TBLP043 | Dalia Asterbadi: Learn to Conquer Challenges

Dalia Asterbadi hails from a family of technology entrepreneurs. Dalia is the CTO of Verve.ai, Chief Data Scientist at JONES and Chair of CriticalStateLabs, focused in machine learning and augmented intelligence since 2012.

As a respected marketing technologist and inventor of a patented augmented intelligence platform, she believes in pioneering the democratization of data science.

Based in Toronto, she is committed to enabling Canadian startups to make a dent in the technology and business ecosystem through collaboration and value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why real insight needs to come in the form as a surprise
  • The challenges growing an agency
  • Why he believes in multiple revenue streams
  • What he learned from an acquisition

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TBLP038 | Steve Woods: Measuring Relationships

Currently co-founder and CTO at Nudge.ai, Steve Woods is using artificial intelligence to help salespeople find useful trigger events at their target accounts. Letting AI do the heavy burden of research allows sales professionals to focus on selling, while never missing a chance to turn latent demand into active demand.

Prior to that, co-founder and CTO of Eloqua, a company I helped guide to a market leading position in Marketing Automation, while growing it to a $100M revenue run rate, through its IPO on the NASDAQ, and to ultimate acquisition by Oracle.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he is able to bridge  between technology and marketing/sales
  • What the intersection of people, business, and innovation looks like
  • Why he lives life in “debug mode” to continually improve himself
  • What it took to take Eloqua from $0 to $100M in 10 years
  • Removing cognitive biases to become a better leader

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TBLP035 | Dave Penny: Delegate and Elevate

With more than 20 years of experience at the technological forefront of innovative software businesses, David has held leading positions at Algorithmics, Electronics Workbench, Ceryx, and IBM Risk Analytics.

Dave Penny joined Ethoca, a Toronto-based Fintech in the credit card fraud space in 2016.  At Ethoca he oversees all technology, including software development, DevOps, IT operations, enterprise data systems, security, and corporate IT.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he is successful communicating with the CEO/Founder
  • What he learned from an ancient Japenese swordsman
  • Why he doesn’t believe in org charts

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TBLP031 | Alan Fong: Path of Success is Through a Hurricane

Alan Fong is the Chief Technology Officer at Fleet Complete.  Alan brings over 20 years of experience building and developing innovative and high-growth technology companies, including technology leadership and execution to various verticals – healthcare, telecom, enterprise workload management.

With his progressive responsibilities in the software industry, Alan has helped create product value by understanding customer problems and building valued technology solutions that improve business outcomes and realizing hyper growth potentials.

Alan is also very involved in the startup ecosystem, a MARs Advisor and as an advisor and mentor to various startups, helping them focus to build for customer value and preparing them to rapidly scale. Alan holds a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How to successfully transition from key executive roles
  • The difference going from IBM to a small startup
  • What it means to work with “brilliant jerks”
  • How to apply the AWE Question to become a better listener
  • Know when to Pivot

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TBLP025 | Farhan Thawar: Building Together is Genius

Farhan Thawar is the CTO and Co-Founder of a Helpful.com. Most recently he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and the VP of Engineering at Pivotal Labs.

Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world.  He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto’s 25 most powerful people.

Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, Celestica and Trilogy.

Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo.

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The  experience growing Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world
  • The benefits of paired growing and the best practices to managing it successfully
  • Mobile and the enterprise, what is missing
  • How the acquisition of Xtreme Labs by Pivotal helped change his leadership style
  • How businesses can utilize AI for talent selection and how it will impact future jobs
  • Some leadership myths not to follow

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