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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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Fjord, the design and innovation consultancy for Accenture Interactive, believes that the next step for AI is a generation of systems that blend it with human intelligence to empower people to cope with increasing complexity in the workplace and enhance the human experience. Businesses must reposition their thinking and reimagine how to design AI for the human intelligence around it. With this in mind, I invited Connor Upton onto the podcast to learn more about the urgency with which organizations need to rethink their overall approach to AI, moving away from just ‘adoption’ into long term strategic implementation at scale. As businesses accelerate their adoption of AI, Connor reveals how they will see a dramatic impact in the below three areas through unlocking the full potential of humans and AI working together:   Enhancing the human experience through extending human’s perceptual capabilities like vision, hearing or helping us learn better Empowering people in complex systems and driving trust in AI through designing interfaces that make the logic of AI visible and open to human direction Envisioning and developing new products and services and how designers use AI to do this Connor Upton is the Regional Data Design Director for Fjord EALA. He is based in the Dublin studio, which sits at the heart of Accenture’s multidisciplinary innovation hub, the Dock, where he fosters collaboration between designers, data scientists & software engineers. Connor applies human-centric approaches to the design of complex work environments and has published and spoken widely on this topic. His projects cover multiple domains, including public safety, manufacturing, and sustainability. He is keenly interested in how interactive visualizations can support collaboration between human and artificial intelligence.    
During this period of uncertainty and fear of technology, I want to add some much-needed positivity to the current narrative. I recently watched a TED Talk by Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Chief Executive Officer at Socialbakers, about how Artificial intelligence will unleash the potential in each of us. When I researched the company, I also learned how COVID-19 is changing behavior on social media for both brands and users. As someone that likes to focus on how technology can make a difference in transforming businesses and re-shaping the industries, Yuval is the perfect guest for this podcast. Socialbakers is a trusted social media marketing partner to thousands of enterprise brands and SMBs, including over 100 companies on the list of Fortune Global 500. Leveraging the largest social media data-set in the industry and machine learning, they are helping brands engage & grow their customer base through content personalization based on actionable AI-powered audience insights. With more people working from home and consuming digital content, I learn how COVID-19 is changing behavior on social media for both brands and users. But also how it has shifted the balance of the marketplace. Will artificial intelligence take over the world? Yuval Ben Itzhak takes me on a journey of technology and human capabilities.
Much of the world is currently embracing remote working at scale. There have been many reports about how to navigate around the challenges that it might create for businesses. But today I talk with a company that was built on remote work. Acceleration Partners is a global partner marketing agency that has been entirely remote for its 13-year existence. Amidst growth to 170+ employees, they've also been recognized for industry performance and company culture with an organization built on a foundation of remote work. If asking your entire team to telework seems like a drastic step or worst-case scenario for your organization, here's the good news: most businesses are capable of thriving in this environment under the proper conditions. Robert Glazer, CEO of Acceleration Partners, who's led his large team of remote employees effectively for over a decade, shares his experience on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast. Robert is a founder, author, speaker, and expert in elevating performance in both business and life. Robert also has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to outperform and was ranked #2 on Glassdoor's list of Top CEO of Small & Medium Companies in the US. Under his leadership, Acceleration Partners has become a recognized global leader in the affiliate marketing industry, receiving numerous industry and company culture awards. Acceleration Partners has received several prestigious awards and accolades for both our client services and culture, including “Best Agency” (International Performance Marketing Awards), “Best Workplaces” (Inc.), “Best Places to Work” (Glassdoor), “Most Committed to Work-Life Balance” (Digiday). All of which highlights what can be achieved on the foundations of remote working.
ChartHop is an organizational management platform empowering leaders and team members alike to see the past and present of their organization and design its future. It enables businesses to visualize, plan and analyze their organizations within minutes. Customers can structure and analyze people's data by multiple factors, including location, salary, stock grants, number of direct reports, gender, and more. In a nutshell, ChartHop makes organizations run and scale better. ChartHop plays well with 20 plus platforms, including ADP, BambooHR, Carta, Greenhouse, Lever, SAP SuccessFactors, Workday, and more. Based in Brooklyn, New York, ChartHop was founded in 2018 by Ian White. “Technology shouldn’t hinder HR and People teams from being strategic business partners or supporting employees — it should empower them,” Ian White, ChartHop’s founder, CEO and CTO. In today's episode, I wanted to learn more about how ChartHop leverages technology to enable leaders to understand their organization in real-time more clearly. I also wanted to explore if this technology can finally break through information silos and unearth hidden biases so leaders can take action and affect change. Ian White joins me on today's edition of Tech Talks Daily, to talk about all of the above and how they emerged from stealth today with $5 million in seed funding.
JULABO manufactures, distributes, and sells highly precise temperature control equipment used to support research, development, and innovation in numerous industries including academic/scientific research, aerospace, automotive, analytical labs, chemical labs & manufacturing, biotechnology, cannabis, clinical testing, material testing, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, semiconductors, and more. I wanted to learn more about how technology is transforming its business and solving problems for their customers. vDelivery, LucaVision, IoT, Holographic Displays are just a few areas I wanted t to explore, so I invited Dr. Dirk Frese onto the podcast. Dr. Dirk Frese is a scientist and biochemist with a background in sales and leadership for scientific equipment companies and manufacturers. He is also the V.P. Sales, Marketing & Service at JULABO USA, and founder of Wisdom. Much of the technological innovations are focused on product/instrumentation innovation. But with his deep passion for technology, Dirk explains how it can also be used to drive customer engagement and experiences. I also learn how they applied technology to enhance their business when they first started offering vDelivery five years ago. We discuss how JULABO USA has been implementing AR/VR technologies to reduce service wait times for customers. Dirk also shares the inspiration behind LucaVision and reveals why he turned to holographic displays after growing increasingly concerned about the amount of money being spent on shipping equipment to and from tradeshows. Technology is changing every aspect of their business, and even IoT sensors are being added to machines post-production to help track equipment performance, service, and maintenance needs. Our conversation covers a wide range of emerging technologies and how they are being used in the business world. But, it's human storytelling at the heart of the business.        
David Allison recently wrote that Millennials continue to be blamed for ruining everything from the diamond industry to homeownership, and, in response, joke that Baby Boomers destroyed the planet and can't work smartphones. Except it's not a joke. These statements do nothing but push us further apart. In the closure of his recent article, he advised that we all have to stop using demographics labels to paint each other with broad brushes. The inconvenient truth is that although we try to pigeonhole people, the reality is that age, gender, income, marital status, education, number of kids—none of it indicates any similarity. We're all the same age now. Some of us just haven't figured that out yet. David Allison is the Founder of The Valuegraphics Database, the world's first global dataset that can change the behavior of any target audience 8X more effectively than ever before. He is a best-selling author, internationally acclaimed speaker, and the leading advocate of values-thinking as the new best practice for organizational decision-making. In retrospect, the path to his work today seems like a straight line. Working on campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world, building an award-winning marketing creative firm, and writing three influential books on communications strategy left him questioning a fundamental concept of marketing. In a post-demographic era when age, gender, income, and education no longer restrict how we choose to live, he wondered, why are we still using demographics to predict and influence how target audiences behave? He sold his firm in 2015 and worked with a team of university researchers to launch, collect, and analyze a half-million surveys about why groups of people behave the way they do. The data was immediately clear on two points. First, demographics were a shockingly ineffective way to understand how groups behaved. More importantly, leveraging shared values turned out to be the most powerful way to trigger behavior. Now, for the first time, there was accessible, customizable, empirical data that proved what we value determines what we do. Further data analysis revealed that we waste 90% of our time and money trying to engage target audiences using demographics. What could we do with 90% of our financial and human resources redeployed elsewhere? What if we only did things that people cared about? Wouldn't the world be better off if everything was based on the values we share? Since then, David has been focused on defining a new post-demographic era where values-thinking influences everything we do. His background consulting, writing, speaking, and creating simple stories from complex ideas has helped amplify the global shift away from outdated demographic ideas. I learn more about his mission is to change the way we look at the world. His latest book, We Are All the Same Age Now: Valuegraphics and the End of Demographic Stereotypes was the number-one global marketing best-seller within 48 hours of its release. Kirkus Reviews called it "A genuinely original contribution to marketing literature," and INC Magazine named it one of the top ten leadership books of the year. David talks about building an award-winning marketing creative firm and writing three influential books on communications strategy, which left him questioning a fundamental concept of marketing.  
Because of the powerful interests behind it, the plastics industry dominates most conversations around waste and sustainability, and the truth about solutions and circular materials is often hidden behind doctored research and metrics. As a result, consumers are continually blamed for the problems we’re facing, and Aluminum is often overlooked and misdefined. Did you know that the only genuinely sustainable beverage container is Aluminum? Or did you ever stop to think about the technology that makes it possible to ensure the empty can of coke is recycled and back on the shelf within 60 days? Ball Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of aluminum cans and bottles, is working on a lifecycle assessment (LCA) of aluminum beverage packaging that demonstrates that recycled Aluminum is the most sustainable and lowest carbon packaging material. This is compelling, given that 75% of Aluminum is still in use today, and aluminum beverage packaging has the highest recycling rates and yields of any standard beverage container. Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care, and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 18,300 people worldwide and reported 2019 sales of $11.5 billion. Adam Shalapin joins me on Tech Talks Daily for a deep dive into the technology that makes it possible for Aluminum to be recycled an infinite number of times without losing quality. I also learn how they can also be recycled to take on a new life as a car, laptop, or bicycle.  
With an endless amount of movies and shows across an overwhelming number of streaming services, VUniverse was created with one solution in mind: to be able to answer the time-consuming question…what should I watch? Have you ever found scrolling through every streaming service exhausting? Today's guests noticed none of the recommendations provided by streaming services were really personalized or tailored to their taste. It has been reported that it takes the average viewer 20 minutes to find somehting to watch. Even if you know what you are looking for, it can be challenging opening and closing Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus, YouTube TV, HBO, and Apple TV to see which platform has the license this month. Today's guests didn't want to keep googling were a show or movie was streaming. They built VUniverse to make the ever-expanding world of streaming services easier so that you can spend less time searching and more time watching. But what is it? VUniverse is a personalized movie and show recommendation platform that enables users to browse their streaming services in one app—a channel guide for the streaming universe. Using artificial intelligence, VUniverse creates a unique taste profile for every user and serves smart lists of curated titles using mood, genre, and user-generated tags, all based on content from the user's existing subscription services. Users can also create custom watchlists and share them with friends and family. VUniverse was also recently named as one of the top 5 finalists in the AI & Machine Learning category for the 2020 SXSW Innovation Awards. But the event was later canceled due to the Coronavirus. On the one hand, I was struck by the impact of a new business having its big moment snatched away. But on the other, I realized with so many people working from home; online streaming has never been more popular. I invited Evelyn Watters, CEO and Monica Brady, COO onto the Tech Talks Daily podcast to share their journey and also their insights on the world of online streaming.  
For the last four years, I have been covering the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas from the Venetian hotel. This year's event was going to be even more special as it had merged its event with Magento. But we all know what happened next. However, the show must go on and Adobe is hosting the Summit virtually. So, I will be attempting to take those conversations I would normally be having face to face on the show floor and chat with the guests virtually too. Mindtree is a global technology consulting and services company, helping enterprises marry scale with agility to achieve competitive advantage. In a nutshell, they provide technology solutions to make businesses and societies flourish. The company is also an Adobe Specialized Business Partner and the perfect company to explore emerging digital customer experience trends. I also want to learn more about emerging technologies, solutions and how businesses are leveraging them to become experience-driven. Anshuman Singh, General Manager & Head of Digital Strategy & Consulting at Mindtree joins me on today's edition of Tech Talks Daily. Anshuman leads Mindtree Interactive, globally. Mindtree Interactive designs & builds compelling experiences to deliver the brand-promise through persuasive content and friction-less transactions for consumers, customers, partners, and employees. Additionally, he also represents Digital Team in Europe. Digital team provides Interactive, Data Science & Engineering and Cloud services across various sectors like Retail, CPG/ FMCG, Manufacturing, Travel, Transportation, Hospitality, Technology, Media, Services, Banking, Financial Services & Insurance. Anshuman reveals more about their born to be digital mantra. We also talk about leveraging augmented reality (AR) to enhance customer experience, the immediate impact of AR and how are companies innovating with AR/      
For an Internet in flux, Web 3.0 takes on new meaning in its imagined proposition of a far more synergistic, secure, and ultimately trustless economy. And yet, having not truly witnessed the arrival of a breakout application or critical mass, it seems that the investment thesis for Web 3.0 is getting ahead of reality - or is it? LongHash Ventures, the global blockchain incubator, and investor is laying down the building blocks of a native Web 3.0 blockchain economy. With the LongHash Hatch Program having raised over $11 million to date, LongHash Ventures is committed to catalyzing the growth of the next generation of blockchain startups. Shi Khai, Chief Operating Officer at LongHash Ventures, and a former management consultant at McKinsey have an intimate knowledge of the intersection between real-world deployment and technical innovation. With an eye on the practical nuance of Web 3.0 adoption. In today's edition of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast, Shi Khai shares insights on unpacking Web 3.0 and reinventing the legacy of the Internet for purpose and profit. On the subject of adoption, we discuss how blockchain is already building a community for it. We also explore the dichotomy between 'Don't be evil' and 'Can't be evil'; As a global blockchain incubator and investor, I also ask how blockchain startups can make their startups attractive to investors and join the Web 3.0 blockchain native economy.
Alex Collmer, the founder and CEO of VidMob, the world’s premier technology platform to help brands more intelligently use data and scale their mobile advertising creative. Since founding the company in 2015, he has raised more than $45M and counts many of the world’s leading brands and agencies as clients. An engineer by training, Collmer’s career has always been at the intersection of technology, design, and consumer entertainment as those sectors have evolved. Prior to founding VidMob, he was the co-founder and CEO of Autumn Games, a premier publisher of video game franchises. Under his leadership, Autumn Games developed successful partnerships with such personalities as Jimmie Johnson, the 7-time NASCAR champion and companies like Def Jam, the leading urban culture brand, as well as the award-winning fighting game franchise, Skullgirls. VidMob focuses on designing technology to make human creativity more scalable, accessible and efficient, enabling brands to understand which creative attributes are driving performance. Built on a proprietary pipeline of machine learning services and data processing, and integrated with social platform APIs, their technology service - Agile Creative Studio - provides precise creative insights that are immediately actionable. Over the past two years alone, VidMob has seen its revenue grow by over 35 times, and is currently an official creative partner of Facebook, Instagram, Google/YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn among others. Its roster of clients includes global brands such as Bayer, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Ikea and Neutrogena, as well as disruptor brands like True & Co and Acorns. VidMob also works with global creative and media agencies including Publicis, Ogilvy and Universal McCann. I learn more about how VidMob focuses on designing technology to make human creativity more scalable, accessible, and efficient, enabling brands to understand which creative attributes are driving performance.
Dmitriy Akulov is a tech innovator and entrepreneur whose story is plagued with war and innovation. At 26, the young entrepreneur has earned a name for himself within the world of technology. But I wanted to learn more about his inspirational story. Having outlasted the war in Ukraine. Akulov recalls daily bombings, tanks on the streets of Donetsk, and armed militia traveling freely throughout the place he called home. While the war went on outside, Akulov remained persistent. Akulov went on to become a leading force behind some of the largest names in the tech world, including, PerfOps, jsDelivr, and Prospect One. Prospect One specializes in web performance, server management, and high availability systems. We also develop complex software that allows people to scale their systems and websites. Akulov started jsDelivr, a free- multi-CDN for open course projects, at the age of 16. Today, the platform is one of the largest in the world, serving over 65 billion users on a monthly basis. Clients include some of the world’s largest websites, including multiple government sites. Akulov’s track record of success in the tech startup world has taken him around the globe with the purpose of building products that revolutionize life for real people. I learn how he has travelled around the world motivated by a mission of building products that transform the lives of real people.
A company called inRiver believes that every product tells a story. They are on a mission to redefine the way e-commerce product marketers and merchandisers work. By providing product information management (PIM) products and services that help create, update, refresh, maintain and distribute content about products globally, they help businesses to drive increased revenue, customer satisfaction, and brand equity. More than 1000 brands and 400 customers across 19 countries rely on them to efficiently control the product flow for their globally recognized brands. I wanted to learn more about the story behind the company and how they leverage technology. However, I also wanted to explore how inRiver and their clients are coping with the global pandemic. Although the Coronavirus has caused mass quarantines and social distancing across the globe, making us feel isolated, there are more and more stories of "togetherness" that need to be heard. Today's guest shares some of his optimism for the future. Johan Boström is a senior business leader with over 20 years of experience leading international technology companies and is one of the founders of inRiver. Before founding inRiver, Johan held leading positions at DDMM, Sema Group Consulting, and UDK. He has worked with PIM, e-commerce, and content management since the mid-1990s in both EMEA and North America. We talk about how B2B e-commerce is changing and how technology is not just disrupting in the DTC space with retail e-commerce companies, but also old, slow-to-change industries like industrial manufacturing. With such a vast amount of solutions and technologies in the martech stack, Johan also shares a few tips that we should prioritize.
Tito Jankowski and his team created Negative because they were frustrated. The climate is in peril and they didn't want to sit back. So they did their homework and realized that lots of others cared about the climate, but the problem seemed too big, and they didn't know how to help. I wanted to learn more about their story and how they worked to make climate action closer to home and tangible. With their first product, the Negative Bracelet, they are offering a physical symbol of climate action, something you can see, feel, and use to get inspired to take further action while also supporting cutting-edge climate technology. Tito explains how they teamed up with two of the world's leading climate technology startups: Climeworks and Carbon Upcycling Technologies. Their innovative machines can capture CO2 from ambient air and then it's pumped underground and turned into stone. This locks up the carbon for good. In a nutshell, the Negative bracelet is made with captured atmospheric carbon emissions. This stuff would be heating up our planet. Now it's tied up your wrist. The bracelet's beads are where the magic happens. Each bead is a blend of atmospheric carbon and naturally-sourced clay. These atmospheric ingredients didn't exist outside the lab until recently, so we're still learning what's possible. Their ultimate goal is to make a bracelet that is 100% atmospheric carbon (Air Diamonds, anyone?!), and this bracelet is the first step in that direction. We also discuss their Kickstarter Campaign and how they were on the front page of the platform for over a month.
Brian Verne is the CEO of WAVE, sports media for the next generation of fans. The company builds communities and enables two-way conversations on the consumer's platform of choice. Verne also previously founded Phenom, an angel-backed sports technology company. Phenom, an angel-backed startup based in San Francisco, CA, and a 500 Startups Batch 16 company, was founded out of a desire to give young athletes a voice. He built the largest community of young athletes, enabling them to talk about the products that they love and share stories about their athletic achievements. Today I want to learn more about how WAVE powers many of the most popular brands at the intersection of sports and entertainment on the social and digital platforms that Gen Z and millennials think of today as television. In just two years, WAVE has become one of the largest digital publishers in the world, generating over 2.5B video views and 90M+ engagements per month. WAVE has over 40M followers/subscribers and reaches over 300M sports fans each month. However, with the Coronavirus pandemic stopping sport across the globe, I also wanted to learn more about how they are overcoming the challenges that COVID-19 is bringing to their business. But also why they are optimistic about the future and how they are creating opportunities.
In a time of uncertainty where we are all surrounded by hype, fear, and all things related to the Coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 alerts, I want to bring in hope, optimism, and new solutions via this daily tech podcast. Today, I wanted to learn more about Design Sprints and how they can help teams unite even when working from home. If you have ever found yourself asking, What are Design Sprints? Why are Design Sprints so valuable? When should teams conduct Design Sprints or just want a few tips for running a successful Design Sprint and what to do with the information after the Design Sprint is over, you are in a for a treat today. Voltage Control was founded by Douglas Ferguson, an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of experience. With his unique combination of expertise in technology, product strategy, and design thinking, Voltage Control offers trusted guidance to companies who want to jumpstart their product or project with an impactful innovation workshop. Austin-based Voltage Control designs and leads custom innovation workshops and Design Sprints, as developed by Google Ventures. In addition to workshop facilitation, Voltage Control engages with organizations for Digital Transformation, Innovation Training, Corporate Summits, and Strategic Planning. Douglas is also the author of Beyond the Prototype, a new book that offers a six-step plan for companies struggling with the shift from discovery to launch. Prior to Voltage Control, Douglas held CTO positions at numerous Austin startups, where he led product and engineering teams using agile, lean, and human-centered design principles. While CTO at Twyla, Douglas worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now brings this experience and process to companies everywhere. Douglas also recently published his first book, Beyond the Prototype, which offers a six-step plan for companies struggling with the shift from discovery to launch. Douglas is active in the Austin startup community where he serves on the board of several non-profits, mentors startups, and advises early-stage ventures. He spends his free time patching up modular synthesizers, playing guitar, and taking photographs. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Join me in learning from Douglas, who outlines everything companies need to know before, during, and after conducting a Design Sprint.    
At a time where a global pandemic is forcing us all to work and think differently, I also believe it could be an excellent opportunity to share the challenges that all businesses are dealing with right now. Maybe we could all learn from each other by sharing stories of how we are overcoming the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. I want to learn more about how people and businesses are leveraging technology to get through this period of unprecedented uncertainty. John Lincoln is CEO of Ignite Visibility, and he joins me on today's episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast. He is one of the top digital marketing agencies in the US and an Inc. 5000 company. Lincoln is consistently named one of the top marketing experts in the industry. He has been the recipient of the Search Engine Land "Search Marketer of the Year" award, named the #1 SEO consultant in the USA by Clutch.co, most admired CEO and 40 under 40. Lincoln has written two books (The Forecaster Method and Digital Influencer) and made two movies (SEO: The Movie and Social Media Marketing: The Movie) on digital marketing. He is a digital marketing strategy adviser to some of the biggest names in the business. With 85 employees and over 160 clients, Lincoln leads Ignite Visibility. Agency specialties include digital strategy, SEO, CRO, Social Media Marketing, Paid Media, Conversion Rate Optimization, Email Marketing, Amazon, and Analytics. All work is entirely custom and tailored to the individual online business model. I learn how the company can improve your online presence and increase your bottom-line. We discuss voice tech, digital marketing, SEO, and how the COVID-19 outbreak is changing the digital landscape. But why there are many reasons to be optimistic about the road ahead.
As the global pandemic continues to spread, both consumers and businesses now have a very different set of goals to what they had when they started 2020. As the world faces a period of uncertainty, businesses must strive to be significant, not successful. Helping customers rather than selling to them is the fresh approach that we all need. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new level of uncertainty. But how can you or your business actively shape the future? My search for answers led me to the New York Times Bestselling Author and Technology futurist, Daniel Burrus. He told me, “If you look around, nobody’s moving or buying, and everybody is hurting. But this presents every business with an opportunity to help their customers and grow their brand by doing something extraordinary.” In our podcast interview, Burrus advised we should all shift our focus to be a significant business and a significant leader. Success is all about you. Significance is about what you do for others. Daniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurist Speakers on Global Trends and Disruptive Innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker. Daniel has delivered over 3,000 keynote speeches to corporations, associations, and professional organizations worldwide. In his presentations, he blends timely and provocative insights with just the right amount of humor and motivation to enable his audiences to take positive action Burrus is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. He is also the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Flash Foresight, as well as his latest book, The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change Into Opportunity and Advantage.  
Rytis Lauris, the co-founder, and CEO of Omnisend, a marketing automation platform joins me on the Tech Talks Daily podcast. I wanted to learn more about why email marketing alone isn't effective in a digital age. As a successful entrepreneur, Rytis has spent the last 10 years building and bootstrapping startups and getting involved in the eCommerce world. Rytis discovered eCommerce marketers have very particular needs pertaining to automation. Since then he has been on a mission to use Omnisend to empower small and medium-sized eCommerce merchants. Omnisend started life in 2014 as an email marketing platform called Soundest. From day one, they made it their priority to put e-commerce marketers at the center of every decision they make. At the time, that meant empowering them with simple yet impactful email marketing tools. Three years later, they set out to offer even more to our growing number of customers and their growing businesses. They expanded from an email service provider to an omnichannel marketing automation platform. And they launched a new mission: to Make Marketing Relevant. Since then, they have helped thousands of eCommerce marketers build lasting relationships with their customers by sending relevant messages to the right people, at the right time, using the right channel. Omnisend has become a top-rated app in the Shopify App store and has been listed in the G2’s selection of the Top 50 Products for Marketers 2019 and the Top 100 Software Companies in EMEA. But I wanted to learn more about the story behind the company. We also discuss how businesses are overcoming the challenges caused by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Smart Cube researches, analyses, and addresses the needs of businesses in today’s intelligence age with tailored sector-specific solutions. Primarily serving the CPG, Energy & Chemicals, Financial Services, Industrials, Life Sciences, and Retail sectors, they work with a third of companies in the Fortune 100, helping them make smarter decisions, accelerate value and gain a competitive edge. Prasad Kothari, VP Data Science, and AI join me on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast. We explore several data science and AI topics and discuss the future of AI/Machine Learning/Data Science. Prasad is an analytics and data science leader who has worked extensively building high-performing teams for various organizations and has provided consulting to many fortune 500 clients. At The Smart Cube, he focuses on helping clients realize the value of data science to solve priority business problems, including customer analytics, marketing analytics, RWE/RWD, and supply chain analytics. He has also been able to help clients leverage data science to drive innovation and top-line and bottom-line impact. Prasad has published healthcare data science research papers across leading journals, such as the American Journal of Public Health and American Journal of Psychology, as well as published books in AI. Further, he is part of the editorial board of leading research journals. Prasad has collaborated with several universities in the US and given guest lectures on Quantum Machine Learning, NLP/NLU, topological data analysis, and computer vision research. He spends his weekends reading AI books and listening to Indian classical music.
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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!

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