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The Feed with Amber Mac & Michael B
51 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
TF269 – It’s All About Shopping In A New Generation
Henry Michaelson, CTO and President of Halla, joins us to talk about their taste intelligence platform that uses previous purchases to steer online shoppers towards grocery items. Plus, plan your grocery shopping and save time with the Lollipop AI. CEO Tom Foster-Carter reveals how the grocery marketplace works. Also, Talkshoplive CEO, Bryan Moore, explains their unique shopping experience, which includes your favorite brands, artists, celebrities and more in this livestream social buying and selling platform. In Socially Speaking, we discuss the big problem of older workers missing from the tech industry and how reskilling individuals over 50 could lead to more than 120,000 new IT workers. Find out more information from our guests here: Henry Michaelson: halla.io Bryan Moore: talkshop.live Tom Foster-Carter: lollipopai.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
TF268 – Starting Kids Off Right in Entrepreneurship with a Business Starter Kit
We talk to Courtney Symons, the Editor in Chief at Shopify, about their free Business Starter Kit exclusively designed for kids. Plus, Hour One’s CEO, Oren Aharon, joins us to explain how they can create on-screen lifelike presenters using artificial intelligence that can speak any pre-set text, complete with natural facial expressions and gestures. Also, we discuss gamifying exercise with the start up company, Cadoo, that offers financial rewards for completing fitness goals. In Socially Speaking, we chat about our post-pandemic recovery and what that looks like. Find out more information from our guests here: Courtney Symons: shopify.ca Oren Aharon: hourone.ai Cadoo: cadoo.io You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
TF267 – Setting Up Kids For Entrepreneurship with Mighty
Matt Crowell, CEO of Get in the Loop, joins us to talk about their partnership with BenefitHub wherein local offers will be included for BenefitHub members who receive discounts, benefits, and rewards via the employee lifestyle benefit hub. Plus, Bloomberg’s Naomi Nix gives us the details on the Pentagon’s cancelation of its $10 Billion contract with Microsoft and what this means for the company. We chat with Eric Berger, CEO of Common Sense Networks, about their new streaming service, Sensical, which is designed to entertain and educate children aged 2 through 10. Also, Mighty co-founder, Ben Goldhirsh, discusses the e-commerce platform for children to create and run their own businesses. In Socially Speaking, we talk about the success one livestreamer is having by selling over $6 Billion dollars of goods. Find out more information from our guests here: Matt Crowell: getintheloop.ca Naomi Nix: bloomberg.com Eric Berger: commonsensenetworks.com Ben Goldhirsh: mighty.business You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
TF266 – Start Training For A Flight To Space
Maggie Grout is on a mission to build schools out of 3-D printed material through her nonprofit company, Thinking Huts. She joins us to share how this technology is helping decrease construction time from months to days for millions of displaced students in underprivileged communities around the world. Plus, we talk to the co-founder of Orbite, Jason Andrews, about the space camps and training programs they offer to prepare everyday people for this form of transportation. Also, Devin de Vries, CEO of WhereIsMyTransport, joins us to discuss how they compile information on the whereabouts of the routes of informally-run public transportation like tuk-tuks and rickshaws. In Socially Speaking, we debate whether we will ever see a flying car in our lifetimes. Find out more information from our guests here: Maggie Grout: thinkinghuts.org Jason Andrews: orbitespace.com Devin de Vries: whereismytransport.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
52 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
TF265 – Tech Gift Ideas For Father’s Day
TF265 – Tech Gift Ideas For Father’s Day The Feed’s tech specialist, Marc Saltzman, joins us to share some great gifts for Dad and the gadgets and games that will keep the family entertained all summer. Plus, Candela’s founder and CEO, Gustav Hasselskog, reveals how their new P-12 electric hydrofoil water taxi will change the transportation industry for the better. Also, we look at how NUE Life is leveraging psychedelic assisted therapies to help combat mental illness with the company’s CEO Juan Pablo Cappello. In Socially Speaking, we talk about the future of self-driving cars and the story of a computer science professor, Raquel Urtasun, who raised $83.5 million for her three-month old self-driving technology startup. Find out more information from our guests here: Marc Saltzman: marcsaltzman.com Candela: candela.com NUE: nue.life You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
49 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
TF264 – Giving Students A Leg Up With Real World Experience
Blackberry is helping keep data safe around the world and the CTO, Charles Eagan, joins us to talk about how they are innovating security. Plus, Creative Director of Central Toronto Academy’s 6IX program, Beckie Di Leo, discusses how their program provides students in grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to work with professional mentors to gain real world experience. Also, have you heard of the blue poop challenge? Jonathan Wolf, co-founder of ZOE, shares how the challenge can give insight into how your body responds to food, potentially assisting in managing your health and weight. In Socially Speaking, we discuss Zoom fatigue, including tips to reduce that fatigue from the Zoom CEO. Find out more information from our guests here: Blackberry: www.blackberry.com Central Toronto Academy: https://twitter.com/6IXacademy ZOE: https://joinzoe.com/ You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
51 minutes | May 25, 2021
TF263 – How To Get That Blue Badge On Twitter
Google Canada is committing $2 million to help train job seekers and we talk to the VP & Country Director, Sabrina Geremia, about how they are helping to prepare workers for their future careers. Plus, the CEO and Co-Founder of The Public Health Company, Dr. Charity Dean, discusses their mission to protect businesses and communities from infectious disease. Also, the Head of Communications at Twitter Canada, Cam Gordon, reveals how to become verified on Twitter and receive the coveted "little blue badge". In Socially Speaking, we attempt to make sense of Canada's Bill C-10 and how it will impact online content. Find out more information from our guests here: Google Canada: Google Canada Blog | Google.ca Public Health Company: www.thepublichealthco.com Twitter: twitter.com/twittercanada You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | May 18, 2021
TF262 – Treat Robots As We Treat Animals
BigBrain’s CEO Nik Bonaddio joins us to chat about the app that allows you to compete against the world in live trivia contests for real-money prizes. Plus, we talk to Dr. Kate Darling, a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab, about her new book The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots. Also, author Brad Stone reveals how money, sex, power (and more), are covered in his new book Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire. In Socially Speaking, we discuss whether Facebook’s new feature, the "read before you share warning", is a good idea and question if it will change the amount of misinformation that appears on the platform. Find out more information from our guests here: Big Brain App media.mit.edu Brad Stone You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | May 11, 2021
TF261 – Hits and Misses With Celebrities In Social Media
We take a look at hits and misses when it comes to celebrities and social media with our friend Brittlestar. Plus, Alison Beder Solway, founder of ABS Fitness, provides us with five top tips to help with your at-home and virtual fitness. Also, Sandy McIntosh, Executive Vice-President of People & Culture and Chief Human Resource Officer at TELUS, joins us to share insight into how organizations can better support their staff with mental wellness. In Socially Speaking, we talk about Twitter’s venture into live audio with Twitter Spaces. Find out more information from our guests here: brittlestar.com absfitness.ca telus.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | May 4, 2021
TF260 – The Latest in Technology For That Special Mom
Uber is now offering a low-emissions ride option with Uber Green. We talk to the Director & General Manager of Uber Canada, Matt Price, about their plans to ensure all trips are emission-free by 2040. Plus, we take a look at the latest technology for the special Mom in your life. Also, we chat with popular content creator, Katie Feeney, about how she made $1 million on Snapchat in just six weeks, plus, she gives us some tips on how young people can learn about creating content. Next, CEO of Scener, Daniel Strickland, shares how their watch party platform allows people who live in different households, and even different countries, enjoy watching movies together. In Socially Speaking, we discuss how Facebook plans to moderate live audio. Find out more information from our guests here: uber.com Katie Feeney scener.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
TF259 – Striving For More Diversity in the Emoji World
Genevieve Ryan Bellaire is the driving force behind the Realworld playbooks. She joins us to talk about how these step-by-step books help simplify adulthood and help with everything from budgeting to moving to salary negotiation. Plus, get chores completed with the Hire and Fire your Kids app. We chat with the founder, Jody Swain, about the inner workings and the response from users. Also, we're joined by Typeface Designer & Font Developer at Adobe, Paul D. Hunt, who elaborates on the recent Global Emoji Diversity & Inclusion report that found 83% of those surveyed want emojis to strive for more inclusive representation. In Socially Speaking, we discuss work stress and how it can change your personality. Find out more information from our guests here: realworld.co hireandfireyourkids.com Adobe Fonts You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
TF258 – Scaling Up Canada’s Hardware Industry
Personalize your corporate gift-giving with AI-powered recommendations from Alyce. Greg Segall, founder and CEO, reveals exactly how the B2B gifting tool works. Plus, we celebrate Earth Day by reviewing our wish list of items that serve to create a healthier earth. Also, we talk to Melissa Chee, President and CEO of ventureLAB, about funding to scale Canada’s domestic hardware industry to offset the global semiconductor shortage. Next, Eric Haller, Experian’s Executive Vice President & General Manager of Identity, Fraud and DataLabs, joins us to discuss deepfakes and help us understand the power of deepfake technology. In Socially Speaking, we share steps to shutting down an unwanted encounter with a robot dog. Find out more information from our guests here: alyce.com venturelab.ca experian.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
TF257 – An Unexpected Pandemic Pivot
Craig McCutcheon, CEO of Zum Zum, fills us in on how they adapted their AI dispatch platform from chauffeur service to grocery delivery during the pandemic. Plus, founder of SOAR Entrepreneurship, Henry Greenberg, joins us with the details on its mission to foster a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship in students. Also, we chat about podcasting and share our listening recommendations. In Socially Speaking, we discuss Facebook jumping into the payment sector with person-to-person transactions. Find out more information from our guests here: zumzum.ca soaredu.ca You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
TF256 – Powering Your Sleep With An AI Mattress
Xander Kardian CEO and Co-Founder Sam Yang joins us to talk about their new sensor using radar-based technology to make your smart home or smart office even smarter. Plus, Ely Tsern, Co-Founder and CEO of Bryte discusses restorative sleep and the AI-powered mattresses that enable better sleep patterns. Also, Eran Galil, Co-Founder and CTO of ByondXR reveals their 3D virtual stores that give customers a more engaging shopping experience. In Socially Speaking, we discuss the uptick in anti-vaccination misinformation. Find out more information from our guests here: xkcorp.com bryte.com byondxr.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
TF255 – Making It Easy To Keep Seniors Connected
Keep in contact with your parents and grandparents with Picnyk. CEO, Hayden Dent, reveals their simple approach to keeping seniors connected via talk, text, and video. Plus, we chat about all things NFT with Abram Brown, a Senior Editor at Forbes. Also, we talk to the CEO of digital photo archive service ScanMyPhotos, Mitch Goldstone, about the recent dramatic shift towards preserving our memories. In Socially Speaking, we discuss how to future-proof your life and how to avoid allowing automation to take control. Find out more information from our guests here: picnyk.com Forbes Magazine scanmyphotos.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
51 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
TF254 – Getting Your Next Car Via Subscription
It's a new era of human wearables and Brokoslaw Laschowski, a University of Waterloo PhD candidate, discusses the research to develop exoskeleton legs. Next, we delve into the new all-inclusive electric car subscription and this innovative model from Onto with CEO Rob Jolly. Plus, we talk to Nicholas Lembo, Head of Growth for the Americas at Wise, about saving and sharing money around the world, across borders and currencies. Brent Lang, the Executive Editor of Film & Media at Variety Magazine, reveals how streaming service content dominated Oscar wins and how this might signal demand for more diversity in content. In Socially Speaking, we discuss how low you can go when it comes to the internet. Find out more information from our guests here: University of Waterloo Motion Research Group Onto Brent Lang @ Variety Magazine You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
53 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
TF253 – A Year of Virtual Events
Jeff Tetz, CEO of Unleash Results, joins us to review the landscape for events over the past year and explain what changes accompanied the shift to hosting virtually. Also, we discover how our environment is impacting fertility with epidemiologist, Dr. Shanna Swan. Plus, we learn how to publish our own books with Andy Walker, author of "The Boy With A Stinky Finger." In Socially Speaking, we break down the topics that generate the most attention on Facebook and explain why you should avoid mentioning Bill Gates. Find out more information from our guests here: unleashresults.com shannaswan.com cyberwalker.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
49 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
TF252 – Airport Food Delivery Via Robot
Sheldon James, CEO and Managing Partner of the new VC firm Bay Mills Investment Group, is pursuing a goal of fostering BIPOC-owned businesses in Canada. Also, CEO of Flipboard, Mike McCue, discusses their expansion of local coverage into more than 1,000 cities. Plus, Greg Lynn, CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward, provides the details on "gita," their robotic food delivery project at the Philadelphia International Airport. In Socially Speaking, we muse about the Tom Cruise TikTok deep fake and what to do when the fakes are too real. Find out more information from our guests here: bmiginc.com flipboard.com piaggiofastforward.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
51 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
TF251 – A Look Inside The Perseverance Rover Mission On Mars
We explore how the pandemic is changing our relationship with e-commerce and the future of retail with Rob Garf, VP of Strategy and Insights for Salesforce Retail and Consumer Goods. Also, CEO of Treadly, Ronen Chen, reveals their new, affordable and compact treadmill to help you stay active when you are at home. Plus, Mars 2020 Guidance, Navigation, & Control Operations Lead, Swati Mohan, explains what it is like to be a part of the historic Perseverance rover mission. In Socially Speaking, we debate if a subscription fee is a good thing for Twitter and other social networks. Find out more information from our guests here: treadly.co salesforce.com mars.nasa.gov/mars2020 You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
50 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
TF250 – Virtual Reality Employee Training
Michael Carvin, founder and CEO of SmartAsset, joins us to share their approach to equipping users with the necessary tools for navigating personal finance decisions. Also, we talk to the founder and head of product at Sketchbox, Joe Connolly, about implementing virtual reality employee training that eliminates the need for an in-class presence. Plus, Fortune’s Editor-in-Chief, Clifton Leaf, discusses their newly-released digital series on climate change — produced in collaboration with Bill Gates. In Socially Speaking, we consider the need for simplicity in tech and lament its ongoing challenges despite how much tech is integrated into our daily lives. Find out more information from our guests here: smartasset.com sketchbox3d.com fortune.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.
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