Henry Albrecht of Limeade on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Limeade is a corporate wellness technology company that drives employee engagement. The platform inspires happier, healthier and more productive employees. Their tagline is “great companies invest in the well-being of their people, and in return, employees invest in the well-being of the company.“

Henry Albrecht is CEO and board director of Limeade. and he joins us today on the podcast to talk about how companies are implementing effective workplace wellness programs. Listen right here, on SoundCloud, or iTunes, or read the podcast transcript.

Lee Schneider is the interviewer and the podcast is produced by Red Cup.

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Release date: 25 June 2017

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How to Come up with Podcast Story Ideas

Whether you just made the leap into podcasting, or are a seasoned podcaster chances are you are always on the lookout for great content to share with your audience.

If you’ve been podcasting for a while, it can sometimes feel challenging to come up with new, fresh, and relevant ideas to share with your audience. You may even feel, at times, like you’ve covered it all.

If you are just starting out, you may also struggle but for a different reason. You want to know how to be selective and choose the right story idea for your podcast that resonates, and helps you attract, retain, and grow your audience.

With more than 8 million podcast episodes published to the iTunes store in more than 100 languages and over a billion subscribers (according to MacWorld), your audience has a lot of choices in terms of content. Coming up with strong story ideas is a critical, and often overlooked first step to creating successful podcast episodes.

How to Brainstorm

The first place to start coming up with story ideas for your …

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Talking about Chatbots with Jeff Dodge

Jeff Dodge is the General Manager of BlueMetal, an interactive design and technology architecture firm, matching the most experienced consultants in the industry to the most challenging business and technical problems. This is an interview I did with Jeff about chatbots.

Lee: Chatbots have the potential to be a frictionless kind of customer engagement, but will they ever be smart enough to satisfy us?

Jeff:  I suppose you can look at that as a way of setting expectations. I prefer to call them narrow artificial intelligence, and in fact, even our branding of that type of experience has evolved into a conversational agent now. I think artificial intelligence almost sets the expectation too high, but since Mark Zuckerberg featured chatbots at the F8 Conference last year, there’s been a ton of buzz and attention around this. And I think chatbots, to me, has evolved to sort of have a sort of commercial or gimmicky persona to it. So I prefer more of an enterprise approach, which I think narrow artificial intelligence resonates with.

Lee: How do …

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5 Elements of a Successful Startup Business Plan

 Written by Elena Tahora

A startup business begins with an idea. Of course, in order for that idea to become a solid entity, there are things that you will have to accomplish first. One of the most important things that you have to do for your startup is the business plan. Your business plan will be your first ticket to success.

First of all, the business plan is what you will present to your potential investors. Your business plan will also help you evaluate every aspect of your business and keep you on the right track. Writing the business doesn’t have to be a pain. All you have to do is make sure that it has the five most important elements.

Executive Summary

The executive summary is probably the most important part of your business plan. That is because it is the part that comes right after your title page. The executive summary of your business should catch the attention of the reader, otherwise, the rest of your business plan will just go to waste.

It has to, like the …

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The Best Podcast Formats

57 million Americans are monthly listeners to podcasts, an audio medium that has lingered in the digital sphere for a little over a decade. But with its projected growth rising steadily in recent years, the podcast holds unlimited potential in becoming an integral medium of entertainment, education, news, and more for its digital audience.

So Many Podcasts, So Little Time

There are a vast array of podcast genres, spanning from investigative stories to comedy interview shows to daily recaps of political news. Podcasts also range from short and sweet 15-to-20 minute shows to hour-long discussions. The podcast world is a broad one, with specific niches for content that suits the listener’s hobbies, interests, and even political perspectives; they’re like television shows, but without the visual elements.

Despite the near-limitless niches and genres, there are a few constants that are similar, and are reflected within the most well-received podcasts: the format. There are a handful of formats for a podcast that are widely used by almost all shows, regardless of their topic. Every audio editor or podcast producer approaches their …

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Jared Chung of CareerVillage.org on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Joining us on the show today is Jared Chung, founder of CareerVillage.  Students post requests for career advice on the site, and CareerVillage matches those requests with an online pool of working professionals who answer. For educators and others CareerVillage represents a new resource to help students succeed.

Key Takeaways:

“But if we were talking about their future, it was personal to them, it was a passion of mine, and I could really connect with students.” Jared at 3:43 “I think for students, what we need to remember about your average American high school freshman is that, if you’re talking to them about careers, you’re probably having the first conversation that they’ve ever had about careers, right?” Jared at 5:38 “We’ve learned that it’s very important to make sure that we don’t overtax our volunteers ” Jared at 9:30 “So I think there’s something about being true to the students and meeting them where they are” Jared at 10:59 “Basically, we have career advice. Career advice is great. That career advice to show up first on Google, on …

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Running Knows No Age Limit

Written by Terry Nguyen

Regardless of your age, you want to look and feel your best. Running might be the solution you’re looking for: A 2014 study released by the University of Colorado reveals that running keeps you younger, in terms of energy efficiency and maintaining energy levels. Most runners know the expression, “You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running.” Turns out, that’s true.

Let’s face it, though, even if a study maintains that running might turn back or slow down your inner clock, giving you a few more miles in the marathon of life, that might not be enough motivation to get you to put on your shorts and fly out of the house on a chilly morning. There are those days when you don’t have much time, or when you’re just feeling a little lazy.

You can still get the some of the benefits running brings by brisk walking. When analyzed, adults who ran had faster metabolism and were better walkers than adults who were sedentary. When you are trying …

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Richard Wolpert of HelloTech on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Joining us on the podcast is the CEO and founder of HelloTech, Richard Wolpert. HelloTech is an on-demand tech support network available all over the country.

Richard is responsible for many “firsts” throughout his career including: Conceiving of and teaching the first Macintosh Programming Class at Stanford University – the first multi-user address book for the Macintosh (TouchBase), the first kids internet subscription service (Disney’s Daily Blast), the first Tivo-like product for Internet Radio (BitBop Tuner), the first *legitimate* music subscription service for the Internet (MusicNet), and the first legitimate online movie subscription service (Starz! On Demand). We will talking about the subscription service model in this podcast, as well as the world of IoT. The podcast is produced by Red Cup Agency. The interviewer is Lee Schneider.

Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud. Or just click play:

 

Key Takeaways:

“But once we get somebody signed up to a subscription and we know that the churn is good meaning that they don’t churn out quickly they last for two three four years as a …

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