Podcast: Connecting People to the Digital World with Andrew McCaughan

Andrew McCaughan

Podcast – Episode 77:
Connecting People to the Digital World

Using technology to bridge the gap between nationsworld

Tech leaders are committed to solving problems that pester man on a daily basis while also focus on improving the livelihoods of people – but what about the ones that have no access to tech? To the internet? To the millions of gigabytes of content on the internet? Enter Andrew McCaughan, CTO at BuffaloGrid.
This techie is hell-bent on bridging the gap between developed and emerging economies, by working on a tech solution that will allow people to connect and gain access to the amazing world of the internet, or as he likes to put it “connecting the next billion”.

As a leader, you’re on the peak, and while peaks can be a lonely place, they don’t necessarily are – there’s tons of people in similar positions like you, both in terms of title and conditions. Reach out, and you’ll find what you need.

TC sat down with Andrew to learn more about his goals, his journey from techie to tech leader, and how he manages his teams and makes sure they feel they’re in the right place, doing the right thing. 

Key takeaways from this podcast: 

  • How being straight with what you can and can’t do breeds trust and support  
  • Why it’s okay to ask for help, even as a leader 
  • Why leaders should sometimes see themselves as facilitators 

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Podcast: Digitalizing Sports Through Innovative Leadership with Skyler Seamans & Shane Emmons

Shane Emmons

Skyler Seamans

Podcast – Episode 76:
Digitalizing Sports Through Innovative Leadership 

How to deliver high-quality products through adaptive management methods

Efficiency starts with leadership, and the best kind of leadership is the one built around the needs and capabilities of your teams. Meet Skyler Seamans and Shane Emmons, the two techies from TeamSnap – a company that provides spots management solutions. What got us really interested into these two and their company is their unique management method they invented, called Shape Up – a mixture of known Agile and Scrum methods which has made them a force to be reckoned.

Success is only possible when you nurture your tenacity and persistence, even when things aren’t going as you’d expect, or you straight up fail. Get up, dust off, and do it again.– Skyler Seamans

TC sat down with them to learn more about what they do, what drives them, and how their Shape Up method has helped them get to where they are now. 

Key takeaways from the episode: 

  • How assessing the size of problems can help you in finding solutions 
  • Why it’s important to get people behind ideas before implementing them  
  • Why methods that allow and encourage your employees to grow will always be a resounding success  

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Podcast: Using Data to Create Beautiful Visualizations with Japjit Tulsi

Japjit Tulsi

CTO at Matterport

Podcast – Episode 75:
Using Data to Create Beautiful Visualizations

How finding patterns in data and structuring it in the right way can help you take your game to the next levelworld

We have this idea of data that it’s a bulk of information that helps us make decisions in the virtual world, but can it be used for something like renovating buildings and improving the efficiency in the construction world? Enter Japjit Tulsi, the CTO at Matterport, a company which is dedicated to making spatial data a bit more likeable, and the world a bit better.

If you’re passionate about something, and if you’re learning even just one new thing every day, you might not be at your best performance-wise, but you’ll always give it your best effort.

Japjit’s journey is one that’s filled with many companies, both startups and large corporations, all which have helped him diversify his portfolio, and gain vast experience. He’s been in the industry for a quarter of a century now, and is one of the most impressive tech leaders we’ve had on our podcast: 

Key takeaways from the podcast are: 

  • How having a list of dos and don’ts regarding leadership can help you become more consistent 
  • Why hiring right is more about time, rather than approach or skill 
  • How visualization of data can help spur the next big thing in tech 

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Podcast: Simplifying Learning and Growth with Stepan Suvorov

Stepan Suvorov

CTO at Studytube

Podcast – Episode 73:
Simplifying Learning and Growth

Why focusing on the learning process is more important than just the material to be learnedworld

Learning, we were taught, was all about having access to material, to content, to courses and all that – and while that’s true, with the ever-increasing availability of study materials now new questions arise – what about the process of learning? And one of the people looking to answer this question is Stepan Suvorov, CTO at Studytube, a company that offers courses to employees of companies, as well as offering services such as organizing learning activities, so everything one would need to get their game to the next level.

Having a strong company culture is very important to understanding within the company, and creating it is all about presence, contact, and leadership. Without these three, creating a company culture will be very difficult.

Here, TC picks Stepan’s brains on his road to becoming a CTO, his experience as a leader, and the change he has experienced along the way in terms of changing skills, changing titles, and roles. From his humble starts, all the way to what he’s doing right now, Stepan’s story is one that will definitely inspire many techies to the top. 

Key takeaways from the podcast are: 

  • How to pivot from B2C to B2B, without nosediving to disaster by missing opportunities 
  • Why maintaining the resilience of the product helps scalability and maintainability 
  • How micromanagement does more harm than good in management 

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Podcast: Enabling Dreams One Transaction at a Time with David King

David King

CTO at Flywire

Podcast – Episode 74:
Enabling Dreams One Transaction at a Time

Simplifying cash flow to enable people to be more mobile and achieve their goalsworld

There’s tons of payment methods and processors out there, but how many of them actually have their focus on transactions that are a make or break for users? Could be many, but one that really stands out is Flywire. And on the doings of this company, we have its CTO, David King, who sat down with our TC Gill to share the story of Flywire, and of course, his own journey in the world of tech.

Feel free to jump in a role, a technology, or a product, and dive deep. Let it engulf you. That’s the way you can see the real value you can deliver by working on a product or a service. Doing technology for technology’s sake is a dead end for you and your business.

From his beginnings in academia, through his start in IT, all the way to him becoming a tech leader, there’s simply not much that David King hasn’t done. He became a leader with no leader-training, but has grown into the role, learning how to delegate and trust teams, and through it, grow and develop brands. 

Key takeaways from the podcast are: 

  • How transforming from techie to leader is all about getting away from the single contributor mindset 
  • How customer feedback can help you drive products and services forward 
  • Why alignment at the top is more important than alignment at the bottom 

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Podcast: Reshaping the Probate Industry with John Catnach

John Catnach

Podcast – Episode 72:
Reshaping the Probate Industry

Making life less challenging in emotional times

End-of-life is a challenging time for loved ones. The bereavement process is difficult at the best of times, adding further challenges when the legal and financial questions arise from the event. Well, the guest we have on this podcast is working hard to make this smoother. John Catnach, the CTO of Exizent, is working hard with his team to create a smoother and more efficient process. It reduces time to find information, provides it to all the relevant parties, and eliminates duplication of information. This solution that Exizent is providing is a great example of how technology can make people’s lives easier, even in the most trying of times.

Staying in touch with your team, what they do, how they feel, and how they think – is the path to creating a close-knit bunch of people that will work together amazingly. Be the catalyst in your team.

John’s experience and success is what made him a very interesting prospect to sit down and learn more about the hows and whys of the tech world, and we did just that. The results? Just click play.  

Key takeaways from the podcast are: 

  • Just how complex the bereavement process can be and how Exizent is providing a solution to that. 
  • The art of over-communication when working remotely (especially in the COVID-19 era) 
  • The importance of making yourself expendable so you can be agile, nimble, and free in your career with ease and elegance (not being so important you become pigeon holed into a project) 

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Podcast: Major pivot to Major success with Eoin O’Brien

Eoin O’Brien

Founder & CTO at Tracworx 

Podcast – Episode 71:
Major pivot to Major success

Tracking assets and people for workflow visibility, predictability, and efficiencyworld

In business development and in particular start-ups, we talk about pivoting whenever the situation has changed or an even better idea has appeared. One that solves a real problem and pain point in the real world.

Well, our guest in this episode of CTO Confessions, Eoin O’Brien, tells about a huge pivot that led to an immense success. He is the CTO of Tracworx, a company that offers a cloud-hosted Wi-Fi-based patient flow management and asset tracking solution. This is all in the spirit of improving operational efficiency within organizations. Eoin joins us to share his leadership and start-up journey and lessons learned so far.

Take a human-centered approach in everything you build, otherwise you risk ending up with something that’s technically impressive, but no one will want to use.

Key takeaways from the podcast with Eoin are: 

  • How having a varied set of leaders allows for a blend of leadership that can create a solid foundation for success. 
  • Why pivoting is not just a cool jazz dance move, it’s an important and potentially high return business tool 
  • How to build a good strong, resilient team around you, so your business has resilience in tough times 

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Podcast: For the love of data with Arend-Jan Nijhuis

Arend-Jan Nijhuis 

Data & Machine Learning Expert at The HEINEKEN Company

Podcast – Episode 70:
For the love of data

Leading innovation and learning in the data spaceworld

There are mountain ranges of it! There are oceans of it! Not only do we climb the mountains, but we also swim in it as well. Yes! We are talking about data. And yes, it’s an understatement to say there is a bit of it about. To help us tech leaders get clarity on this bonkers situation, we have Arend-Jan Nijhuis, a data expert who joins us on CTO Confessions, to share his experience and some tips about how to harness its potential. Also, some sharing of cases where the use of data went curly at the edges and created a huge undesirable impact.

Data is all about perspectives – each one leads to its own unique conclusion, but the one thing to remember is that as leaders, we should always keep the business perspective in mind.

Key takeaways from the podcast with Arend are: 

  • How companies and governments are using big data and the pitfalls and benefits of using it
  • The gravitation towards harmonized systems so data can be shared in standardized forms
  • Some tips on outsourcing (Arends experience)
  • The importance of multidisciplinary teams so that innovation can emerge from the exportation of data
  • The role of an analytical translator to help understand and use the data

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Podcast: Tech'ing up the last-mile with Lachlan Laycock

Lachlan Laycock

CTO at Stuart

Podcast – Episode 69:
Tech’ing up the last-mile

Advanced and efficient delivery through geo-localized couriersworld

We are all served by them in these modern times. Those helpful men and women bringing our orders to our homesteads. The complexity of this last logistical mile becomes evident as one scales, and constraints become evident. Expected costs are being driven down, and time to deliver ever smaller.
In this episode, we speak to the CTO of Stuart, a company in this space; Lachlan Laycock joins us to celebrate his lessons learnt and his team’s efforts.

Before you get any help, you need to know what you need help for – a trait that’s really underappreciated and not so talked about, but as leaders we need to be fully aware of this as this reasoning can be the backbone of every successful project.

TC sat down with Lachlan to learn more about his exciting journey in the tech world, the challenges he’s facing as a CTO, and how he leads his team every day. 

Key takeaways from the podcast are: 

  • Making your life easier as a leader by employing people better than you 
  • How using data sharpens the edge of the competitive blade 
  • The importance of addressing the really good, the bad, and the damn right ugly. Those towers-of-knowledge and toxic members of your team 

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Podcast: Simplifying Holidays and Leisure One Project at a Time with Christian Rudolph

Christian Rudolph 

Director of DevOps at TUI Travel Group

Podcast – Episode 68:
Simplifying Holidays and Leisure One Project at a Time

The tech behind making holidays more accessible and more funworld

A techie who started out as a system administrator, and slowly worked his way up the ladder, ending up as the Director of DevOps at TUI Travel Group, the world’s number one holiday business group – Christian Rudolph. We sat down with him in an episode, and he just let us pick his brain as we tried to see what’s really ‘techy’ that’s going on behind the scenes in a big corporation like TUI, as well as learn about his experience as a tech leader.

Always challenge the status quo inside your teams, otherwise you risk not just efficiency and productivity inside the teams, but also stagnation on a company level.

From his humble beginnings, all the way to leading teams in a big company, Christian has wisdom that we’re sure many of you would like to hear – from his advice on how to put together high performing teams, all the way to how he manages them, there’s not much else to say than: this is an episode you must hear. 

Key takeaways from this podcast are: 

  • How leading teams can actually help you maintain your passion 
  • Why maintaining team spirit is more important than ensuring efficiency
  • How trust shapes the teams and ensures longevity efficiency 

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