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17145: Building a Staff for a Tech Company – Bits & People

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It’s like a blind date. Only worse. With a date you have the presence of hope shackled only by the vaguest of required qualifications. But like a date, a tech company staff has to be created today with the changing future ever in mind. And the results are not always pretty.

Maddie is hiring the staff for her startup with Vinny receiving, but not approving, her ideas. Steps are tentative. Plans are in process. Perhaps the worse part of it is that she is trying to launch a new service and isn’t completely clear about how that service will organize her customers – or her community, if you wish to take an idealist view of things.

In the process, Maddie has to face her old nemesis and ask “How does a real CEO behave?”

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sean with a Resume: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17135: The Agile Board

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Agility begins at home. Or more to the point, it begins with the board. Too often, companies are organized conventionally and then the CEO tries to make the Agile by applying various tricks and procedures. As Vinny argues in today’s episode, you really need to start at the top, think of the company as a whole, and start by understanding the claims and obligations of all parties.

It is a little crazy, we do admit, to build a company for an 8-year-old Entrepreneur. But it is not crazy to ask how your CEO will grow into the leadership demands of the organization.

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Cast:

Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Vinny-the-CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Penelope-the-Principal: Debbon Ayer

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Delores Payne-Perkins: Margaux Amie

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17012: What to See at the Consumer Electronics Show

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What should you see at the Consumer Electronics Show? What are going to be the great cutting edge technologies that will shape the next 5 years of consumer products. We get some ideas from our special Tom Coughlin, who is one of the organizers of the technical side of the CES conference. Tom joins podcast staff members Sulley, the Policy Director and Jameela, the Manager of our Bangalore Office, to talk about the most important new technologies. (And, it appears, none of them are autonomous drone based coffee delivery systems.) Augmented Reality is probably on the top of the list, followed by Machine Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Tom will explain.

 

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16920: Talking About Difficult Things: Saying “No”

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It is not enough to make good technology. You have to talk about it. You have to talk about it when it is good and when it is bad. The first is easy, to a point. The second is hard. How do you tell someone that their ideas are not working, that their plans have failed, that their vision of the world is incorrect? Evelyn and Sully give their lesson on the subject.

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