Tag Archives: Noah Masur

Leaving Detroit

hwms.coverartHow do you make decisions about tech companies – especially tech startups?  It’s not as easy, or as straightforward or as rational as we might like to think.  Over the next 7 episodes, we will look at our long term CTO, Vinny, make decisions about his original startup.  

Vinny is making these decisions under duress, which doesn’t help.  His wife died just as he was starting his company.  No one trusts him to make good decisions.  And he’s not sure that he can make them himself.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Curt of SidePocket – Noah Masur
  • Dennis of SidePocket – Jake Minevich
  • Jessie of SidePocket – Sahara Ale

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How Smart Is Your Phone?

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It’s not a question of smarts. It’s a question of how it got that way. A lot of the smart apps are fairly straight forward – classic computing ideas repackaged in a clever case. You start taking the p hone apart and you a lot of ideas that aren’t that clever experience t for the effort that it took to get them into that little case.

So we ask the question “How?” And of course, Anna has her ideas. Maybe she’s right. Maybe she’s not. But someone had to decide why the map app was important and why it was smart.

Anna and her crew take apart the smartphone as part of her series on Artificial Intelligence.

Cast:

  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Zack the Database Guy – Jake Minevich
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Really a Real Professional – Introduction to Eta Kappa Nu

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Is it real?

Move from a classroom to a professional office is real enough, though it proves to be something like a dream when you pass through it. The goal is real enough. Your past remains vivid in your mind. Your present standing is far from clear.

This week we look at an engineering Honors Society Eta Kappa Nu. It is a group that is designed to identify top engineering students and turn them into professionals. A noble job but its members spend a lot of time answering the question “Is it real?”

Cast:

  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Zack the Database Manager – Jake Minevich
  • Jenny without a title- Debbon Ayer

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Cyberspace as Frontier: John Perry Barlow

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He is remembered as as the founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Or, alternatively, as a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and link between counterculture and technology. However, John Perry Barlow was the writer that argued that cyberspace was a frontier and that settling that frontier would require more thought that we were prepared to give.

Cast:

  • Evelyn the Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur

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working.context.coverart A more thorough discussion of technological frontiers and the ways that organizations leaders need to approach those frontiers can be found in the podcast “The Context for Work“.

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Retrospective: CES 2017 & The Trillion Shot Latte

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The story of the 2017 CES was drones. Drones to deliver packages. Drones to inspect oil pipelines. Drones to follow traffic. Drones to spy on you neighbor. One company offered drones to bring the last remnant of paper mail to beleaguered offices. Another upped the ante by suggesting that drones could bring food to those office workers who were either chained to their desks or intent on impressing their bosses with their dedication to work. The IT director of the podcast HWMS, Rohit, went one step further with his Autonomous Drone Latte Deliver System (ADLADS). Prior to the 2017 CES he demonstrated the system by draining Lake Mead and filling it with the trillion shot late.

Cast

  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – John C. Havens
  • Tourist 1 – Debbon Ayer
  • Tourist 2 – Josh LaForce
  • Himself – Stan Freberg

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Why Do We Code? (Computer Science Week)

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Why do we need to learn to code? Really. Can’t we just get an app and be done with it? A bunch of tech people are giving us a bunch of reasons to do it but they are, in all honesty, silly. Fix a web page? Add a function to your spreadsheet? Have these people never heard of the law of comparative advantage?

In this episode, reposted from Computer Science Week, Maddie, our model of the perfect CEO gets to the point. We need to learn to code because that is how we now think. We live in a world of programs and code. Hence we need to understand what programs and code do to our thinking.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the CEO
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT

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17510: Remembering Gertrude Blanch

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Once computing was work. Hard work. Paper. Pencil. Nothing more.

Once, thousands of people calculated in mass computing labs. Now, they are generally forgotten.

This November, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has corrected our memory by honoring their chief computer from the 1930s, Gertrude Blanch.   Blanch was the director of the Mathematical Tables Project, a WPA work relief effort that was once the largest computing office in the world.

Our cast adds their appreciation.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as herself
  • Noah Masur as himself

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17310: A Meeting At Bucks

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What do you know about tech leadership?

Try this one.

There’s a meeting.  It’s in the center of Silicon Valley deal-making.  The young CEO has assembled two confidants.  The questions begin.

Is the purpose of the get together for technical advice?  Or is it something else?

Maddie meets with Rohit and Sulley in Buck’s of Woodside.  At her special table.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie-the-8-year-old-entrepreneur
  • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
  • Debbon Ayer as Val the Waiter

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