Episode 031: Madison Kerndt, Software Engineer / Developer Evangelist, Iron Core Labs

Episode 031: Madison Kerndt, Software Engineer / Developer Evangelist, Iron Core Labs

 
 
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Our guest for Episode #31 is Madison Kerndt, software engineer and developer evangelist at Iron Core Labs, creators of a development platform for end-to-end data control, privacy, and security

Madison and I cover a lot, including:

  • the tradeoffs between privacy and security that consumers are often forced to make
  • the morality of security – and whether tech companies hold themselves to a high enough standard in that regard.
  • how Boulder is a tech greenhouse
  • the importance of digging into the hard tech for newcomers to the tech biz

Follow Madison on Twitter @cipher-sift.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com.

Thank you for listening.

Episode 030: Nina Baliga, Co-Founder & CEO, diversity

Episode 030: Nina Baliga, Co-Founder & CEO, diversity

 
 
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Our guest for episode #30 is Nina Baliga, co-founder and CEO of diversity, a female-founded startup focused on connecting a community of diverse tech talent with trusted, transparent companies.

Nina and I discuss many things, including:

  • why she’s committed to building a foundation for a stronger and more diverse tech community
  • her take on Boulder’s place on the diversity spectrum
  • what she think it will take for her company to realize its mission

Follow Nina on Twitter @nbaliga1.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com.

Thank you for listening.

Episode 029: Patrick Rea, co-founder & CEO, Canopy Boulder

Episode 029: Patrick Rea, co-founder & CEO, Canopy Boulder

 
 
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Our guest for episode #29 is Patrick Rea, co-founder and CEO of Canopy Boulder, a venture fund and accelerator focused on the cannabis industry. 

We get Patrick’s thoughts on a number of topics, including:

  • the state of the legal cannabis industry today
  • challenges and opportunities in the canna biz (hint: both involve data)
  • legislative realities and prospects for expanded legalization
  • the coming involvement of Big Business in cannabis

Follow Patrick on Twitter @patrickrea.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com.

Thank you for listening.

Episode 027: Kim White, Co-Founder, Zimbowties

Episode 027: Kim White, Co-Founder, Zimbowties

 
 

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Our guest for Episode #27 is Kim White, a participant in Watson Institute’s Semester Incubator in Boulder, and Co-founder of Zimbowties, a Zimbabwe-based startup making bowties from recycled fabrics. Proceeds from sales go towards putting Zimbabwean kids through school.

Kim and I touch on a number of things, such as:

  • his inspiration for creating a business with a social impact
  • Kim’s experience in Boulder and at the Watson Institute
  • the concept of Design Thinking
  • what he’s gained from working with Zimbabwean children

Follow Kim on Twitter @zimbowties.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Bonusly: a fun, personal recognition and rewards program that enriches company culture and improves employee engagement.

Used by thousands of companies, Bonusly integrates with popular collaboration tools like Slack and Zappier, as well as HR software like ADP and BambooHR.

Bonusly is proudly made right here in Boulder, Colorado.

Learn more about employee recognition and try Bonusly free for two months at Bonus.ly/bouldertech.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is also made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@conduitmusic.co

Thank you for listening.

Episode 026: Becks Boone, Robot Developer, Boulder Food Rescue

Episode 026: Becks Boone, Robot Developer, Boulder Food Rescue

 
 

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Our guest for Episode #26 is Becks Boone, Robot Developer at Boulder Food Rescue, and a software engineer with a focus on civic technology.

Becks and I discuss an array of topics, among them:

  • their perception of the USA from an American born and growing up on foreign soil, vs their actual experience upon arriving here at age 18
  • working with the City of Boulder on behalf of Code For America
  • the experience of a female-bodied person working in tech
  • thoughts on whether technology has a responsibility to culture and society
  • and the intersection of shared ownership, social justice and tech

Follow Becks on Twitter @boonrs.

NOTE: This episode is marked explicit due to one or two highly contextual uses of the “F” word.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Bonusly: a fun, personal recognition and rewards program that enriches company culture and improves employee engagement.

Used by thousands of companies, Bonusly integrates with popular collaboration tools like Slack and Zappier, as well as HR software like ADP and BambooHR.

Bonusly is proudly made right here in Boulder, Colorado.

Learn more about employee recognition and try Bonusly free for two months at Bonus.ly/bouldertech.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is also made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@conduitmusic.co

Thank you for listening.

Episode 025: Bruce Rosard, Co-Founder/COO, Arival

Episode 025: Bruce Rosard, Co-Founder/COO, Arival

 
 

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Our guest for Episode #25 is Bruce Rosard, co-founder and COO of Arival, a travel industry organization and conference serving as the voice for the best part of travel: the creators and sellers of tours, activities and attractions.

Bruce and I cover many topics, including:

  • the birth and rapid growth of the Arival conference
  • the biggest challenges facing the in-destination travel sector
  • his role as a startup mentor and advisor
  • and what Arival’s research has shown as the experience almost every traveler is looking for.

Follow Bruce on Twitter @BruceRosard.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Bonusly: a fun, personal recognition and rewards program that enriches company culture and improves employee engagement.

Used by thousands of companies, Bonusly integrates with popular collaboration tools like Slack and Zappier, as well as HR software like ADP and BambooHR.

Bonusly is proudly made right here in Boulder, Colorado.

Learn more about employee recognition and try Bonusly free for two months at Bonus.ly/bouldertech.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is also made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@conduitmusic.co

Thank you for listening.

Episode 024: Raphael Crawford-Marks, Co-Founder & CEO, Bonusly

Episode 024: Raphael Crawford-Marks, Co-Founder & CEO, Bonusly

 
 

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Our guest for Episode #24 is Raphael Crawford-Marks, co-founder and CEO of Bonusly, an employee recognition and reward platform designed to enrich company culture.

In our conversation, Raphael and I touch on several things, including:

  • an effective recognition program’s potential to significantly and positively impact the bottom line
  • why Bonusly decided to make Boulder their home
  • how an employee reward program makes not just a better workplace, but a better world

Follow Raphael on Twitter @RaphaelCM.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@conduitmusic.co

Thank you for listening.

Episode 023: Kate Catlin, Founder and CEO, Find My Flock

Episode 023: Kate Catlin, Founder and CEO, Find My Flock

 
 

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Our guest for Episode #23 is Kate Catlin, co-founder and CEO of Find My Flock, a tech dream-job-landing-engine built especially for underrepresented technologists.

Among many things, Kate and I discuss:

  • why so many women are leaving tech and how that directly inspired her to create her company
  • Boulder’s place on the diversity spectrum
  • the importance of aligning financial incentives with mission
  • why she’d love for her company to go out of business

Follow Kate on Twitter @Kate_Catlin.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite  and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@conduitmusic.co

Thank you for listening.

Episode 022: Bing Chou, Managing Director at MojoTech

Episode 022: Bing Chou, Managing Director at MojoTech

 
 

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Our guest for this episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast (our 22nd), is Bing Chou, Managing Director at MojoTech, a Boulder-based software development and design consultancy. Bing is also active in building relationships between Boulder’s tech community and the city.

We discuss a number of subjects, including:

  • the roots of his sense of activism and philanthropy
  • how the tech community might be misunderstood by Boulder’s non-tech populace
  • increased involvement among younger demographics in Boulder politics
  • and maintaining Boulder’s unique character in the face of rapid growth

Read Bing’s blog at virtuallybing.com. Follow him on Twitter at @virtuallybing.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@conduitmusic.co

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 021: Scott Brown, VP at Cable Labs, Executive Director at UpRamp

Episode 021: Scott Brown, VP at Cable Labs, Executive Director at UpRamp

 
 

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For Episode 21 of the Boulder Tech Podcast, we welcome Scott Brown, VP of Ventures and Outreach at Cable Labs, a non-profit research & development lab funded by the global cable industry. Scott is also the Executive Director at UpRamp, a platform supporting radical entrepreneurs and innovation in the cable industry.

Scott and I cover a range of topics, including (but definitely not limited to):

  • how acting relates to the startup biz
  • (C)lean Messaging
  • avoid being distracted by “The Why”
  • Scott’s greatest of many successes: the creation of the bacon-wrapped tot

Follow Scott Brown on Twitter at @sbrown.

NOTE: this episode is marked explicit due to occasional PG-13 language and un-pixelated references to bacon.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. Reach me at joel@conduitmusic.co.