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Hear from those at the forefront of tech and business worlds, cultural icons and influencers, and key global leaders to tackle the world’s most pressing issues, and you can listen in here - all on The Next Stage Podcast
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Michael Le is a social media dancing sensation with more than 50 million followers on TikTok. He now has sights set on gaming and esports. Whether your interests lie in marketing, or in becoming an influencer, Michael has built an enormous following and holds some of the answers to success. In this episode of The Next Stage, Michael Le answers a host of questions both from our moderator and a live audience, and offers his tips to unlocking online success. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
As the scale of the climate change crisis sets in, it’s clear that solutions from traditional academic sources, such as universities and research groups, may not be enough. We need to start looking for fresh ideas and passions for developing innovative solutions to help address the environmental task ahead.In this session, environmental scientist Deborah Brosnan and FootPrint Coalition managing director Rachel Kropa discuss how the new age of climate change innovation is driving action and creating opportunities for emerging startups, non-profits and young scientists."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Is the crypto downturn a growing pain, or exposing irreparable weaknesses? With the recent collapse of several of crypto’s biggest players, as well as accusations of illegal or unethical behaviour, criticism is becoming louder and more frequent. In this episode of The Next Stage, Molly White, creator of Web3 Is Going Just Great, Ben McKenzie, actor and journalist, and Charles Hoskinson, founder of Cardano, debate the pros, cons, con artists, and controversies surrounding the crypto craze. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
No matter the circumstances and economic outlook, tech’s ‘big five’ — Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft — somehow emerge from every disruptive event stronger.This discussion explains why. Based on reporting in Alex Kantrowitz's new book, Always Day One, you'll learn how the big five reinvent themselves through cultures that optimise for tomorrow's demand, not today's legacy products, and make use of cutting-edge AI to run their operations on autopilot."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Magic mushrooms are generally associated with the rave scene, or festival goers having a trippy experience. But what if these mushrooms are the future of mental health? Millions and millions have already been poured into research globally to measure the effects of the active ingredient, psilocybin.In this episode of The Next Stage Katerina Mal-eev-ska, co-founder of mental healthcare company Compass Pathways, talks about the exciting new results from her company’s psilocybin trial.20 percent of people experiencing what is known as ‘treatment resistant depression’ responded to psilocybin despite having not responded for years or even decades to currently approved depression treatments, says Katerina. Keep listening for more details on this groundbreaking new study."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Research shows that news consumption for Gen Z is increasing dramatically - but only on one platform: TikTok. Aside from a small increase in news consumption on Instagram it is dramatically decreasing on all other platforms, says Sara Fischer, media reporter at Axios.What does this mean for the future of news given that TikTok is not only a relatively new platform but has been known to circulate a significant amount of misinformation and is based in China?Journalist Ann Curry says the good news is that Gen Z seems to be better informed and more motivated to keep up with current affairs than previous generations of young people. Besides which, all of these platforms provide a forum style way to get news, allowing Gen Z to not only see the headlines but how their peers react to those headlines. Listen on for more valuable insights into how journalism can win the trust - and attention - of Gen Z."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
They say the average human attention span is now just eight seconds, giving goldfish a run for their money! But at a time when most companies are focused on technology that keeps you glued to a screen, Amazon only wants you to interact with Alexa when you need it. In this episode of The Next Stage, Alexa head scientist Rohit Prasad explains how a philosophy of 'ambient intelligence' is driving the development of AI that blends invisibly into our environment, helping you when you need it and disappearing when you don’t."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Giving F1 a tech edge

Giving F1 a tech edge

2022-12-1318:22

Netflix hit series Drive to Survive brought the thrill of Formula 1 to new audiences. Behind the scenes, technology and real-time analytics are racing at breakneck speed to give teams a competitive edge. Mercedes AMG Petronas is one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula 1. A difficult season in 2022 has however led to questions about the team. Can technology be the solution?In this episode of The Next Stage Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, and Oliver Steil, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO at TeamViewer, explain how talent and tech work together to make champions on the tarmac."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
With Meta recently laying off 13 percent of its staff, some are attributing part of its cost cutting to Mark Zuckerberg’s overly enthusiastic investment in the metaverse. An investment that has yet to pay off.But while tech pundits bet on or against Meta’s fortunes, the company continues to develop its virtual reality tech - both in the form of virtual worlds and VR headsets.In this episode of The Next Stage, Meta’s head of product Naomi Gleit discusses the company’s VR vision for the future, including a forecast - as she describes it - that it could be ten to 15 years before VR and AR technologies reach their full potential.Web Summit 2023 is taking place in Lisbon on November 1-4. Get your tickets here before prices increase."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
In a world of dumpster fire social media platforms where people yell angrily at each other and divisive toxic discourse guarantees viral success, it pays to be kind. At least, this is what Jimmy Wales has learned over the years with Wikipedia. Jimmy - and Fandom founder Perkins Miller - have managed to grow passionate and loyal online communities where disputes rarely occur and when they do, are resolved quickly and civilly. What’s the secret?In this episode these two founders talk about the nature of wikis, how giving control to contributors matters, and why people love to visit these platforms, even growing their own fan base due to their contributions. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
DC’s Batman has been around for a long time. The character debuted in 1939, making him 83 years old. Since then, Bruce Wayne has gone from the printed page to the big screen and video games.Now, a new partnership with WEBTOON sees another iteration – a slice of life webcomic with a POV character, meaning the reader sees the world through the eyes of the central character. In this episode of The Next Stage listen to DC Comic’s editor-in-chief Marie Javins and head of content at WEBTOON talk about new opportunities in this space including building out brand new web series like Vixen: NYC.Marie also talks about the audience appetite for more Dark Trinity content, the new Red Hood series on WEBTOON, and how these collaborations are bringing new fans from digital over to traditional bricks and mortar comic book stores."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Over the past decade, mental health has become somewhat of a global epidemic, says CEO of Woebot Health, Michael Evers. The pandemic has exacerbated this.He goes on to say that globally, on any given day, there are around 60 million people seeking support for mental health issues. The problem, in part, is one of access to such services for reasons including affordability and availability of mental health practitioners. Clinically validated apps may be the answer. In this episode of The Next Stage listen to Michael describe how Woebot provides support in the form of AI-driven chatbots trained to deliver CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy – support that is available 24/7. Since the app launched over three years ago it has completed more than 82 million minutes of therapy with its users."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
2022 has been a whirlwind of political and financial upheaval, supply chain issues and extreme weather patterns on a global scale. We’re living in interesting times. What does this mean for seed stage startups and even Series A companies who are looking to raise money in this turbulent environment?Matt Garratt, general partner with CRV, says that these startups are “partially being jerked around by the venture capital community who don't know how to value businesses anymore”.Should startups be playing it safe? Is a down round the way to go over a flat round? Matt and other experts in this space including Beth Ferreira, managing partner at FirstMark, give their views in this episode of The Next Stage."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Embracing the best practices of working from home, and better connecting with employees and customers, is what is differentiating the top businesses of today from the rest.In this episode of the Next Stage, we gain insight into the state of play in remote working from Joseph Walsh, head of EMEA product marketing at GoTo. GoTo is a software company providing cloud-based remote work tools for collaboration and IT management, as well as strategic guidance for companies looking to manage business resilience and connections."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Modern warfare extends beyond physical boundaries to the digital. Nowhere is this more obvious than the war in Ukraine where cyber-attacks have been part of Russia’s arsenal from the beginning. In this episode of The Next Stage we hear from one of the founding members of the US army's cyber command unit, Josh Lospinoso, who has gone on to found cybersecurity startup Shift5. Josh talks about digital threats new and old.For example, he said the average iPhone is about one thousand times more secure than a trillion dollar fifth generation fighter like the F35. Meanwhile newer tech like Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite - which has been used by Ukraine military - is using older protocols that can be tracked using a shop bought kit costing only 25 dollars.What can be done to prevent all out cyberwarfare? Listen in to find out.."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Blockchain technology promises more control over personal data for internet users. Ostensibly, they could sell this data to advertisers, choosing what ads they are exposed to and what companies track their browsing habits while pocketing some cash in the process. How is this good for the online advertising industry who rely on data harvesting to target potential customers? As Brittany Kaiser, founder of Own Your Data, points out, you may think an ad is being looked at by a human but it could be click fraud. That Facebook user might be a bot. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, according to Brittany, Meta removed 1.6 billion fake accounts from its social networking platform.Blockchain is being touted as a mutually beneficial solution for end users and advertisers. Keep listening to find out why.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. Web Summit is returning to Lisbon this November. Get your tickets now by following the link in the show notes."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Are you sick of people hyping the metaverse, talking about buying virtual real estate next to Snoop Dogg’s property with the latest minted crypto? Amy Peck, founder and CEO of Endeavor VR and Dan Burgar, co-founder and CEO of Frontier Collective, get real about the future of virtual worlds.Leaving behind the hype, they look at genuine use cases like augmented reality environments in smart cities of the future. And they address significant issues around metaverse properties and NFTs, namely the current land grab and money grab that is happening.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform."The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Times are tougher for startups. Raising money in 2022 is a different beast than early to mid 2021. During the pandemic, people were more eager to make deals and make investments. Now, startups need to prove that their growth is sustainable and be willing to do this through new metrics like ‘burn multiple’, says Christina Cacioppo, CEO of Vanta, a startup that raised initial seed funding in 2021 and surged forward in 2022 despite a more difficult VC landscape.Christina provides valuable insights into how to attract funding, meet metrics, hire staff and more in this fascinating chat with Andrew Reed, partner at Sequoia Capital.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
We are very much at the end of the beginning for self-driving vehicles, says Gavin Jackson, CEO of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica. What does he mean by this?Well, Gavin thinks that an autonomous future is on the horizon but it won’t happen exactly as we imagined. Rather than single occupancy robo-taxis zipping around cities, what will be mainstream first are self-driving industrial vehicles working in mining, construction, energy plants and so on. Keep listening to hear more about this and how Oxbotica is aiming to be an operating system for all autonomous vehicles, working across all use cases from urban shuttles and self-driving trucks to off road delivery pods and more.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Part of tackling climate change is educating people about global efforts in this space. But how can the United Nations reach as many people as possible and grab their attention when it comes to the seemingly inaccessible topic of NDCs or Nationally Determined Contributions - these are long term goals various countries agreed to on the back of the Paris Agreement.The answer is mini mobile games. Find out how the UN worked with PlayMob to develop Mission 1.5, an educational game with a reach of 3.5 billion people or 40% of the global population.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
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