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Author: Neil C. Hughes

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Fed up with tech hype and buzzwords? Looking for a tech podcast where you can learn and be inspired by real-world examples of how technology is transforming businesses and reshaping industries?

Keep informed of the latest business and tech trends by listening to stories of other people in your field and how they are overcoming challenges with emerging technologies. Learn from the guest's actionable tips, and lessons learned to obtain greater clarity and how you can leverage technology.

In this daily tech podcast, Neil interviews tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, futurists, technologists, thought leaders, celebrities. I have also teamed up with Citrix and its Citrix Ready partners to reveal how they are solving problems together while building the future of work.

We discuss how tech trends such as AI, machine learning, 5G, IoT, AR, VR blockchain, crypto, and digital transformation strategies are already reshaping our world.

Guests from every industry educate listeners through sharing their road to success, startup stories, and how technology transformed their business and life. Join me for a daily dose of optimism and motivation as I prove that technology really does work best when it brings people together.
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Edgewise makes an automatic microsegmentation solution that enables enterprises to create zero-trust environments. Zero trust and microsegmentation are hot topics in the information security landscape at the moment, with Gartner recently listed it as a top security priority, second only to better network hygiene. Edgewise founder and CEO Peter Smith joins me on my daily tech podcast to share his expertise and insights. The serial entrepreneur built and deployed Harvard University’s first NAC system before it became a security category. Peter brings a security practitioner’s perspective to Edgewise with more than ten years of expertise as an infrastructure and security architect of data centers and customer-hosting environments for Harvard University, Endeca Technologies (Oracle), American Express, Fidelity UK, Bank of America, and Nike. Most recently, Peter was on the founding team at Infinio Systems where he led product and technology strategy. Historically, attempts at microsegmentation have been long, complicated and expensive, taking up to a year to complete. Once “done,” it’s never finished - as applications and data stores get moved around, they leave a vulnerability until the policy is updated. And with the dynamic nature of the cloud where things change daily, simply repurposing firewalls (the current approach) is not adequate or efficient. I learn how Edgewise brings a unique approach to creating zero trust. First, machine learning maps the network and eliminates non-critical pathways, reducing the attack surface. Then, with a single click, it microsegments the network. Edgewise’s innovation is to tie policies to the applications themselves, versus the underlying IP address. Peter explains zero trust and microsegmentation in a language that everyone understands. We also discuss why current methods are outdated and cannot support the dynamic nature of clouds and containers.  
Jason Davis is co-founder and CEO of Simon Data. Simon Data is a customer data platform (CDP) that provides enterprise marketers at brands including Blue Apron, Venmo, Equinox, and Peloton with live and personalized data to monitor purchasing trends and predict customer behavior. These transformative brands are part of the fuel behind Simon's success recently marked with a fast follow $25M Series C funding round. On today's podcast, Jason discusses the state of the CX today – where it fails us, how CDPs are delivering on the promise of Big Data and Business Intelligence solutions. You know you're an established industry when you're drowning in complexity, with Frankenstack at the center. As Simon Data works as a standalone and also plays nice in the CDP sandbox with everyone, Jason shares the advice he gives customers around when they can get more value out of their Frankenstack and when it's time to rip and replace. I also learn how Simon Data his helping brands across industries achieve a unified customer view. Jason talks about what's ahead in 2020. On the subject of customer data privacy, we also discuss if CDPs will get to a place where we're not just okay for data to be shared. On a more personal note, Jason holds a Ph.D. in Machine Learning and is responsible for some of the IT infrastructure powering Etsy. I ask Jason what it's like to give up Google and academia to bootstrap a startup.
Large concert venues and sporting arenas have the problem of trying to serve 14,000 people during an interval. But is there a solution to the long lines of people wanting food, drink, and merchandise? Billfold prides itself on being cashless POS for the event industry that actually works. The simple checkout process increases onsite sales from 20-40%. Fast and easy implementation - Staff love it: easy to use, no cash, no change, and no bank cards. They do it by streamlining event operations and changing guests' spending behaviors. Billfold is a wireless point-of-sale system that delivers RFID technology to on-premise payments at large-scale events and venues and helps boost customer spending. Patrons use Billfold's self-serve kiosks to activate RFID wristbands onsite and create a secure connection to their credit cards in less than 30 seconds. Alternatively, if the wristbands are mailed out prior to the event, guests can activate them on their computer or phone directly through the event website. Once the wristband has been activated, patrons don't need to return to the kiosks to add more credit. Instead, they enjoy easy and secure transactions in fast-moving lines to purchase beverages, food, merch, and instant ticket upgrades. Event operators receive real-time sales data sorted by individual staff, bar or vendor, helping them respond better to the needs and preferences of their customers. In addition to the extensive reporting features, event organizers can use Customer Journey Reports to engage with attendees based on their purchase history. Billfold POS is a collaborative project built by event operators Stas Chijik and Benjamin Roshia, and a highly qualified development and design team under Albert Akbashev's direction. Chijik and Roshia have years of experience in large-scale event operations and live music productions in addition to their owner-operator history with The Brooklyn Mirage/Avant Gardner. Stas Chijik joins me on my daily tech podcast to share how Billfold provides full deployment support and consumer insights so that their partners can focus on producing great events and experiences for their guests. But most importantly of all make it easier for attendees to grab food and drink without waiting in line.
Formed in 2010, Bleeding Bulb is a strategic digital development shop that fell in love with small businesses. It was a match made in heaven. What caught their eye was the need for growth and services that were, at the time, unaffordable for smaller firms. Everyone likes to root for the underdog, right? One of the things they found interesting about small businesses is that they are waiting to blossom into their own, like teenagers finding their way. Searching for purpose and identity. Full of potential, but needing a little guidance to find the right path. They say it takes a village to raise a child. But Bleeding Bulb wants to be a part of your tribe, and they don't care how corny that sounds. Frank Goodman, the founder of Bleeding Bulb, joins me on Tech Talks Daily to share his inspirational startup story. Frank reveals how Bleeding Bulb is on a mission to make the small business owners more productive while keeping their overall business costs low. Frank also shares why he believes that a company's core values contribute to its success. But it's Frank's personal story that steals the show. The serial entrepreneur from Washington, D.C. helps small businesses lower overhead, leverage more online visibility and increases sales, dedicated to raising the small business success rate through growth strategies, websites, and apps. Frank's journey saw him progress from a trouble-making D student to an accomplished Engineer and business owner who was also named on the 2018 Black Enterprise Modern Man 100 list. But after talking with Frank today, I get the impression that he is just getting started,
Mary L. Gray is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and Faculty Affiliate at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Using the tools of anthropology and critical media studies, Mary explored how material conditions and everyday uses of technologies transform people's lives, particularly in places where technological access is hard to come by. I invited Mary onto the Tech Talks Daily Podcast to talk about her book "Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass," which she co-authored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri. In the book she explores the lives of people paid to train artificial intelligence and, increasingly, serve as "humans in the loop" delivering on-demand services. Hidden beneath the surface of the web, lost in our wrong-headed debates about AI, a new menace is looming. I learn how services delivered by companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Uber can only function smoothly thanks to the judgment and experience of a vast, invisible human labor force. These people doing "ghost work" make the internet seem smart. They perform high-tech piecework: flagging X-rated content, proofreading, designing engine parts, and much more. An estimated 8 percent of Americans have worked at least once in this "ghost economy," and that number is growing. They usually earn less than legal minimums for traditional work, they have no health benefits, and they can be fired at any time for any reason, or none. There are no labor laws to govern this kind of work, and these latter-day assembly lines draw in--and all too often overwork and underpay--a surprisingly diverse range of workers: harried young mothers, professionals forced into early retirement, recent grads who can't get a toehold on the traditional employment ladder, and minorities shut out of the jobs they want.  
BarBend is the leading online source for strength sports news coverage, analysis, and opinion pieces. But did you know that the founder grew two very different online brands to more than 1 million online visitors a month each? On today's podcast, I wanted to find out more about the inspiring tech story behind the building of this niche community. David Tao joins me on my daily tech podcast and talks about how to scale and grow your site to one that partners with major household names and why niche content is key to all your marketing efforts. I also learn how BarBend grew from a small content site to one that is now the official media partner of USA Weightlifting that raised $825,000 in seed funding. BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David Tao, is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting. David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. Today's guest is especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day. David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.  
Regular listeners will remember that I spoke with MOBI co-founder Josh Garrett several times on this tech podcast before Tangoe acquired them at the end of last year. Tangoe provided traditional telecom expense management while MOBI offered managed mobility services. Together they now offer Tangoe Fixed, Tangoe Mobile, and the just-launched Tangoe Cloud. Tangoe provides Enterprise Technology Management solutions to the world’s biggest brands, helping them streamline complex technology environments — for fixed, mobile and cloud. Tangoe helps companies like Chevron Corporation, Northern Trust and UPS save more than $100 million in IT spend each year. Through one complete solution, the Tangoe Platform gives IT and Finance departments a centralized view of their enterprise technology programs, expenses and asset management. The Tangoe Platform includes Telecom Expense Management (TEM), Managed Mobility Services (MMS), and Cloud Expense Management (CEM) solutions. I invited Josh back on to the podcast to learn more about how they are helping businesses identify everyday opportunities to improve their mobile workforce productivity. We also discuss how they are using tech to help add value to existing management processes and policies.
LastPass by LogMeIn recently released its 3rd annual Global Password Security Report which covers password use in the workplace. The report dives into password hygiene findings from 47,000 organizations worldwide, including the use of security measures like multifactor authentication and single sign-on. This report comes on the heels of the FBI’s revelation that attacks on 2FA are increasing, with secondary tokens or one-time codes lacking the security provided by a more robust MFA solution. LastPass can speak to why a multi-layered approach is necessary for true online security. Highlights from the report include unsurprising news that password sharing and reuse remains a common practice in most businesses and employees reuse a password an average of 13 times. But multifactor authentication (MFA) use is on the rise with more than half of companies globally (57%) now have employees using MFA, up 12 percentage points from last year’s report. The password struggle is real, especially for employees at small businesses – Employees at small businesses have an average of 85 passwords to manage compared to 25 passwords for those at the largest companies. Employees at small businesses reuse 10-14 passwords compared to just four among employees at larger organizations. Yaser Masoudnia, Senior Director Product Management, Identity Access Management, at LogMeIn shares insights from the LastPass Global Password Security Report 2019.
Itron, is a publicly-traded smart technology company enabling utilities and cities to safely, securely, and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. The company also recently completed its inaugural Smart City Challenge. The competition brought together the cities of London and Glasgow and tech startups to solve difficult city challenges. Itai Dadon, director of smart cities and IoT at Itron advised, “The inaugural Itron Smart City Challenge shows how we are applying technology for a purpose. While these solutions were purpose-built to address specific needs defined by the sponsoring cities, river safety and noise pollution are common concerns for cities worldwide. We invite cities from around the world to collaborate with Itron to launch the next set of open innovation challenges.” Itai Dadon, Itron’s director of smart cities and IoT joins me on my daily tech podcast to talk about the company’s work with London and Glasgow. We also talk about the innovators who participated in the challenge. I learn how The Smart City Challenge showcased how Itron is enabling cities and technology innovators to work together to solve problems and improve citizen wellbeing. Using Itron’s standards-based developer tools, the winning companies created integrated IoT solutions that leverage Itron’s IoT networks in the Cities of Glasgow and London.
Mike Vesey has founded companies providing transformative solutions for the global enterprise. He has developed award-winning products in unified communications, service operations, security, and data management. Mike co-founded DBVisions Inc producing enterprise-grade content management and security platform that was later acquired by a leading CMS provider. Mike went on to found VCI Inc with a focus on identity and security integration for global organizations. VCI developed the enterprise Single Sign On solution for Microsoft Live Meeting. VCI was the exclusive Microsoft integration partner for deployment of Live Meeting into complex, global enterprise environments. VCI has supported and maintained complex identity management integrations with some of the world's largest organizations. This success led Mike to design IdRamp, a decentralized integration fabric focused on automating identity security and application interoperability. IdRamp is a decentralized identity service to simplify integration, improve security and continuously innovate your business. With IdRamp you can easily integrate and orchestrate multiple identity silos. Tailor authentication and access control policies according to your business strategy. Add decentralized self-sovereign identity to any business strategy. Through distributed authentication, IdRamp secures the identity threat surface by eliminating the need for public network-facing identity and access management systems. I invited Mike onto the podcast to learn more about his tech startup story and IdRamp. I also learn more about how IdRamp is providing adaptable digital bridges that interoperate across all generations of identity management.
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Neil Parker

I enjoy listening to Tech Blog Writer while washing dishes or cooking.

Aug 3rd
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Neil Parker

Fascinating concept & episode. Thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks!

Jun 18th
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