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





Sep 29, 2016

Phishing is the #1 security concern for 2016, with an unprecedented growth in phishing attacks this year. Over 90% of the year’s hacking attacks began with email and increasingly, attackers are targeting Office365. Find out why. 

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Phishing, security, cyber security, malware

Sep 29, 2016

The smart lighting market has given homeowners an easy foot in the door to home automation, focusing heavily on wireless control and timing, but Sengled offers more than a device controlled smart bulb – they offer “Lifebulbs”.

Instead of offering typical simple smart lighting features, Sengled strives to improve consumers lives by adding in additional life-improving elements. Imagine your traditional light bulbs doubling up as  JBL Bluetooth speakers for music, Wi-Fi repeaters for accessibility, or security cameras for protection – all accessible from your smart device. Welcome to the world of Sengled!

The Philips Hue might be an impressive remote-controlled lighting system for the home, but Sengled takes it to the next level.

I invited Alex Ruan onto the show to learn more.

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Sep 28, 2016

Jeb Banner is CEO and co-founder of SmallBox, an Indianapolis-based "culture-powered marketing" company founded in 2006.

Jeb has also been known to speak in public on various topics such as his TedX Talk "Everything I know about business I learned from being in a band"

I invited Jeb onto the show to talk about creativity and innovation along with his thoughts on life, business, technology, and music along with how to unleash the creativity potential in your people.

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Sep 27, 2016

Former Contestant on Top Chef Masters, Marco Pierre White. Chef Franklin Becker didn’t want to sacrifice the pleasure of a truly good meal to eat “healthy”.

Being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes at the age of 27, and having his son diagnosed with autism set fire to Franklin’s desire to create food that not only tasted great, yet was also healthy. Thus, Hungryroot, a company that makes comfort foods from vegetables was born.

Hungryroot uses vegetables in dishes we all love, but don't typically associate with vegetables, like cauliflower couscous, black bean brownies, and maple chickpea pancakes.

Would I be able to taste the difference between healthy brownies made of black beans and cookies made of chickpeas? What do they taste like?

I invited Chef Franklin Becker onto the show to learn more.

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Sep 26, 2016

Cybereason is the world's only military-grade, real-time detection and response platform. Much of its history is classified, but it makes for very interesting if you feel like a quick google after the show.

They are tackling security differently by viewing the market, not from an IT perspective, but the from the adversary's perspective.

In a world where Yahoo suffered a hack affecting 500 million users and Pippa Middleton revealed yet another iCloud photo hack. Not to mention wave after wave of ransomware attacks. I invited the CEO of Cybereason onto the show after hearing about their five-star rating From SC Magazine.

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Sep 25, 2016

Creatives that are hobbyists or enthusiasts often struggle to get their hands on affordable stock pictures or videos. Even if you do have an expensive subscription, very often you are left with cheeky clichéd footage of men in white shirts shaking hands in a meeting room.

The site offers video content and is often referred to as a sort of Shutterstock for video,

Joel Holland is aiming to undercut the old guard of Shutterstock and Getty with new enterprise products that are more affordable with GraphicStock, AudioBlocks and VideoBlocks.

VideoBlocks customers include NBC, Discovery Communications, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, along with ad agencies and individual creators.

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Sep 22, 2016

Sugru is a moldable glue that sticks to almost anything and turns into a strong flexible rubber overnight. It is made to stick to as many materials as possible forming a strong bond to aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and other materials including some plastics and rubbers.

Sugru was created by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, a young designer on a mission to empower people who want to repair and enhance their products

Sugru in numbers:
• Sold in 165 Countries
• Listed no. 22 in TIME Magazine’s Top 50 inventions in the world the year it launched in 2010
• 1000s of different uses
• The first 1000 packs sold out in 6 hours, 5 million mini-packs have now been sold
• Average number of stars given by hundreds of amazon reviews - 4.5/5

I invited Jane ni Dhulchaointigh onto the show to talk about her journey and Sugru's Rebel Tech Kit.

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Sep 21, 2016

TarDisk adds hybrid storage space to OS X. Unlike any other product, TarDisk merges with your MacBook's internal HD to expand it while keeping all of your files in one place at the speeds you expect. Double or triple your internal MacBook drive in minutes. No slowing down, no compromise.

Time Machine backups, programs and everything else in OS X continue to work as before. The things that you access most are automatically moved to the faster drive. Performance is maintained and even often improved. All with one click...

I invited TarDisk CEO Pierce Schiller on the show to learn more about the worlds first plug-and-play hybrid drive.

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Sep 20, 2016

A few years ago, tech in the home meant a desktop or laptop computer. We now have our own wireless network with multiple phones, tablets, laptops, games consoles, TV's, music systems all connected. IoT will bring Toasters, Fridges, Washing Machines, etc. online too.

Apple, Google, and Amazon are trying to implement Home Automation. But, I suspect families will need a little help delivering mood lighting, ring-fenced smart central heating, doorbells with cameras that allow them to answer the door from their phones and the list goes on and on.

Many households are now filled with better technology than their office in the city with a dedicated IT department.

HelloTech aims to change all that by bringing IT support to your front door. I recently heard it described as "Uber for IT Support" so invited Richard Wolpert
Co-founder & CEO at HelloTech to find out more.

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Sep 19, 2016

DUFL is a premium travel service- a personal valet that simplifies business travel by shipping, cleaning and storing your business attire.

DUFL stores your clothing in your personal DUFL closet, and allows you to virtually ‘pack’ by selecting your clothing items from within the app. Once you’ve scheduled your trip, you’ll travel – bag free, and your freshly cleaned and neatly packed clothing will meet you at your specified destination. When you’re ready to head home, schedule a pick up from the hotel and we’ll clean your clothes and have them waiting in your virtual closet, ready for your next trip!

I chat to Bill Rinehart, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Dufl about the exciting future for the company.

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Sep 15, 2016

What happens when you put tech royalty and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician from one of the greatest bands of all time Talking Heads in the same room?

The answer is RedCrow.

RedCRord is a crowdfunding platform was co-founded by CEO Brian Smith, a former Morgan Stanley financial advisor and wealth manager.

Chairman Jerry Harrison is more than just a rock star with Talking Heads but a serial entrepreneur.

RedCrow is a proprietary technology-enabled financial portal that uses the expertise of the industry leaders and its advisory boards to create the top performing crowdfunding portal. RedCrow’s selective curating process will allow for a disclosure and transparency unlike other early crowdfunding platforms.

RedCrow’s unique investment platform will educate investors and transform the way companies raise funds attracting both investors and entrepreneurs alike. RedCrow Crowd is focused on the Health Care/Social Impact space, presenting investments that make the world a better place.

It's a big honor to speak to these guys and great to see tech and rock n roll working alongside seamlessly. So I will refrain from singing Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House, Once in a Lifetime, Road to Nowhere or Wild Life and concentrate on how tech is has brought these two worlds together to make a real difference to the world by focusing on social impact.

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Sep 14, 2016

Building lasting consumer relationships on mobile is made easy at Swrve. They are helping brands meaningfully connect with all their customers.That means turning marketing into conversation, interest into interaction.

Swrve is a mobile engagement platform that handles 9-10 billion events a day on 2 billion devices.

How do brands build relationships with their customers?
How do they orchestrate customer journeys?
How do they segment and target users?

I invited CEO of Swrve Christopher Dean and Sr. Director, Product Marketing Alan Tam onto the show to answer these and many more questions about mobile engagement and analytics.

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Sep 12, 2016

The secret recipe to create a viral mobile app is something we would all love to get our hands on. Tonight's guest is the chief executive of Smule, Jeff Smith and he is behind some of the most downloaded apps of all time.

Jeff is responsible for a long list of viral hits including Sing! Karaoke, Magic Piano, AutoRap, Guitar! and Ocarina. An organic social community has also helped increase growth by 70%, while 50 million active music creators and curators have become promotional channels for the service.

I invited Jeff onto to the show to learn the secret of his success and the great story of how Sing! Karaoke user Tom Bleasby video duet with Jessie J went viral last , notching up nearly 3.6m views on his own YouTube channel and another 10.3m on Facebook after the star shared it with her followers. 

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Sep 9, 2016

Chad Newell, the CEO of SnapWire which is an innovative take on the traditional stock photo industry.

The platform allows businesses to pitch a brief and photography challenges and pay for the authentic photographs they wanted.

Essentially, Snapwire is an on-demand stock photography marketplaces inviting its photographers to own the business that gets them business

SnapWire reached their initial fundraising initial goal in only 72 hours so I invited Grant Harvey and Chad Newell onto the show today to talk about their story and successfully Launching a Title III Equity Crowdfunding Campaign.

SnapWire is a platform that connects a new generation of photographers with brands and businesses around the world.

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Sep 7, 2016

I recently came across a company called Forter on the Gartner Cool vendors list. They offer an invaluable service to retailers by taking away all the risk of transactions.

Most people listening to this show would have received a call from their bank at some stage to be questioned about recent transactions they did not make.

It's a hassle and you have to wait for new cards to arrive, but for businesses, it's a much biggest problem.

For every 1,000 transactions made in the first quarter of 2016, there were 34 fraud attacks, compared to 15 per 1,000 transactions during the second quarter of 2015, which represents a 126% increase.

I invited Michael Reitblat, CEO and co-founder of Forter to find out more about how it works and understand how raising $32M in Series C funding is making a big difference against online fraud.

Sep 6, 2016
Bootler, the newest player in the food delivery game and is set up to create transparency in the industry.  Users can now search and discover restaurants that deliver in their neighborhood, growing by restaurant or category.  
An all in one food and alcohol delivery engine that comprises data from GrubHub,, Door Dash, PostMates and their alcohol provider, Saucey, all in one place making it easier for the consumer. 
I chat with Michael DiBenedetto who is the co-founder and CEO of the fast-growing Bootler.
As food delivery apps begin to take over our smartphones, this Chicago-based food- and alcohol-delivery search engine hopes to bring a one-stop solution that could become the Kayak of food delivery.
Sep 5, 2016

Digitization projects often end up with installing huge screens everywhere for wayfinding or just to deliver the wow factor. But, seldom do they tackle the what content? or what do you want to achieve difficult questions?

Fastsigns have created a technological revolution that is helping businesses communicate with their audience in an effective, meaningful and measurable way. 

FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson has first-hand experience of the evolution from analog to digital and talks about her journey and the most common mistakes businesses make.