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27 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Katz Kiely Talks about how frontline.live helps the NHS with PPE and why they have open sourced the platform.
SPEAKER SUMMARY Katz Kiely’s is the CEO and founder of Beep, a behavioural empowerment platform. She’s also responsible to kickstarting and bootstrapping a marvellous initiative called Frontline.Live. Frontline.Live is the first national open data rapid response platform - designed to get health care workers the PPE they need when they need it. It collects, aggregates and visualises live data so suppliers can respond to their needs quickly. How to help with Frontline.Live 1. - For health care workers Tweet a selfie with the three hashtags: #frontlinemap #workpostcode #PPEneed and they’ll be put on the map. 2. - For suppliers Suppliers of PPE sign up by completing the PPE suppliers’ form at frontline.live.
28 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Franz-Josef Schrepf talks about the rapid growth of Hopin and the acquisition of StreamYard
We talk about Hopin:- becoming a double unicorn worth $2.1bn in less than 18 months- hiring 800 people at 40 new people per week- the StreamYard acquisition and integration- the potential threat of Clubhouse if any?On 3rd February Johnny Boufarhat and Geige Vandentop will host a Hopin event for free to discuss the acquisition and their plans for Hopin 2021.Join here: https://hopin.com/events/hopin-2021-kickoff
14 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Monika Wiela talks about how Give Back Box uses old Amazon boxes to help charities around the world.
Give Back Box® was founded in 2012 by Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store. The idea was inspired by a homeless man she encountered in Chicago, who was holding up a sign saying he needed a pair of shoes. Wiela returned later that day with shoes for him, but he was gone. She spent that night thinking about what she could do with all the empty boxes in her warehouse and also help people like that man, and a new social enterprise was born. As Wiela researched further, she learned that, an estimated 11 million tons of clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, drapery, and other textiles end up in U.S. landfills every year. In addition, online shopping is now the preferred method for much of the buying public. Corrugated boxes are the dominant packaging method for e-commerce. With this knowledge, Wiela’s mission crystallized. If online retailers would use Give Back Box, shipping boxes and other items could be used a second time prior to being recycled. The impact would be remarkable. Give Back Box® has also teamed up with some of the biggest retailers in the U.S., including Overstock, Amazon, Loft, REI, Levi’s, Asics, Ann Taylor, LEGO, Nordstrom, Viva Terra, Ecru, Bonobos, Scrubs & Beyond, eBags, Lou & Grey and many others. The Give Back Box platform is open for any retailer who joins as a partner. Give Back Box has truly created a new method of waste diversion for retailers because, in addition to creating a secondary use for the shipping box and guaranteeing that it will be recycled, it helps clear closets, create jobs and offer more companies and their customers an opportunity to recycle.
29 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Minter Dial talks about his new book "You Lead: How Being Yourself Makes You a Better Leader
There is a need for a new kind of leadership; one that bleeds personality and rings true to employees and customers alike who crave authenticity. You Lead argues that business leaders deliver superior results, communities of engagement both inside and outside of the company and true values-driven success when they are themselves and come across as genuine. Bestselling author, Minter Dial, shows readers how embracing your whole self at work encourages people to also be themselves, seek true fulfilment at work and merge the personal and professional to become true examples of what you stand for. You Lead is a call to arms to leaders to stop pretending to be who they are not, and play on their uniqueness and strengths, to allow people to do the same and develop a culture of authenticity and purpose. With practical advice, real-life stories and a simple framework, this book shows you how you can: - Be yourself, lead by example and merge the professional and personal - Stand for something and allow people to develop true purpose at work - Allow a community to flourish through the right kind of governance model - Radiate your purpose through employees and customers alike for long-term performance
30 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Bhushan Sethi talks about the future of work in a post-covid hybrid workplace with a K-shape recovery.
Sam and Bhushan talked about the future of work and how PwC along with their clients have managed through the covid crisis and more importantly what they plan to do in 2021.We talked about how Bhushan sees 2021 as a more hybrid workplace with employees returning back to the office cautiously but only a few days a week. We also talked about how schools and universities will also adopt more online technologies for distance learning and offer hybrid schooling.Finally we ended up talking about our shared experiences of growing up in 1980’s Britain which was racist, sexist and homophobic but how much that has changed through BLM albeit Brexit and Trump have emboldened those racists once again.
13 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Charlie Cadbury talks about Donate Now and the future of frictionless voice commerce.
Charlie Cadbury is the Chief Executive Officer of Say It Now, the award-winning voice technology company, who have teamed up with digital advertising exchange DAX to enable people to respond directly to radio advertisements using their smart speaker and only voice commands to donate to their chosen charity.
52 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Faisal Galaria talks about the rebirth of Blippar and the future of augmented reality.
Sam and Faisal talked about his recent tenure as CEO of Blippar. Why now is the right time for an Augmented Reality (AR) rebirth and what are his expansion plans globally for Blippar.We also talked about his amazing career from the early days in Ofcom and his role in the Premier League football rights. Working with Niklas Zennström and a young Daniel Elk at Skype on their proprietary Peer to Peer platform called Jolted, before he joined Daniel at Spotify as International .Faisal also gave a surprise answer to my suggestion that Spotify and Netflix need to merge to compete with Apple and Amazon.UPDATEShortly after this interview Blippar’s AR platform was used to deliver the world’s first product launch event entirely in AR for OnePlus; the latest smartphone from premium technology brand OnePlus.
46 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Mukul Devichand talks about why the BBC is launching their own smart voice assistant called ‘Beeb’.
Sam talked with Mukul about how this very early beta project fits into the wider BBC strategy across multiple services to act as a trusted public service voice assistant to the vast array of content on TV, Radio and Sounds (podcasts), be it local, national or international.Mukul also talks about why Beeb today is a northern male and like Dr Who is genderless and could regenerate into a female voice in the future.We also talked about why Beeb is not going to compete with Alexa or Google but how the BBC plan to partner with a wide variety of companies to extend the role and reach of Beeb.
75 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
Martin Steers talks about the Community Radio Awards and the New UK Community Radio Network.
Sam Sethi had the pleasure to interview Martin Steers the station manager at NLive Radio and Chair of Community Radio Awards.We talked about how NLive is continuing to run their station through COVID and what software Martin is using to enable remote broadcasting.We talked. about the upcoming Community Radio Awards and what has changed and whether there will be an awards ceremony later this year.We also talked about the newly formed UK Community Radio Network that Martin has formed with a number of station managers across the UK to lobby government on our collective behalf.We ended up talking about some of the hot topics in radio. Bauer making 260 presenters redundant this September and what that means for local radio. Will DAB+ ever come to community radio and finally are podcasting and streaming services a challenge to radio audiences?
28 minutes | May 3, 2020
Nigel Eccles talks about the growth of Flick & the on-going litigation of FanDuel
Sam talks with Nigel Eccles about his new company Flick. A companion app for sports fans who want to watch a game while chatting online with likeminded fans and friends.Nigel talks about how Flick has raised £4m and was growing nicely until Covid-19 put a stop to all live sports. He believes Flick will return to growth once live sports like football return. In fact with stadium bans it could see ever greater demand for Flick as fans try to recreate the stadium atmosphere while at home.Prior to Flick, Nigel, his wife and three engineers started Hubdub that soon pivoted into FanDuel. Nigel recalls how a WebMission to Silicon Valley in 2008 helped Fanduel grow. Some of the other companies that joined them included edocr, huddle, skimlinks, mydeo, WAYN and TrustedPlaces.Nigel talks about how FanDuel went on to raise $450m+ and experienced hyper-growth in customer acquisition. Sadly the story did not end up with Nigel and his wife growing a Unicorn, selling it and riding off into the sunset. Nigel talks at length about how the Private Equity company engineered to remove him, the executive team and all the staff who held ordinary shares from benefiting from their growth and success. In fact they ended up with zero while the board that consisted of the PE Equity partners engineered it to make themselves millions.The story does not end there. Nigel and 90 of his original staff have filed a class action suit against the PE company. We await the outcome.
25 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Jay LeBoeuf talks about AI Powered Podcasting Studio Descript
Sam talks with Jay LeBoeuf about Descript’s latest version 3.4 which now includes live transcription, overdub and publishing to the web. This is on top of its already powerful realtime audio and text synchronised editing.
39 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Tommy Nagra talks about BBC raising £70m via the Big Night In, his love of Liverpool FC and Diversity in the BBC.
Sam Sethi talks with Tommy Nagra about the BBC Big Night In and how in less than three weeks it managed to put on a live show that raised £70m. We talk about how Tommy started in the BBC and how he helped discover comedians like Sanjeev Bhaskar. Both Tommy and I are Liverpool FC “Superfans” and we talk about our passion for the reds and why so many Asians and people of colour support Liverpool more than any other team. Tommy was also at Hillsborough and we touch on the events of that momentous day. We finally discussed the modern day role of the BBC in term sof its diversity and in light of the competition from Netflix and Amazon Prime.
36 minutes | Apr 25, 2020
James Minter talks about going from Head Honcho of Adam St to a Headhunter
Sam Sethi talks with James Minter about the story of his club, Adam Street in London which not been told.James is as self-effacing as he is charming, recounting with warmth the role it played in the dotcom boom.“Adam Street was absolutely amazing,” he recalls. “It was a first, unique, and I met the most wonderful bunch of people there. No one has ever directly copied it.”Now sadly defunct, the venue off The Strand – with its bar, restaurant, library, gallery, and event space – became the go-to place for London’s tech entrepreneurs as they rallied after the bubble burst.Originally established as serviced offices by James after a career in the navy, Adam Street became a magnet for dotcom start-ups with few assets and little capital. The club itself opened in 2001 in an old watering hole for actors propping up the building.What would become the first entrepreneurs’ club in London was seeded when James noted the then itinerant nature of Julie Meyer’s First Tuesday networking club.“Back in those days it was still the case that if you went into a club you weren’t allowed to talk about business – it was not done and was meant to be a subtle under-the-radar thing,” he explains. “So I thought you have got all these people together, First Tuesday moving from venue to venue, why isn’t there a fixed place where entrepreneurs hang out?”These were the heady days of a gold rush.Nonetheless, like all roller-coaster rides, the dotcom era was marked as much by the founding as by the spectacular failure of new internet-based companies, with the Lastminute.com IPO in 2000 signalling the bursting of the bubble.“By the time we opened the club in 2001 it wasn’t such an auspicious time. It wasn’t really until 2003 that we got up to about 1,000 members, but by then a number of characters had helped gather together the bomb-burst and we had a whole layer of true entrepreneurs who came back together after the dotcom highs and lows to rebuild the tech community.”These included such characters as Michael Acton Smith, creator of Moshi Monsters; Mike Butcher of TechCrunch, who introduced James to the term “podcast”; and Richard Duvall, the man behind the first internet bank, Egg, and co-founder of peer-to-peer pioneer Zopa.The key to the club’s success was ambience shaped by an enthusiastic staff helping to select the right members in a niche that morphed from a shared workspace during the day into a nightclub for hothousing ideas at night.“There was no music during the day, but at about 5.30 we put on a little bit – and by 10.30 people were dancing on the tables. I also like to think that we introduced the espresso martini into the London cocktail scene!”Adam Street’s glory days lasted until 2008, but faded amid the global financial meltdown and the migration of tech entrepreneurs to Silicon Roundabout in East London. At that time James also had music on the mind, reopening Notting Hill’s famous Tabernacle.Although it played host to battalions of iconic digital pioneers, James believes Adam Street was not just about tech – but primarily about entrepreneurship and making connections, a skill he has taken to the digital leadership experts Hannington Tame.
20 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
Gustaf Kranck talks about the Vagus Test and the Vagus ECG Watch for health monitoring Covid-19
Gustaf is the 'Inventor of the Vagus ECG Test'. He describes himself as a curious, open-minded brain-explorer, engineer and serial entrepreneur. For more than 25 years he has successfully started, run and exited more than ten companies globally. After the 2008 financial crisis, he had a burn-out. He says that Vagus stimulation and Vipassana meditation 'saved' his brain from self-destruction. Gustaf’s passion is to help others with his inventions for biodata collection and vagus stimulation. “I want to help people to better deal with bad stress, balance the autonomic nervous system and improve the immune response. We use my inventions - the Vagus ECG smartwatch and vagus stimulation devices to diagnose and treat immune system dysfunctions, stress and anxiety. In 2020 his company started selling our Vagus ECG smartwatch and now it is expanding research to Coronavirus early detection and disease progress. In 2021 they will launch a wellness Vagus Stimulation Device.
9 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
Cinzia Ricciardone talks about Code4Covid community initiative to help people and companies get online
Formed as a Slack group on March 16th by a couple of ex-colleagues, the code4covid community now counts over 700 tech volunteers: and with other groups joining in, it keeps growing! The team's mission is to find technology solutions to help people during the COVID-19 crisis: we believe that technology can minimise the disruption caused by the pandemic and ultimately save lives.
54 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Sarah Frier talks about her new book: No Filter The Inside Story of Instagram
Sam Sethi talks with Sarah Frier about why she wrote the book, how Kevin Systrom and Mark Zuckerberg clashed from the start and eventually what led to Kevin leaving instagram. We also talk about the threats to Facebook from Snapchat, Tiktok and Instagram.
71 minutes | Apr 11, 2020
Minter Dial talks about adding Heartificial Empathy to the future workplace post Covid-19
Minter Dial serves as a keynote speaker, conference animator and consultant on branding, leadership and transformation for blue-chip companies, conferences and events around the world. Minter is an author and filmmaker of award-winning "The Last Ring Home" (Nov 2016). Co-author of the award-winning "Futureproof, How to get your Business Ready for the Next Disruption" (Pearson, Sep 2017). His latest book is “Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence” (Dec 2018) won the Book Excellence Award 2019 in the category of Technology and was a finalist for the Business Book Awards 2019. ---- Andrew Grill is a commercially focussed Digital Leader and trusted Board Technology Advisor, who delivers strategic digital transformation programs and has delivered $100M+ of new business across multiple industries globally. Over a 4-year period, Andrew influenced around $100M of sales via his external eminence and thought leadership with key IBM clients. He is recognised by his peers and clients as able to uniquely communicate the need for digital transformation and provide strategic leadership to any C-Suite or Board. Andrew is also a popular and sought-after presenter and commentator on issues around digital disruption, social selling, workplace of the future and digital diversity. He consults to organisations worldwide to develop their strategy in a world rife with digital disruption. An experienced corporate leader, Andrew has launched and run technology companies in Europe and Australia and worked with and for some of the world’s leading companies including IBM, Vodafone, Telstra, Nestle, BBC, American Express, John Lewis, and Unilever. He is also a seasoned TEDx speaker, having presented at 5 separate TEDx events. Andrew’s first-hand experience of the digital world and the power of social media networks spans three decades and can be traced back to the early 1980s when he found himself online via bulletin board and email. His passion and involvement in the digital world continued into later life, launching Australia’s largest commercial property website, PropertyLook, and Australian location technology company Seeker Wireless to the world stage.
59 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Nick Dalton talks about their new book - Change the Workplace, Change the World.
Nick Dalton is the Executive Vice President, HR for Unilever. He has been in HR for over 30 years, working globally, regionally, and locally. He has also worked in all areas of HR, from leading international negotiations with trade unions to managing senior leadership development and enabling organisational change.
94 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Rory Sutherland talks about his new book Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don't Make Sense
Sam Sethi talks with Rory Sutherland
40 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
James Mulvany talks about the future of podcasting and radio - transcriptions, search and monetisation.
Sam Sethi talks with James Mulvany about how to get started quickly with podcasting. We then talk about some of the challenges of recording, distributing and discovering a new podcast before we finally look into the future of podcasting. Google have started to auto-transcribe and index podcasts making them easier to discover. The next challenge could well be Podcast SEO. We also talked about the different ways podcasts can be monetised.
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