The Tech Talks Daily Podcast

Neil C. Hughes


Fed up with tech hype and buzzwords? Looking for a tech podcast where you can learn and be inspired by real-world examples of how technology is transforming businesses and reshaping industries?

Keep informed of the latest business and tech trends by listening to stories of other people in your field and how they are overcoming challenges with emerging technologies. Learn from the guest's actionable tips, and lessons learned to obtain greater clarity and how you can leverage technology.

In this daily tech podcast, Neil interviews tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, futurists, technologists, thought leaders, celebrities. I have also teamed up with Citrix and its Citrix Ready partners to reveal how they are solving problems together while building the future of work.

We discuss how tech trends such as AI, machine learning, 5G, IoT, AR, VR blockchain, crypto, and digital transformation strategies are already reshaping our world.

Guests from every industry educate listeners through sharing their road to success, startup stories, and how technology transformed their business and life. Join me for a daily dose of optimism and motivation as I prove that technology really does work best when it brings people together.

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2067 episodes

2068: Infosys Finacle - The Future of Cashless Payments

Less than half of Gen Z have an account with a traditional bank revealing that non-traditional payment methods will dominate the future of digital banking. But Sanat Rao, Chief Business Officer, and Global Head, Infosys Finacle, believes many countries across the globe are falling behind in developing the infrastructure needed for a fully cashless, digital banking system. Sanat joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss the pros and cons of a cashless environment. Sanat shares how going cashless will create ease and efficiency, but to do so, countries need to digitize every step of transactions, including opening accounts with digital documentation. This is costly and requires a profound change in infrastructure, posing a significant barrier for many countries. We also explore Blockchain security considerations. For example, Blockchain combats security concerns of digital payments by recording digital transactions, and Sanat believes this will not only curb fraud but also allow for cross-border transactions to increase exponentially. On navigating end-to-end digital adoption, Sanat shares his thoughts on improving digital adoption progress and continuing to build infrastructure for a cashless environment.

Aug 12
2067: The Story Behind Left Lane Capital and $1.4B Second Fund

Left Lane Capital is a leading global venture capital and growth equity firm investing in high-growth internet and consumer technology companies that are fundamental to the lives of customers. The foundation of Left Lane's strategy is built on four main elements: specialization in internet-first businesses, proprietary sourcing at every level, deep data rigor and best practices, and a genuine philosophy around partnering with founders. Dan Ahrens (Managing Partner) joins me on Tech Tech Talks Daily to discuss Left Lane's second fund with $1.4 billion in commitments, how the firm is focused on growing the internet and consumer tech category by identifying and supporting category-defining companies, the market potential for consumer internet companies, and their recent investments in GoStudent, M1 Finance, iTrust Capital, and Tovala.

Aug 11
2066: How Logitech is Reimagining Tech Design for Students

Logitech released the Logitech Pen in January, one of the first mainstream tech tools designed for and with students. The Pen is a USI stylus for Chromebooks, designed for learning, so students can unlock their full potential. Tech is not often built with kids in mind (but it should be). It's built for adult and consumer use. Children have smaller hands, different developmental needs, etc. Logitech took all this into consideration when designing the Pen, with students at the center every step of the way. Grace Lee is Head of Design for Logitech for Education. She is a leader in design who is passionate about creating user-centric education products that delight students and teachers. I invited her onto the podcast to learn more about the design process and discuss the development process of the Pen and what it can tell us about the future of tech design overall. We discuss how the future of learning (and life) is increasingly digital and why bridging the 'awkwardness' gap is so important. We also explore where tech can be a comfortable extension of our real physical selves to build confidence.

Aug 10
2065: Northeastern University and the Institute for Experiential AI

Dr. Usama Fayyad is Executive Director of the Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern University. The Institute is a game-changing research center focused on researching and developing human-centric AI solutions that leverage machine technology to extend human intelligence. ​I invited him on Tech Talks Daily to learn more about their mission to solve core research problems centered on building real solutions in real contexts to make reliable and responsible AI that works effectively and cooperatively with humans. The world-renowned expert in AI and an industry leader joins me to discuss what the Institute will mean to the advancement of AI and experiential AI. We also talk about the development of AI talent, the creation of AI solutions for real-world problems, AI ethics, and the promotion of Responsible AI. Finally, I learned that he was the Global Chief Data Officer & Group Managing Director at Barclays Bank in London and the first person in the world to hold the Chief Data Officer title when at Yahoo!

Aug 09
2064: WalkMe Presents: Digital Adoption for Dummies

Simon Blunn is SVP and General Manager for the EMEA region at WalkMe, a pioneer of the digital adoption sector. In a nutshell, digital adoption is the process of helping businesses make sure people – both staff and customers – are actually using any new technologies those businesses have embraced as part of their digital transformations. Simon is also a veteran of the enterprise IT industry more broadly, whose career has encompassed stints at the likes of HP and Cisco. Simon joins me on Tech Talks Daily to talk about what digital adoption is, why it’s important to businesses, and how businesses can achieve true digital adoption. He also talks about WalkMe’s recently-released Digital Adoption For Dummies guidebook. We discuss the centrality of digital adoption. Simon shares his belief that although digital transformation is essential to businesses in all industries, the technologies embraced during these businesses’ digital transformations must be used and understood – this often isn’t the case! Replacing legacy technologies with swanky new software may actually make things more confusing for businesses’ staff, worsening their digital experience and driving down productivity. In short, achieving digital adoption is central to successful digital transformation. Simon also shares his view, if businesses want to retain and attract talent, an IT team that ensures a fuss-free digital experience is paramount. The pandemic-induced increase in home working means many staff are less concerned about whether their office has a coffee machine, and more concerned about whether they can easily use the applications and software necessary to do their jobs.

Aug 08
2063: Particle - The Story Behind the Integrated IoT Platform-as-a-Service

Ten years ago, Zach Supalla wanted to find a way to help his deaf father send and receive text messages. Specifically, he wanted to enable his dad's phone to flash when he got a text from his wife. What began as a personal mission turned into a global integrated IoT platform-as-a-service. Since its inception in 2012, Particle has grown immensely to be the most widely used IoT platform, making it easier for 8,500 others to bring their physical products online. Zach joins me on Tech Talks Daily to share his inspirational story. I learn how the founder wants to help you reprogram the world and how Particle empowers innovators to solve industry problems. Particle provides an integrated IoT Platform-as-a-Service that helps businesses connect, manage, and deploy software applications to connected devices, from edge to cloud and back. Over 240k developers and 160+ Enterprise customers are building on Particle, from fast-growing startups to Fortune 100 companies that are all building connected solutions to business problems.

Aug 07
2062: Vuzix Shield Enterprise AR Smart Glasses

At CES earlier this year, Vuzix unveiled Vuzix Shield, a revolutionary leap for enterprise AR smart glasses. They are lightweight, stylish, prescription-ready safety glasses and a powerful 8-core CPU combine to deliver a singular wearable experience. Vuzix's CEO, Paul Travers, rejoins me on Tech Talks Daily for a catchup on their many developments and milestones and to discuss how Vuzix's technology today is allowing people to connect themselves to the metaverse easily. We discuss how their smart glasses now support Microsoft Endpoint Manager to streamline device onboarding and provisioning for Microsoft Teams. We also talk about other strategic partnerships to address the future of the deskless workforce. About Paul Paul Travers is the founder of Vuzix and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1997 and as a member of our Board of Directors since November 1997. Before the formation of Vuzix, Mr. Travers founded both e-Tek Labs, Inc. and Forte Technologies Inc. He has been a driving force behind the development of Vuzix products. He is a nationally recognized industry expert with more than 30 years of experience in the consumer electronics field and 26 years of experience in the virtual reality and virtual display fields. He holds an Associate degree in engineering science from Canton, ATC, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.

Aug 06
2061: SingleStore Creates 3-Minute Assessment Tool for Applications

SingleStore recently launched the ‘Data Intensity Index’ tool to help companies understand how data-intensive their applications are. Using five variables, the Data Intensity Index gives you an assessment of what kind of data infrastructure an application will need to deliver the best user experience. This 3-minute assessment, spread over 10 questions, aims to understand how data is used by the application and calculate the intensity score. Shireesh Thota joins me on Tech Talks Daily to share the story behind the tool and the problems they set out to solve. I also learn more about the data intensity assessment and what it means if you have a high or a low score. We discuss why data-intensive applications need a modern data infrastructure and the five critical components that impact application performance

Aug 05
2060: Microverse - The Online School for International Software Developers

Ariel Camus is the Founder and CEO of Microverse, an online school that helps anyone become a high-paid, international software developer. The best part? The program costs $0 until you get employed. They are the first ones to scale peer-to-peer model (no other school/university has been able to do it). Microverse has also raised over $17M+ and was part of the Y Combinator 2019 Batch. Thousands of people from over 100 countries apply to join Microverse every month, and hundreds of remotely-employed alumni from Colombia to Nigeria are making 3-10x their previous salary working for companies like Microsoft, VMware, Huawei, and Globant. Before starting Microverse, Ariel was the Co-Founder and CEO of TouristEye, a mobile app for planning trips and discovering new things to do while traveling. He grew the app to 1M users in 180+ countries before selling it to Lonely Planet in 2013. After the sale, Ariel worked as a Senior Product Manager of Lonely Planet's website, with over 150 million unique visitors per year. Ariel joins me on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast to discuss the instant solution to the massive shortage of software engineering talent and why ignoring the solution will make the problem even worse. We also discuss how remote hiring can help tech companies build a more diverse workplace. Finally we explore the future of work and the wider investment opportunities in the new world of remote work.

Aug 04
2059: MediaOptions and Why All Roads Lead To Domain Names

Have you ever wondered what happens when Elon Musk by, by ZOOM, as well as,,,, and others by Amazon? These are just a few examples of the tens of thousands of domain names today's guest has sold over the years. Andrew Rosener is an industry-leading Domain Broker, Domain Investor, Digital Asset Investor and pioneer in domain name valuation methodology. He has completed more than $500 Million in domain name transactions and has been involved in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies since 2013. The industry leader in third-party escrow services,, has recognized Andrew and his firm,, as the #1 or #2 Domain Broker in the World since 2013 when they began the Award. He has also won and been nominated for many other awards, including Domain Name Hall of Fame and Domain Investor of the Year. Furthermore, Andrew Rosener is the creator of the Rosener Equation, an algorithm that determines the full objective end user or retail value for premium generic .com domain names. "My job is to create liquidity for an illiquid asset," says Andrew. Join me and Andrew in conversation about why he believes domains are the original NFT - connecting the future and the past. Have you ever wondered what happens when Elon Musk by, by ZOOM, as well as,,,, and others by Amazon? These are just a few examples of the tens of thousands of domain names today's guest has sold over the years.  

Aug 03
2058: How Trend Micro is Making the World Safer for Exchanging Digital Information

Trend Micro is a global cybersecurity leader on a mission to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fueled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, their cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. The platform delivers a range of advanced threat defense techniques optimized for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. In addition, the global threat research team delivers unparalleled intelligence and insights that power cybersecurity platform and help protect organizations worldwide from 100s of millions of threats daily. But I wanted to learn more about how they are helping organizations to simplify and secure their connected world. Kevin Simzer. Chief Operating Officer, Trend Micro, joins me on Tech Talks Daily to share how they are using technology to make the world a safer place. As COO, Kevin is responsible for all field operations, including global sales, marketing, business development, strategic alliances, and corporate development. Kevin has held various roles since joining Trend Micro, including CMO, Global Alliances, and Corporate Development & Strategy. Before joining Trend Micro, Kevin held a number of executive positions including COO, general manager, chief marketing officer (CMO) and VP engineering for security pioneer Entrust (now Entrust-Datacard) where he was part of the founding team. Before starting Entrust, Kevin began his career working in several product development positions while at Nortel in engineering, developing next generation networking technology. Kevin has held a number of board positions with Entrust, the Queen’s University High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory, and has also served on the board of Certes Networks, an innovative cloud network security specialist.

Aug 02
2057: How Donna Loughlin Is Helping Visionaries Tell Their Story to the World

Donna Loughlin is the Founder of LMGPR and is best known for her work with futurists and innovators. She has launched more than 500 companies taking them from stealth to market leaders since forming her agency in 2002. She is also the host of BeforeItHappened, a leading narrative podcast featuring visionaries and the moments, events, and realizations that inspired them to change our lives for the better. Donna joins me on Tech Talks Daily to share her inspirational story as a woman in tech and insights gained from the evolution of Silicon Valley. I also learn more about how she launched a public relations firm with the sole purpose of helping visionaries tell their story to the world—almost 20 years ago. Two decades later, her podcast takes a deep dive into a singular lightbulb moment that inspired the visionaries to push forward and change our lives. We also talk about the global tech skills shortage and what we need to do to ensure we attract more women in STEM.

Aug 01
2056: Why Wireless Charging is Now Ready for Prime Time

Wireless charging applications are almost endless, from powering IoT applications like smart retail, building automation, smart home, digital advertising, touchless appliances, and industrial sensors. Ori Mor co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Wi-Charge, joins me on Tech Talks Daily. The Israeli-based start-up is the first company to bring wireless charging from exciting potential to actual commercial deployments. Wi-Charge’s patented infrared wireless power technology safely and efficiently delivers several watts of power to client devices at room-sized distances. It frees end-users from being tethered to wires or limited usage due to power constraints and gives product designers the power they need to usher in the next generation of mobile smart devices.

Jul 31
2055: Building Trust and Empathy in the Virtual Workplace

While the tech industry's teams have seamlessly evolved into remote and hybrid-based work operations - what's still missing when it comes to how companies operate as cohesive cultural units working in this disrupted fashion? And within a business setting - how do you define trust and empathy in tech companies? These are just a few topics I explore with today's guest. Chris Williams, Chief Operating Officer for Interaction Associates, joins me on Tech Talks Daily Podcast. Interaction Associates is best known for introducing the concept and practice of group facilitation to the business world in the early 1970's. For over 50 years, IA has provided thousands of leaders and teams with practical, simple, and effective programs, tools, and techniques for leading, meeting, and working better across functions, viewpoints, and geographies. We explore how leaders can take concrete steps to build trust and empathy in the workplace - especially virtually and what sort of technology and protocols come into play. Finally, we discuss how it can impact building trust and empathy and what can be done to optimize technology to make and sustain connections for teams vs disrupt them?

Jul 31
2054: The Tech Forging a Better Way to Feed the Planet.

The quality and quantity of food we depend on are at risk — from weather extremes and scarcity of cropland to supply-chain dysfunction and war. Consumers are demanding more nutritious and sustainable food. Governments are mandating that growers use less water and energy to produce crops. Innovation in agriculture has exploded with so much hype and promise. But how can we move away from hype and toward agtech solutions for producing more nutritious, sustainable food at scale? AgriFORCE is an agtech IP development company also listed on NASDAQ that aims to facilitate resource-conservative, high-yield food production for consumers while creating sustainable, long-term jobs for local communities. The AgriFORCE vision is to be a leader in delivering plant-based foods and products through advanced and sustainable AgTech solution platforms that make positive change in the world—from seed to table. Whether it's reshaping greenhouse design to harness the power of the sun, reimagining ways to capture the full nutrient value of crops or reigniting the passion and purpose of the next generation of growers through education and support, AgriFORCE is on a mission to break down the siloes of a fragmented industry and forging a better way to feed the planet. These are just a few of the topics I discuss with Ingo Mueller in today's episode of Tech Talks Daily.

Jul 30
2053: The Tech Creating Social Experiences for Real-Time Connection

I recently discovered a company called Topia that is leveraging technology to help communities bring people together to build stronger and more meaningful connections through shared experiences. Daniel Liebskin joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss how companies can use the metaverse today to create value for their prospects, customers, and community. In addition, we explore the ethical considerations of the evolving internet and how to prevent dystopian outcomes. Finally, we discuss how different technology trends converge into systems and paradigm shifts and how people can prepare, gain skills, and shape their expectations for the future

Jul 29
2052: How Cloud Computing Is Changing Everything with Alina Timofeeva

Have you heard? From angry Adele fans to broken robot vacuums, millions were hit by the suspension of services that use Cloud. Robot vacuums ceased sucking, WiFi cameras stopped watching, and eager Tinder daters were left unable to "swipe right" on their smartphone apps. These are just a few of the many recent news stories that highlight how Cloud technology is everywhere. Cloud is widely seen as helping deliver value to customers through innovation, improved resilience, and positive sustainability impact. But it also has its imperfections. Can Cloud fail us? Should you be investing in Cloud skills? And is it time to remediate Cloud? These are just a few areas I explore with today's guest. Alina Timofeeva is a multi-award-winning Principal at Oliver Wyman who helps major organisations adopt Cloud so they can deliver on their business ambitions in a safe and cost-effective way. She was recognized by 7 industry awards only in 2021, including Cloud Professional and Digital Leader. Outside of work Alina actively gives back to the community, through mentoring immigrants and women of diverse cultural and social backgrounds - so we can all look at our failure as an opportunity, instead of a setback. Her recent TEDxTalk "Fail but never give up" was watched by over 500 000 people and translated into 20 languages globally.

Jul 28
2051 Rapid 7 - How Cloud Misconfigurations Increase Security Risks

  Over the last year, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of cyberattacks on cloud environments, with breaches having potentially disastrous consequences. The rise has even led to CISA releasing guidance and legislation on how to improve cloud security. However, the issue of securing cloud environments does not have to be as complex as it is sometimes made out to be. Far too many breaches result from organizations relaxing their security settings on cloud resources or simple cloud misconfigurations. Therefore, what extra security checks and training should organizations be implementing to reduce the risk of breach? Gadi Naor, VP of Software Engineering, Cloud Security at Rapid7 joins me today on Tech Talks Daily to discuss why cloud security does not need to be such a complex problem as once thought. In addition, we discuss which sectors are most vulnerable to cloud misconfigurations and how data breaches in the cloud can result in further attacks, for example, social engineering attacks. We also talk about how organizations have helped contribute to the rise in attacks, including relaxing security settings and deploying unencrypted instances on the cloud. Finally, discuss what organizations can do to ensure that cloud misconfigurations are resolved.

Jul 27
2050: Akamai - Build, Deliver, and Secure Digital Experiences.

Dr. Robert Blumofe (Bobby), EVP and CTO of Akamai Technologies, discusses where the bar has been set for digital transformation at the enterprise level and how organisations globally can keep pace with those setting the gold standard. We also discuss how those lagging in their digital journey can catch up without exposing their security infrastructures to risk. We talk about the pivotal role that Zero Trust plays in defending against increasing cyber-attacks in the new world of work. Finally, we explore why the centralised cybersecurity model underpinned by a centralised technology stack is no longer effective against cyber threats that increasingly originate from the edge of a network. Akamai is a cloud company that helps companies build, deliver, and secure digital experiences. The company has more than 8,000 employees worldwide and, in 2021, generated $3.5 billion globally. More than 50% of the Fortune 500 use Akamai’s products and services, and its customers include the likes of Lufthansa, Airbnb, and Honda.

Jul 26
2049: VMware - Tom Kellerman, Head of Cybersecurity Strategy

Did you know there has been a fundamental restructuring of cybercrime cartels thanks to a booming dark web economy of scale? Powerful cybercriminal groups now operate like multinational corporations and are relied upon by traditional crime syndicates to carry out illegal activities such as extortion and money laundering. As a result, cybercrime cartels are more organized than ever before and often enjoy greater protection and resources from the nation-states that view them as national assets. A recent report from VMware found that 63% of financial institutions experienced an increase in destructive attacks, a 17% increase from last year. Destructive attacks are launched punitively to destroy, disrupt, or degrade victim systems by taking actions such as encrypting files, deleting data, destroying hard drives, terminating connections, or executing malicious code. Tom Kellermann, Head of Cybersecurity Strategy, joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss the findings in the report and share his insights. About Tom Kellermann Tom Kellermann is the Head of Cybersecurity Strategy for VMware Inc. Previously, Tom held the position of Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Carbon Black Inc. Before joining Carbon Black, Tom was the CEO and founder of Strategic Cyber Ventures. In 2020, he was appointed to the Cyber Investigations Advisory Board for the United States Secret Service. Additionally, on January 19, 2017, Tom was appointed the Wilson Center’s Global Fellow for Cyber Policy. Tom previously held the positions of Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Trend Micro; Vice President of Security for Core Security and Deputy CISO for the World Bank Treasury. In 2008 Tom was appointed a commissioner on the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President of the United States. In 2003 he co-authored the Book “Electronic Safety and Soundness: Securing Finance in a New Age.”

Jul 25
2048: Red Box - Why Voice Data is the Fuel for Business Change

Red Box, the AI voice software specialist, is enabling enterprise businesses to capture and unlock the power of their voice data to drive digital transformation, AI innovation, and compliance – all while giving their customers full ownership of their data. Voice data, both from internal communications and customer interactions, is commonly overlooked in informing an enterprise’s decision-making. However, it is amongst the most powerful data sets a business can own! Pete Ellis, Red Box’s Chief Product Office, talks about the many ways voice data is the fuel for change businesses need and provides a crucial foundation for digital transformation and AI deployments. We also discuss how data ownership is a key part in unlocking the benefits from AI and analytics tools, and how many businesses are losing out on this valuable asset because of things like paywalls and extra charges for exporting data.

Jul 24
2047: How Tech is Transforming Finance Into a Strategic Business Function

Mike Whitmire is the co-founder and CEO of FloQast, a close management software company that helps rapidly growing companies, particularly pre-IPO and public companies, close their monthly financial books with greater accuracy and speed. Mike joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss how tech is revolutionising the finance function to make it a strategic business function and the role of automation in supporting forward-thinking CFO's. We also discuss upskilling in the finance function, continuous talent optimisation and how tech can help accountants achieve a better work-life balance at work.

Jul 23
2046: The Advantages of Hybrid Cloud, SaaS Apps and Security

Many businesses are currently juggling two different worlds. We have the modern cloud infrastructure and Kubernetes. But on the flip side, there is 10-20-year-old legacy tech such as Oracle Solaris, old IBM and HP servers, etc. Elsewhere, business leaders are also challenged with managing security, the Cloud, and hybrid working. Anil Kumar from Citrix and Sharon Besser from GuardiCore join Neil Hughes in discussing the advantages that hybrid cloud and SAS apps can offer businesses. About Sharon Sharon Besser is an accomplished data and network security expert with a successful track record combining deep technical hands-on excellence with a market vision to incubate new solutions and develop next-generation technologies. Sharon was the CTO and co-founder of Publicom (acquired by Comsec), co-founder of Contondo (acquired by Bigtincan), co-founder of EyeOTee Inc., VP Technologies at Net Optics, (acquired by IXIA), VP of Products Strategy at Imperva, Director of security solutions at Check Point, Director of security products at Websense, through the acquisition of Port Authority Technologies. Sharon holds a BSc degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Geography from Bar Ilan University. About Anil As a Technical Marketing Manager at Citrix, Anil Kumar is responsible for Building and owning an Ecosystem of Networking, Security, and Cloud technology partners. He is also a subject matter expert on the Citrix cloud, networking and security products, and services. Anil is also responsible for developing and managing a test infrastructure in-house/on-prem and on Cloud for proof of concepts and for partner product verifications.

Jul 22
2045: Gloat - The AI Talent Marketplace Creating an Agile Workforce

The challenges facing organizations today are timely, urgent, and complex. Business leaders must find new ways to manage hybrid work models, unleash diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees, and most importantly, understand the needs of talent and provide every individual with the opportunity to experience choice and growth across an organization. In January 2021, I spoke with Jeff Schwartz about Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends Report. Jeff is an incredible subject matter expert and innovator who has had a front-row seat to the changes that have transformed and shaped the modern workplace. He's now the VP of Insights & Impact for Gloat, a pioneer of the internal talent marketplace. Trusted by some of the most respected brands in the world like Unilever, Nestlé, Seagate Technology, and Standard Chartered Bank, Gloat uses a two-sided platform that connects the talent within an organization to full-time roles, gigs, projects, mentorships, networking opportunities and more, enabling companies to democratize career development, unlock skills, and future-proof their workforces. I welcome Jeff back to the podcast to discuss how talent marketplaces are establishing a new category of HR technology and what forward-looking companies must do to succeed long-term as the world of work undergoes major shifts. We also discuss the benefits a talent marketplace provides to employees, managers and businesses as well as the future developments in this field.

Jul 21
2044: NGrave ZERO - Cold-Wallet Crypto Storage

Ruben Merre is the CEO and Co-founder of NGRAVE, the creators of ZERO, a military-grade cold wallet with the highest security certification in the world. Ruben joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss the vulnerabilities digital asset holders face by using hot wallets that are connected to the internet as opposed to transferring their assets to cold wallets which are offline and therefore cannot be attacked. We talk about NGRAVE’s $6 million seed round which saw investment from renowned DeFi and Web3 investors, including Woodstock Fund, Morningstar Ventures, DFG Group, Spark Digital Capital, and Mapleblock Capital. We also explore the growing problem of phishing and hacking scams, which have impacted users of Axie Infinity, OpenSea, and the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Jul 20
2043: TrustRadius - The Age of the Self-Serve Buyer is Here

Suppose you are thinking of purchasing a new laptop, TV, home appliance, car, or any big purchase. Where do you begin? For the most part, it probably reviews sites and YouTube videos that help you learn more about the pros and cons of each model. However, when we enter the workplace, we have those exact expectations, but we seldom do the same research before buying somehting. Vinay Bhagat is an entrepreneur passionate about improving the software buying process so professionals like HR teams can make better decisions for their organizations. Under Vinay’s leadership, TrustRadius, has become the most trusted business technology review site, delivering over 386,000 reviews & ratings from 100% verified users. Vinay started TrustRadius after experiencing challenges when buying enterprise solutions at his last company. He shares his journey as an entrepreneur and insights into how buyers make buying decisions. We also explore the 2022 B2B Buying Disconnect report—a survey of 2,185 respondents that shows year-over-year trends in business technology buying and selling. The annual survey covers significant industry findings and further analysis and insights.

Jul 19
2042: Exploring a Remote-Friendly Hybrid Collaboration Future With Tandem

Hybrid collaboration can be challenging. Remote teammates suffer from the "second-class citizen problem" - feeling excluded from spontaneous brainstorms, magic moments, and the creative energy of the office. Hybrid Spaces bridge the gap between remote and in-person teammates to make hybrid work the best of both worlds. Tandem is a virtual office that facilitates frictionless collaboration and allows distributed teams (such as Airbnb, Lyft, and Spotify) to feel connected, collaborate in real-time, and increase productivity. As the world struggles with redefining the way we work, I invited Tandem CEO and Co-Founder Rajiv Ayyangar to join me on Tech Tech Talks Daily to discuss what Techcrunch calls "remote-friendly hybrid collaboration". I learn more about how hybrid workers can teleport around the office, connect, and collaborate.

Jul 18
2041: Jellysmack - The Tech Unicorn Leading the Creator Economy

Jellysmack is a global creator company founded in 2016 that detects and develops the world's most talented video creators through AI. Top creators with Jellysmack include PewDiePie, MrBeast, Bailey Sarian, Derek Deso, Karina Garcia, Charles & Alyssa Forever, and Brad Mondo. Jellysmack has also been named #1 Most Innovative Company in Video by Fast Company. The company optimizes and distributes content for over 500 leading individual video creators on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube. It enables creators to grow their audiences, maximize earnings and generate more revenue opportunities. The company says the result is about 10 billion video views monthly, reaching 125 million people. In addition, its influencers have a combined 360 million followers. Jason Brown shares with me the story behind the company and the road to Series C funding from the SoftBank Vision Fund in May 2021, which catapulted the company to "unicorn" status. I also learn more about the tech that makes it all possible and why Jellysmack is a strategic partner across every aspect of the creator's journey and fully invests in a creator's long-term success.

Jul 17
2040: SpotGamma and the Tech Behind Options Software and Market Analysis

Brent Kochuba is the Founder of SpotGamma, a financial insights company, which applies its proprietary methodology toward modeling index and equity options and then provides unique content to its subscribers. SpotGamma has thousands of members and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Markets. At SpotGamma, Brent oversees all of the product development and creative content. Prior to SpotGamma, Brent was most recently a portfolio manager with Seven North Capital Management where he focused on creating options-based investment strategies. Prior to that, he spent time as a derivatives broker at Wolverine Execution, Credit Suisse and Bank of America. Brent now lives with his wife and children in Easton, Connecticut. Brent holds a B.S. in Emerging Technologies from the University of Connecticut. Brent joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss why tech, stock, and options analysis work so well together. We also attempt to demystify the options market and empower investors at all levels.

Jul 16
2039: How Meliá Hotels International is Driving Digital Transformation with Dynatrace

Meliá Hotels International anticipated an industry shift, with demand for travel hitting record levels following the pandemic. To accommodate this demand and deliver frictionless guest experiences, meeting guests on the mobile and online platforms on which they interact, Meliá Hotels accelerated its digital transformation by migrating its critical applications to the cloud. A cloud-native environment allowed Meliá the agility to release better digital functionality faster, enabling its guests to access more of its services via mobile and web platforms. I wanted to learn more about the importance of choosing the right support partner and how they leverage the Dynatrace platform's broad and deep observability and advanced AIOps capabilities to detect any anomalies in Meliá's infrastructure before they create issues for customer experiences. Christian Palomino joins me on Tech Talks Daily to discuss their digital transformation journey and how choosing the right partner enabled Meliá to ensure its digital services deliver the same quality experience as in-person interactions with hotel staff.

Jul 15