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@techvitamin is a podcast featuring people making tech happen all over the world, but with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area and Boston. Every episode will be roughly 60 minutes, and will feature a rotating co-host, and a special guest. Our web presence is at thetechvitamin.com; our twitter is twitter.com/techvitamin; and our facebook page is at facebook.com/techvitamin.

Latest Episodes

@techvitamin 2.7: T.A. McCann, serial entrepreneur, ex-pro sailor, on healthcare tech and grinding it out

If you’re competing with T.A. McCann in the startup world, know that he’s racedaround the world in boats, in horrible conditions, and has probably surrounded himself with people who, like him, will not complain because they enjoy the grind— after they’ve been strategic and have arrived at the race with the tools to win. Which he’s done. A lot. T.A. was theFounder and CEO of Gist, which he sold toResearch in Motion in 2011. He’s also a relentless contributor to the Seattle startup scene, whether aspart of TechStars or Startup Weekend, as an Angel investor or now as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Providence. It’s fun to talk about sailing as a metaphor for the startup life. The parallels are clear, and being a member of an Americas Cup crew, and working with Larry Ellison so closely, is such rarified experience that it’s worth covering a bit, which we do. Outside of sailing, we cover a lot of ground, including his investment theses (data, mobile, and being attracted to things...

69 MIN2017 JAN 30
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@techvitamin 2.7: T.A. McCann, serial entrepreneur, ex-pro sailor, on healthcare tech and grinding it out

@techvitamin 2.6: Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope

This episode is mostly about driven professionalsdoing great work in difficult places for people who really need help. Fundamentally that’s what Lauren Woodman and her NetHope team do. It’s not about speech recognition, AI (yet), or your wifi fridge telling you that your avocado ice cream is about to melt. We talk about providing connectivityin giant, semi-permanent refugee camps, and about streams of migrants — otherwise educated and smartphone carrying people trying to live their lives — and giving them basicservices that of course we’d crumble without. A constant thread: having the grit to work throughsolutions in places where the environment (physical and political) is potentially hostile. They do work that’s super tangible (getting satellite dishes up), and work that’s less so (data security policy so refugees are protected even in cyberspace). It’s applied, 100% non-frivolous tech. There are many things to admire about Lauren, not least that she’s so effectively made ...

58 MIN2017 JAN 16
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@techvitamin 2.6: Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope

@techvitamin 2.5: Dave Cotter, CEO of Reply Yes

Sure Dave Cotter’s engaging and funny. But you figure out pretty quickly that in Reply Yes he’s juggling something complex, really ambitious, and that he has a deep pool of that essential founder’s gift: faith. It’s not denial, just bedrock confidence. No babe in the startup woods(he was a co-founder of SquareSpace), he’s also done the larger company thing at Amazon, Zulily and RealNetworks. Dave’s current venture is a mix of retail savvy and messaging and AI, and is at the center of what is being called “conversational commerce”. Inspired by the sheer simplicity of text, and to some extent by what’s been going on in China with WeChat’s platform, Reply Yes— and a host of other startups (Magic, x.ai, Peachd.com, etc.) — hasbeen running hard at this problem for the past few years. Dave’s team has launched two messaging centered “stores” — The Edit, for vinyl records, and Origin Bound, for graphic novels — wherethe simplicity of the offering belies a tremendous amount ...

60 MIN2017 JAN 3
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@techvitamin 2.5: Dave Cotter, CEO of Reply Yes

Latest Episodes

@techvitamin 2.7: T.A. McCann, serial entrepreneur, ex-pro sailor, on healthcare tech and grinding it out

If you’re competing with T.A. McCann in the startup world, know that he’s racedaround the world in boats, in horrible conditions, and has probably surrounded himself with people who, like him, will not complain because they enjoy the grind— after they’ve been strategic and have arrived at the race with the tools to win. Which he’s done. A lot. T.A. was theFounder and CEO of Gist, which he sold toResearch in Motion in 2011. He’s also a relentless contributor to the Seattle startup scene, whether aspart of TechStars or Startup Weekend, as an Angel investor or now as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Providence. It’s fun to talk about sailing as a metaphor for the startup life. The parallels are clear, and being a member of an Americas Cup crew, and working with Larry Ellison so closely, is such rarified experience that it’s worth covering a bit, which we do. Outside of sailing, we cover a lot of ground, including his investment theses (data, mobile, and being attracted to things...

69 MIN2017 JAN 30
Comments
@techvitamin 2.7: T.A. McCann, serial entrepreneur, ex-pro sailor, on healthcare tech and grinding it out

@techvitamin 2.6: Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope

This episode is mostly about driven professionalsdoing great work in difficult places for people who really need help. Fundamentally that’s what Lauren Woodman and her NetHope team do. It’s not about speech recognition, AI (yet), or your wifi fridge telling you that your avocado ice cream is about to melt. We talk about providing connectivityin giant, semi-permanent refugee camps, and about streams of migrants — otherwise educated and smartphone carrying people trying to live their lives — and giving them basicservices that of course we’d crumble without. A constant thread: having the grit to work throughsolutions in places where the environment (physical and political) is potentially hostile. They do work that’s super tangible (getting satellite dishes up), and work that’s less so (data security policy so refugees are protected even in cyberspace). It’s applied, 100% non-frivolous tech. There are many things to admire about Lauren, not least that she’s so effectively made ...

58 MIN2017 JAN 16
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@techvitamin 2.6: Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope

@techvitamin 2.5: Dave Cotter, CEO of Reply Yes

Sure Dave Cotter’s engaging and funny. But you figure out pretty quickly that in Reply Yes he’s juggling something complex, really ambitious, and that he has a deep pool of that essential founder’s gift: faith. It’s not denial, just bedrock confidence. No babe in the startup woods(he was a co-founder of SquareSpace), he’s also done the larger company thing at Amazon, Zulily and RealNetworks. Dave’s current venture is a mix of retail savvy and messaging and AI, and is at the center of what is being called “conversational commerce”. Inspired by the sheer simplicity of text, and to some extent by what’s been going on in China with WeChat’s platform, Reply Yes— and a host of other startups (Magic, x.ai, Peachd.com, etc.) — hasbeen running hard at this problem for the past few years. Dave’s team has launched two messaging centered “stores” — The Edit, for vinyl records, and Origin Bound, for graphic novels — wherethe simplicity of the offering belies a tremendous amount ...

60 MIN2017 JAN 3
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@techvitamin 2.5: Dave Cotter, CEO of Reply Yes

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