Episodes
Published 11/30/22
Why do you keep checking your phone, even when you’re trying not to? It's because the apps on your phone use the Hook Model. described by Nir Eyal in his book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. To learn how apps like Instagram, LinkedIn and Vivino keep us coming back to our screens, listen to this episode. Learning notes from this episode: Habits are behaviours done with little or no conscious thought If your product becomes a habit, people will use it more. You will spend less...
Published 11/30/22
As the tech sector lays off employees, there is still plenty of opportunity to be a Digital Leader.  Playing the long game is making use of the opportunities you have in front of you today, while keeping your eye on the future.  Here are three ways to become a digital leader today: Work in the digital team of a traditional business: Some traditional businesses also have innovative tech-like environments. E.g. Levi's has a Head of AI, L'Oreal works with data scientists to predict consumer...
Published 11/23/22
Cloud computing powers most of the digital services you use today. Listen to this podcast episode to learn what it is and why it matters. Learning notes from this episode: The cloud computing is expecting huge growth: the total cloud computing market is estimated to be reach $1,614 by 2030 from $545 billion in 2022, according to Precedence Research. Before the advent of cloud computing, technology companies would have had to have their own servers to store data and run computations....
Published 11/16/22
To lead in the Digital Age, you need a network of developer friends. They can help you understand the latest tech trends and decipher jargon. But to build the right network, you need to act intentionally. Don’t just hunt down anybody who has ever taken a python course. There are two types of developers: managers and specialists. All developers start off as coders, but as they progress in their careers, they come to a fork in the road. Some decide to specialise deeper in a particular aspect...
Published 11/09/22
To succeed in today’s economy, you simply have to speak tech. But, if nobody knows about your new digital skills, you won’t become a digital leader. This is why, to go from traditional business manager to digital leader, you need to actively work on changing your professional image. Here are three hacks to help you change perceptions today:   1) Update your LinkedIn profile For senior level opportunities, candidates are not expected to apply – they need to be found. Executive recruiters...
Published 11/02/22
To be digitally savvy, follow the 30% rule – this is the minimum threshold that gives us just enough digital literacy to thrive in the tech age, says Professor Paul Leonardi. “To have digital transformation in your company, you don’t need to know how to code, but you need to know enough about coding to be dangerous. This means being able to talk to the people in your organisation who are working with your codebase, so you can understand the opportunities and challenges of your...
Published 10/26/22
If you want to have a great career today, you simply have to Speak Tech. But, taking courses is not enough. You must combine learning with smart actions to make your investment pay off. Here are five action steps you can take today to thrive in the Tech Age: Get involved with a tech start-up: if you have specialist expertise, offer to become an advisor to a start-up so you can learn how digital innovation works from the inside. For example, if you are a lawyer, offer your legal expertise...
Published 10/19/22
Technological change can feel overwhelming even to the world's top technologists. To figure out what's relevant for your career, learn from people who do this professionally: venture capitalists. “The business strategies employed by highly successful start-ups and the career strategies employed by highly successful individuals are strikingly similar," says Reid Hoffman in his book The Startup of You.  Venture capital premise 1: technology is a tool that solves a problem Ask yourself: what...
Published 10/11/22
Software updates can have weird unintended consequences that the company doesn't even know about. Existing features that worked perfectly can stop working, leading to lost revenues and annoyed customers. Listen to this episode to learn why this happens and how non-technical leaders deal with it when it does. Learning notes from this episode: A developer could write a line of code to affect one outcome, and there could be a completely different unintended outcome that they don’t even know...
Published 10/05/22
Technology is a tool, not an end in itself. The quickest way to bridge the gap between tech and business teams is to relate business outcomes to technology.  Learning notes from this episode: In every company, you always have two sides: the people who make the product, and the people who sell the product. The aim of both sides is to grow the business, but they solve the same problem using different expertise. (It’s like Oceans 11, but legal) As a leader your job is not to know...
Published 09/28/22
"Successful entrepreneurs don't have better ideas, they have a better process," says Eric Reis in The Lean Start-Up. To learn how to innovate with speed, listen to this week's episode. Learning notes from this episode: “A start-up is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty,” says Reis. Do not to apply your corporate experience to start-ups. Corporates have: Departments A known business model A known problem Start-ups have:...
Published 09/21/22
When investing in Deep Tech, remember that technology is just a tool, not an end in itself. Understanding who will use it and why is key to becoming smart money. Learning notes from this episode: When investing in any business, you must consider these questions: What problem are you solving? Who are you solving it for? Are they willing and able to pay for it? Understand what stage of the innovation cycle the start-up is in. This will help you evaluate risk properly. For example, the...
Published 09/14/22
Great technology is not enough to build a successful business. You need customers who understand its benefits, and are willing to pay for them. This is why storytelling is a key part of commercialising innovation. Lauren Xandra, Head of Marketing at Two Sigma Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in deep tech, talks about her role in building successful tech businesses and how she transitioned career into deep tech. Learning notes from this episode: "Just as important as supporting...
Published 09/07/22
Companies like Deep Mind fascinate investors and innovators, but what is a deep tech company really and how does it differ from other types of tech firms? Listen to this episode to find out. Learning notes from this episode: Deep Tech is a sub-sector of the technology sector where the emphasis is on tangible engineering innovation or scientific advances and discoveries. It includes artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, advanced material science, photonics and electronics, biotech...
Published 08/31/22
The porn industry is behind many of the innovations that drive e-commerce and the consumer internet today. If you want to know what new trend is going to be the hottest thing in tech, the makers of smut probably have the answer. Learning notes from this episode: The adult industry pioneered streaming video, tracking devices and online credit card transactions. Even before the advent of the internet, porn drove consumer tech. Author Patchen Barss  says that without porn, the VCR might have...
Published 08/24/22
A tech start-up begins its life with a tiny team. The founders are either technical or tech savvy, but as the company scales its team has to change.  Learn about the three stages of start-up team growth here. Learning notes from this episode: At stage 1, the start-up is focussed on building its first product and getting the first customers. The team is usually tiny, and each team member is either building the technology themselves or is very closely involved in the process. Everyone...
Published 08/16/22
The biggest difference between business to business and consumer facing ventures is how they grow. The growth curve and costs of B2B vs B2C growth is what surprises (and sinks) many start-ups. Learning notes from this episode: Consumer to business start-ups growth through paid marketing. If you launch a consumer app on the Apple App Store, expect to pay around 40% of the money you raise on Facebook advertising. Business to business start-ups grow through sales. Sales is much more dependent...
Published 08/10/22
Conferences are full of speakers saying that the latest tech will change the world, but that often leaves smart people even more confused. Knowing about trends is irrelevant if you don't know what to do about them. To learn how to cut through the tech hype, listen to this episode with Andrew Grill, the Actionable Futurist. Andrew began his career as an engineer, became a Global Managing Partner at IBM and today is a keynote speaker on tech & business trends. Learning notes from this...
Published 08/03/22
To lead in the Digital Age, you need to become a Digital Collaborator. The best way to learn anything quickly is to put yourself in a situation where not doing it isn’t an option. Listen to this episode to learn what you can do to start collaborating with tech teams and take your career to the next level. Learning notes from this episode: If you work in a corporate, set up a weekly meeting with technologists and your team to discuss what they’re working on and how it impacts scale,...
Published 07/27/22
Some problems that annoy you daily could be solved by AI, but most business teams don't know that because they’ve never discussed them with a technologist. Listen to this episode with Dr Catherine Breslin, a machine learning scientist with a PhD from Cambridge, to learn how to make the most of the AI revolution. Dr Breslin was one of the first people to work on Amazon Alexa and today leaders Kingfisher Labs, a consulting company. Learning notes from this episode: For AI to have the...
Published 07/20/22
To become SMART MONEY as an investor, founder or corporate innovator, you have to know what questions to ask about a product. This helps you spot signs of early success or early warning.  Listen to this episode to learn what questions to ask and how to link product innovation to business strategy.  Learning notes from this episode: The questions fall into three buckets: How do my best customers behave? What are the characteristics of my best customers? What has to happen for them...
Published 07/13/22
Even the smartest professionals who don’t have backgrounds in digital businesses make the same mistakes when it comes to tech start-ups. They often want vanity metrics, as opposed to what truly matters, and because they don’t know how a tech product gets made, they don’t know how to properly evaluate an opportunity.  In this episode you'll learn 3 core tech concepts and how they apply to early stage investing. Learning notes: There are fundamental differences between software products,...
Published 07/06/22
Listen to what happened when Apple forgot a key market and how to avoid the same mistake. When product teams consist of entirely white males, they make products for white males. When non-technical professionals learn to Speak Tech, you get better products, happier customers & better profits. Learning notes from this episode: While there are plenty of programs to get minorities into STEM, they will take years to have an effect. In the next few decades, most developers will continue...
Published 06/29/22
"One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that don't scale," says Paul Graham, Y Combinator founder. Recruiting users manually and getting feedback is what lets you build a scalable product. Learning notes from this episode: "The most common unscalable thing founders have to do at the start is to recruit users manually. Nearly all startups have to. You can't wait for users to come to you. You have to go out and get them." - Paul Graham A product is...
Published 06/22/22