Looking Back: The First Season Of Leadership In Tech
PREVIEW: Season 2 of Leadership in Tech Podcast Series
When it first came together, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about the idea. I actually was still a little upset about the death of the first podcast, Small Data. I was merely an assistant on that team, and I was learning how that type of podcast came together. I would mostly do the transcribing of the dialogue from all the interviews, then send it over to the producer. No matter how little or prolonged of a task I had to do in the beginning, I still loved being part of the team, and producing interesting ‘story’ episodes about the intersection of data and humanity. I was even interviewed as part of an episode we were working on that never released (an interview that I promise will one day be released!).
The Leadership in Tech podcast was going to be different though, I was told. It would still be a tech podcast, just this time we have a partner, another co-host: Errol Doebler, owner of Leader193. He was a former Navy SEAL and FBI SWAT Operator. He was bringing the leadership element in while Zac and I would bring the tech, and production, elements from Salt.io. This time I had more responsibilities and it wasn’t long before I was in love with this podcast even more than the first one. I was also surprised how quickly it gained popularity, having had more listens than I was expecting for the first season.
Net Neutrality: The Good, The Bad, And The Confusing
The first season of The Leadership In Tech Podcast Series came to a bit of an abrupt end. The last episode was produced and published on July 14th, 2017. Although there was no announcement at the time, or any reference to the season ending, fans kept listening as we first took a week long break, then 2 weeks, then finally indefinitely. I’m sure at some point, our regular listeners wondered if that was it for us? Just when things were starting to get good too! It wouldn’t be the first time a popular podcast tanked.
However, the Leadership in Tech Podcast Series is not an independent entity, it’s part of a larger program called The Technology OnRamp, as many of you already know. When considering the state, and future, of the show, you have to take the whole project into account.
OPINION: Can You Be Friends With Your Employee/Employer?
Like everyone else, I saw the headlines, and read about it maybe once or twice. Prior to current events I didn’t really understand what Net Neutrality meant, or why the government would want to “kill it,” as media and activists had quite often been putting it lately. After I researched it, and read many of the articles, I wasn’t surprised to find that for the last 10 plus years the FCC seemed to be just as confused on their stance on Net Neutrality as I seem to be, going back and forth over the years; both for and against it. It’s obvious the new administration and political climate has something to do with the recent flip-flopping, but it seems to me they were confused long before Donald J. Trump was even a contender for The White House...
SPOTLIGHT: Move Aside, Bill Gates! Jeff Bezos set to pass the Microsoft mogul as the richest person in the world.
This is a question that I haven’t considered from a boss’s point of view before, and not something I ever spent much time contemplating at all really. Even from the employee’s point of view. But now that I work for Salt IO, and I get to do interesting things like produce podcasts, or write newsletters, I actually get paid to contemplate all these new ideas and explore them. As long my contemplation gets utilized to produce tangible results, that is. If I spend too much time contemplating, I’m sure I’d be contemplating things from the unemployment line.
LOOKING BACK: Zac Begins His Journey In Episode #19, 1 on 1: With The Boss!
In July, 1995 Bill Gates become the richest man in the world. In his 39 years on this planet Gates had come to amass a fortune of $12.9 billion. Twelve years later, and Gates still sits ranked #1. He has some competition though, and it seems that his reign is going to come to an end. Jeff Bezos, the Amazon magnate and owner of The Guardian newspaper and his own space travel company Blue Origin, is catching up quickly. This year has seen his net worth increase by $20 billion, putting him at a staggering $85.2 billion as of June 2, 2017. By the 6th, he passed $86 billion...
EXPLORE: Sometimes Our Plans For Action Are Mostly Just An Active Effort To Reinforce or Revive Your Original Principles And Ideas
This was the week our co-hosts Zac and Errol started something new, the sort of thing that shows why Zac Ruiz and his company, Salt IO are effective and modern, not afraid to explore things most people are too proud or afraid to explore, and in the interest of not just self-improvement, but improving his company as well.
SPOTLIGHT: Our 25th Episode
Sometimes, when we are trying to rebuild or rebrand ourselves, or improve our leadership style, we are really just trying to do a better job at what we originally were committed to. Sometime since then, we lost our way. Maybe the bottom line became more important than our original principles, or perhaps we were distracted or simply overwhelmed. This can actually apply to so many people who aren’t leaders, as well. My own personal journey has had some pretty extreme ups and downs. The more I manage to stick to my original principles though, and be the me I know I am, the easier I found success.
Elon Musk And His ‘Boring Company’ Have A Plan To Save Los Angeles From Its Traffic Congestion Nightmare (And Maybe The World?)
We’ve had our struggles, trying to figure out how the equipment works, as well as the production programs we use. It wasn’t as difficult as I had expected for us to get our team in sync and figure things out, and our listeners were patient and understanding, which is why they’re the best listeners there are!
While we've had our hiccups with the quality from the equipment configuration, or trouble with skype on our remote episodes, we still managed to get some really important messages and themes out there as well as have some very good conversations on the air.
How Video Games Are Becoming As Complex As Real Life
A lot of people, especially on the east coast, think of New York City when they picture wall to wall traffic in their mind. I always thought it was the worst place for traffic in the country, maybe even the world. Apparently, I was wrong. New York City may have once held that title, but today the worst traffic in the world belongs to Los Angeles. The City of Angels, where the Los Angeles Times reported that “Drivers in [their] region spent 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year.”
AR vs. VR: The Future Is Now
Video games, some people think they’re the bane of our children's existence. When I was growing up in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, the vitriol towards games was more cut and dry. The complaint was that kids playing games for hours where they can go on crime sprees, sleep with prostitutes (Grand Theft Auto video game series), use weapons on people, kill, introduce children to crime, cursing, sex, etc. This anti-video game mantra seems to me to match the anti-rock’n’roll mantra of my grandparents generation towards that of my parents (WWII-era grandparents, and 60’s/70’s era parents).
The Ingredients Of A High-Performance Unit
Virtual Reality, or VR, is the idea of being able to teleport yourself into another world. Yet unlike the movies, or even Imax 3D, a user would still have control of their body, and utilize almost all of their senses rather than just visual and auditory. VR is an idea that humans have fantasized about for a long time.
VIDEO: The Connection Between Growth And Vulnerability
I was recently given the privilege of working with the Executive Board (The Board) of the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA). Basketball is among the world’s most popular sports with the National Basketball Association as its standard bearer. Generally acknowledged as one of the most difficult sports to referee, the men and women of the NBRA take on this task under the enormous spotlight of a daily national audience. With this scrutiny comes criticism, second guessing, and in some instances outright hostility from all corners of the viewing spectrum.
Want To Dominate In Technology Work? Think Less And Iterate!
In my "TED" talk at The Select Group National Conference, I spoke on the topic of growth and vulnerability. In order to grow, you must make yourself vulnerable to change.
When I was younger I worked at McDonald’s on the sandwich assembly station (and occasionally the drive through). I always knew whether the cheeseburger I was passing down the line was prepared correctly or not. Everybody knows what a McDonald’s cheeseburger is supposed to look like and I was responsible for making like a thousand of them per day.