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Nov 9, 2017

In this episode, Tom shares his advice on:

  • Building Data Startups
  • Company culture and growth 
  • Future of AI

About Tom Reilly:

  • Tom Reilly is the CEO of Cloudera.
  • Tom has a distinguished 30-year career in the enterprise software market.
  • Tom has led several tech startups through a successful initial public offering.
  • Prior to Cloudera, Tom served as CEO of ArcSight, an enterprise security company acquired by HP in 2010.
  • Fun fact: Tom is one of things in the Internet of Thing (IoT). More on that in the podcast. 
Oct 8, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Savvas Zortikis about an Analytical approach to Viral Marketing. 

  • Hear Savvas talk about how he studied Word-of-Mouth like a mad-scientist.
  • He turned his hard-earned knowledge into six digestible chunks of 'execution-ready' methods - and launched it on Product Hunt. No surprise, it went viral. 
  • SaaS product customer retention - how he figured out what it takes to have high retention and NPS. 
  • Round of rapid-fire questions on Growth and Retention. 

About Savvas Zortikis

  • Savvas is a CEO of Viral Loops, a venture-backed viral and referral marketing platform for building referral campaigns, ambassador programs, viral competitions, and sweepstakes.
  • On his free time, he pursues his passion for understanding network effects, the science behind word of mouth and branding. He’s been featured in Forbes, and Fortune.
Sep 10, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Aaron to learn about how he and his agency creates engaging content.


  1. Focus on copywriting basics. Make every word valuable. This means not using words like “just” or “really.”
  2. People love a good narrative. Give them a gift of emotional engagement. Pull the strings of your heart without holding back.
  3. Find personal stories from your daily work and translate that to something of value to people. This means approaching your day like a book, with each meeting as a chapter of a story.
Sep 1, 2017

I've always wondered if there were any patterns among the top writers when it comes to their writing process.

This episode takes a stab at answering that question. 

Aug 24, 2017

Olof Mathe, the founder of Mixmax, one of the most well-renowned email communication products, shares his thoughts on:

  • How he and his team discovered product-market fit for Mixmax...
  • Key metrics for early-stage startups - how they changed everything for Mixmax
  • What led Mixmax to spread like a wild fire...from 0 to 5000 customers without spending a penny on marketing
  • How Mixmax discovered its vision and foundational purpose
  • Attitudinal difference between millennial sales professional and the previous generations


About Olof Mathe:

  • Founder and CEO of Mixmax
  • Prior to that, Olof led the team that built Inkling Habitat and Skype.
  • Olof grew up in Sweden and finished his engineering degree in France.
  • Fun Fact about Olof: He co-founded an art hackathon where Digital artists and hackers get together in an art space and create full-fledged art exhibit within 24 hours. This hackathon was featured in TechCrunch and FastCompany.
Aug 15, 2017

In this podcast series, I sat down with the top writers from SF, LA, and NY to learn how they create great content.

You’ll be hearing their insights on attributes of the high-quality content.

This is a part I of a 10-Part Series.

In this episode, we hear from:

  • Joe Escobedo @ Forbes
  • Garrett Ruiz @ BlueJeans
  • Riddhi Shah, Alum @ Medium and HuffPo
  • KC Karnes @ CleverTap
  • Alisha Paulsen @ Workday

Here are some of their top insights:

What are the attributes of high-quality content?

Joe Escobedo:

  • High-Quality content should either educate or entertain your audience, or both.
  • You never really know if it's good until it's published and you get feedback from your audience
  • Provides a solution
  • Ask "What kind of additional insights or information would they want."

Garrett Ruiz:

  • Accurate
  • Informative and insightful
  • Leads the user to the next place in the buyer's journey

Riddhi Shah:

  • High-Quality content is very intuitive. It's a mix of art and science.
  • New or insightful information
  • For virality, it should produce an element of surprise and strong emotions
  • Relevant and addresses current concerns from the audience
  • Distinctive tone of voice
  • Delightful

KC Karnes:

  • Go Deeper
  • Understand the nuance of nurturing the relationship for the long haul, instead of generating eyeballs and clicks.
  • "Inch-Wide Mile-Deep" Mindset.

Alisha Paulsen:

  • Create unique content - informative and interesting.
  • Grammar/Spelling errors or confusing sentences discounts the integrity of the piece
  • Consistency
  • Storytelling
  • Personalization
Aug 8, 2017

I met up with Sean Sheppard to learn about his growth based product/market fit approach.

My takeaways:

  1. Quickest path to product/market fit
  2. Product Management Special:
    1. Skills, attitude, and mindset for achieving a great market fit
    2. Product Development Vs. Market Development
    3. A clear and actionable pathway to achieve the skills and knowledge needed to win as an early stage founder or a product manager 
  3. The new set of hard skills needed to succeed as a startup founder


Market Acceleration Program from GrowthX.

About Sean Sheppard:


  • Founding Partner at GrowthX - A seed-stage venture capital fund.
  • Co-founder of GrowthX Academy - A training ground for tech sales, marketing, and design professionals.
  • Contributor for Huffington Post and mentor to several high-growth start-ups
  • Named Top 20 Sale Influencers in Silicon Valley



Jul 28, 2017

In this podcast series, I sat down with the top writers from SF, LA, and NY to learn how they create great content.

You’ll be hearing their insights on overcoming their biggest challenges, the hottest tools they’re using right now for content creation, and how they foresee the future of content creation.

In this episode, we hear from In this show, we have

  • Mina Zivkovic from Canvas
  • Arielle Shnaidman from Accello
  • Nigel Stevens from BigCommerce
  • Chris McCarthy from JetLore, and
  • Kelly Johnson from

Here are some of their top insights:

Mina Zivkovic
- Finding a balance between selling your products AND creating content that brings value to the reader.

Arielle Shnaidman
- Figuring out and presenting the pain points, so they pull the strings of your heart, right away. And do it consistently.

Kelly Johnson
- Showing ROI from content...We have to be judicious, strategic, and frugal. Being able to show how a blog post or a whitepaper contribute to the bottom line.

Chris McCarthy
- Voracious need for content in general. Being able to keep up with the demand for new, unique, informative content is difficult.

Nigel Stevens
- Creating content that is actionable, that tells a story and matches user intent.

Jul 27, 2017

In this episode, Kevin Lyons shares his insights on:

  1. Real-Time Audience Composition with AI
  2. Hyper-Personalization - AI Driven Targeting meets AI Driven Content
  3. Communicating the value of machine learning to CMO’s

About Kevin Lyons:

Kevin is a Senior Vice President, Data Science, Digital Technology at Nielsen Marketing Cloud.

A data science and marketing technology thought leader, Kevin helps companies out-think their competitors by using data-driven insights to make better strategic business decisions.

Kevin is responsible for developing and evangelizing product vision as well as executing a variety of initiatives, including customer segmentation & profiling, data-mining and modeling, marketing optimization, predictive analytic platform development, and business intelligence solutions.

Fun Facts about Kevin - Kevin was a Ph.D. candidate in history with a specialization in medieval history. His first job out of school was selling life insurance. He eventually went back to school and got a degree in advanced math, which led him to the path of AI career.

Jul 14, 2017

I had a chance to sit down with co-founders of Monicat Data.  It's the first time I chatted with experts at the intersection of data science and art, so I took a lot of notes. 

What I learned:

  • How to quantify art... This is the first time I heard some articulate it so well. A must listen for anyone who thinks Art cannot be quantified.
  • How creative supporting organizations approach analytics 
  • Data Entrepreneurship learning lessons!
  • Product Management - How is it done in Art Organizations!
  • Covered tons of other topics - including my favorite - round of rapid fire questions! 

About Monicat Data: 

Jasmine, Cassie, and Kurt are co-founders of Monicat Data, a Data Management & Research agency specifically focused on bringing strategic data to Artists and Creative Supporting Organizations.

Since launching September of 2016, Monicat Data has aided creative organizations with data solutions ranging from notable names such as Springboard for the Arts, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Forecast Public Art. Fashion Week MN, The Bush Foundation and Mu Performing Arts--to name a few."

Monicat Data also offers 'Data for Art' workshops to the Minneapolis/St. Paul in the efforts of educating artists and creative supporting organizations on the power of data organization and strategy implementation.

Jasmine has a background in marketing analytics and an MBA.

Cassie has a background in music, computer science, and art.

Both Jasmine and Cassie love working on data that makes people dream.

Fun fact about Jasmine & Cassie: Aside from running their data startup, Jasmine is an avid yogi and Cassie is an opera singer.

Jun 29, 2017

In this episode, Jarah Euston discusses:

  1. How is Data Operations being redefined – 2015 Vs 2017 & Beyond
  2. Top challenges most data-driven executives face when it comes to gaining insights from their data.
  3. An opportunity that most data-driven organization are unaware of – this is going to be blow up in next couple of years
  4. Entrepreneur / Executive Special Edition:
    1. How to achieve unstoppable momentum for your startup (whether you work in a scrappy startup environment or a large org, this applies to you!)
    2. How to get better at making presentations
    3. Women Tech Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Path to Success
  5. Top stories she uses when communicating with C-Suite about Data Science

About Jarah Euston:

Jarah Euston is a growth and analytics leader who has propelled several Silicon Valley Startups to the top.

Jarah is one of the Business Insider’s “28 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising.”

Jarah served as growth and analytics leader at Flurry, Yahoo, and most recently Nexla, an early stage next gen data ops startup, winner of several startup awards, including Strata Hadoop and TechCrunch Disrupt.

Jarah has a background in Economics and an MBA from Wharton

To learn more about Jarah and Nexla, please visit or reach out to Jarah “at”

About Nexla:

Nexla automates DataOps so companies can quickly derive value from their data, with minimal engineering required.

Nexla’s secure platform runs in the cloud or on-premise. It allows business users to send, receive, transform, and monitor data in their preferred format via an easy to use web interface.



May 24, 2017

AI Entrepreneurs Series is where I invite top entrepreneurs from AI & Data Science field to share their journey and insights.

In this show, Chris McKillop, Co-founder and CEO of Turalt, shares her insights on:

  1. Big opportunities at the intersection of AI and Psychology
  2. Learn one way in which most AI experts, conferences, and workshops screw up
  3. Women, AI, and Entrepreneurship: Some great learning lessons for most men in this field. I learned a ton from this discussion.
  4. Future of chatbots, customer service, and AI 
  5. Tons of personal stories, anecdotes, and inspiring soundbites to help you take your AI vocabulary to the next level!



Connect with Chris on Twitter and follow her blog.

About Chris McKillop:

Chris McKillop is the CEO and Co-Founder of Turalt, a company which develops AI products to help improve empathy in online communications. Chris has a degree in artificial intelligence and a Ph.D. in educational technology, where she investigated and developed techniques to understand the emotional dimensions of learning.

Chris has a passion for learning and brings over 15 years’ experience of working to improve learning in universities and the workplace. Her expertise includes educational technology, qualitative research, and a person-centred approach to training and personal development.

Her background in cognitive sciences and educational sector enables Chris to empathize with the challenges people face with workplace communication and to research and develop targeted solutions to deliver real impact in the workplace.


May 11, 2017

AI Entrepreneurs Series is where I invite top entrepreneurs from AI & Data Science field to share their journey and insights.  

Prateek Joshi shares his insights on:

  1. IOT and Deep Learning: How do they fuel each other
  2. Product Teams - Listen up to this one - Prateek shares his core idea on when to use AI and when to run away from it...
  3. Prateek's personal journey on what led him to create Pluto AI. 
  4. Several other entertaining/informative insights!

As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this much as much I enjoy creating it!


May 4, 2017

In this episode, Rumman Chowdhury shares her insights on:

  1. Enterprise AI - What exactly is it and the right way to think of it
  2. Two key advantages Enterprise AI can provide to your organization 
  3. Biggest barrier executive leaders face when it comes to Entreprise AI
  4. Humanity and AI - Current AI models and flawed reality
  5. How to create AI with Active Inclusion
  6. Education as it stands today - how it's about to be revolutionized
  7. And tons of other valuable insights...

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed created it!


Rumman's Blog:

Rumman's Twitter: 

AI Education Startup

Studies Show Hosted by Rumman Chowdhury and Imran Siddiquee.

1000 women in data science:
About Rumman Chowdhury

Rumman Chowdhury is an AI Authority working on cutting edge applications of Artificial Intelligence at Accenture. She also serves on the Board of Directors for several AI startups.

Rumman holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT, and a Masters in Quantitative Methods of Social Sciences from Columbia University. Rumman also has a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Rumman has given several talks and tutorials, some of them include Intel Analytics Conference, Open Data Science Conference, Machine Learning Conference, Women Catalysts, PyBay, and Demystifying AI Conference.

In mainstream media, Rumman has been interviewed for the PHDivas podcast, German Public Television, and fashion line MM LaFleur. In 2017, Rumman has upcoming talks at the Global Artificial Intelligence Conference, at Strata + Hadoop San Jose, Southern Data Science Conference, and Strata + Hadoop London

Apr 23, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Lukas Biewald of Crowdflower and we catch up on a very interesting and emerging topic of Human-In-The-Loop Machine Learning. 

My takeaways:

  • What is Human-In-The-Loop Machine Learning and how can it you get the best out of your ML program?
  • Origins of Human-In-The-Loop at scale
  • How can C-Suite use Human-In-The-Loop Machine Learning


You may connect with Lukas on his twitter or catch up with him at an event he is hosting in SF on May 17th: TrainAI event (awesome lineup of AI Trailblazers)


About Lukas:

Lukas Biewald is the founder of CrowdFlower. Founded in 2009, CrowdFlower is a data enrichment platform that taps into an on-demand workforce to help companies collect training data and do human-in-the-loop machine learning.

Following his graduation from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science, Lukas led the Search Relevance Team for Yahoo! Japan. He then worked as a senior data scientist at Powerset, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2008.

Lukas was featured in Inc. magazine's 30 Under 30 list. Lukas is also an expert-level Go player.