijken wat dat net was en iedereen begon daar dus te vallen. Zo zagen ze de nauwkeurigheid van het model beter worden, vlak voor hun ogen, en konden ze het concept van machine learning zeer praktisch in werking zien.”Craftworkz, waar het écht begonNa het prototype van de horloge te maken, beseften Sam en Michiel dat ze zeer goed zijn in high-level ideeën ook effectief tastbaar te maken op korte tijd. Zo ontstond het idee van Craftworkz. “We wilden prototyping as a serviceaanbieden. Dat betekende dat we prototypes met machine learning bouwden voor andere bedrijven. Zo konden we ideeën tastbaar maken en valideren.”Sam en Michiel gingen van start in 2016 met nog twee andere personen. Om snel en goed te kunnen prototypen, heb je enerzijds een diverse kennis van technologie nodig, maar anderzijds vergt het een speciale manier van werken. “Als kersverse afgestudeerden, waren wij het gewoon om onze taken zo ver mogelijk vooruit te schuiven. Dat maakte dat we soms maar een paar weken hadden om een project aan te vliegen. Als student ontwikkel je daar een eigenzinnige manier voor om in een korte tijdspanne iets te fabriceren waarvan je niet geloofde dat het zou kunnen. Die mindset hebben we vanaf het begin altijd voor onze projecten gebruikt. In een paar weken konden we een idee omzetten in iets tastbaar. Dat was de wauw-factor.”Zo maakten ze een virtuele assistent waarnaar je de ingrediënten in je koelkast kon sturen en je een volwaardig recept terug kreeg, of een sensor die bussen kan volgen. Zo'n projecten vertaalden zich in een tijdspanne van 6 tot 8 weken en budgetten van rond de tienduizend euro, terwijl bedrijven meestal zeer lange trajecten aangaan en talent moeten aantrekken om een nieuwe technologie aan te snijden. Nu niet meer dus.“Het was nodig om weg te gaan van theoretische talks en de zaken tastbaar te maken. Dat sloeg ook aan, want ik was nog mijn laatste examens aan het afleggen en Sam stuurde een berichtje: ‘ik heb het eerste project verkocht, we moeten het volgende week opleveren.' Eén probleem: ik moest nog even studeren. Ik ben dan na mijn examen vertrokken naar kantoor en ben meteen beginnen werken,” vertelt Michiel. “Dat was een eerste chatbotproject, wat toen nog heel nieuw was, zelfs volledig voice enabled.”Nieuwe medewerkers“Craftworkz werd groter en Michiel en ik stonden steeds vaker op het podium om te evangeliseren en wij namen een meer commerciële rol op ons. Dat zorgde ervoor dat er minder ontwikkelkracht was, waardoor we op zoek gingen naar een nieuwe medewerker,” vertelt Sam. “Ik herinnerde mij een studiegenoot die geschikt leek,” lacht Michiel. Wie? Onze podcasthost, Deevid!“Ik kreeg een shady Facebook Messenger berichtje,” lacht Deevid. “Ik heb de trein naar Leuven genomen met de verwachting dat het een reusachtig bedrijf van 70 verdiepingen zou zijn. Uiteindelijk werd ik aan het station opgehaald door twee mannen in een Mini Cooper om dan naar een quasi leeg gebouw gebracht te worden. In het midden van de verdieping stonden een viertal tafels. De eerste impressies waren nogal wisselvallig, maar een corporate office zag ik ook niet zitten. Misschien was het totaal tegenovergestelde wel iets voor mij,” vertelt Deevid.“Ik herinner mij dat wij niet voorbereid waren. Wij hadden geen vragen en vroegen ons af wat er typisch gevraagd werd in een sollicitatiegesprek. Zeker omdat we zelf nooit aan de andere kant hadden gezeten. We zijn na school rechtstreeks met Craftworkz gestart, dus we hadden echt geen idee. Moesten we complexe Google-achtige levensvraagstukken stellen? Moesten we technische vragen stellen?” herinnert Michiel zich.Deevid was nummer één, daarna zijn Dries en Pieter-Jan gevolgd en zo is het verhaal van Craftworkz echt gelanceerd. “We zijn redelijk snel naar 20 mensen gegroeid. We zijn vooral voortgestuwd door word-of-mouth. Wij waren bij wijze van spreken de mensen die bij een klant aankwamen en ons koffertje met demo's opendeden.”“Ik herinner mij dat Sam altijd de small talk moest doen zodat ik mijn demo's - denk aan een Pepper robot, Alexa, Google home - kon klaarzetten. Dat was een showke dat helemaal voorbereid was,” vertelt Michiel. “Mijn technisch diploma werd inderdaad snel gereduceerd naar: maak eens een mopke terwijl ik alle technische dingen doe,” lacht Sam.Verclusteren naar RaccoonsHet baanbrekende van machine learning viel na een tijdje weg omdat het begrip steeds gekender werd. “We voelden dat het verhaal van prototyping niet meer voldoende was, zeker omdat klanten de prototypes goed vonden en ze verder wilden uitrollen. Daar hadden we de organisatie en ook de naam niet voor. Craftworkz was het prototyping bedrijf en we konden niet makkelijk aan klanten verkopen dat we end-to-end projecten konden opleveren,” vertelt Michiel.Craftworkz maakte een plan om zich te herstructureren. Zo werd het bedrijf uitgesplitst in een aantal andere bedrijven die dan op zichzelf een eigen brand in de markt konden zetten. Zo hebben we bedrijven rond JavaScript consultancy, artificiële intelligentie, chatbots, … en om dat als één geheel in de markt te zetten is daar het verhaal van Raccoons boven gekomen.“Het leuke is dat ons model berust op mensen die zin hebben om te ondernemen. Er is voor elk bedrijf iemand gekomen die er zijn kindje van kan maken. Vandaag bestaat Raccoons uit 60 mensen en kunnen we de markt van veel meer bedienen dan alleen prototypes. Soms gebruiken we het nog wel om iets te bewijzen, maar vandaag helpen wij klanten met het bepalen van hun digitale, innovatieve strategie,” vertelt Sam.“Stel, een klant komt naar ons om hun digitale strategie aan te grijpen. Wij hebben service designers en digitale strategen die nadenken hoe we al die technologieën daarin kunnen verweven — gaande van chatbots tot AI systemen die bepaalde patronen analyseren. Wij kunnen met de klant meedenken en dat end-to-end bouwen van concept tot uitrollen en verdere begeleiding daarvan.”RetrospectiveHamburgers voor €335Wat is het meest memorabele moment in hun carrière? “Wat ik nooit ga vergeten is dat we met het team in Wenen naar de eerste chatbotconferentie in de wereld gingen. We gingen met het volledige bedrijf — de volledige vijf mensen — in een BMW 1-serie naar Wenen, huurden daar een AirBnB en dat was een onwaarschijnlijke ervaring. Dat was ongelofelijk inspirerend,” vertelt Sam.Michiel vult aan: “Ik weet dat ik heel fier stond de zwaaien met de eerste corporate creditcard die we hadden aangevraagd om betalingen te doen in het buitenland. De allereerste betaling die ik heb gedaan waren hamburgers in een wegrestaurant en in plaats van €33,5 heeft de kassierster €335 ingegeven. We hadden dus veel geld betaald voor een paar hamburgers — oeps.”“Die uitstap staat in schril contrast met de voorbereiding voor ons teamweekend van dit jaar, waar we met 60 mensen op stap gingen,” vergelijkt Sam.Volvo“Nog een memorabel moment is het Volvo-project, iets dat bij veel mensen is bijgebleven. Voor het autosalon van 2018 hebben we een auto omgetoverd zodat die een sollicitatiegesprek kon afnemen. De toen nieuwe Volvo S90 werd de Volvo HR90. We hebben die auto volgegooid met technologie. De boordcomputer was er in de fabriek uitgehaald en vervangen door een tablet zodat we die volledig konden besturen. We hadden heel de boordcomputer nagebouwd zodat de interface eruit zag en de gebruiker gewoon met de auto kon praten,” vertelt Michiel.Die auto kon alles: analyseren welke kleren je aanhebt, je glimlach detecteren, en het gesprek daarop aanpassen. Heel dat systeem draaide in de koffer van de wagen op een computer omdat we een betrouwbare internetverbinding nodig hadden. “Dat idee kwam minder dan zes weken voor de start van het autosalon naar ons. Dat was een ongelofelijke uitdaging. We hebben toen een sfeer op kantoor gezien die gewoon echt cool was. Toen was dat heel stresserend, maar achteraf gezien ook een ongelofelijk leuke tijd. Developers kwamen hier aan met een slaapzak, chips en cola, en deden een nachtje door om het tot een goed einde te brengen.”Natuurlijk sloeg het noodlot toe toen alles bijna af was. “Op het autosalon kwam iemand van de kuisploeg met een spuitbus met alcoholspray de auto's afkuisen — die auto's moeten blinken uiteraard — maar de ventilator van de computer in de koffer had die spray naar binnen getrokken en plots kwam er rook uit. We moesten er opnieuw een hele set-up zetten. Toch blijft het een van de zotste projecten dat we hebben gerealiseerd.”“Het is supermelig om te zeggen dat we een familie zijn, maar ergens is het wel zo. Iedereen hangt hard aan elkaar en dat reflecteert zich ook in de projecten die we willen opleveren. Iedereen zit hier met veel zin om innovatieve producten te bouwen.”Hedendaagse way of workingVandaag loopt onze planning gestroomlijnder en is onze manier van werken geprofessionaliseerd. “Toch denk ik dat er soms wel eens mensen snakken naar een nachtje doordoen,” lacht Deevid. Alle project managers, analysten, en product owners die vandaag rondlopen bij Raccoons zorgen ervoor dat projecten veel makkelijker lopen.“Toch kruipen we soms nog eens samen in een kot. Enkele maanden geleden organiseerden we een 24-uur-durende hackathon samen met OH Leuven. Er worden twee vaten bier aangesloten en we verzinnen ideeën en hacken dan iets in elkaar voor OHL. We doen nog steeds dat studentikoze ten gepaste tijden, maar dat gaat gepaard met een professionele delivery-capaciteit om grootschalige projecten te bouwen en opleveren. Die balans zoeken is een grote shift geweest voor ons bedrijf,” vertelt Sam.“Na een tijd moet je veel meer in processen gieten. Dat is nodig als het bedrijf groeit. We moeten naar onze klanten toe professionele en goede producten ontwikkelen. Door die zaken meer na de uren te organiseren — zoals bijvoorbeeld die hackathon — gaan we niemand verplichten om dat mee te doen op een vrijdagavond, maar uiteindelijk zijn er wel 30 personen die dat enorm graag doen. De mentaliteit die er leeft maakt het interessant,” vertelt Michiel.Lessons learnedLessen die het duo heeft geleerd uit het echte leven (en niet uit een boek), zijn natuurlijk talrijk. “Er zijn leuke momenten zoals mensen aannemen, maar er zijn natuurlijk ook minder leuke momenten zoals slechtnieuwsgesprekken. In een boek kan je lezen wat de beste approach is, maar het blijft inherent moeilijk,” vertelt Sam. “Dat zijn dingen die je wel leert om het beter aan te voelen en sterker te staan,” vult Michiel aan.“De shift die ik bij ons heb gezien is van technologiebedrijf naar oplossingsbedrijf. Als ik met studenten spreek, dan geef ik ze als tip om niet teveel te fixeren op de technologie. Vroeger focusten we met Brainjar op machine learning, maar helemaal niet op wie de potentiële klanten en hun problemen waren,” vertelt Deevid.“Dat is inderdaad een van de grote verschillen. We vertrekken vanuit een uitdaging en dat is hoe heel onze organisatie is opgebouwd. We kijken naar klanten die bepaalde uitdagingen hebben, waarvan wij geloven dat nieuwe technologieën, zonder ze meteen al te noemen, oplossingen zou kunnen bieden,” antwoordt Michiel.Wat we dan typisch doen, is een traject uitstippelen met de klant waar we naar de uitdagingen kijken en dan pas kijken naar het technologieverhaal. “Wat wij dan als voordeel hebben is ons klein leger aan developers die alle soorten technologie kunnen implementeren. We blijven bouwers en dat moet ook de core blijven van Raccoons, maar doordat we nu ook het strategische en analytische gedeelte doen, kunnen we de klant end-to-end bedienen, waar we dat vroeger nog niet konden,” vertelt Michiel.Hedendaagse projecten en productenTVH Equipment“Binnen Raccoons doen we veel evangelisatie. Recent hebben we The Bar opgericht, waar wij en onze klanten spreken over technologie in een bepaalde sector. Zo kwam TVH Equipment op onze eerste editie vertellen over een project dat we samen met hen doen. Wat we bij hen doen is een toepassing waar we vijf jaar geleden nooit aan gedacht zouden hebben. Ze kwamen met een hele hoop bestellingen — ongestructureerde data — en het was een enorm repetitieve taak om dat te verwerken. Het kostte veel geld en mentale tijd van hun mensen,” vertelt Sam.Ondertussen hebben we een AI-oplossing gebouwd en geïntegreerd in de systemen van TVH Equipment, en rollen we die oplossing ook internationaal uit. Een perfect voorbeeld van een breed en groot project dat we bij Raccoons aanpakken.Oswald en Klassif.ai“We zijn ook heel goed in alles wat met chatbottechnologie te maken heeft; zo hebben we ons eigen product, Oswald, een SaaS-platform waarin je zelf chatbots kan ontwikkelen. Wat we ook veel doen is daar services rond ontwikkelen en mee met de klant denken of ze wel een chatbot nodig hebben,” vertelt Michiel. “Meestal vinden ze zo'n chatbot leuk, maar is het niet meteen de oplossing voor het probleem. We hebben een klant gehad die een chatbot wilde, maar door te analyseren hebben we ontdekt dat een chatbot het probleem niet ging oplossen. Toen zijn we naar semantic search gaan kijken.”Vandaag is Oswald een uitgebreid platform met een user interface. Deevid herinnert zich nog de eerste chatbot die hij programmeerde in een command line-tool. “Die had een leuke functionaliteit voor de exit: er waren tien manieren om het programma te laten crashen en zo konden we het afsluiten.” Nu is dat programma dus geëvolueerd naar iets dat zelfs niet-technische mensen kunnen gebruiken.“Dat is waar we met Raccoons uniek gepositioneerd zijn. We komen heel vroeg in aanraking met nieuwe, innovatieve technologieën en bouwen oplossingen voor problemen. We zien dat er één klant een chatbot wil, dan een andere, en nog één… Daarvoor bouwen we dan steeds verder op hetzelfde en zo zien we dat er een product uit voortkomt. Oswald was vroeger 100 lijnen code dat bediend werd via een zwart schermpje met groene letters op, waar het vandaag een SaaS-platform is dat door veel bedrijven gebruikt wordt,” vertelt Sam.“Ook bij TVH Equipment zien we dat die orderverwerkingsproblematiek niet uniek is. Dat komt bij veel bedrijven voor: er is nog geen oplossing voor bedrijven om die complexiteit van ongestructureerde orderverwerking op te lossen. We zien die nood en bouwen dus een product. Vandaag is dat Klassif.ai geworden, waar bijvoorbeeld Van Marcke ook mee werkt. Het feit dat we vroeg in een uitdaging zitten bij klanten, daardoor zien we de mogelijkheid om hetzelfde nog veel vaker te doen.”“Het is een kwestie van de grootste gemene deler te zoeken bij verschillende projecten,” vertelt Michiel. “Als we die vinden, en die deler is groot genoeg, dan kunnen we effectief gaan productizen. Maar we blijven uiteraard een servicebedrijf in essentie; heel vaak is het maatwerk en het gros van de klanten heeft een specifiek probleem.”1 + 1 = 3“Het is meeblijven met alle trends die er zijn. We hebben mensen die een extreem brede kijk hebben op technologie en wat er kan. Breng die mensen in contact met klanten met uitdagingen en dan wordt 1 + 1 soms 3,” lacht Sam. “Sorry voor alle clichés!”“Vroeger gingen we naar klanten om te vertellen wat er allemaal kon met technologie. Wat we hebben geleerd, is luisteren. Wat zijn de uitdagingen? Daar de domeinkennis opnemen en zo kunnen we gerichter naar oplossingen zoeken in plaats van als een bom binnen te vallen en alle bestaande technologieën te laten zien,” vertelt Michiel.“Zo kwam een klant naar ons met de vraag om aan innovatie te doen. Ze wisten dat ze moesten digitaliseren, maar ze wisten niet hoe. Wij weten natuurlijk ook de oplossing niet, want wij zijn geen specialisten in hun domein. We hebben ze een week uitgenodigd in ons kantoor, een service design-traject gedaan, en daar is een moonshot idee uitgekomen; een soort visie voor de toekomst. Nu gaan we stapsgewijs naar die moonshot toebouwen tot we er zijn. Dat is een ideale manier om in co-creatie samen te werken met klanten,” volgens Sam.What's next?“Heel veel wat we doen is evangelisatie. Het is ook aan ons — als we innovatief willen blijven — om dat pionierswerk te doen. Zo verdiept Deevid zich in quantum computing, maar daar is vandaag, cru gezegd, geen euro mee te verdienen. Wij gaan wel met onderzoekscentra in gesprek, praten met experts, hebben er zelfs een podcastaflevering over (S02E01) en we bereiden ons voor om bedrijven die geïmpacteerd zullen worden, te kunnen helpen. In het begin zijn dat voorbereidende talks, tot misschien zelfs prototypes maken, enzovoort,” vertelt Sam.“Zo is er ook Solid. De mensen die fan zijn van Radio Raccoons, hebben ongetwijfeld de aflevering met Ruben Verborgh en Esther De Loof beluisterd. Zo niet, Solid is een technologie waarbij je je persoonlijke data in een datakluisje kan steken en delen met online diensten. Dat is iets waar de Vlaamse Overheid nu ook op inzet. We zien dat al vroeg op ons afkomen en vanaf dan voelen we dat we moeten investeren met Raccoons. Het past helemaal in het verhaal dat we met Raccoons willen brengen, dus we hebben meteen mensen gezocht die kennis willen opbouwen van Solid. Nu zijn we de eerste projecten aan het uitwerken rond die technologie. De boodschap is dus om er vroeg bij te zijn,” sluit Michiel af.https://youtu.be/R7doZopu3Q4

    LawNext
    Ep 167: Thine Founder Sang Lee on How Algorithm-based Assessments Help Law Firms Make Better and Less-Biased Hiring Decisions

    LawNext

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 56:10


    Sang Lee believes that algorithm-based assessments can help law firms make better, more ethical and less-biased decisions when hiring associates and laterals. The SaaS company she founded in 2019, Thine, leverages custom hiring algorithms and industrial and organizational (IO) psychology to create assessments that it says can reduce inconsistencies in how law firms evaluate candidates, promote equity, and create pathways to greater diversity. A research report commissioned by Thine last year found that there is a widely held belief among legal professionals that traditional recruiting processes are stale and limiting. Having spent more than 20 years working in legal recruiting and coaching, Lee has clear ideas about why that is so, how assessments can help reimagine the recruiting process, and what else law firms should do to improve their hiring and retention and achieve a more diverse workforce.  Lee was an associate at LeBoeuf Lamb in 1998 when she pivoted into recruiting. In 2004, she founded her own attorney search firm, and then in 2013, founded Volta Talent Strategies, where she continues to provide talent-related coaching, training, and consulting to law firms. A first-generation Korean-American, Lee was named to the Fastcase 50 in 2021 and to the Global Top 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting by Lawdragon in 2021. In 2019, she was honored by the Girls Scouts Council of Greater New York as a Woman of Distinction.   Thank You To Our Sponsors This episode of LawNext is generously made possible by our sponsors. We appreciate their support and hope you will check them out.  Paradigm, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. If you enjoy listening to LawNext, please leave us a review wherever you listen to podcasts.

    The Tech Talk for Accountants Show
    Judie McCarthy - Client Hub and Frictionless Workflows & SaaS

    The Tech Talk for Accountants Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 1:53


    Co-Founder of Clienthub - A one-of-a-kind, web-based, client collaboration tool that takes communication out of cluttered email inboxes and into a secure, firm branded workspace. We are changing the way that accounting professionals work with their clients. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rush-tech-support/message

    Chief Executive Connector
    Ep 179 | How To Harness Gen Z Talent w/ Connor Swalm

    Chief Executive Connector

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 70:53


    Gen Z is the lifeblood of native digital thinking in the workforce, and the sooner you incorporate them into leadership roles, the quicker your company will be future-proofed.But it's hard to find a bonafide already formed within such a young generation.That's why when I got to know Connor Swalm, a 26 year-old running a profitable SaaS platform, building a great culture, and developing business through community building, I knew he had to be on the show!We discussed  about:- Why people his age prefer to be lead with context and how to measure their success differently - The importance of workplace culture in his generation, and how to handle the bad apple- How to business development through relationship building works so well for him while still holding a high standard of fiscal responsibility- and much more!This call showed the value of cross generational mentorship, and reminds you it goes both ways.  Don't miss listening  Connor before he becomes the next great tech founder!Come be a part of the show!https://tinyurl.com/B2BCBSeason5Connect with Connor!On his  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/connor-swalm/ Connect with ME!Learn to produce internet talk shows and build your own Relationship Flywheel. Find out more about the Bootcamp HERE.Also, I'd love it if you connected with me on LinkedIn or Instagram.Or shoot me an email at youshould@connectwithpablo.com with the "Heard B2B's Connor Swalm" in subject.This that's a genius email address?  Me too, but I didn't come up with it.  It was the idea of my good friend, and super talented web designer, Nathan Ruff.If you want your website redone, updated, and managed with unlimited updates for just $250/month (CRAZY GOOD DEAL RIGHT??), go to Manage My Website and hookup with one of the smartest, most talented guys I've ever met- THE Nathan Ruff.Support the show

    Cloud Security Podcast by Google
    EP72 What Does Good Detection and Response Look Like in the Cloud? Insights from Expel MDR

    Cloud Security Podcast by Google

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 32:04


    Guests: Dave “Merk” Merkel, CEO @ Expel Peter Silberman,  CTO @ Expel Topics: Many MDRs claim to be “security from the cloud”, but they actually don't know much about cloud security. What does good looks like for MDR in the cloud (cloud being a full range from IaaS to SaaS)? What are the key challenges for clients picking an MDR for their cloud environments?  What are the questions to ask your potential MDR? Do clients want the same security outcomes done in the cloud vs on-premise?   Does it mean that MSSP/MDR capabilities must be different for good coverage of the cloud?  Is MDR technology different for Cloud detection and response as opposed to on-prem D&R?  How do you communicate with clients about the importance and value of cloud specific detection vs detection for endpoints running in the cloud?  What are the top threats against client cloud environments that you see, detect and protect from? Which clouds (IaaS?) are easiest for MDR to protect? What makes them easier to handle than the other Clouds? Resources: Who Does What In Cloud Threat Detection? How to Think about Threat Detection in the Cloud Cattle vs Pets reminder Expel Blog - Incident report: Spotting an attacker in GCP  Expel Great eXpeltations 2022: Cybersecurity trends and predictions Expel Quarterly Threat Report: Q1 2022

    Cloud Security Today
    Matt joins a startup

    Cloud Security Today

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 22:31


    This episode of the Cloud Security Today podcast is a little different from the others because this time host Matthew Chiodi gives the interviewer's seat over to Yousuf Khan and they talk about an exciting new development in Matt's career.Matt announces a big career move and talks about how he's hoping to fix some of the biggest problems in SaaS security today. He tells Yousuf about his new role and the fresh approach that his new company is bringing to the field. At the end of the episode, they discuss working in a start-up environment and give advice to anyone considering working in a start-up.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe, or follow Cloud Security Today wherever you get your podcasts.Timestamps[0:28] Matt introduces the topic for today's episode[1:50] Exciting news from Matt about his latest career move[5:10] Matt explains one of the biggest challenges in app security today[7:25] How have we managed app security up to now?[9:20] So how does Cerby work?[11:32] Matt's new role at Cerby and an outline of his first few months[12:50] Why Matt likes working in a start-up environment[14:05] How Matt became interested in Cerby[16:20] What's next for Cerby?[18:10] The advice that Matt would give to anyone looking to join a start-up[20:40] Yousuf adds his thoughts about working for a start-upEpisode LinksRidge VenturesYousuf Khan's Linkedin ProfileCerby's websiteMatt's Linkedin Profile

    Just Go Grind with Justin Gordon
    #332: Yassamine Ebadat of Vityl, on Building Belonging, Hiring Tech Talent, Fundraising Advice, and Community-Based Organic Sales

    Just Go Grind with Justin Gordon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 28:09


    Yassamine Ebadat is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vityl, an employee engagement SaaS solution designed to foster a foundational culture of belonging and drive stronger business performance. Vityl leverages machine learning to connect survey data to automated goals and nudges that inspire greater feelings of acceptance, recognition and connection in the workplace. Vityl was founded by a team of human capital consultants with an acute understanding of their users' pain points. With experience guiding landmark companies through organizational transformations, they saw an opportunity to deliver a simple solution to complex culture challenges. Prior to Vityl, Yassamine brought HR leadership experience and strong communication skills to her advisory work with clients as a Partner at Greater Human Capital. Previously, she served as the Director of People and Culture at Echo Energy in Oklahoma City, where she led the HR department; optimized recruiting, onboarding, and performance management processes; and served as a strategic advisor to the C-suite. She has also worked in employee engagement, social impact, and communications at JPMorgan Chase, Macmillan Publishers, and Publicis Groupe. Yassamine earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from The George Washington University. Topics Covered by Yassamine Ebadat in this Episode How Vityl is transforming how people build culture together while growing individually Vityl's origin story and Yassamine's journey to becoming a founder Developing Vityl's big vision Product development for Vityl's platform Getting their first users and launching beta testing Yassamine's first experience fundraising Yassamine's advice on fundraising for other founders Navigating the advice of others while trusting your gut Growing Vityl's team, hiring technical talent as a non-technical founder, and being deliberate about culture-building Vityl's evolving business model and pricing Vityl's GTM strategy Their community-based organic approach to sales Leading with persona vs. product What's on the horizon for Vityl Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212

    Silver Fox Entrepreneurs - the maturepreneur show
    Trailer: How a construction SaaS B2BTech brand is being built, with Surendra Singh

    Silver Fox Entrepreneurs - the maturepreneur show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 1:30


    Building a brand just online is not that easy. But this company, ViAct, a Construction Management Software, made it look very easy and simple. In this episode, Surendra Singh, ViAct's Marketing and Public Relations Lead, shares how their company built a brand online through SaaS marketing, and how they #getnoticed and got a 2-million dollar investment deal.Surendra also shares how ViAct can help construction companies, not just to monitor their operations, but to #getnoticed as well. He also explains how they are being noticed through their brand ambassadors, acquiring client feedback, sharing organically on social media and partnerships, and how they are contributing to ESG. Surendra also mentioned DingTalk, which is a communication tool they mainly use within all of their teams in 50 different locations.Post-production, transcript and show notes by XCD Virtual AssistantsBuild responsive quizzesGenerate higher quality, higher converting leadsVidyard - Use Video In Your EmailsVidyard is the easiest way to record and send videos that build personal connections.AI Writer - Content writing made easierGenerate Accurate, Relevant & Quality Content in 2 MinutesPeppertype - Virtual Content AssistantGenerate better content copies in seconds.If you want to know how to get noticed this show is for you. I have interviews, tools, tips, everything that an entrepreneur could need in order to help their organization to get noticed for free. Thank you for joining me on the unnoticed show.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEPlease rate the show here.

    Show Me The Nuggets
    6 Core Things That an Agency Needs Part 4 - The Packaging

    Show Me The Nuggets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 9:45


    In part 4 of the 6 Core Things That an Agency Needs, Joe discusses the importance of creating a package that will provide immediate results and the long-term ROI clients seek. Joe will also walk you through how to stage out fulfillment that ensures your margins and avoids the potential points of indifference with your clients.

    Crypto Current
    Linda Lu on why Oasis Network is the leading privacy-enabled and scalable layer-1 blockchain network

    Crypto Current

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 36:22


    Linda Lu, the Director of Ecosystem at Oasis, leads cross functional teams such as Product, Marketing, Community, Business Development, and Partnerships. Prior to joining Oasis in 2019, Linda worked for 8 years in capital markets and early-stage venture capital. In early-stage VC, her investment focus was in SaaS, developer tools and blockchain/crypto infrastructure. A graduate from Columbia Business School with a MBA degree, Linda has also worked with hedge fund and investment management firms covering internet, hardware and software sectors. Links: Website: https://oasisprotocol.org/ (https://oasisprotocol.org/)  Twitter: https://twitter.com/oasisprotocol?lang=en (https://twitter.com/oasisprotocol?lang=en)  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/oasisprotocol/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/oasisprotocol/) *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Current. You should not treat any opinion expressed by Richard as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy but only as an expression of his opinion. This podcast is for informational purposes only.  ~ Put your Bitcoin and Ethereum to work. Earn up to 12% interest back with https://get.tantralabs.io/earn/?utm_source=cryptocurrent&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=advertising-display-cryptocurrent&utm_content=lp (Tantra Labs)  ~ New to crypto? Check out our https://bit.ly/394YKFw (Crypto for Beginners )Step-by-Step Guide to Crypto Investing ~  Follow us on https://bit.ly/3CPwepn (Youtube), http://bit.ly/2TRIArp (Twitter), http://bit.ly/38yfrqo (Instagram), http://bit.ly/39DhpHi (Facebook), http://bit.ly/38wsXL5 (LinkedIn), & https://bit.ly/3yQ30Es (Tik Tok)  ~  Want to make ~$25+ a month for FREE? Sign up to get a FREE https://www.emrit.io/?referral=cryptocurrent (emrit.io) https://www.emrit.io/?referral=cryptocurrent (Coolspot )today!  ~  Want to learn more about cryptocurrency? Check out our https://bit.ly/2CbaYzw (educational) https://bit.ly/2CbaYzw (videos )today!  ~ https://bit.ly/2TF3Gtb (Swan )is the easiest and most affordable way to accumulate Bitcoin with automatic recurring purchases. Start your plan today and get $10 of free Bitcoin dropped into your account.  ~ Want access to cool crypto/blockchain projects that you can use immediately? Check out our https://bit.ly/3eZ8J1E (partnerships page)! ~  Looking to attend a cryptocurrency or blockchain event? Check out our https://bit.ly/2ZVCV8f (events page)!  ~ Tune in on https://bit.ly/2CN9bl1 (Crypto Current TV )throughout the week for a 24/7 crypto stream on the latest action on crypto markets, news, and interviews with the industry's top experts!  ~ Enjoying our podcast? Please leave us a 5 star review http://bit.ly/2Is3iJ9 (here!)  ~  Stay up to date with the latest news in cryptocurrency by opting-in to our http://bit.ly/2xmkKfQ (newsletter)! You will receive daily emails (M-S) that are personalized and curated content specific to you and your interests, powered by artificial intelligence.  ~ We were featured as one of the http://bit.ly/2vRAGGl (Top 25 Cryptocurrency Podcasts )and one of the http://bit.ly/33cnus9 (16 Best Cryptocurrency Podcasts in 2020).  ~  Are you an accredited investor looking to invest in cryptocurrency? Check out http://bit.ly/2IrKABr (Crescent City Capita)l.  ~  Earn Interest. Receive Loans. Trade Crypto. Start Today! Learn more about how you can https://bit.ly/38Ezc3s (sign up for Blockfi)  ~ Want to be on our show or know someone who should? http://bit.ly/38ufSC8 (Contact us )today!  ~  We hope you are enjoying our cryptocurrency and blockchain educational content! We greatly appreciate...

    Future of Tech
    The Future of Backup and Disaster Recovery, Curtis Preston, Chief Technical Evangelist, Druva

    Future of Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 56:43


    With the increase of cyberthreats, how are backup and recovery techniques rising to the challenge?   Today's guest is W. Curtis Preston, the Chief Technical Evangelist at the data protection and management provider Druva. Also known in the industry as “Mr. Backup,” Curtis' nearly 30 years of experience working in backup and recovery make him one of the foremost experts in the field.   On this episode of Future of Tech, Curtis talks in depth about the evolution of backup technology over the years and sheds light on what new challenges have arisen in the era of virtualization.   He also offers some candid advice to anyone interested in entering the backup industry, and it may not be what you'd expect. Enjoy the episode.    Main Takeaways: The History of Backup: Drawing from nearly 30 years of experience, Curtis outlines the evolution of backup technology – from “tape” to the cloud – and the challenges that have arisen along the way. Though the industry has changed over the course of his career, he suggests that the challenging nature of the work has always been consistent.  The New Cyberattack Threat: Curtis describes that before the cloud, the damage to data centers was caused by temporary threats like fires, floods, and hurricanes. He explains that with the advent of the cloud came a new industry foe: cyberattackers. He asserts that containing cyber threats can be difficult because they persist throughout the recovery process. Despite cyber threats, Curtis insists that “virtualization and cloud both have allowed us to make all compute much more available [and] much more resilient in general than it was when I joined the industry.”  The Future of the Backup Business: According to Curtis, advancements in backup technology and design have lowered the demand for specialists in the field. He suggests that those interested in entering the industry should aim their attention toward “the cybersecurity element” which, he claims, “is going to be nothing but a growth industry.”   Key Quotes: [07:31] “The problem the last year or two has been cyberattacks specifically against backups. Historically, ‘backups' was in the corner and nobody really thought about it, and certainly neither did the cyberattacker. Cyberattackers are not new, but the idea of someone in the cyberspace directly targeting your backups to either use them to steal data, to exfiltrate data and use it to attack your company, to hold your data for ransom in that way, or to encrypt them in the same way that they encrypt the primary so that you then have to pay the ransom [is].” [21:04] “The idea that you could have an RTO – a recovery time objective – of 20 minutes for thousands of VMs is, I think, phenomenal… When you go back… I was at a bank with, I'm going to say, we had like four or five hundred servers. The idea of recovering those four or five hundred servers in anything less than a couple of weeks would be unheard of. Now, if all those servers are virtualized using the cloud and advanced technology, you can recover your entire environment in 15 to 20 minutes and only lose about an hour's worth of data.” [23:25] “Let's go back to... [the year] 2000… I'd been in IT for seven years at this point. What we thought about was hurricanes and floods and earthquakes and fires. What all of those have in common is [that] when the event has destroyed your data center, the thing that destroyed your data center is now gone. The fire has been put out, the flood has receded, the hurricane has moved on, et cetera. With a cyber recovery, that isn't the case. You need to recover your data center in the middle of the hurricane. The hurricane is still hitting your data center, meaning… the cyber attack is ongoing.” [26:38] “I will take the security of the average cloud vendor or the average SaaS vendor over the security of the average data center any day of the week. I'm not saying you can't have better security or good security in a data center. I'm just saying that for the cloud it's do-or-die. If they don't have a solid cybersecurity plan, they basically go out of business.” [40:29] “What has driven the backup design, I'd say more than anything, is that the things that we're backing up keep changing… So, that's why I'm saying VMware messed it up, the cloud, messed it up, [and] the latest thing to mess things up has been Kubernetes and containers… That again turned backup on its head and everybody's playing catch-up.”

    Action and Ambition
    Simplifying, Optimizing, and Automating The Blockchain Ecosystem

    Action and Ambition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 29:38


    Welcome to another episode of The Action and Ambition Podcast! Joining us today is Chris Kern, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fernhill Corp, a diversified technology holding company that has interests in and seeks to acquire, build and develop software, service businesses, and marketplaces in the digital asset and blockchain industry that are meant to simplify, automate and optimize the activities in mining, minting, trading and managing digital assets of any kind. Chris has deep expertise in Telecommunications, Internet Services, Mobility, Blockchain, FinTech, Financial Services, SaaS, and Digital Media & Marketing. Tune in to learn more!

    Sales and Marketing Built Freedom
    Binging on Customer Reaction to Build Staggering Growth in The Channel Tech Space with Daniel Graff-Radford of Allbound: a Partner Relationship Platform

    Sales and Marketing Built Freedom