A Better Mousetrap

Raz Choudhury, Founder of SAM AI

An episode of A Better Mousetrap

By A Better Mouse Trap
Marcos Dinnerstein, host of A Better Mousetrap podcast, finds the founders and leaders in New York City's startup and tech community. He brings out their insights, industry knowledge and their stories. The highs, lows and in betweens that etch us and make us who we are.
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Bonmo founders Stephanie Huong and Gideon Klein
Marketing is a competition for people's attention and humor is a consistently winning way to capture and keep attention. Bonmo has created a platform to connect comedians with marketers so together they can make more effective content. Bonmo's founders believe that humor must be an integral part of a message but not overshadow that message. In this talk we cover the craft of comedy, solving a client's problems,  and I learn about "benign violation".  If you like this episode check out the others and if you want to stay up on NYC's tech and startup scene Subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter. 
30:43
March 23, 2019
Qri - with Brendan O'Brien & Rico Gardaphe
 (L to R) Rico Gardaphe, Operations & Business Development and Brendan O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Qri. Qri's website reads: Qri ("query") is a versioned scriptable exportable, collaborative datasets. That means when using Qri, each new version of your database is time stamped and signed by you.  In today's podcast we swim a bit in the deep end of the data pool. Come on in the water's more than fine when you spend time with these two. They are committed (sorry/not sorry) to both open data sets and to the open source movement. It's a fascinating world and when they explain it, both fun and digestible.
42:07
March 11, 2019
Raz Choudhury, Founder of SAM AI
Finding myself at WeWork on W. 57 Street I bumped into Raz Choudhury, founder of SAM AI  who I've known for a few years. Of course that meant catching up had to be memorialized. SAM AI is a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) platform. Their aim is to simplify CRM so more people can benefit from the advances in big data and artificial intelligence. How? One way is to make an interface that you can query with conversational speech. NLP (Natural Language Processing) makes this possible. The story of how this came to be and where they go from here can be heard in today’s podcast. Good stuff here!
21:35
March 3, 2019
Charlie Oliver, Founder of Served Fresh Media and Tech 2025
Feb. 23, 2019: This past week I caught up with Charlie Oliver, founder of Served Fresh Media and, recently, Tech 2025. The latter is a platform for learning about emerging technologies. As we dug into the topic we realized how aligned we are on the importance of education. We cannot be passive consumers of tech that can profoundly shape our lives but must understand enough to help determine the appropriate uses of various kinds of tech. We had a great time talking and being in violent agreement with one another. Give a listen. Keep current on NYC's tech and startup scene. Subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter.
31:29
February 23, 2019
A Conversation with Philip Delvecchio
In this talk with Marcos Dinnerstein in June 2018, Philip reveals his interest in making the NYC tech community more equitable and inclusive, his continued support of international entrepreneurs who come to the U.S. and in strengthening the channels between the Chinese and U.S. tech communities. Not surprisingly, Philip is smart and quick on his feet. You’ll enjoy this tennis match. For more like this and to keep up on the NYC startup scene subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter goo.gl/forms/oIdhmdKJvE4GO1a32
33:39
February 21, 2019
Ash Kaluarachchi, StartEd
Ash Kaluarachchi has seen the power that education has to shape and alter the trajectory of a person's life. While growing up in Sri Lanka Ash's mother ran a school out of her house. The three hundred children, ages six to sixteen years old, studied elocution, drama and speech. What Ash most remembers is that they learned tenacity, resilience and the ability to learn. Now, years later, Ash Kaluarachchi's credits include: creating 7 startup accelerators and producing New York City's EdTech Week, all under the banner of StartEd. Listen to Ash speak - yes eloquently - and intelligently about the work he does to nurture the next generation of education companies that will change the world for the better, one person at a time.  (best phrase of the interview, "Life skills packaged in content") Stay connected on all things tech and startup in NYC. Subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter. 
18:24
February 18, 2019
David Ryan Polgar, Tech Ethicist - Part II
In the second part of my conversation with David Ryan Polar, we spoke about how tech creates challenges in the areas of free speech, privacy, and concentration of power. We agreed it’s a ‘big, hairy, thorny, nasty problem.’. Nevertheless, Polgar is optimistic about tech’s promise to solve big societal problems facing us today.  Listen to his thoughts. *Update* The next ethical tech summit has been announced: All Tech Is Human NYC on Saturday, Nov. 9th. For more info: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6500733018007760896/ Want more good stuff like this? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter on the New York City tech and startup scene.
19:14
February 9, 2019
David Ryan Polgar, Tech Ethicist - Part I
Ethics in tech is on the minds of so many people and organizations from governments to watchdog groups to media outlets and, of course, on the minds of all of us individually. David Ryan Polgar has been thinking, writing and talking about this topic in all its permutations since 2012. He believes, “Technology is so important to society, to the human condition, and it’s essential to a thriving democracy… we cannot leave this topic solely up to technologists.”  *Update* The next ethical tech summit has been announced: All Tech Is Human NYC on Saturday, Nov. 9th. For more info: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6500733018007760896/ Listen to this fascinating talk and learn more about him at All Tech is Human and DavidPolgar.com.
19:15
February 4, 2019
Youssef Kalad, NYCx, in the Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer
If you looked only at the national level, it would be easy to be jaded about government and it’s ability to be responsive to the needs of the majority of people. But look at New York City government. It’s a very different story. Did you know there are 300,000 lamp posts in NYC? There's a good chance they'll be retrofitted to serve additional functions if things work as expected. After attending this past Thursday’s NYCx Moonshots & the Future of Cybersecurity at Company’s Urban Tech Hub I was able to speak with Youssef Kalad the next day to learn about both the Cybersecurity Challenge and the wider mission of the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. We covered the challenges being addressed by the Co-Labs and the focus of the Moonshot Challenges. Who knew? (well, I did) in New York City our public servants work intelligently to identify the needs of all people living in New York City. This consultive method of working allows to craft solutions to big-picture issues. Give a listen. I expect you’ll be as encouraged as I am. To learn about the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge, go here. Deadline is 2/8/19 and all it takes is 10 minutes to apply. Check out the results of our NYCx Governors Island Connectivity Challenge and NYCx EV Climate Action Challenge. To learn about the Mayor’s Office of the CTO and other NYCx programming, go here and follow on Twitter at NYC_CTO.
24:06
January 28, 2019
A Conversation with Rhonda Binda, Co-Founder of Venture Smarter
In this episode of A Better Mousetrap podcast Rhonda Binda, co-founder of Venture Smarter is our guest. Venture Smarter is technology company focused on smart governance and creating connected, smart infrastructure across the U.S. and soon, globally. Venture Smarter has created a match making platform, Intelliscope, that drives initiatives focused on standards in the Smart Cities and IoT (Internet of Things ( fields. They facilitate matches between governments and businesses, both large and small. We get into what all this means in this idea packed conversation. Plug in. Listen. Get informed. And if you'd like to keep up with what's going on in the NYC tech and startup community you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter, A Better Mousetrap Subscribe URL https://goo.gl/forms/giIEOOfu3PDktdQK2
22:36
January 19, 2019
Yale Fox, Rentlogic: How to fairly assign grades to residential buildings
Rentlogic assigns letter grades to residential rental buildings. Just as New York City's health department does for restaurants. What makes Rentlogic's offering so strong is they constantly work to be scrupulously fair to all parties. There's no 'gotcha' here with a bias towards renters or towards landlords. They use multiple relevant data feeds from NYC government and have an algorithm that weighs all this info and, in some cases, physical inspections to arrive at a grade. Listen to what intelligent data science and community building can create. Its a good story. To learn just how serious Rentlogic was to set fair and transparent practices they hired noted data scientist and author, Cathy O'Neil, to audit their algorithm to verify it performs as intended and has no hidden biases. Read this Wired.com account. Read this Wired.com account. And if you'd like to keep up with what's going on in the NYC tech and startup community you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter, A Better Mousetrap
17:23
January 11, 2019
Victoria Yampolsky, Founder of The Startup Station
If you are building a business you had better understand finance and how to best position your company to raise money. Victoria Yampolsky has created a school, advisory practice and a growing repository of learning resources to put you on the track to financial competency. Listen as she describes what you'll need to know and what pitfalls to avoid.
33:06
January 7, 2019
Rebecca Lima: The Lieu, Supporting Women's Beauty & Self-Care Needs in the Workplace
Rebecca Lima is a serial founder and someone who I can honestly say has the entrepreneur’s itch. She has that indefinable character trait in the people I recognize as common to many company founders. (I’m not one of them, at least not by birth)  I first met Rebecca when she was working on her earlier company, Ment, Meant is described as, “… a community based and data backed app that enhances the airport experience for travelers.” Now Rebecca Lima is building Lieu, a company dedicated to supporting women in the workplace. They partner with corporations and events to provides inclusive beauty and self-care experiences. Listen to how she plans to serve working women in the workplace.
14:39
January 4, 2019
In Conversation with Caitlin Pearce, Exec. Dir. of the Freelancers Union
Eight years ago Caitlin Pearce left the world of academia to join The Freelancers Union. She worked her way through the ranks and now heads this non-profit organization dedicated to supporting contract workers in the United States. The services they offer including educational, health insurance and policy advocacy. This year their efforts helped in the passage of the country’s first law protecting the rights of freelancers, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/about/fre…isnt-free-act.page As the so-called gig economy continues to grow it’s ever more urgent that this class of worker understands their rights and how to navigate being a freelancer. Listen to Caitlin Pearce describe their work towards these goals. Stay current on NYC's tech and startup scene. Subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter. docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQL…wform?usp=sf_link
15:48
December 14, 2018
Lisa Diaz talks Smart Cities, Resiliency and Dreams of Better Airports
Lisa Diaz is Managing Partner and Founder of Turf Advisory. Her firm specializes in smart infrastructure, resiliency, and human centered design. As someone actively involved in NYC's urban tech scene she has a unique perspective on how innovation makes more livable cities come into being.
27:01
December 8, 2018
Zack Woods: Reflections on Innovation
Marcos Dinnerstein sat down with Zack Woods for an extended conversation on large, fuzzy topic of Innovation. Among other roles, Zack has worked in Digital Strategy, Corporate Development, and as a valued mentor to startups. Marcos Dinnerstein: "That’s just the sort of person I’m comfortable going ‘off script’ with since he has informed opinions that he expresses well. " Come along on this journey. You'll enjoy the ride. To keep up on the NYC tech scene subscribe to the weekly newsletter, A Better Mousetrap. goo.gl/forms/8TquLXKSN3wEzdGM2
50:27
December 1, 2018
A Conversation with Sissel Hansen, Founder of Startup Guide
Startup Guide New York, a book on NYC’s startup ecosystem, was published in October of 2018. It's been received as an excellent overview of New York City’s startup scene and a great way for founders and tech workers outside of NYC to begin to make their way here. We caught up with Sissel Hansen, the dynamic founder and CEO of Startup Guide to hear how she started the company, the bumps along the way that taught her valuable lessons and what to expect in the coming months. To keep up on the NYC tech scene subscribe to the weekly newsletter, A Better Mousetrap. goo.gl/forms/8TquLXKSN3wEzdGM2
22:07
November 26, 2018
Magis Industries: Build It Fast. Spend Less
In October (2018) at the Ascent Conference 2018 I had a chance to interview Victoria Gregory of Magis Industries. Along with her co-founder, Gabriel Alba-Rivera, their company creates products and brings them to market both faster and at lower cost. Check out this bite-sized podcast!
08:11
November 26, 2018
Josh Weinstein, CannaGather: Building Community Around a Controlled Substance
This week we caught up with Josh Weinstein, founder of CannaGather, New York City's largest monthly cannabis event. The United States in in the midst of a sea change with regards to regulating both the sale and use of Cannabis. Each month CannaGather features the major players in the Cannabis industry who are part of this major societal shift. This episode is jam-packed with info on the rapidly expanding Cannabis industry. Give a listen! Stay current on NYC's tech and startup scene. Subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter. docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQL…wform?usp=sf_link
20:58
September 3, 2018
Prasant Sudhakaran, Aingel July 8, 2018
A Conversation with Prasant Sudhakaran, of Aingel. How do early stage venture capital funds and angel groups choose companies they believe will succeed and make their investors money? It can look more like art than science in many cases. Prasant Sudhakaran and Amr Shady, Co-founders of Angel, believe that artificial intelligence and machine learning can significantly improve on the art. They’ve crafted a solution that the private investment world is starting to notice. For more great content like this and to keep up on the NYC startup scene subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter https://goo.gl/forms/oIdhmdKJvE4GO1a32
23:32
July 8, 2018
Max Stein - Balanc3
Max Stein, a cryptoeconomist and Blockchain business architect talks with Marcos about the Balanc3 blockchain-based accounting platform. For more great content like this and to keep up on the NYC startup scene subscribe to A Better Mousetrap newsletter https://goo.gl/forms/oIdhmdKJvE4GO1a32
26:12
April 30, 2018
Interview with Alex Manea - CSO at Blackberry
You are listening to ‘A Better mouse Trap’ Podcast. A joint production by Marcos Dinnerstien and Far From TV. Our goal is to bring you the listener closer to the Technology community here in New York City. We recently had a chance to sit down for lunch with Alex Manea, Chief Security Officer at Blackberry. (We all had Salmon!)
10:09
March 24, 2018
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