Category: Podium

Five things AI firms can learn from video games success


The video games market has been through several ups and downs, much like the AI industry, and continues to perform despite the doubters much like AI will need to do. AI itself has come under public fire on numerous occasions as fears over the greater implications of its implementation still linger.  However, if anything, we have seen that the AI market is an incredibly beneficial industry that makes life easier and cheaper for most of the world.  1. Keep steady as the market stumbles Video game companies have taught tech companies around the world that market swings are natural and…

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3 ways EU’s new leadership will shape global tech


The General Data Protection Regulation was the European Union’s 2018 shot across the bow to the digital world. It tightened rules for companies storing user data and is the reason we were all inundated with opt-in emails from brands begging us to stay on their mailing list. The law also catapulted the EU into the center of the ongoing debate on how our free internet is governed. Since then, a storm has been brewing in Brussels. European politicians have bemoaned that GDPR did not go far enough to begin with and was outdated by the time it became law. The…

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Not ready to go public? That’s the perfect time to think about going public


The disastrous failure of WeWork’s non-IPO provided not just a dramatic crash-and-burn spectacle, but also a valuable cautionary tale about how not to do an IPO.  Even if your company is not ready to go public at the moment, if there may be an IPO in your future, things go more smoothly for companies that begin the work well in advance.  As a financial manager who consults for public and soon-to-be-public companies, I’ve worked with organizations traveling along a well-planned path, and those with an IPO date looming and management panicking. Here’s what I’ve learned in the process.  Have a…

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To succeed professionally, you must nurture the right skills


The ability to constantly change and adapt will become increasingly important. For students, for people within corporates, and even for people working in tech. It’s not enough anymore to just learn a tech skill. We will have to also develop open and curious mindsets. Focus on transferable skills which will be relevant for the entirety of people‘s lives. And preferably do all of this in a fun and playful way. So that we will all be able to enjoy the journey that is life at its best.  Learn to look at skills in a flexible way From my 10 years…

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Your vote is for sale and Big Tech is selling it


We live in an Age of Disinformation. The phenomenon has over the past few years, slowly, but surely risen to the top of the political agenda. Political campaigning — often verging on propaganda — has existed for centuries, so what’s changed. Why has the transition to a digital advertising space caused so much concern? What is it about this new way of communicating that has allowed the increase of lies and manipulation of the general public? The twin shocks of the Brexit referendum and the US presidential election in 2016 — and the related Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal — point the finger…

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How to make your brand’s content people-centric


Content might be made up of words, pictures, code, and video. But good content is also made up of some kind of human connection, as well — it addresses a concern, taps into an emotion, or bonds through some sort of commonality. Content is created by people and for people (sorry, I think this is starting to sound very Abraham Lincoln-y), so people should always be at the forefront when deciding what to write about and how.  But how can you actually put that into action? Here are my favorite tactics. Highlight your employees Content should be people-centric, but let’s…

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The secret sauce of collaboration


Let’s face it, the world is full of huge problems, and big challenges require matching interwoven ambitious solutions. Cooperation is the cornerstone upon which great achievements are built, and that starts with people who can identify and build bridges between stakeholders, enabling collaboration across disparate organizations. The 5G Open Innovation Lab, for example, is a new technology hub built in partnership with T-Mobile, the University of Washington and the City of Bellevue, Wash, will connect 5G startups with investors and technology labs to test their products. Backed by big names like Intel and NASA, it will fund startups in health care,…

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Your ads aren’t working — fix them with AR and VR


Can anyone recall the ads they saw when they last opened their browser? Almost no one does. With increasingly more ads on all platforms, people have become blind to advertising, or worse — almost half of the population is now using ad blockers. The ad industry is in crisis, struggling to reach their audience, let alone engage them. Brands need to figure out a way to appeal to a new generation of customers who are more receptive to experience than intrusive advertising. Luckily, immersive technologies like VR/AR might just be the answer. People hate ads Over the past decade, the…

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How DevOps and security teams can get along better


Agile software development has been with us for nearly two decades since the original Manifesto was published. Software development and IT teams all strive for better software that responds to customer needs, broadly in line with the principles of agile. However, there are still problems that exist around the processes and politics of software.  DevOps can help here, with teams collaborating on how to get software out faster and more efficiently. Yet for IT security teams, the rise of DevOps has led to problems with managing security and risk too. I am reminded of Stealers Wheel’s Stuck in the Middle…

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3D configurators aren’t a gimmick — they’re the future of shopping


Chevrolet ignited buzz in July when it unveiled the C8 Corvette — so much buzz that the livestream slowed to a crawl. The C8 wasn’t the only thing that drew a crowd, though. The new 2020 Corvette Visualizer, a 3D configurator, attracted so many users on reveal day that it crippled Chevrolet’s website. In just two weeks, more than 940,000 virtual Corvettes were built with the photo-realistic 3D tool that lets customers view the car from the top, bottom, and inside while choosing the car’s colors, wheel type, exterior accents, and more. Sure, it’d be easy to write this off…

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