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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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 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

 

 

 

 

Jun 30, 2016

Partners of snorers wake up grumpy and resentful - not a great way to be in a relationship or start your day.

Most anti-snoring products use intrusive and uncomfortable masks, mouth or nose pieces.  Many don’t even work. You know because you have probably tried them.

People snore for many reasons, yet the snoring noise is universally disturbing. So Silent Partner developed an original and comfortable solution that simply quiets the noise.

I chat to co-Founder and CEO Netanel Eyal to find out more about this product and how they smashed their $40,000 target by hitting $700,000 at the time of recording this episode.

Guest Info

Indigogo Campaign - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/silent-partner-quiets-snoring-noise-like-magic#/

http://www.silent-partner.co/

 

Jun 29, 2016

Two years ago, Maria De La Croix applied for a barista job at a Starbucks in Stockholm. She didn’t get the job, she says, because her hair was “too blue.” The rejection inspired her to start a solar-powered bike café franchise.

Wheelys Cafe is now the fastest growing coffee chain in the world and is available in over 60 countries.

I chat with CEO Maria De La Croix about this incredible journey.

Guest Info

www.wheelyscafe.com

Jun 28, 2016

I chat to the co-founder of ShipBob Dhruv Saxena. The startup is committed to relieving the pain of shipping for small business by handling pickup, packaging, and shipment on their behalf.

In the eyes of consumers, Amazon Prime is the new standard. ShipBob aims to help retailers provide a similar service to their customers too.

With global e-commerce projected to grow between 13-25 % by 2018, ShipBob, is determined to help small businesses scale as they grow, cutting overhead business costs by up to 20-25%. Coming off of a recent 7-Figure Series A round, ShipBob is projecting 500% growth with this round alone.

Guest Info

https://www.shipbob.com/

 

 

Jun 20, 2016

The story of David Steinberg is nothing short of inspirational. He rose to the top of the Inc. 500 bringing InPhonic to Unicorn status with a valuation of over $1 billion.

Inphonic had to file for Chapter 11 during the financial crisis of 2007–2010. Taking what he learned during the rise/fall of Inphonic, David has now created his 2nd unicorn startup Zeta Interactive that’s challenging IBM, SalesForce, Oracle in the process.

2015 was a record-setting year for Zeta, which included: crossing $200 million in revenue, posting an all-time high in EBITDA, closing their largest acquisition of the CRM division of eBay Enterprise and raising $125 million, led by Blackstone Group’s GSO Partners.

Zeta uses big data, advanced analytics, and machine learning to power marketing programs for hundreds of Fortune 1000 and Middle Market brands. With over 1,000 employees worldwide, the company is headquartered in New York City, with Centers of Excellence in Silicon Valley, Boston, London, and Hyderabad, India, and 12 additional offices around the globe

Jun 16, 2016

MyScript is the source of the world’s most advanced technology for handwriting recognition and digital ink management.

With more than 250 million users around the globe using MyScript to harness the power of digital handwriting at work, at home, and on the go, I invited their Vice President, Marketing of Marketing Gary Baum onto the show to learn more.

A great episode for anyone interested in technology, innovation and artificial neural networks.

Guest Info

http://myscript.com/

Jun 16, 2016

I speak with CINEMOOD CEO Mike Bukhovtsev about how this portable projector was named one of the coolest gadgets for Generation Z at CES 2016.

Also learn how this digital fairytale of 15 experts in the content, hardware and software industries from San Francisco, South Korea, Denmark and Russia turned an idea into a huge crowdfunding success.

 

Guest Info

http://cinemood.com/

Jun 15, 2016

On this show, I speak with CEO and co-founder of ClearSky, Ellen Rubin

Ellen built a career on finding people with outrageous ideas and launching companies that help bring those ideas to fruition. Her first entrepreneurial endeavor, Netezza, revolutionized data warehousing before it was purchased by IBM in 2010 for nearly $2 billion. Ellen’s second company, CloudSwitch, was named a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner before being acquired by Verizon.

We talk about:

  • What's holding companies back from cloud adoption
  • The growing need for a hybrid cloud approach
  • Why companies should have an edge data center
  • The value-add of colocation companies

 

Guest Info 

Ellen Rubin - Cloud entrepreneur, startup junkie, enterprise infrastructure fan

Twitter - @ellen_rubin

Website - clearskydata.com

Jun 11, 2016

Anybody that produces content or is trying to position themselves as a thought leader on platforms such as LinkedIn or Facebook will tell you about their frustrations with algorithms.

Despite working hard building their network and interacting with their followers, it appears that the big sites rely on algorithms to determine who will and won't see your content.

BeBee is aiming to fill this gap by helping users build business relationships, rather than just contacts. Connecting people based on the interests or hobbies they have in common seems like a big step forward.

Niching down, simplifying and personalizing everything seems to tick all the right boxes. now that BeBee has 10 million users since launching last year and are aiming for 40 million users by 2017 it appears the sky is the limit.

If you have looked at your LinkedIn timeline thinking what is BeBee? This is a must listen episode.

Guest Info

www.BeBee.com

Jun 8, 2016

Allen Shayanfekr is the CEO and Co-founder of Sharestates. Allen shares his very personal inspirational journey that started with just a couple of kids hustling to reaching $300 million in total funds set aside for the purchase of loans.

Technology, innovation, and crowdfunding are all transforming the world of real estate, but it's the personal story that steals this show.

Guest Info

www.sharestates.com

 

 

Jun 4, 2016

When shopping online websites seem to know everything about us and use our browsing habits to offer products based on out browsing preferences. However, when visiting a bricks and mortar store, nobody knows our name, what we like and the only eye contact we have from the cashier is when they want our credit card.

“FiveStars’ mission is to help local businesses turn every transaction into a relationship”

Small to medium sized businesses might not be able to compete with Amazon on price or McDonalds on line speed. BUT if they don't have the personalization, they're completely doomed." advised company’s co-founder and chief executive, Victor Ho.

Having already raised $105 million since it launched in 2011. I believe that FiveStars could go on to reach the "unicorn" status of a billion-dollar company in this digital age where the personalization of everything becomes paramount to both businesses and users.

I chat to Vic Ho about using technology to create an app with social impact and bringing back the "Cheers Vibe" to retailers. After all, sometimes we just want to go to a place where everybody knows your name.

Jun 2, 2016

Axonify CEO Carol Leaman talks about how technology is enabling them to make corporate learning smarter.

A modern lesson on the true values learned by turning down a lucrative role at Google to follow her own path. The result in following her heart was her being featured as No. 26 in the annual W100 list of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs and phenominal success.

Axonify have earned the reputation as a corporate learning innovator by bringing brain science, adaptive learning, gamification and microlearning to bring e-learning into the 21st century.

Guest Info

http://www.axonify.com/

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