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





Dec 29, 2016

You may have seen Legs Jacket by VEAR feature on cool gift guides over the last few weeks. Known as the Stylish Rain Pants that Keep Commuters Dry, VEAR launched on Kickstarter and got fully funded in only 27 hours and has raised over $127,000 at the time of recording this show.

Rain is the number one reason people cycle less. We saw a need for high-performance rain pants with a contemporary stylish design for cyclists and walkers who need to stay dry and comfortable during their commutes,” said VEAR co-founder Valentin Nicoară.

“In the biggest cities in the world, more and more people are biking and walking to work. It’s time for commuters to have a stylish, high-performance pant that becomes a key part of their professional wardrobe on snowy, rainy, damp and cool days.”

VEAR launched on Kickstarter and got fully funded in only 27 hours and has raised over $127,000 at the time of recording this show.

Dec 26, 2016

31 Events is an email and web marketing calendar solution that leverages the use of Coupons and Tickets that embed into the calendar event for easy retrieval at the time of the event by a URL in the calendar interface. The calendar event then uses all the components of the operating system reminder, including geo-location of the event and integrated notification for driving based on geo-location.

The product is designed to get your customers to your event or to your promotion by making sure they have the correct calendar invitation on their work or personal calendar with the embedded URL for that specific promotion.

Use cases for testing include - event registrations, ticketing, coupons, and appointment setting. We are compatible with all operating systems both desktop and mobile devices. The product uses a simple code generator to embed your event into your email template - we support Mail Chimp, Constant Contact and Exact Target.

In addition, the calendar event can generate the code needed for event promotions on your website with easy to use Event Modals that can be embedded into your website. When a person adds their email address they get a Calendar invitation with Event coupon or Ticket and we track acceptance to the event through our reporting engine.

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Dec 22, 2016
The biggest oxymoron in tech, ‘password security’, continues to rear its ugly head with high-profile hacks all over the map, validating that there is no end in sight unless drastic action is taken
Marc Boroditsky, VP of Authentication for Twilio discusses how they’re trying to kill the standard password. Backed by early investors like Box CEO Aaron Levie and the Winklevoss twins before their acquisition and now by Twilio, these guys are waging war on the password and bringing 2-Factor Authentication to the masses.
Dec 20, 2016

I consider myself very fortunate is being able to interview established tech leaders and people at the beginning of their startup journey every night. If I have learned anything in 150+ interviews its that there are two very different sides to the tech world.

There is the hype, billion dollar valuations and then there is the reality which I think is summed up perfectly in the TV show Silicon Valley.

I'm quite excited about chatting with tonight's guest. He has worked in the high technology and software industries since 1978 as a programmer, salesman, field sales engineer, marketer and now author!

Having worked in tech all his life and seeing how the industry has evolved, meeting Steve Jobs and being amused by the adulation and obsession that surrounded him.

He wrote a fantastic satirical tale called Selling Steve Jobs’ Liver?”
But rather than get into too much detail now, let's get Rick Champman on the show.

It's time to beam your ears all the way to Connecticut in the US to speak with Rick Chapman who has a few great stories to share.

And he is also the author of “In Search of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High-Tech Marketing Disasters,” too.

But that is just one side of how he also juggles his time and passions, as away from the typewriter he is also the editor of Softletter, and happens to also be the COO of a new SaaS startup too.

Dec 18, 2016

Capital One seem to be leading with technology by recently launching a "how much did I spend? skill to Amazon Echo. The service is also being rolled out to users of Microsoft Cortana too. 

The ability to ask "How much did I spend at Starbucks last month" and receive an instant answer without any hassle is a real game changer and eye opener to those who manage their finances on the go.

I invited Ken Dodelin onto the show to find out more. He's the Vice President, Digital Product Development at Capital One and is waiting to tell us all about the skills available on Amazon Echo and Microsoft Cortana.

Dec 18, 2016

As we are right in the middle of the gift giving season, it seemed like a great idea to get the guys from Giftagram back onto the show.Regular listeners might remember that way back on episode 96 they explained their unique concept for gift giving.

Giftagram sends gifts from your iPhone--no address required! In 3 clicks, you can send gifts using only an email address or phone number. Making gift giving as simple as selecting your contact, pick a gift and hit "send." seems like the perfect antidote to this very stressful time of year.

After reading about their tech-focused toy drive I invited them back on the show to learn how cash-strapped individuals who want to be thoughtful but still look for convenience are using Giftagram.

I welcome Jason Reid, CEO and Co-Founder of Giftagram onto the show to find out how they have put the age old tradition of donating toy to those less fortunate than ourselves into the digital age.

Dec 15, 2016

Huggle lets you discover and connect with the people who go to the places you go and shows you the places you have in common. The app filters who you connect with based on where you go, what you do, what you're interested in and how you live your life. You are where you go, so let your lifestyle do the talking.

Apps such as Tinder encourage users to keep swiping left or right on human beings with real feelings, passions, and interests and is often a fruitless exercise. These shallow actions also feel incredibly primitive.

Huggle co-founder Stina Sanders recently asked "Are We Swiping Away Our Humanity?" If we behaved in he way that so many people do online, we’d be severely disappointed, depressed and potentially in prison.

Huggle is attempting to change the way people meet around the world for all the right reasons and I felt compelled to find out more.

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Dec 14, 2016

Stealth Mac management startup Fleetsmith recently launched with $3.1 million seed round. Deploying applications or forcing app and operating system updates to an entire fleet of Macs is now a reality.

Those working in cybersecurity or IT will also delight in hearing how disk encryption and firewalls can also be centrally managed to ensure that MACS are compliant like the machines in a windows environment.

Fleetsmith features include:


  • Fully automated packaging and patch management: Apps are automatically packaged and updated across the entire fleet, with optional update enforcement deadlines.
  • Fleet-wide OS upgrades: Upgrade to macOS Sierra (and future major releases) with one click.
  • G Suite integration: Securely login and import users with G Suite.
  • Device inventory: Centralized device inventory that eliminates spreadsheets and offers fleet health insights. 

"It's rare to find an IT management solution that delivers a robust set of security capabilities while maintaining a first-class administrator and end-user experience,” said Kevin Mahaffey, Founder and CTO of Lookout. “Fleetsmith does it.”

IT teams historically accustomed to Windows-heavy environments, tools to manage Macs—even as they’ve become more ubiquitous—have not kept up. Current Mac management solutions are difficult to try and buy, overly complex, and require dedicated IT and security resources. 

I invited Zack Blum onto the show to find out more.



Dec 13, 2016

StressBox is an up and coming holistic fitness brand that combines expressive boxing fitness, powerful life coaching and mindfulness all to incredible relevant music!

Having experienced workplace stress over 3 years ago the founder Liam Joe decided to create a natural solution from the therapies that supported him through his stress. Follow an extremely successful pilot phase, they are now ready to go live with their incredibly unique fitness class.

Liam is determined to decrease the epidemic of work placed stress in this modern society. From Kanye to Nirvana, he uses music as our magic to really get you spiritual moved to make sure stressed professionals not only understand their stress, but help them dominate it.

Throughout the last 2 years, Liam has been researching and producing his natural solution to help more people to prevent and conquer their stress.

So what happens in StressBox?

StressBox is based on 4 layers of Stress where each layer has a positive response to the body, mind, and soul during the 1hour class.

• Positive Energy - Using dynamic breathing exercises to energize the body to awaken from built up daily work tension with a fun warm up.

• Stress Intelligence - Releasing negative emotions such as anger, self-doubt and work frustration. Raising awareness to these thoughts can enhance your Emotional Intelligence. This is influenced by relevant music, powerful coaching, and social partnership Boxing.

• Epic Exercise - Partnership musical choreography boxing with a combination of energetic music and high-intensity boxing.

• Musical Mindfulness - Relaxing the body and mind into our yoga mats with deep breathing and positive visuals.

StressBox offers a completely new well-being experience. Enhancing your stress response, happiness, confidence and health is our aim for every person they connect with.

Creating a powerful, personal, enlightened experience is ultimate goal. I invited founder Liam Joe onto the show to learn more.

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Dec 12, 2016

Now that we are right in the middle of the holiday season, many will be buying their gifts from Amazon as the appeal of their everything under one roof ethos becomes hard to resist.

However, it recently occurred to me that we are losing a certain amount of expertise in certain areas when we buy high-end products. Sure we have the internet, and we can do our research, but sometimes you can't beat chatting to someone that knows what they are talking about.

BUT how can other stores compete with the likes of Amazon? Are the old stores in danger of dying out because of our thirst for instant gratification? Or is customer service what makes those smaller businesses stand out from the crowd? and can tech help with this?

As the world's largest source of photography, video, audio, and the latest trending technologies, including drones, virtual reality, and 3D Printers, B&H Photo Video is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force, excellent customer service, and fast, reliable shipping.

Visitors to the website can access a variety of enlightening articles and educational videos. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for over 40 years so I wanted to learn how technology has enabled them to take their expertise from physical stores to deliver a seamless omnichannel experience.

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Dec 9, 2016

Natalie Rebot is a Google software engineer turned entrepreneur. She has created a unique new device that launched on Kickstarter this week and has caught parents imagination across the globe.

All too often technology gets a bad rap, particularly when parenting is concerned and must admit that I wince and find it quite heartbreaking when I see a child pulling at their parents clothes as they desperately attempt to get their parents attention while they continue to endlessly scroll down Facebook or Instagram.

After reading how Natalie only one in three parents read stories to their kids at bedtime now because they are too tired or had a long commute home, she decided to do something about it.

Inspired by her daughter "Princess Chloe" she created a fascinating product that turns the phone screen away from both child and parents eyes and transformed the bedtime story at night to enhance the much-needed quality time,

As I came to record tonight's show and perform some last minute research, I discovered that Actress Tori Spelling has just hopped on board the campaign saying

"I'm totally in love with! It’s a bedtime story projector that clips right to your phone and uses your phone flashlight to project your kids’ favorite bedtime stories onto the ceiling or wall. I’m partnering with Moonlite because I know my kids will love this and I’m down for anything to make story time more fun for my little ones. It’s available now and selling out fast."

As someone that has very fond memories of view master, I felt compelled to find out more about how technology was offering a new slant on one of our greatest storytelling traditions. I felt compelled to learn more.

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Dec 8, 2016

Michael Bell is an accomplished global executive with a demonstrated history of innovation, having spent more than 24 years in leadership and product development positions with Intel, Palm, and Apple.

He's had an incredible career in the tech industry and someone I could speak with for hours. He's armed with a wealth of stories from his days at Apple and even has a great tale about the space shuttle.

BUT, do not be fooled into thinking this is all about Michael's past, just like any tech veteran he only looks forwards. Michael is now Silver Spring’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Silver Spring Networks enables the Internet of Important Things by reliably and securely connecting things that matter. Cities, utilities, and companies on five continents use the company’s cost-effective, high-performance IoT network and data platform to operate more efficiently, get greener, and enable innovative services that can improve the lives of millions of people. With more than 24.9 million devices delivered, Silver Spring provides a proven standards-based platform safeguarded with military grade security.

To top it all, Silver Spring Networks has also been Named a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Machine-to-Machine Services, Worldwide.

I invited Mike bell onto the show to find out more.



Dec 7, 2016

LiquiGlide is revolutionizing the way liquids move. It is the first and only viable technology that allows viscous liquids to slide effortlessly.

It's the first and only technology that allows viscous liquids such as ketchup, mayonnaise, toothpaste, even glue to slide effortlessly with a coating that makes the inside of a bottle stay slippery.

Watch videos of this technology in action here

LiquiGlide’s technology was developed in the Varanasi Research Group laboratory at MIT. Dave Smith was a PhD student in Professor Kripa Varanasi’s lab, trying to solve the problem of methane hydrate build-ups in oil and gas pipelines by using liquid-impregnated, slippery surfaces. Seeing some success in this area, they began to think of other applications, including consumer goods and packaging applications.

In 2012, Dave created the iconic glass ketchup video, which went viral, triggering thousands of inquiries from Consumer packaged goods companies wanting to use LiquiGlide’s technology. Shortly following, Dave and Kripa founded LiquiGlide Inc., in the fall of 2012.


I invited Dave Smith and Professor Kripa Varanasi onto the show to find out more.

Dec 5, 2016

GoPuff is an on-demand delivery service -- a “convenience store on wheels” -- that’s become a must-have for millennials and college students; now operating across 10 major US cities and continuing to grow at a rapid pace.

For just a $1.95 delivery fee, users order through the app and goPuff delivers in 30 minutes or less! Much quicker than Amazon or Instacart’s 2 hour delivery, with no additional surcharges or surge pricing.

The service is only 3 years old and is continuing to scale nationally at an impressive expansion rate. They were innovative enough to have found a niche in the on-demand delivery space and is blowing up against some extremely stiff competition (i.e. Amazon, Instacart,) consistently delivering orders not only faster than its major competitors, but also for a fraction of the price!

Goodbye convenience store. Get convenience delivered in 30 minutes. Philly • NYC • Boston • DC • Denver • Austin • Phoenix • Seattle • Portland • Chicago

I chat with GoPuff co-founders Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola to discuss how they’re taking on industry giants and share their inspirational story.

Dec 3, 2016

Elation Health was founded by two siblings that built a business in their father’s primary care practice. It is now being used to serve more than 5,000,000 patients by 6,000 providers and is backed by some of the biggest names in tech. "I helped found Elation because I felt compelled. I see an immense threat to patient care brought on by inadequate IT systems and a vast disconnect between policy-makers and front-line clinicians.

"I helped found Elation because I felt compelled. I see an immense threat to patient care brought on by inadequate IT systems and a vast disconnect between policy-makers and front-line clinicians. Technology has offered dramatic improvements in so many other aspects of life. Why not this critically important one? That's where Elation fits in, and that's why I'm here" CEO & Co Founder Kyna Fong

Elation Health are helping to provide less screen time and more face time using technology. I invited Kyna Fong onto the show to learn more.