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Challenging the Board

hwms.coverartIt’s not a typical employee relationship – CEO and Board.

Sure, there’s an employee contract but it hardly covers all the circumstances of the job.

Vinny, the CEO of SidePocket, has concluded that his board is out of step with the software market and that he needs to take firm steps to show them a good strategy.  These steps will put him in conflict with the board, but it is an uncertain conflict.  He’s not directly disobedient.  Yet, he is not following the board strategy either.

Cast:

  • Maddie, the young entrepreneur  – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny, the CEO of SidePocket – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Thomas of IBM – Ron Bianchi
  • Karen the Banker – Debbon Ayer
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce

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To Make A Point

hwms.coverartSometimes talk doesn’t work.

You’ve argued your case again and again. They hear your points, concede your argument but don’t accept your conclusion.

What do you do? And when do you do it?

And perhaps most importantly, what do you tell yourself about the risk involved? A key moment in the development of SidePocket.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce
  • Jim or Kim or Tim – Ron Bianchi
  • Violet of Marketing – Margaux Amie

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Who Gets Representation & Why?

hwms.coverartThey’re just a bunch of old guys, right?  The board.  The board that is supposedly guiding your company.  Who do they represent?  And why don’t employees get automatic representation on the board?  All are tough questions.

In theory, and the theory is fairly broad, board members represent no one.  They are supposed to put aside their individual needs and desires and decide what is best for the organization.

But broad theory and narrow practice can be quite different, or at least that is what Jessie believes.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Jessie of SidePocket – Sahara Ale
  • Rick of SidePocket – Noah Masur
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien

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Getting Funds, Losing Friends

hwms.coverartFinding investments.  Never as easy as you think.   It’s not the technology.  It’s the business.  And the two are often far from the same thing.  

And when you go from technology to business, you often find decisions that are hard to make.    Our Podcast CTO, Vinny, is building his first successful startup.  In the process, he is offered the opportunity he has long desired but it comes with a decision that he wished he did not have to face.  

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Carl of Granthaller & Piedmont VC – Josh LaForce
  • Molly the Consultant – Caraid O’Brien
  • Jessie of SidePocket – Sahara Ale

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17192: Maddie Redux – Lessons from the 8 year old entrepreneur

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A second series about the character Maddie, the eight year old entrepreneur. It starts with her appeal to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, ends with her her Public Service Message for Computer Science Education Week. In between, she introduces us to her start up Embisivle Frien’and shows the character you need to fire an employee.

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Cast:

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Maddie the 8 year old: Zoe Anastassiou

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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16430: “Brexit” and the Social Structure of Innovation

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You want to be innovative do something new and think that you can just change directions on a dime. But that’s the problem. Novelty is not innovation. Without a structure to support it, a new idea won’t advance your goals. So we turn the cast loose to wrestle with this problem. Some success. Some problems. A couple of hosts disagreeing about a new idea. A little CEO who may be realizing that contract is not enough.

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16410: The Vision Thing

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What is Vision? Business or Organizational Vision? Is just a fantasy? or a vague idea based on unproven technology? It is actually a very specific and useful concept, if you understand it. A clear vision can help you plan for the future, manage what you are doing, and assess your project. However, before you can do any of those things, you need to understand the basic elements. To our 8-year old entrepreneur, vision is a computer controlled still cutter, but she is still learning her way.

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