Innovative Technology for Printing on Walls– Paul Baron


Are you following your passion?

On today’s episode, I have a fun conversation with Paul Baron where Paul talks about the importance of following your passion.

Paul is the CEO of The Wall Printer, which produces printers that can print vertically. He started his career as a high school teacher, then became an entrepreneur who has started several businesses.

In addition to running The Wall Printer, Paul serves as a mentor at the Univ. of North Carolina – Wilmington and at their Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on advisory boards at non-profit organizations and privately held businesses.

On this episode, Paul and I discuss his thoughts on mentoring and how he has developed creative teams at high-tech startups.

“To have the best opportunity for success, you need to learn which hats (activities) you like to wear and the ones you don’t like to wear. Then move towards the activities you enjoy and that benefit the stakeholders.” –Paul Baron

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • Tips for developing creative teams in high-tech startups
  • Attracting and retaining great employees
  • Lessons learned from being a mentor
  • Making the jump from high school teacher to entrepreneur
  • Following your passion

Demo Video of The Wall Printer in action: https://thewallprinter.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/10-Sec-Oak-Island-Loop.mp4

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Is Your Patent Strategy Ready for 2023?– Steve Sponseller


It’s hard to believe that there’s less than two months left in 2022. That means 2023 is just around the corner.

Since the new year is approaching fast, on this episode I talk about three things you can do now to be sure your Patent Strategy is off to a good start in 2023.

The three things I recommend are:

  1. Check for patent filing deadlines.
  2. Educate your team regarding how to identify inventions AND encourage them to submit their ideas.
  3. Create a group of people to evaluate the inventions submitted by your team.

I discuss all three of these activities in today’s episode.

If you’re ready to start building (or expanding) your patent portfolio in 2023, now is a great time to get started.

“There are three activities that automatically trigger a 12-month patent filing deadline in the United States.” – Steve Sponseller

Questions?

If you have any questions about building a strong portfolio of patents, contact me to schedule a Free Introductory Call so I can help you with your next steps.

Contact me via email: Steve@SteveSponseller.com
Or visit my website: https://www.SteveSponseller.com

Download my free white paper, InventLock™ Protection Guide for Tech Startups, at: https://stevesponseller.com/guide

Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

Leading Innovation at IBM– Nick Donofrio


Are you moving fast enough?

On today’s episode, I have a wonderful discussion with Nick Donofrio, who has spent most of his life as a technology leader. Although Nick had countless accomplishments, he wonders if he was moving fast enough.

Nick worked in various roles at IBM for 44 years. During that time, he redefined innovation at IBM and initiated worldwide collaboration for the company.

Nick was the first Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM. And, he was named one of Business Week’s 25 top innovation champions.

Nick is the author of the book: If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes. The book discusses how Nick and others led IBM’s global technical team.

During our discussion, Nick talks about how Innovation played an important role in IBM’s transformation during his 44 years at the company.

I’m sure you will enjoy this discussion (and get some tips for your own business, like I did) as Nick shares his knowledge and experiences during his many years at IBM.

“Transforming IBM into an innovation company was all about value creation.” –Nick Donofrio

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • How IBM was transformed into an innovation company
  • Helping your team members be more successful
  • The role of Nick’s mom in his career

Nick’s Book:

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Download Steve’s free white paper, InventLock™ Protection Guide for Tech Startups, at: https://stevesponseller.com/guide

Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

How to Stop Creating Things that Nobody Wants– Eric Weiss


Are you practicing user-centered design?

On this episode, I talk with Eric Weiss, who is an Executive Coach to fast-growing tech companies. He is also the Host of the Chaos to Clarity podcast.

For the past 15 years, Eric has helped companies build amazing products, engage their customers, find the right product-market fit, raise capital, and scale their businesses quickly.

Eric has been obsessed with technology since he was a child, which led him to the work he’s doing today with tech companies. He loves helping tech founders build and implement their product strategy to grow their companies.

During our discussion, Eric talks about challenges facing tech companies today and how to overcome those challenges.

Eric also shares a great tip to organize your week and schedule focus blocks in your calendar every day.

“Tech leaders can be a bottleneck to their company’s growth if theydon’t let go of some activities.” –Eric Weiss

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • The importance of user-centered design
  • Engaging with customers early and often
  • Eric’s “continuous discovery” system
  • The “weekly sprint” Eric uses to stay focused

Eric’s Podcast:

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Download Steve’s free white paper, InventLock™ Protection Guide for Tech Startups, at: https://stevesponseller.com/guide

Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

Creating Innovative Products by Merging Technologies– Mike Rizkalla


Are you looking for a new approach to create unique products?

On this podcast episode, I have a great discussion with Mike Rizkalla, the CEO and co-founder of Snorble. Snorble makes an interactive companion for children that helps promote the development of healthy habits.

Mike is a visionary entrepreneur with a deep understanding of robotics, innovation, and user experiences. He enjoys merging different technologies together in a unique way.

Mike also loves innovation and experimenting with “Crazy Ideas.”And, he shares his story of being a guitarist in a Canadian punk rock band and what he learned from that experience.

During our call, Mike discusses building strong organizational cultures across a team of diverse talents, which he has done with Snorble. And, he talks about how he came up with the idea for the Snorble product.

“Many of the lessons I use in business came from my experience as a musician in a Canadian Punk Rock band.” –Mike Rizkalla

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • Mike’s approach to creating innovative products
  • Building strong teams with diverse talent
  • Combining multiple technologies to create new things
  • How Mike came up with the idea of pairing AI/robotics with kids’ sleep
  • Incorporating innovation into your regular business operations

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Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

Understanding your Financial Data to Grow your Business– Rami Essaid


Are you struggling to understand your company’s financial data?

On today’s podcast episode, I talk with Rami Essaid about his experience founding and growingseveral tech companies.

Rami is the CEO and co-founder of Finmark, which provides financial planning software for fast-growing companies. He has also founded two other startups, both of which were acquired.

Rami is passionate about disrupting industries with technological innovations – from bot detection and mitigation to Excel-based financial modeling. He founded Finmark based on seeing first-hand the many difficulties faced by companies attempting to implement financial modeling.

On this episode, Rami and I discuss tips for treating team members well and how to talk to your customers to identify issues with your product or service.

“I don’t want to build a ‘me too’ product.I want to create an order of magnitude improvement.” –Rami Essaid

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • Rami’s approach to disrupting industries
  • Helping entrepreneurs bring their visions to life
  • Creating a second tier of management to support scalability
  • Problems companies face today with their financial data
  • The value of user interviews

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Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

The Power of Combining Blockchain with Serverless Infrastructures – Tim Wagner


Is your company leveraging the latest data sharing and data storage technologies?

On today’s episode, I am talking with Tim Wagner. Tim is the CEO of Vendia, which provides a platform that combines next generation blockchain with a serverless infrastructure.

Tim is passionate about growing teams within organizations and innovating problems related to data sharing. He also has technical knowledge in programming languages, modern databases, and algorithm design.

On today’s episode, Tim and I discuss the power of combining serverless architectures with blockchain technologies. We also discuss the value of transparency in your organization and growing strong teams.

“If you’re going to build a blockchain technology that services millions of customers, you need access to enough silicon to do that.” –Tim Wagner

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • Current data sharing and data storage trends
  • The importance of transparency in your business
  • Tips for growing strong teams
  • The power of combining blockchain with serverless infrastructures
  • The growth of multi-cloud systems

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Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

4 Keys to Leadership Success–Tom Kereszti


Do you want to become a better leader?

On this episode, I am talking with Tom Kereszti, who shares his leadership experiences.

Tom is a former Fortune 500 CEO, an author, a coach, and a leadership mentor. His leadership techniques come from a lifetime of international business experience.

Tom’s book is titled: C-Suite and Beyond – The 4 Keys to Leadership Success. During our discussion, Tom mentionsthe motivation behind his book and explains the most important leadership principles.

During our interview, Tom also talks about mentorship as well as building strong and diverse teams.

“I’ve been a natural leader all my life since I was a kid.” – Tom Kereszti

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • Why relationships are so important to leadership
  • Tips on finding a mentor
  • Servant leadership
  • The importance of culture and vision
  • John Maxwell’s leadership approach

Resources:

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Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

Funding Strategies for Tech Companies– Melissa Widner


Are you confused about funding options for your tech company?

On this episode of Tech Leader Talk, I am talking with Melissa Widner. She is the CEO of Lighter Capital, which is a leader in revenue-based financing.

Melissa has experience as a founder with multiple exits, an angel investor, and a VC investor. This gives her an interesting perspective on how to fund startups.

On this episode, Melissa and I discuss different types of funding options for tech startups – and the advantages & disadvantages of each option.

We also talk about revenue-based financing and when that’s a good option to consider.

And, Melissa shares her thoughts on when founders should consider bootstrapping their business.

“Startup entrepreneurs are the most fascinating people on the planet.” –Melissa Widner

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • Different funding options for tech startups – and how to choose the best option
  • Raising capital without giving up equity or control
  • How to raise capital in today’s business environment
  • When should you consider revenue-based financing
  • Bootstrapping your tech startup

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Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

How to Migrate Business Activities to the Cloud – Ankur Gupta


Are you considering migrating your business activities to the cloud? This podcast episode can help.

On this episode, I have a valuable discussion with Ankur Gupta.

Ankur is the CEO of Bitwise, which provides technology consulting and data management solutions. Ankur and his team are working to modernize data warehousing and business intelligence in the cloud.

Ankur and I discuss current problems companies face trying to modernize their data warehouse and business intelligence systems. Ankur explains solutions to those problems.

We also talk about how to successfully migrate your business activities to the cloud.

“We are seeing new (and easier to use) cloud-based tools being created to help with cloud management.” – Ankur Gupta

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

  • The biggest problems when modernizing your data warehouse
  • What happens after migrating workloads to the cloud
  • Managing business intelligence in the cloud
  • Building an innovation culture

Connect with Ankur Gupta:

Thanks for listening!

Be sure to get your free copy of Steve’s latest book, Cracking the Patent Code, and discover his proven system for identifying and protecting your most valuable inventions. Get the book at https://stevesponseller.com/book.

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