TechieBytes

TechieBytes

www.besttechie.com
A (mostly) tech podcast hosted by Jeff Weisbein, an entrepreneur, blogger, tech guy, marketer, and early adopter. Jeff founded BestTechie.com at the age of 13 and turned it into a successful online publication focused on technology. Each week, Jeff interviews different guests from the tech industry including founders, CEO’s, executives, journalists, and more to discuss important industry topics. New episodes released every Tuesday. You can follow BestTechie and Jeff on Twitter: @besttechie @jeffweisbein Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/besttechie/support


Lessons on building a company from a 3x founder (feat. Mitch Grasso)
Jun 25 • 45 min
Episode 52: We spoke with Mitch Grasso, CEO at Beautiful.AI, a company creating a newer and smarter way to design your presentations. Prior to Beautiful.AI, Mitch founded SlideRocket which was acquired by VMWare. We discuss raising venture funding, his…
What you need to know when starting a web business (feat. Sujan Patel)
Jun 18 • 56 min
Episode 51: We spoke with Sujan Patel, co-founder at Ramp Ventures, the firm behind products like Mailshake and RightInbox. We discuss building web-based businesses, how to generate leads and interest for new businesses, enhancing your SEO, and what it…
Making the move from serial founder to venture capitalist (feat. Bryan Ciambella)
Jun 4 • 27 min
Episode 50: We spoke with Bryan Ciambella, Principal at B Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in the next generation of groundbreaking tech. We discuss Bryan’s background as a serial entrepreneur, what he looks for when investing, what industry…
Why upgrading your Mac has never been easier (feat. Larry O’Connor)
Apr 16 • 47 min
Episode 49: We spoke with Larry O’Connor, Founder at OWC, a computer hardware company known for its Mac-based upgrade kits. We discuss how Larry started OWC 30+ years ago, the company’s relationship with Apple, what Larry thinks Apple should do with the…
How one of YouTube’s biggest channels thinks about content, audience, and YouTube (feat. Ash Karbasfrooshan)
Apr 9 • 60 min
Episode 48: We spoke with Ash Karbasfrooshan, CEO at WatchMojo, one of the largest YouTube channels with more than 20 million subscribers. We discuss how Ash realized YouTube was the best platform for video, why listicles have such staying power, how to…
How to build truly mobile-first video content (feat. Jesus Chavez)
Apr 2 • 53 min
Episode 47: We spoke with Jesus Chavez, CEO at Vertical Networks, a company building a mobile-first premium content studio featuring hit shows like Brother and Phone Swap. We discuss what it means to be mobile-first, what the future of mobile video looks…
Audience development and subscriptions: building an audience at scale (feat. Travis Bernard)
Mar 26 • 53 min
Episode 46: We spoke with Travis Bernard, Senior Director of Subscriptions and Audience Insights at TechCrunch. We discuss what audience development looks like at TechCrunch, what analytics TechCrunch utilizes (as well as who gets access to them), and the…
How to pitch reporters and save the media industry (feat. John Biggs)
Mar 19 • 41 min
Episode 45: We spoke with John Biggs, entrepreneur and former TechCrunch East Coast Editor. He’s currently working on projects including HypeHop, Tech4Reporters, and Typewriter Plus. We discuss TechCrunch in the early days, tips for pitching reporters,…
How to create compelling, credible, and effective branded content (feat. Melanie Deziel)
Mar 12 • 51 min
Episode 44: We spoke with Melanie Deziel, founder at Storyfuel and also an international keynote speaker who is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in native advertising and branded content. We discuss the biggest myths about content…
A quick update of what’s to come!
Mar 5 • 1 min
Hey guys, Jeff here from BestTechie.com! Today’s episode is more a quick update, as some of you may know in January I started in the Harvard Business Analytics Program and being that I do all the behind the scenes work of the podcast myself such as…
The rise of conveners and why they matter (feat. Callie Schweitzer)
Feb 19 • 50 min
Episode 43: We spoke with Callie Schweitzer, founder at The Callie Co, a creative strategy and consulting firm that helps businesses and individuals increase reach, relevance and revenue. She previously worked as Chief Content Officer at Thrive Global…
How brands can effectively leverage social commerce to increase sales (feat. Apu Gupta)
Feb 12 • 52 min
Episode 42: We spoke with Apu Gupta, CEO at Curalate, a social commerce company that turns any image or video into a storefront for brands like Whole Foods, Nordstrom, and Crate & Barrel. We discuss how Curalate was born out of the ashes of a failed…
Crime and crypto: the seedy underbelly of ICOs (feat. Alissa Fleck)
Jan 29 • 44 min
Episode 41: We spoke with Alissa Fleck, Managing Editor at ICO Ranker, a site dedicated to providing honest in-depth ICO reviews and analysis. We discuss the current state of ICOs, what to look for when investing, and also spent time talking at length…
From building Amazon Web Services to crafting the best cold emails (feat. Manny Medina)
Jan 22 • 58 min
Episode 40: We spoke with Manny Medina, CEO at Outreach, a sales engagement platform that increases the productivity of sales teams. We discuss what it was like to be on the original team building Amazon Web Services, the unique way he realized it was…
An inside look at scaling Y Combinator from 30 to 100 companies per batch (feat. Harj Taggar)
Jan 15 • 54 min
Episode 39: We spoke with Harj Taggar, co-founder & CEO at Triplebyte and one of the first partners at Y Combinator. We discuss his time at Y Combinator including how he evaluated startups and grew the program from 30 to 100 companies per batch. Plus, we…
Gadgets galore: what’s worth buying this holiday season (feat. Mike Murphy)
Dec 18, 2018 • 55 min
Episode 38: We spoke with Mike Murphy, Deputy Tech Editor at Quartz. We discuss how Quartz determines what to cover, whether an iPad Pro can replace your computer, what are the best tech gifts, CES, and so much more. Also, a programming note: It has been…
An investors guide to raising early-stage VC (feat. Pete Wilkins)
Nov 20, 2018 • 42 min
Episode 37: We spoke with Pete Wilkins, Managing Director at Hyde Park Angels. We discuss the best ways for entrepreneurs to pitch investors, what to expect when raising early-stage VC, and much more. —- Support this podcast:…
Pivoting your company isn’t a bad thing (feat. Amanda Lannert)
Nov 13, 2018 • 49 min
Episode 36: We spoke with Amanda Lannert, CEO at Jellyvision. We discuss why pivoting your company is necessary sometimes, how to find product market fit, and how to survive long enough until you do. —- Support this podcast:…
The keys to being an effective CTO (feat. John Higginson)
Nov 6, 2018 • 49 min
Episode 35: We spoke with John Higginson, CTO at Enova. We discuss how the role of a CTO evolves as a company grows, exciting new technologies such as blockchain, and making difficult technical decisions. —- Support this podcast:…
The secret of internet culture: what’s old is new again (feat. Taylor Lorenz)
Oct 30, 2018 • 51 min
Episode 34: We spoke with Taylor Lorenz, Staff Writer at The Atlantic. We discuss all different facets of internet culture—from YouTube stars and their drama, to teens using Instagram, to how to improve Twitter. —- Support this podcast:…
I’ve got the (wireless) power! (feat. Jacob Babcock)
Oct 23, 2018 • 47 min
Episode 33: We spoke with Jacob Babcock, CEO & founder at NuCurrent. We discuss the juggling act of building a startup while working as an attorney, the move from wired to wireless power, and what the future of wireless power will actually look like. —-…
You’re doing content marketing all wrong (feat. Nis Frome)
Oct 16, 2018 • 39 min
Episode 32: We spoke with Nis Frome, co-founder at Alpha. We discuss how to build successful content marketing initiatives as well as new techniques and tactics content marketers should be using (but probably aren’t). —- Support this podcast:…
The secrets to making great hires (feat. Sandi Lin)
Oct 9, 2018 • 56 min
Episode 31: We spoke with Sandi Lin, co-founder & CEO at SkillJar. We discuss learning how to sell, the keys to retaining customers, and the secrets behind making great hires. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/besttechie/support
Inside the life of an entrepreneur (feat. Stacey Ferreira)
Oct 2, 2018 • 52 min
Episode 30: We spoke with Stacey Ferreira, co-founder & CEO at Forge. We discuss tips for how founders can successfully fundraise, the best way to ask for intros, and why millennials don’t actually ruin everything. —- Support this podcast:…
Building and scaling a successful sales team (feat. Paul Teshima)
Sep 25, 2018 • 44 min
Episode 29: We spoke with Paul Teshima, co-founder & CEO at Nudge.ai. This episode is all about sales! We discuss the most important elements of scaling your sales team, the future of sales, and how company culture can impact sales. —- Support this…
Bootstrapping to profitability in two years (feat. Craig Vodnik)
Sep 18, 2018 • 56 min
Episode 28: We spoke with Craig Vodnik, co-founder & CEO at cleverbridge. We discuss how he and his co-founders bootstrapped their company to profitability in two years, selling in the early days, and angel investing. —- Support this podcast:…
How tech and politics are converging (feat. Jeb Ory)
Sep 11, 2018 • 46 min
Episode 27: We spoke with Jeb Ory, co-founder & CEO at Phone2Action. We discuss how technology and politics are converging, advice for fellow entrepreneurs, and overcoming the challenges of a SaaS startup. —- Support this podcast:…
Why great mentors matter (feat. Jayna Cooke)
Sep 4, 2018 • 36 min
Episode 26: We spoke with Jayna Cooke, CEO at the recently acquired EVENTup. We discuss why great mentors matter, the acquisition process, and how to get more women in tech. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/besttechie/support
The future of recruiting companies (feat. Nick Cromydas)
Aug 28, 2018 • 39 min
Episode 25: We spoke with Nick Cromydas, co-founder & CEO at Hunt Club. We discuss how he’s building a brand new type of recruiting company and how the Midwest is becoming a better place for entrepreneurs. —- Support this podcast:…
Securing the president’s technology (feat. Theresa Payton)
Aug 21, 2018 • 37 min
Episode 24: We spoke with Theresa Payton, former White House CIO in the George W Bush Administration and current CEO at Fortalice Solutions. We discuss securing the president’s technology, keeping our voting booths secure, and much more. —- Support this…
Why solving big unsexy problems is important (feat. Larry Gadea)
Jul 17, 2018 • 46 min
Episode 23: We spoke with Larry Gadea, founder of Envoy, a company solving office visitor registration. He’s also worked for Google and Twitter. We discuss figuring out pricing, company culture, and whether Twitter had a dedicated server rack for Justin…
It’s all about that SaaS, no churning (feat. Jason Amunwa)
Jul 10, 2018 • 49 min
Episode 22: We spoke with Jason Amunwa, a SaaS expert who runs GrowthLook.com and who has spent several years building SaaS products, including popular website add-on Hello Bar. We discuss content analytics, identifying the right metrics for your company,…
How to succeed as a professional photographer (feat. Anthony Quintano)
Jun 26, 2018 • 38 min
Episode 21: We spoke with Anthony Quintano, professional photographer and engagement editor at Honolulu Civil Beat. We discuss how to get more exposure, monetizing your work, and whether Flickr is better than Instagram. —- Support this podcast:…
The right way to pivot to video (feat. Rohan Castelino)
Jun 19, 2018 • 42 min
Episode 20: We spoke with Rohan Castelino, VP of Marketing at IRIS.TV, a video personalization and programming platform. We discuss building a business with publishers, developing a loyal audience, and how to do video correctly. —- Support this podcast:…
What dogs and smart home AI have in common (feat. Alex Capecelatro)
Jun 12, 2018 • 47 min
Episode 19: We spoke with Alex Capecelatro, co-founder & CEO at Josh.ai, a home automation device built with AI. We discuss smart home automation, Internet of Things security, and why the company’s logo is a dog. —- Support this podcast:…
The original father of 3D printing (feat. Bill Masters)
Jun 5, 2018 • 37 min
Episode 18: We spoke with Bill Masters, the original father of 3D printing. We discuss the origins of 3D printing, the current and future state of 3D printing, and being a life-long entrepreneur. —- Support this podcast:…
Building a luxury audio company (feat. Jonathan Levine)
May 29, 2018 • 40 min
Episode 17: We spoke with Jonathan Levine, the founder & CEO of Master & Dynamic, a NYC-based audio company. We discuss how he’s found success with Master & Dynamic, the challenges of manufacturing, and the future of audio. —- Support this podcast:…
What AR/VR means for Hollywood (feat. Roy Taylor)
May 21, 2018 • 45 min
Episode 16: We spoke with Roy Taylor, a former exec at AMD and Nvidia and current Advisor at Cubic Motion, an industry leading computer vision company. We discuss VR/AR (with a special focus on Hollywood and entertainment), growing sales from $0 to $300…
Digital media, finance, and being #old (feat. Alex Wilhelm)
May 16, 2018 • 49 min
Episode 15: We spoke with Alex Wilhelm, the Editor-in-Chief at Crunchbase News. We discuss editorial strategy, tech finance (including crypto), and being #old. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/besttechie/support
The future of AI and conversational UI (feat. Mark Progano)
May 7, 2018 • 53 min
Episode 14: We spoke with Mark Progano, a cofounder at Actively.ai, a company building an AI to make it easier to book and manage classes at fitness studios. We discuss how much data it takes to make a good AI, the future of AI and conversational UIs, and…
Grow at all costs to sustainable growth (feat. Ethan Agarwal)
Apr 3, 2018 • 38 min
Episode 13: We spoke with Ethan Agarwal, the founder & CEO of Aaptiv, an audio-based fitness app for iOS and Android. We discuss Aaptiv’s grow at all cost strategy and its recent pivot to a sustainable growth strategy as well as how other subscription…
Can Zuck be trusted? (feat. Matt Hodges)
Mar 25, 2018 • 63 min
Episode 12: We spoke with Matt Hodges, a software engineer who developed technology for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. We discuss the Facebook and Cambridge Analytics story in detail, providing insights into how Aleksandr Kogan’s personality quiz app…
What to know about investing in ICOs (feat. David Drake)
Mar 23, 2018 • 35 min
Episode 11: We spoke with David Drake, the Chairman of LDJ Capital, a multi-family office with a network based all over the world. Most recently David has been focused on investing and advising cryptocurrency and blockchain companies through ICOs. We…
The importance of a strong team (feat. Toby Milstein)
Mar 18, 2018 • 42 min
Episode 10: We spoke with Toby Milstein, the Director of Business Development for Joy, a company that has built a magical hardware photo album. We discuss Joy, her approach to business development, and the importance of a strong team. —- Support this…
The meme episode (feat. Jason Wong)
Mar 14, 2018 • 42 min
Episode 9: We spoke with Jason Wong, the founder of Wonghaus Ventures and a Meme Expert. We discussed how to find success as an influencer, tips and tricks to grow your audience, and what marketers should be doing to reach Millennials and Gen-Z online. —-…
How founders should make decisions (feat. Patrick Perini)
Mar 12, 2018 • 55 min
Episode 8: We spoke with Patrick Perini, a serial founder, who is currently the co-founder and VP of Product at Mira. We discussed what he’s currently building at Mira as well as past failures and making tough decisions as a founder. —- Support this…
Humanizing a brand’s story (feat. Alexandra Matthiesen)
Mar 10, 2018 • 47 min
Episode 7: We spoke with branding and marketing expert, Alexandra Matthiesen, who is the founder and Creative Director at Westward Creative. She’s worked with companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Veritas Technologies to connect their brands with human…
It’s all about the polygons (feat. Michael Casalino)
Mar 8, 2018 • 44 min
Episode 6: We spoke with Michael Casalino, a gaming industry veteran with 15+ years of experience in game design. Hear what he has to say about the evolution of the game design industry and how he worked on games like Madden, Where’s My Water, Tron, and…
Inside the world of SFW webcam models (feat. Sarah Jean)
Mar 2, 2018 • 45 min
Episode 5: We spoke with Sarah Jean, a SFW webcam model who’s been in the industry for 8 years. Get an inside look at the world of cam girls, the business behind it, the amount of hustle it takes, and how much money can be made. —- Support this podcast:…
The importance of persistence (feat. Varun Mayya)
Mar 1, 2018 • 47 min
Episode 4: We spoke with Varun Mayya, a successful entrepreneur who raised his first round of venture capital at the age of 20. We discuss the importance of persistence as an entrepreneur, tips and advice for founders, and what verticals new founders…
Building a digital publication (feat. Kevin Raposo)
Feb 27, 2018 • 40 min
Episode 3: We interview Kevin Raposo who’s a Media Relations guy at EZPR and the Founder & Editor of KnowTechie. Kevin and I discuss launching your own digital publication, the challenges surrounding it, and tips and tricks on how to build and monetize…
Apple keeps butt dialing 911
Feb 23, 2018 • 12 min
Episode 2: We talk about passwords that have been pwned, free crytocurrency trading, and how Apple keeps butt dialing 911. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/besttechie/support
Welcome to TechieBytes!
Feb 22, 2018 • 10 min
Episode 1: Meet the TechieBytes host Jeff Weisbein as he dives into tech and other interesting things. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/besttechie/support