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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Science Always Tells the Truth

So why is science so hard for some people to believe? Science gives answers that are not easy and it revises them often. Does that make people distrust it, simply because it follows a fierce, unforgiving line of inquiry?

Tom Nichols, writing in the Scientific American blog network asks, Do Americans hate science? He builds a case around the idea that people hate experts more than they ever did before. It’s the scientists whom people hate, he says, not the science.

Look at the big picture: The public wants presidents who don’t know what they’re doing, tv stars who are relatable but maybe lack talent, “personal belief” exemptions that allow them to refuse to vaccinate their children, ignoring the responsibility they have to the rest of us. It’s easy to hate the idea of expertise and appoint foreign policy advisors with no foreign policy experience, name education and housing cabinet members with no education or housing policy background.

Complexity is one reason people don’t embrace science, or more properly, why they don’t like scientists very much. Scientists understand complex processes, …

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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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Alex Corbitt on the EdTech NOW Podcast

This is EdTech Now, a ten-minute podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom. It is hosted by Lee Schneider of Red Cup Agency and Noah Geisel, education director at Stackup.

Our guest in this episode is Alex Corbitt, a seventh-grade ELA teacher in the Bronx. His work focuses on socioemotional learning, gamification, education technology, and literacy. You will often hear him on the “Voices from the Middle Podcast,” which comes from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Key Takeaways:

”How much has reading been changed by the use of digital texts?”  – listen at 0:55 Alex discusses the importance of infographics –  listen at 2:58 ”Digital texts are uniquely adept at citing sources” – Alex at 5:28 ”How can ELA teachers specifically make use of tech to teach writing?” – listen at 5:48 ”I have my students write Amazon.com and Yelp reviews” – Alex at 7:40 ”The most important thing to communicate to students to be life long readers and writers is that reading and writing can be very meaningful to a very …

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Eric Sheninger on EdTech Now

EdTech NOW is a ten-minute podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom. It is hosted by Lee Schneider of Red Cup Agency and Noah Geisel, education director at Stackup.

Our guest today is Eric Sheninger, a thought leader in innovative education practices and award-winning principal of New Milford High School. The school became a global model for innovation and achievement in secondary schooling under Eric’s leadership.

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education. Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.

His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change …

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Bernard Bull on EdTech NOW – Show Notes

This is EdTech Now, a ten-minute podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom.

Our guest is Bernard Bull, who has his own great podcast, Moonshot EDU. He is also the author of What Really Matters? Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education. We focus today on reading and motivation in the classroom and how tech can influence and help reading. Lee Schneider is the interviewer. Noah Geisel, education director of Stackup, is a frequent guest on the podcast. Produced by Red Cup Agency, EdTech NOW is sponsored by Stackup (stackup.net.)

Key Takeaways from this Podcast

When students have choice and ownership, they are more likely to be engaged (1:01) Literacy today is not just being able to read, it’s also learning to write, listen, speak and understand the nuances of communication (5:37) Tech in the classroom should not be seen as a magic solution but rather a tool that motivates students to communicate and think critically in a digital age (8:00)

EdTech NOW is sponsored by Stackup. (http://stackup.net).

Stackup is a smart Chrome browser extension …

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Scott Thielman of Product Creation Studio on Cult/Tech

It’s the Cult/Tech podcast – medical technology edition. We’re talking today with Scott Thielman of Product Creation Studio. Scott works on projects in industrial design, firmware, electrical engineering, user experience, and product management. But today we are going to be zeroing in on one company as a use case. LumiThera has developed a medical device which uses non-invasive low-light therapy to treat vision-related diseases – like macular degeneration. In the United States alone, approximately 11 million people suffer from impaired vision, and numbers are expected to double by 2020.

Scott talks about the product development process and who needs to be on a medtech startup’s team in order for it to succeed. We also cover how the Lean Startup methodology applies to medtech startups and the role of design thinking. Lee Schneider is the interviewer. The podcast is produced by Red Cup Agency.

Cult/Tech is produced by Red Cup Agency. The interviewer is Lee Schneider. More info on our site: http://podcast.redcupagency.com

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Espree Devora is on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Espree Devora runs WeAreLATech, a job board and message center for the LA startup scene. She hosts and produces two popular podcasts, the We Are LA Tech Podcast, and the Women in Tech Podcast, which recently hit #1 on iTunes. Espree shares her thoughts about working in the LA startup scene, spending too much time looking at screens, burnout and how to avoid it, and her trip through Europe talking with startup founders.

Her memorable quote: “The only way you are going to get more market share is to understand that many more people” – her argument for diversity in startup companies.

This podcast is a little different from others in this series – more of a free-flowing conversation about the LA startup scene. You’ll learn how Lee met his wife, why he got tired of looking at screens, and Espree’s prescriptions to avoid burnout.

The interviewer is Lee Schneider. The podcast is produced by Red Cup.

Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud.  Also available on iTunes.

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