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When Kids Buy Bitcoin: Cast Member Zoe Anastassiou

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She’s one of the most flexible members of the cast. She’s played executives, teachers, moms. But Zoe Anastassiou is most commonly identified as an eight year old girl who believes – knows – that is the rising light of the next generation of tech business leaders. In this episode, she talks about that character, Maddie-the-Entrepreneur, and what it means to bring her to life.

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Consumer Electronics Show Preview

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 It’s a holiday for gratitude in the United States but a holiday for data in the rest of the world.

Ok. They now call it the “Consumer Technology Show” but it’s the same old event. New technology. Lots of talks. Entrepreneurs desperately trying to move their ideas from intellectual conception to money making product.

So what are the bit themes this year? Similar to last year. Machine Learning. Data. Environmentally friendly. (Which may mean the start of the long goodbye to Bitcoin). Autonomous control. Security. Privacy. Security. Privacy. And for one last time, Security and Privacy.

Our podcast team is preparing our new technology for the 2019 show. Our prior entries have generated more heat than light, but that true of most exhibits at the show.
hwms.coverart Before we release it to the public, you might want to review one of our earlier products “Rohit’s Autonomous Drone Late Delivery System.” It actually got some interest from investors, though they were investors who did not quite Rohit’s accomplishment in draining Lake Mead and filling it with high quality coffee.

Cast:

  • Sulley from Policy – Josh LaForce
  • Karen from the Parents’ Committee – Debbon Ayer
  • Becky from the Parents’ Committee – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Jim from the Parents’ Committee – Ron Bianchi

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A Holiday for Data?

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 It’s a holiday for gratitude in the United States but a holiday for data in the rest of the world.

A Holiday for Data?

Three different groups have organized holidays for data and statistics: one for India, one for the continent of Africa and one for the world at large. You may think that they’re celebrating numbers but if you look closely at any one of them, you find that they are actually celebrating something a little more profound.

Take a break with our cast to celebrate the importance of data.

Cast (on Vacation):

  • Sahara Ale
  • Margaux Amie
  • Zoe Anastassiou
  • Debbon Ayer
  • Ron Bianchi
  • Geoffrey Grier
  • Kit Kuksenok
  • Josh LaForce
  • Noah Masur
  • Jake Minevich
  • Caraid O’Brien
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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When the Client Leaves the Premises

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 You don’t, and that”s the point.  

We have a company. We have a consulting team. And we believe we have a client, though it would seem that the client is not sure that he would have us. Days after the HWMS team arrived at BKL, it’s owner decided to go hiking in the Swiss Alps. It could be the confidence of a secure leader. It could be a brilliant strategy to get a new perspective on the business. It could also be a poor choice by a misguided manager. We take a moment to get the owner’s point of view as he walks with his friends in the Alps.

A short episode to give us a little insight into the challenges of tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Florian, the Client  – Josh LaForce
  • Ida, Friend of Florian  – Debbon Ayer
  • Max, Friend of Florian – Jake Minevich

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The Beginning is Chaos: Starting to Consult

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How do you begin a consulting job?

In thunder, lightening or in rain?

It is chaotic at the start. You move to new offices, meet new people and start to appreciate new responsibilities. Our podcast has been hired by a German firm – a logistics provider to the coffee industry – to review their software systems and make recommendations. They arrive on site, after a long flight, and quickly discover that they did not fully appreciate the environment in which they would have to work.

First episode in a series on tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Chief Consultant  – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Anna the intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Dirk, the Tech Guy – Noah Masur
  • Florian, the Client  – Josh LaForce
  • Sonya, the head of operations – Debbon Ayer

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Tech, Money, Betrayal & Bad Driving

hwms.coverartThings are never as clear as they seem.  Never as obvious.  Never as straightforward as you would like.

It should be simple.  You get an idea.  You make a product.  You take it to the market.  Let your customers decide for good or for ill.

But that simplicity masks the fundamental conflict.  A conflict over goals.  A conflict that is often deeply hidden in the acts and decisions of daily life.

Cast members Caraid O’Brien and Josh LaForce talk about the current series of the podcast and the challenges of preparing a podcast while driving through the streets of San Jose, California.

 

Cast:

  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce

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Assume an Infinite Pile of Turtles

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When it falls apart, it just goes. You think you understand something. You got the idea right. You’re ready to act, to executive. Then all of a sudden, you realize that your approach has a flaw, a fundamental flaw. It would work perfectly well, IF you could have an infinite pile of turtles. Turtles, Turtles, all the way down.

If this doesn’t make sense, listen to Bix. He’ll make the idea clear.

Cast:

  • Bix the Master Scrum Master- Ron Bianchi

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The Improvised Engineering Career

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What does it mean to plan your career. You have a degree in some technical field. Plenty of experience and lots of well-meaning advice from friends, family, colleague and strangers who have nothing but good will and strong opinions.

Yet we’re improvising. We’re inventing steps as we move along, just as an improvising musician invents melodies and harmonies and they play.

There are reasons for this improvisatory world. We’ve changed the practice of engineering by the very tools that we have invented.

Why technical careers have become an artistic pursuit. A special episode for the Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honors Society.

Cast:

  • Sulley from the Policy Office – Josh LaForce
  • Evelyne the Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Penelope Othmar – Debbon Ayer
  • Bix the Master Scrum Master- Ron Bianchi
  • The Engineer – Noah Masur

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