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





Mar 9, 2017

Many of my guests on the show are Tech leaders that appear on my radar that not only resonate but also inspire or intrigue me.

Abbas Haider is the CTO of xMatters, and after seeing a video talking about how internal collaboration is crucial to digital transformation I wanted to find out more.

xMatters aim to boost IT Operations, DevOps and Major Incident Management processes with intelligent communications. "Turn Insights into Action During Business Disruptions From IT major incidents to manufacturing line slowdowns, virtually every business process generates insights that need to reach the people required to take action"

As most of you listening know by now, I love my tech, but it's how it brings people together and increases collaboration that really excites me.

When I also heard him speak my IT language about the major incident and change management along with how automated chatbots can help in the communication process, I had to get him to on the show.

Guest Info


Mar 7, 2017

A serial innovator published author and founder, president, and CEO of SPLICE Software, Tara Kelly (@tktechnow) is passionate about technology’s potential to change lives for the better.

She has consistently channeled that belief into developing technologies that enhance operations, enable better service delivery and improve the customer experience. This has led to the creation three customer experience companies and turning an innovative idea into a patented, proprietary technology (US Patent Number 9348812) that harnesses data streams to create personalized automated messages.

The technology solution was included in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Insurance, 2016” report and Forrester’s “IoT and Analytics Startups Can Turn Insurers into the ‘Good Guys’” brief.

I invited Tara onto the show to learn more about her story and how Splice is proving Artificial Intelligence can improve automated customer Care.

Mar 7, 2017

I wanted to try something differently for tonight's show. Every episode of the Tech Blog Writer Podcast involves you listening to me interviewing Tech Leaders, CEO's and sharing Tech StartUp Stories. After my two viral written posts about the return of the Nokia 3310, I was invited onto an Australian Radio Show for their drivetime slot.

I thought it would be kind of interesting for you to see what happens when the tables are turned and I'm on the other end of the mic.

So for one night only, I am going to beam your ears all the way to Australia so you can listen to yours truly being interviewed about the smartphone industry on 2SER radio in Sydney.

My Posts About the Nokia 3310


Mar 6, 2017

I have written numerous articles and recorded several podcasts around how Startups and Technology are Transforming Healthcare Through Data.

Wearable tech is also making us pro-active rather than reactive with our own health too, but I wanted to get someone on the show to illustrate just how much of a difference wearables can make, and how the MedTech industry will evolve for the greater good beyond just counting steps or monitoring your heart rate,

This path led me to Monisha Perkash, CEO, and Co-Founder of Lumo Bodytech.

Lumo Bodytech is a motion science company that combines sensor data and advanced algorithms to optimize human movement for better health, performance, and injury prevention.

Lumo solutions measure and analyze fine-grained motions of the human body and provide real-time, personalized, actionable feedback.

Guest Info



Mar 5, 2017

Ciena Corporation is a global manufacturer of communications network equipment and solutions. Many of the world’s largest carriers and service providers have deployed Ciena solutions in their network; including AT&T, BT, Cable & Wireless, CenturyLink, Comcast, France Telecom, Korea Telecom, Sprint, Reliance, Southern Cross, Tata Communications, Telecom Argentina, Telmex, Virgin Media and Verizon.

Ciena also counts numerous national research and education networks as customers, as well as enterprises in the healthcare, finance, transportation and retail industries for real-time, latency sensitive applications such as disaster recovery/business continuity, SAN/LAN extension, data center consolidation and grid computing.


Converged Packet-Optical, Packet Networking and Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, Software and Services, Data Center Interconnect, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Cloud Networking

I invited Loudon Blair, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, at Ciena to talk about how we can manage bandwidth killers and continue to force networks to push the boundaries of programmability and intelligence, and whether the technologies underpinning the IoT and VR (particularly the networks) are prepared to handle it





Mar 2, 2017

Dataiku DSS is the collaborative data science software platform for teams of data scientists, data analysts, and engineers to explore, prototype, build, and deliver their own data products more efficiently.

The French startup has been profitable for the past three years and also hit the tech headlines last year for grabbing $14 million for its collaborative data science platform

Ultimately this solution enables companies to accelerate the development of in-house business and predictive solutions.This results in a significant increase in efficiency and productivity for the company’s data scientists, business analysts, and product managers.

I Interview Dataiku's CEO: Florian Douetteau to find out more about this startup appearing in Gartner's Magic Quadrant as a Visionary

Feb 28, 2017

Techstars Music is a three-month, mentorship-driven startup accelerator program. Each year, they invest $120k into each of the most interesting music-related startups from around the world.

They also provide office space in Los Angeles and access to artists and executives from all facets of the global music business. Techstars Music is supported financially and strategically by the following member companies: Sony Music, Warner Music Group, and SONOS to name but a few. 

So after traveling the world searching for the best music startups across our planet, Techstars Music recently revealed their Inaugural Class Of 11 Startups.

Class of 2017

Amper  - New York City, NY

Amper empowers anyone to create unique, professional music for their content. With Amper, you can create this music instantly, with no experience required. We’ve combined the highest quality sample libraries with AI to compose royalty-free score on demand.

Hurdl Nashville, TN
Hurdl increases fan engagement and revenue at live events with a unique LED wearable that allows artists, teams and event planners a new 1:1 communication network with both the known and unknown ticket holder.

JAAK London, United Kingdom

JAAK uses blockchain tech to connect music, metadata and rights information. Our goal is to provide real-time consumption data and a standardized framework for low-cost licensing.

Pacemaker Stockholm, Sweden

Pacemaker provides a simple and portable mixtape creation and social consumption experience, powered by the proprietary file format the Recipe, Pacemaker’s Mix Engine and AI DJ technology.

Pippa New York City, NY

Pippa makes podcasting simpler, smarter, and more profitable by enabling targeted ads to be delivered dynamically to listeners.

PopGun Brisbane, Australia

PopGun is a generative music company that measures success indicators from streaming services. We then use that data to train AIs to write music to match consumer habits. 

Robin Toronto, Canada

Robin is a personal concierge for concerts and live events. Robin reserves and secures tickets on behalf of fans while providing real-time demand data to artists and event organizers.

Shimmur Los Angeles, CA

Shimmur is a social platform that makes it easy for artists and influencers to have quality interactions with fans. Shimmur flips how social apps usually work; on Shimmur, tribes of fans work together to create content and artists and influencers react and comment.

Superpowered Austin, TX & Budapest, Hungary

The Superpowered Audio SDK provides real-time, low-latency audio rendering for games, VR, music and interactive audio applications on mobile and wearable devices.

SyncSpot London, United Kingdom

SyncSpot uses an AI assistant to create and fulfill free-gift media rewards for point-of-purchase retail promotions. Example: Buy product X, get a free music subscription.

Weav New York City, NY & London, United Kingdom

Weav makes adaptive music via an artist remix console, and we will be the supplier of bio-metric-driven music to workout apps, dance studios, exercise equipment manufacturers and action sports products.

Guest Info

Bob Moczydlowsky (@bobmoz)




Feb 28, 2017

An Israeli company called Check-Cap has developed a small capsule that after being swallowed, actually performs a colonoscopy. GaN's small size and high efficiency - compared with silicon – allowed Check-Cap to shrink an X-Ray machine down to a size that could fit into a digestible pill.

The world’s first “Colonoscopy Capsule” is made possible by a new type of microchip from EPC that uses gallium nitride instead of the traditional silicon.

I invited Dr. Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion onto the show to talk about the technology that enabled Check-Cap to shrink an X-Ray machine down to a size that could fit into a digestible pill.

Guest Info

Feb 27, 2017

Merkury Innovations are designers of personal electronics and accessories that combine technology, aesthetics, and value. However, they recently debuted its new Geeni line of smart home products at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For the last few years, the IoT and smart home conversation has centered around pricey gadgets for the high-end crowd—in part, because that's where the money is, and in part, because that's where innovation always begins.

But anyone that attended the CES event would have noticed that smart home gadgets are no longer for the rich only—with no better example than Geeni, the brand-new line of smart bulbs, cameras, and power solutions, all controlled through one unified, cloud-based app, and ranging from $19.99 to $89.99.

Geeni bulbs and plugs will also be Alexa-compatible, allowing voice control using Amazon Echo, with additional integrations forthcoming. The Geeni line will start shipping to homes around America in Q1 of 2017.

I talk to Sol Hedaya, Category Manager at Merkury Innovations to find out more.




Feb 24, 2017

Inspired by the classic 35mm camera design, Pixlplay unleashes the power of smartphones for kids to enjoy! It’s easy – simply place your Apple or Android device into

By simply placing your Apple or Android device into Pixlplay to take photos and create fun effects with the included activities and app. Pixlplay protects your device and encourages active and creativity play through photography!

However, it's the story behind this truly inspirational story that is even more fascinating. JP Stoops left his job as a toy buyer for the Discovery Channel Stores and started Airbnb’ing from his basement to start his own company.

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Feb 23, 2017

Having seen how VR and AR is transforming entire industries such as healthcare and surgical training I often get frustrated that most people only seeing its potential for video games.

Advances in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are reshaping the way we learn and interact with our world. Workers with access to real-time contextual information, displayed when and where they need it will reshape the workplace and dramatically improve the efficiency, productivity, and safety of the average worker.

For this reason, I wanted to get one of the tech leaders in this space to talk about how VR and AR are transforming our world as you know it.

Eon Reality is making all the right moves in this space with Knowledge Transfer, Education, Edutainment, Interactive Digital Centers, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Entertainment, Mobile Apps, Virtual Reality Apps, Sports Apps, Augmented Reality Apps, Experience Design, Edtech, and Mobile apps for education.

I talk to, Mark Cheben, Global Marketing Director at EON Reality.



Feb 22, 2017

Imagine if you could access software apps on your Mac via an all you can eat Netflix style package. MacPaw, the company behind the famous CleanMyMac hard drive cleaner is now enabling Mac users to do just that with their new alternative app store called SetApp.

Get a collection of best Mac apps, in a single folder on your Mac. Setapp is the new way to discover and use apps: sign up, install, and you're all set. 35,000 users signed up for Setapp during the two month Beta period, but it's now available for everyone with a free trial so I wanted to find out more.

I speak with Oleksandr Kosovan, the CEO and founder of MacPaw to find out more about SetApp

Feb 21, 2017

Skyler Fernandes is the founder and former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), a multi-stage venture capital group focused on investing in the future innovation of retail and commerce, and he is ranked as a PowerList 100 VC.

When he is not performing Ted Talks or creating entrepreneur resources, he can be found investigating what technology will be rocking stores and malls near you in the near future.

Guest Info



Feb 20, 2017

Katerina Stroponiati is the Founder and CEO of Sunshine, the first weather network built entirely on the creative visionary, a modern-day entrepreneur, rebel at heart who enjoys finding new paths in what used to be old territory.Originally from Greece, she studied Production Engineering at the Technical University of Crete. In January 2013, she moved to Silicon Valley.

Unlike any weather app out there, Sunshine connects weather and environment with our lives in a meaningful way. The technology uses crowdsourcing and the sensors on our smartphones to connect our environment to our daily patterns like productivity, health, and mood.

I speak to Katerina about her journey and how she is on a mission to use tech to make everyone aware of the environment they live in. 

Guest Info

Feb 18, 2017

Adobe Primetime's video business is a platform that provides television programmers and pay TV providers with the ability to deliver, monetize and personalize television content across any screen.

Adobe Primetime is essentially their TV technology solution, that was recently powered the digital delivery of the Rio Olympics and ths year's Superbowl now work with everyone from Turner and Disney, to Viacom and Comcast.

This is headed up by Jeremy Hefland who many of you know from a startup called Auditude that was acquired by Adobe back in 2011. Fast forward a few years, and we now have Primetime, which is now a key business for Adobe.

Jeremy Hefland is someone who can also offer tips for a startup exec in transitioning to a big company or the best practices on having your company acquired.

Guest Info 


Feb 16, 2017

We often here about how tech is changing, improving or disrupting traditional industries. Everyone has heard about Uber and Airbnb, but these ripples can also be felt in other industries too.

I recently discovered VEYO which is almost like an uber for nonemergency medical transportation. The headline that captured my attention was "The Next Generation of Patient Transportation Has Arrived"

Veyo’s model uses advanced supply management, predictive analytics and automated dispatching, and customer-focused tools to ensure people get to and from medical appointments safely, securely and on time every time.

There is more to Veyo's healthcare logistics model than an app and a car but how 72 million Medicaid members access NEMT.

I talk to Josh Komenda, the president of the healthcare logistics leader to find out more.

Guest Info

Feb 15, 2017

Opportunity ( is a business network driven by real-time interactions and opportunities around you. The company uses a scientific approach to matching professionals based on a real opportunity to do business.

In order to bring professionals together in a more meaningful way, they have built a system for finding sales leads, job opportunities, job candidates, and the ability to network.

Opportunity knows that the future of business is going to be driven by real-time data, and they are at the forefront of this movement to connect people to business opportunities.

The app is currently in use by professionals in more than 190 countries worldwide and they have already connected and referred more than 20 million professionals, building bridges between hiring managers, job-seekers, sales professionals, and networkers. 

Virtually everything else is already being automated so startup Opportunity has become the first networking site to integrate artificial intelligence into its platform

I invited the CEO and Co-Founder Janis Krums onto the show who has a few amazing stories to share with us today such as the time he was heading to New Jersey on a ferry when he clicked a snapshot with his iPhone of US Airways Flight 1549 partially submerged in the Hudson River.

He uploaded the picture to his Twitter account and then forgot about it as he assisted in the rescue of the plane's passengers.The deluge of image views crashed the servers of TwitPic, the application that allows Twitter users to send photos with their Twitter updates or 'tweets.'

Guest Info

Feb 14, 2017

"One of the differentiators between the original Planet Earth series and this series is the technology," executive producer Mike Gunton told the Television Critics Association earlier this month.

Planet Earth II producers spent over three years, 40 different countries, 117 filming trips, and a total of 2089 shooting days creating this jaw-dropping look at our planet.

I wanted to find out more about these significant advances in filming technology and how they are enhancing our understanding of the natural world, not to mention what it's like working with the inspirational Sir David Attenborough.

So before, Planet Earth II Premieres Saturday, February 18 on BBC AMERICA I invited Mike Gunton onto the show today who works for BBC Worldwide and the BBC as The Creative Director of Factual and The Natural History Unit.

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Feb 13, 2017

To date, the cryptocurrency market is ~$13bn across the leading efforts in the space. I wanted to learn more about what blockchain technology is doing for the world of smart contracts and how it's helping two parties that might not trust each other do business.

Tezos is a future-proof smart contract system that can be used in multiple cases, including decentralized markets, insurance contracts, payment systems, and crowdfunding.

Immutability (the idea that transactions cannot be reversed) comes with the burden of correctness. When dealing with financial agreements worth millions, you want to make sure your smart contract code is right the first time.

Tezos is a smart contract system built with security in mind. That security stems from a unique purely functional and statically typed smart contract language with a full formal specification.

This makes it much easier to subject your smart contract to formal verification, a mathematical process that guarantees the correctness of your code, greatly reducing unintended consequences.

Upon learning that there is no other smart contract language that offers this feature I invited Kathleen Breitman the COO of Tezos (, to find out more about this new blockchain platform currently in development

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Feb 11, 2017

The Virtual High School that is an online learning pioneer that's probably under your radar. Since 1995, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education.

VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st-century teaching for educators.

The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association's (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices.

Carol Ribeiro is the CEO of VHS and you could say it's in her DNA as she's been with the organization 17 of its 20 years!

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Feb 9, 2017

DroneDeploy is an aerial mapping, image capture, and data analytics platform that is bringing drones to the Enterprise. The cloud-based software is enabling simple and reliable drone operations. Users can now create maps & 3D models in two clicks with ver 8 million acres served in 130 countries, I had to find out more.

In a week where the appearance of a 300 strong fleet of Intel’s Shooting Star GPS-controlled drones overshadowed Lady Gaga’s spectacular halftime show forming the shape of the American flag, it seems we have dramatically underestimated this technology.

There is much more to drone technology than marketing videos, drone deliveries, and all those other tech headlines. Did you know drones are already saving businesses both time and money?

Whether it be speeding up construction projects, monitoring highway projects and even transforming the world of agriculture. For example, a combination of a drone and DroneDeploy's software is helping seed and fertilizer retailers collect and analyze data for each field, crop, and variety they sell.

 Guest Info



Feb 8, 2017

The Stuart Cam HD WiFi Camera helps pet owners tend to their fur babies, even when they can’t be there. With the use of smart pet detection technology, the Stuart Cam delivers a personalized Pet Highlight Reel, recapping your pet’s best moments of the day via a fun music video. 

Tend Insights have won Innovation Awards for 3 consecutive years at CES in Las Vegas and continue to work with John Deere, Kodak, and Universal to Create innovative products.

Silicon Valley Business Journal named Herman Yau, CEO & Co-founder at Tend, as one of the prestigious ’40 Under 40′ winners. The annual ’40 Under 40′ list spotlights ambitious entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who have disrupted the business world and tech landscape to make a positive and lasting impact on the community.

Tonight's guest is Herman Yau, who reveals more about his story and where Tend are heading.

Guest Info

Feb 7, 2017

Reverb is now the most popular music gear website in the world. Last year, they handled more than $240 million in equipment sales, doubling the previous year's volume and this success was attributed to a combination of technology and innovation.


Our First Chat



Feb 6, 2017

The digital transformation has disrupted almost every industry but the digital revolution is now transforming the world of material things too.Plethora is an SF-based startup redefining the traditional manufacturing process by giving engineers a new way to bring better products to market, faster. 

Seamless machining for prototyping and short-run production. Iterate faster with instant pricing and manufacturability feedback.

Nick Pinkston is the Founder at Plethora. After learning how he is passionate about creating value for society by solving real problems and his goal is to democratize the means of production to allow physical products to be created as easily as an iPhone app. I invited him onto the show to find out more.

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Feb 4, 2017

Could a combination of innovation, technology and a passion for education make a real difference to our world? Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight is proving that it really can.

Boxlight is an interactive classroom technology manufacturer and K-12 education solutions provider. They are using digital technologies to deliver interactive classrooms. And have big plans to revolutionize the classroom for all the right reasons.

Mark Elliott has been the Director Apple, President of Promethean who is famous for transformational interactive whiteboards, student response systems for personalized learning and digital teaching resources before joining BOXLIGHT to become their CEO.

I invited Mark onto the show to learn more about Boxlight and how Labdisc, the all-in-one, hand-held wireless STEM lab for every science is making a difference with personalized learning.

Education is more than just learning facts – it’s also building essential skills. It’s about teaching students to approach learning creatively and with critical thinking. To be innovative in their approaches and thought process. It’s about learning and working together, and being able to communicate their ideas. 




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