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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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Global Processing Services (GPS) is the issuer processor enabling many of today's most high-profile fintech innovators and disruptors, including Revolut and Starling Bank. It is certified by Mastercard and Visa to process and manage any credit, debit or pre-paid card transaction globally. Neil Harris is the chief commercial officer at GPS. I invited him on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast to learn more about the payments technology provider powering challenger banks, digital wallets, and fintech companies. With over 14 years of experience in the payments industry, Neil's key focus includes driving customer success by delivering added value and creating efficiency through technology. Before GPS, Neil was Head of Business Development at Bottomline Technologies, an innovator in business payment automation technology. He was Co-founder and Vice President of Global Sales at Access Pay, a provider of cloud-based global payments and cash management solutions. Neil is also Chair of the Financial Inclusion Committee at the Emerging Payments Association. He is part of a leading taskforce to provide benchmarking capabilities within the industry to determine the level of impact fintechs have in tackling financial inclusion issues. Neil was also part of the UK Fintech Trade Mission to Austria and Switzerland, which sought to promote UK payments technology. We talk about the positive economic impact of financial inclusion and how it will be driven forward, amidst an impending global recession.
LinkSquares is a web application tool designed to help legal and finance teams work smarter. The AI-powered contract repository automatically finds and extracts key terms and meta-data from contracts and provides key insights with deep search, custom reporting, and analytics. LinkSquares also saves high-growth companies hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars by eliminating manual contract review and the need for outside counsel. By capturing and analyzing every contract created and stored, LinkSquares gives legal teams and their constituents full visibility into their contract repository's data, content, and liabilities from inception through a company's evolution. In February, the AI-powered SaaS contract management and analysis tool raised $14.5 million in Series A financing led by Jump Capital. That meant The company has raised $21.4 million to date and will use the funding to expand its engineering, sales, and product teams and build out its solution portfolio. Vishal Sunak, CEO of LinkSquares, explains how they have proved its commercial value in the market, and steadily leading in AI-driven contract management product innovation. With over half a million contracts under management, LinkSquares helps its hundreds of customers understand and better mitigate risks and liabilities in minutes, not months. I learn how Companies such as DraftKings, Fitbit, Twilio, Asurion, VMware, and Pendo rely on LinkSquares to elevate their internal value, reputation, and productivity by eliminating time spent on manual and ineffective processes so they can protect their companies with confidence.  
As a business, your online interactions have never been more important. The coronavirus has changed the way we’ll be conducting business for the foreseeable future. Now, more than ever before, your customers are turning to you online for rapid responses to their queries across multiple platforms, and real-time information about your hours and delivery services. A company called Uberall is empowering some of the world’s biggest brands and agencies to deliver a memorable ‘Near Me’ Brand Experience — from online interactions to offline sales. The ‘Near Me’ Brand Experience consists of all the online touchpoints that a consumer has with the local outlets of a brand, from finding, persuading, buying and recommending, to returning as a regular customer. Uberall’s solutions enable multi-location brands to easily manage search and discovery, engagement, and conversion in real-time on all online platforms — mobile, voice, and desktop — across websites, mobile apps, store locators, search engines, maps, social platforms, and advertising networks. I invited Greg Sterling, VP Market Insights on Tech Talks Daily to find out more. The digital marketing and search expert talks about what SMBs and multi-location brands should be doing to weather the crisis. We also discuss the impact that COVID-19 is having on digital marketing and how to prepare for recovery.  
IoT is growing with around 50bn IoT devices forecast by 2025. At the same time, other developments like Autonomous Cars, Smart Cities, 5G, AI, and Blockchain are shaping a new dynamic of interoperability and integration. All of which is driving the transition to the internet of value. Vodafone partners with businesses of every size and are embracing positive change through digital communications technologies. They are working with the world's largest multinational companies, fast-growing enterprises, Government teams, ambitious start-ups, and small businesses across the globe. However, Vodafone is much more than mobile, fixed, and unified communications. The company isdeveloping the capability to leverage their IoT SIM to generate PKI and also incorporate a SIM wallet to equip IoT devices to be part of the economy of things. I wanted to learn more about how it will provide the capability to transact peer to peer and how the blockchain also acts as a trust anchor/ledger for IoT device interoperability (Security and Authentication). Smart Cities/Smart Citizens are also developing to act as a service provider for things, and a possible purchaser of data generated by IoT devices. Recent developments in Smart Buildings and IoT Payments also show how Vodafone is approaching these challenges. After seeing David Palmer talk about Blockchain, IoT, and 5G for Vodafone Business, I invited him on to Tech Talks Daily to talk about what it all means for technology communications and enterprises.
Mark McClain, CEO, and Co-founder, SailPoint, has over 20 years of experience developing and leading innovative technology companies. Under Mark’s direction, SailPoint has grown from a collection of fresh ideas into a publicly recognized leader in the identity management software market. Mark recently released his first book Joy and Success at Work, which delves into his history and experience as a tech entrepreneur; navigating complex market conditions, boards, IPOs and scaling; trying to disrupt an industry while ensuring a strong culture for employees; how to embrace key employees’ exits and why long-term success starts with hiring. When it comes to starting up and scaling, Mark stresses the importance of building your core team: the first twenty-five to fifty people you hire are critical to future success not only from a business perspective but also from a cultural perspective. Think about building a company like a construction project – you have to lay a strong foundation first as everything that follows will rest on top. I invited Mark onto Tech Talks Daily talk about all of this and also discuss some of the core concepts he explores within his book.  
Michal Magdziarz, CEO and co-Founder of DeepCrawl, the technical SEO cloud-based platform, joins me on the podcast. Michal has spent the last 15 years in the SEO and web business industries, and the last nine years with DeepCrawl. Currently, he leads business strategy and growth while steering the company through a dramatically changing industry. Michal has a unique background in the tech industry and has seen the 100M websites grow to almost 2 billion. Today he shares how he has seen web services evolve over the last decade. We also discuss why the web is far more complex and dynamic now, why brands need to adapt and how brands can be using SEO to accelerate growth and mitigate losses.
Lynda Spiegel is a professional resume writer whose 14 years as a Global Human Resources executive means she knows how your resume will be viewed by recruiters and hiring managers. She is also a frequent writer and speaker on job search and networking skills and also a member of The Wall Street Journal‘s Experts Panel. As a recruiter, she has posted jobs on LinkedIn, so she also knows how to write a LinkedIn profile. I learn how you can improve your chances of being found by your target employer by articulating your professional brand and the specific accomplishments that differentiate you from every other candidate. I invited her onto the podcast to share a behind the scenes insights that will improve your chances of getting an interview. We also chat about how you can ensure your application stands out in a world of AI-driven application tracking system and much more.  
John Jonas has helped thousands of entrepreneurs succeed in their business by doing outsourcing differently. He created the world’s largest website for finding Filipino Virtual Assistants, OnlineJobs.ph, which has over 500,000 Filipino resumes and over 100,000 employers from around the world using it. Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process). With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids – traveling, golfing, cycling and living his ideal life. John shares his expertise on how to hire rock star virtual assistants, helping business owners accomplish time freedom, and helping talented individuals overcome the economic challenges of living on an island. We also discuss when you should hire a virtual assistant? Why the Philippines? and how to find a good VA.  
AT NexTech AR Solutions Corp they are developing a proprietary Augmented Reality (AR) advertising platform that uniquely engages consumers by connecting them to brands and retail locations through a fully immersive AR experience. With a focus on their two core technologies, augmented reality and holographic telepresence, NexTech AR offers innovative solutions that can be harnessed across a wide range of industries. Harnessing these technologies allows us to bridge the physical and the digital worlds, pushing the boundaries of branded communication and user experience in a disruptive new way. It is the first publicly traded augmented reality (AR) company (OTCQB: NEXCF /CSE: NTAR) and the fastest growing “pure-play” AR company. It is also the first to market with its patent-pending WebAR e-commerce 3D shopping solution. The fourth transformation has begun. So I invited Evan Gappelberg CEO/Founder at NexTech AR Solutions to join me on Tech Talks Daily. Evan shares his startup story and the role serendipity has played in his success. Finally, we talk about the recent acquisition of Jolokia, which is a virtual events webcasting live streaming software company. I learn how these combined companies make it possible to launch AR first Virtual conferences
In our last interview, you might remember Gary Vee telling me in 2019 that "Joe Rogan is going to eventually sign a $100 million-plus deal to go exclusive on a platform because of the level of attention he has." We all know what happened next. After interviewing Gary Vaynerchuk twice on this podcast, you could be forgiven for thinking that you know his story inside out. But today, I want to explore his softer side of Kindness, humility, and helping others. As part of TikTok’s ongoing efforts to use the platform to make a positive impact, they partnered with GaryVee for a one-of-a-kind 12-hour TikTok LIVE stream. In the first hour and a half, Gary raised $100,000 and was not stopping by repeatedly asking the audience to share, tap the treasure chest, and donate as much as possible. Jay Strongbow donated $100K and Will.I.Am donated 25,000. Those that feel they are too old for TikTok took comfort from Joey Fatone who declared, "I'm 43-years-old some people say TikTok is too young for you but I say no - I'm having a lot of fun here." The streaming event raised nearly $900K on the live-stream, with an additional $250,000 donation from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. With the TikTok match, this means Meals on Wheels raised about 2.3 million yesterday. I wanted to find out more about the story behind the #ALLINCHALLENGE on TikTok and why it means so much to Vaynerchuk. We also talk about how he has been coping and working from home taking Zoom calls instead of living on planes.
A lot is happening in the drone space right now, with one of the big stories being the emergence of open-source for drones. Auterion has found itself an interesting niche in the industry, developing a drone operating system and analytics platform based on open-source R&D that is rapidly gaining traction. Think iOS vs. Android (Auterion). Auterion enables drone manufacturers to focus on their hardware, so they no don't have to worry about developing and continually updating the software layer that controls the aircraft and captures and manages the data. This reduces R&D costs and enables companies to focus on innovating new applications and payloads and focusing on key differentiators. Auterion is building an ecosystem of hardware platforms unified around a single software system, with a consortium of companies mounting a credible challenge against market leader DJI, chipping away at their market dominance. GE Aviation, Freefly, Avy, Impossible Aerospace, Quantum-Systems, and several other companies already use Auterion, with more in the works. At the heart of Auterion is PX4, the most used flight control software (in terms of units) in non-DJI drones. The project was started by Lorenz over 10 years ago and today counts more than 8000 users (individuals and companies) and 600+ contributors. Because the project is open source (and is permissively licensed) it has gained broad adoption worldwide and is today comparable to "the Linux" for drones. Hundreds of companies build components, products, and solutions that are compatible with these open standards. Lorenz Meier Co-Founder of Auterion joins me on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast to share the story behind the software platform designed to make large-scale drone operations simple, safe, and fully integrated in workflows.
Aaron Upright co-founded ZenHub in 2015 as a company to empower software development with flexible workflow and organization within GitHub using a fully-featured integrated project management platform for Agile development. ZenHub helps development teams build better software faster. Aaron currently serves as the Head of Strategic Accounts, managing both strategic partnerships and customer relationships, while helping current and prospective users get the most out of their experience with ZenHub. Previous to founding ZenHub, Aaron was at tech incubator AxiomZen, where he focused on developing go-to-market strategies for early-stage companies. It was here that Aaron formed ZenHub. I wanted to learn more about the GitHub extension that first become popular with Github users at midsize companies, and how it has attracted a fan base at the enterprise level. Aaron joins me on the podcast to share his story and his beliefs around software development. We also discuss prioritizing creativity along with efficiency without diminishing creativity in the software development cycle and why stiff adherence to a particular tool or methodology needs to be a thing of the past. Aaron also talks about the importance of building trust among teams and offers tips for incorporating the best of Agile development while fostering each contributor's power. Finally, I learn why distraction is the greatest enemy of productive software development.
After a seven-year tenure as Chief Security Scientist at Bank of America, Sounil Yu joined YL Ventures as CISO-in-Residence. The move will also help the firm help entrepreneurs better understand enterprise customer needs and navigate during this increasingly difficult COVID-19 environment and beyond. Sounil is also the creator of the OWASP Cyber Defense Matrix and DIE Resiliency Framework. His vision is to put the Cyber Defense Matrix to the test to see how well it can help entrepreneurs discover capability gaps in the market and reveal common patterns that can be applied to develop solutions that can fill those gaps. Sounil joins me on Tech Talks Daily to talk about the tools needed to meet infrastructure security challenges from a workforce that is suddenly 100% remote and how companies can apply the Cyber Defense Matrix to rationalize technologies when budgets are going down. We also discuss why CISOs make such good advisors to VCs, putting them to work on behalf of startups to make better solutions (YLV convenes 80 CISOs from Fortune 500 companies on its advisory board).  
Fuze is a global cloud communications and collaboration software platform for the enterprise. Through an innovative and consumer-inspired unified experience, Fuze enables seamless transition between voice, video, messaging, and content sharing. Fuze empowers the digital workforce anytime, anywhere, and across any device. As VP of Brand and Corporate Marketing, Lisa Walker oversees brand strategy, public relations, customer advocacy, content, and creative at Fuze. Additionally, Lisa chairs the Fuze Women's Network, a community of women within the organization focused on opportunities for development of women in technology. Prior to Fuze, Lisa ran brand and product marketing for Forrester Research (NASDAQ: FORR), where she oversaw the launch of successful new products including the CX Index and Executive Programs, and led the company through a successful rebrand in 2015. Prior to Forrester, Lisa ran marketing and communications for Gather.com, an early social network that later became Skyword, a leading content marketing agency. In today's episode, we talk about how businesses can embrace the future of work. The workforce of the future is more than robots and holograms. In fact, the future of work is already influencing business decisions in ways that were once visions in the minds of workers. From 5G connectivity to boundaryless communication, the modern workforce is pushing full speed ahead into a new definition of work, and businesses have the responsibility to embrace it. We also talk about eliminating gender bias in non-promotable work tasks.No one likes a messy house - or a messy office. But still somehow, not everyone is held equally responsible for the upkeep of either space. According to analysis from University College London, on average, women spend 16 hours a week on household tasks, while men spend just six hours. Finally, we also talk about the top 3 misconceptions surrounding flexible work. Regardless of how a business looks at flexibility, workplace innovation continues to advance at a high-speed, evolving into a more natural and integrated aspect of life and dominating the expectations of modern workers. The shift in the rhythm of traditional work creates assumed challenges that may be intimidating for organizations trying to adapt. Pushing aside misconceptions and uncovering the truth about flexible work can accelerate an organization's path to delivering a successful balance of work and flexibility to all of its employees, regardless of age or working preferences.
Beyond regulations, there's also infrastructural changes to today's internet, beginning with Google's decision to phase out third-party cookies. Why does this matter? Aqilliz is a blockchain solutions provider addressing the many issues currently plaguing the platform economy. Founded by a team of advertising industry veterans, entrepreneurs, and experienced engineers, Aqilliz is able to identify sector-specific challenges in the field of digital marketing to develop bespoke, blockchain-based solutions. Within a rapidly crowding platform ecosystem, the exchange of value now takes place at unprecedented rates and across multiple destinations, with marketers struggling to efficiently manage campaigns, connect with consumers, and track results. Powered by Zilliqa's high-throughput blockchain platform, Aqilliz is able to tip the value scale, restoring the balance between brands, platforms, and consumers of content across a largely fragmented industry ecosystem. Gowthaman Ragothaman is the CEO of Aqilliz, a blockchain solutions provider that looks to address issues across the platform economy. Affectionately known as G'Man across Asia's advertising community, his career spans over 20 years across the continent, having held multiple positions during his tenure at the WPP group of companies. Throughout his career, G'Man has worked with leading global FMCG conglomerates, such as PepsiCo and Unilever. Most recently, G'Man was the Global Client Lead at WPP and Global Blockchain Solutions lead at GroupM, where he looked to introduce blockchain-based solutions and distributed ledger technology to WPP clients worldwide. G'Man also previously served as the Chief Development Officer for the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (APMEA) region at Mindshare. G'Man shares his background and what prompted his decision to leave behind the world of traditional advertising at WPP and transition to form Aqilliz. I learn more about Aqilliz and what challenges they hope to solve. With the rise of privacy regulations, we also discuss the leading challenges that marketers need to contend with today.
The customer journey is often misunderstood, and the effect on sales can be massive (Hubspot recently revealed that only 24.3% of salespeople exceeded their quota last year). In today's episode, I explore the impact of AI-powered customer data intelligence on enterprise sales productivity and performance. In enterprise sales specifically, with its lengthy buy-cycle and maze of decision-makers, timing is everything. To gain a competitive edge, reps should engage with target prospects as soon as the customer journey begins, i.e., when internal key stakeholders realize that change is both inevitable and critical to the bottom line. Regardless, enterprise sales reps need concrete data insights into their customer's actual problem, their level of urgency, and the financial case for change in advance of their first prospect engagement—as all subsequent decisions will flow from it. Arming reps with AI-powered customer intelligence is vital to elevating both productivity and performance. According to Salesforce, teams are twice as likely to prioritize leads based on data analysis of "propensity to buy" rather than on intuition, and high-performing sales teams are 1.5 times more likely to base forecasts on data-driven insights. The Databook Customer Intelligence Platform combines predictive intent data, real-time insights, and time-saving productivity tools to improve selling performance across the enterprise. Every sales rep that uses Databook, regardless of experience or skill set, can deliver the right pitch, for the right audience, at the right time--building true, sustainable customer value from the first conversation. Databook's CEO, Anand Shah, developed an innovative platform that's utilized today by some of the world's leading companies that identify which accounts to prioritize, which buying groups have pain/urgency, and offers access to a hyper-personalized point of view for enterprise reps to engage the customer. We talk about how AI-powered data insights are transforming sales by offering a crucial headstart on the customer journey.
I explore the world of voice technology and dare to look beyond asking a digital assistant a question and explore how it can transform how we interact with it the world. Tobias Dengel, CEO of WillowTree— one of Inc. Magazine's "fastest-growing private companies of 2018" and one of Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 for 2019, joins me on Tech Talks Daily. WillowTree creates digital products for big-name consumer brands like HBO, National Geographic, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsico. Tobias regularly talks about the implications voice technology has for many industries (retail, finance, medical, etc.) He also recently wrote an op-ed that addresses how voice will transform financial services for MarketWatch. Tobias is deeply involved in re-inventing the digital space. He helped create geo-location for AOL Local. Just as AOL is extinct, Tobias believes strongly that Siri and Alexa will face extinction soon enough. They will, in his informed view, be replaced by "Voice 2.0" — a multi-modal experience of humans speaking and getting text/graphic results. The voices will be diverse and non-binary. A good deal of WillowTree's Voice 2.0 focus is financial transactions. Tobias sees a coming transformation in mobile transactions, but he also has much insight to offer on a variety of related topics from how voice will transform various industries from healthcare to consumer goods. WillowTree is a full-service mobile agency focused on creating world-class digital products for partners. WillowTree Inc. has released over 400 consumer and enterprise applications for businesses, including General Electric, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting, Wyndham Hotel Group, 21st Century Fox, Zappos, and many others.  
Onapsis is more than your typical application cybersecurity company. They are different because their solutions help eliminate the costs and risks preventing you from building better, smarter, and more dynamic applications faster and more securely. Gartner recently acknowledged the importance of mission-critical business applications by highlighting one of the security capabilities of the Onapsis platform. Upon hearing this, I felt compelled to find out more. They call themselves "The Tribe" in tribute to their Argentinean roots. But they take their name Onapsis from the Onas, an ancient, hardy, nomadic tribe indigenous to the Patagonian region of southern Argentina. Like the ancient Onas, they are proud people who work together as a team and rely on other members of The Tribe to help us succeed. Juan Pablo "JP" Perez-Etchegoyen, CTO of cybersecurity firm Onapsis joins me on Tech Talks Daily. He is responsible for the design, research and development of Onapsis' innovative software solutions, and helps manage the development of new products as well as the SAP cyber-security research that has garnered critical acclaim for the Onapsis Research Labs. He is regularly invited to speak and host trainings at global industry conferences including Blackhat, HackInTheBox, Troopers, and SAP TechEd/DCODE. Prior to joining Onapsis, Juan Pablo led many Information Security consultancy projects for Companies in Latin America, EE.UU. and Europe. His strongest experience is in the field of Penetration Testing, Web Application Testing, Vulnerabilities Research, Information Security Auditing's and Standards. JP discusses what enterprise practitioners need to know as they migrate business-critical applications to the cloud, including how traditional on-prem security tools fall short and who is responsible for protecting the applications before, during, and after migration. JP explains what vulnerabilities can be exploited if apps remain unprotected. As the founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance ERP Working Group, he also shares site key findings, and best practices from the organization's research.
Rahul Gandhi is a co-founder and the CEO at MakeSpace, a full-service storage company based in New York that is revolutionizing the 38 billion dollar storage industry. Rahul co-founded MakeSpace in 2013 along with his two co-founders based on their various experiences with self-storage during Hurricane Sandy. They designed MakeSpace to transform the antiquated storage industry, combining innovative technology with a customer-first approach to service. MakeSpace utilizes data and machine learning to provide a convenient and seamless self-storage experience. Through AI-driven algorithms, customers are able to store and retrieve their items on-demand, receive optimal pricing, easily schedule appointments, track their pick-ups in real time, leave reviews and tip through the app, and view a secure photo inventory of stored items. Rahul shares how he has leveraged technology to disrupt the storage industry and the need to adapt more technology within the sector. He also speaks to the benefits this has on cities and urbanization, his journey as an entrepreneur, and more.
Jason Wu is an experienced digital currency entrepreneur solving real-world problems with blockchain technology. With a Masters in B.A and Supply Chain Management, the founder and CEO of DeFiner, a true peer-to-peer fintech network for digital savings, loans, and payments, shares his unique insights. Powered by blockchain technology, DeFiner’s decentralized financial (DeFi) platform enables users to effortlessly lend, borrow, and earn digital assets within a global network. DeFiner removes the friction and costs associated with conventional financial services and instead offers maximum flexibility to set one’s own rates and terms. DeFiner also eliminates the need for third parties from its financial ecosystem, by using an immutable blockchain to track all loans and transactions, providing ultimate security for users. A key player already disrupting the USD 100 trillion loan market, DeFiner was recently accepted onto the TechStars Accelerator program. By creating revolutionary banking solutions, DeFiner is working to make lending and borrowing smoother, faster, cheaper, and above all, more secure.  
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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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