Episode 042: Dan Caruso, Chairman & CEO, Zayo Group

Episode 042: Dan Caruso, Chairman & CEO, Zayo Group

 
 
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This is one of 20 interviews recorded in a popup backroom studio at dojo4 during the 10th annual Boulder Startup Week. When it started in 2009, Boulder Startup Week was the first event of its kind, anywhere. Now, Startup Weeks are held around the world. It’s a great example of Boulder’s position on the leading edge of tech — and the future.

Our guest for Episode 42 is Dan Caruso, Chairman and CEO of Zayo Group, a leading global provider of Communications Infrastructure and a major supporter of the Front Range tech and startup community.  

In our short conversation, Dan:

  • gives me a quick tutorial on communications infrastructure
  • tells us why, in the early days of the tech age, big players like Level 3 chose to locate their headquarters on the Front Range 
  • explains why ever-faster connectivity has more important applications than simply enjoying a better gaming or Netflix experience 
  • speaks with obvious passion about why Zayo Group loves to invest in the local community

Follow Dan on Twitter @DanCaruso.

Episode #42 of the Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder StartUp Week Accelerator track sponsor, UpRamp.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors Honey, Matter and Zayo. 

We’re also supported 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 our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com (that’s E-c-c-o-d-e-k).

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, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

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

Episode 039: Susan Crouse, CEO, Traxart Toys

Episode 039: Susan Crouse, CEO, Traxart Toys

 
 
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This is one of 20 interviews recorded in a popup backroom studio at dojo4 during the 10th annual Boulder Startup Week. When it started in 2009, Boulder Startup Week was the first event of its kind, anywhere. Now, Startup Weeks are held around the world. It’s a great example of Boulder’s position on the leading edge of tech — and the future.

Our guest for Episode 39 is Susan Crouse, CEO of Traxart Toys – a company founded to get kids back on the ground and playing with toys.

Among many things, Susan and I chat about:

  • What drew a long time, high-end product development manager to toys
  • Why being a product developer is great prep for becoming a CEO
  • Susan’s enthusiastic advocacy for rapid prototyping
  • And the cruel irony underlying the fundraising challenges faced by women in tech 

Follow Susan on Twitter @CEOTraxartToys.

SPECIAL NOTE: Traxart Toys is running a Kickstarter campaign through June 19, 2019. Learn more here.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder Startup Week 2019 Title sponsor, Techstars. At the core, Techstars is a company founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. With more than 300,000 alumni and 10,000 mentors across 150 countries, Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. To learn more, go-to techstars.com

Episode #39 of the Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder StartUp Week Product Management track sponsor, SOVRN.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors HoneyMatter and Zayo

We’re also supported 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 our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com (that’s E-c-c-o-d-e-k).

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@dojo4.com

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

Episode 036: Andrew Hyde, Boulder Startup Week Preview

Episode 036: Andrew Hyde, Boulder Startup Week Preview

 
 
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Our guest for Episode #36 is Andrew Hyde. Andrew’s done a lot of things — written a book, launched three startups, hired as employee #1 at TechStars — including founding Boulder Startup Week — the first-ever Startup Week anywhere — the 10th annual edition of which runs from May 13-17th at many venues across Boulder.

Among several things, we discuss the genesis of Boulder Startup Week (and, tangentially, the Boulder Tech Podcast), and Andrew’s suggestions for how to approach the week and get the most out of your experience.

Follow Andrew on Twitter @unicorn.

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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 035: Daniel Scrivner, CEO, Flow

Episode 035: Daniel Scrivner, CEO, Flow

 
 
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Our guest for episode #35 is Daniel Scrivner, former Creative Director at Square, and current CEO of Flow. Our wide-ranging discussion covers many topics, including

Our wide-ranging discussion covers many topics, including:

  • His journey from a high school grad to being a major creative contributor at companies like Apple and Square to his current role as a CEO.
  • How intuition fits into the investing process.
  • Things he does to avoid ruts, stay refreshed and broaden his world view.
  • Why there’s no Alexa or Echo in Daniel’s home.

All of that and more, as the Boulder Tech Podcast speaks with Flow’s Daniel Scrivner.

Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanielScrivner.

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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 033: Jeremy Fields, Front End Development Director, Viget

Episode 033: Jeremy Fields, Front End Development Director, Viget

 
 
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Our guest for episode #33 is Jeremy Fields, Front End Development Director at Viget, a design agency dedicated to building a better digital world.

Jeremy and I talk about:

  • How the fast-paced world of web design isn’t really so fast-paced.
  • Why and how he set about instilling accessibility in design into Viget’s company culture
  • The tradeoffs involved in balancing good design with accessibility (spoiler: there don’t have to be many, if any)
  • Why accessibility should be taken into account even when it’s not specifically required or requested by the client
  • The common design/front end function whose demise Jeremy most looks forward to

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by iolo.com, developers of the award-winning software suite System Mechanic, which repairs, optimizes, and protects Windows PCs. With a global sales presence in 33 countries and products in 11 languages, tens of millions of people have used iolo’s products for their PC optimization, security, and data recovery needs since 1998. Today, iolo is widely recognized by both consumers and industry experts as a worldwide leader in the system utility software market.

iolo is offering all Boulder Tech Podcast listeners a 60% discount off either Phoenix 360, System Mechanic Pro, or System Mechanic through the coupon code: BOULDERTECHPODCAST. Simply go to iolo.com, decide which product works best for you, and enter the coupon code BOULDERTECHPODCAST at checkout. The 60% discount will be automatically applied to your order.

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 032: Analiese Brown, Director of Talent & Culture, CampMinder

Episode 032: Analiese Brown, Director of Talent & Culture, CampMinder

 
 
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Our guest for Episode #32 is Analiese Brown, Director of Talent & Culture at CampMinder. They’ve been building technology for camps since 2001. 

Analiese and I discuss: 

  • How to hire and retain great people in a competitive market such as Boulder’s. 
  • What workplace culture actually is – and what it isn’t.
  • Why CampMinder puts company culture first and foremost in their mission.
  • How readily the values we learned at camp translate to today’s workplace.

Follow Analiese on Twitter @analiesemarie.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by iolo.com, developers of the award-winning software suite System Mechanic, which repairs, optimizes, and protects Windows PCs. With a global sales presence in 33 countries and products in 11 languages, tens of millions of people have used iolo’s products for their PC optimization, security, and data recovery needs since 1998. Today, iolo is widely recognized by both consumers and industry experts as a worldwide leader in the system utility software market.

iolo is offering all Boulder Tech Podcast listeners a 60% discount off either Phoenix 360, System Mechanic Pro, or System Mechanic through the coupon code: BOULDERTECHPODCAST. Simply go to iolo.com, decide which product works best for you, and enter the coupon code BOULDERTECHPODCAST at checkout. The 60% discount will be automatically applied to your order.

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 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 presented by iolo.com, developers of the award-winning software suite System Mechanic, which repairs, optimizes, and protects Windows PCs. With a global sales presence in 33 countries and products in 11 languages, tens of millions of people have used iolo’s products for their PC optimization, security, and data recovery needs since 1998. Today, iolo is widely recognized by both consumers and industry experts as a worldwide leader in the system utility software market.

iolo is offering all Boulder Tech Podcast listeners a 60% discount off either Phoenix 360, System Mechanic Pro, or System Mechanic through the coupon code: BOULDERTECHPODCAST. Simply go to iolo.com, decide which product works best for you, and enter the coupon code BOULDERTECHPODCAST at checkout. The 60% discount will be automatically applied to your order.

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 028: Jesse Litton & Dave Stadler, Co-Founders, Tech Friends

Episode 028: Jesse Litton & Dave Stadler, Co-Founders, Tech Friends

 
 

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Our guests for Episode #28 are Jesse Litton and Dave Stadler, software designers and co-founders of Boulder’s Tech Friends.

We talk about a lot of subjects, among them

  • the inspiration and thinking behind launching Tech Friends in the first place
  • their mission to promote human connection and build community in the tech space
  • strategies to take some of the charge out of online disagreements
  • the power and grace that comes with sitting down for a cup of coffee

Follow Jesse and Dave @gettechfriends.

NOTE: This episode is marked explicit for one well-placed reference to male cow feces.

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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 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.