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Uniting dataphiles and dataphobes one podcast at a time. Listen as the Gagnons interview industry leaders and startup founders, review new tech trends and products, and examine how data and technology drive our professional and personal worlds.


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Uniting dataphiles and dataphobes one podcast at a time. Listen as the Gagnons interview industry leaders and startup founders, review new tech trends and products, and examine how data and technology drive our professional and personal worlds.






Tesla: 100 Years Too Early

Summary: In this episode, Brian and Malinda discuss a man whose work is still only starting to be understood today - Nikola Tesla. Who was he, and how did he become an inventor? What kinds of technology did his inventions include? We take a look at some of his creations and uncover why his name is not always associated with them. We also discuss his history with Edison, the battle for powering New York City, and why Tesla had so much trouble with his patents. Join us as we look into this man’s history and how his work is just starting to be available to the world - 100 years after his time. What We Covered: Nikola TeslaAC PowerAC vs DCpower our citieselectric chairmore300 patentscreditednot get creditworking with Westinghousenot fully understood


The Rapid Shift to a Remote Digital World

Summary: Get ready to dive into how current events are changing the landscape of technology, supply chains, and how we conduct business. We take a look at different ways to set up organizations for success with remote work and how our demand is putting strain on the internet. We talk about how businesses are going to have to innovate to provide for their customers and how all of this will impact our supply chains. Join us as we explore how business and technology are rapidly changing to meet new demands. What We Covered: COVID-19 crisisrapid changeVDI businesses that do not traditionally use tech


Talking Trash: The Data and Technology Behind Garbage

Summary: Get ready for some trash talk in this waste-focused episode. Hosts Brian and Malinda look at the business of recycling and the ways in which companies are trying to reduce their carbon footprint. While Malinda drops staggering facts about the state of our oceans and the plastics that litter it, Brian shares how technology can alleviate some of our waste issues. From single use plastics to food waste, this episode expertly explains the data and technology behind trash and waste. What We Covered: 3:55 - The business of recycling 5:43 - Low-income countries are dumping or burning 90% of their waste rather than recycling it 6:05 - Maine’s single use plastic ban 9:47 - How can companies think about their carbon footprint? 11:00 - What are purity numbers and what does China have to do with it? 14:47 - Understanding the removal chain 16:00 - When MIT started electronically tracking trash 17:42 - Can AI help you sort your trash? 18:54 - Phood and food waste 22:08 - Denmark's study on the energy it takes to produce plastic bags vs bags made of other materials. 30:31 - Ever hear of a smart waste bin? 34:33 - Can UBQ solve our trash trouble? 43:02 - The true cost of being a throw away culture 45:00 - The Gagnons make their trash predictions for the future


Raiders of the data archive: Is our legacy safe?

Summary: In an increasingly digital world, how do we make sense of ephemeral content and how do we preserve it for posterity? Episode 23 is a data-driven deep dive that looks at the evolution of digital archiving. Hosts Brian and Malinda Gagnon discuss digital storage and how things like digital availability and digital durability affect the ways we store and share information. An important episode for anyone who’s wondered how the internet affects the ways we document and share ideas. What we covered: 1:55 - 90% of all data has been created since 2016. That’s alot! 3:15 - How do we make sense of data? 4:12 - Biometric check ins with Delta and how companies are creating dynamic content. Remember this from episode 22? 6:42 - Remember the wayback machine? We talked about it on episode 17. 8:55 - Do you know Alexa’s origin story? Spoiler alert: Amazon acquired it in 1999. 13:00 - What’s the Internet Archive and why is it important? 14:54 - Why hasn’t Facebook been archived since 2011? No seriously, we want to know. 16:30 - What is ephemeral content? 17:10 - Who decides what’s worth archiving? 18:08 - Can an old website be used as evidence in a court of law? 21:05 - Did you know that more people are going to public libraries than they are movie theaters in 2019? 22:27 - Will digital archives stand the test of time?


Don’t Cross the Streams: A Closer Look at Streaming

Summary: We’ve all toyed with the idea of cutting cable, but how many of us have officially pulled the plug? In this episode, Brian and Malinda explore the world of streaming. Using their wayback machine, they discuss streaming in its infancy (looking at you, MP3 files), and how it’s evolved over time to suit our content needs. Looking at major streaming players and assessing what might be next for them, our cord cutting hosts expertly catch us up on this ever changing landscape. What we covered: 2:54 - What is streaming and how did it come to be? 3:52 - Cord cutting: Who does it and how much will it save you? 4:45 - Malinda talks about the experience economy and what happens when you can’t watch football at home any more 7:05 - Are streaming services really just channels in disguise? 7:44 - Understanding streaming: The birth of the MP3 and Napster 10:46 - A history of Netflix, and how Brian tried to game the system 12:06 - Brian vs. Netflix 16:30 - Netflix vs. Blockbuster 18:43 - How streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney started creating original content to stay competitive 19:15 - Remember that owners vs. brokers episode we did last season? 22:28 - Breaking down Broadband 26:18 - Disney+ had 10 million subscribers when they launched 36:50 - How much does cable really cost? 37:00 - Will new players like Quibi change the streaming game? 40:00 - Another round of Leaders and Losers (or almost losers in this case)


CES 2020 Recap: Impossible Pork Strikes Back

Summary: It’s been a minute, but we’re back! Fresh from his trip to CES, Brian chats with Malinda about the highs and lows of this year’s show. From digital sky writers and ping pong playing robots to parallel reality and biomimetic pleasure devices, it was a year for the books. What better way to kick off Data Myths Season Two than a recap of what we saw at CES 2020 and what we can expect to see in the future. What We Covered: 5:45 Brian recaps a few of his favorite things at CES including digital sky writers and ping pong playing robots. 10:55 Electro-mechanical devices rule. Remember the back flipping dog at CES 2019? This year Brian was impressed with Omron’s ping pong playing robot which can imitate slow and fast twitch muscles. 13:10 Standing ovation for Delta, who became the first major airline ever to keynote and exhibit at CES. 16:30 What is parallel reality and how could it shape the future? 17:28 Did somebody say magic pixel? Meet MisappliedSciences, the creators of magic pixel. 19:45 Brian saw plenty of AI-enabled products like Brunswick Boats and Doosan. 21:22 John Deere upped their game this year by exhibiting a sprayer that could reduce herbicide use up to 90%. 24:49 Remember Lora DiCarlo? Where is she now and how were her products received at CES 2020 compared to CES 2019? 28:24 How has the trade war with China impacted its CES 2020 presence? 31:20 Why can’t American forces use Tik Tok anymore? Spoiler alert: security breach. 32:49 It’s 2020 and we’re still talking about 5G at CES (and autonomous cars too). 35:50 Tired of managing different apps for different shows? Meet Dabby. 37:50 Brian’s thoughts on the virtual humans at CES. 39:13 Brian’s impossible battle with Impossible Pork at CES 2020.


Is Hi-Fi Audio Dead in a Digital World?

Summary: Sure we’ve seen a major uptick in vinyl record sales, but what does that mean for the future of sound? Will higher quality audio beat out convenience? What is the difference between AM and FM radio? Will Malinda reunite with her iPod shuffle? Will Bose engineers everywhere be buying Brian voodoo dolls? Brian and Malinda discuss audio industry trends as well as their own experiences with audio technology in their everyday lives. Listen to this week’s episode to hear more. What We Covered: 2:00 – War and conflict played a major role in communication and audio. 3:00 – Invention of the phonograph. 4:00 – What is audio fidelity? 6:00 – What is Ham radio? 7:00 – FCC begins regulating amateur radio services. 8:00 – What’s the difference between AM and FM Radio? 9:00 – The transition to vinyl records. 12:00 – 1963 Phillips cassette is released and disrupts the record industry. 13:00 – Rise of the CD – Overtook cassette sales in 1988. 17:00 – Cultural changes toward portability are killing quality. 19:00 – Tidal and Qobuz - High fidelity streaming services. 21:00 – Sonos is changing the home audio game. 23:00 – Wireless technology is changing how we listen 24:00 – Apple pulls headphone jack. 25:00 – All Things CES 2019 episode – Choosing between wired and wireless. 26:00 – Similar changes are happening in the camera industry 27:00 – Super X-fi and Sony 360 Reality Audio are changing the headphone industry. 30:00 – Bose vs Beats – Focusing on quality or design. 31:00 – Nokia is developing spatial audio recording. 33:00 – Podcasting and phones have helped shape the microphone industry. 35:00 – Social sharing has changed how audio is shared. 36:00 – A Podcast about Podcasts episode – The crowded podcast market has caused a need for higher audio quality podcasts. 42:00 – Vinyl’s revival – 2017 had the highest number of vinyl’s sold since 1991.


Romancing the Blockchain: Are We Ready?

In this special episode of Data Myths, Brian and Malinda travel virtually to Liechtenstein to host Thomas Nägele and Alexis Esneault. Thomas is a blockchain expert and managing partner of NÄGELE Attorneys at Law. Alexis is an attorney at the firm and also specializes in blockchain and distributed ledger technology. With blockchain and cryptocurrency being relatively new, it’s important to think about what practical uses are. How will it affect how we do business? What are its potentials? And most importantly… What is it? Join Brian, Malinda, Alexis, and Thomas to learn more about the world of blockchain. What We Covered: 1:00 – A little about our guests: Thomas Nägele and Alex Esneault from Nägele Attorneys at Law LLC 6:00 – House of Blockchain – Coworking space in Liechtenstein. 8:00 – What are bitcoin and blockchain? What’s the difference? 11:00 – Environmental impact of cryptocurrency and blockchain. 13:00 – What steps have been taken in Liechtenstein to make sure cryptocurrency or blockchain could be applied in a practical way? 15:00 – Bitcoin vs the Bank 16:00 – The Liechtenstein Blockchain Act 17:00 – Major changes that need to happen to advance the application of blockchain technology: regulation and ease of use. 21:00 – Welcome to the Age of Assets: Brokers vs. Owners episode – Companies are waiting for clearer regulations before moving into new markets. 22:00 – What are the differences between cryptocurrencies? 22:00 – Proof-of-work vs Proof-of-stake. 24:00 – What are smart contracts? 27:00 – I’d Like a PhD With a Side of AI episode – Automating repeatable tasks and re-honing the workforce to be thinking about places of opportunity. 31:00 – European Union’s involvement in blockchain. 34:00 – Tokenization and a token economy – Turning illiquid assets liquid. 37:00 – Are banks losing control to cryptocurrencies? 42:00 – Should you be involved in cryptocurrency?


Capturing Attention in a Busy World: Is it Possible?

Summary: In today’s digital advertising landscape, it’s harder than ever to stand out from the crowd and grab a consumer’s attention. So what’s a company to do? In this episode of Data Myths, Malinda walks us through the complex and evolving world of digital advertising. Reviving the “Data Myths Leaders and Losers” segment, Malinda breaks down everything from Google’s dynamic advertising to the future of cashing in as an influencer. Is traditional advertising dead? Can anyone take over Google as the top advertising platform? What does it take to catch a consumer’s eye? Listen to this week’s episode to find out. What We Covered: 4:00 – Digital vs traditional advertising. 6:00 – Different types of Google Ads: Text, shopping, display, video 6:00 – What is a dynamic ad? 7:00 – What is a native ad? 9:00 – Consumers are now accustomed to free content and fed up with ads. 12:00 – Influencer Marketing 14:00 – Regulations are growing in influencer marketing for consumer transparency. 15:00 – Augment My Reality Please episode – Fyre festival’s use of influencer marketing. 21:00 – Digital advertising spend eclipses traditional advertising 22:00 – Google and Facebook’s ad duopoly. 23:00 – Will there be a scarcity of resources as users run out of time in the day? 26:00 – Leader: Google – 34 percent of consumers’ time online is on Google or a Google-owned site. 28:00 – Loser: Facebook – Usage has been declining 29:00 – Leader: Amazon – “The Amazon Effect: Love to Hate it, or Hate to Love it?” episode. 29:00 – Losers: Microsoft and Verizon – Losing market share. 30:00 – What are out of home ads? 31:00 – Influencer marketplace is getting crowded. 33:00 – Don’t Let Curation Kill Discovery episode – It is hard to find true creators 35:00 – Welcome to the Age of Assets: Brokers vs Owners episode – Brokers have an advantage now, but creators may begin to gain ground in the digital space. 39:00 – What will the relationship between creators and brokers look like in the future? 43:00 – Google and Facebook provide a good digital ecosystem for tracking attribution and click path to help brands understand their data. 44:00 – What is ad verification?


Clouds on the Horizon: To Cloud or Not to Cloud

Summary: Gone are the days of stashing servers under your desk. In this week’s episode, Brian guides listeners through a brief history of cloud computing. From the early days of mainframes to today’s hybrid cloud resources, learn how both people and companies have benefited from advancements in cloud technology. Your hosts share how the cloud has reduced the barrier to entry for technology startups and how larger organizations must assess their needs before committing to one cloud solution. And if you’re a dataphobe cringing at the word ‘cloud’, fear not… you’ll get a lot out of this episode! What We Covered: 1:00 - The Amazon Effect: Love to Hate It, or Hate to Love It? episode - AWS and cloud computing. 2:00 - Most cloud and AI users don’t even know they are using it. 3:00 - What is the cloud? 4:00 - Benefits of the cloud - Lowering the barrier to entry for some companies. 5:00 - Life before the cloud: The age of mainframes. 6:00 - IBM’s involvement with mainframes. 10:00 - IBM’s PC, Apple’s Mac, C64, TRS-80, and Altair 8800 were created in the 70s and early 80s - The start of the PC client server. 13:00 - Big data centers were created - These were more complex and less utilized. 14:00 - The dot.bomb hits. 14:00 - Redhat and Cisco rise. 14:00 - What is colocation? 16:00 - What are DevOps? (Development Operations) 16:00 - 1998 VMware is founded and makes its way into the Intel X86 architecture space. 18:00 - VMware’s virtualization and its benefits. 20:00 - What is the Hypervisor? 21:00 - Linux, Unix, and the Mainframe using multitenant architecture. 23:00 - VMware’s IPO 26:00 - Machine catalogs and the creation of server templates. 26:00 - The creation of AWS in 2006 and Gmail in 2004. 29:00 - Welcome To The Age Of Assets: Brokers vs. Owners episode - A cloud shared economy. 31:00 - The uses of private, public, and hybrid cloud resources and what is cloud bursting? 35:00 - What would new business owners do over again if given the choice? 36:00 - Why the cloud isn’t always cheaper. 38:00 - Netflix and Dropbox using public and private cloud services. 40:00 - Infrastructure and Platform as a service.


The Amazon Effect: Love to Hate It, or Hate to Love It?

Summary: Will Amazon’s smart doorbell replace your local neighborhood watch? How is Amazon fighting the stigma of the Amazon effect? Brian and Malinda discuss how Amazon is eating Google’s lunch by ramping up its ad business, how AI bias could affect Amazon’s AI services, and how Amazon is used for search. While Malinda examines the implications of one company controlling your entire customer journey, Brian weighs the pros and cons of insourcing vs outsourcing cloud services. Tune in for an episode that will make you rethink everything you know about what it means to be a monopoly. What We Covered: 3:00 – Current and upcoming areas Amazon is operating in: RetailAWS (cloud computing)GroceryAtlas AirWarehousesAdvanced RoboticsAdvertisingNewsEntertainmentHome AutomationGamingMedical5:00 - Amazon purchases IMDB months before expanding its platform to movies. 6:00 – Amazon purchases PillPack in an attempt to move into the medical space. 7:00 – What is a traditional monopoly? Does this apply to today’s marketplace? 8:00 – The “Amazon Effect” – Amazon’s effect on customer purchase decisions. 10:00 – What is Antitrust? Looking at more than just how much of the market a company owns. 12:00 - Companies involved in every step of a buyer's journey can optimize the customer experience. 16:00 - Insourcing vs outsourcing cloud services. How Amazon is capitalizing on AWS’s convenience. 18:00 - Welcome To The Age Of Assets: Brokers vs. Owners Podcast - Ride sharing and gig economy. 22:00 - Amazon’s increased presence in the ad space. 24:00 - Almost half of consumers start researching for a product on Amazon. 27:00 - Microsoft’s antitrust battle and the death of Netscape. 28:00 - Amazon’s Alexa optimization team listening to your inputs. 30:00 - Could Amazon’s Ring replace the neighborhood watch? 32:00 - Amazon using it’s behavioral data to drive content creation. 33:00 - What are the safeguards in place for companies that control such a broad amount of data? 36:00 - Amazon’s facial recognition system helping police find suspects and how AI bias complicates this. 40:00 - As data monetization replaces free data, Amazon will be in control of the market. 42:00 - Jeff Bezos knows Amazon is not too big to fail. 43:00 - Is self regulation the answer?


Welcome to the Age of Assets: Brokers vs. Owners

Summary: Is the gig economy on its way out? Will Airbnb suffer from Marriott’s latest play? To stay competitive, how are traditional companies repositioning their value in the marketplace? In this week’s episode, Brian and Malinda consider what it means to be a broker versus an owner. Drawing comparisons between companies like Airbnb and Marriott, Tesla and Uber, and Disney and Netflix, your hosts look at who is offering more value to the consumer. Tune in to learn how companies that once solved for access, are now competing with companies that are creating unique assets of their own. What We Covered: 1:00 - What is the gig economy? 2:00 - Some “broker” companies to check out: Airbnb, Uber, Netflix, Amazon 4:00 - What are brokers and aggregators? 5:00 - Airbnb vs Marriott 6:00 - What is homesharing? 6:00 - Marriott moving into the homesharing space. 8:00 - Airbnb just acquired some similar companies. Check them out: and HotelTonight 9:00 - Travel aggregators like Expedia and TripAdvisors are not surfacing the best deals. 9:00 - Hotel Impossible - Understanding pricing and the hotel market. 11:00 - Airbnb and Marriott revenues and profits. 16:00 - Will regulations hurt Airbnb and Marriott? 17:00 - Tesla vs Uber 17:00 - Uber IPO 19:00 - Highest employment rate in the last 50 years - How is this affecting Uber’s churn rate? 22:00 - Lyft’s IPO in March 2019 22:00 - Uber’s S1 23:00 - Can Uber Eats and Uber Freight get Uber out of the red? 25:00 - Elon Musk (Tesla) - Creating an appreciating asset not a depreciating asset. 26:00 - What is the sharing economy? 31:00 - What is a “Level 5” autonomous vehicle? 34:00 - Netflix vs Disney 35:00 - Disney’s streaming service: Disney+. 37:00 - The E-Commerce Equation Podcast - A look at Walmart and Amazon. 38:00 - Netflix is estimated to spend $15B in original content. 42:00 - Curation vs Discovery Podcast - How can companies service customers using data?


A Brief History of the Internet and Website Development: The Good, The Bad, and Everything In Between

Summary: This week on Data Myths, Brian and Malinda take a trip down memory lane. Considering the evolution of the Internet, they explore how technology has changed the way we live, communicate, and build websites. Looking for a brief and fun history of website development? Ready to reminisce about home row keys and 90s flash sites? From ‘fun buttons’ to responsive design, episode 14 examines the highs and lows of website development. Subscribe and listen for a satisfyingly fun history lesson. What We Covered: 1:00 - The evolution of the Internet 3:00 - E-commerce Podcast 5:00 - Tim Berners-Lee 7:00 - Commodore 64 10:00 - HTML, URI (Uniform Resource Identifier), HTTP, Links (Old web browser) 11:00 - Hyperlinks 14:00 - Website developers and writing code 14:00 - WYSIWYG 17:00 - Adobe Dreamweaver, fusion and cold fusion 17:00 - CMS (Content Management System) 18:00 - Brian’s first e-commerce website 23:00 - Cascade definition 24:00 - Frames - multifunction website page 26:00 - Building a website and adding content 27:00 - Content and making websites user friendly 28:00 - History of search and bookmarks 33:00 - Indexing, keyword stuffing, content stuffing, and back link building 36:00 - Responsive design for desktop and mobile 40:00 - Chat on your website 41:00 - Definition of scaling vertically and horizontally


A Podcast about Podcasts

Summary: Thinking about starting a podcast but don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry—Data Myths has you covered. In this unapologetically honest episode, Brian and Malinda share their personal podcast highs and lows. From why they started Data Myths, to their top five podcast tech tips, Brian and Malinda get real about life behind the podcast. For those considering the podcast-host life, episode 13 will serve as a great reference point for getting started. What We Covered: 1:00 - Does it make sense for your business to have a podcast? 3:00 - What’s the barrier to entry and how do you start? 5:00 - Statistics about Podcasts 9:00 - Communicating your brand and your voice 11:00 - The breakdown of the podcast process 15:00 - What to talk about on your podcast CES podcastE-commerce podcast19:00 - Five things that make a good podcast 26:00 - How does a podcast function? What’s an RSS Feed? 28:00 - Challenges along the way 37:00 - Fundamentals of Podcast Marketing 39:00 - Is the podcast marketplace getting crowded? 43:00 - Differentiating yourself in a crowded marketplace Apple Podcast Link - Podcast Marketing Best Practices


The E-Commerce Equation: To Prime or Not To Prime—That is the Question

Summary: Where will e-commerce be in five years? Will Brian and Malinda find another great deal on a TV before then? This week’s episode focuses on e-commerce—the major players, the trends, and the future of main street shopping. Today, e-commerce platforms are empowering brands to sell directly to consumers; closing the gap on third-party retail sellers; and reducing the cost of production. On this week’s e-commerce-focused episode, Brian and Malinda consider how Amazon factors into the e-commerce equation. Will main street businesses stay competitive? Will we be seeing more pop-up stores and food trucks in the future? Listen to find out. What We Covered: 1:00 - DIG SOUTH 3:00 - 90 percent of retail sales come from in-store purchases. 6:00 - Millennial's are changing their buying habits. 17:00 - Amazon’s strategy to stay in the e-commerce market. 21:00 - Over 50 percent of Amazon’s products are sold through 3rd parties. 21:00 - Amazon leading the charge in the Networking Effect 21:00 - Uprise Partners growth strategy in the e-commerce industry. 25:00 - InstaCart used to deliver for Whole Foods Market. 32:00 - Amazon’s not so secret way to success. 37:00 - Walmart and Kroger bought companies in the technology industry. 40:00 - Best Buy is creating in store experiences. 41:00 - Local stores are competing in the marketplace. 42:00 - Pop-up shops and food trucks are creating urgency and unique experiences.


The Business of Gaming

Summary: Who will be the Netflix of gaming? How do you make a gaming platform stickier? How do you keep users engaged and entertained? Brian and Malinda discuss changes in the gaming industry, what new platforms are coming to market, and how these competitors may disrupt the gaming industry. Brian breaks down some need-to-know acronyms and helps listeners wrap their heads around the business of gaming. An episode that is sure to make both dataphobes and dataphiles question where is gaming going next. What We Covered: 1:00 - Shopify and Mailchimp Podcast 1:00 - Gaming platform streaming services - Sony, Nintendo, Atari 2:00 - PAX and Uprise Partners - helping businesses launch, brand, and market new games 5:00 - Apple IOS - Developer - Game Center 13:00 - Google Stadia - Cloud Gaming Service 15:00 - PAX - Everyone is building games but they don’t know how to bring their games to market 16:00 - Content Curation Podcast 17:00 - Twitch - Live Game Play 21:00 - What is Snap’s platform going to look like? 24:00 - The Networking Effect Podcast 25:00 - EA (Electronic Arts) - Why is building a platform to capture the developer important? 27:00 - XCloud - Microsoft 30:00 - Is WalMart coming into the gaming industry? The difference between streaming video and gaming. 32:00 - What is a codec? Encryption and decryption algorithms 33:00 - What is CPU (Central Processing Unit) and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)? 38:00- BitCoin 39:00 - What is TPU (Tensor Processing Unit)? 40:00 - What is a teraflop? 42:00 - Nvidia - What will happen next?


Shopify vs. Mailchimp - An E-Commerce Data Dispute

Summary: This week we’re catching you up on all the dirty data details of the recent Shopify and MailChimp breakup. Before you decide whether you’re team MailChimp or team Shopify, listen to Brian and Malinda weigh in on what ultimately led to the split. Who are the casualties? What does the split mean for other platforms? Is your data really in jeopardy? Brian and Malinda explain how this e-commerce drama is affecting small businesses and start up companies. If you’re a small business owner wondering if this will affect you and your store, plug in and listen up. It’s time to start planning for the future and thinking about user privacy and data ownership. What We Covered: 1:00 - What’s happening between Mailchimp and Shopify? 2:00 - Facebook, Apple, and Google getting into trouble 3:00 - Klaviyo 5:00 - What is Mailchimp? What about Shopify? 13:00 - MailChimp is buying LemonStand 17:00 - User privacy, terms and conditions, and sharing customer information 18:00 - Where do Cloud services stand in this situation? 19:00 - Where do enterprise companies stand on data sharing services? 19:00 - The Networking Effect in relation to data? 22:00 - Who is in control of your data? 23:00 - HubSpot and Salesforce 36:00 - MailChimp GDPR and Privacy legislation 39:00 - Data breaches and how it will affect the way data is controlled


How to Win at Pitching: A SXSW Recap

Summary: How do you make the most of your pitch time? What are the most important things to mention, and what are the most important things to avoid mentioning? Brian and Malinda serve up a SXSW recap and share their personal startup pitch strategies. From what to wear and how to speak, to being a present pitch audience participant, Brian and Malinda reflect on how they made the most of SXSW’s concentration of innovative go-getters. What We Covered: 1:00 - What we look for in startups, how to stand out! 6:00 - Uprise Partners and how to reach your company's goals and the right audience. 7:00 - What is a Pitch competition? 9:00 - Tips and tricks for pitch competitions. 11:00 - A great 1 minute pitch and why it matters. 24:00 - The Pitch - What does your pitch need to include? 26:00 - I’d like a PhD with a side of AI 29:00 - How does AI, data analytics, and technology fit into your growth strategy plan? 31:00 - What do you need to do in order to differentiate yourself from other companies? 35:00 - Statistics on funding and what the risk factor is for investors 41:00 - Pledge 1 Percent


The Rise and Fall of Robots

Summary: Can companion robots change how society interacts? How did iRobot become a success in the robot field? Will we see lawn mowing robots in the not-too-distant future? Brian and Malinda host Jon Morgan, product manager at Google, to discuss all things robot-related. In this episode, we take a closer look into robot fails, the statistics, and why the surgical board still considers these “fails” as a success. Jon and Brian discuss the numbers on autonomous driving and how insurance companies factor in risk with cost. Will people embrace robots more once they understand their true value? Find out on this episode of Data Myths. What We Covered: 1:00 - Introducing Jon Morgan, a product manager at Google in the hardware division. - Powered by Zencastr 2:00 - Podcast 1: All Things CES 2019 - Looking at relevance in robotics and in the consumer robotics industry. 5:00 - People are buying services, not just robots. 13:00 - Cute robots are changing the way people perceive robots in a positive way: Aibo Pleo Paro Lovot HRI 18:00 - What makes something a robot? 22:00 - Why are robotics companies dying off? 28:00 - How iRobot thrived in the robot marketplace. 33:00 - Robots in the European market. 36:00 - Robot Fails: Podcast 343:00 - Curiosity Rover - NASA


Don't Get Left Behind by The Network Effect

Summary: What will it take for companies to show value to their users through their network? Why do some companies die out while others continue to thrive? In this episode, Brian and Malinda consider the network effect and the challenges companies face when trying to create continued value on their platform. While Malinda takes listeners on the value barrier journey, explaining what companies need to build up their network and provide value to the customer, Brian explores the turning point where devices can begin choosing their own network without human input. Is this a positive or a negative? The next big companies will be building devices that automatically connect with the networks of their choosing—these networks will bring value. If they don’t, they won’t exist. What We Covered: 1:00 - Tech company development trends and the value they bring. 3:00 - The network effect, more users create more value in the network. 6:00 - History of networks - Friendster, Myspace, and what made them die out? 12:00 - Definition between internal and external network effect 14:00 - How Microsoft added value to their platform 15:00 - Android vs. Apple Apps 20:00 - VMWare built a powerful ecosystem 26:00 - The hardware to software evolution and where it is going. 29:00 - IoT - Western Digital and more - creating risc processors, storage devices, to help reduce burden on the network. 38:00 - The barrier to entry for a new company - Domo and Tableau 41:00 - Will machines start choosing their own network without your input?