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SidePocket: Profit Driven

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They make you work.

They take your money.

They expect you to like it. 

But sometimes.  Sometimes.  There is another option.  

A chaotic trip through San Jose suggests a new strategy. 

Fourth in our re-release of the audio drama: SidePocket

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Narrator: Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Debbon Ayer – Karen the Banker
  • Ron Bianchi – Rick 
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Josh LaForce – Carl the VC
  • Cariad O’Brien – Molly
  • Skippy – Himself

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SidePocket: Losing Friends

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Things sometimes go well.

Or so we hope.

Our new tech entrepreneur is in a new city with a new company, a new investment and a new start.

Maybe.  

Or maybe not.  

Vinny and SidePocket start operations in Silicon Valley.  The second episode in the audio drama.

 

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Josh LaForce – Carl the VC
  • Cariad OBrien – Molly
  • Skippy – Himself

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SidePocket: Leaving Detroit

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It’s an ordinary story. 

And perhaps a bit of a fantasy.

But perhaps our time  could benefit from an ordinary story.  

A young African-American leaves Detroit in the mid-1980s to see what he might do in Silicon Valley and in the process, learns something about investment, governance and decisions (both good and bad).  Revisiting the audio drama of Vinny and SidePocket

 

Cast:

  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Noah Masur – Curt
  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Jake Minevich – Dennis
  • Skippy – Himself

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What Big Tech Doesn’t Know: Act I

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They seem like such nice people.  

It’s just too bad that things didn’t quite go as planned.  

We have a young attorney advisor.

And a director of public relations .

And an mess they didn’t anticipate.  

The How We Manage Stuff audio drama tackles the issue of technology in government.  The leaders of an internet giant, Talking & Shopping, arrive in Washington in an effort to improve their public image and then immediately start taking steps to destroy it.  

They have no idea what they are doing.  None at all. 

And so they have hired consultants, the boutique group How We Manage Stuff, to help them in their perilous task.  Along the way they meet bureaucrats in love with their own voice, Congressional Aides in with political gossip, and interns in love with the mere image of leadership.  

So begins our tale.  The first seven episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Stassen; Senator Christine Stassen; Evelyne of T&S
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place; Waiter; Female Aide
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One; Waiter; Bashir, the Uber Driver
  • Anastasia Deloret – Karine from the EU Office
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Kit Kusenok – Ed Kowalski, CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams of Federation for Digital Future; Male Aide
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna, once an Intern

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Big Tech: The Right Clothes

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Gravitas.

How important is gravitas, social authority, to a tech organization?  

Afterall, they are the ones who claim that they are trying to disrupt society, to remove older barriers, to build new structures that are more profitable to all.  

If that is the case, if their power comes from forces outside society, then whey do they need social weight?

And why how do they need to dress if they are to claim that they have gravitas.  

Karine Tisserand, the head of the How We Manage Stuff European Union Office agrees to come to Washington in an effort to fix a project that is sliding, inch by inch, out of control.  Abby Alton, the head of Talking and Shopping, meets with Congressional Staff.  And finally, Sullivan asks if the4 HWMS Washington office is facing a rebuke for its lack of progress.  

The thirteen episode of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”  

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Evelyn of How We Manage Stuff
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino aid to Senator Stassen
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One
  • Anastasia Deloret – Karine Tissarand, Head of HWMS EU Office
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny of How We Manage Stuff
  • Josh LaForce – Sullivan of How We Manage Stuff
  • Jake Minevich – Victor of T & S
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: Mother Comes Home from the War

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Hardship means different things at different times.  

Abby Alton, the CEO of Talking and Shopping, finishes a long day of meeting members of Congress.  

In place of a moment of rest, she is faced with an obsequious assistant, an aide who has yet to understand the invasive nature of modern retail, and a consultant who has learned a story of political trouble.  

Birnham Wood may be starting to move to Dunsinane.   The leadership T&S is starting to grasp that success in the market is not the same thing as success in Washington.  

So starts the second act of our tale.  The eighth episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; 
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury

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The Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation: An Introduction

hwms.coverart We started it as a joke and then it became more and more important to our approach to teaching agility, governance and innovation.  In our podcast, the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation is the neighborhood school for our Silicon Valley Office.  But what a neighborhood school is.  The Gilbreth School takes our youngest entrepreneurs and turns them into disruptive technology leaders. If economic innovation is our national credo, then the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School is the fount of that belief.  It allows us to ask how we conceive technological progress and consider the costs we pay as we pursue that goal. The Principle of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School, explains the curricula. [17905] Cast:

Penelope Othmar the Principle: Debbon Ayer

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