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Join The Tech Trek, where we explore the journeys of leaders from cutting-edge tech companies. Each episode offers a deep dive into their experiences, challenges, and triumphs, providing unique insights into the world of technology leadership. Whether you're a tech enthusiast or an aspiring executive, our conversations illuminate the paths shaping our digital future. Tune in to be inspired by the stories driving technological innovation. read less
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The Essentials of Being a Good Founder
Jun 6 2024
The Essentials of Being a Good Founder
In this episode, Amir hosts Healey Cypher, CEO at BoomPop and COO at Atomic. The discussion covers various aspects of being a good and successful founder, what makes an idea backable, and the differences between successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. Healey shares his background as a serial entrepreneur and gives insights into his companies, BoomPop and Atomic. The conversation includes key considerations for making a business VC backable, understanding total addressable market size, the importance of trust in entrepreneurship, and tips on identifying your strengths and complementing them with the right team. Healey also emphasizes continuous learning and practical financial knowledge for entrepreneurs. Highlights 00:35 Background and Career Journey 01:43 The Rise of BoomPop 04:02 What Makes a Good Founder? 06:23 VC Backable Ideas vs. Lifestyle Businesses 12:05 Execution and Skill Development for Founders 18:43 Building Trust as a Founder Healey Cypher is the CEO of BoomPop, and Chief Operating Officer / Partner of Atomic. He has spent his career building and selling companies that center around great customer experience. Healey sold his last two companies: ZIVELO which he sold to Verifone in 2019 after 15 months of taking the reins as CEO, and Oak Labs, which he sold to Zivelo in 2018. Before that, Healey was the Head of Retail Innovation at eBay. Chief of Staff to the CTO of eBay, and lead all business development for milo.com  which he helped sell to ebay in 2010. He has been recognized as Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” WWD’s “Ten of Tomorrow,” and one of Goldman Sach’s “Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” He has also done dozens of keynotes and live TV (most nerve-wracking: CNBC Closing Bell, for sure.) ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
AI and Data Strategy
Jun 4 2024
AI and Data Strategy
In this episode, Amir Bormand is joined by Willem Koenders, the Global Leader in Data Strategy at ZS, to discuss the intricacies of AI and Generative AI (Gen AI) data strategies. The conversation delves into the unique challenges and considerations that companies face when implementing AI strategies, emphasizing the importance of data quality, governance, and realistic expectations. Willem shares insights on the evolution of data trends and how businesses can leverage past learnings to enhance their current AI initiatives. They also explore industry-specific impacts, decision-making for adopting AI, and the vital role of foundational data management in ensuring successful AI implementation. Highlights 01:54 AI and Gen AI Data Strategies 02:57 Realism and Expectations in AI Implementation 04:33 Data Management Foundations 06:56 Challenges with Legacy Data 08:37 Strategic Approaches to Data and AI 11:01 Future of AI in Enterprises 18:57 Preparing for AI Implementation 21:13 Privacy and Ethics in AI Guest: Willem Koenders is a global leader in data strategy at ZS Associates, boasting 10 years of experience advising top organizations on leveraging data to gain and maintain a competitive edge. He has worked with clients across Europe, Asia, the United States, and Latin America. Formerly, he led Deloitte’s data strategy and data management practice for Spanish Latin America. Willem is passionate about data-driven transformations and strongly advocates for data governance by design. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/koenders-willem ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Building Technical Operational Capacity
May 30 2024
Building Technical Operational Capacity
This podcast episode features Matt Robben, Co-founder and CTO of Serif Health, discussing the importance of full-stack engineering hires and how to manage operational growth within hiring constraints. Serif Health, a price transparency data company in healthcare, navigates the challenges of being a small seed-stage startup with a limited hiring budget by prioritizing full-stack capabilities to ensure flexibility and comprehensive problem-solving. Matt highlights the transition from hiring generalist engineers to specialists as the company grows and delves into specific areas like data engineering and artificial intelligence, where specialization becomes critical. He shares insights on identifying talent that showcases eagerness and versatility, underscoring the value of adaptability in the fast-evolving tech landscape. The episode also touches on the interview process, supporting team growth towards specialization, and maintaining a balance between immediate needs and future potential in hiring decisions. Highlights 00:22 Exploring the Trend Towards Full Stack Engineering 00:44 Introducing Serif Health: A Price Transparency Data Company 01:17 The Strategic Value of Full Stack Engineers in Startups 04:38 The Shift to Specialization: When and Why It Happens 08:20 Navigating Hiring Challenges and Interview Processes 12:31 Fostering Growth and Flexibility Within Engineering Teams ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests?Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
The Entrepreneurial Mindset: For The Love Of The Game
May 28 2024
The Entrepreneurial Mindset: For The Love Of The Game
This episode features Dennis Mortensen, CEO and Co-founder of LaunchBrightly, returning as a guest to discuss the entrepreneurial mindset, his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, and the journey of his latest venture post-x.ai. Dennis shares insights on the importance of solving real pains, the dynamics of pivoting in entrepreneurship, and the personal philosophy that guides him through the ups and downs of startup life. He emphasizes the joy in the entrepreneurial process, the necessity of embracing the sport of entrepreneurship for its own sake, and strategies for maintaining balance, such as his practice of taking long walks for reflection. Additionally, Dennis extends an open invitation to the audience for further engagement and mentorship. Highlights 00:36 The Evolution of x.ai and Launching LaunchBrightly 01:52 The Birth of a New Venture: Automating Product Screenshots 04:02 Entrepreneurial Mindset: Sticking to the Pain Points 16:59 The Emotional Rollercoaster of Entrepreneurship 23:20 The Love of the Game: Entrepreneurship as a Lifestyle 28:16 Pivoting: When to Stick and When to Shift 32:47 Staying Centered: Dennis's Personal Strategy Guest links: LaunchBrightly: https://launchbrightly.com/ Dennis: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennismortensen/ ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Innovating Healthcare Delivery with Data Science
May 23 2024
Innovating Healthcare Delivery with Data Science
This episode features a detailed discussion with Akshay Swaminathan, a data scientist with significant contributions to health systems improvement, including 40 peer-reviewed publications and features in the New York Times. Currently an AI Researcher, medical student, and PhD candidate at Stanford University, Swaminathan discusses the potential of data science in healthcare, emphasizing the importance of delivering the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. The conversation covers domain specificity in data science, the trend of healthcare professionals engaging in data science, the importance of cross-functional teams, and the role of traditional IT and data science projects in healthcare. Swaminathan also introduces his book, 'Winning with Data Science,' designed to help non-technical domain experts collaborate effectively with data scientists. The episode highlights the potential obstacles to data-driven healthcare solutions, including data quality, biases, interoperability, and data sharing, and suggests starting with identifying key problems before applying data science solutions. Highlights: 00:38 The Power of Data in Healthcare Delivery 02:03 The Unique Blend of Healthcare and Data Science Expertise 02:52 Cross-Functional Teams: A Trend in Healthcare Data Science 04:56 Empowering Domain Experts to Leverage Data Science 10:35 Case Study: Improving Crisis Response Times at Cerebral 13:30 The Future of AI in Healthcare: Automation and Co-Pilot Solutions 17:41 Challenges and Solutions for Data in Healthcare AI 24:09 Practical Advice for Leveraging Data in Healthcare Guest: .Akshay Swaminathan is a data scientist who works on strengthening health systems. He has more than forty peer-reviewed publications, and his work has been featured in the New York Times and STAT. Previously, he was a data scientist at Flatiron Health and Head of Data Science at Cerebral. He is currently an AI researcher and MD/PhD candidate at Stanford University. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akshay-swaminathan-68286b51 Book: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/winning-with-data-science/9780231206860 ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Technology Innovation in Emergency Response
May 21 2024
Technology Innovation in Emergency Response
This podcast episode features an in-depth conversation with Zach LaValley, EVP of Engineering at RapidSOS, discussing the transition towards holistic awareness in public safety. The conversation touches on the challenges of disconnected data, the evolution from landlines to mobile and IoT devices, and the significance of consistent data across distributed systems. RapidSOS's role in moving data from devices to emergency services for better decision-making, the importance of location services, and the complexity of integrating multiple data points are highlighted. Additionally, the discussion explores the future of 911 services with AI, the impact of data privacy, and the technical challenges of creating reliable and speedy responses in emergencies. Zach also sheds light on the ongoing efforts to enhance the effectiveness of 911 call centers and emergency responses through advanced mapping, cloud-based systems, and partnerships with OS providers and device manufacturers. The episode concludes with thoughts on public adoption and the potential of AI to improve emergency services. Highlights: 01:16 The Evolution of Emergency Response: From Landlines to Digital Ecosystems 03:30 Navigating the Complexities of 911 Call Centers and Data Routing 04:50 The Technical Backbone: Cloud Systems and Data Management 05:36 Enhancing 911 with Technology: Partnerships and Privacy Concerns 11:08 Engineering Challenges: Balancing Speed and Reliability 14:37 Testing and Deployment: Ensuring System Integrity 17:23 The Future of Emergency Services: AI and Public Perception Guest: A lifelong learner, Zach LaValley is passionate about helping companies achieve their strategic goals through technology. He has a proven ability to create and scale successful business solutions and is adept at managing medium to large organizations with a diverse technical skill set. Experienced in agile methodologies, Zach combines excellent communication skills with technical acumen, enabling him to deliver in fast-paced and ever-changing environments. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zlavalley/ ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Understanding Data Creation and Entity Resolution
May 16 2024
Understanding Data Creation and Entity Resolution
In this podcast episode, Harrison Tang, CEO and Co-founder of Spokeo, discusses Gen AI's role in data creation and the complexities of entity resolution. Spokeo is highlighted as a leading platform that organizes billions of records to resolve millions of entities for user verification. The conversation delves into the nature of identity in both the physical and digital worlds, the challenges of comparing vast amounts of data, and the criteria for establishing the truth within data sets. The discussion also covers the impact of generative AI on data creation, emphasizing the importance of data quality from inception and the evolving landscape of data privacy and security. The episode concludes with insights into the future of entity resolution technology and the ongoing need to discern truth in an era of increasing digital fabrication. Highlights 02:01 The Complex World of Entity Resolution 03:28 Challenges in Data Processing and Entity Resolution 05:20 The Role of Generative AI in Data Creation 16:02 Navigating the Future of Data Verification and Privacy Harrison Tang is a CEO, Co-Founder and President at Spokeo. Harrison Tang is the founder and president of Spokeo, which he created in 2006 with a group of four friends from Stanford University. They envisioned a new way to approach social networks by providing an easy user interface to keep track of friends’ activities online. Since then, Spokeo has grown into a leading people search engine, reconnecting individuals to others all across the United States. As founder and president, Harrison is responsible for the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the team focusing on building an easy-to-use system that can aggregate billions of records and return results within one second. Harrison grew up in the Silicon Valley. He attended Stanford University and received his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering and his Master’s in Electrical Engineering in 2005. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tangtalks/ ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Integrating AI in Everyday Life and Its Future Applications
May 13 2024
Integrating AI in Everyday Life and Its Future Applications
This podcast episode features Dr. Andrea Isoni, the Chief AI Officer at AI Technologies, discussing AI's current and future integration into everyday life and the corporate world. Isoni highlights how AI already serves as a co-pilot in many aspects of daily activities and how it is adopted across various industries like cybersecurity and manufacturing automation. He also touches on the media's impact on AI perception and the potential for more complex, integrated solutions. The conversation covers the importance of AI in enhancing efficiency and the critical role of Cybersecurity as AI adoption increases. Isoni emphasizes that while AI adoption in enterprises may be slower due to legacy systems and regulations, the consumer market quickly embraces AI tools. He also discusses the evolution of software development, predicting a shift towards more integration, customization, and assurance roles rather than traditional programming. Highlights 02:06 The Current State of AI Adoption 03:26 AI in Everyday Life and Future Technologies 07:05 AI's Impact on Industries and Consumer Adoption 10:51 Evaluating ROI in AI Projects 14:49 Adoption Challenges and Trust in AI 26:32 The Future of AI, Cybersecurity, and Job Evolution ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Harnessing AI for Business Growth
May 7 2024
Harnessing AI for Business Growth
In this podcast episode, Amir Bormand speaks with Nir Kaldero, Chief Data and AI Officer at NEORIS, about AI adoption from a leadership viewpoint. They delve into prioritizing business drivers, evaluating pilot programs, and ensuring investments lead to desired outcomes. NEORIS's role as a digital accelerator in assisting enterprises with their AI journeys is highlighted, emphasizing the importance of blending AI for cost savings and growth. Nir introduces a 'speed to value' methodology focusing on sponsorship, ROI, business readiness, and technical feasibility to prioritize AI projects effectively. Common mistakes enterprises make in AI adoption are discussed, alongside the potential of generative AI to revolutionize fields like customer service and analytics. The conversation underlines the necessity of aligning AI initiatives with business strategy and securing top-down support to ensure success and meaningful impact. Highlights 01:17 The Role of AI in Business: A Leadership Perspective 04:50 Prioritizing Business Drivers and Pilot Programs in AI 05:49 The Four Pillars of Successful AI Adoption 12:58 Real-world Challenges and Opportunities in AI Implementation 14:39 Generative AI: Mistakes to Avoid and Opportunities to Seize 25:33 The Importance of Business Strategy in AI Adoption ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Bridging the Cybersecurity Skill Gap with AI
May 2 2024
Bridging the Cybersecurity Skill Gap with AI
In this podcast episode, we discuss the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity, specifically how it can help close the skill gap in the field, with Shashank Tiwari, Co-founder and CEO of uno.ai. The conversation covers the background and mission of uno.ai, the challenges posed by the large number of job openings versus the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals, and the rapid evolution of threats. Tiwari highlights how AI, including large language models and generative AI, can address these challenges by supplementing human tasks, improving efficiency, and enabling proactive threat management. He also delves into the importance of trust, explainability, and user interface in adopting AI in cybersecurity. The discussion concludes with thoughts on the future of AI and cybersecurity integration and how these technologies can evolve to support cybersecurity professionals further. Highlights 01:44 Addressing the Cybersecurity Skill Gap Challenge 05:30 The Role of AI in Bridging the Cybersecurity Skill Gap 08:56 Adoption and Trust in AI for Cybersecurity 20:00 Enhancing User Interface and Interaction with AI ----Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.comHave questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Data-Driven Decisions with a Value-First Data Strategy
Apr 30 2024
Data-Driven Decisions with a Value-First Data Strategy
In this podcast episode, Deepak Jose, a Data Analytics and AI Expert with experience in companies like Coca-Cola, ABB, Asurion, and Mars, discusses the importance of adopting a value-first mindset over a technology-first approach in leveraging data and analytics for decision-making. He emphasizes the need to invert the traditional pyramid approach by identifying key business problems and their value, thereby prioritizing business outcomes. Deepak shares insights on building adaptable and flexible data architectures that can support rapid experimentation and leverage new technologies like Generative AI (Gen AI), advocating for a future-proof and agile mindset in data analytics. He also underlines the significance of responsible AI usage, the need for a desirability, viability, and feasibility framework for prioritizing AI initiatives, and strategies for enhancing adoption and upscaling to maximize the benefits of AI tools. The conversation includes the concept of AI champions within organizations and concludes with Deepak sharing an inspirational quote from Mother Teresa, encouraging listeners to pursue their passions with great love. Highlights 00:15 The Power of Data Analytics in Decision-Making 01:25 Inverting the Data Pyramid: A Value-First Approach 04:55 The Importance of Flexibility and Adaptability in Data Architecture 07:07 Navigating the Future with Generative AI 09:30 Building Solutions with a Business Problem-First Mindset 21:32 The Role of AI Champions in Business Transformation ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.comHave questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Evolving Data Design Strategies
Apr 25 2024
Evolving Data Design Strategies
In this podcast episode, Amir Bormand and guest Santona Tuli, the Head of Data at Upsolver, discuss the complexities of modern data projects and the evolving strategies for data design focused on data lake houses. They explore Upsolver's role in simplifying data ingestion and transformation, the challenges of adapting to advanced data projects without the right infrastructure, and the shift towards more accessible and abstracted data tools. Additionally, they touch upon the importance of aligning tool adoption with business needs, the potential pitfalls of rushing into trendy technologies without clear objectives, and the future of data deployment solutions. Highlights: 02:00 The Importance of Data Design Strategies 02:26 Challenges in Implementing Complex Data Projects 03:09 The Role of Data Infrastructure and Architecture 05:57 The Evolution of Data Projects and Infrastructure 06:33 The Inevitability of Adding More Data Projects 07:48 The Emergence of the Lakehouse Concept 08:38 The Journey to Cloud and Advanced Solutions 14:53 The Challenge of Modernizing Data Stack 20:29 The Role of Tools in Modern Data Stack 25:54 Risks of Pushing for Advanced Data Solutions---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.comHave questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Data as Core Engineering
Apr 23 2024
Data as Core Engineering
This podcast episode features Vidya Eashwer, CTO at Forge, discussing the evolution and significance of treating data as core engineering within the tech industry. Highlighting the shift in perception towards data from a backend supportive role to a critical product element, Vidya shares insights from her career experiences, including her time at the New York Stock Exchange, to illustrate how data has become a foundational aspect of software engineering and product development. The conversation also covers the alignment of data engineering with software engineering best practices, the impact of AI on data strategy, and the importance of reliable, timely data for customer engagement and internal decision-making. Furthermore, Vidya discusses how the structure and positioning of data teams within an organization can enhance operational efficiency, product innovation, and customer satisfaction. Highlights 00:10 Understanding Data as Core Engineering 00:48 Forge: A Global Private Securities Marketplace 01:11 The Evolution of Data in Engineering 03:55 Data: From Backend to Frontline in Customer Engagement 06:50 Aligning Data Engineering with Software Best Practices 08:07 The Role of Data in Product Management and Engineering 11:31 Data Integrity and Customer Engagement 15:39 Streamlining Operations with Data Engineering 18:15 Leveraging AI for Operational Efficiency and Innovation Vidya Eashwer is the CTO of Forge. She has18+ years of experience creating and executing innovative fintech technology strategies. She's the former Head of Technology, Edge Systems, at Intercontinental Exchange and was the Managing Director of IT at the New York Stock Exchange, managing international teams. https://www.linkedin.com/in/vidya-eashwer/ ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player.Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.comHave questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests?Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Navigating Startup Culture and Values
Apr 18 2024
Navigating Startup Culture and Values
In this podcast episode, Michel Tricot, CEO and Co-founder of Airbyte, discusses the nuances of startup culture, including the importance of company values, the difference between startup and corporate cultures, and strategies for hiring people who align with those values. Tricot shares insights on Airbyte’s approach to data movement, the company’s growth, and how they maintain and evolve their company culture as they scale. The conversation also covers the critical aspect of dealing with risk and uncertainty in a startup environment, the significance of being a 'CEO of your project,' and the role of feedback and company values in guiding behavior and decision-making. Highlights 01:22 Diving into Startup Culture: Definitions and Distinctions 02:14 Evolving Company Values at Airbyte 03:43 The Hiring Process: Aligning with Company Values 07:08 Embracing Failure and Learning from It 08:41 Maintaining Culture and Values in a Growing Startup 11:45 Revisiting and Reinforcing Company Values Regularly 20:48 Advice for Startups on Establishing Company Values Michel Tricot is the co-founder and CEO of Airbyte, the leading open-source data integration platform that allows replicating data from any APIs, databases & files to data warehouses, data lakes, and any other destinations. Currently, the Airbyte user community is more than 18,000 members and Airbyte has been deployed more than 140,000 times. Airbyte has more than 350 data connectors available for its data integration platform. That is more than any other competitor or platform and accomplished in the company’s 3 years history. The company raised over $180M from Accel, Altimeter, Benchmark, Coatue, and Y Combinator. Prior to starting Airbyte, Michel was a founding member & Director of Engineering at rideOS, and Head of Integrations and Director of Engineering at LiveRamp. With Airbyte, Michel aims to solve one of engineers’ biggest problems with data: break down all data silos and make data accessible and available to everyone, everywhere. https://www.linkedin.com/in/micheltricot/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/airbytehq ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player.Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.comHave questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests?Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Exploring Domain-Specific AI in Healthcare
Apr 16 2024
Exploring Domain-Specific AI in Healthcare
This podcast episode features Karim Galil, CEO of Mendel AI, discussing the future of domain-specific AI, especially in the healthcare sector. Galil elaborates on how Mendel AI utilizes domain-specific AI to sift through clinical data more accurately and efficiently, providing previously unattainable insights. The conversation touches on the challenges generalized AI models face, especially those developed by large tech companies, emphasizing the importance of domain specificity in areas like healthcare, where precision is crucial. Additionally, the podcast explores the concept of narrow AI and its potential integration into broader AI systems, highlighting the importance of talent over data or models in developing effective AI solutions. The discussion also addresses adoption challenges within the healthcare industry, suggesting a strategic approach to introducing AI technologies to stakeholders, from technical users to clinicians. Finally, Galil shares his perspective on the impact of AI on user experience and the importance of distinguishing between fluency and true intelligence in AI models. Highlights: 01:51 Challenges of AI Models from Large Tech Firms 02:27 The Reality of AI Technology Today 03:08 The Problem with AI in Healthcare 04:00 Misconceptions about AI Fluency and Intelligence 05:31 The Future of AI: Narrow AI vs AGI 09:27 The Importance of Talent in AI Development 15:28 Adoption of AI in Healthcare 19:57 The Role of AI in Clinical Practice Karim Galil, MD, is co-founder and CEO of Mendel AI. Mendel’s mission is to make medicine objective by enabling the world’s largest index of patient journeys, leveraging AI that understands medicine like a physician. Dr. Galil’s experience as a physician demonstrated that medicine does not advance at the same rate as technology. With Mendel, he aims to bridge this gap, facilitate clinical research at scale, and make medicine truly objective.  Karim is an entrepreneur by spirit; his first company, Kryptonworx, led health tech in the MENA region with customers including Fortune 500 companies. ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.comHave questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests?Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
The Journey Up The Management Ladder
Apr 11 2024
The Journey Up The Management Ladder
This episode features Loic Houssier, Senior VP of Engineering at Productboard, discussing the journey and challenges of transitioning from mid-level management to top-tier executive roles within an organization. It covers essential aspects such as the roles and responsibilities at different management levels, from manager to VP, and the crucial skills needed for advancement, including delegation, decision-making, and influencing across teams. Additionally, the talk delves into Productboard's mission and functionality, emphasizing its utility for product managers in streamlining customer feedback, prioritization, and integration with execution tools. The conversation also highlights personal growth strategies for managers aspiring to executive positions, the importance of external networking and mentorship, and recognizing the often overlooked emotional and strategic complexities of climbing the corporate ladder. Highlights: 03:52 The Journey Up the Management Ladder: Challenges and Skills 05:41 Understanding the Roles: From Manager to Senior Manager 08:22 The Leap to Director: Managing Managers and Budgets 10:28 Ascending to VP: A Shift in Perspective and Responsibilities 14:36 Navigating the Transition: From IC to Manager and Beyond 20:10 The Importance of Delegation and Decision-Making in Leadership 28:49 Expanding Your Network: The Key to Navigating Management Isolation As the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Productboard, Loic Houssier leads a global team of engineers building the leading product management platform for remote teams. He has over 18 years of experience in engineering leadership and executive management across various industries and regions. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/houssier/ ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests?Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Having Purpose to Build The Last Mile
Apr 9 2024
Having Purpose to Build The Last Mile
In this podcast episode, Jay Nanduri, CTO and Co-founder of Truveta, shares his journey from spending over 20 years at Microsoft to founding a healthcare data company. Jay discusses the personal reasons behind his shift to healthcare, motivated by his family's struggles with cancer and the difficulties of transferring medical records. He also touches on the challenges of leaving a well-established company like Microsoft, the differences in working in a startup versus a large corporation, and the importance of purpose, trust, risk management, and financial planning in building a new company. Jay's story highlights the value of leveraging one's network, reputation, and experience in entrepreneurial ventures. Highlights: 00:10 The Genesis of Truveta: From Microsoft to Healthcare Innovation 03:22 Personal Motivations: A Family's Health Crisis Sparks a Vision 05:32 The Leap of Faith: Transitioning from Microsoft to Startup Life 10:42 The Startup Journey: Challenges, Insights, and the Drive for Purpose 20:47 Reflections and Advice: Navigating the Startup Ecosystem ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests?Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Stakeholder Expectation and Expected Delivery Value
Apr 1 2024
Stakeholder Expectation and Expected Delivery Value
In this podcast episode, Mo Villagran, Associate Director of Insights, Analytics, and Data at Cambrex and author of 'Data Insights Delivered', shares her insights on managing stakeholder expectations and delivering expected value in data analytics. She explains Cambrex's role as a global CDMO in the pharmaceutical industry and highlights the importance of customer service in technical fields. Mo asserts that the core of managing stakeholder expectations and delivering value lies in simple, effective communication and starting with manageable, scalable solutions. She emphasizes showing progress in real-time to stakeholders, the significance of qualitative feedback over quantitative KPIs, and the importance of prioritizing projects that directly impact the company's financial performance. The conversation also touches on the challenges of integrating new technologies and focusing on business outcomes over technological complexities. Highlights: 02:12 The Essence of Stakeholder Expectation Management 02:22 The Importance of Customer Service in Data Analytics 03:32 Balancing Technology and Business Outcomes 05:00 Defining and Delivering Value to Stakeholders 08:39 The Art of Negotiation and Setting Expectations 10:53 Choosing Simplicity Over Complexity in Solutions 17:38 Demonstrating Progress and Value in Real-Time 21:47 Measuring Success Beyond Quantitative Metrics Mo Villagran is a data concierge, an experienced business analytics veteran, is well-versed in data analytics and healthcare across sectors, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, fraud detection, insurance pricing, etc. In her current role, Mo established Cambrex's first business analytics program and now leads global cross-functional teams to deliver automated visualization and AI-enabled automation processes, providing actionable insights. Her goal is to deliver a world-class stakeholder experience in data analytics. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mo-villagran/ ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
Aligning Personal, Team, and Company Goals
Mar 26 2024
Aligning Personal, Team, and Company Goals
This podcast episode features Gregg Altschul, the Vice President of Technology at FanDuel. The discussion focuses on aligning personal, team, and company goals to reduce conflicts, enhance goal setting, and improve transparency across the board. Altschul shares insights on FanDuel's business operations, including its role as a leading online sportsbook and its iGaming division. He explains the top-down process of setting goals at FanDuel, highlighting the importance of ensuring that individual and team objectives support overarching company goals. Altschul discusses how he manages goal alignment within his organization, emphasizing the significance of transparency, understanding employees' personal growth goals, and the role of succession planning. He also touches on fostering a culture that supports employees' long-term career aspirations, even if those plans include leaving the company. The conversation delves into the importance of having a 'North Star'—a long-term goal or vision—to guide one's career development and the necessity of open communication between managers and their teams to achieve effective goal alignment. Highlights 01:12 The Importance of Goal Alignment 02:18 The Process of Setting Goals 03:38 Translating Goals to Different Levels 04:55 Maintaining Transparency in Goal Setting 06:50 Balancing Personal and Company Goals 09:11 Creating a Safe Space for Open Discussions 09:27 The Role of Trust in Goal Setting 11:14 The Shift in Employee Retention Perspective 17:37 The Importance of Long-Term Growth Goals 20:23 The Role of North Star Goals in Career Development ---- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek. We would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)