TechFirst with John Koetsier

TechFirst with John Koetsier

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Dive deep into tech. Piggyback on interviews for my Forbes column on consumer tech, smart home, IoT, AI, and more.


Vonage Founder Jeff Pulver on the next evolution of blockchain-based internet communication
Apr 9 • 43 min
Jeff Pulver created VOIP and founded the $3B Vonage. Now he’s reinventing video, voice, and text communications online to fix security issues with Zoom and other platforms. Is secure, private communication a complete pipe dream? Jeff Pulver literally…
Is Coronavirus good for the mobile app economy?
Apr 2 • 4 min
Mobile app spend in Q1 2020 was the highest in history. And mobile app use was up 20%. In this episode of TechFirst with John Koetsier, I talk about a story I just published at Forbes based on a new App Annie report. Lots of apps, especially social,…
Tech to connect with quarantined elders in a COVID-19 world with photographer and technologist George Krieger
Mar 26 • 29 min
Coronavirus is leaving our elders alone, lonely, and frightened. In this episode of TechFirst, we dive into the tech you need to stay connected. I talk to photographer and technologist George Krieger about the tech he’s set up for his dad, who built the…
COVID-19 and the app economy: crisis & opportunity
Mar 18 • 18 min
Instacart is getting record downloads. Uber and Lyft are seeing record lows. How is Coronavirus impacting the app economy? Will Coronavirus be the death — or the savior — of our digital economy? Welcome to TechFirst with John Koetsier. COVID-19 is…
Digital obesity: 2000-person study shows how tech increases loneliness, social isolation, stress
Mar 13 • 21 min
Is technology making us lonely, stressed out, insecure, and narcissistic? In this TechFirst with John Koetsier we dive into a 2,000-person study on the impact of technology and mobile devices on: - mental health - loneliness - narcissism - social…
Zoho launches Remotely, a free virtual collaboration productivity suite, in response to Coronavirus
Mar 6 • 9 min
Coronavirus is changing how we work … most tech companies are now telling their employees to work from home. Well, if you work from home, you need tools to do that. One company says it’s going to offer a free productivity suite to everyone. Zoho created a…
Living & working with coronavirus in Beijing, China
Mar 3 • 20 min
What is it like to be living and working in China right now, during the coronavirus epidemic? What’s different? We chat with James Ren, who’s currently living and working in Beijing, China. He leaves his home every three days for food and hasn’t seen his…
Where billions go to die: a deep dive into ad fraud
Feb 20 • 29 min
Ad fraud costs billions each year. Why does that matter to you … and how can we stop it? Welcome to Tech First Draft, with John Koetsier Ad fraud is huge … I’ve seen estimates from $10B to even $40B a year, globally. Just today, Google kicked 600 apps…
Digital 2020: a state of the union with Hootsuite
Feb 13 • 38 min
We now have almost 8 billion people on the planet … what kind of digital growth are we seeing from those billions on social, mobile, and the internet as a whole? Welcome to Tech First Draft, with … yours truly … John Koetsier Hootsuite just put together a…
TFD11: Killing fake reviews, with TrustRadius CEO Vinay Bhagat
Feb 10 • 17 min
Fake reviews are killing our ability to google for the truth Two of the top 9 google suggestions for “fake reviews” are “fake reviews generator” and “fake reviews generator free” So we know that it’s hard to trust reviews for consumer products What about…
TFD10: How to make your headphones better … with software
Jan 28 • 18 min
Are your headphones not providing the quality sound that they might actually be capable of? Can you get audiophile quality sound with hardware that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars? This company says it can make your headphones better … with software.…
TFD9: Future proofing, digital transformation, and more … what brands need to do in 2020
Jan 20 • 16 min
Why is technology so important for the next decade of business? Why is every company a tech company? And how are expectations changing over the next decade? I talk about State Farm, NASCAR, Allbirds, and TikTok in an interview with Sean Moffit of…
TFD8: Is TikTok digital crack cocaine? Speaking with Dr. Julie Albright, author of Left To Their Own Devices
Jan 16 • 25 min
Let’s start with TikTok. It gained over 500 million new users just last year. Why is it growing so quickly? When you’re on TikTok — and other, similar social platforms — there’s an almost compulsive view and flick, view and flick as you scroll through…
TFD7: Is indoor air in your house killing you? Chatting with OneLife CEO Christoph Burkhardt
Jan 2 • 19 min
Intro to guest Christoph Burkhardt is the CEO of OneLife They’ve developed a revolutionary new air purifier that they’re releasing at CES 2020 We’re getting a sneak peek What we talk about: What are the worst problems with indoor air? What percentage of…
Top 100 apps of 2019: Netflix, Uber, Spotify, Google Pay, Wish, and more
Dec 31, 2019 • 29 min
We’re chatting with Apptopia’s VP of Insights Adam Blacker about the top 100 apps of 2019. Which made the cut … what surprised us … what this means for tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and all the others in 2020 … Mobile app categories we…
Full self-driving cars within 3 years? Expert says yes …
Dec 16, 2019 • 37 min
We’re talking about autonomous driving … specifically … how soon we can expect self-driving cars? And what changes will they bring in our economy and our society? My guest is Blair Lacorte, the president of AEye, a Silicon Valley company that “develops…
iOS spellcheck’s massive failure: a symptom of Apple’s bad AI?
Dec 4, 2019 • 25 min
We talk to Robert Scoble about iOS spellcheck: is it really that bad (yes), why it’s that bad (privacy?), and how this will impact Apple’s competitiveness against Google and Android. “80% said it got at least a little worse than before than two years ago”…
Tesla Cybertruck: Automotive designer Fede Ponce on why he ordered
Nov 27, 2019 • 19 min
You either love Cybertruck or you hate it. Designer Fede Ponce has worked for Nissan and BMW. He’s currently consulting with Mercedes, and won awards for his work on the Iron Man and Thor movies. He’s worked on autonomous vehicles and heads-up displays.…
Amazon’s smart home VP on the future of smart home (and what he has in his smart house)
Nov 25, 2019 • 36 min
chat with Amazon VP of smart home Daniel Rausch about: what’s in HIS smart home what drives consumer adoption why voice is better than phones for a smart phone hub the growth of the Alexa universe Amazon’s new “Certified for Humans” program, which lets…
Are we wasting billions on smart home tech?
Nov 18, 2019 • 14 min
Are we wasting billion on smart home technology? 70% of smart home tech that gets returned … has nothing wrong with it. TechSee CEO Eiten Cohen surveyed smart home owners to find out what the biggest problems are … and gives us the goods.