Category: Podcasts

Podcast: Designing the Future of the Metaverse

Marcus Segal is CEO and co-founder of ForeVR, a game developer bringing the most popular IRL games to Virtual Reality. Segal co-founded the company with Michael Pagano Doom to translate the most popular real life games into compelling multiplayer social experiences in VR. As consumer accessibility to VR technology becomes a reality for more and more consumers, ForeVR is uniquely positioned to offer a new and unique interactive entertainment experience. Segal’s job as CEO is to build and grow ForeVR into a premiere VR global game developer.

Segal’s worlds as a tech strategist, investor and producer are converging with the launch of ForeVR. At global interactive entertainment company Zynga, Segal helped pioneer social gaming as SVP of Global Operations and COO of Worldwide Game Studios and was part of the team that made the company one of the fastest-growing companies ever to hit $1B in revenue.

Podcast: Resilience and the Path to Achieving the Dream

Daniel Daoura is founder and CTO of Pebblebee, a Seattle-based technology company that produces smart tracking solutions to help people track what matters most in life. A self-described “geek” at heart, he’s always been a technology enthusiast with a great passion for inventing new products.

Years ago, while struck by the daily grind of looking for his keys, remotes, wallet, and dog, he knew there had to be a way to apply technology to more easily locate items of global importance. His idea turned into a prototype that became a rapidly growing business. A former Boeing military communications engineer, Daoura has helped elevate Pebblebee as a pioneer in the smart device tracking industry, selling millions of products worldwide, and consistently investing in innovation to create premium, dependable solutions.

Podcast: AI in Compliance and Security

As Chief Product Officer at Behavox, Gagan Gulati helps guide the Product vision, strategy and roadmap across our products across multiple industry verticals. Behavox uses NLP, Machine Learning and AI to protect our customers from illegal, immoral and malicious insiders.

Before joining Behavox, Gagan was a Partner and Director for PM for Data Protection and Governance products at Microsoft where he took multiple products including Azure RMS, Azure Information Protection, Microsoft Information Protection and Azure Purview from incubation to their incredible growth, usage and success.

Podcast: Employee Loyalty

Drew Carter is the CEO at Whistle Systems. He brings 20 years of experience in software development, data science, and customer loyalty to the employee loyalty space.

Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the incentive and recognition industry by Incentive Magazine, he has focused on corporate strategy, data science, analytics strategy, design and implementation, strategic marketing, and more.

Podcast: Application Security Needs Automation

Nikhil Gupta is the founder and CEO of ArmorCode, the Silicon Valley startup delivering application security at the speed of DevOps.

Gupta is a successful serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience leading high-growth security teams. Prior to founding ArmorCode, Gupta was the CEO and Co-founder of Avid Secure (acquired by Sophos), a market-leading AI-powered multi-cloud security and compliance platform.

Gupta is also one of the creators of The Purple Book (, a diverse community of application security leaders who are examining issues related to software security, a topic that has sparked immense interest given recent high-profile cyberattacks on government entities, public sector organizations, and private companies.

Gupta is adept at leading cross-functional, transformational initiatives and has held several leadership positions in VMware, Cisco, ForeScout, Ericsson, Alcatel, and Bell Labs. Nikhil holds an MBA from Columbia Business School as well as a BS and MS in Computer Science.

Podcast: The Breakup Is Inevitable: Your Data and Applications

Dan DeMers, CEO and Co-Founder of Cinchy, is a business leader and pioneer in data solutions and the emerging dataware category. Before founding Cinchy, he spent over a decade at some of the largest financial institutions in the world, delivering mission-critical global systems and overseeing multi-million-dollar technology investments. During that time, he saw upfront how half of all IT resources get wasted on integration efforts.

Data marts, data warehouses, data lakes and lake houses, data mesh and even data fabric solutions didn’t solve the core problems or fix analytics issues. They all ignored or “worked around” the underlying problem. DeMers realized that a true solution would have to change the way we originate, manage, and share data within and across operational systems and business processes.

Cinchy was born out of that vision, and has already made huge advances in simplifying processes around data. He has forcefully advocated this transformation at many leading conferences, including TechCrunch, Finovate, Strata NYC, and Ai4.

Podcast: Proptech Is Just Fintech With a “P”

Joseph Polverari is co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley-based PURE Property Management, the fastest growing profitable residential property management and technology company in the U.S. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and fintech pioneer who led corporate development and strategy at Yodlee through its IPO and acquisition.

Today he is co-leading PURE on a similar journey. PURE acquires residential property management companies and invests in their people and processes by deploying technology and providing operational efficiencies, creating simple and satisfying experiences for residents and investors, including institutional portfolio managers.

Podcast: The Infinite Brand Extensibility of the Metaverse

Ann Hand serves as CEO and Chairman of Super League Gaming. She brings to her current role over 25 years of experience as a market-facing executive across several industries, including consumer retail and sustainability.

As CEO and Chairman, Ann shapes and guides Super League’s growth-focused mission of building and operating multiple networks of games, monetization tools, and content channels across metaverse gaming platforms that empower developers, energize players and entertain fans. The company’s solutions provide incomparable access to an audience of players in the most significant global metaverse environments, fans of hundreds of thousands of gaming influencers, and viewers of gameplay content across major social media and digital video platforms. Ann’s proven track record in brand creation and her expertise working at the intersection of social impact and consumer trends and technology give her a unique perspective and ability to guide Super League’s path into the future. At her core, Ann is a retailer, operator, and builder of enduring strategic partnerships, brands, and cultures.

Podcast: Using Tech to Connect Siloed Functions

Dave Bunce is the CEO of Morphio, a mar-tech platform focused on protecting and optimizing digital ad investment. Prior to Morphio, Dave spent the last six years as VP Finance and later COO of Arcane Digital, a digital marketing agency that was a two-time recipient of Deloitte’s Fast 50 award. It was within this environment that Morphio was initially incubated.
Earlier in his career, Dave was in public accounting as a manager at PwC. Dave holds a CPA designation and Bachelor of Business Administration.

Dave regularly speaks on the topics of transitioning from a service business to the world of SaaS as well as bridging the gap between historically disparate business functions.

Podcast: Sensitive Data Meets Document Streaming: A New Technology for Enterprise Businesses?

Michael McCarthy, CEO of Inkit, previously worked in the banking and financial industry. As a result, he had a behind-the-scenes view of how big players operate. This work led him to two realizations:
  1. Companies waste so much time, money, and paper because of inefficient or unnecessary processes. So why not use tech to solve that problem?
  2. Companies that replace paper-based processes usually use inflexible and inconsistent infrastructure that cause wasted work hours and leaky security. Organizations add system after system. The result? A big problem that only grows bigger. Could there be a streamlined solution?
Fortunately, Michael saw three critical missing pieces. What if companies had:
  1. A way to automate and optimize paper-based communications.
  2. A central point that lets you generate and store paperless documents from as many systems as you like.
  3. The technology to distribute all that digital paperwork securely to the right stakeholders [Document Streaming].

Podcast: The Next Massive Growth Channel for Performance Advertisers – CTV

Jason Fairchild is the co-founder and CEO of tvScientific, a ConnectedTV (CTV) advertising and attribution platform. An Idealab company, tvScientific is the first performance platform for CTV, offering a self-managed solution that combines direct media buying with comprehensive measurement and attribution, making it easy for businesses of all sizes to buy CTV inventory and deliver outcomes that are as measurable as digital ads.

Jason is a recognized leader in the ad tech industry with a proven track record of innovating and scaling new technologies and business models at the intersection of media and technology.

Podcast: Foodtech, The Future of Digital Food

As the CEO and co-founder of Deliverect, Zhong Xu is integrating third-party food delivery platforms with restaurant POS systems, automating delivery so it can be managed more efficiently. Zhong, who obtained a M.Sc. degree in software engineering in 2009, created the first iPad POS in EMEA in 2012, together with co-founder Jan Hollez. This SaaS company evolved into the company that today is called Lightspeed, which is available in more than 100 countries around the world.

Zhong was Global Director of Lightspeed Hospitality until 2018, when he founded Deliverect, thereby continuing to revolutionize the hospitality industry.

Podcast: Automating is Key to Company Success

Igor Vainberg is Chief Technology Officer at Tipalti. He has been programming professionally since the age of 15. He has worked in many different fields in the industry, from programming embedded systems for fire alarms to writing mobile apps and AngularJS applications.

Before Tipalti, Igor worked at mobile chat and communications provider Fring, where he helped develop the server side architecture for a VOIP and video call system to handle communications for millions of users. Before that, he was a developer/architect and team leader in the IDF’s intelligence corps. Igor holds a B.Sc. in Software Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Podcast: The Future of Remote Work

Raj Singh is Co-Founder and CEO of Pulse that enables automatic status for digital offices such as Slack. Previously, Raj Co-Founded Tempo AI, a smart calendar acquired by Salesforce, Co-Founded AllTheCooks, the largest mobile recipe community acquired by Cookpad, served as VP of Business Development for Skyfire, the first mobile browser that could play Flash acquired by Opera, Co-founded Veeker, NBC’s first mobile video citizen journalism service acquired by WMG and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.

Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for numerous companies including Kodak Mobile, Dell Mobile, AOL, Blackberry, MobiTV, Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT and others. Raj blogs at his LinkedIn and invests via AngelList and other. Raj received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO.

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