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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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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)
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 4, 2019
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)
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.
1:00:16
April 9, 2019
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. 
53:17
April 2, 2019
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)
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.
41:47
March 19, 2019
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.
51:15
March 12, 2019
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 5, 2019
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.
50:07
February 19, 2019
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.
52:35
February 12, 2019
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.
44:32
January 29, 2019
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)
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.
54:51
January 15, 2019
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)
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.
42:53
November 20, 2018
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)
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.
49:52
November 6, 2018
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.
51:29
October 30, 2018
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.
47:48
October 23, 2018
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).
39:40
October 16, 2018
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 9, 2018
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.
51:58
October 2, 2018
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)
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)
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)
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 4, 2018
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.
39:49
August 28, 2018
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.
37:50
August 21, 2018
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!
46:18
July 17, 2018
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 5, 2018
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)
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.
45:26
May 21, 2018
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)
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.
53:41
May 7, 2018
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 3, 2018
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.
1:03:13
March 25, 2018
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)
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.
41:54
March 18, 2018
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)
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)
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)
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 8, 2018
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 2, 2018
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).
47:05
March 1, 2018
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.
40:46
February 27, 2018
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!
Episode 1: Meet the TechieBytes host Jeff Weisbein as he dives into tech and other interesting things.
10:08
February 22, 2018
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