TBLP015 | Rami Sayar: Technology and Community

On today’s episode, I have the opportunity to catch up and sit down with Rami Sayar at the FITC Toronto event.  Rami is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Canada.

Rami is a technologist passionate about the intersection of art, design and the web. For the past 5 years, he has been experimenting with the bleeding edge of emerging technologies, determined to find a use for them in everyday life.

In his current role as a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Canada in Montreal, Rami covers technical areas such as open source technologies, open data, and cloud computing. He is a frequent international speaker and has spoken at prestigious conferences such as Build, FITC, ConFoo, DroidCon, CUSEC, KWS and TEDx at HEC Montreal. Rami is prevented from sleeping by his curiosity for experimentation, his insistence on shipping high-quality code and helping startups survive the grind.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he is leading by being a “fanboy” marrying technology and community
  • Gain exposure at a world-wide organisation, like Microsoft
  • Finding and navigating through Microsft to find the right stakeholders
  • Building through community events like Startup Grind and meetups
  • Continue publishing and sharing to gain trust and creditbility

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TBLP001 | Saul Colt: It’s Criminal to be Mediocre

My guest on this episode is Saul Colt.  Saul is the Founder and Creative Director at SAUL COLT – The Idea Integration Company.  In his career he has been named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators as well as been called one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers.

NYT Bestselling author and Internet Pioneer Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as “exactly who you want representing your company” and that message has been echoed by media properties ranging from Inc to Forbes Magazine.

In the episode, we touch upon many of Saul’s interests and expertise including Word of mouth marketing, stunt marketing,  Social media, customer experience, and community building.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How shoes, art, and writing comic books gives him a competitive advantage
  • A calendar entry to block 15-20 minutes to allow the mind to wander
  • Challenges and opportunities working with startups and small organizations like ZipCar and FreshBooks
  • Differences working with large enterprise organizations like Rogers Communications and Xero
  • Explains why everything starts and ends with marketing
  • Rules of word of mouth marketing depending on the size of organization (hint: nothing)

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