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With Meta recently laying off 13 percent of its staff, some are attributing part of its cost cutting to Mark Zuckerberg’s overly enthusiastic investment in the metaverse. An investment that has yet to pay off.But while tech pundits bet on or against Meta’s fortunes, the company continues to develop its virtual reality tech - both in the form of virtual worlds and VR headsets.In this episode of The Next Stage, Meta’s head of product Naomi Gleit discusses the company’s VR vision for the future, including a forecast - as she describes it - that it could be ten to 15 years before VR and AR technologies reach their full potential.Web Summit 2023 is taking place in Lisbon on November 1-4. Get your tickets here before prices increase."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
In a world of dumpster fire social media platforms where people yell angrily at each other and divisive toxic discourse guarantees viral success, it pays to be kind. At least, this is what Jimmy Wales has learned over the years with Wikipedia. Jimmy - and Fandom founder Perkins Miller - have managed to grow passionate and loyal online communities where disputes rarely occur and when they do, are resolved quickly and civilly. What’s the secret?In this episode these two founders talk about the nature of wikis, how giving control to contributors matters, and why people love to visit these platforms, even growing their own fan base due to their contributions. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
DC’s Batman has been around for a long time. The character debuted in 1939, making him 83 years old. Since then, Bruce Wayne has gone from the printed page to the big screen and video games.Now, a new partnership with WEBTOON sees another iteration – a slice of life webcomic with a POV character, meaning the reader sees the world through the eyes of the central character. In this episode of The Next Stage listen to DC Comic’s editor-in-chief Marie Javins and head of content at WEBTOON talk about new opportunities in this space including building out brand new web series like Vixen: NYC.Marie also talks about the audience appetite for more Dark Trinity content, the new Red Hood series on WEBTOON, and how these collaborations are bringing new fans from digital over to traditional bricks and mortar comic book stores."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Over the past decade, mental health has become somewhat of a global epidemic, says CEO of Woebot Health, Michael Evers. The pandemic has exacerbated this.He goes on to say that globally, on any given day, there are around 60 million people seeking support for mental health issues. The problem, in part, is one of access to such services for reasons including affordability and availability of mental health practitioners. Clinically validated apps may be the answer. In this episode of The Next Stage listen to Michael describe how Woebot provides support in the form of AI-driven chatbots trained to deliver CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy – support that is available 24/7. Since the app launched over three years ago it has completed more than 82 million minutes of therapy with its users."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
2022 has been a whirlwind of political and financial upheaval, supply chain issues and extreme weather patterns on a global scale. We’re living in interesting times. What does this mean for seed stage startups and even Series A companies who are looking to raise money in this turbulent environment?Matt Garratt, general partner with CRV, says that these startups are “partially being jerked around by the venture capital community who don't know how to value businesses anymore”.Should startups be playing it safe? Is a down round the way to go over a flat round? Matt and other experts in this space including Beth Ferreira, managing partner at FirstMark, give their views in this episode of The Next Stage."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Embracing the best practices of working from home, and better connecting with employees and customers, is what is differentiating the top businesses of today from the rest.In this episode of the Next Stage, we gain insight into the state of play in remote working from Joseph Walsh, head of EMEA product marketing at GoTo. GoTo is a software company providing cloud-based remote work tools for collaboration and IT management, as well as strategic guidance for companies looking to manage business resilience and connections."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Modern warfare extends beyond physical boundaries to the digital. Nowhere is this more obvious than the war in Ukraine where cyber-attacks have been part of Russia’s arsenal from the beginning. In this episode of The Next Stage we hear from one of the founding members of the US army's cyber command unit, Josh Lospinoso, who has gone on to found cybersecurity startup Shift5. Josh talks about digital threats new and old.For example, he said the average iPhone is about one thousand times more secure than a trillion dollar fifth generation fighter like the F35. Meanwhile newer tech like Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite - which has been used by Ukraine military - is using older protocols that can be tracked using a shop bought kit costing only 25 dollars.What can be done to prevent all out cyberwarfare? Listen in to find out.."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Blockchain technology promises more control over personal data for internet users. Ostensibly, they could sell this data to advertisers, choosing what ads they are exposed to and what companies track their browsing habits while pocketing some cash in the process. How is this good for the online advertising industry who rely on data harvesting to target potential customers? As Brittany Kaiser, founder of Own Your Data, points out, you may think an ad is being looked at by a human but it could be click fraud. That Facebook user might be a bot. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, according to Brittany, Meta removed 1.6 billion fake accounts from its social networking platform.Blockchain is being touted as a mutually beneficial solution for end users and advertisers. Keep listening to find out why.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. Web Summit is returning to Lisbon this November. Get your tickets now by following the link in the show notes."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Are you sick of people hyping the metaverse, talking about buying virtual real estate next to Snoop Dogg’s property with the latest minted crypto? Amy Peck, founder and CEO of Endeavor VR and Dan Burgar, co-founder and CEO of Frontier Collective, get real about the future of virtual worlds.Leaving behind the hype, they look at genuine use cases like augmented reality environments in smart cities of the future. And they address significant issues around metaverse properties and NFTs, namely the current land grab and money grab that is happening.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Times are tougher for startups. Raising money in 2022 is a different beast than early to mid 2021. During the pandemic, people were more eager to make deals and make investments. Now, startups need to prove that their growth is sustainable and be willing to do this through new metrics like ‘burn multiple’, says Christina Cacioppo, CEO of Vanta, a startup that raised initial seed funding in 2021 and surged forward in 2022 despite a more difficult VC landscape.Christina provides valuable insights into how to attract funding, meet metrics, hire staff and more in this fascinating chat with Andrew Reed, partner at Sequoia Capital.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
We are very much at the end of the beginning for self-driving vehicles, says Gavin Jackson, CEO of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica. What does he mean by this?Well, Gavin thinks that an autonomous future is on the horizon but it won’t happen exactly as we imagined. Rather than single occupancy robo-taxis zipping around cities, what will be mainstream first are self-driving industrial vehicles working in mining, construction, energy plants and so on. Keep listening to hear more about this and how Oxbotica is aiming to be an operating system for all autonomous vehicles, working across all use cases from urban shuttles and self-driving trucks to off road delivery pods and more.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Part of tackling climate change is educating people about global efforts in this space. But how can the United Nations reach as many people as possible and grab their attention when it comes to the seemingly inaccessible topic of NDCs or Nationally Determined Contributions - these are long term goals various countries agreed to on the back of the Paris Agreement.The answer is mini mobile games. Find out how the UN worked with PlayMob to develop Mission 1.5, an educational game with a reach of 3.5 billion people or 40% of the global population.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
What does Gen Z want from their favourite brands? Not celebrity endorsements or value for money. A younger generation with purchasing power are choosing to spend money on companies that align with their personal values, ranging from racial justice to gun control.Ty Montague and Rosemarie Ryan, co-founders and co-CEOs of CO Collective, talk about how concern for environmental and social justice issues is driving younger consumers to choose brands that care. And they explain how this is an opportunity for companies to get involved in the growing market for conscious capitalism.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Or so the old adage goes, at least. In an age when it's just as easy to work remotely in Timbuktu as in Toronto, opportunities are similarly limitless for entrepreneurs – no matter where a person lives or what their background may be. Where (and how) can founders catch a break in today's competitive startup landscape?Leading investors – Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet, Overlooked Ventures general partner Janine Sickmeyer and Renegade Partners co-founder Renata Quintini – give their take on where to find tomorrow’s talent. Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet, Overlooked Ventures general partner Janine Sickmeyer and Renegade Partners co-founder Renata Quintini were in conversation with Harvard Business Review editor Amy Bernstein on Centre Stage at Collision 2022.Image: Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
People are getting paid in it, and governments are regulating it. Blockchain is officially mainstream. How did that happen and what does it mean? While blockchain enthusiasts have been bullish the past few years, signs of a recent collapse have many re-examining the technology. Nicolas Cary, co-founder and vice chairman of Blockchain.com, is an early blockchain adopter, having snapped up the blockchain.com domain name more than 10 years ago. Here, he shares his insights on the road ahead, from fintechs to sports sponsorships. Nicolas Cary, co-founder and vice chairman of Blockchain.com, was in conversation with Forbes’ blockchain and crypto editor, Micheal del Castillo, on Centre Stage at Collision 2022.Image: Sam Barnes/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
It might seem like a mystery to gen X and elder millennials that younger social media users have fallen for TikTok, a platform that seems to be more about dance moves and viral challenges than anything else. But TikTok celebrity Josh Richards explains that gen Z prizes TikTok for its focus on authenticity in a world where influencers Facetune, Photoshop and filter their lives for followers.Josh talks about his journey to success – all the way from filming duds in his mom’s basement to the moment when he went viral on TikTok – and discusses what his next ventures will be.CrossCheck Studios founder and CEO Josh Richards was in conversation with Style Canada editor-in-chief Elise Gasbarrino on Centre Stage at Collision 2022."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Marketing campaigns can be a successful shot in the dark or a misfired attempt to replicate previously famous campaigns. But when viral works, boy does it work. That’s something Exploding Kittens’ Elan Lee and Eric Lang learned from their experience marketing the unusual card game at games conventions and on Kickstarter.The secret to their success has been, as they put it, a result of cultivating surprise and joy – not only for their audience, but also for themselves. A case in point is the eight-foot high fuzzy vending machine they exhibited at several conventions.The machine dispensed random items while, in the background, staff were busy creating weird and wonderful gifts for the hordes of curious attendees. When someone dressed as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen got in line, they swiftly bedazzled a watermelon, creating a magic moment for Exploding Kittens fans that soon went viral online.Exploding Kittens CEO Elan Lee and game designer Eric Lang were on the creatiff stage at Collision 2022.Image: Diarmuid Greene/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Can journalists be too cautious and too prone to protecting vested interests? Where should we draw the line between censorship and what people need to know, and who decides where it’s drawn and how it’s enforced? ProPublica editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg and  Yahoo News editor-in-chief Daniel Klaidman discuss news censorship in the era of misinformation.Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, and Daniel Klaidman, Yahoo News editor-in-chief, were speaking on the Fourth Estate stage at Collision 2022.Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your favourite podcast platform. Get your Early Bird tickets to Web Summit 2022 before prices increase.Image: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Designing meaningful and modern brands for a world that demands more and more of our attention every day is undoubtedly a major challenge. Sairah Ashman, CEO of brand consultancy Wolff Olins, explores the roles of brand and experience, unpacking how combining these two elements could have a more conscious impact on businesses and people.Sairah Ashman, CEO of Wolff Olins, presented on the creatiff stage at Collision 2022.Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your favourite podcast platform. Get your Early Bird tickets for  Web Summit 2022 before prices increase.Image: Seb Daly/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
You may have heard of facial recognition technology but what about face recognition for cells in your body? This is one of the many technologies that Recursion Pharmaceuticals uses as part of its industrialisation of drug discovery. Deep learning algorithms can tell the difference between health and diseased human cells and use this to identify new medicines.“The opportunity is to industrialise drug discovery,” says  Recursion Pharmaceuticals’ president Tina Larson. “The best of the tech industry and the best of all of these tools - like CRISPR - that are in the life science industry now, to really change the way we discover medicine.”Tina Larson, President, Recursion Pharmaceuticals was in conversation with Ashley McKimm, Editor-in-chief of BMJ Innovations at the British Medical Journal on the HealthConf stage at Web Summit 2021. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November. "The best technology conference on the planet".Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
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