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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

 

 

 

 

Aug 31, 2016

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with over $2 billion raised so far. The global GoFundMe community of more than 25 million donors is changing the way the world gives.

140 GoFundMe campaigns had been created in a hub the platform created specifically for Olympians, and over $750,000 has been raised for travel and training costs.

I invited the chairman and CEO of GoFundMe, Rob Solomon onto the show to learn more about the platform that is making a real difference to people's lives.

With more than 20 years of experience helping to build some of the biggest names in tech, Rob wants to make GoFundMe the online destination for personal causes.

Aug 31, 2016

FinalCode, is a global file security platform provider that has recently joined IBM's PartnerWorld program and were also recently named a ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner.

Companies face the monumental challenge of establishing strong and persistent file protection to ensure sensitive corporate information remains protected. Even with massive investments in network security and data leakage prevention systems, leading companies lose sensitive files regularly.

Unfortunately, Data leakage, reputation, compliance and liability risks are amplified due to Shadow IT and employee / contractor turnover, mobile devices, unsanctioned applications, personal e-mail, cloud storage and unsanctioned file sharing services that are outside an IT organization’s oversight.

I invited Scott Gordon, chief operating officer of Final Code onto to the show to explain more about the five-step process and find out more about what services they offer.

Guest Info

www.finalcode.com

 

 

 

Aug 31, 2016

Today is a big day for the Tech Blog Writer Podcast and the host Neil Hughes.

It's Neil's Birthday and after just over a year podcasting we reach the 100th Episode.

In this episode, we take a break from interviews and hand over the mic to listeners of the show and also look back at our journey together.

Aug 30, 2016

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.

Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer, recently won the 2016 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, in the Financial Technology category.

After hearing how thousands of leading corporations including Airbnb, Amazon, Getty Images, Google, and Upwork rely on Payoneer’s mass payout services I invited Scott onto the show to find out more.

Guest Info

@Payoneer

www.payoneer.com

 

Aug 29, 2016

An obsession with email tools and a desire to escape the East Coast winter were the initial driving forces behind MIT Engineer Michael Grinich’s startup Nylas. After moving west to help out a friend turned into working at Dropbox and Nest he, in 2014, faced the decision between working for another startup darling or venturing out on his own. He scratched the itch that never left him, email, and set out on his own path.

Nylas is built on the idea that email can become the “database of your life” and that we already use email so much, we should find a way to build a better platform, no matter how many startups want to kill it. Using open-source tooling, Nylas allows developers to build an unlimited amount of new features on the platform, and it’s taken off within the developer community; they’ve reached 20,000 stars on GitHub, ranking them 74th across GitHub’s 3.4 million projects.

Guest Info 

@grinich

www.nylas.com

@nylas

 

 

 

Aug 28, 2016

With more than 70 million registered hourly workers and 300,000 customer locations, Snagajob is America’s #1 hourly marketplace, creating instant, quality connections so that a job can be secured in minutes. 

I invited Jocelyn Mangan, one of FastCo's 100 Most Creative People in Business, and the chief product and marketing officer for Snagajob onto the show to more about the company and their recent $100 million funding.

Guest Details

http://www.snagajob.com/

@jcmangan

Aug 26, 2016

Do you remember how unreliable taxi services used to be before Uber? Or when Chinese and pizza were the only food delivery choices before GrubHub and Postmates?

I recently discovered Giftagram. The app is redefining the gift giving process but maintaining the level of thought required to make any gift meaningful. After all its the thought that counts right? 

"Giftagram sends gifts from your iPhone--no address required! In 3 clicks, send gifts using only an email address or phone number. Browse Giftagram's curated selection from local boutiques, premium brands and exclusive experiences to find the perfect gift. It's the easiest way to send a gift (or treat yourself to something special). Select your contact, pick a gift and hit "send." Your recipient will be notified and receive their gift in 2-3 days"

I chat with Jason Reid, CEO and Co-Founder of Giftagram, which is backed in funding by some of Hollywood’s biggest executives including Peter Benedek, Jeremy Zimmer, and Jim Berkus.

Guest Info 

Twitter - @Giftagram

http://www.giftagram.com/

Aug 18, 2016

What phone do you have? Are you fiercely loyal to Android? or Apple?

No matter what brand you have aligned yourself to, the truth is that the market is appearing a little bit....well samey. And yet Analysts wonder why phone sales are dropping off.

Step forward ZTE who had a crazy idea of crowdsourcing ideas for their next mobile device and the best one will get made and go on sale next year. They want to you to submit your ideas!

Upon hearing this I had to get them onto the show, thankfully for us Jeff Lee,VP Technology Planning and Partnerships agreed to come on and tell us all about this fascinating new concept.

 

Guest Info:

https://community.zteusa.com/docs/DOC-1171

Aug 17, 2016

Andrew Filev is the founder and CEO of Wrike, provider of popular social project management software. Growing up in St Petersburg, Russia with a huge passion for technology, he dreamed of one day working in Silicon Valley.

Fast forward to 2016 he is the CEO and founder of Wrike with customers from 50+ countries. Not only does he reside in California, but Wrike has been named “Best Place to Work” for the Second Year in a Row in the Bay area.

An inspirational story about dreams, continuous improvement and bringing in a new project management tool more relevant to creatives and our increasingly digital environment.

Guest Info 

@andrewsthoughts

https://www.wrike.com 

Aug 16, 2016

EventBoard has recently secured another $13.5 Million in Series B and continues dominance in the connected and intelligent workplace of the future.

The modern workplace looks very different from 30 years ago. There are new workspaces, technologies and management styles that focus on productivity and efficiency. Yet, with over 11 million meetings per day and an estimated $37 billion lost each year to unproductive meetings, meetings remain a constant frustration.

With more than 1,700 customers using its tools and data across industries, a shift is happening across businesses that use EventBoard to focus on optimizing people, places, and technology in the workplace.

The Series B brings the company's total funding to $20.5 million and will fuel support for the sales and marketing team to drive innovation around improving the office experience with employee-focused apps and deep data driven insights.

Having already partnered with Google for work & announcing tablet support.EventBoard also integrates with many existing calendar systems, including Microsoft Exchange, and Office 365.

I invited co-founder Zachary Holmquist onto the show to learn more.

Guest Info 

https://eventboard.io/

@zholmquist

 

Aug 16, 2016

Jitterbit, the leading provider of fast, agile integration solutions for the modern enterprise, recently announced Gartner has named it a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service.

Enabling customers to amplify the power of their data and applications to improve business processes and performance is the goal of Jitterbit CEO George Gallegos.

"By making it easy for non-developers to quickly connect any cloud or on-premises endpoint across a secure and reliable platform, Jitterbit is answering an enormous demand for companies looking to transform themselves into digital businesses."

I invited Jitterbit CEO George Gallegos onto the show to learn more.

Guest Info 

jitterbit.com

@jitterbit

 

Aug 11, 2016

Businesses are migrating to the cloud, but some are unhappy at the speed and scale of the cloud and turning to hybrid solutions. Alfresco wants to accelerate digital transformation and connect people, content and processes to their hybrid solution.

While many are finally admitting that there are not enough women in tech. Alfresco attributes its recent growth to four women (including one former UN deputy CIO) in their C-suite.

With high profile clients such Nike, NASA and Saks Fifth Avenue, it's clear they are doing something right.

I chat to Doug Dennerline who is the CEO and President at Alfresco. But he has a long history in the world of IT where he has seen many changes at tech giants such as Cisco, Skype, and Sales Force.

Guest Info

@ddennerline

www.alfresco.com

Aug 10, 2016

Know Your Company is a two-person company that is experiencing steady revenue and customer growth in more than 15 countries. With Kickstarter, Medium and Airbnb on their client list, I had to find out more.

Know Your Company is a software tool that helps you uncover insights into your company that you didn't know before. 

Every week, you’ll learn three different things...

  1. You'll learn how your employees feel about your business, the work, the culture, etc. You'll uncover blindspots in your company. You'll be able to address issues before they turn into bigger problems.
  2. You'll learn what everyone in the company is working on.Everyone will be on the same page. No one in the company will feel in the dark about what's going on.
  3. You'll learn more about everyone in the company as people.This could be a favorite recipe or movie. The small connections will bring everyone a little closer together.

I invited CEO Claire Lew onto the show to learn more.

Guest Info

https://knowyourcompany.com/

@cjlew23

Aug 9, 2016

CodeFights, a scrappy new startup founded by MIT grads turned Google and Oracle engineers aims to create an online arena for hacker phenoms to hone their coding talents through real-time competitions -

Offering head-to-head battles as well as tournament based play for a massively growing community of coders. They are creating a business around the popular, organized Hackathon’s being held at some of the most innovative companies in the world.

Backed by the former Head of Strategy at Microsoft, they're looking to change the way companies like Uber, Asana and Dropbox hire by giving those without the stacked resume, an opportunity to demonstrate skill, instead of relying on experience.

I chat with CEO Tigran Sloyan about how CodeFights is changing the game for the better.

Guest Info: 

www.CodeFights.com

@TigranSloyan

 

Aug 8, 2016

Capital One customers can now check their balances, find out when bills are due or make payments for their home or auto loans – all hands free – by asking Alexa questions such as:


· “What’s my car loan balance?”
· “When’s my car/home loan payment due?”
· “Pay my mortgage.”
· “Alexa, ask Capital One to make an auto payment/due date/due amount.”

I invited Ken Dodelin, Vice President, Digital Product Development at Capital One on the show to talk about the latest developments around technology and innovation.

Guest Info 

@CapitalOne

 

Aug 3, 2016

John Hendricks has one of the most engaging entrepreneurial stories you’re likely to read about. As founder of the Discovery channel, he was responsible for broadcasting 100 channels to 1.5 billion people in 39 languages and more than 170 countries. 

His book Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story detailed how he founded the Discover Channel went from a $100,000 second mortgage on his home and the brink of bankruptcy to a $23-billion media empire.

John was niching down and tapping into second screening before it was even a thing.

Here in 2016, he has returned as the founder and chairman of a Netflix of Non-Fiction service called CuriosityStream.

Guest Info 

@JohnSHendricks

https://curiositystream.com

@CuriosityStream

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 3, 2016

Matthew Corrin struggled to find healthy grab-and-go lunch options with engaging branding and was determined to “Starbuck” the must-needed health-casual dining category. In 2005, without any restaurant or retail experience, Matthew opened his first Freshii location.

Fast forward 10 years and there are now 300 units across 85+ cities and nearly 20 countries. Freshii opened its first 100 locations faster than Subway and McDonald’s with no plans to slow down.

I invited the Freshii CEO & Founder onto the show to share his inspirational story that includes our favourite ingredients of technology, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Guest Info

https://www.freshii.com

 

Aug 2, 2016

Tom Seery is CEO of RealSelf, the world's largest community for learning and sharing information about cosmetic surgery, dermatology, dentistry, and other elective treatments.

When you think of cosmetic surgery, you don't automatically think of technology, innovation and creating a real difference to people's lives. THIS is the exact reason I invited Tom on the show tonight, it's time to challenge your preconceptions and learn how this technology is used for the greater good.

Guest Info

https://www.realself.com/video/change-500#.V6DwwNArKAw

@realself 

@seery

 

 

Aug 1, 2016

Many people nowadays are always on the go and find it difficult to break away from the hustle and bustle. We are always attached to our phones, checking emails, texting, calling, and checking social media. Believe it or not, the very devices that fuel our addiction can also pave the way to ultimate zen and focus.

An app called Meditation Studio is being credited to helping with stress, anxiety and sleep disorders. 

I speak with Patricia Karpas the co-creator of the Meditation Studio App to find out how I can untangle my mind with a mobile app.

Guest Info

http://www.meditationstudioapp.com/

@pkarpas

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