Category Archives: Tech Governance

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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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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17245: The Agile Board and the Young CEO

hwms.coverart Who’s responsible? And to Whom? The CEO? The Board? The Investors? In this episode we explore the challenges that a Board has with a young CEO, especially with a creative leader who is trying to build an agile company. Is it in their best interest to try to follow best practices or do they need to focus on getting their leader prepared for responsibility? Featuring:
  • Ron Bianchi as Harvey of Lapin Partners
  • Margaux Amie as Delores Paynes -Perkins
  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the 8-Year-Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the CTO
  • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation
  • Mr. Skippy as himself
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17235: Getting Good People – the Agile Board Meeting

hwms.coverartGet Good People Around?  We have Tech.  We Have Markets.  Who needs these silly things? And why do we need corporate governance for a tech firm The stock price will tell us how well the company is going. So begins the monthly meeting of the Watcher Dogs board meeting. It moves into some platitudes and then slides into a most unfortunate event.  Most unfortunate. Featuring:
  • Ron Bianchi as Harvey of Lapin Partners
  • Margaux Amie as Delores Paynes -Perkins
  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the 8-Year-Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the CTO
  • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation
  • Mr. Skippy as himself
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17145: Building a Staff for a Tech Company – Bits & People

hwms.coverart 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?” [17145] 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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17120: Agile Governance & Watcher Dogs?

hwms.coverart Agility begins at the beginning. It’s never just the technology. It’s the people. In particular, it’s the organization. How you structure an organization so that it is discipline, agile, lean? Vinny, the HWMS CTO, explores the ideas of Agility and organizational governance in a new series that begins with this episode. He is helping Maddie rebuild Embisivle Friend, which will now have to be called Watcher Dogs. You start an Agile company the same way you start any other company. You incorporate. You get a board. And then what do you do? Vinny starts the process. [17120]  Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

17020: An Unusual CTO and a New Entrepreneur

hwms.coverart An unusual CTO and a New Entrepreneur. What will they be doing this spring? Exploring the problems of technology and governance. However for the moment, we give you a quick introduction into the cast members behind Vinny & Maddie [17020]  Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

16450: Maddie Teaches What it Means to be a CEO

hwms.coverart Maddie, the CEO of Embisivle Frien’ faces the dark moment of the company and asks “What does it mean to be CEO?” What does it mean to make the toughest decision for a leader? Vinny, her mentor, arrives to support her in the hour of need and helps her demonstrate a key trait of leadership.  [16450]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail