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 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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Sep 29, 2016

Phishing is the #1 security concern for 2016, with an unprecedented growth in phishing attacks this year. Over 90% of the year’s hacking attacks began with email and increasingly, attackers are targeting Office365. Find out why. 

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Phishing, security, cyber security, malware

Sep 29, 2016

The smart lighting market has given homeowners an easy foot in the door to home automation, focusing heavily on wireless control and timing, but Sengled offers more than a device controlled smart bulb – they offer “Lifebulbs”.

Instead of offering typical simple smart lighting features, Sengled strives to improve consumers lives by adding in additional life-improving elements. Imagine your traditional light bulbs doubling up as  JBL Bluetooth speakers for music, Wi-Fi repeaters for accessibility, or security cameras for protection – all accessible from your smart device. Welcome to the world of Sengled!

The Philips Hue might be an impressive remote-controlled lighting system for the home, but Sengled takes it to the next level.

I invited Alex Ruan onto the show to learn more.

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Sep 28, 2016

Jeb Banner is CEO and co-founder of SmallBox, an Indianapolis-based "culture-powered marketing" company founded in 2006.

Jeb has also been known to speak in public on various topics such as his TedX Talk "Everything I know about business I learned from being in a band"

I invited Jeb onto the show to talk about creativity and innovation along with his thoughts on life, business, technology, and music along with how to unleash the creativity potential in your people.

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Sep 27, 2016

Former Contestant on Top Chef Masters, Marco Pierre White. Chef Franklin Becker didn’t want to sacrifice the pleasure of a truly good meal to eat “healthy”.

Being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes at the age of 27, and having his son diagnosed with autism set fire to Franklin’s desire to create food that not only tasted great, yet was also healthy. Thus, Hungryroot, a company that makes comfort foods from vegetables was born.

Hungryroot uses vegetables in dishes we all love, but don't typically associate with vegetables, like cauliflower couscous, black bean brownies, and maple chickpea pancakes.

Would I be able to taste the difference between healthy brownies made of black beans and cookies made of chickpeas? What do they taste like?

I invited Chef Franklin Becker onto the show to learn more.

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Sep 26, 2016

Cybereason is the world's only military-grade, real-time detection and response platform. Much of its history is classified, but it makes for very interesting if you feel like a quick google after the show.

They are tackling security differently by viewing the market, not from an IT perspective, but the from the adversary's perspective.

In a world where Yahoo suffered a hack affecting 500 million users and Pippa Middleton revealed yet another iCloud photo hack. Not to mention wave after wave of ransomware attacks. I invited the CEO of Cybereason onto the show after hearing about their five-star rating From SC Magazine.

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Sep 25, 2016

Creatives that are hobbyists or enthusiasts often struggle to get their hands on affordable stock pictures or videos. Even if you do have an expensive subscription, very often you are left with cheeky clichéd footage of men in white shirts shaking hands in a meeting room.

The site offers video content and is often referred to as a sort of Shutterstock for video,

Joel Holland is aiming to undercut the old guard of Shutterstock and Getty with new enterprise products that are more affordable with GraphicStock, AudioBlocks and VideoBlocks.

VideoBlocks customers include NBC, Discovery Communications, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, along with ad agencies and individual creators.

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Sep 22, 2016

Sugru is a moldable glue that sticks to almost anything and turns into a strong flexible rubber overnight. It is made to stick to as many materials as possible forming a strong bond to aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and other materials including some plastics and rubbers.

Sugru was created by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, a young designer on a mission to empower people who want to repair and enhance their products

Sugru in numbers:
• Sold in 165 Countries
• Listed no. 22 in TIME Magazine’s Top 50 inventions in the world the year it launched in 2010
• 1000s of different uses
• The first 1000 packs sold out in 6 hours, 5 million mini-packs have now been sold
• Average number of stars given by hundreds of amazon reviews - 4.5/5

I invited Jane ni Dhulchaointigh onto the show to talk about her journey and Sugru's Rebel Tech Kit.

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Sep 21, 2016

TarDisk adds hybrid storage space to OS X. Unlike any other product, TarDisk merges with your MacBook's internal HD to expand it while keeping all of your files in one place at the speeds you expect. Double or triple your internal MacBook drive in minutes. No slowing down, no compromise.

Time Machine backups, programs and everything else in OS X continue to work as before. The things that you access most are automatically moved to the faster drive. Performance is maintained and even often improved. All with one click...

I invited TarDisk CEO Pierce Schiller on the show to learn more about the worlds first plug-and-play hybrid drive.

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Sep 20, 2016

A few years ago, tech in the home meant a desktop or laptop computer. We now have our own wireless network with multiple phones, tablets, laptops, games consoles, TV's, music systems all connected. IoT will bring Toasters, Fridges, Washing Machines, etc. online too.

Apple, Google, and Amazon are trying to implement Home Automation. But, I suspect families will need a little help delivering mood lighting, ring-fenced smart central heating, doorbells with cameras that allow them to answer the door from their phones and the list goes on and on.

Many households are now filled with better technology than their office in the city with a dedicated IT department.

HelloTech aims to change all that by bringing IT support to your front door. I recently heard it described as "Uber for IT Support" so invited Richard Wolpert
Co-founder & CEO at HelloTech to find out more.

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