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The Impact Podcast

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Episode 82: Aggregating Massive Data Sets with Chris Moore

Episode 81: Using Privacy to Differentiate Your Business with Ann Cavoukian

With GDPR behind us, maybe you’re breathing a sigh of relief. On the other hand, maybe you see it and all of the changes it’s brought about as just another…

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Episode 80: Trust and the Future of Computing with Alistair Croll

In this continuation of their earlier conversation (see Episode 79), Jon Prial and Alistair Croll, the Founder and Content Chair of Fwd50, discuss GDPR, the critical role of trust and how…

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The Principles of Conversational AI

Want to achieve personal interactions with your customers at scale? That’s easier said than done. Check out the 9 Principles of Conversational AI for some practical advice on how to do so.

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Episode 79: Solving for Interesting with Alistair Croll

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What’s the best way to go to market? It’s by capturing people’s attention. And to do that, you need to solve for interesting. In this...

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Episode 78: Getting the Bias Out with Cathy O’Neil

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We all have our own personal biases. The question is how do you keep them out of your data so that you can create better...

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Episode 77: Who’s Got Your Data? Why #DeleteFacebook Isn’t the Answer

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In this episode of The Impact Podcast, Jon Prial welcomes Chris Saad, the former Head of Product at Uber Developer Platform. Together, they talk about data rights...

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Episode 76: William Mougayar on the Future of Blockchain, CryptoKitties, Bitcoin and More

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In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Jon Prial welcomes investor, entrepreneur and blockchain expert William Mouygayer back to the show. They talk about the...

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Episode 75: What Happens When Machine Learning and Fashion Converge?

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Over the past decade, just about everything seems to have gone digital. Today complex algorithms serve up recommendations tailored to our individual tastes, completely transforming...

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Episode 74: How to Avoid Bias in Your Machine Learning Models with Clare Corthell

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Bias exists everywhere. It factors into everything that we do and into virtually every decision that we make. An interesting, but problematic side effect of...

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Episode 73: Using Differential Privacy to Solve the Cold-Start Problem

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One of the big challenges that many software companies face is how to overcome the cold-start problem. That’s when a software company needs customer data...

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Episode 72: Creating Better Bots with Analytics

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With analytics you can learn some pretty interesting, and even strange, things about the people using your chatbot. The challenge is figuring out the best...

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Episode 71: AI and the Future of Manufacturing

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Manufacturing hasn’t really changed all of that much in the past 75 years, with one key exception. Today we’re capturing vast amounts of data about every...

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Episode 70: Using Psychology to Help Machines Better Understand Our Words

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In the not too distant future, talking machines will become a part of our everyday life. After all, we’re already talking to Siri, Google Home,...

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Episode 69: Bug Bounties, Penetration Testing and Keeping Your Business Safe with Christie Terrill

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How does your company think about security? Have you adopted basic security hygiene practices like running off-the-shelf software to scan your code for vulnerabilities, or...

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Episode 68: Is Data the Key to Falling in Love with Your Utility Providers?

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When’s the last time you thought about your utility providers? Probably when you signed up for their service, right? Historically, utility companies have never had...

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Episode 67: The State of Conversational AI in 2018 and Beyond

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In 2017, conversational experiences became a part of our vernacular. Google Home and Amazon Echo are just some of the tools that most of us...

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Episode 66: When Does Security Become a Strategic Play?

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What makes a company choose to prioritize security as a strategic play? In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Gerry Smith, the CEO of Densify™...

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Episode 65: My Chatbot Is Better Than Yours

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There are hundreds of thousands of chatbots out there, but they aren’t all created equally. In this episode, Jon Prial welcomes Amanda Robinson, who leads...

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Episode 64: Cloudera’s Tom Reilly and Hilary Mason Talk Machine Learning

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When you think of Cloudera, the billion-dollar software company that’s virtually a household name, you probably think of a cloud-based, new technology data warehousing company....

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Episode 63: Cracking the Data Science Code

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Everyone knows that data is essential for any modern business. It’s critical for targeting your customers effectively, extracting important insights, and automating business processes. Perhaps...

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Episode 62: Is Machine Learning the Secret to Uber’s Success?

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If you think Uber is a ride-hailing business, you’re wrong. It’s actually a machine learning business. Machine learning is what makes Uber’s service possible by,...

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Episode 61: The Industrial Internet of Things

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When you think about the Internet of Things (IoT), maybe you think of your Fitbit or your Nest Thermostat. But, of course, the IoT has...

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Episode 60: Bringing Ethics and Privacy to Machine Learning

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There’s a lot to consider when building any AI solution for your business. In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Jon Prial talks with Kathryn...

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Episode 59: Are Voice User Interfaces the Key to Better Customer Experiences?

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People have been talking to each other for millennia. But we’ve only been talking to machines for a very short time. In this episode, Jon...

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Episode 58: Integrating AI into Your Business Strategy

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Artificial intelligence is on the mind of entrepreneurs and business executives all over the world. And while everyone is talking about it, understanding how and...

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Episode 57: Welcome to the World of Conversational Marketing

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Conversational marketing is an emerging field that’s focused on using chatbots to find better ways to engage with your customers and manage your brand. In...

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Episode 56: The Fascinating World of Linguistics, Emoji and Conversational AI

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Linguistics is a fascinating and very fundamental part of natural language processing and conversational AI. In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Tyler Schnoebelen. Tyler,...

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Episode 55: Using Conversational AI to Make Finance More Accessible

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They say that no one cares about banking, but that everyone cares about their financial well-being. And while that’s probably true, it also creates a...

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Episode 54: Sentient Science, Data and the Internet of Things

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We’re living in the age of the Internet of Things. Companies in virtually every industry are collecting vast quantities of data to help them make...

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Episode 53: Differential Privacy Demystified (Pt II)

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In this episode, Jon Prial continues his conversation about differential privacy with Yevgeniy Vahlis, Georgian Partners’ Director of Applied Research. Find out more about how...

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Episode 52: Differential Privacy Demystified (Pt I)

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Apple made headlines in 2016 when it started talking about differential privacy. But what exactly is it? And what opportunities can it create for your...

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Episode 51: A Look Inside the Deep, Dark Web

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The dark web. It’s the underbelly of the Internet and a place where some pretty terrible things happen. Cyber criminals, for example, are using it...

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Episode 50: Using Machine Learning to Tackle the Diabetes Epidemic

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Around the world 422 million adults are living with diabetes at an estimated cost of $825 billion per year. That makes it the single largest...

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Episode 49: Bridging the Gap Between Business and Social Data

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We live in a digital world where companies like Facebook and Google have a lot of data about who you are and what you like....

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Episode 48: Getting Tech Savvy About Communicating with Customers

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Small businesses need to be able to communicate efficiently with their customers. Increasingly, however, those customers don’t want to be called or emailed, and they...

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Episode 47: The Problem with the Tor Network and Commercial VPNs

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When the US House of Representatives passed a controversial law about Internet privacy earlier this year, several news outlets published security advice suggesting that you...

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Episode 46: Security and Messaging in Asia

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It’s no secret that Asia is leading the world in messaging with platforms like WeChat and Line. Yet when it comes to security, it’s a...

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Episode 45: Will Machines Ever Be Able to Understand Emotions?

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Face-to-face communication is increasingly being supplanted by messaging that’s typically much shorter in nature and often happens without any context. For the machines given the...

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Episode 44: Gary McGraw Knows Software Security

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Gary McGraw is the Vice President of Security Technology at Synopsys, the best-selling author of “Software Security” and 11 other books, and the man behind...

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Episode 43: A Pragmatic View of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

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Machine learning is being deployed everywhere, and it’s fueling today’s artificial intelligence revolution. In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Parinaz Sobhani, Georgian Partners’ new...

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Episode 42: AI in the Workplace and the Future of Robotic Process Automation

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Artificial intelligence. Is there any term that’s more used in tech these days or that has a wider range of meanings? Any one that conjures...

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Episode 41: Security Pro Tips with Ed Amoroso

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When it comes to security, we’re living in interesting times. Nation states are playing roles we’ve never seen before, or at least been privy to....

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Episode 40: The Making of a Fintech Bot

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When you think about artificial intelligence, you may not immediately think of banks. But a growing number of fintech companies are turning to AI to...

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Episode 39: Applying Artificial Intelligence to Solve Real Business Problems

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Want to know what the million-dollar question is that everyone in tech is trying to answer right now? It’s how do you use artificial intelligence...

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Episode 38: Uncovering the Massive Messaging App Opportunity

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Did you know that more people use and interact with messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Snapchat than they do with social media apps? The question...

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Episode 37: The Future of Machine Learning

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Machine learning is everywhere. It’s a basic foundation for artificial intelligence, it’s driving a fundamental change in the way that programmers approach their work, and...

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Episode 36: Are Manners the New Turing Test?

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Have you every said “please” or “thank you” to a bot, even when you knew there wasn’t a person at the other end? In this...

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Episode 35: Let’s Chat About Conversational AI

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At Georgian Partners’ recent annual portfolio conference, Jason Brenier hosted a panel discussion with a variety of experts representing the full range of the conversational...

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Episode 34: Information Security Isn’t Just About Tech

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The costs of data breaches are rising quickly. Just look at the recently disclosed 2014 data breach at Yahoo that’s now threatening to derail Verizon’s...

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Episode 33: Big Banks Aren’t Taking Disruption Lying Down

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At Georgian Partners, we usually talk about tech trends that impact the software industry. But in many cases, those trends are also having a major...

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Episode 32: Conversational Interfaces, Chatbots and the Technology Behind Them

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Conversational interfaces, chatbots and natural language processing are all integral parts of what we like to call conversational AI. In this episode, Ben Wilde interviews...

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Episode 31: A Deep Dive Into Security First

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Security first cuts across all areas of software companies, including development, technology, human resources, culture, marketing, hiring and the C-Suite. It’s not about building a...

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Episode 30: Are Chatbots the New Apps?

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AI-powered chatbots are becoming increasingly pervasive. As they become more and more sophisticated, they’re starting to provide real value by making our lives easier. In...

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Episode 29: 4 Foundational Tech Trends That Will Change Everything

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Every once in a while, a trend comes along that changes everything. That’s certainly true in technology. Just look at cloud, mobile, and big data....

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Episode 28: How a Cyber Attack Inspired a New Era of Blockchain-Powered Digital Security

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In 2007, a cyber attack rocked Estonia, affecting parliament, banks, and media outlets. It was an event that cast a spotlight on cyber security and...

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Episode 27: On Bug Bounties and Hacking the Pentagon

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Not all that long ago, bounty hunters were burly guys who apprehended fugitives using brute force in exchange for a reward or “bounty.” And while...

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Episode 26: The Role of Messaging Apps in Advocate Marketing

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Your peers often influence your purchasing decisions. When they like something, you’re more inclined to buy it. When they don’t, you’re less likely to do...

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Episode 25: Understanding the Blockchain’s Implications for Financial Services and Beyond

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When you think about the blockchain, you probably think about a public ledger that lets you move money securely from one place to another. But...

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Episode 24: Using AI to Humanize Today’s Digital World

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Artificial intelligence is starting to reach the point where it can make your interactions with computers and software seem much more authentic and real. In...

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Episode 23: The Key to Getting Mobile Security Right

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Has the mobile security industry had it all wrong for years? It has spent billions of dollars applying the concepts that work for PCs to...

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Episode 22: How Information Technology Will Change Your Company’s Operations

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We all know that technology is rapidly advancing and changing the way that companies do business in the process. As a CEO or entrepreneur, you...

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Episode 21: When Content Marketing Meets Messaging Apps

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To be successful, today’s brands need to publish content. And plenty of it. The idea is to offer customers useful information while at the same...

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Episode 20: Using Data Science to Help Prevent Hospital Readmissions

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Every year, millions of older Americans are readmitted to the hospital, costing Medicare (and tax payers) billions of dollars. And yet 76 percent of those...

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Episode 19: Is Privacy Realistic in the Digital Age?

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Privacy is something that matters to individuals and to governments. It’s also something that every business needs to incorporate into its strategy. In this episode,...

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Episode 18: Want to Manage Your Supply Chain Better? Look to the Cloud

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Supply chains are critically important to many businesses, and managing them effectively is often the key to competing in the global market place. That’s because...

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Episode 17: Insured Authentication and the Quest to Keep Businesses Secure

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Identity theft. Fraudulent transactions. Security breaches. We hear about issues like these all the time. In this episode, Jon Prial talks to Ori Eisen, the...

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Episode 16: Using Natural Language Generation to Give Your Data a Voice

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Natural language generation (NLG) is a technology that allows companies to take vast quantities of data and turn them into compelling narratives that communicate the...

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Episode 15: Confessions of a Serial Tech Entrepreneur

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Serial tech entrepreneurs who have built successful companies time and again have deep knowledge and expertise. When you can get them to open up and...

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Podcast 14: Getting to Know Ladies Learning Code

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Ladies Learning Code (LLC) is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of teaching 200,000 Canadian women and youth to code by 2020. It’s a fantastic...

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Podcast 13: Tapping into the Power of Natural Language Processing

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Natural language processing (NLP) is a growing application of artificial intelligence. It can bring tremendous value to your client interactions and take your company down...

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Episode 12: Machine Learning Realities and Opportunities with Jeremy Barnes (Part 2)

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Everyone’s talking about machine learning and how it can be applied to solving some of today’s top business problems. CTOs know that it’s becoming an...

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Podcast 11: Machine Learning Realities and Opportunities (Part 1)

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Everyone’s talking about machine learning and how it can be applied to solving some of today’s top business problems. CTOs know that it’s becoming an...

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Episode 10: Welltok and the Case for Digital Healthcare

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More than $4 billion in venture capital has flowed into digital healthcare companies over the past couple of years alone. It’s an exciting and evolving...

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Episode 9: Putting Security First with Ben Sapiro of Vision Critical

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To be successful, today’s companies not only need to be thinking about data security and privacy, they also have to be part of their DNA...

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SaaS Outcomes

Episode 8: Achieving Better SaaS Outcomes With Gab Goncalves

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For B2B SaaS companies, creating value is the name of the game and critical for long-term success. But doing so is never easy. It takes...

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Episode 7: Deep Learning, Startups and Academia à la Montréal with Nicolas Chapados and JF Gagné

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Montréal isn’t just a beautiful city, it’s also a hotbed of activity for deep learning. Fueled by ambitious entrepreneurs and some ground-breaking research coming out...

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Episode 6: When Tech Trends and Entrepreneurship Intersect with JS Cournoyer of Real Ventures

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If you want to get deep insights into tech trends, sometimes the best way to learn is by talking to VCs. In this episode, Jon...

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Episode 5: Messaging For Business with Eytan Oren and Stuart Wall

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When most of us think of messaging, we think of talking to friends and family using apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp, or Line. But a growing...

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Security First -- Data Breaches

Episode 4: Breaches Beware — Richard Hyatt on Putting Security First in Your Software

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Target, Jeep, Ashley Madison. You don’t have to look very far to find examples of major security breaches happening at businesses all around us. And...

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Episode 3: How AI is Changing the Healthcare Industry with Brian Garcia

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Artificial intelligence is often perceived as a black box. Most companies don’t know how to approach it and some even fear it. In this episode,...

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Episode 2: Understanding the Blockchain with William Mougayar

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The blockchain is a game-changing technology everyone’s talking about. It’s disrupting other technologies in the same way that the Internet did more than 20 years...

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Episode 1: Building Data Science Teams with Chris Matys

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We live in a world that’s increasingly fueled by data and analytics. But for companies to unlock the value all of that information represents, and...

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