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June 2, 2020 @ 8:33 am

Ep 117 - How to Succeed in Podcasting and Technical Marketing with CloudBytes Podcast create, Brian Knudtson

Brian Knudtson is the host of the CloudBytes Podcast and has also worked as a customer, value-added reseller, vendor, and service provider, including roles in web development, system administration, post-sales deployment, pre-sales architecting, public cloud design, and technical marketing.  

We discuss the keys to successful podcasting and have an extensive discussion on how we came up in technology and made the jump to finding career success inside the tech vendor community.  Brian shares what his skills secrets have been to technical marketing and what could unlock great things for other technologists looking to map out their career growth.  

Check out the CloudBytes podcast on iTunes here:  iTunes

Listen to the CloudBytes on Spotify here:   Spotify

Connect with Brian on Twitter and read his blog here

Read more about the VMUnderground here: https://blog.vmunderground.com/

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May 29, 2020 @ 8:33 am

Ep 116 - How Networking can Cut Costs for Healthcare and Insurance and Why the Industry is Broken, with Steve Watson of Trendbreakers

Steve Watson is a CFO and CHRO, and but not an insurance salesman. He is, however, the founder of Trendbreakers, a connector, and an educator who has used his network to help folks improve their health and insurance benefits while lowering annual premiums.  Steve shares how his role as a CFO and CHRO have shaped his career, how mission work influenced his life, and we explore into very interesting areas of discussion around nurturing your business and employee relationships, the crossover between finance and Human Resources, plus why the health care industry is broken, and how to fix it. 

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May 19, 2020 @ 10:33 am

Ep 115 - Human Centered Design and Why UX is Not Just Software, it’s People, featuring Nik Parekh

Nik Parekh is a founder and author of the new book The Future of Extraordinary DesignAs Design Strategy Lead for Samsung, Nik bolstered earning potential by $35B by contributing product management to ‘go to market’ 17-person team for 4 separate ventures.  

We discuss the values and vision of great human-centered design and how empathy is not just a buzzword when it comes to understanding how to build great products.  Nik shares great insights for product managers and creators everywhere.  

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May 15, 2020 @ 9:37 am

Ep 114 - Why Podcasting is the New PR and a Gutenberg Revolution in Media with Kitcaster Co-founder, Brandy Whalen

Brandy Whalen is the co-founder of Kitcaster.  The Kitcaster agency begins each company engagement with a deep understanding of your ideal podcast audience to deliver 100% customized appearances to match you with the perfect podcast placements.  We explore the founding of Kitcaster, why the current PR process is broken, and how the new podcast media opportunity is fundamentally changing the way companies, people, and brands can get their message out to the world.  We also hear about a very personal and compelling life story which led Brandy to become a part of the Big Waves Foundation in Colorado.  

Check out Kitcaster here: kitcaster.com 
Learn about and contribute to the Big Waves Foundation: https://www.bigwavesfoundation.org
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May 8, 2020 @ 8:30 am

Ep 113 - Why Adversity and Perseverance Create Great Opportunities with Sage Spoonfuls Founder Liza Huber

Liza Huber is an entrepreneur, award-winning cookbook author, wife, mom of 4 and the CEO & Founder of Sage Spoonfuls;
one of the most trusted brands in mealtime products for babies and kids available at major retailers both nationwide and internationally.  Liza shares some important lessons on how perseverance and grit combined with adapting to change has both led to successes in business, and in life.  This conversation explores business lesses that every founder needs to know and a heartfelt story on personal challenges that makes this episode a must-listen for anyone.   
 
You can learn more about Sage Spoonfuls by visiting www.sagespoonfuls.com and be sure to check out @sagespoonfuls and @lizahuber on Instagram
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April 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Ep 112 - Why Privacy and Safety are at Risk and What We Can Do About It with John McAfee

John McAfee is an entrepreneur, privacy advocate, and a man who's personality is larger than life, backed by an incredible life story and set of experiences.  John believes that cryptocurrency offers a unique historical opportunity to the individual – a chance to liberate one’s self, without violence, and to become more free. 

This conversation explores the destruction of privacy, the need for freedom, the opportunity for cryptocurrency, and how governments and corporations are on an unprecedented path towards overreach.  John's passion, knowledge, and experience are obvious with all that we discuss and a huge thanks go out to Janice McAfee, who is both his wife and Director of Media Relations, who put John and I together for the discussion.  

McAfee 2020:  http://mcafee2020hq.com 

McAfee DEX:  https://mcafeedex.com/ 

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April 24, 2020 @ 8:00 am

Ep 111 - How Building Self-Learning Became a Goal and a Career with Larry Smith Jr

Larry Smith Jr is both an incredible technologist and a superb human being.  Larry shares his thoughts and lessons on how he has turned his own journey towards self-learning into both a way to give yourself goals and it has become a career creator for him as a result.  There are a lot of profound lessons that will come from this for anyone who’s in technology on either a development or the ops side of the world because it is both informative and fun!  

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April 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am

Ep 110 - When the Dream Job Arrives but the Dream Changed - Pivoting in Careers with Lior Kamrat

What if you finally got your dream job and realized that the dream changed, or it only appeared like the dream job because you didn’t have it?  Lior Kamrat is a Senior Open Source Cloud and Solutions Architect who also does a vast amount of community-facing work to help others become a better self.  Both as a technical and a lifestyle discussion, Lior shares how his first ideal job didn’t actually work out the way it had been envisioned but that is completely fine!
 
This is a deep discussion on the challenges of evolving your career, yourself, your personal brand, and how sometimes the folks who you surround yourself with may not always be on the same path that you are.  Lior is a fantastic guest because we are able to have a no holds barred discussion that will resonate with technologists everywhere. 
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April 17, 2020 @ 9:14 am

Ep 109 - Why Developer and Ops Advocacy Fails and How to Use Empathy to Save It with Patrick Hubbard

Patrick Hubbard is the Principal Head Geek at SolarWinds, but more importantly, he’s someone who has great lessons in how to communicate in a world where tech teams seem to be on a different page.  This great conversation will be exciting for anyone who’s involved in developer advocacy, ops advocacy, or any cross-team work.  We cover how to communicate, how to create meaningful content, and meaningful relationships through the power of people and technology. 
 
This chat explores DevOps challenges and also will be a super fun listen for anyone in tech as we talk about the history of how we got here and Patrick’s very broad background that led him to be where he is today.  I’ve long been a student and a fan of Patrick so this was a particular pleasure to share a microphone with him for this episode. 
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April 10, 2020 @ 10:43 am

Ep 108 - Why Rethinking the Social Video Experience is a Disruptive Opportunity with Yaza Founder Peter Sisson

Peter Sisson (@petersisson) is a product-focused entrepreneur who has started four companies, all of which were acquired. He volunteers his time mentoring startup founders at the European Innovation Academy and StartOut Growth Lab, where during his tenure 24 companies graduated that have raised more than $45M in funding and created more than 200 new jobs.
 
This dynamic conversation covers everything from the founding of Yaza, the tech behind it that makes it differentiated, but goes into much more around life and startup lessons including:
 
  • Culture of tech startups and Silicon Valley
  • When a product is ready and the art of product management and release
  • Challenges in both building and selling a company
  • How being serial entrepreneurial delivered great lessons in practice
  • Why Yaza chose to launch as a Public Benefit Corporation (https://www.yaza.io/about)  and what that means 
 
This is definitely a must-listen from end to end and Peter shares business and life lessons that will be eye-opening for many.  
 
As part of the launch of the platform, Peter and the Yaza team are offering free lifetime storage in the app until June 2020 so get signed up and see what the world looks like in HD today! 
 
Check out Yaza on the web at https://yaza.io 
Download the app and join for free - https://bit.ly/yazaApp 
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April 3, 2020 @ 8:40 am

Ep 107 - How Grassroots Software Development for Equity is Changing How Startups Build Successful Products at Series Code

This is a startup and product builder's dream episode as we speak with John Steele, founder of Series Code.  John shares how his team at Series Code creates what I would almost term a Developers-as-a-Service with a powerful twist on how they operate:  they split the cost to their customers between equity and cash.  Beyond Series Code as a business model, John shares his lessons on product building, being a successful development team leader, how to motivate and build great teams and products.  
 
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March 27, 2020 @ 10:24 am

Ep 106 - Startup Lessons and Happy Feet with Joybees Footwear Founder, Kellan McCarvel

Kellan McCarvel is the founder of Joybees Footwear and an entrepreneurial leader with an expansive experience in total business management roles who's focused on profitable growth and product development.  Kellan shares startup lessons that could easily be the foundation of a great business leadership and business building course. We talk about building products on customer need, the challenges and advantages of entering an existing market, and crowdfunding as a platform to launch with key lessons on what to do right and what to avoid.  

Thanks to Kellan for this great conversation and the open sharing of great learnings for anyone who's in business or looking to start something themselves.  

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March 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Ep 105 - Why Math in Our Schools is Failing our Children and How Elephant Learning is Changing the Game

Aditya Nagrath is the founder of Elephant Learning Academy and shares a heartfelt story of how our school system and the math learning programs are not doing what they need to do.  You are hearing the story about how this project is the pinnacle of Aditya's life's work as a mathematician, software engineer & technologist, and entrepreneur.  

The lessons he shares are amazing and the numbers and statistics that we discuss about the effect of mathematics on the entire future of a child's learning may be frightening, but the fact that Aditya is doing something to change that is something you will thoroughly enjoy out of a great conversation.  Great lessons on being a founder, and doing good with technology which is something I think we all need to learn from.

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March 13, 2020 @ 2:28 pm

Ep 104 - Empathy in Recruiting and How 30 Seconds can Lead to Hiring Success with Ellie Dailey

Ellie Dailey is founder and CEO of an innovative online recruiting platform— Intro30.com. The platform allows job seekers to record an online video introduction as part of a shareable profile including a resume.  Ellie shares insightful lessons in how to differentiate yourself from the pack during the recruiting process, how empathy in hiring and in tech companies in general is game-changing for growth and retention, plus more. 

This is also an early listen to the very cool initiative called Job Prep Global which is creating coaching and advisory for folks who need help getting into and succeeding at being hired.  Thank you to Ellie for sharing very important lessons and stories that are a must-listen for anyone who's in tech, recruiting, or in any role in business at all.  

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March 6, 2020 @ 8:26 am

Ep 103 - Breaking Down Barriers, Mentoring, and Tactical Empathy with Missy Young

Missy Young is the CIO of Switch, and someone who has proven herself as a leader both in business and in the community.  We discuss the challenges of diversity and inclusion in STEAM, mentoring within the community and at work, and explore how we can all do something for ourselves and others in small ways every day.  Missy truly lives a life to bring good to her community and her team through strong leadership and giving back.  This is an inspirational discussion and really opens up your eyes as to how great organizations like Opportunity Village and FIRST Robotics are creating opportunities and what we can do to amplify the good they are doing.

Opportunity Village:  https://www.opportunityvillage.org 

FIRST Robotics:  https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc 

 

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February 28, 2020 @ 10:41 am

Ep 102 - Creating Experiences and the Lessons of Customer-Centric Business with Ed Vincent of Festival

Ed Vincent founder of Festival Pass, the world’s first festival and live events subscription service providing access to music, film, food and wine, and tech and innovation.  We explore how to create positive experiences in both business and life and the benefits of being absolutely focused on the customer experience.  Ed shares great insights into how the Festival Pass program was designed, the challenges of past experiences, and great lessons for founders and business builders in our discussion.  

Visit Festival Pass to see the events you can experience yourself and big thanks to Ed for such a deep and interesting conversation that provides strong lessons and learnings for anyone in business. 

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February 21, 2020 @ 10:05 am

Ep 101 - Difficult Lessons that Shaped a Successful Future - Startup, Funding, and Culture Lessons with Cody Barbo

Cody Barbo is the co-founder of Trust and Will.  Cody brings a heartfelt discussion to the podcast about hard lessons learned through difficult early startup experiences that shaped how he build Trust and Will.  The conversation includes a broad set of lessons for every startup founder that shows how to set yourself up for success and building a successful culture as you grow your team.  

Bonus code for DiscoPosse Podcast listeners!  When you got to TrustAndWill.com and use the code DISCOPOSSE at checkout then you get a 10% discount on the purchase.  Big thanks to Cody for such a great conversation and make sure that you use the discount code for yourself to let the Trust and Will team know you're a listener! 

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February 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Ep 100 - Happy 100th and Welcome to the Edge Lab, with Rob Hirschfeld of RackN

Happy 100th podcast!!  Rob Hirschfeld is the founder and CEO of RackN.  Rob has been along for many podcasts with Eric and is also a premiere podcaster himself at the L8ist Sh9y Podcast. This show introduces the freshly minted Edge Lab which is finally a way to do bare-metal provisioning for an edge scenario with the magic (and science) of Digital Rebar, K3s, and most importantly, this is a reference build to help you experiment with PxE booting and much more.  

Check out the Edge Lab at https://edgelab.digital 

Check out Digital Rebar at https://rebar.digital 

If you want to participate in the Edge Lab but cannot afford to purchase the gear, please reach out on Twitter to @DiscoPosse and we are working on grant programs and discount opportunities to help those folks who are underrepresented in technology and who can benefit from access to these resources. 

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February 7, 2020 @ 11:36 am

Ep 99 - Social-as-a-Service and Growth Marketing Success Secrets with Tyler Kemp of LeadRoll.co

Tyler Kemp is the founder of RollSocial.co and LeadRoll.co,  Tyler works with small businesses, influencers, and sales/service professionals to help you cut through the noise and own the attention of your market.  Our conversation covers everything from the fundamentals of effective social strategy, creating empathy through social media outreach, and building a sustainable business with a bootstrap funding model.  Tyler brings a wealth on knowledge and lessons on systematizing life and business.  A truly enjoyable conversation.

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January 31, 2020 @ 8:00 am

Ep 98 - Secrets of Successful Growth, Sustainability, and Culture with Colin McIntosh of Sheets & Giggles

Colin is Founder & CEO of Sheets & Giggles, a Denver-based, fast-growing brand in the $12B US bedding space. Launched on Indiegogo in 2018 with a $284,000 crowdfunding campaign.  Colin brings an incredible amount of passion and knowledge to the discussion which covers what could be the foundations of a top-level business course including creating successful growth strategy, building a business founded on sustainability, and maintaining a sustainable and successful culture in the organization. 

There is a bonus for anyone who is keen on the idea of crowdfunding as Colin shares his proven methods that led to Sheets & Giggles being one of the most successful crowdfunded campaigns on Indiegogo.  

Thank you to Colin for this amazing conversation and so many great lessons!

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