TBLP064 | Jamie Michaels: Twitter Leader

Jamie Michaels is the Head of Brand Strategy at Twitter Canada. He joins forces with top advertisers to create ideas that impact during moments that matter. Before joining Twitter, Jamie was the Director of Brand Integration for Rogers’ Sportsnet and NHL properties. In this part, he was in charge of creating and executing coordinated media answers for Sportsnet’s 5 stages and Toronto Blue Jays media associations.

Jamie’s life outside of the business world is that he is a family person. The family is a cornerstone for him since he is a kid to being a business leader. He has two young boys and an awesome wife. Jamie is a lifelong tech nerd. He loves music and he plays the guitar. Jamie is a huge Grateful Dead and also a sneakerhead covering both spectrums of the classic rock and the modern sneakerhead culture.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Key milestones and difficult decisions that Jamie had to make that allowed him to grow as a business leader
  • Why Twitter work well as a global organization
  • The importance of having a creative mindset
  • How does Jamie encourage creativity within his organization
  • What is the role of personal and leadership development program for Jamie’s growth as a business leader

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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“.

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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.

The Trials and Tribulations of a Product Lead with Rohan Nair

Elaine Mah is the Director for Canada at Intel Corporation and a twelve year veteran with the company. Among her many achievements at Intel, Elaine is especially proud of her work fostering innovation and growth with small businesses through her Canadian small business advisory board.

She is a frequent speaker at industry and government conferences on the importance of technology to the Canadian economy, as well as on emerging trends. Elaine currently sits on the National Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Canada.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How she went from a marketing role in an agency to leading a technology company
  • What she did when she took over as Country Manager
  • How she transitioned when a replacement took over
  • Biggest turning point in her career

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TBLP016 | Stefan Grambart: Inspire the Creative Side

Today’s guest is Stefan Grambart, an Emmy® award-winning Creative Director pushing at the boundaries of collaborative storytelling, helping to shape the future of VR, gaming, and entertainment in general.

Stefan has worked on a wide range of interactive projects focusing on narrative and visual storytelling – both for clients and as original properties. He has over twenty years of combined experience across film and television, entertainment, games, and digital media.

I caught up with Stefan at the FITC Toronto conference where I learned quite a bit about the fascinating world of VR (virtual reality) and where the world is going.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How improv and Dungeons and Dragons help him create in VR
  • The challenges working and leading creatives
  • To be mindful of your overall career goals
  • Learn how to treat your team as potential alumni

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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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