Tim Kane is co-founder and CEO of myHSA. myHSA is a technology company that facilitates Insurance brokers with the ability to offer in-house health spending accounts. In my interview with Tim, we explore his evolution from brick and mortar business owner to digital entrepreneur. His journey has been filled with hard lessons about building a software business as a non-technical founder. His passion, determination, and strong focus on customer service have served him well. Tim and his co-founder Steve have grown the company from two people and a database to 8+ staff and a fast growing client base.
You have probably heard the term Big Data. What does that mean anyway? Today I'm joined by Alastair Woolcock (@AlastairKW), to talk about Data Science. We uncover the science of data analytics and how data is unlocking market changing insights at all levels of business. Whether you're a small business trying to understand social media and it's influence on your marketing efforts, or an enterprise organization trying to understand client behavior, data can be a powerful tool. There is a growing industry of data science that is trying to use the power of hypothesis to mine for insights in the mountains of data that our modern businesses produce.
Today's podcast I'm joined by Raj Goel, CISSP (@RajGoel_NY). Raj is the co-founder of Brainlink and the creator of SOP Culture. Raj and I explore the benefits and the challenges of creating a SOP driven culture in your business. SOP Culture was formed out of years of Raj standardizing his teams work at Brainlink to ensure a consistency of service that gives him an unusual competitive edge in the market.
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Alex Sterk returns to give us an update on what is happening in the blockchain industry. It's been a busy year for the maturity of the industry. Lots of news and changes surrounding bitcoin and Ethereum. We talk about the growth of altcoins, the forking in both bitcoin and Ethereum. Alex tells us about his Ethereum project called UBIQ. Finally, Alex also gives his thoughts on how segregated witness (segwit) could bring lots of new functionality to bitcoin and lower transaction rates.
Alex is the co-founder of UBIQ and the host of Block Talk, a block chain talk show on youtube, which interviews developers and other blockchain industry notables.
Doctor Ray Hsu (@thewayofray) is back for round two of our discussion. In the previous podcast Dr. Ray and I touched on the fact that education hasn't evolved to keep pace with the modern world. In this second discussion, Dr. Ray and I explore this idea. How the incentive structures of modern education are misaligned. Also how commercial interests could be better facilitated by education while providing a better experience for students.
Dr. Ray Hsu (@TheWayofRay) professor at UBC. He is both the founder of the VR/AR working group and faculty in residence at the emerging media lab, conducting research on the immersive technology. When most people think of VR they think of video games. Like many of us, Dr.Ray sees the value of VR in the gaming field, but his vision for its impact goes far beyond that. In particular, I wanted to talk to Dr.Ray about his view on how VR/AR will influence education.
This episode of the podcast is a bit of an experiment. This is a break from the typical format of conversations with experts and thought leaders. This episode is a long form conversation between myself and Rachel Gertz. Rachel appeared in episode 9 to chat about her experience in the project management field. In that episode, we went off on a couple of fun tangents on futurism. So we decided to get together again and discuss of those tangents in more depth. So I hope you enjoy our exploration of AI and the future implications to humanity. This is intended to be thought-provoking, yet light-hearted approach to a fascinating topic.
My guest today is Miguel Sanchez @MSanchezWorld with Mass Ideation. I think that augmented reality and mixed reality are going to have a massive influence on how brands market their ideas and products. Why simply have a glossy photo with some cool print, when you can have a mini-movie built into your advertisement. Miguel's company is leading the way in the industry helping companies use leading-edge technologies to create a more memorable and engaging experience in their marketing work. This market is evolving fast with all the big names getting behind AR after the success of Pokemon GO. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Miguel.
Miguel Sanchez is the Founder and Creative Director of Mass Ideation, a Bronx, NY-based Media & Technology Agency specializing in Strategy, Design, and Emerging Technologies like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality & Mixed Reality. Prior to creating Mass Ideation, Miguel spent 8 years in the New York digital ad world creating animated and interactive experiences for some of the biggest brands in the world. In 2009 he founded Mass Ideation, where he took his experience and led teams to create campaigns for brands like Pepsi, & IHOP to name a few. Viewing augmented & virtual reality as an emerging technology with vast room for growth, he created ARnews.tv to chronicle and promote the best practices and examples of companies using the technology. Realizing there was a dire need for minorities to see technology as a viable career path he moved his business to the Bronx in 2012 and began partnering with non-profits, to teach technology to disconnected youth.
My guest today is Bill Stucklen, CEO of Stack Advisors. Bill and I discuss a specific portion of the Managed IT space. Stack Advisors is a company that provides expertise to MSPs using Labtech and Connectwise. The reason I was interested in having Bill on to chat was that it seems counter-intuitive that an IT company would outsource its internal systems management to a third party, but it makes a ton of sense for many MSPs.
Bill has over 20 years of experience as an IT executive, leading and mentoring a diverse range of technology professionals, from help desk personnel to system administrators. He is seasoned in building technology teams, establishing technical policy, and managing large-scale technology projects. He is a co-founder and the CEO of Stack Advisors, a consultancy for MSPs, IT service providers and ISVs. He has assembled a team of MSP industry experts at Stack Advisors to provide strategic planning, consulting and expert integrations with a large focus on the ConnectWise Business Suite of tools.
New threats are emerging on the internet. Just in recent months we have seen shockingly more mature attacks on the internet. State sponsored cyberwar tactics are being brought in to the public eye. Last month we saw one of the largest DDoS attacks ever recorded. So I wanted to chat with a friend of mine that has deep roots in the Internet Security industry and get his thoughts on the rapid evolution of the security industry.