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

Tech Columnist Neil C. Hughes Interviews Innovative Startups, Tech Leaders, CEO's, Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs. Guests share their stories, experiences and invaluable advice about the latest tech trends affecting multiple industries. As a tech blog writer, I created 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. 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, AI, AR, VR, FinTech, Edtech are impacting businesses. 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.
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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





Dec 30, 2015

Festive overindulgence has probably resulted in the loosening of a few belts this Christmas, and as the guilt begins to sink in, we can be sure our social media timelines will start to feature your friends and family all singing the familiar chorus of “New Year, New Me.” 

However if the mobile App charts are anything to go by, it seems many reading this will have a helping hand to get themselves back into shape. I also suspect a quick look around a typical meeting room in the new year will be enough to confirm that wearable tech as officially reached mainstream status as converts discuss the pressure of reaching the elusive 10,000 daily steps target.

In this Podcast Neil looks at how How Fitbit, Airbnb, Uber and Periscope are changing our world.

Dec 19, 2015

Microsoft Surface Outsold Apple iPad in October

Apple's reluctance to create an OSX tablet hybrid and choosing to concentrate their efforts on an iPad with a bigger screen instead could be an incredibly costly mistake. Despite the iPad’s dominance on the tablet sales charts since its arrival in 2010, there now seems to be a slight chink in the armor of Apple’s flagship models.

WinBeta received an early version of an upcoming and report that revealed how Microsoft tablets have overtaken the Apple iPad in October 2015. The study was based on 100 retailers in the United States, that are collectively responsible for over 95 percent of physical products ordered online and has prompted many to wonder if these are early signs indicating a gradual decline in Apple’s fortunes.

Microsoft Listens to 72,000 Complaints and Offers More Cloud Storage

Microsoft has infamously become the leaders of the pack where indecision and backtracking are concerned for some time now so we shouldn't be too surprised to hear they have been caught performing U-turns yet again. 

Office 365 subscribers recently learned that the unlimited storage they were promised upon signing up for the service was about to be culled while the limit for free users was also heavily cut back from 15GB to a meager 5GB.

The PR disaster both angered and frustrated their customers in equal measure and their inability to anticipate consumer reaction after downgrading services they use every day was more than a little worrisome for a company that was attempting to drive adoption and attract new users of their OneDrive cloud storage.

After over 72,000 complaints, Microsoft to their credit has offered an apology along with a link to claim back some much needed free storage. Microsoft Group Program Manager Douglas Pierce advised, "In November, we made a business decision to reduce storage limits for OneDrive. Since then, we've heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused."


Microsoft is now offering their users of OneDrive an opportunity to keep their existing 15GB of free storage and the 15GB camera roll bonus taking them up to a more respectable 30GB for free. What’s the catch? This allowance will not automatically upgrade, and users have to opt-in to update and save these latest storage changes by clicking on a link before January 31st, 2016.

This is where things get quite interesting because there is also an alternative option. OneDrive users who are over the new controversial 5GB storage cap during the transition early next year will be given a 1-terabyte storage limit for 12 months, and if this isn't enough, they will also throw in a free 12-month subscription to Office 365 too for savvy users who play the game.

Dec 12, 2015

It seems that almost every week we are subjected to headlines warning how technology is bringing automation and robots into our world that will imminently threaten millions of jobs.

While machines are taking away repetitive or mundane tasks they also allow people to concentrate on bringing real value to businesses in roles that technology cannot perform.

While traditional jobs may well start to disappear, there are a wealth of new roles and opportunities during this digital transformation. Those that are happy to evolve and move with the changes might even find themselves arriving at the elusive destination of a perfect work–life balance.

Critics might argue that a virtual world of freelancers is incredibly unstable and uncertain for parents raising a family. However, it many cases its quite the opposite, for example if you were made redundant or fired from your current role, you have essentially put all of your eggs in one basket and have to start from scratch.

Freelancers, solopreneurs and virtual assistants often juggle over a dozen clients and if they lose one of them they still have others work streams to fall back on.

In this episode, I interview Ruth Cringle who has set up her own virtual assistant business called Admin Elite.

Dec 5, 2015

As a big fan of TedTalks I attended a local Tedx event that had the theme "Courageous Creations" for guest speakers.

Many of you know that TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and these events are attended by inspirational people with amazing stories to share both speaking on the stage and in the audience.

I was interested to hear there was another Neil Hughes at the event who was an author of Walking on Custard: The Book For Anxious Humans and was also appearing on stage for his first ever TedTalk.

This podcast is about his story and the day Neil Hughes met Neil Hughes.


Nov 29, 2015

In this episode, Neil talks about how Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer game is getting a free-to-play version and also discusses how some Facebook Quizzes such as the hugely popular 'Most Used Words' quiz reveals more about you than you probably realise.


Nov 26, 2015

Over the next few weeks, big businesses will be relying on their IT infrastructure to have no downtime during their busiest shopping period.

Predicted figures:

  • £1.07bn Black Friday
  • £943m Cyber Monday
  • £856m Boxing Day
  • £4.9bn Total five-week period

With potential costs of £200k an hour for website downtime, will those outside of IT begin to see the ROI of investing in security and network infrastructure?

Meanwhile, Ash Smith from London asks:

As corporate IT departments receive criticism for their sluggishness in a digital age how can we balance good solid effective guardianship and management of IT services vs adopting new technologies that are changing faster than we can implement them in a large organisation.

Nov 20, 2015

Inbox Zero is a rigorous approach to email management aimed at keeping the inbox empty. is an app that brings a Tinder-esque way of cleaning up your inbox by just swiping to unsubscribe and undo years of damage within a few minutes. For example, I somehow have notched up 167 email subscriptions of newsletters, social media alerts and stores that I brought a Christmas gift from in back in 2007 and all have now gone forever after only 5 minutes of swiping.

The app is an incredibly easy way to regain control of your inbox by following the simplistic swiping options and certainly makes you wonder why it has taken this long for something like this to arrive on the scene.

By simply swiping left you can unsubscribe from the email subscriptions you don’t want and no future emails from these senders will land in your inbox ever again.

Waking up in the morning and not having to delete a mountain of emails is certainly a blessing. However, this new super efficient method of decluttering inboxes of newsletters will be seen as a curse to freelancers and entrepreneurs who are desperately trying to build email lists to increase their following or promote a product.

Nov 10, 2015

Are We Reading Less?

The literary tug of war between physical books and their disruptive nemesis E-Books continues to divide passionate readers and remains the topic of many a heated debate in book clubs across the globe. But are we actually reading less?

Will You Broadcast Yourself from Periscope to Apple TV?

Despite my initial reservations, there is no doubt that Periscope is becoming a massive game changer that allows anyone to build their own community or digital tribe in a more visual real time manner that even podcasts cannot compete with.

Apple’s Tim Cook famously said “We Believe the Future of TV Is Apps” but the success of Periscope suggests that it could be tuning into each other's living rooms rather than traditional TV channel hopping.

When your favourite artist is playing a gig on the other side of the world, Periscope also enables music fans to tune into the performance and sample the atmosphere via someone else's smartphone.

As live television becomes more and more produced, it can also become less genuine. This is what excites us about bringing Periscope to the Apple TV — the notion that you, your friends and family can share what’s happening in the world right now, together - Periscope

The Periscope launch on Apple TV looks set to be a real game changer.


Nov 8, 2015

I have received over 20 E-Mails from listeners who are worried at the dramatic dip in readership figures and their work being featured on one of the LinkedIn Pulse channels.

  • Has LinkedIn changed their algorithm to feature blog posts?
  • Are LinkedIn only featuring Influencers rather than everyday users?
  • Why have my viewing figures taken a nose dive?
  • How do I increase my chances of getting featured?
  • What kind of content are LinkedIn looking for?

These are just a few of the questions that I have received, so I reached out directly to them to find answers to the questions that writers are currently asking.


Oct 29, 2015

Neil looks at the tech and apps available to bring Halloween into the 21st century.

The show also contains a must listen interview with the creators of Rindle that allows you to manage your increasingly growing list of productivity apps such as Gmail, Slack, Trello, GitHub, Basecamp, WunderList etc in one place.

Rindle empowers you to stream information from the tools you already use, automatically generate tasks, and move them through your workflow. 

Being able to organise all your tasks in one place is something I am quite excited about and urge all my listeners to sign up to the early beta before it closes. I have a feeling we will be seeing great things from Rindle in the near future so remember who told you about it first.

Oct 16, 2015

This week on a special podcast, I bare my soul for my favorite people, my listeners. The results may astound you, or induce uncontrolled narcolepsy... There's only one way to find out! Click the Play button.

Spencer and Neil discuss a wide range of topics such as Star Wars, Dune, earliest tech memories, video games, writing, music, politics, fanboys, trolls, online security, technology and much more.

Spencer Taylor

Oct 8, 2015

Neil looks at how Shadow IT is responsible for Slack becoming the fastest-growing enterprise software in history. Will it kill E-Mail? What are the pro's and cons?

This week's question is from Sam Lattimer who wonders why there is greater engagement online from our American friends.



Sep 26, 2015

Neil experiences life away from Microsoft Windows and gets to grips with OSX for the first time, only to discover he is a digital hoarder during his digital transitional stage.

This week's question is from Lifestyle Entrepreneur Wellness Coach Robin A Henderson who asks about the importance of online authenticity and Neil tries out the new social media app BeMe.


Sep 19, 2015

In this episode Neil looks at the power of Nostalgia and how it is increasingly being used as a sales tactic and for marketing purposes as we all embrace geek culture.

Meanwhile, The growing trend of show-rooming where consumers get hands-on with a product in a physical store before looking it up on their smartphones to purchase online at a lower price is increasingly becoming a thorn in the side of the physical stores inside shopping malls all over the world.

Can Beacons, Indoor Mapping & Mobile Deals Apps Save Shopping Malls From Show-Rooming and online shopping?

This weeks question fromCEO of the European Marketing Network Leahnanne Hobson who asks about how to monetize LinkedIn.

Sep 13, 2015

This weeks podcasts looks at the latest anouncement from Apple with the launch of a new larger iPad, Apple Pencil, Keyboard, Apple TV and new iPhone 6S models.

Neil also looks at how 5 applications can boost your productive and help organise yourself to produce regular content on the LinkedIn publishing platform.

  • Feedly
  • Flipboard
  • Pocket
  • Trello
  • Dropbox

This weeks question is from Spencer Taylor

Spencer Taylor

Sep 6, 2015

This week's podcast looks at the growing trend of marketing companies using vloggers and bloggers to endorse products with their authentic voice. Does great power require great responsibility and could bloggers unwittingly be sacrificing their integrity?

We also look at the impending YouTube subscription model and the pro's and cons of content being hidden behind paywalls.

This week's question was by Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Aug 30, 2015

Neil returns from an adventure in Norway and answers Arnie McKinnis question around the dark side of LinkedIn.

This episode also looks at the growing trend of websites shutting down their comments section on their website.

Companies are now directing traffic to their social channels away from their own website. Is this a damaging or positive step to make?


Aug 1, 2015

Episode 6 features questions from LinkedIn Authors Jacqui Genow and Andrew Brooks.

The following is discussed on this week's episode:

  • Writing on Linkedin
  • Windows 10 release and privacy issues
  • Amazon Prime, Amazon Music and Top Gear announcement

Protect yourself from Windows 10 privacy issues by checking out the information here

Jul 27, 2015

It is a huge honour and privilege to have the hugely successful LinkedIn author Dustin McKissen on the show.

Dustin has written over 150 articles on Linkedin that have achieved well in excess of one million views and thousands of shares.

He shares his journey to success and reveals a story of how LinkedIn have recently approached him to film a promotional video in San Francisco.

An all-around nice guy with a fascinating story.

You can find Dustin's phenomenal written work on LinkedIn here

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Dustin McKissen is the Founder and Chief Storyteller at M5 Strategy + Branding. He is also a proud member of LinkedIn's Publishers and Bloggers Group. You can find him on Twitter @DMcKissen, or reach him at

Jul 27, 2015

Episode 4:

A bite sized tech news round-up.

This weeks big stories involve the alarms belles around our online after the Ashley Maddison hack.

Other big tech news stories were the annuncement from Google that they are removing dead business pages from Google+ and has Kim Kardashian just revolutionised Twitter? Did anyone obtain a free ice-cream from Uber last week?

E-Mail me your questions to

Jul 22, 2015

Neil discusses innovation with Rich Haigh.

It seems everywhere you look online you will find people claiming to be innovative leaders whilst meeting rooms and boardrooms across the globe are full of business men and women getting excited about innovation.

There is an increasing reliance on technology and innovation has become the most overused buzzword in business.

Surely there is more to innovation than it being just another buzzword, but what is it? Can we define what it is?

·         What is innovation and what t isn't? Why is it important?

·         How do you embed an innovation culture into a business and what mistakes are usually made?

·         Is resistance to change still an obstacle or are people more accepting now?


·         How do you measure the success of innovation? These are the questions that Neil & Rich discuss.  


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Jul 22, 2015

Neil discusses the latest top tech stories and also answers questions from LinkedIn Writers.


Tech News Round Up

  • The disappointing Amazon Prime Day and how the Camelizer brings price history charts to your browser for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
  • Charging your phone on the train could get you arrested


LinkedIn writers send in their questions to the Tech Blog Writer Podcast

Marietta Gentles Crawford Advises the importance of the person behind the profile picture on LinkedIn.

Doug Ales asks how to get more engagement and views from blog posts on the LinkedIn longform posting publishing platform.



Jul 10, 2015

In this first episode, Neil talks about his blogging journey on the LinkedIn Publishing platform and interviews John White who shares his experiences and success with blogging on LinkedIn.

Show Notes

Exactly 12 months ago today, I was given access to contribute my professional insights on the LinkedIn publishing platform that was being rolled out to its members. One Year later, I have published 83 blog posts that have reached nearly 1 million article views and somehow amassed over 7,000 followers along the way.

The greatest reward I have received from writing on LinkedIn is developing real friendships with like-minded individuals on a similar journey.


There is a long list of real friendships with fellow writers such as John WhiteDustin McKissen and Paul Drury along with many others who inspire me to improve. On a recent holiday to New York, I even met with another LinkedIn friend and mentor Tom Ziegler at the White Horse Tavern where Dylan Thomas famously enjoyed his last whiskey.

There are many discussions of how technology is separating us rather than uniting us all. However, my experience of the last 12 months has proved that engaging with your audience and genuine networking that is not used for some kind of cynical self-gain is the essence of how humans learn from each other and move forward.

What Next?

Now that my fear of hitting the publish on a blog post is a distant memory combined with the knowledge that engagement is about conversations rather than dialogue, a new idea was born. On average there are around 66,000 people reading my blog posts each month, rather than this remain a one-way conversation, I want to engage with every reader.

The same fear of hitting publish has returned as my first Podcast became available oniTunesRSS and Web, where I interview the prolific John White about his similar journey on LinkedIn long-form posting.

Podcasting allows me to open up this new communications channel and broadcast your thoughts that I am hoping might even challenge my thought process too. My plan is to offer an open invite to anyone that would like to feature in an interview. You could even just message me from your phone with a recording of a few words with your view on of the latest tech trend posts that I publish here on LinkedIn.

This idea was born out of a moment of madness and a genuine desire to connect with each and every one of my readers. Maybe, John Lennon said it best with the lyrics ‘You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us’.