S03E20 — Solving Startup Conferences with Alex Barrera

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The Gist

There’s a boon of technology and startup event everywhere. We’re asking Alex Barrera, who helps many of those, his thoughts about what will make the good conference of the future.


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The Guest — Alex Barrera

Alex Barrera

Alex Barrera

For the past 5 years, Alex been running startups and helping others develop their businesses. He co-founded two major startup accelerators, worked with business models, startup valuations, communication and message crafting, startup PR, lean startups methodologies, customer development and product design.

Through his company, Press42, he works exhaustively with startups and their messages, giving storytelling workshops, pitching training and internationalization strategies, connecting them with the media, investors and market influencers globally. He now extends his training in storytelling to major businesses.

On the sidelines, he also extends his training in lean and agile software development, product design and project management to different worldwide Fortune 500 companies.

He's a founding member of Tech.eu, the online blog specialized on the european startup ecosystem.

Find Alex on Press42.com and LinkedIn. He's @abarrera on Twitter.



This episode was recorded on October 8, 2015. Alex was in Madrid, Paul was in London and Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E19 — The Death of the Sharing Economy

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The collaborative use of personal resources might be facilitated by the efficiencies of digital marketplaces, the sharing economy isn’t delivering what it promised. Maybe it was a misnomer all along.


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This episode was recorded on October 2, 2015. Paul was in London, Ivan was in Warsaw

S03E18 — Social Media Revisited

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The Gist

Years of excitement of social media have proven somewhat misguided when it comes to brands. It’s a fact, social delivers poor conversions on hard metrics. We look at the realignment of expectations. 


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This episode was recorded on September 15, 2015. Paul was in London, Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E17 — Startup Lebanon with Samer Karam

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Samer Karam is the chairman of Startup Megaphone, the organization managing the international image of Lebanon’s startup ecosystem. We look at the valuable lessons from the forward-looking initiatives this emerging country undertook.


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The Guest — Samer Karam

Samer Karam

Samer Karam

Samer is a serial entrepreneur and international angel investor based out of Beirut, Lebanon. He has invested in USA, UK, Finland, Thailand, and Lebanon. In 2010, Samer founded Lebanon’s 1st startup accelerator ‘Seeqnce’, which went on to create 4 (out of 9) successful startups, valued at between 2 and 10 million USD.

He recently successfully exited his first angel investment. In 2014, Samer organized Lebanon’s 1st international startup conference ‘Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014′, which attracted over 1,600 professionals from 20 countries with a lineup of 53 international speakers from 25 countries across the globe.

In 2015, Samer was tasked by the Central Bank of Lebanon to form an independent, neutral organization Startup Megaphone to manage the international image of Lebanon’s startup ecosystem.

You can find Samer on LinkedIn. He's @SamerKaram on Twitter.



This episodes was recorded on August 18, 2015. Samer was in Beirut, Paul was in London and Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E16 — The Rise and Fall of Google+

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The Gist

After 4 years of investment in what was imagined as a formidable answer to Facebook, Google is basically giving up on Plus. Ivan and Paul take a look at what might have gone wrong and offer lessons that can be learnt.


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This episode was recorded on August 4, 2015. Paul was in London and Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E15 — Imagining the Future with Kei Shimada

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Imagination, Invention, Innovation, Implementation. Kei Shimada’s four cardinal points have always driven him forwards, pushing the boundaries of how transformative technology-based solutions can be, of what strategy means for global companies and which roles Japan can play. 


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The Guest — Kei Shimada

Portrait by Dan Taylor, Heisenberg Media

Portrait by Dan Taylor, Heisenberg Media

Kei is a Japanese American entrepreneur from New York. After working for global companies big and small to shape his unique yet diverse professional skill sets, he successfully launched and ran one of Japan's first multinational mobile strategy firms, Infinita.

Throughout his career, Kei has focused on helping companies around the globe redefine existing product and service strategies, develop and execute market entry strategies, enhance existing revenue streams or create new ones from the ground up.

Since 2012, he is Global Director of Innovation and Business Development at Dentsu's innovation arm focusing on both initiating and leading a Dentsu Aegis groupwide innovation initiative while creating new solutions around wearables, neural technology, locational big data and crisis management infrastructures, going beyond the traditional advertising business to cultivate new business models that generate revenue. He also has several patents pending.

Beyond his professional role, he is Regional Director of Japan for Wearable World, a San Francisco based startup focused on providing a global innovation platform, together with news content, incubator and accelerator programs, and events tailored to wearable related startups.

You can find Kei on LinkedIn. He’s @kei_shimada on Twitter.



This episode was recorded on June 25, 2015. Kei was in Tokyo, Paul was in London and Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E13 — Immersive Advertising

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The Gist

What’s beyond engagement when it keeps failing in the war of attention? Immersion, an appeal for a deeper sense of storytelling. Paul and Ivan debate about the possibilities and the dangers of such a paradigm.


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The References


This episode was recorded on June 17, 2015. Paul was in London, Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E12 — Connecting the Dots at Spark.Me

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The Gist

From the Silicon Valley to the shores of the Adriatic, the world is accelerating. For everyone. Everywhere. Spark.Me both reminded us of it and created clarity by mixing a very diverse group of people that can all learn from each other. 


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S03E10 — The New Virtual Reality

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The Gist

By acquiring Oculus, Facebook re-ignited a large interest in virtual reality. Will it finally break loose off the confines of science fiction books and get closer to our everyday lives?


The Video



This episode was recorded on April 9, 2015. Paul was in Geneva, Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E08 — #MWC15

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The Apple Watch was unveiled in Palo Alto, a week after Mobile World Congress—a symbol of the state of the mobile industry: experiencing the fast commoditization, operators are not in the center anymore, the innovation happening on another layer. Paul recaps his week in Barcelona.


The Video


This episode was recorded on March 12, 2015. Paul was in London, Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E07 — Always Be Closing with Mario Berta

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The Gist

We sit down with Mario Berta to explore the state of entrepreneurship in Asia, a continent he knows extremely well having built multiple startups all across it. From talent to culture, from investment to ideation, we draw an exciting picture and learn lessons about how it all boils down to knowing how to sell.


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The Guest

Mario Berta is Director of Growth at Nova Founders.

He has built, managed and trained sales and operations teams in countries like Papua New Guinea, Macau, Angola, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia or Hong Kong. He grew Easy Taxi to biggest taxi application with operations in 9 countries and counting. He also established and managed global partnerships with companies like We Chat, Waze, Line or Xiaomi.

Mario is a true expert in sales, marketing and operations, and, with more than 6 years of presence across Asia under his belt, possesses a deep knowledge of the continent. 

You can find Mario on Facebook and on LinkedIn. He's @marioberta on Twitter.



This episode was recorded on February 18, 2015. Mario, Paul and Ivan were in London.

S03E06 — Uber for X

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The Gist

Uber has become the poster child of the physical and mobile worlds connecting; you touch a button on your phone and something happens in real life. This is leading to a flurry of services unlocking new efficiencies that Ivan and Paul debate about on this episode.


The Video



This episode was recorded on February 13, 2015. Ivan and Paul were in London.

S03E05 — Of Dumb and Smart Gadgets with Dean Johnson

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THE GIST

Dean Johnson, our guest this week, has just come back from CES 2015 in Las Vegas. He tells us all about the Dawn of the DumbWatch, the immersive VR headsets and if all this matters or not


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THE GUEST

Dean Johnson is SVP of Creative Innovation at Brandwidth.

As an accomplished design leader, writer, presenter and tech pundit, Dean is shaping the future at Brandwidth for Automotive, Publishing, Music, Film, Education and Leisure sectors. Dean is a Fellow and the former VP of The Chartered Society of designers and a mentor for the fashion tech incubator Front Row I/O.

Brandwidth has been responsible for designing and creating some of the world’s most dynamic mobile experiences, from 'The Doors’, ‘Doctor Who Encyclopedia’ and ’Star Wars Scene Maker' apps, to ‘Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury’, ‘Saving Mr Banks’ and ‘Maleficent’ multitouch books. The wearable sector and VR platforms are the next interactive playgrounds.

Dean was a finalist in the 2014 Shorty Awards, presents the ‘Gadgetarium’ on the Dadsaster podcast, is Inspector Gadget on Nikki Bedi’s BBC London 94.9 show, writes for Computer Arts, iCreate, Apps Magazine and his own blog and wrote the number 1 Multi-Touch book ‘Digital Publishing: The Next Steps’.

You can find Dean on ActivRightBrain.com and on LinkedIn. He's @activrightbrain on Twitter.



This episode was recorded on January 15, 2015. Dean and Paul were in London, Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E04 — 2015 Predictions

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What’s in store for 2015 when it comes to technology? Although predictions go only so far, Paul and Ivan round up a few trends that should impact the year forward.


THE VIDEO



This episode was recorded on January 9, 2015. Paul was in London and Ivan was in Warsaw.

S03E01 — Accelerating Emerging Ecosystems

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In the aftermath of the BDL Accelerate conference in Beirut, Ivan and Paul share some thoughts on how startup ecosystems in frontier and emerging markets can be ignited and sustained.




This episode was recorded on November 25, 2014. Paul was in London and Ivan was in Warsaw.