TBLP114 | Robert Armstrong: Mobile App Leader

Robert Armstrong is the CEO of Appstem, the Leading Digital Product Agency based in San Francisco. He is a father to an almost two-year-old and that took most of his time. Robert stays very active until this day.

Robert has always been a marketing guy, but in May of 2014, Robert took over the CEO role.

In this episode, Robert will share how he successfully transitioned into the role of Chief Executive.

He also discusses the difference between being a CEO and a sales and marketing person.

In the conversation with Edwin, he dives deep on how to keep your relationship with people to do your duties as a leader.

In addition to that, Robert has very exciting news for those who are seeking opportunities to be part of Appstem. Be sure to listen until the end.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The biggest challenge Robert encounters transitioning from sales and marketing into a CEO position
  • How he was able to build and grow Appstem on his own when he and his business partner part ways
  • Being a small company, Robert shares 2 factors they focused on in order to grow
  • The knowledge base or internal wiki that Robert built and implements in Appstem
  • Why some consumer and B2B type business start-ups grow and others fail
  • What you need to know if you wanted to produce and market a software product that really provides value
  • How Robert became successful in managing a custom software design and development firm when he’s not a software engineer himself

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP037 | Melody Adhami: Growth through Quality Assurance

Melody Adhami started her career working at the billion-dollar company, Unilever, on brands like Dove, Hellmann’s and Lipton. Then, she reached a fork in the road. Deep inside the row of cubicles at Unilever, she watched the first signs of a new mobile age appear. Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, unleashing a world where mobile phones can do more than make calls. Melody made up her mind. She quit her steady job to launch a company that would focus on the emerging world of mobile apps, Plastic Mobile.

Today, Plastic is a top player in the world of mobile. Its clients are some of the biggest names in the business. The work was recognized by Forrester Research as being the “poster child” for apps. The Globe and Mail even dubbed Melody as the “Queen of Apps.” And in 2015, Plastic was acquired by the 6th largest global communications company, Havas.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she left a perfect job at a billion dollar job company
  • How they took the leap as a couple after being married
  • What she learned after being acquired by the 5th largest communications company
  • How she was able to overcome the doubt in prospective customers in the mobile space

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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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