Tim Kane is co-founder and CEO of myHSA. myHSA is a technology company that facilitates Insurance brokers with the ability to offer in-house health spending accounts. In my interview with Tim, we explore his evolution from brick and mortar business owner to digital entrepreneur. His journey has been filled with hard lessons about building a software business as a non-technical founder. His passion, determination, and strong focus on customer service have served him well. Tim and his co-founder Steve have grown the company from two people and a database to 8+ staff and a fast growing client base.
You have probably heard the term Big Data. What does that mean anyway? Today I'm joined by Alastair Woolcock, to talk about Data Science. We uncover the science of data analytics and how data is unlocking market changing insights at all levels of business. Whether you're a small business trying to understand social media and it's influence on your marketing efforts, or an enterprise organization trying to understand client behavior, data can be a powerful tool. There is a growing industry of data science that is trying to use the power of hypothesis to mine for insights in the mountains of data that our modern businesses produce.
Today's podcast I'm joined by Raj Goel, CISSP. Raj is the founder of Brainlink and the creator of SOP Culture. Raj and I explore the benefits and the challenges of creating a SOP driven culture in your business. SOP Culture was formed out of years of Raj standardizing his teams work at Brainlink to ensure a consistency of service that gives him an unusual competitive edge in the market.
Dr. Ray Hsu Professor at UBC. He is both the founder of the VR/AR working group and faculty in residence at the emerging media lab, conducting research on the immersive technology. When most people think of VR they think of video games. Like many of us, Dr.Ray sees the value of VR in the gaming field, but his vision for its impact go far beyond that. In particular, I wanted to talk to Dr.Ray about his view on how VR/AR will influence education.
My guest today is Miguel Sanchez with Mass Ideation. I think that augmented reality and mixed reality are going to have a massive influence on how brands market their ideas and products. Why simply have a glossy photo with some cool print, when you can have a mini-movie built into your advertisement. Miguel's company is leading the way in the industry helping companies use leading-edge technologies to create a more memorable and engaging experience in their marketing work. This market is evolving fast with all the big names getting behind AR after the success of Pokemon GO. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Miguel.
My guest today is Bill Stucklen, CEO of Stack Advisors. Bill and I discuss a specific portion of the Managed IT space. Stack Advisors is a company that provides expertise to MSPs using Labtech and Connectwise. The reason I was interested in having Bill on to chat was that it seems counter-intuitive that an IT company would outsource its internal systems management to a third party, but it makes a ton of sense for many MSPs.
New threats are emerging on the internet. Just in recent months we have seen shockingly more mature attacks on the internet. State sponsored cyberwar tactics are being brought in to the public eye. Last month we saw one of the largest DDoS attacks ever recorded. So I wanted to chat with a friend of mine that has deep roots in the Internet Security industry and get his thoughts on the rapid evolution of the security industry.
Rob Malec is an author, consultant, active keynote speaker to the business community and business columnist. He is the President of Businessworks Consulting Inc. Based in Vancouver British Columbia he has been helping his clients increase the revenue their company’s generate while operating more effectively as an organization since 2001.
Continuum has a strong and diverse marketing approach that is geared toward the digital age. Some of the topics we cover are social media, content marketing, and how to noticed amid the noise of the internet. This episode will give you some actionable advice on how to mature your digital marketing strategy to drive your success.
Vancouver is often talked about as future tech hub. Already big companies like Microsoft & Amazon are expanding their presence in Vancouver. I reached out to our guest today to chat about the expanding tech sector in Vancouver. We discuss some of the opportunities and challenges with this growing sector of our local economy and how it fits into the global tech market. Tyler Orton is a reporter at Business In Vancouver newspaper who specializes in B.C.'s tech sector. He also hosts BIV's daily show on Roundhouse Radio 98.3, tackling headline news and interviewing the city's most notable names in business.
Kevin Crowe is the founder of Give A Mile. Give A Mile is a ‘not for profit’ online platform that enables people to visit a palliative ill loved one or people with a life threatening illness through crowdfunding of flights via donations of travel loyalty miles. Kevin was inspired to start Give A Mile after losing a very close friend to brain cancer. Kevin is also a member of the leadership team of Long View Systems a technology company. As a member of the Long View leadership team he has helped take the company from 11 people to over 1,100 people working across North America. Kevin also loves to pursue endurance sports having completed several ultra-marathons including the Canadian Death race and the Ironman. He currently lives in Calgary with his amazing wife and awesome son.
Alex is a cyber security expert professionally but also has a deep passion for drone technology. His passion led him through a hobby interest in flying drones, to building and racing drones. He now helps organize a regional drone racing league in Vancouver. In the conversation, we chat about the growing sport of drone racing, some of the safety concerns around drones, the development of flying AI, and a few of the numerous commercial applications for drone tech. Lots of people are familiar with drone tech, but few appreciate how dramatically this tech will weave its way into our daily lives.
Robert Merki is Director of Product at CognitiveVR. He started exploring web development at the age of 10 and continued building technology products all throughout his youth. After working at a variety of technology startups, Robert joined cognitiveVR to head up product development. CognitiveVR is a virtual reality analytics company based out of Vancouver BC. The company’s analytics platform helps their customers overcome the complexity of VR to bring them deep insights into how their users are interacting with their products. With the advent of VR, analytics becomes a vital way VR experience creators hone and optimize their narratives, games, and tools.
Rachel is a consultant and trainer to project managers, freelancers, and creative teams. She is also an active leader in the Digital Project Manager community in Vancouver, BC. This episode is a lot of fun, Rachel and I talk about the evolving history of project management and it's increasing role in the digital economy. Then we go down a few fun rabbit holes about finding a higher purpose, machine learning, AI, and other futurist topics.
David reviews with us his eco-system for a healthy culture and we chat about the evolution of corporate culture through the years. We also touch on some of the key struggles that business owners deal with when trying to develop a healthy culture.
Kevin is a Microsoft MVP specializing in App-V and application delivery technologies. We chat about the MVP program, App-V itself and its evolution from Softgrid. We also touch on application delivery options for IT shops and MSPs. Then we look forward to the future of application delivery, how Azure will play a role and industry adoption of cloud infrastructure.
Vanbex is a group that specializes in strategy, marketing, and operations consulting for blockchain companies. Lisa has a relatively long history with blockchain tech having worked with companies like Mastercoin, Ethereum, Factom, and Tendermint. Lisa is a strong believer in the future of the blockchain and its power to evolve countless aspects of not just finance, but all businesses. We chat about the politics of bitcoin, the fast evolution of the blockchain markets, and hurdles still in place before the mainstream adoption of blockchain currencies.