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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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BloomReach helps companies around the world move fast to create, measure, scale and continuously improve the customer experience. They believe that velocity comes from the ability to adapt quickly to the next touchpoints, channels, and expectations. So their next move was to design AI-driven search and merchandising tools, next-gen content management system, and digital experience platform architecture to be the most flexible on the market. They now solve everyday frustrations for marketers, developers, and eCommerce professionals. Not to mention the deeper technology issues sitting at a company's digital core, so that businesses can deliver a fantastic digital experience to every visitor. When I also learned that they have teams, based in Mountain View, Dallas, Boston, Amsterdam, London, and Bangalore, I had to find out more. I invited Bloomreach CTO, Xun Wang, on to my show to discuss why they are on a mission to become the world's leading customer experience platform for digital business. Xun Wang is passionate about technology and engineering. He led the transformation of Medallia's entire cloud infrastructure to a modern, scalable, efficient, and cost-effective platform. He also led the development of the world's highest quality cloud gaming platform: Nvidia's Geforce Now from idea inception to launch.  
Blue Microphones is part of the Logitech International portfolio of brands. Regular listeners will be familiar with the range of microphones such as the Snowball and Yeti microphones. But today we will be talking about the release of the Yeti X. We are living in a digital world where all generations are creating content and streaming online. Gamers are streaming on Twitch. Vloggers have made a name for themselves on YouTube, entrepreneurs stream Facebook and LinkedIn Live is bringing waking up the boardroom to the possibilities around streaming online too. As a result of this explosion in content creation, Blue has announced the Yeti X. A Professional USB Microphone with Blue VO!CE Software for Creators and Streamers which enables content creators to dial-up professional vocal effects and custom presets at the push of a button. A four capsule condenser microphone array delivers exceptional focus and clarity, high-res LED metering provides visual, real-time feedback for vocal levels, and a multi-function smart knob provides instant control over essential mic functions. Combining traditional Blue audio quality with innovative new features, Yeti X is the ultimate tool for creators who want to deliver professional content and build their audience. Additionally, new features like high-res LED metering and a multi-function smart knob make it easier than ever to deliver professional results for gaming, streaming, and podcasting.” Yeti X is plug and play on Mac and PC and includes advanced Blue VO!CE audio software, a suite of broadcast vocal tools and effects that makes it easier than ever to achieve professional on-stream sound quality. Creators can quickly access and select a variety of professionally-tuned presets for broadcast, radio voice, male and female voices, and effects such as crisp and modern, warm and vintage and more. In addition, Blue VO!CE gives creators access to professional effects including noise reduction, expander, gate, de-esser, EQ, compression and limiter. The Yeti X also features an 11-segment LED meter that goes from green to red, so streamers can check and adjust their vocal levels at a glance and easily maintain professional sound quality while live on camera. An illuminated multi-function smart knob provides precise control over mic gain, mute, and headphone volume. The smart knob also controls the blend of microphone signal and computer sound, so creators can quickly adjust the amount of computer audio versus microphone audio that is heard in the headphones. Blue VO!CE is accessible exclusively through Logitech’s free, easy-to-use G HUB platform, enabling content creators to manage mic gain, headphone volume, monitoring preferences, and pickup pattern selections right from their desktop. Streamers can also match the color and design of their desks by personalizing the color of Yeti X’s LED lights. Yeti X is also compatible with the Blue Sherpa companion app, which features quick and direct control options from your desktop to help you get the most from your mic. Doug Sharp, senior global product manager, desktop streaming and broadcasting solutions at Logitech joins me on my daily tech podcast. We talk about the release of Yeti X and much more
Chisel’s purpose-built AI solution for commercial insurance reads unstructured insurance data 400 times faster than a human with greater accuracy. The solution automatically recognizes over 500 insurance-specific data points, including limits, premiums, deductibles, coverages, exclusions, and more. The advanced platform and intelligent workflows automate high volume, mundane processes like policy checking, quote comparison, submission triage, and prioritization. By digitally transforming routine underwriting and brokering activities, commercial insurance carriers and brokers can double their business and deliver a better customer experience without adding staff. Chisel won Gold at the 2019 Zurich Innovation World Championship and the ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge in 2018. Ron Glozman joins me on my daily tech podcast to share his start-up story that was founded in a university dorm room. A technology enthusiast at heart, Ron Glozman founded Chisel AI with a vision to leverage AI to help industries like insurance which deal in high volumes of unstructured data and manual processes digitally transform. Ron was recently named on the 30 Insurance Innovators to Watch list published by Digital Insurance and is also an under 30 AI leader and CEO.
Fulphil inspires and enables university students to get involved in targeting their city's toughest social issues. Students form teams and compete in Fulphil's annual, themed, case competition designed to create and launch for-profit social enterprises which target specific problem areas. Fulphil selects each annual theme in consultation with their partners, including local social enterprises and city administrators while connecting students to the proper resources from the ideation to scaling process. And every year, they award seed capital to the winning team to help them meet their company's needs to fulfill their city's needs. Tiffany Yau, the founder of Fulphil joins me on my daily tech podcast to share her inspirational tech story. Tiffany is passionate about creating sustainable social impact through social entrepreneurship and more importantly, community empowerment. Tiffany is also the recipient of the 2019 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award, and been recognized by Generocity, Social Innovation Journal, Philadelphia Citizen, Wharton Business Radio, and Penn News as a social entrepreneurship thought leader. I learn how she launched Fulphil and also Hult Prize Ivy in 2017 with the goal of empowering ambitious youth to pursue their passions through entrepreneurship.
Byron Reese is the CEO and Publisher of Gigaom, one of the world’s leading technology research companies, and also regularly writes at Gigaom Publisher’s Corner. He brings his experience as a technologist, a passion for history, and his proven business acumen to illuminate how today’s technology can solve many of our biggest global challenges. The following quote alone was enough alone for me to get him on the podcast today. “Technology is empowering. It augments us. And yet today, many are being told they should fear technology. In my writing, I reject that and offer a different narrative, of how technology can bring about a peaceful and prosperous world for all.” Byron's new book "The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity," is an excellent read for those looking for a more positive narrative about the impact of tech on our world and using 100,000 years of human history as his guide. I invited him on to my daily tech podcast to talk about the issues around artificial general intelligence, robots, consciousness, automation, the end of work, abundance, and immortality. With 25 years as a successful tech entrepreneur, with multiple IPOs and exits along the way, Byron Reese is uniquely suited to comment on the transformative effect of technology in the workplace and society at large. “The biggest problems of tomorrow will not be a lack of jobs but a shortage of humans to take advantage of all of the opportunities technology will offer.” – Byron Reese We are living in a digital age where many journalists focus on writing about a dystopian future inspired by fictional writing. By contrast, Byron shares why he writes books that explore the wonders of the world of tomorrow about the future of work and life.
Rich Aberman is the co-Founder and CSO at WePay, which is a payments partner to the platform economy. I invited him onto my daily tech podcast to share his background having started WePay as a side project on his way to law school. In today's interview, Rich offers a little more depth into how WePay started as well as its evolution over the past 11 years, specifically related to the company's acquisition by JP Morgan Chase in a deal valued at $400M. We tend to hear that financial services are ripe for disruption. But Rich expands on why he thinks that the next disruptor won't be a neobank or an addictive app, but commerce software. We also explore the lessons that he learned from a successful exit and how he guided WePay through multiple pivots, a successful exit and then integration I also learn how WePay recently launched Same-Day Deposits to offer faster payments to their customers at no additional cost. While other payment processors can take up to 72 hours to complete a payment, as both a bank and a processor, WePay enables same-day deposits. This will be hugely beneficial, particularly to SMBs that rely on fast payments to keep their business running. This feature will also be unique to Chase, which is the only bank with a fully owned payments business. The new functionality will help tens of thousands of U.S. small businesses that use platforms like BigCommerce and Xero to get paid faster. It also showcases the combined capabilities of a Silicon Valley financial technology company joining one of the world's largest, most admired financial institutions.
Ada Xiao is the Chief Strategy Officer of PlatON joins me on my daily tech podcast. We discuss how PlatON is solving the privacy and scalability problem for decentralized network with privacy-preserving computation & verifiable computation. PlatON is a next-generation computing architecture that aims to facilitate secure, seamless, and open data sharing for the public good. Through Privacy-Preserving Computation (PPC), PlatON breaks down data silos and enables secure data exchange and collaborative computing for enterprise users. With its open-source data marketplace, PlatON supports and incentivizes individuals and businesses looking to both monetize and utilize data resources. PlatON addresses limitations in scalability and security by way of Verifiable Computation and privacy-preserving encryption capabilities, currently enabling real-world usability across a variety of global industries, including advertising, healthcare data management, IoT and decentralised AI, financial services, as well as key management systems. Ada Xiao is the Chief Strategy Officer of PlatON where she focuses on developing, communicating, and sustaining PlatON’s strategic initiatives. One of the first employees and the former Head of Business Development at Wanxiang Blockchain Laboratory, Ada also led all Asia Pacific-related blockchain investments and partnerships at Fenbushi Capital. Ada is a seasoned player in the global capital markets and asset management space, having previously worked for prominent investment banks and financial institutions in Hong Kong, including Goldman Sachs and UBS Global Asset Management. Ada obtained her MBA from Columbia Business School, and her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
What do Mark Zuckerberg’s home, the University of Notre Dame, the biggest casino in Reno, and Shopify’s offices all have in common? They’re are all powered by Crestron technology. Who is this $1.5B silent leader that’s transforming how we live, work, learn and play? Crestron was founded in 1971 and has come a long way from its A/V nerd roots. Today, they’re at the forefront of cutting edge technology that is, in a nutshell, making our lives easier. Crestron is partnering with companies like Apple and Amazon to connect all facets of our lives. For example, in a Crestron-powered meeting room, you could say, “Alexa, start my meeting,” and you will automatically be dialed-in to a conference line with your presentation displayed on the screen.  Meeting rooms aren’t all they’re doing. Crestron’s circadian lighting is helping improve productivity AND sleep schedules. Its smart home technology is customizable and easy to use. They’re making “smart” hospital rooms that improve patient and physician experiences.  Crestron’s director of enterprise technology, Dan Jackson joins me on my daily tech podcast to talks about what the technology-powered world of the future looks like. We talk about how technology is transforming the workspace and what changes are on the horizon. Dan Jackson has been working at Crestron since January 2006. Prior to that, he held positions with Elexos and Zemma Technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering & Economics from Northwestern University and is based in New York.  
It has been a few years since true wireless earbuds arrived on the scene. They often come with onboard storage, activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, and much more. Apple's AirPod's and Huawei's FreeBuds 3 all keep the same "toothbrush" form-factor which is not for everyone. These are just a few reasons why one of the standout products at IFA 2019 for me was the Jabra Elite 75t. They have now been engineered to last longer and designed to fit better and they don't look like you have an electric toothbrush head sticking out of your ear. The Elite 75t is specifically designed to provide enhanced comfort through its optimal earbud shape and size. The earbuds have been extensively tested for a secure fit, so users can be confident that the earbuds will stay put. Perfect for someone like me who cannot run more than a few feet without my Apple Earbuds falling out of my ears. Taking it one step further, Jabra also collated valuable insights on user needs and preferences to determine the primary barriers to a true wireless experience. Jabra is also seeking to address consumer demand for more battery life, better fit and ease of connectivity with the newest addition to the Elite range. The Elite 75t offers up to 28 hours of battery life with the charging case and 7.5 hours without. The earbuds feature fast USB-C charging to ensure users will never run out of battery when on the go. Based on consumer feedback, Jabra also enhanced the ease of use of the charging case by ensuring easy access and adding magnets. René Svendsen-Tune, CEO at Jabra, said, "Our biggest news at IFA 2019 is also our smallest yet and is a result of our dedication to listening to and providing for changing customer expectations for a truly wireless experience." After swinging by the Jabra show booth at IFA 2019, I invited Tanni Toft from Jabra onto my daily tech podcast to learn more about how they listened to customer feedback to innovate and create a unique true wireless experience.
Millo Appliances is a food-tech company on a mission to inspire the global community to adopt a healthier and more sustainable diet by developing innovative solutions for simple, enjoyable food preparation. Founded in 2016, the company created the Millo blender, a smart, simple, and silent device. Millo is the blender reimagined and reinvented as a smart gadget for our busy lifestyles. Inspired by minimalist design and crafted with materials of the highest quality, Millo seamlessly blends into any environment, fitting in with other smart devices. Its technology makes it three times quieter than the average blender and allows it to do things that other appliances can’t. Millo doesn’t need any buttons - it can be controlled from anywhere on its 360-degree, touch-sensitive surface, as well as via its own smartphone app. It is cordless, fully portable, and can make up to 10 smoothies on the go with just one charge. Millo is powered by a brushless engine with an integrated magnetic coupling. This innovative technology, called AirDrive, was developed and patented by Millo’s Founder and CEO Ruslanas Trakselis, who was inspired to create it after seeing his daughter play with a toy with two dancers that were spun magnetically. Ruslanas, an avid athlete who does marathon and triathlon training in the early morning, decided to reinvent the blender after becoming frustrated by the mess and noise caused by making his post-workout smoothie with a regular blender, which often woke up his family. Millo Appliances has raised a total of €1.5 million in investment. Its Kickstarter campaign in 2017 raised over €100,000 and saw over 300 reservations for Millo in less than 30 days. Millo’s Founder and CEO Ruslanas Trakselis shares the startup story that began with an idea in Lithuania and has taken him to the show floor at IFA in Berlin.
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Neil Parker

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

Aug 3rd

Neil Parker

Fascinating concept & episode. Thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks!

Jun 18th

Sindhuja Rao

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Jun 18th
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