Podcast: Simplifying Money Flow through Tech with Brent Williams

Simplifying Money Flow through Tech

with Brent Williams


How going against the current can help you deliver something of value

As any tech leader looking to make their own path and do their own thing know that all their experience and knowledge will be fruitless, unless the idea they build on doesn’t improve the livelihood of people. In an age where everything seems to be already discovered, tech leaders like Brent Williams, CEO at Benekiva, come to the fore to show us that we’re wrong, and that there’s still much that we don’t know. Listen to his convo with TC, as they dive deep into Benekiva’s doings, as well as Brents journey to becoming a tech leader. 

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Trust your people, trust their feedback, but don’t forget to trust your knowledge and experience – striking gold is all about going against the current.

Brent Williams

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • How you can find opportunities in problems 
  • Why going against nay-sayers can actually be more rewarding than just falling in line 
  • How learning from great leaders can help you develop your perspective and approach 

TLDR: Straight to the point

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Podcast: Insurance for the Small and Medium Businesses with Shay Mandel

Insurance for the Small and Medium Businesses

with Shay Mandel


Empowering businesses by giving them the protection and the insurance they need

Time – it’s the one thing that no one can’t control, no matter their skill or know-how. And for small and medium businesses, getting the needed protection and insurance in time is essential. Meet Shay Mandel, VP of Engineering at Next Insurance, a company that provides insurance to small and medium sized businesses at the click of a button, instead of waiting for weeks as it usually goes in the market nowadays. So how is Next Insurance doing this? How did Shay get to where he is? The answers to these questions and many more were answered in this episode, as our TC Gill sat down with Shay to dive deep in all matters of business and tech.

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“Тhe best thing you can invest in people is by training and teaching the people in your teams.”

– Shay Mandel –

Key takeaways from the podcast:

  • Why technical debt is not something that should be overlooked 
  • How code has a way of showing you where progress and development can hit a snag 
  • How technical debt can actually influence people’s decision to come on board 

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Podcast: The Art of Making Sales on Virtual Platforms with Chuck Hardy

The Art of Making Sales on Virtual Platforms

with Chuck Hardy


How one platform helps bridge the gap between in-person and virtual sales

With everything getting digitized and slowly moving on to the virtual world, there are some industries and arts that are having a bit of a hard time adapting to the new normal. Sales are one of them. Making sales is hard to pull off in-person, and even harder to pull off online, but people like Chuck Hardy, Head of Engineering at Salesroom, have made it their goal to make it easier for people to reach their potential clients, and remove the obstacles that selling in virtual environments pose. TC sat down with Chuck to learn more about Salesroom, about his own journey to becoming a tech leader, and what drives him.

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“If you want to be a leader, the one thing you must understand and accept is that it’s not about you – it’s about others. Your teams, your clients, your partners. It’s all about them.”

– Chuck Hardy –

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • How tools can help meetings and sales pitches become more supportive and effective
  • Why vision-enabled leadership can help unleash teams and empower them
  • How the art of communication is all about meaning

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Podcast: Solving the Skills Gap with Ahmed El-Sharkasy

Solving the Skills Gap

with Ahmed El-Sharkasy


Helping bridge the gap in workforce demand and supply by providing a platform on which people can learn and gain invaluable experience

How would one define tech leadership? Is it all about innovation? About creating something that will serve humanity as a whole? Or maybe it’s about empowering people and nurturing them to become leaders on their own? It’s all of the above, and much more – but the one thing that drives our guest, Knowledge Officer’s founder, Ahmed El-Sharkasy, is to provide the platform for people who are looking to develop and improve their skills and become better at what they love doing! TC Gill sat down for a chat with Ahmed, to pick his brain on the important bits – his journey to becoming a tech leader, the way he operates, and what drives him – day in, day out.

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The highest level of competency is knowing what you don’t know.

Ahmed El-Sharkasy –

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • The highest level of competency is knowing what you don’t know 
  • The importance of staying humble 
  • Bridging the skills gap is all about bringing the concept of learning to life

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Podcast: Through Tech and Growth to Affordable Healthcare with Mimi Liu

Through Tech and Growth to Affordable Healthcare

with Mimi Liu


Breaking the established systems to bring forth the new, better ways of people care

Healthcare is a sensitive topic around the world, as it becomes bigger, and significantly more complex – not just from a technological perspective, but also from a financial and business as well. Enter Firefly Health – a virtual-first healthcare company that’s all about making healthcare more affordable and easier to navigate. Our TC Gill sat down with the company’s CTO, Mimi Liu, to talk about the company, her journey to where she is today, and how she goes about leading her teams! 

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You can either focus on the fear that comes with change, or channel that energy into optimism and opportunity.

Mimi Liu –

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • How important it is to see opportunity in crises  
  • Why diversity is not just about the difference in character, but also in how we handle and see stuff 
  • How tech can empower people in navigating their way through anything 

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A View on The People & The Shifting Culture at Amazon - Joe Trelin

A View on The People & The Shifting Culture at Amazon

with Joe Trelin

The third installment of our Stories of the Amazonian Tribe is here! For this one, we have Joe Trelin, an Amazon “recidivist”, meaning he had multiple “tours” with the company, working in various departments and in different positions. Charles sat down with Joe to talk about his time with Amazon, as we take a peek and a view on the culture inside Amazon, the processes, and learn more about the bits and pieces that make the big Amazon tick.

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Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • Everyone has a role to play in the process of innovation, and sometimes you need to be spark that gets it all going
  • How to function in ambiguity and unconventional roles
  • How customer-centricity can impact product & service development

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Podcast: Giving Technology A Voice with Chris Holmes

Giving Technology A Voice

with Chris Holmes


Putting technology into important places and discussions

While some tech leaders are focused on the tech, others are focused on spreading the gospel of tech into the halls of politics and decision-making. One such leader is Chris Holmes, a Peer in the House of Lords, who dived deep with TC on topics such as tech and leadership, but with a bit of twist. From his first steps into the tech world, all the way to where he is now, the story of Chris Holmes is one we’re sure will captivate you and give you quite a lot to think about. 

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Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t, or tech isn’t for you. Believe in yourself and your idea, surround yourself with people who support you, and don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.

Chris Holmes –

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • How developing a passion for tech can help you develop a perspective on what to do 
  • Why it’s important to be present – both with people and for people
  • How can we see the opportunity in the world around us

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