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Get in the Mode

By David Jitendranath
Technology works best when aligned with business strategy outcomes. Listen to leaders who share their software solutions that will change your relationship with software and the cloud. We go in-depth of how they have scaled their business, strategy and kept to their vision. Guests share their experience on the impact of tech on a personal, local and global level.
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A Better Alternative to Hustle Culture with Alex Raymond at Kapta
In this episode of Get in the Mode, we’re talking to Alex Raymond. Alex is the Founder of Kapta, a company that provides software for post-sales account management professionals. He’s also the host of the Conscious Entrepreneur Summit, a two-day event in Denver, Colorado aimed at helping entrepreneurs develop the resilience and leadership skills to grow their businesses. Alex talks about his experiences in the tech startup community and some of the trends and challenges he’s noticed over time. We talk about the prevalence of “hustle culture,” how this can be a harmful force in the world of entrepreneurs, and why it’s so common. We talk about the importance of mental models, and Alex explains the concept of the “conscious entrepreneur.” We talk about the Conscious Entrepreneur Summit, what it will involve, and what Alex aims to achieve with it. Alex explains the personal story that led him to start the summit. Finally, Alex shares some advice for entrepreneurs who want to make a positive change to their mental models, aside from attending the summit.
May 10, 2022
Driving Digital Transformation in Commercial Real Estate with Patrick McGrath from Savills
In this episode of Get in the Mode, our guest today is Patrick McGrath, CIO and Vice Chairman of the real estate company Savills. He’s here to talk about his experiences leading digital transformation in an industry that often struggles to adopt new tech. Patrick talks about the history and growth of his company and his personal approach to digital transformation, including some of the methodologies and techniques involved. Patrick also talks about the differences between CIOs with a tech background and those with a business background and how both can help each other. We discuss some of the critical factors needed for a tech roadmap to be successful, some of the lessons Patrick has learned over time, and some insights he’d share with other leaders. We talk about the challenges involved in driving digital transformation in an industry where it’s notoriously difficult and how Patrick was able to overcome these.
May 03, 2022
The Life of a CX Leader with Jen Jackson from Dialpad
In this episode of the Get in the Mode podcast, we’re talking to Jen Jackson. Jen is Vice President of Customer Experience at Dialpad and is here to talk about customer service, the value of customer experience, and what she’s learned throughout her career. Jen talks about her work with Dialpad and what the company does, and the importance of customer experience. Where have customer experience teams focused in the past, and where does Dialpad focus? Jen explains how a customer experience (CX) assessment works and how she’s done it before. We talk about how customer experience officers work with CIOs and CTOs, and Jen shares some advice for other CX officers. We dive into some of the specific KPIs and OKRs that CX officers should focus on. Finally, Jen tells us some of the skills that CX officers should develop in order to succeed. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review and click the subscribe button. Looking for technology and digital solutions that will drive business growth?  Give us a call!
April 06, 2022
Innovation in Aviation with Brian Cobb from CVG Airport
In this episode of the Get in the Mode podcast, we’re talking to Brian Cobb—Chief Innovation Officer at CVG, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and VP of Customer Experience at Kenton County Airport Board, Operator of the CVG Airport. Brian is here to talk about his experiences as a leader of innovation at such a large and complex organization. Brian talks about the overall initiatives and strategies he uses and how they’re categorized. We talk about the importance of airports having their own brand and the kinds of revenue-generation initiatives they need to use. We discuss how regulation has changed in the airport industry over the 30 years that Brian has been there and also how the rise of data has impacted daily operations. We talk about the concept of digital twin and what it means for aviation. We also dive into the role of Chief Innovation Officer, something Brian has been doing for several years, and how it works. What are the challenges involved in building and implementing a culture of innovation? Finally, Brian shares some advice for other Chief Innovation Officers. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review and click the subscribe button. Looking for technology and digital solutions that will drive business growth?  Give us a call!
March 21, 2022
Lessons from a CTO with Ketan Vanjara from Berkadia
Welcome to the Get in the Mode podcast. In this episode, we’ll be talking to Ketan Vanjara, CTO and Enterprise Coach at Berkadia. Ketan is here to talk all about Berkadia and the lessons he has learned as a CTO. Ketan talks about his background working at companies like Microsoft and HSBC and what led him to Berkadia. He explains Berkadia’s values and culture, why they’re so important, and how collaboration works inside the company. We also talk about the various stages companies go through, from enabler to disruptor, and where C-suite decision-makers get involved at each stage. We talk about the role technology has played as a disruptor in business and the importance of data and AI. When is it time to hire a data officer? Ketan talks about how CTOs can navigate the cost of ongoing maintenance and innovation, and how to deal with challenges like technical debt and decommissioning legacy tech, along with how to communicate these issues to CEOs. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review and click the subscribe button. Looking for technology and digital solutions that will drive business growth?  Give us a call!
March 12, 2022
The Role of CMO in Digital Transformation - With Michelle Farabaugh, CMO
Today’s guest, Michelle Farabaugh, has been in the marketing space for over three decades working as a CMO for retail companies such as Harry David and Bevmo.  In this episode we talk to Michelle about the CMO’s role in digital transformation and how marketing plays an important role in forming roadmap for technical and digital transformation. Michelle shares her in depth knowledge on the subject of Innovation and experience on various projects.
August 13, 2021
Effective IT leadership, Experiential Lessons Learned with Jon Santee
Jon Santee, The VP of IT at Hayes Locums, joins us for the "Get in the Mode" podcast. He shares his journey to becoming an IT Leader in the industry and shares his learnings and experience from his career. We had an excellent conversation on what it takes to be an effective IT leader.
July 30, 2021
Innovation as a Discipline - Neil Goodrich [CINO at M. Holland Company]
Can IT and Digital be a creative enterprise? We have Neil Goodrich joining us today for our "Get in the Mode" Podcast with David J to answer this question. Neil is an Innovation Officer at M. Holland and has worked closely with his organization on Innovative techniques and procedures used at the organization. It's wonderful to see his passion towards Innovation and how easy and simplified Innovation can be for anyone. He truly believes and follows Innovation as a Discipline.
July 22, 2021
Cybersecurity, Emerging Trends and DEI with Allen Wuescher [VP and CIO, Toshiba International]
We have Allen Wuescher, VP and CIO at Toshiba International Corporation, joining us for the "Get in the Mode" Podcast with David J. Allen talks about the present and future of cyber security and technological growth in this dynamic economy. He shares his views on emerging trends blockchain and cyber security. He also shares his passion about DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) and that there is tremendous growth associated with companies that recognize the success from diverse thinking.
July 15, 2021
Emerging Trends in Private Equity Real Estate with Jasmine Nazari [COO at Urban Green Investments]
We have Jasmine Nazari, COO at Urban Green Investments, joining us today for our "Get in the Mode" Podcast.  She talks about her journey and her role as an Operations Officer at a Private Equity Real Estate.  We also get an insight on how Technology plays an important role for this industry and why Emerging Tech is more important than ever.
July 01, 2021
Seizing the pandemic conditions for digital innovation & value with Dave Marcinkowski - Part 2
We are back with part 2 of Get in the Mode with Dave Marcinkowski, Partner at Madera Residential and Forbes Real Estate Council Member.  We discuss Innovation in Commercial Real Estate and how as a digital leader, Dave has helped bring in tech at Madera.
June 24, 2021
Seizing the pandemic conditions for digital innovation & value with Dave Marcinkowski - Part 1
We have Dave Marcinkowski joining us today on our “Get in the Mode” Podcast. He is a Partner at Madera Residential and Forbes Real Estate Council Member. In Part 1 of this interview, Dave talks about his role as a Partner at Madera and the challenges during the pandemic for the commercial real estate industry. He also discusses various digital and technological approaches to overcome the challenges during the pandemic.   We hope you enjoyed part 1 of this interview and hit that subscribe button for the Modestack channel so you don't miss part 2 of this interview.
June 11, 2021
Tech adoption in CRE with Kelly Blaskowsky
Today's guest, Kelly Blaskowsky, CIO at Capstone Real Estate Services, shares some interesting insights on technological adoption, emerging tech and innovation and how one can develop and implement KPIs for their organization. She also dives into their journey through the pandemic.
June 03, 2021
Leading Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas - Part 2
After an amazing discussion with Brandon last week, we are back with part 2 of the video. Brandon Brown, VP and CIO at Laredo Petroleum, talks about leadership challenges and tech adoption in the oil and gas industry. He also talks about books he takes inspiration from.
May 25, 2021
Leading Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas - Part 1
Innovation and Technology adoption is the new prerequisite for survival in the current environment. The oil and gas industry too is undergoing change, thanks to digital transformation. Brandon Brown, VP & CIO at Laredo Petroleum, gives us an insight in this 2 part video on how they have been taking advantage of this amazing digital potential at Laredo. In part 1, as the CIO, Brandon shares his experience with adopting the use of Artificial intelligence for reducing risk, protecting the environment and driving revenue with faster decisions for production and digitalizing their workflow that enabled the company to do things they haven't been able to do in the past.
May 20, 2021
Serial Entrepreneurship & Thought Leadership with Jake Jorgovan, Founder Content Allies
In this episode of “Get in the mode” David J talks with Jake Jorgovan, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Content Allies. Jake shares some of his thoughts on how he pursues ventures that are successful and when to cut bait on ones that are.  Jake also shares his views on thought leadership and how it can benefit entrepreneurs and leaders alike. Having a fully remote team in different time zones and Jake himself living like a digital nomad, this episode is a must watch if you are trying to keep your staff engaged and aligned on goals with the right tools. There’s plenty of nuggets on this episode you don’t want to miss if you are an Entrepreneur.
April 06, 2021
Overcoming Technology Challenges in Higher Ed Helen Norris, CIO Chapman University
On this episode of get in the mode podcast. We have Helen Norris, the VP and CIO from Chapman University based in Southern California. She joins us to talk about the challenges of the pandemic at the university and how technology helped overcome some of those issues. Their internal IT staff had to quickly shift projects and pace to support technologies relating to the student facing side, the back office side and building small tools to meet state guidelines.  From their experience we learned about some of Helen’s approaches to leadership and resource reallocation. Towards the end, Helen also shares some great insight for up and coming CIO’s especially women leaders in technology.
April 01, 2021
Women Leaders - A Balance of Personality, Identity and Style with Anne Marie Liebman
Joining us today is the founder of Shestylesco, Anne Marie Liebman. We dive into topics such as personal branding and styling for women in tech. Anne gives us more insight into the relationship between personality, identity and style and how we can present the best of ourselves during the covid time.
March 25, 2021
Building Digital Capabilities That Drive Outcomes in CRE with Eric Flohr
A lot of hype is built around digital transformation. The commercial real estate space is no exception.  Digitizing transactions in the commercial real estate space has saved time and has enhanced the quality of work, and has helped investors make better decisions. Eric Flohr goes beyond digitalization and discusses transformational capabilities that Berkadia is building to invest in its digital and technology future. In this episode, David J from ModeStack talks digital strategies and digital Transformation with Eric Flohr, Senior VP of Transformation at Berkadia. 
March 15, 2021
Framework for Digital Transformation & Innovation: Michael Gale
Today’s guest, Michael Gale, CMO of Wind River, a cloud edge computing and analytic company, and Amazon best selling author for Digital Helix, shares the ins and outs of today’s digital world. Michael dives into some of today’s most relevant topics, including creating an effective digital strategy, innovation trends, and emerging brands from COVID. As an AI influencer, Michael also shares some exciting new developments in the intelligent systems space.
February 17, 2021
ML Use cases & ROI with Artificial Intelligence: Patrick Bangert
Patrick Bangert, Vice President of AI engineering and AI sciences at Samsung SDS, shares his AI knowledge and experience on topics such as data science, ML and ROI on AI projects.  In this interview David J and Patrick talk about real world use cases for AI some of which are already mainstream and others that will gain mainstream adoption in less than 3 years.  The AI use cases include AI in Retail, Medical, Health care diagnosis and Autonomous driving. Patrick also talks about how cloud providers such as AWS, Google, Microsoft and Samsung are enabling companies develop successful AI and ML practices.  With a background in the process industry, his perspective also has a practical application to deliver value with AI in our everyday lives.
February 03, 2021
Personal Branding for the Modern Digital Leader: Nicholas Hutchison
Nicholas Huchison delves into the world of personal branding for the modern digital leader, sharing his journey with his company, Book Thinkers. Through the use of their podcast and ever growing social media numbers, Book Thinkers has prioritized technology and used it to quickly and strongly grow as a company.
January 27, 2021
Angela Tran- The Science of Weight Loss & Adapting New Tech
Today’s guest, Angela Tran, CEO of Med-Fit, shares the secrets and importance to healthy sustainable lifestyle changes in the medical weight loss field. We discuss the healthcare field in regards to changing technology during this time and the impacts its had on patient experience.
January 13, 2021
Sherif Mityas CIO: TGI Fridays Using Digital and Data to Create Customer Experience
In today’s podcast we have guest, Sherif Mityas, CIO and Chief Experience Officer of TGIF. We discuss the restaurant industry and the effects and changes throughout the pandemic. Sherif discusses how TGIF restaurants are making large changes quickly with their technology in order to optimize customer experience during these times.
January 06, 2021
Ashton Snook- Product Design
Ashton Snook is an award winning  customer experience and user experience designer, currently Head of Product Design & UXR at Vodafone Smart Tech, Crvsh, and advisor to start-up Jed.AI. Ash shares his knowledge, designing experiences for international brands in a wide variety of fields, from retail to Iot.  He believes that "design strategy starts and ends with people," giving equal care to the creators and end-users in order to achieve great things.  
December 28, 2020
Lynne Ly- Digital Transformation in Credit Unions
Lynne Ly is someone who’s not afraid to challenge the status quo and push innovation and creative solutions— just part of what makes her so skilled in the technology field. She is a senior technical leader who has made strides in the tech field, including translating technical concepts and building trust through inclusion and modern technology.  
December 15, 2020
Chris Zavlanos- Oil & Gas
Chris Zavlanos shares his knowledge in the oil & gas industry and the adoption of technology within it. He goes into detail regarding the bad rap of the industry, revealing the truths and ups and downs during this time. He also gives insight about his brilliant app used in the Oilfield, RiggerTalk. 
October 14, 2020
Lorraine Fox- Financial investment
Lorraine Fox shares her unique and expert perspective in the financial investment world. We discuss her knowledge in marketing and technology advances and go into detail about company maturity. 
August 10, 2020
CJ Terral- Success within growth marketing
In today’s podcast we talk about measuring success within marketing with growth marketeer, CJ Terral. We go into detail discussing the differences between growth hacking and growth marketing and the importance of two way omni channel messaging.
May 11, 2020
Bryan Cantril- Hardware, software, and building team culture
In today's podcast we talk to guest Bryan Cantril. Bryan's vision and belief is "hardware and software should each be built with each other in mind," we discuss the benefits of doing so. Brian is a great leader and he has put together a phenomenal team. We all know leading and maintaining a talented team is a big challenge. Brian has been extremely successful in doing just that. One of the highlights of this show is Brian's insight into building team culture within a company and the hiring process to foster that. He also has some great advise for young professionals who may be thinking of getting into the tech world.
April 10, 2020
Connor O’Brien in the Bitcoin Mode
In today's podcast with guest Connor O'Brien, we discuss the possibilities and challenges with AI. Connor discusses the advantages of utilizing this robotic technology and why it could be helpful for companies moving forward.  BIO: Connor O’Brien is senior director of  Business Operations group comprised of the Anaplan on Anaplan (COE) and Customer Intelligence teams.  Connor is also an avid open water diver, dog whisperer, and an ironman.  Anaplan- the next essential software category that joins people together with data and plans to accelerate business success. Our cloud-based, enterprise SaaS platform is transforming the way business decisions are made. LinkedIn: Instagram: connorado Twitter: connorado BlockChange: (The Digital Asset Investing Platform for Professional Wealth Managers) Non-profit / organization(s): Concourse (earn your BA from scratch) College Match (helps students get into college)
March 05, 2020
Haroun Moula- Epilert, international healthcare technology
Today’s podcast, with guest Haroun Moula, goes over his life changing technology in healthcare for people who suffer from epileptic seizures. We dive into his vision and experience as an international founder and working bi-continentally. We also discuss the challenges in healthcare solutions that have both software and a hardware component, funding sources for such healthcare solutions and finding real people to test. Haroun is Co-Founder and COO of Epilert, which is a bracelet that detects seizers. As well as the Co-Founder and board advisor of Inscrypt a P2P advertising network. Haroun has a background in computer engineering and international law- and decided to drop out in order to begin his first startup managing restaurants. Then with his co founder, influenced by his sister who suffers from epilepsy, he created epilert mobile app and cloud- to predict seizures and utilizes AI. Linkedin: Website:
March 05, 2020
Rana Gujral in the AI Mode
Our guest for this week is Rana Gujral who is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor and CEO at Behavioral Signals, an enterprise software company that delivers a robust and fast-evolving emotion AI engine that introduces emotional intelligence into speech recognition technology. Rana has been awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine, the ‘US-China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE and listed in "Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017" by Huffington Post. He was also recently listed in Inc. Magazine as an “AI Entrepreneur to Watch”. He has spoken at conferences such as the World Government Summit and AI Everything in Dubai, the Silicon Valley Smart Future Summit, and MWC in Shanghai. You can find his writing in publications such as Inc., TechCrunch, and Forbes. You can find Rana Gujral at: Twitter: @RanaGujral and @BehaviorSignals Instagram: @behavioralsignals Contact: His company:
February 13, 2020
Trailer Mode
[mode stack] once a regular dev shop that found through client feedback that our magic is in our focus on business strategy outcomes. We explore with guests stories and tribulations with tech. We go in-depth of how they have scaled their business, strategy and vision with tech.  Guests share their experience on the impact of tech on a personal, local and global level.
January 15, 2020