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The Tech Blog Writer Podcast - Inspired Tech Startup Stories & Interviews With Tech Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Tech News and Tech Startup Interviews without the hype in this popular tech show with tech columnist Neil C. Hughes. Neil Interviews Innovative Startups, Tech Leaders, Thought Leaders, CEO's, Solopreneurs, disruptors, and Entrepreneurs. Guests share their success stories, experiences and invaluable advice about the latest tech trends affecting multiple industries. A wealth of guests that cover every aspect of the startup scene discussing Venture Capital, Technology Startups, Advice and Strategy, Angel Investors, Bootstrapping, Business Ideas, Co-Founders, and Crowdfunding. We also look at how the digital transformation and technologies such as machine learning, automation, IoT, AI, AR, VR, wearables FinTech, Edtech and how everything-on-demand are impacting businesses.
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 The Tech Blog Writer Podcast

 

Tech columnist Neil Hughes is the host of the Tech Blog Writer Podcast that is also available on iTunesStitcher, PlayerFM and TuneIn Radio.

I launched this podcast to add real human voices to my written articles and bring them to life. My aim was to create a top podcast that unites the global community and connect every tech fan and entrepreneur in the world.

Steve Jobs once said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." This show aims to empower those followers to learn from those on a similar journey so they too can create their own path by educating and mentoring.

You can also reach me on Twitter at @NeilCHughes or at www.techblogwriter.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Jul 24, 2017

After two years podcasting and 300 episodes, I invited listeners of the show to leave virtual voicemails of what they like about the show.

Meanwhile, I share what lessons I have learned since I nervously recorded my very first episode and the friendships I have built along the way that is taking me to Denver for the No Longer Virtual Conference

Jul 23, 2017

Does a Connected Pet Device Bring You Closer To Your Pet? If you’re a tech-lover you’ve probably scoped out cool gadgets for your cat or dog. But Scollar is aiming to make sure you only need one gadget to cover all of your pet caring needs.

The Scollar pet wearable collar and accompanying app promise to keep track of everything such as pet tracking, pet sharing, training, reminders & notifications. Caring For Your Pet Cat & Dog is about to be made easier with this latest tech smart collar.

The intuitive and fun app guides you through pet setup. The map slider shows where your pal has been in case you have to find him in the future. Feeding & medication schedules are easily managed. Click the training icon to access highly curated videos that make you both smarter.


The app and smart collar work together to keep you in the know about your pet. Scollar is innovating far more than just another pet wearable. They are re-envisioning the pet industry and want you to be a part of our success story.

When I heard that they had already sold $42,000 Scollar Mini smart collars & accessories and have also enabled microchip pet doors and pet feeders to work with their new smart collars for cats and dogs, I invited CEO and founder Lisa Tamayo onto the show to find out more.

Jul 21, 2017

Welcome back to the show, as you all know I love how tech works best when it brings people together and I also love how it vastly improves on the old way of doing things.

Awhile ago now I discovered a company called Nexmo were disrupting consumer experience by enabling brands to engage consumers through chat applications. Their API Connects Brands, Chat Applications, and Service Platforms to Reinvent Customer Engagement

Nexmo was acquired by Vonage in May 2016. But Nexmo makes it easy for you to build the personalized, immediate, and intuitive communication experiences that consumers expect due to those rising expectation levels.

Jul 21, 2017

Folloze is a provider of an innovative Account Based Management (ABM) Sales Platform, which enables B2B sales teams to use marketing techniques to engage, develop and win their top target accounts.

The technology behind the company is architected for account personalization, while at the same time can scale to support thousands of accounts. This is achieved via dynamically generated content boards, content campaigning, real time account alerts and content and account analytics.

The platform is specifically designed for marketers to enable salespeople to use content campaigns, content automation, actionable account analytics, and other marketing techniques, all from within their familiar sales tools. These capabilities enable sales to act as consultants and educators during the selling process, delivering significantly more value to customers through the buying journey. This account-oriented approach allows salespeople to manage “account-specific funnels” and drastically increase their pipelines.

These capabilities enable salespeople to act as consultants through the selling process, delivering significantly more value to customers and drastically increasing their sales pipelines.

Jul 20, 2017

NinthDecimal is a marketing platform powered by location data. It harnesses this data to build a precise understanding of consumers' physical world behavior.

Fortune 500 companies and marquee brands, including Microsoft, Target, Kraft, Comcast, American Express, Starbucks and Toyota, activate this customer intelligence through audience targeting, measurement, insights, and data licensing solutions.

After hearing how the David Staas, the President at NinthDecimal is
passionate about creating technology used by millions of people. I invited him on the show to find out more.

Jul 18, 2017

Tonight I invited Josh Garrett from MOBI onto the show to learn how his tech startup journey began with the next door neighbor he grew up with. Garrett is now the co-founder and chief strategist at Mobi

He is going to talk about the rise of Virtual and digital assistants, how IT departments in companies now have to keep track of four or five devices per worker, the dangers of mobile malware and how a particular smartphone brand changed the world as we know it.

As someone that still has IT blood running through my veins, it's a pleasure to get Josh Garrett onto the show as he is responsible for creating the IT road map and strategy for MOBI as it relates to IT infrastructure and overall solutions.

All elements focus on making MOBI an easy company for their customers to buy, implement and utilize.

Jul 17, 2017

TechSmith provides software that helps you communicate more effectively with shareable images & videos. Software applications such as Snagit, Camtasia and Coach’s Eye are highlighting the importance of video, visual communications, and how communication is shifting to video.

Founded in 1987, TechSmith Corporation prides itself in providing practical business and academic software products that can dramatically change how people communicate and collaborate.

TechSmith enables users to work more effectively wherever they may be, and ensures that the process of creating, sharing and collaborating around content is simple and intuitive so that others can learn from their knowledge.

I invited TechSmith CEO Wendy Hamilton onto the show to find out more.

Jul 16, 2017

In 2014 TED Talk on “Techonomics” discussed the dual-nature of technology’s effect on capitalism and society. Jon has worked extensively throughout the African continent where he founded Appfrica, a tech advisory company, that simulated over $80M in new economic activity and job creation.

He can now be found on an unlikely street in Philly where Southbox is building a haven for business start-ups. Part fund, part studio, it aims to go beyond co-working or accelerator, incubating and building new ventures in the medical, entertainment, and other tech fields.

Multi-industry entrepreneur, investor, and data scientist Jon Gosier is the driving force behind the endeavor. “The idea for Southbox came because over the years I’ve realized I’m good at connecting the dots, pulling the right individuals together to form fast-growing companies that can be successful even after I work myself out,

Southbox is launching with 8 startups in its portfolio: Wounds A.I. (which uses machine learning to improve medical imaging and chronic wound care), Garvey Labs (a political data gathering company), TimeStamp (a mobile time-tracking app for nurses), Paramount Health (a home-healthcare service from Boston expanding to Philly), Quantified Culture (A.I. assisted talent management for influencers, musicians and entertainers), PhillyNext (a location-based event and venue discovery mobile app), Red Queen Gaming (which enhances video games with automated scripts), and CrashSpot (app-based micro-rentals of residential spaces in 15 minute blocks for people who are traveling and need a place to rest, change clothes, have meetings or nap).

Jul 16, 2017

Today's guest is Pep Carrera, Chief Operating Officer of VitalSource Technologies, a leading educational platform technology company.

"We will continue to focus on bringing the best in digital learning technology and accessibility to the learning community." Pep Carrera

VitalSource is a global leader in building, enhancing, and delivering e-learning content.  

The Platform Is Transforming Learning

MORE THAN BOOKS

The platform provides instructors and students with immersive, interactive experiences that go beyond the printed page. They also help hundreds of publishers enhance their existing content or create new, customised digital products.

GLOBAL REACH

VitalSource delivers educational content to instructors and students around the world through our website, bookstore partnerships and institutional customers.

LEARNING UNLEASHED

With the most advanced technology and solutions, VitalSource is helping develop brilliant learners one experience at a time.

Jul 13, 2017

David Greenberg is the founder and CEO of Updater.

After his last move, he knew there had to be a better way to manage the process. It was insane — the amount of time he spent contacting the utility companies, updating contacts, and so on. He looked for a solution online, and when he saw that none existed, he knew there was a huge opportunity to build it from the ground up.

Greenberg is a former successful corporate lawyer turned tech entrepreneur with a great story to tell. 

Updater recently hit a significant milestone by facilitating over 1 million moves in the US and is also approaching nearly 20% market share of all American moves. 

Instead of Taking Millions More in investor money, Updater, the 50-Person Company Chose to IPO. Its valuation has increased 400% since listing only 18 months ago.

Hundreds of the most prominent real estate companies in the US (from real estate brokerages to property management companies and relocation companies) rely on Updater’s real estate products to save their clients hours with a branded and personalized Updater moving experience.

I invited David Greenberg onto the show to learn more about how with Updater, users seamlessly transfer utilities, update accounts and records, forward mail, and much more.

 

Jul 10, 2017

While on holiday in Orlando, it quickly became apparent that the good, the bad and the ugly side of technology were available for visitors.

The Orlando Slingshot ride has become a viral success after it caught the imagination of users on social media and the videos of people riding it being seen by millions worldwide. Riders are given a USB wristband containing a video of their ride so they can share their experiences.

Meanwhile, Universal Studios seem to confuse visitors with their locker system before allowing them to enter the line for the Hulk Ride.

If you make it onto the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, you can also buy video footage of your experience and gain Social Media kudos points. But if you buy it and want to share it straight away, you would be sadly be disappointed as it's only available on DVD! What's all that about?

At Universal, you go to a ride only to be turned away and told to hire a locker which has a long line of people scratching their heads trying to get to grips with the system while techies get frustrated at behind them. But this is the point, the world is not full of techies and it should not be designed for them. Simplicity is the key to everything.

Predictably, Disney seems to be stepping up to the mark and are leading the way to create a pure friction and painpoint free world across all of their parks.

Swiping your wrist against a Mickey Mouse mouse sensor to open your hotel room, get immediately onto a ride via a fast pass, pay for your food or send photos of your day directly to your phone, that is a universal language that we all get.

However, Universals Volcano Bay is attempting to raise the bar in waterpark tech with TapuTapu wristbands will be able to alert riders when it's time for them to ride, something that the current generation of MagicBands can't do.

Jul 9, 2017

A new platform linking up professionals such as advisers and solicitors with consumers has recently launched called 121with.

The 121with platform enables the sharing and receiving of expertise primarily via one-on-one (1-2-1) live video sessions. After a session, direct and instant payments are made to the ‘Provider’ (the ‘seller’) by the ‘Seeker’ (the ‘buyer’) through Stripe, 121with’s third party payment merchant.

It's a unique idea that uses the technology we all use to get instant help and advice. I invited Joint Managing Director Tom Stokely onto the show to find out more.

Jul 6, 2017

While we have been busy concentrating on viruses, malware, firewalls, phishing attempts, and ransomware, how many of you think about social media attacks and social media cyber crimes?

James Foster, ZeroFOX’s CEO, discusses the growing issue of social media cybercrime. He also highlights specific attacks/scams plaguing Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, respectively, and explains his company’s role in keeping users safe.

Foster also talks about what companies and individuals should be doing to protect themselves and what’s on the horizon in terms of future social media attacks.

ZeroFox

ZeroFOX was named "2017 Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner
Leader in Social Media and Digital Security Recognized for Technical Innovation and Financial Performance"

About James Foster:
Foster is a prominent thought-leader on cybersecurity, having spoken on Capitol Hill about the increase in international cyber threats. Prior to his role at ZeroFOX, he founded cyber security firm Ciphent in 2006, which he led to a three-year growth rate of 8900% with 100 employees and 1000 customers by 2010 when it was acquired by Accuvant.

Jul 4, 2017

Meet the world’s first AI DJ brain, Muru. Inspired by an Aboriginal Australian term glossed as “journey,” the Sydney-based music technology company transforms metadata, the basic information about every digital music file, and generates extended playlists to fit every taste, every dynamic, by disrupting the way music is classified in the digital realm.

Muru playlists can be generated in a matter of seconds, even when they span hours, by selecting genres or artists as beginning and ending points. It can work on top of any streaming service. Muru can start cocktail hour with some cool jazz and morphs to deep house by the time everyone’s done with dessert. Users can nudge the playlist to evolve in real time, as they adjust parameters from energy to era to popularity. The approach is streamlined and intuitive, yet reflects years of serious thinking into how we relate and move to music.

Muru’s Journeys (the company’s name for its playlists) unfold so seamlessly thanks to a proprietary approach to music classification, one that embraces both the wonders of algorithms and the centuries-old study of what music does to people. Muru aims to make machines think more like dedicated DJs--and find the perfect groove in the process.

Muru allows you to play with four parameters to shift the playlist’s vibe: energy, era, popularity (for when you want more obscure or more popular tracks), and tempo. It lets you favorite or skip tracks, taking things beyond the thumbs up or down, telling the app whether it’s the song or the artist you object to. 

“We’ve really worked to understand how to improve experience, by digging way deeper into the digital catalog and social data, by generating rules that reflect people’s response to music, and by creating something people can use easily to hear music that they love,” Johnson states. “And even with the same genres to start and finish, you’ll never get the same playlist twice.” 

Guest Info

"Nicc Johnson, Chief Musicologist and Founder of Muru 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/niccjohnson/

With more than 16 years’ experience as a Musicologist, Professional DJ and Music Curator/Consultant, Johnson has created thousands of playlists. He was a resident DJ at world’s most successful nightclub, Pacha Ibiza and classically trained in Music Theory and Sound Engineering.

As a consultant he focused on Brand Identity and building the right music environment for small/medium type businesses like bars, cafes, restaurants, retail stores, barber shops etc. He now uses tech to apply this experience at Muru.

Jun 29, 2017

FreshBooks is a cloud-based accounting software service designed for owners of the types of small client-service businesses that send invoices to clients and get paid for their time and expertise.

But it's the story behind this company that captured my attention. CEO and (Co-Founder) Mike McDerment created a company within his company to completely re-platform their product as well as up their game as a company overall.

McDerment has quite an inspirational story to tell which should inspire anyone interested in technology, startups, and entrepreneurial journeys. For the first three years, he ran a business from his parents’ basement and he had reached a point where he had to change as technologies had changed,

 

 

Jun 28, 2017

StudySync has partnered with McGraw-Hill Education to deliver an engaging digital literacy curriculum that is accessible on all devices, anywhere, anytime!

Students are continually accessing and sharing information, communicating on multiple platforms, and consuming and creating diverse forms of media. In short they are becoming digital citizens.

StudySync is engaging with these digitally-connected students with media-rich learning experiences, real-world topics, and a direct read-write connection while giving teachers flexible digital tools and engaging print resources supporting teaching, differentiation, and standards-based assessment.

StudySync podcasts also offer a new way for students to use digital media content in the classroom while advancing listening and critical thinking skills.

I chat to Robert Romano Founder/CEO at BookheadEd Learning and StudySync to learn more about this 21st-century approach to learning.

 

Jun 27, 2017

The Storybooth digital platform and its multi-channel ecosystem inspire, capture, animate, engage and distribute real stories that kids and teens tell. Through mobile-friendly recording technologies, guided how-to content and an ever-growing catalog of great stories, they make it simple and exciting for kids and teens to tell their own stories, in their own authentic voices, with the possibility that their story, with them telling it in their own words, may get chosen for animation.

Their collaborations with noted YouTubers also allows them to present their “storytime” content in a new, compelling, and engaging way, and grow the audience and influence for the Storybooth episodes produced on the narratives of everyday kids and teens. 

It's the use of technology and speaking with children in a language that they understand without being patronizing that really excites me. along of course with using it promote using their unique authentic voices.

I speak with Joshua Sinel from Storybooth to learn about his story behind this exciting new digital platform.

Jun 26, 2017

Nearly 200 episodes ago I spoke with the CEO of Payoneer about empowering global commerce by connecting businesses, professionals, countries, and currencies with its innovative cross-border payments platform.

Payoneer empowers global commerce by connecting businesses, professionals, countries and currencies with its innovative cross-border payments platform.

We often here about the world of finance is struggling to keep up in this digital world. While banks cautiously investigate the opportunities around so-called FinTech an entire industry is looking ripe for disruption.

Payoneer is making big waves in the tech world for being a disruptive international b2b online payments company with revenue far north of $100 million.

Thousands of leading corporations including Airbnb, Amazon, Getty Images, Google, and Upwork rely on Payoneer’s mass payout services So invited them back onto the show to find out more.

Payoneer has seen an increase in demand for U.K. merchants looking to expand beyond the EU, as well as digital marketplaces and platforms, opening their doors to foreign sellers, publishers and talent and, as a result, is opening the office despite any fears around Brexit.

I recently discovered that Payoneer had unveiled a new office in London and Cross-border payments are on track to reach an all-time high, with new leaders in global trade arising each year.

I invited Daniel Mayhew from the Payoneer's UK operation and CEO Scott Galit from NYC onto the show to learn more about Payoneer's future plans.

 

Jun 23, 2017

As I binge my way through House of Cards, it got me thinking about all the great shows that got canceled before their time. Such as Deadwood and Firefly etc Then I got thinking about how closed off the Hollywood system is BUT I quickly found a tech antidote to all of these first world problems for TV and films fans.

Filmio is a new kind of entertainment company building a platform for creators and fans to join together where everyone plays, anyone can create, and all share in the benefits.

With their new platform, they have a goal of changing the way the entertainment industry works, like a Venture Capital firm for great films, TV shows, and virtual reality. Their model is simple: Fund, Create, Distribute.

Filmio believes that for too long, Hollywood has been a closed system, where only a select few are able to participate - this new model aims to change that by removing the gatekeepers and giving the power back to the fans and creators, enabling the two to work together to fund the next great film.

I invited Filmio President Ian LeWinter onto the show to find out more.

 

 

Jun 21, 2017

The Risk IQ platform protects the externally facing digital assets—known and unknown—of any organization from malicious actors.

They allow enterprises to efficiently map and monitor their digital attack surface, pinpoint exposures across their entire business, and dynamically mitigate web, mobile and social threats such as malware, malvertising, and phishing.

Scott Gordon has been in information security for the past twenty years working with leading edge vendors and practitioners. A technologist, advocate, marketer and writer, he has helped pioneer many of the industry’s leading infosec tools and systems that are commonly used today.

Jun 20, 2017

Aragon, the decentralized management platform for companies, recently announced that their token sale has raised $25,000,000 USD in less than 15 minutes from 2403 buyers across the world.

Boasting over 5000 test organizations already lined up, Aragon aims to show how decentralized organizations can be more efficient, transparent, cost-effective and accountable.

The Aragon Network will be the first decentralized autonomous organization whose goal is to act as a digital jurisdiction that makes it easy for organizations, entrepreneurs, and investors to operate. The mission of the network will be the development of the Aragon Core contracts, contract upgradability services for all Aragon Core contracts with a built-in bug bounty mechanism, and a decentralized court system.

As outlined in the Aragon Development Plan, a for-profit organization, Aragon Dev will be created, employing a team to work on the Aragon platform, and acting as a service provider for the Aragon Network. Over the course of 2017 and early 2018, development will focus on deploying minor releases each with additional features, laying the foundation for the first major release in late 2018.

Guest Info

Luis Cuende created his first free software project at the age of 12, Cuende was discovered early, with HackFwd awarding him the best underage European hacker at only 15 years of age. He continued to grow his reputation serving as an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission regarding Digital Agenda and entrepreneurship.

Many also know Cuende for the book "I'm 18 and I neither study or work" (2014)

We also discuss cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Etheruem, Ripple, and SiaCoins and how this technology is changing everything.

 

 

 

Jun 18, 2017

Does your business need a good alternative to Google Groups, Meetup, Slack, Mailchimp, CRM, and the endless of other tech solutions out there?

The average business now has a growing number of global partners, freelancers, resellers, affiliates, influencers, developer groups. Your next work colleague could even be in a different time zone.

How are businesses adapting to this massive shift? And how do they effectively communicate with them all? Sure many turn to platforms such as Slack, but we need something to remove the white noise, not add to it.

CEO Sharon Savariego has helped build Mobilize to help companies communicate with external groups and individuals in a digital age. Essentially, Mobilize is a single communication hub for groups. It helps you easily communicate with and organize your group members from one place.

Considering that true innovation comes from connecting people, I invited the Mobilize CEO onto the show to learn how they are connecting people in a meaningful way.

Jun 14, 2017

RBmedia, a new global powerhouse taking center-stage in spoken audio & digital media distribution tech.

They produce a vast array of exclusive titles and deliver, through their technology platform, over 700k digital content titles in total – ranging from audiobooks to online learning to entertainment and much more. Many believe audiobooks to be the fastest growing segment in publishing, valued at almost $3 billion annually. RBmedia is the largest audiobook publisher in the world.

RBmedia’s tech platform supports mobile devices of all types including smartphones, smartwatches, in-car systems, etc. They reach millions of consumers across 38 countries directly via their Audiobooks.com platform through their mobile platform serving 10,000+ libraries, and via consumer digital resellers like Amazon’s Audible®.

I speak with Audiobooks.com CEO Ian Small to find out more about what the future has in store for distraction entertainmentent

 

Jun 13, 2017

Sony recently announced the evolution of their second-generation Digital Paper (model DPT-RP1), a tool that has become indispensable to professors, scientists, researchers, PhDs, and graduate students in STEM focused careers or areas of study.

Digital Paper is also gaining momentum in legal, financial and medical fields, by professionals who read documents and take notes extensively. The second generation of Sony’s Digital Paper gives users an even better document reading, annotating and note taking experience.

Sony Digital Paper New Features

  • Easier-to-read, high-resolution display
  • A more responsive touch panel
  • Precise handwritten note-taking capabilities
  • Wireless document transfer to PC or Mac
  • A sleek new device design

Digital Paper gives users the “feel” of pen on paper through a new non-slip panel, useful when highlighting, annotating or erasing on any document. Users can rest their palm on the screen as they write — just like with paper – while taking handwritten notes and keeping digital records for future reference. Annotations and hand-written notes are automatically saved to the internal memory.

I speak with Daniel Albohn Manager of Global Business Development at Sony North America for Sony Digital Paper Solutions to find out more about this exciting technology.

Jun 13, 2017

I recently discovered how a Whiskey discovery app is making big waves in the Netherlands.

WhiskySuggest.com has collected nearly 50.000 whiskey reviews and tasting notes from both online and offline publications, and in different languages from all over the world.

The App also extracts all flavor related remarks from all of these tasting notes, combined them, and created Flavor Profiles. Basically, these profiles display what most people will taste in a whiskey.

But there is much more to the app than that, and there is a great story behind it too. So if you like whiskey and would like to understand how technology can help you find a classy whiskey based on your tastes, you will love this episode.

The most wish listed whiskeys of the moment are Highland Park Valkyrie, Ardbeg Kelpie and Glenmorangie Bacalta. All of these have been released during the past few weeks, which explains why they're trending.

If you are unsure what of what to buy your Dad for Fathers day, maybe you should try scanning a bottle of his favorite drink and check out how technology can even now choose the perfect bottle of Whisky based on your own personal tastes and preferences.

 

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