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





Oct 31, 2016

As we enter the run up the holiday season, more and more people will be relying on Amazon Prime to deliver their gifts the following day. It then occurred to me just how much Amazon Prime has raised our expectation levels. We no longer accept to wait for more than 5 days for an online order.

We don't care about how busy the poor local post office is at Christmas because they know Amazon can do it.So I found myself asking HOW can small businesses compete and then came across Shippo

Startup Shippo recently announced a Series A funding led by Union Square Ventures and also welcomed Albert Wenger to our board. Shippo powers shipping for businesses. With one simple, scalable API they have built a solution to help developers connect to a network of shipping providers and print shipping labels in minutes.

Connect with multiple carriers, get discounted shipping labels, track packages, and more with just one integration.Shippo help businesses compare shipping rates, print discounted shipping labels, and track shipments, with a goal of making shipping easy and affordable for everyone.

I invited Shippo founder and CEO, Laura Behrens Wu onto the show to learn more.

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Oct 29, 2016

Any startup journey or dream career begins with a fascinating story of motivation before any business or lifestyle success is achieved. Rather than chasing money and freedom, most Entrepreneur's just want to make a difference.Over 17 years’ of experience in worker’s compensation, safety, and compliance, and

Luke Anear was armed with over 17 years’ of experience in worker’s compensation, safety and compliance, and entrepreneurism. After managing more than 2,500 workplace injury investigations, Luke had a desire to develop a solution for critical problems in safety and compliance across many industries.

Luke's plan revolutionize safety management resulted in creating SafetyCulture, a cloud-based company dedicated to offering innovative, low-cost, mobile-first products that empower users to have a safe and efficient workplace.

SafetyCulture’s mobile application, iAuditor, is the most widely used auditing app in the world. iAuditor mobilizes all workers—from the front lines to the corner office—to participate in real-time data collection and reporting to quickly recognize and improve workplace safety.

I invited Luke Anear, the Founder and CEO of SafetyCulture to learn more about how technology is transforming the industry while also making Health and Safety exciting.


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Oct 27, 2016

Elon Musk's Tesla electric cars are incredibly desirable but let's be honest, they are way too expensive for most tastes.

I recently came across Storm Sondors who is crowdfunding his way to change this by creating the Model Sondors electric car that is projected to retail for under $10,000.

Not only will it look fantastic, but you will also be able to charge it in the same way you would your smartphone, without having to rely on charge stops and the infrastructure behind it.

The creator already has the 2nd largest Indiegogo campaign ever under his belt with the Sondors eBike (né Storm eBike) which raised over $6 million. The bike became the world’s first mass-produced, affordable electric bike.

Despite achieving business and lifestyle success with the freedom that comes with it, any entrepreneur will tell you it's not about money and never about just one startup. The story of Storm Sondors will serve as an inspiration to anyone that believes in dreaming big.

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SONDORS Electric Car -

"You likely know the name SONDORS from our electric bike. 

They said we couldn’t make an electric bike for $500. But we showed them that we could. With the help of thousands of supporters, we raised $10 million and delivered 15,000 electric bikes. We successfully created the first mass-produced, affordable electric bicycle. The SONDORS eBike is currently the largest electric bike distributor in the U.S. and is sold in 67 other countries worldwide.

Our founder, Storm Sondors, doesn’t like to do things the way they’ve always been done. He creates with accessibility in mind, choosing to start with the basics, rather than adding on to something that has already been created. 

As we did with our electric bikes, our plan is to cut out the middleman. You will be able to custom pre-order your car online. You’ll get the all of the features you want without having to haggle with a salesman. And you won’t even have to leave your house. We’ll deliver right to your doorstep."



Oct 26, 2016

How many people have your personal mobile number? Apart from your friends, family and colleagues, there is a whole heap of people and organizations that have your mobile number.

When considering our digital footprint we seldom think about how many people have our details and publish our personal details alongside our smartphone number. Facebook and Linked are just a few examples.

The concept of burner phones used to involve carrying around multiple devices, but the Burner app is often a cheaper and more efficient way of managing multiple numbers.

The ability to protect your privacy online or even have a cheap additional business phone number can all now be managed by your one smartphone. If you’ve ever tried to tell someone you’re not interested, and only for them to still pester you, Burner’s Ghostbot can handle that too.

Whether you are a freelancer creating a cheap dedicated business Line or just want to introduce privacy and security onto your phone, maybe you need a burner phone. 

I invited the CEO and founder of Burner, Gregg Cohn said onto the show to find out more and understand his mission to empower users with tools to take back control of their communications.

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Oct 25, 2016

The World's First A.I. Powered Browser

After teasing Ulli at Google and the Pioneer Summit last month, they are finally launching their free, AI-powered, one-thumb mobile browser in the IOS App Store so I had to find out more.

Ulli is revolutionizing the way you browse and search the web on your phone. Navigating on a mobile device is cumbersome: small keyboard, typos, two-hands needed, copy-pasting… For the first time, Ulli brings a smart and seamless experience adapted for your mobile device.

Unlike traditional mobile browsers that require you to navigate back and forth through multiple screens, Ulli provides links that you most likely want to browse next, thus avoiding you to type, search or copy-paste information around.

With the mobile e-commerce market expected to increase by over 50% in the next two years according to a report from GSMA Intelligence, a mobile-native browser is more key than ever for consumers. Ulli is the first web browser that finally opens the door to one-tap mobile.

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Ulli Smart Web Browser – A.I. One-Thumb Internet By Biggerpan, Inc.



Oct 24, 2016

We often read headlines around how technology is destroying jobs, but there is another side to this modern tale that is not always reported on. There are only 6,500 self-reported data engineers on LinkedIn, but the San Francisco Bay area alone has 6,600 job listings for that same title.

Galvanize are aiming to change all that by providing an education environment where you can become a developer, data scientist, secure a dream job or even build their own tech startup. What other motivation could you possibly need

At every Galvanize campus there are hundreds of students learning industry-leading skills in software development and data science, alongside representatives from the area’s top startups and some of the world’s most prestigious tech companies.

Galvanize works with hiring partners such as Allstate, Amazon, Salesforce, IBM, Pivotal, and Tesla, to ensure that students are prepared for success or embark on a dream career. 

I invited the CEO & Founder of Galvanize to learn more how anyone with ambition and aptitude can succeed if they are provided with the skills industry needs most.

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Oct 22, 2016

Many of us have created incredible online networks through a variety of platforms like LinkedIn and beBee. But, most have never met face-to-face with their followers but feel an incredible camaraderie and warmth toward each other.

Sarah Elkins took this the next level after wondering how to leverage her incredible online professional network to improve her real life, face-to-face business, and community.

She had a vision of a conference that would join up the dots and physically connect with her virtual connections. 

A conference with no keynotes, no crowded, awkward "networking" events where you've either painfully introduced around, or observing the small cliques of people who already know each other. She wanted to create a professional development that had not been seen before.

We have all been to many conferences. You know the breaks between sessions, the after-hours conversations in the lobby or the bar when you get to know the speakers and participants?

You know those times when, outside the meeting rooms, you learn more from the others than you did from any of the formal sessions?

Sarah Elkins decided to take a risk and create No Longer Virtual (NLV). A conference that leverages those side-conversations and makes them the foundation of your NLV experience.

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Oct 21, 2016

This week Stephen Hawking revealed that artificial intelligence could be humanity's greatest disaster, but thankfully Flynn Coleman offered balance when she advised AI can be a positive step for humanity.

Flynn Coleman is a international human rights attorney, an educator, an author, a mindfulness, innovation, and creativity teacher, a Huffington Post writer, a TEDx speaker, a social entrepreneur and innovator, a former competitive athlete, a founder and the CEO and founder of Malena, a company that supports economic development and human rights with innovative solutions, such as a proprietary crowd-funding platform and accessible global marketplace.

With a passion for how technology can be a force for the greater good, I invited Flynn onto the show to hear her refreshing outlook.

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Oct 20, 2016

The company, Link AKC, is a pet tech company at the crossroads of fashion, science, dogs and wearables. The company is also backed by the American Kennel Club.

Link AKC is dedicated to improving the connection between dog and owner through the data collected in their soon-to-be-announced debut product; a high-tech and high-fashion dog collar wearable. It's basically the dog version of an Apple Watch/Shinola combo.

As a fan of wearable tech, I thought it was my duty to find out more about this tech for pets. What does it do? What's its purpose? Who or what is it aimed at? So I invited Herberto Calves onto the show to find out more.

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Oct 19, 2016

New Features Information Not Available Anywhere Else, Enabling Anyone to Turn Their Relationships Into Competitive Edge.

Any business owners listening to this show who want to work with influential people or companies are faced with an uphill struggle to get those contacts and begin building meaningful relationships.

For example, if you wanted to reach the top 100 people at Apple, Google or Amazon where you would start?

Linkedin sounds perfect but what if the people you need do not have a social presence?

Relationship Science – the highly-coveted business development technology that has raised more than $120 million from some of the most prominent people on Wall Street – is for the first time announcing that it will make its exclusive database on more than 5 million executives available to the public.

Now, the company is competing directly with LinkedIn by making its database available to the masses. Still sold through subscriptions to large corporations, Relationship Science will now be available directly to individuals on a new consumer website.

I invited CEO at Relationship Science Neil Goldman to find out more.


Oct 18, 2016

With the healthcare space seeking to furnish patients with educative information and empower them to make better healthcare decisions, new companies are continuously popping up, making it difficult to separate the best from the competition.

When researching these changes, I recently came across Neil Smiley, who created two patient engagement companies, Phytel who was acquired by IBM and his current company, Loopback Analytics

So I invited Neil Smiley who is the founder and CEO of Loopback Analytics. onto the show to see he can offer any insider secrets to what it takes to succeed in the crowded healthcare market.

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Oct 17, 2016

Apps such as Uber have not only disrupted entire industries but have raised our expectations. If we can now hail a cab within a few swipes of our smartphone why can't everything else be that easy?

Step forward a Honcker, the worlds first app that lets users lease a car right from their phone in 3 swipes.

I invited Founder & CEO of Honcker Nathan Hect onto the show to find out its merging the old way and new way of doing things to create a modern solution that is increasing sales.

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Oct 14, 2016

KeepTree's patented communication technologies allow people to communicate using video like never before. KeepTree's FutureSend allows users to record videos to be automatically delivered to loved ones now or up to 100 years from now.

Meanwhile, Vift Video Gift Message technology allows gift-givers to record a video message that gets delivered digitally at the same time as their gift. TroopTree allows U.S. military service members to exchange private and secure video mail with their families.

Most of us are probably a little guilty of taking our near perfect lives for granted and I wanted to ask everyone to spend a few moments to listen to this show.

In over 120 episodes this one contains more life lessons than any so far and promise that it will certainly offer you food for thought.

Have you ever been hit by a virus and been prescribed antibiotics? I suspect you have. But before you say nothing to see now imagine it permanently damaged your central nervous system and the doctors gave you months to live.

Jon did not use technology to create businesses for fame and fortune but to help him started recording legacy videos for his children to be delivered at specific dates and times in the future – birthdays, graduations, etc. when he thought he wouldn't be around.





Oct 13, 2016

Bvddy is a mobile app that is Connecting people through sports.

Play and compete in the sports you love with people that match your skill level and experience in your community. Find people and places to play your favorite sports while you travel.

Bvddy is the world’s first smart-matching app that connects you to sports partners at your level and in your area. From tennis buddies, to running buddies, to yoga -- or whatever sport you love, we’ve got you covered. Join and get swiping. We match, you play!

I wanted to find out the story behind the Bvddy app, so invited Former tennis pro, founder and CEO of Bvddy, Pedro Ast onto the show.

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Oct 12, 2016

Brian Moylan best described Betabrand when he wrote "The company that’s using viral humor and uncensored crowdsourcing to create the future of fashion"

Selling corduroy pants with horizontal corduroy went from a crazy idea dreamt up in a bar to a multi-million dollar business. Betabrand will bring in $25M-$30M of revenue this year and create over 300 new products a year.

After hearing that major brands like Timberland and Pebble use Betabrand to make more informed merchandising decisions before creating a new product I invited Chris Lindland Founder & CEO of to learn more about his exciting journey and new way of approaching startup marketing.

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Oct 11, 2016

Anyone that’s recently attended a stadium or arena to see a concert, football game or even conference will have noticed a huge increase in security for obvious reasons. But, things have moved on from a guy patting you down on the door or checking your bag.

I wanted to check how technology solutions are now helping keep people safe.

This search led me to the Qylatron Entry Experience Solution:
It provides an automated, self-service screening experience for sporting events, amusement parks, and airports, and has been used at the Olympics, World Cup, Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and other large venues.

Qylur is helping security deliver the wow factor to venues around the world.

To find out more, I invite CEO and founder of Qylur, Lisa Dolev onto the show to learn more about how the company's journey.

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Oct 10, 2016

Zenvoy Business Matchmaker aims to Bring the Right Connections to your Inbox thanks to a Networking algorithm aimed to put the spark back into business relationships.

The best way of describing Zenvoy is it works like a dating site but rather than matching you with love interests, if ensures connections are a good fit for business interests.

Users complete a profile and a proprietary algorithm takes charge to cultivate valuable one-on-one connections that are a good fit for business interests. The platform focuses on associations, conferences, and professionals.

“Research shows that one-on-one networking is more beneficial than ‘working a room’ at an event,” said Bill Webster, Co-Founder and COO of Zenvoy. “If you live and die by referral-based business, Zenvoy can supercharge your networking value by bringing targeted business introductions right to your email inbox.”




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Oct 7, 2016

Arnie McKinnis has a question for the Tech Blog Writer....

As I continue to chase my freedom and dreams, Arnie wants to know what I have learned on my journey to business and lifestyle success.

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Oct 6, 2016

A quick look around any office at lunchtime will see a few people trying their best to be healthy by tucking into a small meal in a cardboard box. Meal Kit services seem to be everywhere at the moment and cater for any diet or taste.

An increasing number of people are finding busy workloads and managing after school activities are taking its toll. Getting healthy does not need to be a chore when FreshRealm will deliver healthy quick weeknight dinners to your front door.

Its not just about the food, but the packaging, transportation, cloud-based software, apps and connecting with their customers and their ethical outlook.

I invited FreshRealm Founder and CEO Michael Lippold onto the show to find out more.


Oct 5, 2016

Beyond Norway’s famous fjords, Viking ships and Northern Lights lies itslearning, which has bcome Europe’s largest Learning Management System provider. Founded in Bergen,Norway in 1999 by a group of dedicated students, itslearning’s goal was to create an online platform where teachers could share resources and files.

A great concept where students could complete and submit assignments- all in one place. Itslearning was built on the belief that when you elevate education, you elevate society.

An incredibly bold goal for a company from one of the smallest countries in Europe. But, the Norwegian public education system is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with a higher general level of education than the European average. 

Norway is also a leading investor in education and has one of the highest levels of educational attainment, with 82% of the adult population having at least an upper secondary education. And itslearning is now their champion LMS system. 

Now in the US, itslearning’s success continues with over 7 million teacher, student and parent users worldwide. 

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Oct 4, 2016

John Schwarz is Founder and CEO of Visier. A leading innovator in Big Data cloud technology, Visier was founded to reinvent the Business Intelligence industry, starting with a focus on workforce analytics.

A forty year software industry veteran, Schwarz was CEO of Business Objects when the company was acquired by SAP for $6.78 billion in 2007. During his tenure, Business Objects doubled its revenue to more than $1.5 billion, improved profitability, and executed seven strategic acquisitions.

After SAP’s acquisition of Business Objects, John oversaw a dramatic continuing expansion of its business as a member of the SAP Executive Board.

I talk to John about why people Are the ultimate resource for the 21st Century: Labor shortages in key sectors, surpluses in others, AI, robots causing upheaval in various industries, and diversity are all hot button issues to companies, governments and employees.

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