Cult/Tech Podcast with Rob Vickery of Stage Venture Partners

 

Joining us today on the podcast is Rob Vickery, co-founder of Stage Venture Partners.(www.stagevp.com/) Stage Venture Partners is a seed fund in Los Angeles that invests in software startups with defined and creative technology. They concentrate on new platforms – new forms of media, new forms of transportation, new ways to analyze and make use of data and new software to solve old problems.

Key Takeaways:

“What would you call a new platform?” listen at :30 “There is not one tried and tested process or acid test before you make an investment”  Rob at 4:10 “The beauty is that with a venture fund all investment decisions lie with myself or my cofounder” Rob at 5:32 “The two areas that we find fascinating on the frontier are computer vision” Rob at 9:20 “How far do you think we are from having computer vision just be part of the software suite we use everyday?” listen at 11:12 “What I’m really interested in is the use of proceeds” Rob at 16:25 “I think use should be raising enough money …

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Thomas Arnett of the Clayton Christensen Institute on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Joining us today on the podcast is Thomas Arnett, a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on the changing roles of teachers in blended learning environments and innovative educational models.

The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.

Key Takeaways:

“It starts by looking at what does good student learning look like? What does good instruction look like?” Thomas at 2:55 “It’s important to start small and test ideas out before you take them mainstream” Thomas at 3:37 “Why do you think Gooru is a useful tool ” listen at 7:47 “The key is to focus on what does good teaching and learning look like” Thomas at 12:40 “The key to making sure it goes well is not just technology for technology’s sake –  it’s technology to facilitate good instruction ” …

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Marc Goldberg of Trustmetrics on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Cybersecurity is on everyone’s mind now. We have hate sites and fake sites. Your personal information can be released on the web for all to see. What we click on matters more than ever.

Marc Goldberg, chief executive of Trust Metrics, a brand safety planning tool, joins us on the podcast. He will explain what the term brand safety means, and we will talk about how he is keeping an eye on the bad actors. We cover cookies, retargeting/remarketing, programmatic ads, and blacklisting. Listen on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or right here on Red Cup in the player below.

Key Takeaways:

Marc describes what brand safety means listen at 0:44 “What is ad fraud?’ listen at 2:51 “Even good guy sites have bot activity” Marc at 5:45 ”The motivation for “fake.com” is to make money” Marc at 9:05 “Fake news is just a byproduct of fake publishing ” Marc at 14:48 “I really feel like we live in our own little bubbles” Marc at 16:23 “Now I’m concerned that fake …

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Jag Bansal of Blue Cart on the Cult/Tech Podcast

We all eat in restaurants, but we might not think much about what goes on behind the scenes – except when something goes wrong, like they’re out of something you want. If you’ve ever planned and shopped for a meal to feed more than two people, you have merely a glimmer of what it’s like to provision a restaurant. Ordering ingredients at scale and keeping the right stuff in stock has long been a pain point for chefs, who have a lot more to worry about than cooking. BlueCart is an app that manages the ordering logistics of getting the food to your plate when you eat out. One of BlueCart’s founders Jag Bansal is our guest today.

Key Takeaways:

Jag discusses the 3 main ingredients that got Blue Cart to where it is today listen at 3:10 “How do we help a restauranteur or an operator not have to worry about the missing pieces?’ – Jag at 5:58 “We’ve got to enable our customers to do this on the go” Jag at 6:45 ”What about the resistance to …

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