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441: EdTech - How Hackathons Are Helping Quizlet Make a Difference

San Francisco-based EdTech company, Quizlet is the largest user-generated online learning platform in the U.S. Every month, over 20 million active learners from 130 countries practice and master more than 200 million study sets of content on every conceivable subject and topic. Their mission is simple: To help people practice and master whatever they are learning. Quizlet provides engaging, customizable activities with contributions from people everywhere. Many of Quizlet’s most popular...

Duration: 00:23:32

440: CYBRI - The Cybersecurity Marketplace Securing Business Assets

As global cybercrime costs are projected to reach $2 Trillion by 2019, the CYBRI platform is offering cybersecurity experts on demand for small and medium-sized enterprises. With over 500 registered US Cybersecurity experts, CYBRI provides a key opportunity for businesses to access its highly in-demand pool of talent on a per-project or monthly retainer basis. Businesses can request a full scope of cybersecurity needs based on the industry regulations and compliance requirements...

Duration: 00:23:35

439: Why EdTech Leader Coursera Is Top Of The Online Learning Space

Meet Coursera, the world's largest EdTech company with 28+ million learners around the world, 150+ university partners, and more than 2,000 courses. The company was founded by two Stanford professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide access to quality education to anyone, anywhere. Last summer, new CEO Jeff Maggioncalda took the reins. Previously he was the founding CEO of Financial Engines (a fintech company helping ordinary individuals invest their 401(k) savings)...

Duration: 00:29:43

438: How iboss is Breaking Through the Web Gateway Industry

Paul Martini is not your average leader of a successful cybersecurity company. With his twin brother they blended their skillsets to create a security company to protect the distributed, mobile workforce. In the early stages of Peter and Paul’s career, the two understood the need for employees to work securely, no matter their location. Following this vision, the two made their life’s work solving this problem and creating a company with the perfect solution Driven by their vision and...

Duration: 00:17:35

437: CES 2018 - Clazio Brings The ‘Smart’ to Smart Home Entertainment

The Clazio Spark is a new touchscreen home entertainment centre that combines the very best in voice technologies, top content providers, and premium audio. The Clazio Spark features a seven inch Full HD (323 PPI) touchscreen to navigate the best in entertainment, from film to video shorts to Spotify or internet radio - all based on the popular Android platform, so there’s no shortage of content options. The device also has impeccable credentials in voice control and interfaces with both...

Duration: 00:11:12

436: CES 2018: AstroReality Provides Out Of This World Experience

CES visitors can swing by the AstroReality CES 2018 booth to get hands-on with LUNAR and the entire solar system. The Augmented Reality app will also allow users to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and experience one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind by virtually landing on the moon. AstroReality’s LUNAR model launched on Indiegogo in September 2017, and hit a massive $210,399 within weeks, smashing its funding target of $50,000 by a whopping...

Duration: 00:14:45

435: CES 2018 - Sleep Number, Unveils the Future of Health and Wellness

At CES 2018, Sleep Number Corporation provided a glimpse into the future of health and wellness. From identifying and warning of a heart attack to detecting sleep apnea, the Sleep Number 360™ smart bed’s biometric sleep tracking technology and comprehensive sleep database are laying the foundation for an effortless sleep and health platform. I invited Pete Bils from Sleep Number to find out more about how the 360 smart bed’s robust SleepIQ technology platform integrates sleep science,...

Duration: 00:18:26

434: CES 2018 - ZTE CEO Lixin Cheng Talks About Axon M, IoT & 5G

Are you disillusioned with the smartphone market in a mobile-first world where 99% of the devices look the same? One of the things I love about CES is we get to see new and exciting products. I recently saw the ZTE Axon M which has not one but two screens yes you heard me right. I managed to catch up with ZTE CEO Lixin Cheng at CES and invited him onto to the show to share his thoughts on CES, IOT, 5G and why he believes It is time for the smartphone to be transformed. On today's show we...

Duration: 00:24:03

432: CES 2018 - CINEMOOD: The First Mini Cinema for Families

CINEMOOD is the maker of innovative, portable mini-cinema projector devices with a content platform for kids. CINEMOOD’s Storyteller is the first cloud-connected mini cinema for families that displays immersive content onto any surface, creating magical, cinematic moments that families and friends can enjoy together. The Storyteller is also pre-loaded with a parent-curated library of 150+ stories to give kids an alternative to TV, tablets and smartphones experience. Project onto any light...

Duration: 00:14:57

431: Reverb LP - The Technology Behind The Online Vinyl Marketplace

Since launching in 2013, has grown into the world’s most popular music gear website, connecting millions of people around the world. Regular listeners will know that I have spoken with CEO/Founder David Kalt on the show before about their phenomenal 10 million Monthly Visitors and nearly $400 million in sales in 2017. This time, I have invited the Chief Operating Officer at Dan Melnick onto the show today to find out what they have been up to the role tech continues...

Duration: 00:20:33

430: How GoSpotCheck Using Tech An Enabler For Real-time Field Data

GoSpotCheck is a simple, integrated SaaS platform for companies with large field operations looking for real-time field data and improved execution from their field teams. Its data-driven technologies allow for efficiency in the field and advanced reporting that makes getting more product displayed easier. Working with companies like Under Armor, PepsiCo, Dannon and Anheuser-Busch, GoSpotCheck were seen maximizing performance in the field during the holiday season. I invited their CEO...

Duration: 00:21:48

429: How This Boston Company is Redefining Online Success for Businesses

Nangians is a young Boston company that’s redefining how businesses measure online success. They help retail brands improve retargeting strategies on social media and other digital channels to track the impact advertising has on revenue. Right now, 90% of marketers are doing retargeting wrong, and it’s costing them billions. Led by serial Entrepreneur, Rick Calvillo, Nanigans is an advertising automation leader specializing in improving retargeting and ad spend allocation, regardless of...

Duration: 00:25:27

428: Cubetto - The Screen-Less Coding Toy For Children Aged 3 to 6

In March 2016, the company launched Cubetto, a coding toy famous for introducing computer programming to children ages three and up without the use of screens, with a record-breaking $1.6 million Kickstarter campaign, becoming the most funded ed tech brand in Kickstarter history. On June 20, 2017, returning to Kickstarter with a new ecosystem of play maps and activity books that expand play and STEM learning around multi-award winning Cubetto, Primo Toys achieved its goal of $100,000 in...

Duration: 00:26:33

427: The School with Mandatory Coding Lessons & Coding Concepts

The Village School in Houston has mandatory coding for every single one of its middle school students and introduces coding concepts as early as preschool. At most schools, coding is an elective, but Village’s Head of School made a deliberate decision to put everyone through the course. They have adopted a forward-thinking approach that truly prepares kids to succeed in today’s world of AI and machine learning and for jobs that don’t even exist yet. The school realized that technology...

Duration: 00:32:16

426: Tech Startup Story - Bluzelle ICO - Blockchain Data Storage

Bluzelle fills a key gap in decentralized infrastructure, offering a database for applications that are built on blockchain technology — the data needs to be stored and organized somehow, and there’s no point using dated technology to do so. Bluzelle's technology has already been used to streamline the otherwise-painful Know Your Customer process for a consortium of global banks, including HSBC. The KYC solution leveraged Ethereum to enable the banks to reduce the time and cost of...

Duration: 00:25:36

425: The Data Science Startup Removing Inefficiencies For Traders

Analysts and traders are flooded with information on stocks, funds and market volatility. It becomes difficult to read through the noise to discern which news and rumors are reliable or actionable. An oversaturation of irrelevant news across multiple platforms cost hours sifting through content that doesn’t lead to higher returns on trades. Most traders are working with simple and outdated news filters that aren’t complex enough for big data. Most data analytics don’t have sophisticated...

Duration: 00:19:19

424: Aaron Rallo - Insights From Launching 3 Tech Startups

TSO Logic is the third tech startup that Aaron Rallo, CEO has been part of. Prior to that, he held positions at Microsoft and Fujifilm, and spent 16 years building and operating online platforms for large retailers including Walmart, Costco and Tesco. TSO Logic serves Fortune 500 companies and partners with AWS, Azure and other major cloud providers to help enterprises right-size their multiple clouds for their major migration and storage decisions. His time at companies large and small...

Duration: 00:21:29

423: Unified Communications and Digital Workplace Disruption

There’s a massive amount of opportunity in cloud-based enterprise communication - only about 5% of companies with 250 or more employees have moved communications to the cloud. Global Market Insights forecasts the unified communications market to reach $96 billion by 2023. Big tech players are scrambling to get their piece of the pie - Amazon announcing Chime, Microsoft introducing Teams, etc. I invited Fuze CEO Colin Doherty onto the show to share his thoughts on why the unified...

Duration: 00:14:45

422: Crestron and Amazon Join Forces to Make Meetings Productive

At Crestron they are known for their workplace technology. The company creates automation and control solutions for homes and buildings. They let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of their products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one...

Duration: 00:21:33

421: Lessons Learned Growing To 100 Million Users & Losing $78 Million

Cliff Lerner shares the inspiration and his story behind his book Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing To 100 Million Users - And Losing $78 Million. Imagine waking up one morning to find your previously unknown tech start-up all over the news. After years of hard work and unsuccessful investor pitches, your valuation has increased tenfold overnight and investors are suddenly acknowledging your success and banging down your door to throw money at you. Within a few weeks,...

Duration: 00:22:56

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