Ep. 7: Dr. Amy Yeboah, Assistant Professor at Howard University

Ep. 7: Dr. Amy Yeboah, Assistant Professor at Howard University

Dr. Amy Yeboah is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Howard University. Currently, she teaches courses on Black Film, Education, and Gender. In addition to being invited to speak on shows like PBS NewsHour, Professor Yeboah has been published in journals like Mosaic Magazine; the CLA Journal, and more. 

Join us this week as we discuss police brutality, anti-black racism, and how you can help push for reform.

  • 00:00:30 Introduction of Dr. Amy Yeboah
  • 00:01:08 Black Lives Matter movement
  • 00:12:45 Pushing meaningful change
  • 00:28:18 Defunding the police and restructuring the law enforcement agencies
  • 00:34:30 Enslavement and Racism
  • 00:38:33 Pushing the conversations
  • 00:44:48 End of discussion
Ep. 6: Steve Woods, Founder of Nudge.Ai and Eloqua

Ep. 6: Steve Woods, Founder of Nudge.Ai and Eloqua

Steve Woods is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Nudge.ai, a relationship intelligence platform that helps drive sales, and Eloqua, a company that was acquired by Oracle in 2012. 

He is also the author of the book “Digital Body Language.”

Join us this week to hear how Steve built two largely successful startups, the lessons he has learned along the way, and his predictions for the future.

  • 00:00:34 Introduction of Steve Woods  
  • 00:04:43 Biggest takeaways from his experiences
  • 00:08:17 Eloqua and lessons learnt 
  • 00:22:26 Emerging opportunities post Covid-19
  • 00:34:34 End of discussion
Ep. 5: Joel Lessem, CEO of Firmex

Ep. 5: Joel Lessem, CEO of Firmex

Joel Lessem is the CEO and Founder of Firmex, an industry leader in the virtual data room software category. Tens of thousands of organizations use Firmex’s VDR SaaS software, and under his leadership, Firmex is rapidly becoming a standard for sharing large volumes of highly confidential documents. 

Tune in to hear how Joel built businesses that thrived through the last two recessions, and how he is leading his company through this pandemic.

  • 00:00:15 Introduction of Joel Lessem  
  • 00:00:43 Firmex and what it does
  • 00:01:59 How being involved with multiple startups helped him grow
  • 00:07:21 Becoming the CEO
  • 00:11:04 Confidence to jump in and go forward
  • 00:20:42 Strategy to face pandemics better
  • 00:24:45 End of discussion
Ep. 4: Jason Braverman, CTO of SkyX

Ep. 4: Jason Braverman, CTO of SkyX

Jason Braverman is the CTO at SkyX Systems, a company that is revolutionizing the way we manage long-range assets. SkyX (www.skyx.com) integrates AI with custom-built drone systems to accumulate and analyze data on assets like pipelines, railways, and more. Their long-range drones are able to collect comprehensive data on assets that would normally take humans days to check.

In this episode, Jason discusses the exciting future that SkyX is building, and how the SpaceX ISS launch makes him confident that it won’t be long before privately built Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will change the way that we live. The future of UAV looks thrilling and I can’t wait for you to join us on this ride!

  • 00:00:27 Introduction of Jason Braverman  
  • 00:02:41 How systems works at SkyX
  • 00:08:47 What’s stopping the customers from altering to SkyX
  • 00:19:55 Autonomy and fear related to cars
  • 00:23:30 How Covid impacts UAV development in the short and long term
  • 00:33:25 End of discussion
Ep. 3: Ken Nickerson, CEO of iBinary LLC

Ep. 3: Ken Nickerson, CEO of iBinary LLC

From helping to bring Hotmail to Microsoft, to building Kobo, Ken Nickerson has done it all. Ken is currently the CEO of iBinary LLC. Formerly he spent a decade at Microsoft, five years at Rogers Communications, and several years in banking and insurance developing emergent systems. Ken is a founder, board member, or advisor to dTaz, i6, OmersV, CDL, Xanadu, HorizonIO. He was also previously involved with Flixel, Rthm, OpenCola, and Kobo. 

In this episode, Ken discusses his work with think-tanks, the long-term societal and economic impacts of COVID-19, how he is helping to move quantum computing forwards with Xanadu, and his predictions on how emerging technologies will move humanity forwards – and backward.

  • 00:00:01 Introduction of Ken Nickerson
  • 00:07:46 Think Tanks 
  • 00:11:25 How he spends time between the different organizations he’s part of
  • 00:21:57 How will Covid-19 impact world economies in the short and long term
  • 00:33:44 Opportunities for innovation amidst Covid-19
  • 00:57:35 What happens post-Covid?
  • 01:15:30 End of discussion