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TechieBytes

By BestTechie

A (mostly) tech podcast hosted by Jeff Weisbein, an entrepreneur, blogger, tech guy, marketer, and early adopter. Jeff founded BestTechie.com at the age of 13 and turned it into a successful online publication focused on technology. Each week, Jeff interviews different guests from the tech industry including founders, CEO’s, executives, journalists, and more to discuss important industry topics. New episodes released every Tuesday.

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Saving the world's oceans one startup at a time (feat. Daniel Kleinman)
Saving the world's oceans one startup at a time (feat. Daniel Kleinman)
Episode 88: Today I'm speaking with Daniel Kleinman, Founder & CEO at Seaworthy Collective, a Miami-based venture studio that's building companies to regenerate the world's oceans. We discuss how regenerating is different than sustaining, why this work is so important, and what we can do as individuals. Enjoy! Topics we discussed: Why are you the right person for this job? What's the difference between regenerating and sustaining the oceans? What are the specific initiatives you're working on? How quickly can you build these startup? What's stopping us from starting today? How fast will we see results? What can WE do as individuals? What's the world look like if we don't do these things? What's your ask for the community? Daniel's Links: https://seaworthycollective.com https://twitter.com/seaworthydaniel Jeff's Links: https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein https://twitter.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein https://www.besttechie.com JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD:  https://bt.gd/39DQJso
51:17
August 03, 2021
The long journey to building Florida Tech (feat. Nick Mohnacky)
The long journey to building Florida Tech (feat. Nick Mohnacky)
Episode 87: Today I'm speaking with Nick Mohnacky, Founder & CEO at BundleIQ, a Florida-based startup that's building an AI for the future of knowledge work. We discuss how AI can help us with work, the evolution of the Florida tech scene, and how Nick and I got started working together on the Florida Entrepreneurs Club. Enjoy! An additional programming note, the IRL event mentioned in this episode has been rescheduled due to the recent COVID-19 spike. Stay tuned for more information. Nick's Links: https://bundleiq.com https://twitter.com/mohnacky https://flent.club Jeff's Links: https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein https://twitter.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein https://www.besttechie.com JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD:  https://bt.gd/39DQJso
51:38
July 27, 2021
Building the OS for the future of work (feat. Adam Nathan)
Building the OS for the future of work (feat. Adam Nathan)
Episode 86: Today I'm speaking with Adam Nathan, CEO at Almanac, a startup that's building the asyncOS for the future of work. We discuss what the future of work looks like, what to look for in an investor, how he thinks about pricing his product, and what Adam's thoughts are on the Miami tech scene. Enjoy! Topics we discussed: What is Almanac? Why did build it? What does the future of work look like to you? How can documents replace meetings and messages? Why can't wikis offer what you built at Almanac? What's the most difficult challenge you've faced building Almanac to date? How did you overcome it? What do you look for in investors and how do you determine if they're a good fit for you and your company? Early hires are crucial to any startup, what do you look for in those employees? How did you come up with your pricing model? Do you expect it to change ever? What do you think of the Miami tech scene?
45:16
July 20, 2021
How this Miami Ag-tech startup is upgrading farming (feat. Lior Barhai)
How this Miami Ag-tech startup is upgrading farming (feat. Lior Barhai)
Episode 85: Today I'm speaking with Lior Barhai, Co-founder & CEO at Envonics, a startup based in Miami that's helping farmers using hydroponics grow better and more sustainably with data. We discuss why these improvements in farming are necessary, how they lead to a healthier population, why he's building in Miami, and more. Enjoy! Here's the questions and topics we discussed: Who are you? What are you building? What made you want to get into ag-tech? What's the future look like without leveraging the technology you've developing? How big is this market? Why build in Miami? Best advice for an entrepreneur moving to Miami? What's been the most challenging thing you've faced in your journey so far? How'd you overcome it? Why are you the person to build Envonics? What's your ask for the community?
32:54
June 29, 2021
Selling ain't easy (feat. Haggai Levi)
Selling ain't easy (feat. Haggai Levi)
Episode 84: Today I'm speaking with Haggai Levi, CEO at SetSail, a startup that's raised $37 million and helps organizations sell better. We discuss how CEOs should be thinking about hiring post-pandemic, how companies can implement better sales strategies, his time at Google, and much more! Enjoy! Haggai's Links:   https://www.setsail.co  https://twitter.com/hlevi Jeff's Links:  https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein  https://twitter.com/besttechie  https://instagram.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein  https://www.besttechie.com  JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD:  https://bt.gd/39DQJso
49:52
April 27, 2021
Clubhouse influencers are real, here's how they think about the app (feat. Bianca Peynado)
Clubhouse influencers are real, here's how they think about the app (feat. Bianca Peynado)
Episode 83: Today I'm speaking with Bianca Peynado, Clubhouse influencer and CEO at the Roadblock Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping fight cyberbullying. We discuss her initial impressions of Clubhouse, why she thinks Clubhouse is different from other social networks, whether Clubhouse is developing the next generation of creators, and how she plans to fight cyberbullying! Enjoy! Bianca's Links:  https://joinclubhouse.com/@biancapeynado  https://www.instagram.com/roadblockfoundation/  https://www.instagram.com/b0nca/  https://twitter.com/bianca_peynado Jeff's Links:  https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein  https://twitter.com/besttechie  https://instagram.com/besttechie  https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein  https://www.besttechie.com  https://flent.club/  JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD: https://bt.gd/39DQJso
59:57
April 20, 2021
The NFT episode (feat. Chad Knight)
The NFT episode (feat. Chad Knight)
Episode 82: It was only a matter of time! Yep, today's episode is about NFTs. Today I'm speaking with Chad Knight, a digital and 3D artist who is the Director of 3D Footwear Design at Nike. We discuss his background as a 3D artist, what exactly NFTs are and how they work, plus what the future of NFTs could look like! Enjoy! Chad's Links: https://www.instagram.com/chadknight/ https://foundation.app/chadknight/fortune-teller-north-21386 https://twitter.com/chadknight Jeff's Links: https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein https://twitter.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein https://www.besttechie.com JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD:  https://bt.gd/39DQJso
43:16
April 13, 2021
It's time to destigmatize cannabis usage (feat. Amanda Goetz)
It's time to destigmatize cannabis usage (feat. Amanda Goetz)
Episode 81: Today I'm speaking with Amanda Goetz, the founder & CEO at House of Wise, a luxury CBD brand geared towards women. We discuss how trying cannabis for the first time in our 30s changed our lives, the challenges being faced by cannabis companies, what it means to be a Wise Woman, and her upcoming move to Miami! Enjoy! Amanda's Links:  Her Twitter: https://twitter.com/amandamgoetz Buy her products: https://houseofwise.co/?ref=literallyev  Jeff's Links:  https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein  https://twitter.com/besttechie  https://instagram.com/besttechie  https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein  https://www.besttechie.com  JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD:   https://bt.gd/39DQJso
53:53
April 06, 2021
What's wrong with customer service and how can we fix it? (feat. Joseph Ansanelli)
What's wrong with customer service and how can we fix it? (feat. Joseph Ansanelli)
Episode 80: Today I'm speaking with Joseph Ansanelli, he's the CEO and co-founder of Gladly, a company that helps brands like Crate & Barrel, UGG, and Warby Parker improve customer service. He's also a venture partner at Greylock. We discuss what is means to provide great customer service and how companies should be thinking about their customer service experience. Plus we dive into what entrepreneurs should know about pitching and selling their companies. Enjoy!
46:28
March 02, 2021
Why Clubhouse actually isn't the next big thing (feat. Nate Elliott)
Why Clubhouse actually isn't the next big thing (feat. Nate Elliott)
Episode 79: Today I'm speaking with Nate Elliott, he's a law student and also runs content for BillBox. We discuss the up hill struggle that is awaiting Clubhouse as more competitors emerge, including by social incumbents such as Twitter and Facebook as well as what the app looks like after the pandemic. Enjoy! Read his Twitter thread on the bear case for Clubhouse. Jeff's Links: https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein https://twitter.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein https://www.besttechie.com JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD:  https://bt.gd/39DQJso
55:11
February 16, 2021
Why you need to get on Clubhouse RIGHT NOW!
Why you need to get on Clubhouse RIGHT NOW!
Episode 78: Today I’m talking about a new app that you may have heard of called Clubhouse. I’ll be answering important questions such as what is Clubhouse and why should you be on it? Plus, I’ll be presenting the bull case for why Clubhouse is the next big thing. Enjoy! If you have a question you'd like me to answer on the podcast, please email it to jeff@besttechie.com. Jeff's Links: https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein https://twitter.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/besttechie https://instagram.com/jeffweisbein https://www.besttechie.com JOIN OUR MEMBERS ONLY DISCORD:  https://bt.gd/39DQJso
19:06
February 09, 2021
The perfect storm: WallStreetBets vs Wall Street
The perfect storm: WallStreetBets vs Wall Street
Episode 77: Today I’m talking about a topic that’s been on a lot of people’s minds the past week. Hint it involves: WallStreetBets, GameStop, AMC, and Robinhood. I’ll be discussing why this happened now and why what the hedge funds and Robinhood are doing is complete bull. Enjoy!  
22:12
February 02, 2021
What is the best CMS in 2021?
What is the best CMS in 2021?
Episode 76: I want to continue to make this podcast even better for all of you! So, going forward, in week’s where we don’t have a scheduled guest I’ll be answering questions from listeners or talking about topics near and dear to me. Today I’m answering a question from Doug, who wants to know which CMS (Content Management System) is best?  If you would like to submit a question to be answered on an episode, please email jeff@besttechie.com. Jeff's Links: https://twitter.com/jeffweisbein https://twitter.com/besttechie https://www.besttechie.com Other Links mentioned: CMS: https://wordpress.org https://ghost.org https://squarespace.com https://wix.com Hosting: https://rocket.net/?ref=besttechie https://wpengine.com https://ongloat.com
17:58
January 26, 2021
Get ready for micro M&A at scale, it's happening now (feat. Andrew Gazdecki)
Get ready for micro M&A at scale, it's happening now (feat. Andrew Gazdecki)
Episode 75: Today I’m speaking with Andrew Gazdecki, serial entrepreneur and founder at MicroAcquire, a company that helps facilitate acquisitions for buyers and sellers. We discuss what he’s learned as serial entrepreneur, whether entrepreneurs should consider bundling companies, and what M&A looks like in 2021. Enjoy!
42:10
January 19, 2021
CRMs are the new CMS (feat. Jason Bade)
CRMs are the new CMS (feat. Jason Bade)
Episode 74: Today I’m speaking with Jason Bade, co-founder & CEO at Pico, a company focused on helping digital media firms by providing a CRM-based platform for their audience. We discuss what the future of the digital media and content creation looks like, how creators should be thinking about business models, and why you need to own your own audience. Enjoy!
55:01
January 12, 2021
The future of [remote] work (feat. Jesse Chambers)
The future of [remote] work (feat. Jesse Chambers)
Episode 73: Today I’m speaking with Jesse Chambers, founder & CEO at wrkfrce, a media company focused on educating people about the future of work. We discuss why remote work is the future for knowledge workers, how to separate your work and personal life when you work from home, and how employers will need to evolve to offer an effective remote work experience. Enjoy!
50:13
December 22, 2020
Disrupting the male-dominated eSports industry (feat. Avori Henderson)
Disrupting the male-dominated eSports industry (feat. Avori Henderson)
Episode 72: We spoke with Avori Henderson, professional gamer and model, she recently hosted an all-female PUBG tournament that garnered more than 135k unique views and raised over $5,000 for charity. We discuss the state of the esports industry, how the pandemic has affected gaming, what it’s like to be a professional gamer, how to handle and deal with trolls, and so much more. Enjoy! More about Avori Colorado-based Avori Henderson is a model and former pageant participant turned… gamer? From a young age, she made it her goal to model professionally. Since then she has made her dream a reality and then some, taking home three titles in the Miss America Organization. In the midst of her success as a model, she began to upload her gaming abilities online and quickly gained a fan-base as a female trailblazer in that world as a full-time video game streamer and content creator. Yes, this means she plays video games for a living! Not only has she made a name for herself in the industry, but she is also a pioneer for women in the male-dominated industry of eSports.
44:01
December 08, 2020
How to get started with creating and measuring content marketing (feat. Margie Agin)
How to get started with creating and measuring content marketing (feat. Margie Agin)
Episode 71: Today I’m speaking with Margie Agin, founder and chief strategist at Centerboard Marketing, she helps companies develop and measure content, perform market research, and get the most from inbound and influencer marketing campaigns. We discuss what you need to know before diving into content marketing, how to find relevant content topics, and how to measure whether your content is working. Enjoy!
48:56
November 17, 2020
We need more companies that truly care about user privacy (feat. Kamyl Bazbaz)
We need more companies that truly care about user privacy (feat. Kamyl Bazbaz)
Episode 70: Today I’m speaking with Kamyl Bazbaz, VP, Communications at DuckDuckGo, a search engine with a focus on privacy. We discuss how companies can be profitable without tons of user data, why privacy is crucial for the health of the internet, the difference between Google and DuckDuckGo search results, and more! Enjoy! Also a quick programming note: we’re now recording TechieBytes podcast episodes with video as well! You can watch new video episodes on BestTechie.com. Check it out and let us know what you think! 
57:15
October 20, 2020
It's never too early or late to think about security (feat. Ted Harrington)
It's never too early or late to think about security (feat. Ted Harrington)
Episode 69: Today I’m speaking with Ted Harrington, the author of the new book, Hackable: How to do Application Security Right and also Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), a company made up of ethical hackers who have helped companies such as Google, Amazon, Netflix, and more fix thousands of security vulnerabilities. We discuss how both startups and established companies should think about and implement security, common security misconceptions, and what Ted is concerned about regarding the upcoming 2020 election’s security. Enjoy! Also if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the relaunched BestTechie.com. We have a ton of great new content with much more on the way! More about Ted Ted Harrington is the author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right and the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, and password managers. He’s helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, and more. Ted has helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including Disney, Amazon, Google, Netflix, Adobe, Warner Brothers, Qualcomm, and more. For his stewardship of security research that Wired Magazine says “wins the prize, hands down,” Ted has been named both Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards and an SD Metro 40 Under 40 entrepreneur. He leads a team that started and organizes IoT Village, an event whose hacking contest is a three-time DEFCON Black Badge winner, representing the discovery of more than 300 zero-day vulnerabilities (and counting).
01:00:51
October 06, 2020
The business of buying viral videos (feat. Jonathan Skogmo)
The business of buying viral videos (feat. Jonathan Skogmo)
Episode 68: Today I’m speaking with Jonathan Skogmo, Founder  & CEO at Jukin Media, the company that buys up viral videos. We discuss the why Jonathan decided to start the company, how Jukin Media decides which videos it wants to purchase, and what he thinks of TikTok and Quibi. Enjoy!
46:44
September 07, 2020
Hardware is hard (feat. Jorge Perdomo)
Hardware is hard (feat. Jorge Perdomo)
Episode 67: Welcome back! Today I’m speaking with Jorge Perdomo, co-founder at goTenna and also the designer behind the art installation The Fluffy Cloud which has made appearances at multiple festivals including Burning Man. We discuss the challenges surrounding starting a hardware company, what people can do to increase their marketability in the workforce, and what it’s like to attend Burning Man. Enjoy! More information about Jorge As the Inventor, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of  goTenna  - the world’s leading mobile decentralized off-grid communications system for smartphones - Jorge knows the entrepreneurial journey well. Jorge brought the project from concept to market in six years, during the course of which, he designed and released 10 different critically-acclaimed hardware and software products. The uniquely broad experience Jorge gained at goTenna allows him the ability to speak on just about every class of tech company; from mobile apps to servers and of course, the unique intricacies of hardware development itself.  “Hardware is the double-black diamond of tech startups,” says Jorge, “Unlike software-only companies where a bug can be patched with the click of a button, hardware tech is a high stakes game where a single mistake can cost months of delays and hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is in addition to still having to do all the typical software tasks. It was an incredible challenge that allowed me to gain perspective on just about every facet of technology development and startups in general.”
01:02:01
September 07, 2020
The passion economy is the future of work (feat. Mike Morris)
The passion economy is the future of work (feat. Mike Morris)
Episode 66: We spoke with Mike Morris, CEO at Topcoder, a crowdsourcing company with a global community of designers, developers, data scientists, and competitive programmers. We discuss how to cultivate a community, the benefits of crowdsourcing, how soon until we see quantum computing at scale, and why Mike believes the gig/passion economy is the future of work. Enjoy! Also, a quick programming note: We’ll be taking a few weeks off from TechieBytes, but fear not, we’ll be back soon with more awesome interviews. So stay tuned and stay safe out there! We’re looking for new podcast sponsors, if you’re interested in sponsoring TechieBytes, please get in touch.
52:54
April 21, 2020
Rethinking how to sell water (feat. Mike Cessario)
Rethinking how to sell water (feat. Mike Cessario)
Episode 65: We spoke with Mike Cessario, Co-founder & CEO at Liquid Death, a company that helps you murder your thirst and save the environment with its canned mountain water at the same time. We discuss how important marketing is for companies selling commodities, why plastic is even more terrible for the environment than you may have realized, and how he plans to ramp up distribution. Enjoy!
46:06
April 14, 2020
All about apps: from promotion and customer acquisition to sending push notifications (feat. Mada Seghete)
All about apps: from promotion and customer acquisition to sending push notifications (feat. Mada Seghete)
Episode 64: We spoke with Mada Seghete, co-founder and Head of Market Development at Branch, a company that helps app developers increase customer acquisition, revenue, and engagement. We discuss the best ways to promote your app, whether or not  you should spend time on App Store optimization, and how to be a good corporate data citizen. Enjoy!
49:30
April 07, 2020
Competing in the age of AI (feat. Karim Lakhani)
Competing in the age of AI (feat. Karim Lakhani)
Episode 63: We spoke with Karim Lakhani, Professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of the new book: Competing In The Age of AI. We discuss how AI is disrupting all kinds of businesses, how companies should think about implementing AI, and the rise of the AI factory. Enjoy! More about Karim Karim Lakhani is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Fellow at the Harvard Business School.  He is the founder and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. He has partnered with NASA, Topcoder, and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage. He serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla Corporation and Local Motors.
51:08
March 31, 2020
How to effectively manage your team during the Coronavirus pandemic (feat. Eyal Feldman)
How to effectively manage your team during the Coronavirus pandemic (feat. Eyal Feldman)
Episode 62: We spoke with Eyal Feldman, co-founder & CEO of Stampli, a company that makes it easier and faster to get your invoices paid. We discuss how Stampli can benefit your business, how Eyal is managing his team during the Coronavirus outbreak, and why startups should focus on the mid-market before the enterprise. Enjoy! More about Eyal Eyal Feldman, founder and CEO of Stampli, an AI-based platform that streamlines the accounts payable process and reduces the time spent chasing invoice approvals by 5X. Stampli, whose customers include Revolve, Purple Mattress, GrubHub and TechStars, processes more than $13B in invoices annually. Eyal has had an interesting global tech path – from getting his MBA at Solvay Brussels to working at Colgate-Palmolive uniting all subsidiaries under one SAP ERP to building the Documentum business in Israel for Ness. He is now CEO of Stampli. He has a lot to say about a non-traditional path and some great advice.
41:35
March 24, 2020
The future of social networks (feat. Chrys Bader)
The future of social networks (feat. Chrys Bader)
Episode 61: We spoke with Chrys Bader, co-founder of Ikaria, a company focused on building the next generation of social apps. Chrys was also a co-founder at Secret, a social app that encouraged anonymity which ended up shutting down in 2015 despite raising $36 million in funding. We discuss Chrys’ time at Secret and what he learned from it, what the next generation of social apps needs to consider, whether or not he would sell to Facebook, and more. Enjoy!
57:45
March 17, 2020
Inside the red hot streaming wars (feat. Bill Demas)
Inside the red hot streaming wars (feat. Bill Demas)
Episode 60: We spoke with Bill Demas, CEO of Conviva, a company that offers streaming media intelligence and analytics. We discuss the ongoing streaming wars playing out amongst Netflix, Disney, Amazon, WarnerMedia, and others and what it means for consumers, his views on when it’s time for a startup to hire a professional CEO, and more. Enjoy! Bill Demas, CEO of Conviva, a company that provides media industry giants, including CBS, HBO, Hulu and WarnerMedia, streaming media intelligence and analytics. Conviva has a global footprint of more than 150 billion streams per year across three billion applications streaming on devices.   Bill is a four-time CEO, startup mentor and angel investor. In the past, Bill was CEO of Shopkick as well as Turn and held executive roles at Yahoo!, Overture and Microsoft. Throughout his 25-year career, Bill has successfully scaled dozens of software companies – usually while simultaneously serving as a mentor, coach, board member, board director and venture partner. He has also been recognized by Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.
51:01
March 03, 2020
How traditional companies can compete with agile startups (feat. Terry Jones)
How traditional companies can compete with agile startups (feat. Terry Jones)
Episode 59: We spoke with Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity.com and founding chairman at Kayak.com. We discuss the early days of Travelocity, why Terry got back into travel tech with Kayak, and how traditional companies can compete with newer, more agile startups. Enjoy! Terry Jones was the founder of Travelocity.com and founding chairman of Kayak.com, is author of the new book Disruption OFF: The Technological Disruption Coming for Your Company and What to Do About It. For the last 15 years he’s been speaking and consulting with companies on innovation and disruption. Jones began his career as a travel agent, jumped to two startups and then spent 20 years at American Airlines, serving in a variety of management positions including Chief Information Officer. While at American he led the team that created Travelocity.com, served as CEO for six years, and took the company public. After Travelocity he served as Chairman of Kayak for seven years until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion.
46:53
February 18, 2020
It's all in the team, tales from a 4x founder (feat. Peter Pezaris)
It's all in the team, tales from a 4x founder (feat. Peter Pezaris)
Episode 58: We spoke with Peter Pezaris, co-founder and CEO of CodeStream. We discuss the process behind selling a company, including how to know when it's time to sell as well as when to leave, the time he and his team spent as part of Y Combinator's Winter 2018 class, and how Peter has kept his founding team intact through four startups. Enjoy! Peter Pezaris, co-founder and CEO of CodeStream, a company helping development teams communicate more efficiently. Peter is a serial entrepreneur with three successful exits under his belt (including Glip, sold to RingCentral and Commissioner.com, sold to CBS), with CodeStream being his fourth startup. Interestingly, Peter has kept his executive/founding team intact throughout the four startups and over two decades (they met as undergrads at Carnegie Mellon).
55:07
February 11, 2020
Why diversity and inclusion matter at your company (feat. Pedro David Espinoza)
Why diversity and inclusion matter at your company (feat. Pedro David Espinoza)
Episode 57: We spoke with Pedro David Espinoza, internet entrepreneur, angel investor, and co-author of Differences That Make A Difference. We discuss diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including in-depth conversations about the gender pay gap, implementing policies such as blind interviews, and how diversity helps your bottom line. Enjoy! Pedro David Espinoza is an internet entrepreneur, angel investor, TED speaker, and author. At the age of 19, Pedro became the founder & CEO of SmileyGo, a platform that helps companies give smarter. Pedro is also the CEO of Alpaca Pan Peru, a social venture that empowers women to become entrepreneurs. Educated at Stanford and Berkeley, Pedro began his career as a car mechanic at Toyota. He has been profiled in Univision, Telemundo, Hispanic Shark Tank, Fox News, and Forbes. The leaders -- 80 male, 80 female -- include Reed Hastings (CEO, Netflix), Michelle Lee (Former Under Secretary of Commerce), Eric Schmidt (Google) and Judith Estrin (Internet pioneer). Spanning the globe and representing a variety of ages and cultural backgrounds, they give voice to two key conclusions: Diversity and inclusion do make a tangible difference Organizations that are not doing the work of keeping diversity and inclusion alive and thriving are missing out on vital opportunities.
49:55
February 04, 2020
The explosion of the sharing economy (feat. Eric Shoup)
The explosion of the sharing economy (feat. Eric Shoup)
Episode 56: We spoke with Eric Shoup, CEO at Peerspace, a marketplace for meetings, co-working, events, and more. We discuss the explosion of the sharing economy, the recent troubles at WeWork and how Peerspace has avoided falling into the same trap, as well as Eric's experience as a first-time CEO. Enjoy! Eric Shoup, CEO of Peerspace, a Google Venture-backed marketplace for meetings, co-working, events, and more. This year Peerspace has pursued an aggressive national expansion - and their business model is working and is sustainable. Peerspace specializes in allowing people to find underutilized, inspiring existing spaces – while allowing property owners (mostly small business owners) to generate more income from their spaces to support their artistic endeavors, business and more. Of note, companies including Tesla, AirBnb, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, AT&T, Apple, and even WeWork have booked using Peerspace. Peerspace Stats October 2019: 1000’s of bookings from companies including Tesla, AirBnb, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, LinkedIn, Target, Wells Fargo, Buzzfeed, AT&T, Apple, WeWork (corporate internal), NYU and Uber A majority of Peerspace venues are hosted by existing small businesses (helping them generate supplemental income from their existing space) Peerspace attracts corporate customers, giving business to small business owners Over 14,000 spaces across the U.S. Over 3.1 million Peerspace attendees
49:53
January 28, 2020
How influencers are changing Instagram and what you need to know (feat. Tiffany Rose)
How influencers are changing Instagram and what you need to know (feat. Tiffany Rose)
Episode 55: We spoke with Tiffany Rose, Co-founder at Lux Life Now (formerly Big Crowd Media), an influencer firm which specializes in loop marketing campaigns for big names including Amber Rose and Kyle Richards. We discuss how to build and measure successful influencer campaigns, the importance of Instagram Stories for brands, and how to best utilize hashtags. Enjoy! READ MORE: Lux Life Now co-founder Jonathan Rose talks about how to measure influencer campaign ROI. Tiffany Rose, Co-Founder of Lux Life Now (formerly Big Crowd Media), is a former actress and model who has graced the front covers of MAXIM and FHM worldwide, and shot to fame in the UK on the TV show HollyOaks. Through Tiffany's hollywood contacts, she was able to create a network of A list celebrities that shared her vision of driving celebrities Instagram traffic to corporate sponsors’ Instagram accounts. Lux Life Now was born and has resulted in clients gaining tens of thousands of new customers with reported spikes in sales and engagement.
51:24
January 21, 2020
The future of marketing is all about AI (feat. RJ Talyor)
The future of marketing is all about AI (feat. RJ Talyor)
Episode 54: We spoke with RJ Talyor, Founder & CEO at Pattern89. We discuss how RJ helped pioneer the concept of SMS marketing in 2002, his time as VP of Messaging Products at Salesforce, and how what he's building at Pattern89 is changing marketing for brands like Fabletics, LIDS, Finish Line, and more! Enjoy! R.J.’s career started at ExactTarget, where he was the mastermind behind the company’s mobile strategy. He would eventually create the concept of SMS marketing in 2002, leading to Bank of America to sending its first SMS text. His leadership was instrumental when Salesforce later acquired ExactTarget for $2.5 billion in 2013, where he would become the vice president of mobile products for the company. A couple years later, he wanted to take his knowledge on marketing, social media and analytics to create a company that would easily integrate Artificial Intelligence with social media marketing, and launched Pattern89. Since its founding in 2018, the company already has more than 700 customers, specifically within the e-commerce industry, with customers such as Fabletics, LIDS, Just Fab, Finish Line, and more. Customers seeing an ROI as high as 65% in as little as 15 days.
43:57
January 14, 2020
The shipping industry is ripe for disruption (feat. Oren Zaslansky)
The shipping industry is ripe for disruption (feat. Oren Zaslansky)
Episode 53: Yes, good news! We're back after a little break. I graduated from the Harvard Business Analytics Program in September and have been working on new episodes which will be released every Tuesday! Today we're speaking with Oren Zaslansky, CEO at Flock Freight. We discuss why the shipping industry is ripe for disruption, tips for outsiders of Silicon Valley to raise capital, and what to look for when selecting a Board of Directors. Oren Zaslansky is a shipping industry veteran and CEO of San Diego-based Flock Freight, a company working to modernize the $40B LTL (less than a truckload) freight industry leveraging algorithms and logistics automation to carpool freight. Oren was born both into freight and entrepreneurship. His parents worked for a mover before they started their own freight brokerage. At 21 he started a trucking company and soon after a freight brokerage. Realizing he wanted to work ON the industry not just IN the industry, he started Flock Freight to sidestep common shipping problems.
48:46
January 07, 2020
Lessons on building a company from a 3x founder (feat. Mitch Grasso)
Lessons on building a company from a 3x founder (feat. Mitch Grasso)
Episode 52: We spoke with Mitch Grasso, CEO at Beautiful.AI, a company creating a newer and smarter way to design your presentations. Prior to Beautiful.AI, Mitch founded SlideRocket which was acquired by VMWare. We discuss raising venture funding, his approach to customer acquisition, important design rules, and more. Mitch is a serial entrepreneur with strong technology, design and product skills. Prior to Beautiful.AI, he founded SlideRocket, cloud-based presentation productivity software focused on team collaboration and co-founded AdSpace Networks, a digital signage network deployed to over 200 malls and reaching over 48M unique viewers/month.
45:29
June 25, 2019
What you need to know when starting a web business (feat. Sujan Patel)
What you need to know when starting a web business (feat. Sujan Patel)
Episode 51: We spoke with Sujan Patel, co-founder at Ramp Ventures, the firm behind products like Mailshake and RightInbox. We discuss building web-based businesses, how to generate leads and interest for new businesses, enhancing your SEO, and what it means to take risk. Sujan is the co-founder of Ramp Ventures, a firm that helps companies leverage the latest and greatest marketing strategy to fuel their businesses. Sujan has over 13 years of internet marketing experience and has led the digital marketing strategy for companies like Sales Force, Mint, Intuit and many other Fortune 500 caliber companies.
56:50
June 18, 2019
Making the move from serial founder to venture capitalist (feat. Bryan Ciambella)
Making the move from serial founder to venture capitalist (feat. Bryan Ciambella)
Episode 50: We spoke with Bryan Ciambella, Principal at B Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in the next generation of groundbreaking tech. We discuss Bryan's background as a serial entrepreneur, what he looks for when investing, what industry verticals he's currently interested in, and what it's like working with Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
26:56
June 04, 2019
Why upgrading your Mac has never been easier (feat. Larry O'Connor)
Why upgrading your Mac has never been easier (feat. Larry O'Connor)
Episode 49: We spoke with Larry O'Connor, Founder at OWC, a computer hardware company known for its Mac-based upgrade kits. We discuss how Larry started OWC 30+ years ago, the company's relationship with Apple, what Larry thinks Apple should do with the MacBook Pro, and why Apple's RAM is so expensive. Also, a quick programming note—we're going to off for a couple weeks but fear not, we'll be back soon with new episodes!
47:39
April 16, 2019
How one of YouTube's biggest channels thinks about content, audience, and YouTube (feat. Ash Karbasfrooshan)
How one of YouTube's biggest channels thinks about content, audience, and YouTube (feat. Ash Karbasfrooshan)
Episode 48: We spoke with Ash Karbasfrooshan, CEO at WatchMojo, one of the largest YouTube channels with more than 20 million subscribers. We discuss how Ash realized YouTube was the best platform for video, why listicles have such staying power, how to keep your audience fully engaged, and if he's concerned about brand safety on YouTube.
01:00:16
April 09, 2019
How to build truly mobile-first video content (feat. Jesus Chavez)
How to build truly mobile-first video content (feat. Jesus Chavez)
Episode 47: We spoke with Jesus Chavez, CEO at Vertical Networks, a company building a mobile-first premium content studio featuring hit shows like Brother and Phone Swap. We discuss what it means to be mobile-first, what the future of mobile video looks like from a content and distribution standpoint, and what it's like being a first-time CEO. Jesus has a deep understanding of digital operations, content marketing, social platforms and business strategy, prior to becoming CEO at Vertical Networks, he was most recently the COO for Mitu a digital media company focused on Latino youth. Before building digital organizations in the startup world, Jesus spent almost 9 years with Univision in multiple senior leadership roles where he ran digital operations and strategy for the Univision Television Group (UTG) and previously the Local Interactive Media Group. Under his leadership the UTG digital group achieved profitability. He also successfully led the expansion of the local digital business for the Radio and TV groups, re-launched 70 online and mobile sites in a seven-month period as well as the first Univision music branded app. 
53:18
April 02, 2019
Audience development and subscriptions: building an audience at scale (feat. Travis Bernard)
Audience development and subscriptions: building an audience at scale (feat. Travis Bernard)
Episode 46: We spoke with Travis Bernard, Senior Director of Subscriptions and Audience Insights at TechCrunch. We discuss what audience development looks like at TechCrunch, what analytics TechCrunch utilizes (as well as who gets access to them), and the recent launch of Extra Crunch (including a sneak peek of what's to come). Travis has helped TechCrunch nearly double its monthly active users since he started and is responsible for running paid and organic media campaigns to help promote TechCrunch's event business, resulting in millions of dollars in new revenue. He was also engaged in business development and partnership operations, including TechCrunch's work with Facebook Live, Messenger chat bot, and event integration with audio startup Otter.ai. He's currently running audience development for TechCrunch as well as leading the business operations and marketing effort behind Extra Crunch. 
53:29
March 26, 2019
How to pitch reporters and save the media industry (feat. John Biggs)
How to pitch reporters and save the media industry (feat. John Biggs)
Episode 45: We spoke with John Biggs, entrepreneur and former TechCrunch East Coast Editor. He's currently working on projects including HypeHop, Tech4Reporters, and Typewriter Plus. We discuss TechCrunch in the early days, tips for pitching reporters, and ideas to save the media industry.
41:48
March 19, 2019
How to create compelling, credible, and effective branded content (feat. Melanie Deziel)
How to create compelling, credible, and effective branded content (feat. Melanie Deziel)
Episode 44: We spoke with Melanie Deziel, founder at Storyfuel and also an international keynote speaker who is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in native advertising and branded content. We discuss the biggest myths about content marketing, how to properly brainstorm your content, as well as how to distribute it effectively.
51:16
March 12, 2019
A quick update of what's to come!
A quick update of what's to come!
Hey guys, Jeff here from BestTechie.com! Today’s episode is more a quick update, as some of you may know in January I started in the Harvard Business Analytics Program and being that I do all the behind the scenes work of the podcast myself such as scheduling guests, research and writing of questions & topics, as well as editing and uploading, oh and of course hosting each episode—it’s been a little hectic around here. And that doesn’t even include my day-to-day stuff at BestTechie. That being said, I plan to continue hosting the podcast and releasing every Tuesday. I’m currently working on booking a bunch of really great guests, in fact, some upcoming guests include, early TechCrunch editor and entrepreneur, John Biggs, leading native advertising and branded content expert, Melanie Deziel, founder & CEO at Taboola, Adam Singolda, Senior Director of Subscriptions and Audience Insights at TechCrunch, Travis Bernard, and so many more! Thanks to everyone for listening, I’m super excited to continue releasing the podcast. I’d also encourage you to visit BestTechie.com for new content every day. If you want to get in touch with me, you can email me jeff@besttechie.com or feel free to tweet me @jeffweisbein or @besttechie. 
01:44
March 05, 2019
The rise of conveners and why they matter (feat. Callie Schweitzer)
The rise of conveners and why they matter (feat. Callie Schweitzer)
Episode 43: We spoke with Callie Schweitzer, founder at The Callie Co, a creative strategy and consulting firm that helps businesses and individuals increase reach, relevance and revenue. She previously worked as Chief Content Officer at Thrive Global alongside Arianna Huffington. We discuss the future of media, including what Callie calls "conveners," how "town squares" will play an important role in the media landscape, and why engagement trumps everything.
50:08
February 19, 2019
How brands can effectively leverage social commerce to increase sales (feat. Apu Gupta)
How brands can effectively leverage social commerce to increase sales (feat. Apu Gupta)
Episode 42: We spoke with Apu Gupta, CEO at Curalate, a social commerce company that turns any image or video into a storefront for brands like Whole Foods, Nordstrom, and Crate & Barrel. We discuss how Curalate was born out of the ashes of a failed startup, the best ways to leverage influencers, the editorialization of ecommerce, and more.
52:36
February 12, 2019
Crime and crypto: the seedy underbelly of ICOs (feat. Alissa Fleck)
Crime and crypto: the seedy underbelly of ICOs (feat. Alissa Fleck)
Episode 41: We spoke with Alissa Fleck, Managing Editor at ICO Ranker, a site dedicated to providing honest in-depth ICO reviews and analysis. We discuss the current state of ICOs, what to look for when investing, and also spent time talking at length about crime and crypto including the anatomy of an ICO scam and which celebrities to be wary of.
44:33
January 29, 2019
From building Amazon Web Services to crafting the best cold emails (feat. Manny Medina)
From building Amazon Web Services to crafting the best cold emails (feat. Manny Medina)
Episode 40: We spoke with Manny Medina, CEO at Outreach, a sales engagement platform that increases the productivity of sales teams. We discuss what it was like to be on the original team building Amazon Web Services, the unique way he realized it was time to pivot his HR company into Outreach, and what it takes to create an effective cold email.
57:53
January 22, 2019
An inside look at scaling Y Combinator from 30 to 100 companies per batch (feat. Harj Taggar)
An inside look at scaling Y Combinator from 30 to 100 companies per batch (feat. Harj Taggar)
Episode 39: We spoke with Harj Taggar, co-founder & CEO at Triplebyte and one of the first partners at Y Combinator. We discuss his time at Y Combinator including how he evaluated startups and grew the program from 30 to 100 companies per batch. Plus, we talk ICOs and their benefits and drawbacks as well as whether blockchain will live up to the hype.
54:52
January 15, 2019
Gadgets galore: what's worth buying this holiday season (feat. Mike Murphy)
Gadgets galore: what's worth buying this holiday season (feat. Mike Murphy)
Episode 38: We spoke with Mike Murphy, Deputy Tech Editor at Quartz. We discuss how Quartz determines what to cover, whether an iPad Pro can replace your computer, what are the best tech gifts, CES, and so much more. Also, a programming note: It has been such an incredible year and I want to thank all of our listeners and guests for tuning in every week. This will be the last episode for 2018 and we’ll be back with new episodes in early 2019. I hope everyone has a great holiday season and a happy new year!
54:57
December 18, 2018
An investors guide to raising early-stage VC (feat. Pete Wilkins)
An investors guide to raising early-stage VC (feat. Pete Wilkins)
Episode 37: We spoke with Pete Wilkins, Managing Director at Hyde Park Angels. We discuss the best ways for entrepreneurs to pitch investors, what to expect when raising early-stage VC, and much more.
42:54
November 20, 2018
Pivoting your company isn't a bad thing (feat. Amanda Lannert)
Pivoting your company isn't a bad thing (feat. Amanda Lannert)
Episode 36: We spoke with Amanda Lannert, CEO at Jellyvision. We discuss why pivoting your company is necessary sometimes, how to find product market fit, and how to survive long enough until you do.
49:47
November 13, 2018
The keys to being an effective CTO (feat. John Higginson)
The keys to being an effective CTO (feat. John Higginson)
Episode 35: We spoke with John Higginson, CTO at Enova. We discuss how the role of a CTO evolves as a company grows, exciting new technologies such as blockchain, and making difficult technical decisions.
49:53
November 06, 2018
The secret of internet culture: what's old is new again (feat. Taylor Lorenz)
The secret of internet culture: what's old is new again (feat. Taylor Lorenz)
Episode 34: We spoke with Taylor Lorenz, Staff Writer at The Atlantic. We discuss all different facets of internet culture—from YouTube stars and their drama, to teens using Instagram, to how to improve Twitter.
51:30
October 30, 2018
I've got the (wireless) power! (feat. Jacob Babcock)
I've got the (wireless) power! (feat. Jacob Babcock)
Episode 33: We spoke with Jacob Babcock, CEO & founder at NuCurrent. We discuss the juggling act of building a startup while working as an attorney, the move from wired to wireless power, and what the future of wireless power will actually look like.
47:49
October 23, 2018
You're doing content marketing all wrong (feat. Nis Frome)
You're doing content marketing all wrong (feat. Nis Frome)
Episode 32: We spoke with Nis Frome, co-founder at Alpha. We discuss how to build successful content marketing initiatives as well as new techniques and tactics content marketers should be using (but probably aren’t).
39:41
October 16, 2018
The secrets to making great hires (feat. Sandi Lin)
The secrets to making great hires (feat. Sandi Lin)
Episode 31: We spoke with Sandi Lin, co-founder & CEO at SkillJar. We discuss learning how to sell, the keys to retaining customers, and the secrets behind making great hires.
55:55
October 09, 2018
Inside the life of an entrepreneur (feat. Stacey Ferreira)
Inside the life of an entrepreneur (feat. Stacey Ferreira)
Episode 30: We spoke with Stacey Ferreira, co-founder & CEO at Forge. We discuss tips for how founders can successfully fundraise, the best way to ask for intros, and why millennials don't actually ruin everything.
51:59
October 02, 2018
Building and scaling a successful sales team (feat. Paul Teshima)
Building and scaling a successful sales team (feat. Paul Teshima)
Episode 29: We spoke with Paul Teshima, co-founder & CEO at Nudge.ai. This episode is all about sales! We discuss the most important elements of scaling your sales team, the future of sales, and how company culture can impact sales.
44:53
September 25, 2018
Bootstrapping to profitability in two years (feat. Craig Vodnik)
Bootstrapping to profitability in two years (feat. Craig Vodnik)
Episode 28: We spoke with Craig Vodnik, co-founder & CEO at cleverbridge. We discuss how he and his co-founders bootstrapped their company to profitability in two years, selling in the early days, and angel investing.
56:46
September 18, 2018
How tech and politics are converging (feat. Jeb Ory)
How tech and politics are converging (feat. Jeb Ory)
Episode 27: We spoke with Jeb Ory, co-founder & CEO at Phone2Action. We discuss how technology and politics are converging, advice for fellow entrepreneurs, and overcoming the challenges of a SaaS startup.
46:14
September 11, 2018
Why great mentors matter (feat. Jayna Cooke)
Why great mentors matter (feat. Jayna Cooke)
Episode 26: We spoke with Jayna Cooke, CEO at the recently acquired EVENTup. We discuss why great mentors matter, the acquisition process, and how to get more women in tech.
36:11
September 04, 2018
The future of recruiting companies (feat. Nick Cromydas)
The future of recruiting companies (feat. Nick Cromydas)
Episode 25: We spoke with Nick Cromydas, co-founder & CEO at Hunt Club. We discuss how he’s building a brand new type of recruiting company and how the Midwest is becoming a better place for entrepreneurs.
39:50
August 28, 2018
Securing the president's technology (feat. Theresa Payton)
Securing the president's technology (feat. Theresa Payton)
Episode 24: We spoke with Theresa Payton, former White House CIO in the George W Bush Administration and current CEO at Fortalice Solutions. We discuss securing the president’s technology, keeping our voting booths secure, and much more.
37:51
August 21, 2018
Why solving big unsexy problems is important (feat. Larry Gadea)
Why solving big unsexy problems is important (feat. Larry Gadea)
Episode 23: We spoke with Larry Gadea, founder of Envoy, a company solving office visitor registration. He’s also worked for Google and Twitter. We discuss figuring out pricing, company culture, and whether Twitter had a dedicated server rack for Justin Bieber. Also, a quick programming note: I’ll be taking a few weeks off from TechieBytes, but fear not, we’ll be back with more awesome interviews soon. So stay tuned!
46:19
July 17, 2018
It’s all about that SaaS, no churning (feat. Jason Amunwa)
It’s all about that SaaS, no churning (feat. Jason Amunwa)
Episode 22: We spoke with Jason Amunwa, a SaaS expert who runs GrowthLook.com and who has spent several years building SaaS products, including popular website add-on Hello Bar. We discuss content analytics, identifying the right metrics for your company, and ways to reduce churn.
48:58
July 10, 2018
How to succeed as a professional photographer (feat. Anthony Quintano)
How to succeed as a professional photographer (feat. Anthony Quintano)
Episode 21: We spoke with Anthony Quintano, professional photographer and engagement editor at Honolulu Civil Beat. We discuss how to get more exposure, monetizing your work, and whether Flickr is better than Instagram.
38:14
June 26, 2018
The right way to pivot to video (feat. Rohan Castelino)
The right way to pivot to video (feat. Rohan Castelino)
Episode 20: We spoke with Rohan Castelino, VP of Marketing at IRIS.TV, a video personalization and programming platform. We discuss building a business with publishers, developing a loyal audience, and how to do video correctly.
41:55
June 19, 2018
What dogs and smart home AI have in common (feat. Alex Capecelatro)
What dogs and smart home AI have in common (feat. Alex Capecelatro)
Episode 19: We spoke with Alex Capecelatro, co-founder & CEO at Josh.ai, a home automation device built with AI. We discuss smart home automation, Internet of Things security, and why the company’s logo is a dog.
47:42
June 12, 2018
The original father of 3D printing (feat. Bill Masters)
The original father of 3D printing (feat. Bill Masters)
Episode 18: We spoke with Bill Masters, the original father of 3D printing. We discuss the origins of 3D printing, the current and future state of 3D printing, and being a life-long entrepreneur.
31:06
June 05, 2018
Building a luxury audio company (feat. Jonathan Levine)
Building a luxury audio company (feat. Jonathan Levine)
Episode 17: We spoke with Jonathan Levine, the founder & CEO of Master & Dynamic, a NYC-based audio company. We discuss how he's found success with Master & Dynamic, the challenges of manufacturing, and the future of audio.
35:29
May 29, 2018
What AR/VR means for Hollywood (feat. Roy Taylor)
What AR/VR means for Hollywood (feat. Roy Taylor)
Episode 16: We spoke with Roy Taylor, a former exec at AMD and Nvidia and current Advisor at Cubic Motion, an industry leading computer vision company. We discuss VR/AR (with a special focus on Hollywood and entertainment), growing sales from $0 to $300 million while at Nvidia, and more! Plus there’s a special treat towards the end.
45:27
May 21, 2018
Digital media, finance, and being #old (feat. Alex Wilhelm)
Digital media, finance, and being #old (feat. Alex Wilhelm)
Episode 15: We spoke with Alex Wilhelm, the Editor-in-Chief at Crunchbase News. We discuss editorial strategy, tech finance (including crypto), and being #old.
48:59
May 16, 2018
The future of AI and conversational UI (feat. Mark Progano)
The future of AI and conversational UI (feat. Mark Progano)
Episode 14: We spoke with Mark Progano, a cofounder at Actively.ai, a company building an AI to make it easier to book and manage classes at fitness studios. We discuss how much data it takes to make a good AI, the future of AI and conversational UIs, and how to find success as an early stage startup.
53:42
May 07, 2018
Grow at all costs to sustainable growth (feat. Ethan Agarwal)
Grow at all costs to sustainable growth (feat. Ethan Agarwal)
Episode 13: We spoke with Ethan Agarwal, the founder & CEO of Aaptiv, an audio-based fitness app for iOS and Android. We discuss Aaptiv’s grow at all cost strategy and its recent pivot to a sustainable growth strategy as well as how other subscription based companies can do the same.
38:27
April 03, 2018
Can Zuck be trusted? (feat. Matt Hodges)
Can Zuck be trusted? (feat. Matt Hodges)
Episode 12: We spoke with Matt Hodges, a software engineer who developed technology for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. We discuss the Facebook and Cambridge Analytics story in detail, providing insights into how Aleksandr Kogan's personality quiz app worked, what Facebook users should know, and what this means for Facebook and developers going forward.
01:03:14
March 25, 2018
What to know about investing in ICOs (feat. David Drake)
What to know about investing in ICOs (feat. David Drake)
Episode 11: We spoke with David Drake, the Chairman of LDJ Capital, a multi-family office with a network based all over the world. Most recently David has been focused on investing and advising cryptocurrency and blockchain companies through ICOs. We discuss how he vets companies he advises and invests in, whether ICOs should be regulated, as well as whether or not he agrees with Jack Dorsey on Bitcoin becoming the world's single currency in 10 years.
35:08
March 23, 2018
The importance of a strong team (feat. Toby Milstein)
The importance of a strong team (feat. Toby Milstein)
Episode 10: We spoke with Toby Milstein, the Director of Business Development for Joy, a company that has built a magical hardware photo album. We discuss Joy, her approach to business development, and the importance of a strong team.
41:55
March 18, 2018
The meme episode (feat. Jason Wong)
The meme episode (feat. Jason Wong)
Episode 9: We spoke with Jason Wong, the founder of Wonghaus Ventures and a Meme Expert. We discussed how to find success as an influencer, tips and tricks to grow your audience, and what marketers should be doing to reach Millennials and Gen-Z online.
41:56
March 14, 2018
How founders should make decisions (feat. Patrick Perini)
How founders should make decisions (feat. Patrick Perini)
Episode 8: We spoke with Patrick Perini, a serial founder, who is currently the co-founder and VP of Product at Mira. We discussed what he’s currently building at Mira as well as past failures and making tough decisions as a founder.
55:26
March 12, 2018
Humanizing a brand's story (feat. Alexandra Matthiesen)
Humanizing a brand's story (feat. Alexandra Matthiesen)
Episode 7: We spoke with branding and marketing expert, Alexandra Matthiesen, who is the founder and Creative Director at Westward Creative. She’s worked with companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Veritas Technologies to connect their brands with human experiences. We also discussed ways to empower women in the tech industry.
47:29
March 10, 2018
It's all about the polygons (feat. Michael Casalino)
It's all about the polygons (feat. Michael Casalino)
Episode 6: We spoke with Michael Casalino, a gaming industry veteran with 15+ years of experience in game design. Hear what he has to say about the evolution of the game design industry and how he worked on games like Madden, Where's My Water, Tron, and more!
44:19
March 08, 2018
Inside the world of SFW webcam models (feat. Sarah Jean)
Inside the world of SFW webcam models (feat. Sarah Jean)
Episode 5: We spoke with Sarah Jean, a SFW webcam model who's been in the industry for 8 years. Get an inside look at the world of cam girls, the business behind it, the amount of hustle it takes, and how much money can be made.
45:10
March 02, 2018
The importance of persistence (feat. Varun Mayya)
The importance of persistence (feat. Varun Mayya)
Episode 4: We spoke with Varun Mayya, a successful entrepreneur who raised his first round of venture capital at the age of 20. We discuss the importance of persistence as an entrepreneur, tips and advice for founders, and what verticals new founders should be looking to start companies in (as well as which to avoid).
47:06
March 01, 2018
Building a digital publication (feat. Kevin Raposo)
Building a digital publication (feat. Kevin Raposo)
Episode 3: We interview Kevin Raposo who's a Media Relations guy at EZPR and the Founder & Editor of KnowTechie. Kevin and I discuss launching your own digital publication, the challenges surrounding it, and tips and tricks on how to build and monetize your site. We also discussed the worst types of PR pitches and how to make good ones as well as what's better: BestTechie or KnowTechie.
40:47
February 27, 2018
Apple keeps butt dialing 911
Apple keeps butt dialing 911
Episode 2: We talk about passwords that have been pwned, free crytocurrency trading, and how Apple keeps butt dialing 911.
12:00
February 23, 2018
Welcome to TechieBytes!
Welcome to TechieBytes!
Episode 1: Meet the TechieBytes host Jeff Weisbein as he dives into tech and other interesting things.
10:11
February 22, 2018