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Hello Tech Pros, What Products & Businesses Are You Building?

Hello Tech Pros is a podcast that explores the opportunities, challenges and anxieties that technical professionals and techpreneurs face when building their career, building their products and building their business. This show is about the people behind technology and the mindsets and skill sets they developed that led to their success. The show's host, Chad Bostick, is a 20 year veteran of the software development industry both as a practitioner and as a manager at companies like iBEAM Broadcasting, Devon Energy, Zynga and Fanduel. Chad is also an advocate for the awareness of Social Anxiety Disorder in the tech industry. His own battle in overcoming social anxieties led him to get the girl, lead the teams and launch a very successful podcast where he has interviewed over 250 guests.
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Oct 14, 2016

While working on his PhD in NeuroEconomics, Dalton Combs learned a lot about motivation and why people do what they do. Now he's the founder-CEO of Dopamine Labs. They've designed a product that makes it easy for any developer to increase retention and engagement by turning their app into a habit.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/dalton-combs-people/

What You'll Learn in This Episode

  • Why users "stick" to some apps and quit using others.
  • The key to rewarding users in ways that suprise and delight.
  • How dopamine works in the human brain and reinforces behaivors (even bad behaviors).
  • The strategy to developing an app that is as addicting as Angry Birds.
Oct 13, 2016

Brad Folkens is Co-Founder and CTO of CloudSight, where he oversees all technical aspects of the image cognition technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. Prior to creating CloudSight, he co-founded CityTech USA, notable for creating the web-based collaborative government website PublicSalary.com.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/brad-folkens-technology/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The current differences between image cognition and voice cognition.
  • The history of image recognition, pioneered by the postal and banking industries.
  • How some companies are creating computer models that simulate the way the humen brain works.
  • The industries that will most benefit from image cognition.
Oct 12, 2016

Tom Cooper, father of 7, started out his career as a computer geek. Along his journey he worked in big and small companies building teams, running projects, and building software products. Today Tom is a speaker, trainer and coach. He says he gets really excited when he works with people who want to become better leaders by getting better at planning, communicating and connecting with others.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tom-cooper-leadership/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What causes projects to fail when the teams consist of really smart people.
  • The things a leader should be focused on (hint: it isn't the tasks).
  • The difference between the success that come from geeky knowledge and the success that come from people knowledge.
  • The 4 levels of thinking as a Geek Leader: how to self-assess and climb the ranks.
  • What Uber Geeks need to focus on in order to get recognized.
  • Why geeks are rarely self-aware and how it can kill their career.
  • The issues our business customers want to talk about (hint: it isn't the technology).
Oct 11, 2016

Jim Kohl has 33 years of experience delivering solutions across a wide range of industry domains (Banking, Insurance, Aircraft, Point of Sale, CAD/CAM). He is an avid promoter of technologies to help developers become better software engineers and collaborators. Recently Jim transitioned into DevOps as a great way to help do this.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jim-kohl-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • The biggest impediment to scaling dev teams.
  • The solutions you can't find on Google and StackOverflow.
  • The missing element to your current document repository that makes it difficult to keep up to date.
  • Why GitHub is a killer resource for Project Management.
  • How to ensure no developer is left behind.
  • Why developers are a lot like squirrels.
  • The mindset you need to be successful in technology and business.

 

Oct 10, 2016

An All-American kid growing up, Tanner Gers is a man who’s been forced to reinvent himself over and over again throughout his life, but the biggest reinvention was moving forward after waking up in the hospital totally blind. Since that day, Tanner has influenced the world as the host of the Creative Success Show, at CreativeSuccessShow.com, on his health and fitness blog,  ABSolutelyLean.com, as a professional speaker, author, and a US Paralympian. Tanner finds the fuel to achieve more and do more through fulfilling his big mission in life; help people across the world achieve their potential in every aspect of life, regardless of circumstance.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tanner-gers-motivation/

 

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • How adversity and failure is going to affect you, whether you are ready for it or not. Find out how to handle it.
  • Why other people project their "glass ceilings" onto you, and what that means to you.
  • What to do about overly negative people in your life.
  • How Tanner helped other blind people by standing up for his rights to his own education.
  • What tech pros can do to improve the accessibility and usability of the software they build.
Oct 9, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 7

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 7

How to Avoid Job Burnout Without Killing Your Career

Here's what you're going to learn in the final module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • What your career is defined by (hint: it's not your title).
  • How to measure your personal performance.
  • The exact moment career growth happens.
  • Why unplugging from your job leads to a more successful career.
  • The personal story of my struggle with work-life balance and how my career grew when I took more vacations.
  • A secret about this entire 7-day course that has to do with a big boat and sand between my toes.
Oct 8, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 6

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 6

How to Start an Innovation Revolution at Work Without Getting Fired

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the sixth module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • How to apply the other 5 modules in this course to innovation.
  • Which problem area is the best to be innovative and which to leave status quo.
  • How to build an army of innovation soldiers to do thy bidding.
  • Why that Potentially Awesome Solution you want to implement may be your downfall and what to implement instead.
  • The personal story of the innovation revolution I helped start at a Fortune 100 that completely changed the way the business leaders saw my department.
Oct 7, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 5

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 5

How to Break Into the Elite Inner Circles Without Looking Like a Dirtbag

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the fifth module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • What causes us to look like and feel like a dirtbag.
  • What the Elite Inner Circle is talking about and what they want to hear from you.
  • How to win the respect of the high achievers and big shots one at a time.
  • Behaviors to avoid at all cost.
  • The story of my personal struggle with social anxiety and how I was able to overcome it at work by building critical relationships with supportive people who supported my career growth.
Oct 6, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 4

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

 

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 4

How to Choose the Right Tech for Every Situation Without Breaking the Budget

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the fourth module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

 

  • The 7 technology problems that all stem from the root cause (and how to avoid them).
  • The evaluation method to put every tech decision through.
  • When to buy, when to build and when to forget the whole thing.
  • A strategic way to roll out your tech solutions to right audience.
  • The features you can safely ignore without imploding the project.
Oct 5, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 3

 

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

 

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 3

How to Influence Your Colleagues Into Action (Using Jedi Mind Tricks) Without Moving Into Management

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the third module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • The key to connecting to everyone at work.
  • How to leverage your colleagues' goals to get what you want.
  • The conversations that will get and hold your boss' attention (in an awesome way).
  • The personal story of the time I talked 12 different developers to work on a bunch of new projects in their spare time without me having a Lead or Manager title.
Oct 4, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 2

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

 

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 2

How to 5x Your Output Without 5x the Hustle

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the second module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • The biggest mistake people make when trying to increase their productivity.
  • How to determine which balls you should be juggling, and which you're allowed to drop.
  • How to say no to productivity killers without being a jerk.
  • The personal story of how I worked 5x harder and was crushed to discover I had let everyone down in the process.
Oct 3, 2016

Career Hyperdrive Course: Day 1

The Career Hyperdrive Course is a free 7 day email and audio course for technical professionals to help launch your career into hyperspace. Each module in this course is designed to help you overcome a major barrier to your career growth.

Here's what you're going to get out of the course.

  • The motivation you need to overcome your biggest career obstacles and navigate asteroids.
  • Productivity tips to help you crush it at work without killing your personal life (leaving more time at the cantina).
  • Jedi mind tricks that will build your respect and influence across the organization without needing to move into a management track.
  • A droid masterclass that’s going to guide you through the process of selecting the right technology for the right problem, every time.
  • Social engineering hacks to break into the elite inner circles and get a seat at the Jedi Council.
  • A strategy that will raise your value (and salary) within your organization and increase your reputation and negotiation power across the galaxy.
  • The peace of mind to unplug from the job without the guilt of leaving your friends to fight the Death Star on their own, or the fear and anxiety of being pursued by bounty hunters.

 

The audio lessons are available to everyone, but the action items and homework are exclusive to the students who subscribe to the email version of the course. (Hint: If you don't take action and do the homework, you're probably not going to change anything.)

 

Click here to enroll in the full course. It's completely free.

 

Module 1

How to Get Excited About Your Career Again Without Looking For a New Job

 

Here's what you're going to learn in the first module of the Career Hyperdrive Course.

  • The reason why we hate most Mondays.
  • What it feels like to look forward to Mondays and how to achieve that feeling consistently.
  • A small hack for your mindset that will lead to a massive difference in the amount of impact you will achieve at work.
  • The story of my personal struggle with motivation after my career had plateaued and what happened after I reconnected with my true internal desires.
Oct 2, 2016

The roles of the NPCs that will help push and pull the player characters into emotional reactions.

This is the final episode of a multi-part podcast series on roleplaying games and Dungeons & Dragons.

Part 1: 10 Business Lessons Learned in Roleplaying Games

Part 2: Interview Players for Your D&D Campaign by Playing Board Games

Part 3: Picking a Genre and System for your RPG

Part 4: Developing an Epic D&D Campaign Story

Part 5: Cultural Inspirations For Your D&D Homebrew

More info on this campaign.

Oct 1, 2016

Anthony M. Verna III, is the managing partner at Verna Law, P.C. Anthony has his Bachelor's degree in computer science from Case Western Reserve and his J.D. from Rutgers Law School.  Not only practicing at his own firm, Anthony has lead multiple continuing education classes and professional development seminars including "Practicing Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board" at Lawline.com.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/anthony-verna-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What could happen if you don't read the End User Licence Agreements.
  • The first step every entrepreneur should take to protect their intellectual property.
  • Who owns the content when two or more parties collaborate.
  • The tricky boundaries when authoring software using open source contributions.
  • When Creative Commons is appropriate for your work and when to choose a different license.

 

Sep 30, 2016

Paula Paul entered the workforce as a software engineer after an internship with IBM in the early 80’s. Since then she has shipped commercial software, evangelized .NET for Microsoft, and held executive positions in corporate IT. After ‘flipping the table’ mid-career, she came back to technology through a passion for teaching people to code. Paula is currently an architect with AmWINS Group, Inc. and enjoys work in the community as an ABI (Anita Borg Institute) Syster, diversity speaker, and mentor.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/paula-paul-people/

What you will learn from this episode

  • Why this is the perfect time to get into the technology industry.
  • The demographics of awesome software developers.
  • Why "TechnologyPeople" is an awesome glitch.
  • The hardest part of working in the tech industry and why we struggle in that area.
  • How to get around the passive-aggressive resistance of engineers.
  • The win-win scenario of being wrong.
  • Why we need to tap into the emotions of the people we are serving.
  • The fears and anxieties that hold people back.
  • How to find the companies that will support your skill set.

 

Sponsors

Sep 29, 2016

Brandy Semore has over fifteen years of management experience in various fields with a strong grounding in internet, data center operations and business management strategies. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds a MBA from Oklahoma City University, with an emphasis in project management and is PMP certified with the Project Management Institute.

Beyond being a working mom delicately balancing her career with her family – she is passionate in helping and serving others. Brandy is dedicated to coaching others in managing successful projects, regardless of one’s background or training, as seen from her blog articles Project Success: Six Factors. She is also an advocate for equal pay and equal opportunity for women working in technology. She serves as the volunteer President and Executive Director for Oklahoma Women in Technology (OKWIT), which she co-founded in March 2016. Since its inception, OKWIT has attained over 350 members and expanded from the OKC metro area into Tulsa. She is also the Director of Operations for Pinnacle Business System, a information technology solutions provider.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/brandy-semore-technology/

Key Takeaways

  • When you have women in leadership positions in technology, businesses see an increase in productivity and profit.
  • Sometimes men stop talking shop when women workers walk in the room.
  • Women built the first computer.
  • In the 1980s, women dropped out out of tech jobs and STEM degrees.
  • 35% of computing jobs filled by female workers in the U.S has dropped to 26% today.
  • Women as a whole have to be guarded about what they say about their careers to not damage the relationships with their male colleagues.
  • Many women in technology are introverts and don't like speaking out.
  • Groups like OKWIT are connecting women in a safe environment to talk about these issues.
    • Women are starting to feel empowered. They are asking for raises, asking for promotions and getting in leadership.
  • Women in technology starts at home as parents. Introduce girls to technology, Legos, telescopes, microscopes, Scratch camps.
  • High school admins need to introduce girls to tech opportunities and STEM activities.
  • Collegiate professors and administrators need to make females feel comfortable and welcome.
  • Don't say things to make a girl feel bad about herself for being interested in STEM.
  • When planning an offsite event, include activities that are more inclusive.
  • Men tend to ask for raises and promotions more while women wait. Managers need to be aware of this and look across the entire talent pool.

 

Resources Mentioned

Sep 28, 2016

Kevin Jean-Charles is the Founder of Transparency Financial Technology Corp which owns and operates Finslide brand, a personal cashflow technology that services families and individuals.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kevin-jean-charles-leadership/

Key Takeaways

  • What is the #1 priority to your brand? Are you enabling your employees to be successful in that area?
  • Support your employees but don't be a "helicopter boss." No hovering.
  • Don't count the hours, count the moments and conversations.
    • Your life can change after one conversation. Make sure each conversation will have a positive impact on the people around you.
    • Make each day a masterpiece.
  • To engage an audience, whether it be with technology or conversation, you have to make it relevant to them.
    • Helping youth understand personal finance and cash flow means you need to engage them using the user interfaces that help them the best.
  • Think before you speak - you don't have to be an abusive boss.
Sep 27, 2016

Theo Priestley is the CEO of Cronycle, a content discovery and collaboration platform. Priestley has a wealth of experience in senior positions at software companies and advisory roles working with diverse startups such as Cupenya, and Novaquark (developing the E3 hit Dual Universe). Priestley is very active in the startup community mentoring within UK and US accelerators.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/theo-priestley-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • Documentation for the sake of documentation is unproductive.
  • Kit bags are project and document templates to build on quickly instead of creating from scratch.
  • Find like-minded people who are willing to run with POCs and then proving it works.
  • Information is everywhere and we are poor at filtering the noise.
    • It feels like we are drowning in a content tsunami.
  • Groups tend to fall into the relevance paradox. They don't know to look for different types of information because of the lack of experience and knowledge. (You don't know what you don't know.)
  • Automation should be used to augment the filtering process, not replace it.
  • Who are the sources that are providing real, diverse value and who are just posting memes? Filter the memes.
  • If you have to create a new channel to replace the channel that is just filled with noise it is past time to implement a channel moderator or curator.
  • Some content is designed to be point-in-time just for that project and some will be evergreen.
  • Be more selective about content you consume.
Sep 26, 2016

Kindle Rashod is a motivational hip-hop artist targeting other creative artists and entrepreneurs. His brand involves more than just making music. Through blogging, writing books, podcasts, and videos, Kindle wants to provide information on motivation, productivity, innovation, and faith.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kindle-rashod-motivation/

Key Takeaways

  • Most people don't have the mindset to be motivated and become successful.
  • Successful business leaders, motivational speakers and best-selling authors put a lot of emphasis on having the right mindset.
  • Unmotivation is a gradual thing. You can become comfortable at the level you're at and stop moving forward.
  • emphasis on attitude about the world
  • Prepare your mind and body for success.
  • You are the company you keep. If you hang around unmotivated people, you will be unmotivated.
  • Stop watching television to increase your productivity.
  • Medidate on images of goals. Print out pictures of black checks, money, pictures of audience.
  • Write a life plan (business plan for life). Describe what it is you want.
    • How do you want to be mentally? How do you want to grow your mind, education, think stronger or faster?
    • How do you want to be physically? Do you want to grow muscles or build strength?
  • Create a supportive environment.
  • Whatever your goals are, make it 10x.
Sep 25, 2016

Fleshing out the First Campaign Arc

This is Part 5 of a multi-part podcast series.

Part 1: 10 Business Lessons Learned in Roleplaying Games

Part 2: Interview Players for Your D&D Campaign by Playing Board Games

Part 3: Picking a Genre and System for your RPG

Part 4: Developing an Epic D&D Campaign Story

More info on this campaign.

 

Campaign Notes

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Sep 24, 2016

Priest Willis, Sr is CEO of Affiliate Mission – the fastest growing affiliate management startup in North Carolina. Priest got his start in affiliate marketing in early 2000’s where he cut his teeth building a few niche affiliate sites and eventually started managing company programs like Lenovo, Atomicpark.com and BuyCostumes.com.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/priest-willis-entrpreneurship/

Key Takeaways

  • Affiliate marketing is not MLM, get rich quick scheme.
  • Amazon was first to put together affiliate programs.
  • Entrepreneurs are hungry.
  • Many millionaries have 7 streams of income.
  • Affiliate marketing is a pay-for-performance model with no inventory.
    • Little risk is involved because no inventory.
    • Build up an audience and be an influencer.
  • Subscription boxes are doing really well.
  • As a merchant, it's a cheap way to extend your marketing program.
  • Find a hot niche right now like Suicide Squad and then sell costumes.
    • Position yourself to look for the new hotness.
Sep 23, 2016

Bill Schmarzo is the CTO of EMC's Big Data Consulting Practice and a frequent industry speaker, a blogger, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management as well as an author. Schmarzo wrote "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science" and "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business".

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/bill-schmarzo-people/

Key Takeaways

  • The companies who are successful with Big Data addressed the cultural or people issues.
    • How do we get people engaged in the process so that we're delivering the analytics in a way that is actionable to our stakeholders?
  • Many companies tend to start with implementing Hadoop and then waiting for magic to happen. It doesn't happen.
  • Data science is really identifying the variables and metrics that MIGHT be a better predictor of performance.
    • "Might" is a license to be wrong and in many companies the idea of wrong is bad.
  • In the BI space, the IT departments over promised and under deliveredwhich has lead business leaders to be skeptical of Big Data initiatives.
  • You have to have a tight alignment between the business and IT to ensure that we are working on the right problems.
  • Pick a topic / problem that business users find is important, focus on strategic business initiatives.
    • Create a link between business and data scientists.
  • Create a culture of creativity across the whole organization.
    • Creativity is a contagious event.
    • All ideas are worthy of consideration.
    • We want people to be unafraid to be creative and sharing their ideas even if they may not work.
    • The best ideas come from front line.
    • Most large organizations struggle with protecting their own fiefdoms which leads to data silos.
  • Big Data is not about big, its about small.
    • Learn as much as possible about individual person, event and situation instead of looking at the average of the data.
    • Aggregated data is the devil. You need to work with raw to serve the individual.
  • Big Data initiatives tend to fail because the teams are focused on too many opportunities instead of being focused and priortizing the most important business problems.
    • Focus on one decision which has high value and high feasibility.
  • Big Data is a team sport.
    • We need everyone involved, including the business, the IT and the data scientists.
    • Success breeds success. Quick wins will catch the attention of other people and build a grassroots movement.

 

Sep 22, 2016

Nick Rust has spent the majority of his professional career working in Healthcare IT (10 years), with a particular emphasis in Health Care and Medical Device information security.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/nick-rust-technology/

Key Takeaways

  • It's common that most people don't have experience in healthcare IT.
  • When medical devices first came out, it was an instrument, not a piece of information technology.
  • Radiology has more tech and devices than most other departments.
  • Biotech been around for decades, IT came in 1980s.
  • New biotech are computers integrated into the instruments.
    • The facilities and instruments are not good at network segmentation.
  • FDA recently said that the industry is far below standard.
  • The most basic security features are missing in many biotech areas.
    • No network whitelisting.
    • Running Windows XP.
  • Gaining network access to medical devices is an excellent way of escalating level of access across the network.
  • If you can gain control of one hospital in a network of 75 means you have a greater chance of gaining access to the other 74.
  • If you change how you practice medicine every 18 months, people are going to die. The practice can't keep up with the development of enterprise and personal computing advancements.
  • Data security is the best growth area in healthcare IT.
Sep 21, 2016

Maggie Georgopoulos is the Leading Global authority on career development for women in male dominated industries. She is the author of the upcoming book, Up the Ladder in a Skirt, which is hailed as the book for women in challenging roles globally.
A mechanical engineer who climbed to the top of the leadership ladder, Maggie was the executive chairman of a large agricultural company, responsible for the 75% increase in the retention of staff through career development pathways, by the age of 32.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/maggie-georgopoulos-leadership/

Key Takeaways

  • Bad managers turn into bullies when they feel their job is threatened that an employee is after his job.
  • Managers do the day-to-day tasks. Leaders step out and think about how to help the team accomplish the goals.
  • Be open and watch how your interactions affect those around you.
    • Are you too busy to look to see how people react?
    • Are people pretending this is ok or are they genuinely fine?
  • How do you come across to people when you are busy and stressed?
    • Set office hours for visiting.
    • Let everyone know when there is a good time to follow up.
  • Follow through on your actions and promises.
  • When you are task-oriented, people can take that as unfriendly.
  • When people realize it is okay to talk then they became more open and honest.
  • People feet satisfied when leaders show they actually care.
  • Your mental health and the mental health of others is the most important thing in the office. Be aware.
Sep 20, 2016

Alex Barker is a coach for high achievers and mastermind creator for entrepreneurs. He’s a big action taker, just like his clients. He built 3 businesses in 3 years, paid off his house in less 3 years, and has coached over 50 people to build lifestyle businesses. He podcasts on the 66 Day Experiment, where he experiments on his life and business, like creating a business in 66 days, reading a book a day, and facing daily rejection. His mission is to help men and women find a disciplined approach to success in life and business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/alex-barker-productivity/

Key Takeaways

  • Are you being productive or just working hard?
  • Ask yourself, "What am I doing and how can I change?"
  • Change your morning habits to build a new routine that enhances productivity.
  • Slay your dragons in the morning. Focus on the hardest things that you tend to procrastinate.
  • Decision fatigue affects your ability to make decisions throughout the day.
  • Capitalize on the compound effect of taking daily action. Over time it will yield big results.
  • All it takes is one big client to enable your business to be successful.
  • Accept who you are and capitalize on your strengths.
  • If you take action on the first day of a new opportunity, you will be much further ahead than if you hadn't.
  • When you have success, people want to know how you got successful. You now have an opportunity to start coaching.
  • There is a difference between a coach and a consultant - consultant gives you the information and a coach provides support.
  • Everyone believes what they are missing is the knowledge to do something. The thing that is stopping them is their own doubts.
  • People are afraid of others judging them. For example, they are afraid of selling their product or service because people will think you're just trying to rip them off.
  • The most important aspect of creating productivity is self-discipline, not time management.
  • You need both faith and belief.
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