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





Jul 30, 2016

The Internet of Things (IOT) have changed the way companies do business across so many industries enabling critical data to be supplied in real time allowing smarter and faster decision making across the value chain.

Weissbeerger is the latest BIG DATA company to change the game in how major Breweries and Soft Drink Manufacturers manage their end to end business.

The team at Weissbeerger are working with bar owners on every corner of the globe and understand the need to constantly innovate, bring new customers to the bar, and grow profit.

By installing Beverage Analytics and the full suite of Weissbeerger applications, bar owners can stop guessing and start seeing proven results based on real data and advanced analytics.

Bars that use the Beverage Analytics system have seen increased sales of up to 32% per tap, reduced beer waste by 50%, and increased promotion effectiveness.

I invited Weissbeerger's COO Ilan Sobel onto the show to find out more about how technology and innovation are unlocking incredible value inside bars.


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Jul 28, 2016

The LOT Network (a non-profit first launched by Google) is a group of high-profile tech and auto companies Patent Trolls.

2015 was the biggest year ever for patent trolls with nearly 80% of suits in tech, and LOT Network is one prong of a multi-prong defense for companies as varied as Red Hat, GitHub, Box, Lenovo, etc. With numbers like this - 3M to handle a patent troll suit (on average), 500% growth in patent troll activity in past 10 years, 80,000,000,000 per year in total on patent troll litigation - the issue is pervasive.

I invited Ken Seddon, CEO of LOT Network onto the show to learn more.

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Jul 27, 2016
Since launching in 2013, David has been working side-by-side with his growing team to make the online marketplace the best place for musicians to buy and sell new, used, vintage and handmade music gear. As the company’s evangelist and product visionary, David has grown into the most popular music gear website in the world.

David started shortly after purchasing well-known musical instrument shop, Chicago Music Exchange, and growing frustrated with the process of buying and selling guitars online.

The company expects to handle about $120 million in equipment sales this year, tripling last year's volume.

I chat to David Kalt about how technology and innovation is helping go from strength to strength.

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Jul 26, 2016

Reverie is incorporating technology into the way they make their mattresses/sleep system to improve our sleep and health. A sleep technology company that has tech plugins and Bluetooth technology inside their beds and mattresses.

I chat o the CEO of Reverie about running an innovation summit where they pull together industry leads to learn from disrupters.

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Jul 25, 2016

DialogTech CEO Irv Shapiro talks about the new Dialog Analytics platform that Uses machine learning to automatically categorize phone calls.

DialogTech has experienced over 300 percent growth in its enterprise client base and nearly doubled its average customer size. They have handled over one billion minutes of phone calls and have over 5,000 enterprises, digital agencies and fast-growing companies as client

You already optimize the customer journey for the search keywords, digital ads, and web interactions that drive clicks. DialogTech enables you to do the same for customer calls, using the same tools you use now for clicks.

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Jul 22, 2016

Meet Rythm, a neurotechnology company is debuting their first product, an active wearable headband called Dreem. This is the first wearable to go beyond merely monitoring sleep, it actually reads your brainwaves and influences them to sleep better.

I invited CEO and co-founder Hugo Mercier onto the show to learn more about how the Dreem headband is different from other innaccurate sleep trackers and the future of neurotech.

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Twitter - @HugoMercierR



Jul 21, 2016

DR. AMANTHA IMBER is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium. With a PhD in organizational psychology, Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, McDonald’s, Virgin, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate successfully. 

Inventium has been recognized as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies in the BRW Fast 100 list, and was also awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy.

I chat to Amantha about how companies can overcome their fear of taking risks and understanding that innovation is much more than a buzzword or a breakout room with multi colored bean bags.


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Twitter @amantha



Jul 20, 2016

Over 100 PopSugar content creators leverage Adobe Analytics to closely observe trends and historical data, which is then leveraged in creative ways to generate the best content pieces.

Adobe Analytics is part of the Adobe Marketing Cloud, a comprehensive solution set for brands to effectively engage audiences and deliver the best experience across any platform. 

These new tools are enabling PopSugar ito better predict and anticipate the stories that readers (female millennials) will click on.

Chris George is the SVP, Product Marketing, and Sales Strategy at POPSUGAR. I invited hom onto the show to discuss this and how they are getting 35 million views on Snapchat each month.

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Jul 18, 2016

The modern day digital ophthalmoscope is here with D-EYE, the portable retinal imaging system for iPhone and Android.

D-Eye helps physicians diagnose a number of different eye conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, blood vessel abnormalities, possible hemorrhages, optic disorders, neuritis, and hypertensive retinopathy.

The product can also be used on a variety of animals, like dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, and even falcons.

I invited Richard Sill, CEO of D-Eyecare to Discuss the portable retinal imaging system.

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Jul 18, 2016

Brainshark sales enablement solutions help organizations harness the power of content to drive sales productivity and effectiveness.

Brainshark has also helped General Electric’s $5 billion GE Digital division operationalize sales and marketing alignment, and enjoy year-over-year growth-year growth. A seamless integration with Outlook and Salesforce of proving impossible to ignore.

Greg Flynn, a co-founder of the company, was appointed CEO earlier this year. He has worn a number of hats at the company – touching nearly every department: business development, sales, products & services, engineering, etc.

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Jul 17, 2016

BeyondCore, a data startup that’s spent more than ten years refining a one-click automated business analysis that gives anyone, not just data scientists, the abilities to do advanced analytics.

Their patented technology has been used by more than 20 Fortune 500 Companies and at a recent convention, they were able to showcase its abilities in a quasi-competition where they ended up beating out the likes of IBM Watson.

BeyondCore Automated Analyst asks every question of your data; statistically, validates every answer; explains the story for everybody; Now.

BeyondCore received multiple industry innovation awards such as being selected as a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms in 2016.

I invited Arijit Sengupta, the Founder and CEO of BeyondCore onto the show to learn more about their success and find an answer to the fact that 80% of BI projects fail.


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Twitter - @Arijit_SG



Jul 16, 2016

Julie Smolyansky talks about high-protein kefir. She also shares her inspirational story about using technology and innovation to improve her probiotic range.

Lifeway Foods started in the basement of a family home selling a 150-year-old Eastern European cheese delicacy to Chicago area Russian immigrants. Some years later and following the untimely death of founder Mike Smolyansky, his then 25-year-old daughter, Julie, took over the business and a dramatic reinvention began. Celebrating 30 years this month, Lifeway has become known for being one of the first to bring the probiotic craze to your grocery store isle.

Her protein rich drink, Kefir, is guzzled by everyone from toddlers to body builders, and its popularity has made them $150MM company traded on the NASDAQ.

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Twitter - @JulieSmolyansky

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Jul 14, 2016

Stephanie Newby, CEO of Crimson Hexagon and founder of Golden Seeds, an investment firm that connects women-led companies with venture investments. 

Throughout her 20+-year career, her mission has stayed the same: to help establish equal, socially conscious grounds where people from diverse backgrounds can rise to success. But Stephanie is so much more than her professional achievements. 

We talk about her completing a traditional Native American Vision Quest and much more.


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Jul 13, 2016

Huddle is the enterprise content collaboration company that's helping organizations across the globe transform the way they work.

From internal collaboration across teams, to external client engagements, Huddle manages files, tasks, and team communication in one place; so you spend less time organizing documents, managing feedback and searching through email, and more time delivering exceptional results.


Morten talks about the importance of:

File Sharing
Project Management



Jul 12, 2016

Alan Tisch Co-Founder and CEO of the one shop stop app called Spring. 

In this year of conversational commerce it's easy to see why Spring's sales are currently growing 20% month over month and how they're capitalizing on the growing trend of mobile commerce. 

Spring has learned a lot about how customers shop, they've scaled their list of brand partners to over 1,000 (now offering their full catalogs, to go from 1k SKUs to more than 130k.)

I speak to Alan about Webrooming, Shorwrooming, mobile commerce, the rise of chatbots and working with Apple.

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Jul 11, 2016

Art and technology could be the perfect new partnership thanks to Klio. The 4K digital display bringing next generation art to traditional living rooms.

The Klio is a product of's experimental Labs division and hangs on the wall like an HDTV. This next generation device also allows art sharing via a Wi-Fi connection and a monthly subscription.

In essence, Klio is attempting to bring to the digital art world what iTunes did for music. The device is providing a virtual market for artists and an on-demand download source for art lovers.

Embracing both innovation and technology has enabled the team at Klio to create the new motion-rich art forms of tomorrow. Much of the art on the platform can evolve over time. Users can also change their collection automatically depending on their mood or even time of day to provide a unique digital décor experience.

I invited Paul Golding who is a Brit in Silicon Valley about this fantastic new concept and how technology is helping art evolve.

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Twitter: @pgolding


Jul 8, 2016

Evergage's cloud-based platform delivers real-time personalization to more than 1 billion web visitors, improving demand generation, revenue growth and customer success for over 120 organizations, including Gardener's Supply Company, Intuit, Publishers Clearing House, Rue La La and Zumiez.

Evergage empowers marketers to increase engagement and conversions of visitors and users through real-time 1:1 personalization based on deep behavioral analytics and customer data. Evergage is a 2015 Best in Biz Awards, Golden Bridge Awards and The Stevie American Business Awards winner, a two-time MITX Awards winner and a two-time BostInno "50 on Fire" finalist.

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Twitter: @wirthkarl 

Jul 6, 2016

David Baszucki is the founder and co-creator of the online video game ROBLOX.

ROBLOX boasts over nine million monthly active users and over two billion hours played since 2008 with a more than 50 percent year-over-year increase in revenue. The mission is to become the global leader in user-generated gaming and creation for all ages, incorporating new platforms and fresh, exciting ideas from the community every day.

With a unique game on every server, all platforms building and creating together and making huge waves in virtual reality, I invited David onto the show to learn more about his future plans.

I dedicate this episode to my son who has enjoyed playing this game since he was 7 years old. I have watched them both grow over the last 8 years, making this episode a labor of love.

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Twitter: @DavidBaszucki


Jul 5, 2016

Travelers are turning away from hotel chains in favor of having a localized experience where they can enjoy a unique holiday. 

Stayful prices are at least 10% better than any price and provide a personalized travel service from booking to checkout.

The virtual Stayful Concierge is always on hand to help provide local tips, trips etc to ensure you enjoy spend time enjoying your trip and less time in line. 

Independent, boutique hotel experiences are unique; they can transform an ordinary trip into an amazing story of discovery. An interesting episode for any travel fans and Cheryl even has an offer for listeners of the show...


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Twitter: @cherylrosner Cofounder & CEO Stayful


Jul 4, 2016

Richard Sharp is the scientific and technical brain behind the Google-backed company Yieldify. The company forecasts online behavior for more than 500 brands and their millions of e-commerce customers

Yieldify’s email remarketing targets your visitors with messaging and content based on their onsite behaviours, delivering a consistent experience from the moment they land on the site to the moment they return to make a purchase.

Making every interaction count to optimise customer experience and brand revenue is beginning to attract attention for all the right reasons.

After learning how Domino’s Pizza Achieved a 99:1 ROI with Exit-Intent Overlays, I invited Richard onto the show to learn more.

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Twitter: @rws26

Jul 1, 2016

The Olympic Games are expected to exceed $1B in ad sales across platforms as viewers stream on social media, tablets, TV, etc.

With the Rio 2016 Olympics spanning across 16 days, viewer streaming will differ from one-and-one events like the Super Bowl, and publishers are leaning on dynamic-ad-insertion (DAI) to capitalize on viewing peaks – open & closing ceremony and popular events such as gymnastics to cater to each platform and monetize the games.

Matt Smith of Anvato discusses how DAI will rain ad dollars during the summer Olympics and its value as viewers diversify their viewing platforms. He also talks about how Anvato is bringing 360 Degree Video Capabilities.

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