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





Jan 31, 2017

I think we can all agree reluctantly or not that tech now dominates our lives. But, I recently discovered that there are some major structural issues with the internet that need fixing.

With IoT, 5G and cloud services ramping up, the internet is being asked to do things it was never designed for and is getting closer to a breaking point. 128 Technology that was founded by a group of technologists and entrepreneurs that are on a mission to fix the internet.

The stealthy startup is led by Andy Ory, the former co-founder, and CEO of Acme Packet, which was bought by Oracle for $2.1B. For those familiar with Acme Packet, this will sound like a natural evolution of Ory’s and his co-founders’ ideas.

Essentially, 128 Technology is re-thinking routing the critical enabler of Internet communications, but a technology segment that hasn’t seen real innovation since the 1990


Guest Info



Jan 30, 2017

With a slight resemblance to Wall-E’s robotic girlfriend Eve, it's easy to see why Aido, the family robot is a big hit on Indiegogo.

Aido is the next generation social family robot. Smart, interactive, and uniquely mobile, Aido is the first social robot that can move around your home/office to help improve your lifestyle. He can play with your kids, help you with household chores, handle your schedule, and keep your home connected and safe.

After approaching $1 million raised in pre-orders with a special 60% off for early investors I invited Arshad Hisham the Founder and CEO at InGen Dynamics Inc onto the show.

Indiegogo Page

Aido Family Robot Video


Awarded "GameChanger" of 2016 by the world's leading tech magazine (T3).

Jan 26, 2017

I think most people listening to the show will agree that AR is becoming much more exciting than VR. I recently came across Lumus who are a leading developer of augmented reality (AR) wearable displays.

Lumus creates transparent displays that drive augmented reality eyewear, transforming the way people interact with their reality like no other solution in the market today.

Lumus recently announced a $45 million investment round with an additional $30 million in funding from top-tier strategic investors including Quanta, HTC and others to expand its growing AR display business.

After securing some big investors from tech heavyweights, I invited Dam Emodi from Lumus to find out more.



Jan 24, 2017

Is a combination of technology, data analytics, and the digital transformation responsible for changing the political landscape?

The United States has a new president in the form of Donald Trump. Over the years I have learned to avoid talking about either religion or politics in a large forum as it always ends badly.

But while many are still dealing with this turning point in American politics and his unorthodox run to office, what captured my attention from the outside looking in was how he leveraged technology along with political campaign software to fundraise efficiently, recruit volunteers, and inspire his userbase.

While Hillary Clinton’s lead in the August polls, Trump chose to start spending serious money on data analytics and a bigger digital campaign. His campaign also utilized tools not usually thought of to be software used by campaigns, from creating and hosting their website, to marketing to the right personas, and managing online content.

I don’t want to talk about state sponsored cyber attacks, stories around vote rigging, fake news or political opinions on either side of the fence. But I wanted to understand how both technology and software impacted the US election recently and how this will also affect the electoral process all over the world in this digital age.

I invited Michael Fauscette onto the show who is the chief research officer at peer-to-peer business review platform G2 Crowd. We discuss how a combination of technology, software and data analytics played a big role in Donald Trumps election success.

Jan 20, 2017

At the CES show in Las Vegas this year, EPC (Efficient Power Conversion) showcased how GaN is a core technology behind autonomous vehicles, the house of the future without power cords, the connected car, and non-invasive colonoscopies with an x-ray system within a pill.

Replacing silicon, one of the most prevalent types of semiconductor around, with a different material, Gallium Nitride, commonly abbreviated as GaN — or “eGaN,” EPCS new, improved form of GaN.

Silicon enabled Intel to build an entire empire, but could this be displaced by GaN?

This is an episode that you can expect to learn a huge amount and how it appears that the days of Silicon are numbered in this digital age where companies must disrupt or face disruption.

Anyone interested in technology and where the industry is heading will love this episode.

Guest Info Dr. Alex Lidow the CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion onto the show to learn What is GaN? Why GaN? and where is it heading?

Dr. Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion


Jan 19, 2017

Have you ever dropped your phone on the floor the only to nervously turn it over and discover yet another cracked screen? Of course, you have because we all have.

Do you love slim cases, but hate broken screens? The ultra-slim iPhone Limitless cases offer military-grade protection in real and authentic materials like black marble, bamboo wood or kevlar. These cases use Airo Shock protection to give your phone incredible protection. 

After watching the team at Mous dropping a phone from a 45ft Crane and the smartphone surviving to tell the tale I invited the Co-Founder James Griffith onto the show to find out more.

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Jan 18, 2017

BigID is enabling companies to help reduce breach risk, contain liability exposure and address increasing global privacy regulations. Their mission is to help enterprises better protect the privacy of their customers’ personal data through the application of data science.

BigID’s platform gives companies intelligence and governance controls needed to help protect against proliferating privacy risk and the increasing threat of personal data breaches and help drive compliance with privacy and security requirements.

Today’s enterprises often lack actionable data intelligence for the most important digital asset they manage: their customer information. BigID was launched to fill this void, and help protect against risks associated with dangerous hacks and financial loss from personal data theft.

I speak with security veteran, CEO and Co-Founder of Big ID, Dimitri Sirota to find out more about the real ROI of protecting customer data.

Jan 10, 2017

Jammber is a platform that manages the entire music production process, keeping track of everyone involved, making sure the workflows, letting collaborators sign off on necessary steps digitally and helping labels and artists file forms correctly in minutes, not months.

The music industry is siloed, fragmented and chaotic. An average album can cost 450 hours in paperwork alone, and too often not getting paid for a project on time or at all is accepted because "that's the way it's always been done." Jammber wants to relieve that pain.

And for the first time, Jammber is capturing data about the creation of a song at the studio level, giving credit where it's due: to the creative individuals on which the music industry is built.

Jammber enriches the lives of people in the entertainment industry, all over the world, by giving them tools that empower and enhance the creative process. Ultimately allowing them to do more of what they love, giving them superpowers they tell their friends about.

In tonight's episode, I chat with Jammber founder Marcus Cobb.

Jan 10, 2017

HYPR enables Fortune 500 enterprises to scale biometric authentication across millions of users. More businesses are choosing to Integrate HYPR and deploy a secure password-less experience through fingerprint, voice, face and eye recognition.

The ability to verify online transactions using facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics seems like a natural step forward in the same way that paying for goods by handing over a handful of silver coins is starting to feel primitive. Maybe we need to accept that a humble password is no longer enough to secure our finances.

According to Hypr, the rapid adoption of technologies like "selfie pay" have shown that there’s an urgent need to shift away from passwords and over to “easy to use” identity solutions. They believe that with biometrics being un-revocable unlike revocable passwords, their implementation is an essential step towards ending these kinds of breaches.

HYPR already has a big reputation within and beyond financial services where the company has gained early traction and 2017 seems like it's going to be a big year for them.

Jan 8, 2017

I have been busy chasing companies down at CES this year and came across a Danish wellbeing app called HelloMind.

HelloMind is a new mobile wellness company that has exploded in Europe (1.2MM downloads) and recently soft launched in the U.S., delivering hypnotherapy through an app to help people conquer challenges and enhance their lives.

Low self-esteem, stress, fear, bad sleep and unhealthy habits sometimes hold us back from enjoying life to the fullest. The good news is these negative patterns can be broken or eliminated according to the people behind HelloMind who encourage its users to Think Better Feel Stronger.

If you are Suffering from stress or low self-esteem? You may not have to invest in a shrink or hypnotist in the traditional sense. The hypnotherapy app claims to offer the perfect fix using your smartphone to get rid of a phobia or strengthen a certain aspect of your personality.


Jan 8, 2017

Winner of the CES Innovation Award is the “bed reborn.” in the form of a new smart mattress.  Sleep Number’s 360 smart bed will forever transform the way people sleep. The new integrated design includes a proprietary algorithm (powered by SleepIQ technology) and machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience.

Machine learning features include automatically adjusting if you snore, adding an automatic night light on the bed if you get up in the middle of the night, and pre-warming to toast up your feet on a cold evening. It also connects to an app to offer information on how you’re sleeping.

In addition to the impressive tech embedded in the bed, Sleep Number have had to evolve to compete with the "disruptors" that have popped up in the mattress industry this past couple of years.

After hearing how they are passionate about improving lives through innovative sleep solutions. I invited Sleep Number onto the show to find out more about their vision of a world with connected sleep being at the center of well-being.

Buckle up and hold on tight as we head all the way to VEGAS to chat to the guys at Sleep number who are Proud to be one of Forbes America’s Most Trustworthy Companies and Innovator in smart bed technology with Silicon Valley-based SleepIQ® LABS



Jan 5, 2017

ZTE’s Project CSX Crowdsourced Smartphone Comes to Life Through the “Hawkeye” Name revealed at CES 2017.

Continuing with the crowdsourced theme, the Hawkeye phone is available for funding on Kickstarter.

Project CSX eye-tracking, self-adhesive smartphone device. With 540 name submissions from consumers around the world, the Hawkeye phone is available for funding today on Kickstarter at for a discounted price of $199.00.

“Project CSX has been a groundbreaking process and the Hawkeye device sets the stage for us in 2017,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “As we move forward with this smartphone, we’ll look to continue to integrate consumers every step of the way.”

Continuing with the crowdsourced theme surrounding Project CSX, the Hawkeye phone is available for funding on Kickstarter and is expected to ship globally in Q3 2017.

“With Project CSX, we experimented by turning the typical R&D process on its head and did something completely different within the industry,” said Jeff Yee, vice president of Technology Planning and

Partnerships of ZTE USA. “We believe that the Hawkeye name reflects the spirit and vision of ZTE as we continue to put the consumer first throughout this entire process and will continue to do so in every phone we deliver.”

Project CSX kicked off at CES 2016 when ZTE announced its plans to completely crowdsource a mobile device that the company promised to build in 2017. In October 2016, thousands of consumers from 176 countries selected the winning concept, a device that aims for an easier and smoother user experience with eye-tracking capabilities and a self-adhesive back.

To learn more about ZTE and to keep up with the latest Project CSX developments visit or to become a member of Z-Community, visit

Jan 4, 2017

Favro is an online collaboration tool that adapts to how you work, making it easy to plan just about anything with anyone. Used by companies in marketing, development, gaming, law, recruitment and more – Favro is perfect for the whole team and is designed to keep everyone, regardless of their role, on the same page.

The IT strategy is no longer just IT’s responsibility. It now touches multiple departments from finance to marketing to HR. But, getting IT teams to collaborate cross-organization is easier said than done.

At many companies, highly-technical IT professionals are reluctant to embrace collaboration outside of their team or the comfort of their IT department.

While they hold a wealth of information, organizational silos often block this knowledge from outside departments. As IT strategy becomes more of a broader business problem, IT departments will need to step outside their comfort zone and collaborate with other teams.

Anyone interested in learning more about why IT departments should embrace collaboration to improve the organization’s IT strategy will love today's show.

Patric Palm, CEO and co-founder of Favro, chats with Neil about this new online planning and collaboration tool.

Jan 3, 2017

"Polk BOOM recognizes that enjoying your music while participating in your favorite outdoor activity, like biking or skateboarding is important, but also realized that being aware of ambient noise and your immediate surroundings is even more critical," said Polk BOOM's founder, Ryan Minarik. "The convenience of portable speakers has listeners blasting music further and louder than ever before. However, consumers still need to be safe while enjoying their favorite tunes. This is exactly why we designed BIT, to keep our adventurers safely engaged through all their senses, by balancing music with surrounding noises." 

I caught up with Ryan Minarik ahead of CES to find out more.