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





Nov 30, 2016

Marijuana is now legal for medical or adult use in 28 states, accounting for more than 60 percent of the U.S. population. But conflicts between federal and state law bring unique challenges for marijuana companies.

These conflicts were highlighted by Forbes magazine in an article by Julie Weed who stated reported:

"By law, customers can’t use credit cards to buy marijuana, and banks won’t open accounts for cannabusinesses because they are federally illegal.  For the most part, customers pay with cash, stores compensate employees and pay suppliers with stacks of cash, and farmers pay for their utilities and lawyers with bundles of cash"

This is creating opportunities and the rise of so-called Potpreneurs who are aiming to bring regulatory compliance audits into the 21st century ensuring compliance with state law and reducing the potential for involvement by criminal enterprises, gangs and drug cartels. 

PayQwick is the only company in the world to my knowledge that solves the legal, cash and compliance challenges faced by the marijuana industry. Upon reading this, I was compelled to find more so invited Kenneth Berke, the CEO of PayQwick onto the show.




Nov 28, 2016

I am increasingly fascinated by the world of EdTech. Technology is not disrupting classrooms it's improving them, and it's not replacing teachers it's actually helping them with an entire range of tools to offer a whole new level of education.

Two Examples

Achieve3000 provides the only patented, cloud-based solutions that deliver daily differentiated instruction for nonfiction reading and writing that’s precisely tailored to each student’s Lexile® reading level.

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving millions of students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their precise Lexile® reading levels to deliver significant reading gains—often double-to-triple the expected gains.

The Achieve 3000 free app enables access to Achieve3000 lessons for all students with active KidBiz3000, TeenBiz3000, and Empower3000 subscriptions.

Essentially Achieve3000 is using technology to accelerate literacy and help students achieve lifelong success.

Renaissance is on a mission to accelerate learning for all. Renaissance’s purpose is grounded in these core beliefs: They believe everyone can be a successful learner and that learning is a growth process: a continual journey from year to year, and for a lifetime.

The company is armed with a conviction that empowering teachers is integral to student success. Every student should have the chance to reach his or her full potential. 

Globally, teachers trust Renaissance to spark tremendous math and reading growth. Renaissance helps ensure all students reach their full potential. Students receive the unique attention and quick feedback they need to meet their goals.

Monitoring student progress is easier than you’ve ever imagined thanks to the combination of precise growth data with state-specific, scientifically proven learning progressions.

Saki Dodelson CEO of Achieve3000 and Jack Lynch CEO at Renaissance chat about their partnership, their solutions for learning analytics, differentiated literacy instruction and how they intend to create the school of the future.

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Nov 27, 2016

Helpr is on a mission to elevate childcare by providing carefully screened and curated babysitters, booked through an app. Your requested babysitter will arrive at your door in as little as three hours.

After hearing how this uber-style flow is resolving childcare issues by rushing a babysitter to your home that has cleared a strict interviewing process, accreditation, and security clearance.

I invited Kasey Edwards, co-founder of Helpr on to the show to learn more.

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Twitter: @helpr & @kaseyedwards_

Nov 22, 2016


The arrival of smart luggage that can be tracked, weighs itself and much more is starting to become a reality. It wasn't until I began looking for a new case that i suddenly became bombarded with too many options.

On my general geeky tech gadget searches for a new case for my holidays, I came across iFLY Luggage. Although they are not tech as such, they are seeking to change the travel industry by focusing on what really matters: affordable, high-quality, insured luggage. 

I invited David Rapps, the Director of Corporate Development at iFly luggage to discuss how technology is changing how we travel. I wanted to find out if there is disruption on the horizon for this industry and how far are we away from smart luggage options appearing?

David and I talk about hew travel tech and old problems such as whether to choose a hard shell or soft shell case? or how hot pack a case correctly. This was my moment to find answers to all my luggage problems both old and new.

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Nov 21, 2016

SevenFifty is the online platform for the wholesale wine and spirits industry. The company's technology platform offers a robust and real-time database that standardizes disparate data sets and provides educational information on a wide variety of wines and spirits including product details like age and region, labels, and more.

The startup has already raised $8.5M in funding to power the wholesale alcohol supply chain.

Today over 700 distributors across 30 states are present on the SevenFifty platform, representing roughly $20B in combined annual sales. Additionally, over 30,000 buyers are sourcing wines and spirits through SevenFifty, ranging from small and local bars and retail locations, to fine dining restaurants, restaurant chains, and large retailers.

I invited SevenFifty CEO Aaron Sherman onto the show to learn how tech is improving this age old industry.



Nov 21, 2016

Savonix is neuroscience democratized. Its digital, research-based assessment delivers a state-of-the-art cognitive and emotional function evaluation. The evidence-based screening is a 30-minute (on average) assessment accessed from any iOS or Android device.

Savonix Mobile is a state-of-the-art cognitive and emotional function evaluation that provides an accurate, accessible, actionable and affordable tool for professional cognitive screening

Until Savonix, cognitive assessment remained locked inside dated, analog processes that are costly, time-consuming and only accessible through a clinician. The test, which is used for screening cognitive and emotional function, is accessible via any iOS or Android device during the open beta. Users can take the set of clinically valid neurocognitive tests to receive results in multiple domains, such as:

  • Verbal memory
  • Impulse control
  • Sustained attention
  • Information processing speed
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Emotionality
  • Working memory
  • Executive function
  • Emotion regulation
  • Decision making

Savonix also raised $1.5 million in seed round funding, led by RoundGlass Partners, with Kickstart Seed Fund, BMNT capital.

I invited Savonix founder Mylea Charvat, Ph.D onto the show to learn more.

Nov 19, 2016

Australian entrepreneur David Mayman hit the headlines last year after soaring high across the Hudson River and flying around the Statue of Liberty.

The company is now offering a chance for a lucky individual relive their James Bond or Halo fantasies in real life. The jetpack flies up to 10,000 feet at 100 miles an hour on and it can fit on the back seat of your car.

I invited David Mayman onto the show to learn about the history of Jetpacks and how we could all be heading for the skies much sooner than you think.

JetPack Contest

Would you like to Be the World’s First Civilian Jetpack Pilot?


Nov 17, 2016

Littlstar is the leading premium network dedicated exclusively to Virtual Reality, 360 video, and immersive experiences. Littlstar has channels like Showtime, Disney, Discovery, Nat Geo, WSJ, ABC, and more. Viewers can discover, watch, and share the best content on VR devices like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Playstation VR, native mobile apps, Google Cardboard, Apple TV, and the web.

LIttlstar has VR partnerships with Bento Box Entertainment (producers of Emmy award winning Bob's Burgers on Fox), Legend 3D (3D conversions and VFX for films like Spiderman, Maleficent, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more), Fusion TV (owned by ABC and Univision), Michelle Phan (Social Mogul and Beauty Entrepreneur behind Ipsy), and more to come.

Littlstar has proprietary technology to stream the best 360-degree video and VR experiences, and has robust analytics and heatmap data for content owners and brands to learn about their audience.

Tony Mugavero is an experienced tech entrepreneur and executive with a media, business, and computer engineering background. He is the Founder and CEO of Littlstar, a premium cinematic Virtual Reality network putting viewers at the center of experiences using immersive technologies. Littlstar has the best VR content in the world from companies like Showtime, Nat Geo, Discovery, PBS, Red Bull, Virgin, Disney, and more.

I invited Tony onto the show to find out more about Littlestar and understand the best way of showcasing your PS VR this Christmas.

Nov 16, 2016

Fing, the top ranking, completely free and super-fast network scanner, that’s used by millions of homes and professionals around the world.

The app discovers which devices are connected to any Wi-Fi network, map devices, detect intruders, assess network security risks, troubleshoot network problems and achieve best network performance, with the world’s most popular network toolkit.

With more than a dozen free network tools including; Wi-Fi scanner, port scanner, DNS lookup, ping and service monitoring – Fing is proving to be a must-have network utility.

I invited the CEO of Fing, Domenico Crapanzano to learn about the upcoming Fingbox and how to unlock the following premium network security and troubleshooting features.

Network Security
Identify all devices on your network and block intruders.

Alerts for new devices, intruders, device status, network status, family and guests.

24/7 Monitoring
Monitor all the devices on your network, including those essential to your home’s security.

Identify Bandwidth Hogs
Find out which devices are consuming the most broadband.

Internet Speed
See how fast your internet is performing through speed and latency testing.
The #1 network scanning app
Wi-Fi Sweet Spot
Locate the fastest and slowest Wi-Fi spots in your home.

Service Quality
Check the quality of your favorite applications like Facebook and YouTube.

Nov 15, 2016

The San Francisco Bay Area is known as the "Innovation Capital of the World" for its many examples of leading technologies and unique business models. Tapping into the collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit of the region, Fujitsu established the Open Innovation Gateway (OIG) to promote collaboration with customers and business partners and to facilitate truly innovative practices.

The gesture-based screen manipulation technology used by Tom Cruise in the film, “Minority Report,” is being introduced to the modern day workplace and completely reinventing collaboration.

The CEO of Oblong Industries and former science advisor to Steven Speilberg, aims to reinvent workplace collaboration with Oblong’s Mezzanine 360-degree visual immersion technology.

Fujitsu, the world’s fifth largest IT provider, currently uses Oblong’s Mezzanine technology to help employees interact in an entirely new, immersive way.

On this episode, I speak with Dave Marvit, Fujitsu’s Innovation Strategist and Mohi Ahmed, Director of Open Innovation Gateway. We talk about how the company is using Oblong’s 360-degree visual technology and why it’s so beneficial particularly for telecommuters.

Check out this four-minute video that brings this to life

Nov 11, 2016

It wasn't too long ago that people thought Showrooming was going to kill bricks and mortar stores.

For those that don't know, "Showrooming is when a shopper visits a store to check out a product but then purchases the product online from home.

This occurs because, while many people still prefer seeing and touching the merchandise they buy, many items are available at lower prices through online vendors. As such, local stores essentially become showrooms for online shoppers."

Webrooming, on the other hand, is when consumers research products online before going to the store for a final evaluation and purchase."

The waters were further muddied recently when online store Amazon announced they were moving into the grocery market and physical store Walmart announced they were increasing their online presence.

How can we make sense of this e-commerce battlefield?

So I turned to Tom Caporaso, who is the CEO of Clarus Commerce, an e-commerce solutions provider which owns,

Tom is not only an expert in e-commerce but is also particularly sought for his knowledge on consumer loyalty, subscription services, and loyalty solutions.

Tom's expert commentary has been shared by Fox Business, Refinery29, CNNMoney, CNET, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, and more.

So allow me to beam your ears stateside to join Tom and discuss Amazon's plans and how commerce is now affecting both our online and offline worlds.

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Nov 10, 2016

Most people have heard of IBM Watson Health, but how about Apixio?

Apixio is a data science company for healthcare. Darren Schulte the Chief Executive Officer at the company is excited to be a part of the data-driven revolution in the healthcare industry.

He believes that with the help of cognitive computing in the cloud; we can analyze massive amounts of data to enable care tailored for each.

Technology leaders are increasingly focusing on the digital health experience

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Powered by its cognitive computing platform, Apixio brings advanced data to healthcare by extracting and analyzing previously trapped unstructured medical record data, giving healthcare providers unprecedented access to groundbreaking insights.

Apixio's computing platform is built upon the insights from analyzing more than 6 million patient charts. The Apixio HCC Profiler solution uses computers to mine medical charts and Medicare reported chronic condition data for payers and providers to more efficiently and accurately conduct risk adjustment activities for Medicare Advantage.

Nov 5, 2016

Healthcare startups represent a booming industry. We have all heard about how the Internet of Things. (IoT) will change our world. But have you heard of the Internet of Medical Devices (IoMD)?

The growth of IoMD, and how it's changing the future of connected healthcare is quite staggering. This movement is being adopted by both startups and established health brands. After hearing about how Industry titan GE Healthcare recently announced its partnership with a company called Trice Imaging, the leading cloud-based medical imaging solutions provider. I invited the CEO and co-founder of Trice onto the show to learn about her motivation and secret to her business success.

Åsa Nordgren is CEO and co-founder of Trice Imaging Inc., an innovate provider of technology to the healthcare industry. Trice Imaging has developed a patented and award-winning solution for sending high-quality medical images, stills and videos to cellphones and other communication devices. Trice Imaging has customers in 15 counties. Trice Imaging’s first service Mobile BabyTM was awarded with 2 GSMA Global Mobile Awards, also called the Oscars of the Telecom Industry.

“The ability to almost instantly send images to colleagues is extremely useful,” says Dr. Greggory Devore, director of the Fetal Diagnostic Centers. “I have had several occasions in which I sent images to multiple contributors on a single case study, and using Tricefy is the best way to do that. 

Trice is the collaboration platform that gives my offices the possibility to share medical cases in a secure and cost-efficient environment. I look forward to performing live demonstrations with Trice Imaging at ISUOG World Congress 2015 and showing other doctors and clinicians the speed and ease that comes with using this groundbreaking technology.”

Nov 2, 2016

Chatlight was designed by a professional photographer who was frustrated with the way people look on screen via video chat and Skype calls. The inventor of Chatlight saw the main problem immediately when Skype was launched. He noticed that people looked dark and/or blurry when video chatting and that, through a photographer’s eyes, the simple solution was better lighting.

Armed with an idea, they turned to a Kickstarter campaign which included over 1,000 enthusiastic and supportive backers who believed in a product that up until now had not even existed. The response to Chatlight's post-Kickstarter survey yielded overwhelming support and has opened doors for Chatlight to be shared with the rest of the world.

I was fascinated by how a photographer and entrepreneur went from idea to a Kickstarter campaign and the incredible journey to ensure that the product became a reality. I invited Henry Geddes onto the show to find out more.

Chatlight now improves the camera lens function and image quality to illuminate Skype users faces and make them look better online.

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Nov 1, 2016

As Senior Director, Product Management at Google, Matthew Glotzbach had overall product responsibility for Google's cloud computing applications including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Voice, Google Talk across business and consumer offerings. 

Matt was also the Vice President of Product Management at YouTube.
He led the creation of YouTube’s music subscription service, and fan-funding business platforms.

He is now moved into the world of EdTech and is the CEO of Quizlet but this is not his first education-focused initiative. A 12-year Google veteran, he was part of the founding team of Google apps for education.

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything.The company consistently ranks in the top 10 free education apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

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Matthew Glotzbach @mglotzbach


"Master your classes with the leading education app! Create your own flashcards or choose from millions created by other Quizlet users on thousands of subjects. If you're doing standardized test prep for big exams like the SAT or ACT, studying for an upcoming midterm or test, or just need homework help, you can feel confident with these powerful interactive learning tools — inside the classroom or out"