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Tech People

By Ken Coyne
At the heart of any success story are the People who made it happen. Diversity, creativity and innovation, when nurtured in people, can lead to an unbeatable formula. This series of interviews share the experiences of some truly inspirational leaders on their journey to success.
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How effective is staff training in your company? Why VR is fast replacing traditional methods!
This week I discuss Virtual Training with Travis May, winner of several globally recognised innovation and technology awards. As a Director of Technology and Innovation at a major international company, Travis looks at opportunities to collaborate, optimise, and modernise processes across the business, thus positioning teams for success. According to research by the SAVO Group, a staggering  90% of employees that receive training, forget the subject material within 6 months, with a further 65% forgetting, within the first week. For too many companies, training has become little more than a check the box process, futile and expensive.  With this in mind, Travis embarked on a journey towards a more effective and engaging means of providing staff training. He identified lack of engagement as a major problem within traditional training. Through research and innovation Virtual training presented as the winning formula. Travis discusses his experience of this process, the enormous benefits of virtual training including ROI, and how he is now applying this to other areas of the business. Thank you for listening, enjoy.
43:04
November 26, 2020
Why HR is Critical to Your Company's Success
This week I am delighted to chat with Karen Weeks, SVP People at Ordergroove in New York. With a massive wealth of knowledge in the HR field, Karen shares her insight with me on how best to build a culture in tech startups, when to introduce HR to a tech company, and her view on the key elements to implement a successful HR strategy, especially given the new dynamics that exist in a Covid 19 world.  As a podcast host, a professional coach, and a management and HR strategy teacher, Karen has quickly risen to the forefront of her sector. She was named one of the 2020 Notable Women in Talent by Crain’s New York Business and has been a driving force behind Ordergroove's enviable success in winning Best Companies to Work for in New York two years in a row. A must listen to for tech companies and tech startups alike that want to stay ahead of the HR curve.
23:41
November 12, 2020
Is Blockchain Still a Trend?
This week's podcast revisits the ever topical Blockchain and Cryptocurrency discussion. The global blockchain technology market is estimated to accumulate a staggering $20 billion in revenue by 2024. Gartner state, blockchain only comes second to artificial intelligence and machine learning as the most disruptive technologies in recent times. With all of this in mind, I get an update on this fascinating phenomenon from Pete Townsend, founding partner of Norio Ventures, a Fintech advisory firm. Pete is also a co-host of the hugely popular podcast, Money Never Sleeps as well as serving on several Fintech company boards including Coinbase. Following the huge hype and investment in Blockchain a few years ago, Pete brings us up to speed with the most recent developments and what current trends are. He provides an insight into FundAdminChain and Archax as case studies which are some great examples changing the world of finance. Pete is a passionate Blockchain enthusiast, he shares exciting future predictions with us and the reasons why Blockchain & digital assets are only beginning to take off. Enjoy the show :-).
30:54
November 4, 2020
Life Science Innovation in Poland is Thriving!
Traditionally, Poland has a strong scientific base in life sciences and medicine but has been driven by the generic marketplace up until recently. However, in the last decade, we have seen enormous innovation with multiples of start-ups being founded and raising private capital. Health-related industries are now among the most rapidly-expanding innovation sectors in Poland. I speak to Szymon Bernat, the founder of Innomed Book, which is an application to showcase health innovations developed by Polish start-ups and academics. In this podcast, Szymon discusses everything related to life science in Poland as well as some inspiring stories of start-ups, including the challenges these companies are facing. The trends show huge potential for life science in Poland.
20:38
October 29, 2020
What Can a Virtual Hackathon Offer Your Organisation?
This is the question I asked the winning team from the IPMA Hackdays 2020 event. It was a pleasure to co-chair my first virtual Hackathon around project management along with Raji Sivaraman & Marisa Silva. This was an incredibly successful event despite the remote challenges. In this week’s podcast, I go behind the scenes and ask the victorious team about their winning formula on Self-Organisation . The team shares their experience and the challenges they faced to work remotely for the first time together, brainstorming and resolving challenging difficulties. We also take a closer look at some of the collaboration tools, aspects of leadership, some key takeaway points, and finally, lessons learned. Huge congrats to the winners; Erik Mansson, EwaSońta-Drączkowska, Birgit Gensar, and Slawomir Wawak who together came up with a solution for "Motivation and Capabilities of Individuals towards Self-Organisation".
33:09
October 26, 2020
Know Who You Are & Create a Better Future!
In this week’s podcast, I speak to Peter Krishnan, founder of InfinAl, a platform to help you understand where you are and where you want to be. Peter was becoming increasingly frustrated by his inability to capitalise on his vast array of accumulated knowledge. He discovered first-hand how spending large amounts of precious time learning about ways to improve one’s life is not always enough on its own. With this in mind, he set about building InfinAI, a platform to help you better understand their inner mind, to realise happiness in the here and now, achieving a better future in your career, home, or personally. We learn about how Peter built a creative learning loop framework via his platform InfinAI to assist with learning reinforcement based on a series of academic and proven frameworks such as the 7 habits of highly successful people and teachings from leading minds such as Tim Ferriss, Reid Hoffman, and Gary Vaynerchuck. This is a must-listen for anyone seeking to enhance their personal development.
46:20
October 22, 2020
How Data is Reshaping Video Marketing!
Our AdTech mini-series continues this week as I delve into the world of video advertising with Spirable Cofounder, Ger O’Meara. Ger envisages a better future for marketing using exciting and relevant data-driven video ads. We discuss many dimensions of this fascinating tech, such as how retailers are adapting to the Covid-19 crisis using video marketing to stay connected with customers. We take a look at the strategies companies are using when optimising the many social media channels and what are the future trends in this rapidly evolving space.  #adtech #data #marketing 
26:30
October 12, 2020
What’s the latest in Adtech?
To answer this question, I turn to Adtech enthusiast and expert, Oliver Klander, Vice President of Sales at Think Jam. Oliver is a regular speaker at industry-leading events across Europe, including DMEXCO. With vast experience in Media, Data, and Technology, Oliver predicts considerable changes in Adtech over the next 18 to 24 months. We discuss the future of engagement marketing, the many issues around privacy, and what will be the impact of the 3rd Party Cookie demise. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did 😀. #adtech #privacy #marketing
30:56
October 5, 2020
Launching a New Product?
How do you go about building a product that your customer will love and what does a good product mean? These are some of the questions I put to Benjamin Horst, a product strategist, and CEO at EvolvEd Technologies. As a former product manager at Bloomberg, Ben shares his wealth of experience on product design, how to reach your customer, and at what stage do you build a revenue model? Ben is currently building a very exciting EdTech platform and learning community, however, he also finds time to speak at the product school in New York giving industry insights and participating as a product design critic. This is a must listen for anyone looking to make the perfect product launch!
34:11
September 28, 2020
Trust Online - How?
Technology and data are transforming who, what and how we trust. Never before have online security and trust been more crucial. I speak to Derek Gottfrid, cofounder of Caisson, a New York based company who have built numerous products centered on trust. Derek & his cofounder Ken Little identified that most systems available are either a loose workaround or overly complicated. There was a gap in the market for a better solution. Derek shares his entrepreneurial journey and what led him to address the problem of trust. He gives an overview of online trust, today and how it is being addressed in both the EU, the US and more importantly, Derek shares his thoughts on what the future holds in this fascinating topic. #Data #Privacy #Trust
21:32
September 16, 2020
Huge Potential for SaaS in the CEE Region!
SaaS Market revenue is expected to grow by 17% this year to 94.2 billion dollars in 2020. I discuss the phenomenal potential of SaaS in Central and Eastern Europe with Derek McDonnell, Sales Director at Elastic, a leading Source Security, Search & Analytics application. With almost 20 year’s experience in sales technology in the CEE region, Derek shares his wealth of knowledge in this rapidly growing market. This is a must-listen for everything you need to know about selling in the CEE region from researching the market place, overcoming challenges, and achieving success in this incredibly fast-moving field. Enjoy the show 😀.
29:41
September 9, 2020
Augmented Reality (AR) will impact every industry in the next 5 years!
In this week’s Podcast, we discover everything about AR and learn how it is solving industries' toughest problems. I have a very insightful discussion with Scope AR CEO, Scott Montgomerie who is based in San Francisco. Working with some of the world’s leading multinational companies and government agencies, Scope AR is leading the way in this emerging market, using the latest in augmented glasses and software to provide an incredible real-time 3D overlay training solution. Scott has been working in this space since 2012 and with the much anticipated Apple iPhone with 3D camera, he believes this will take AR apps to a whole new level. Scott shares his own fascinating journey with us including some essential tips to be successful in this field. A must listen to discover more about this fascinating technology.
27:03
August 31, 2020
Why Massive Budgets aren't Everything in Gaming?
The global gaming market is expected to grow to  $256.97 billion by 2025. How then, can one enter this very attractive industry without massive funding? Simple, Niche Gaming! Colin Cragg is the creative director of Toadman Interactive and the Cofounder of RazorSecure. Colin has had huge success in the niche gaming space, working on games such as Anarchy Online with Funcom and Star Stable with Star Stable Entertainment. Colin shares his incredible experiences and offers unmissable advice for anyone that wants to develop the next big hit in niche gaming. Enjoy!
45:49
August 24, 2020
The Fabulous World of Gaming with Hendrik Lesser
In the fifth instalment of our gaming series, I enjoy an enlightening chat with a lively and straight-talking guest, Hendrik Lesser, CEO of Remote Control Productions, Europe’s biggest game developer family with 20 teams in 4 countries. Based in Munich, Hendrik discovered a love of gaming at the age of 4 and this passionate hobby has also led him to become President of the European Games Developer Federation, EGDF. Hendrik formulates partnerships with game companies enabling them to focus on core development, while his team of experts manages all the other business functions. He is an avid believer in giving back and this year, Hendrik set up the European Games BizDev Gathering to support game developers survive during this unparalleled Covid-19 crisis. Hendrik gives a fascinating insight and shares some invaluable lessons he has learned over the years in the gaming industry. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did 😀!
35:19
August 17, 2020
Is AR/VR about to Revolutionise Gaming?
We continue our gaming podcast series this week returning to Stockholm to chat with Tommy Palm, CEO of Resolution Games. Last year Tommy received the prestigious Mobile Legend accolade at the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards 2019 for his lifetime achievement and success in mobile gaming. Tommy discusses his early career path and how it evolved from building games using Nokia and Ericson to becoming a key figure in multiplayer gaming and games such as Candy Crush Saga. Tommy compares the future of AR/VR gaming to the revolutionising internet phenomenon.   He is passionate about what the future holds in this fascinating sector. He gives a candid opinion about the very positive benefits of gaming in the lives of certain people and his aspirations for it to be used as an educational tool. Tommy also fills us in on his two eagerly awaited VR games, Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale and Blaston., which will be launched very soon 😀. This is a must-listen for enthusiasts of this amazing industry and loyal gaming fans around the world.
42:41
August 10, 2020
Empowering and Passionate, Robin Flodin’s road to gaming success
Our gaming podcast series continues this week with an inspirational story from Robin Flodin, CEO of Enad Global 7. Based in Stockholm, Robin began programming at the young age of 11. Early success followed soon after, with his game, Dwarfs, selling 250k units. How then did he almost lose it all? How did failure ultimately lead him to the success he enjoys today as company CEO listed on the stock exchange. Robin believes his early and harsh failure taught him essential lessons to achieve and realise his position today, sharing invaluable advice, strategies, and insight with us in this incredibly admirable story.
39:18
August 4, 2020
Surviving and Thriving in the Gaming Industry
In this second gaming podcast episode, I interview Tom Beardsmore, CEO & co-founder of Coatsink. At Coatslink software, Tom’s mission is to create games that players love. When it comes to achieving success in the early days, Tom quickly realised that essential partnerships were crucial. He also saw the importance of investing in and being surrounded by the right people. Tom shares his experience and insight into surviving those early days and ultimately transforming a gaming idea into a hugely successful gaming business.
24:22
July 13, 2020
How The Gaming Industry Has Evolved With Technology
With expected revenues for 2020, in excess of $159B, the gaming industry has never been so vibrant. This week is the first in a series of gaming industry podcasts. My first guest is Gavin Isaacs, a Gaming Executive, based in Las Vegas with over 20 years of experience in this fascinating sector. Gavin shares with me his incredible journey from developing penny slots to digital gaming. He shares his valuable insight into dealing with competition, innovating, learning from mistakes, and the importance of being surrounded by the right people.
30:00
July 6, 2020
How Safe and Secure Is Your Workplace? What Could the Future Hold?
This week we turn our attention to one company’s development of the virtual door entry and exit system. I chat with Paul Sheedy, founder of Unifi.id. Paul outlines the benefits of the contactless door in terms of security, safety, and its vast potential. Not only in an effort to avoid disasters such as Grenfell in London but it’s practical uses to monitor student’s attendance and potentially curb the spread of Covid-19. Paul shares his entrepreneurial journey with us, how he overcame the challenges of the Chinese market, and internationalising a product. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :-).
42:30
July 1, 2020
True Company Culture Evolves with Its People!
In this week’s podcast, Culture means people, what they value, and what they bring to the organisation. It is constantly changing and not just a statement on a wall. This is what Nicolas Blier-Silvestri, founder of Platypus truly believes. Having made a successful career in HR & recruitment all over the world, he knows and understands the importance of an organisations culture. Some companies believe a mission statement determines an organisations culture. Nico highlights this as a flawed practice. A mission statement is a moral compass or goals, It does not evolve. Culture, in contrast, is derived from the values of its people and is naturally continuously changing. Nico realised the value of being able to empower HR, to give them the tools to act upon ever-changing values amongst employees. Supplying data and making changes based on this data is crucial. 89% of people who leave their job within the first 18 months, do so because of a misaligned cultural fit. Listen in and let me know your thoughts on what Culture means to you?
34:08
June 18, 2020
Teamwork Depends on Trust
This week I pick up my conversation once again with Malgorzata Kusyk, founder of AgilePMO & Akademia Zwinnej Liderki. As an expert leader in her field of coaching, we discuss trust as a fundamental element between leaders and remote teams. Trust was never more prevalent, with more and more employees working from home. Trust can present major challenges for employees however Malgorzata has many suggestions to build, retain, and even restore trust in teams.
41:20
June 11, 2020
Combating the Tech Brain Drain in our Regional Cities and Towns
This week we hear from Lindsay West, cofounder of Mixed Reality company VISR. Based in Hull, North of England, Lindsay saw at first hand the enormous talent shortfall in the region. Attracting and retaining a skilled and innovative workforce was a major obstacle in this area. 40% of tech talent would stay local if they had the opportunities - Lindsay has worked tirelessly to overcome this challenge. His vision to create and offer highly skilled and sought after job opportunities to local people is gradually becoming a reality by encouraging local people into coding and similar fields, Hull could attract foreign and local Tech investment, ultimately ending the brain drain and capitalising on a massive opportunity for the region.
28:08
June 8, 2020
Follow The Sun To Enhance Your IT Delivery
In my latest podcast, I interview Dragan Milanovich. As VP of Engineering at Nutanix, a cloud services company based in Silicon Valley, he set up remote teams, working in tandem to optimise their polar locations. Dragan shares his experience of how such teams, facilitate a longer working day, with increased productivity and efficiency. Problems can be resolved overnight and team diversity adds a greater balance in skillset. Dragon discusses exactly what’s involved when setting up a successful Follow the Sun model.
15:55
June 4, 2020
Medical translator app thrives in Covid19 pandemic
This week we learn how the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge in demand for the Care to Translate, innovative medical translation app. I discuss the viral growth in this healthcare translator app with co-founder and COO, of Care to Translate, Maja Magnusson. As a female entrepreneur, she throws light on the benefits of starting a business in Sweden. We look at the challenging obstacles and the inspiring vision which is fast becoming a reality. Technology assisting medical efficiency by removing the human interpreter.
24:57
June 1, 2020
Creating Effective Partnerships
As a passionate believer in commercial partnerships, I turn my attention this week to Findr CEO, Greg Watts. Findr is a new and exciting AI matching platform for fintechs. Greg shares the strategies he employs when developing a successful business partnership. Benefits can be limitless and with fewer challenges, successful partnerships are not only desirable but key to business success.
20:08
May 25, 2020
Hyperloop - Is this the future of transport?
This week we turn our attention to the fascinating Hyperloop as potentially the future of transport? The Hyperloop is the brainchild of Elon Musk, founder of Tesla. I interview Paul Neuhausen,  who is directly involved with this futuristic project. The Hyperloop will travel at speeds approaching that of the Mach 1. In the midst of a rapidly changing social dynamic are we ready for the Hyperloop as a mode of transport?
24:53
May 12, 2020
Failure leads to Innovation Success?
In this week’s podcast, I have a fascinating conversion with Elzbieta Mrozek, an innovation specialist, and an international business advisor. As a Stanford graduate, she discusses her studies of international attitudes towards failure and the crucial role of collaboration in successful innovation. How do some countries boast a “never give up attitude’? The answer is in its history.
35:30
May 6, 2020
The Gender Divide in Leadership & Technology
In this week's podcast, I have an enlightening conversation with Malgorzata Kusyk, the founder of AgilePMO & Akademia Zwinnej Liderki. As an expert leader in her field of coaching female executives, we discuss the challenges faced by women in leadership & technology in Poland. Similar to other countries, Poland faces difficult challenges in attracting a greater proportion of women in the technology sector. Currently, in Poland, only 1 in 5 women pursue a career in science. 58% of all third-level students are female but only 14.6% study IT. Malgorzata explains the reasons for this and how she along with successful organisations such as Geek Girls Carrots and Women in Technology are encouraging more women to move into leadership and tech roles. Malgorzata shares some of her own personal beliefs. Success follows happiness, being central to her core values.
35:19
May 2, 2020
Nothing could stop the 2020 Wolves summit, not even COVID19
This week I speak to the directors of the Wolves summit. Martin and Mike share with us the unenviable prospect of canceling their event due to #COVID19. With a meer 11 days before the summit, they would have incurred massive losses, had they not successfully moved the #event online. This process prompted them to create a new monthly #event service to connect #investors and #startups. Listen to how this was achieved with amazing #creativity and #innovation from the Wolf pack team alongside exceptional #technological support courtesy of Hopin and Microsoft Teams platforms. Learn from the challenges they overcame to successfully host this 2-day event with 2,500 attendees incorporating 4,500 1:1 meetings. Phenomenal thinking outside the box! #virtualevents #events #innovation #covid19 # Poland
19:38
May 2, 2020
VC funding flows into innovation & tech sector - Discover WHY?
In this week's podcast, I speak to Borys Musielak, cofounder and managing partner at SMOK Ventures, a Polish-American fund that invests in early-stage startups in Poland. We talk about: Why VC's are targeting Poland? Where is the venture capital funding being invested? Startups in Poland? How to set up a VC in Poland? What are the challenges? How is Covid-19 impacting funding? Borys gives us an in-depth insight into innovation and investing in Poland, This is a must-listen if you would like to learn more about this thriving sector.
39:04
May 2, 2020
The hub of business services. Discover the HOW & WHY?
In this week's podcast episode, my guest is Eoin McCoy who has successfully set up and run multiple centres over the last 20 years in Krakow for companies such as Oanda, IG, GE Healthcare, Huawei & Sabre.  He answers questions such as: 1. Why he choose Poland? 2. How would you set up a centre here? 3. Biggest challenges and how to overcome them? This is extremely valuable knowledge Eoin shares, so learn from his experiences and check out the podcast.
30:13
May 2, 2020
Polish innovation is thriving Listen to one entrepreneurs incredible journey
We all know Polish IT engineers are fantastic but the country does not rank very well in the #innovation reports. This is because of the way #innovation is measured and it is not a true reflection of the country. I believe Poland is rapidly becoming a country of #entrepreneurship, #innovation, and #openness and this week's podcast is a great example of this as I learn all about Space technology, which up until 5 years ago was unheard of here. I speak to Greg, the cofounder of SatRevolution. I learn about his incredible entrepreneurial journey from starting in the restaurant business to gaming where his company T-Bull currently has over 500 million users with titles such as Top Speed. He always loved Space and in 2016 co-founded SatRevolution to develop satellites and will launch 5 satellites this year, which were designed and built-in Poland. His vision is to be the biggest company in real-time imaging with over 1000 satellites. I loved listening to Greg's fascinating story and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :-). As always please leave your comments.
32:45
May 2, 2020
Poland is Booming with Bartek Siepracki
How can your company successfully enter, grow, innovate and export sales in #Poland? Poland is a massive market of 40 million people and is in the top 3 fastest growing economies of Europe. I speak with Bartosz Siepracki, Senior Market Adviser ICT Enterprise Ireland (responsible for Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia; Digital Entertainment Global Lead). He shares his knowledge of: Helping Irish companies enter the Polish market. Talent in Poland. Overview of the cities and their industries. Challenges of doing business in Poland. Potential partners and agencies e.g. ARAW and Polish, Investment & Trade Agency. Some success stories e.g. Horan automation and Foodcloud. This is a MUST, for anyone thinking about, or already doing business in Poland. As always, please share your comments and give us a review. Thanks Ken
25:18
May 1, 2020
AI & Blockchain innovation with Gareth Lewis
It was fantastic to chat with Gareth Lewis and hear his experiences of delivering global AI and Blockchain solutions from Poland for UBS Bank. It was also great to get his insights on emerging technology trends in Poland. Gareth is the founder of PopLocker crypto wallet. Prior to this he was the Head of Investment bank Technology at UBS bank for Poland and Eastern Europe. He has over 20 years experience in the Finance domain with expertise in FinTech, blockchain research and emerging financial technologies. Please do leave comments to share your experiences? Enjoy the Podcast Ken
27:17
May 1, 2020
Everything you need to know about Polish talent with Martin Ring
We speak to Martin about Poland, the quality of talent, and how he built up Bank of New York Mellon's delivery center from 85 to over 1500 people. He currently leads the Wolves summit, one of the largest technology conferences in Poland. Prior to this, he was the MD of BNY Mellon and during this time he was also the Vice president of the ABSL, which is the leading organization representing the business sector in Poland. Martin has over 30 years of experience with 14 of these years in Eastern Europe. This is a great listen for people who want to learn about more Poland, the quality of talent there, and how to access and build your talent there.
19:00
May 1, 2020