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Angelneers: Insights From Startup Builders

This podcast is brought to you by Angelneers, a community of startup builders. Listen to seasoned founders, operators, and technologists sharing their learnings and insights about how to make better decisions around product, engineering, and growth. To learn more about Angelneers look us up on our social media or write to


AI: The Evolution of Precision, or How We All Went Down the Wrong Path with Dr. Alex Kostikov
In this episode, we are excited to bring on Dr. Kostikov, a doctor in neurophysiology and an independent researcher, to discuss one of his recent articles on the evolution of AI and particularly how we went down the wrong path.  Dr. Kostikov has spent the last 30 years developing the concept of individual AI based on the integration of the human brain and computer system into a single functional complex using a scanning-type brain-computer interface.  His concept of individual AI is based on the hypothesis of the existence of a dual system of initiation of nerve impulses in the synapses of the human neocortex and the dynamic concept of quantum spin in a new relativistic or high-speed model of our three-dimensional space.  
44:17 11/04/2024
A Powerful Backend for No-Code Apps with Prakash Chandran of Xano
We live in a world where organizations are constrained by engineering resources and outsourcing is increasingly not viable. This has led to more product owners turning to no-code to build the software they need. In this episode, we are excited to bring on Prakash Chandran to talk about what enterprise-grade no-code should look like. Prakash is a co-founder and CEO of Xano, a low-code platform for anyone looking to develop a backend for their no-code application quickly and efficiently. This trusted scalable backend for the no-code community passes the strict enterprise security and compliance requirements handling millions of API requests and processing millions of transactions in over 84 countries each day.
33:20 02/02/2024
Creating Audio and Video in the Age of AI with Jay LeBoeuf from Descript
We’re on the verge of a generational change in the way we create content — fueled by AI.  In this episode, we are excited to bring Jay LeBoeuf on to talk about how AI will transform the entire field of audio and video production.  Jay is the Head Of Business & Corporate Development at Descript, an audio and video editing platform that uses “voice cloning” technology.  He lectures on media technology and business at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Michigan.  Jay was featured as a Bloomberg Businessweek Innovator, and interviewed by 60 Minutes, Forbes, Billboard, and on Alec Baldwin's podcast.   X Meta Medium
46:57 09/11/2023
Building the Platform for Emotional AI with Ryan Benmalek from Daimon Labs
One thing that some are betting on is that emotions and emotional intelligence is something that's very different than what everyone else is doing right now with AI.  We are excited to bring Ryan Benmalek on to talk about the rise of emotional AI and how machines are learning to understand and respond to human emotions.  Ryan is a co-founder and CEO of Daimon Labs, a partially remote, partially NYC-based team from the top AI research labs like Google Brain, Microsoft Research, and FAIR.  They are innovating a new type of language model that provides human-like empathy and companionship.   Waitlist: Join Blog: 1–7x Consumer GPU Scaling for Large Language Modeling Experiments LinkedIn: The Rise of Emotional AI: How Machines Are Learning to Understand and Respond to Human Emotions
52:21 19/10/2023
Accelerating Content Production with AI with Lilly Chen from Contenda
It’s a misconception that using AI removes “the human part” of content creation. In this episode, we are excited to bring Lilly Chen on to talk about how AI tools help Enterprise customers reimagine and scale their existing technical content in new formats and without extra work. Lilly is a co-founder and CEO of Contenda, a content creation service that uses generative AI to repurpose technical content from videos into effective written content. Website: Website: Blog:
48:55 05/10/2023
Creating Bespoke Development Environments with Debo Ray from DevZero
Large companies have built custom systems to move development tools and testing to the cloud, but this approach has often been out of reach for smaller companies. In this episode, we are excited to bring on Debo Ray to talk about applying his learnings at Uber to democratize what has previously only been available to elite, big-tech companies with cloud development environments. Debo is a co-founder and CEO of DevZero, a cloud-based development platform that makes it easy for organizations of all sizes to configure, secure, and scale development environments to boost developer productivity.
40:14 29/06/2023
Traversing the Traction Gap with Bruce Cleveland
Traction. What is it? How do you generate it? In this episode, we are excited to bring on Bruce Cleveland to talk about how founders can improve their odds of success while traversing the traction gap where most startups fail. Bruce is the author of the bestseller "Traversing the Traction Gap", a practical guidebook for navigating the tumultuous early life of a startup. He has been a Silicon Valley CMO and CPO holding senior executive positions at Oracle, Apple, Siebel Systems, and C3 AI, as well as a General Partner in two venture capital firms. During his VC career, Bruce was the first investor and a board member of Marketo and an investor in C3, Doximity, Vlocity, Workday, and many other startups.  
45:53 15/06/2023
The Sparse Future of AI with Sam Fok from Femtosense
While Generative AI and LLMs grab headlines, it's the practical limitations of power consumption and cost — not capabilities — that often determine where AI is deployed. In this episode, we are excited to bring Sam Fok on to talk about the sparse future of AI powering the inside of consumer electronics. Sam is the co-founder and CEO of Femtosense, a startup developing an ultra-low-power AI processor for the real-time edge that is designed to make AI processing viable for low-cost consumer electronics.    
45:03 25/05/2023
A Better Way to Raise Capital with Nathan Beckord from Foundersuite
Fundraising is a numbers game, and unless you have Snapchat levels of growth or have previously taken two other companies public, you’re going to need to talk to a lot of investors. In this episode, we spoke with Nathan Beckord about how to improve the odds of success when raising venture capital. Nathan is the founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a software platform that brings structure, speed and efficiency to raising venture capital and managing investor relations. Also, Nathan is a host of a "How I Raised It" podcast where he and his guests discuss various matters pertinent to successful fundraising. If you plan to fundraise then subscribe to Foundersuite using the link below and get 20% off for 3 months on monthly plans applying discount code: angelneers
60:06 18/05/2023
Navigating the World of Hyperconverged Infrastructure with Mo Tahmasebi
What is hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), its main components, and its benefits for data storage and backup? In this episode, we are excited to bring on Mo Tahmasebi to talk about how to navigate the world of hyperconverged infrastructure. Mo is the founder and CEO of StoneFly, one of the innovators of cost-effective full-featured storage appliances.      
50:36 21/04/2023
How AI is Changing Retail with Trevor Sumner
What does the future hold in store for retail? In this episode, we are excited to bring on Trevor Sumner to talk about how AI is changing the retail industry. Trevor is the Head of AI and Innovation at Raydiant as part of the Perch acquisition. He's also an Entrepreneur, Advisor, Angel investor, and Top 100 Retail And Top 50 RetailTech Influencer.
54:07 06/04/2023
Elusive Success With AI with Chris Surdak
How to achieve business value from AI? In this episode, we are excited to bring on Chris Surdak to talk about how businesses should tackle the challenges of elusive success with AI. Chris is an award-winning, internationally-recognized transformation expert leveraging leading-edge technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), AI, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Blockchain to drive results-oriented digital transformation for organizations of all sizes, industries and regions. Books by Christopher Surdak Chatpocalypse Now  
53:09 24/03/2023
Creating a Marketing Powerhouse with Bill Macaitis
How do you develop cutting-edge marketing strategies to achieve hyper-growth? We are thrilled to bring on Bill Macaitis, one of the most renowned marketing leaders, to talk about his experiences of creating marketing powerhouses for the three fastest-growing SaaS companies in history - Slack, Zendesk, and Salesforce - where he was a CRO/CMO, a CMO, and an SVP Marketing respectively. These days he enjoys helping and advising other companies on how to achieve hyper-growth, helping them build out their own world-class marketing team, and implementing modern marketing tech stacks.
41:12 10/03/2023
A New Epoch in Technology with Barak Turovsky
Is AI generation the next platform shift? In this episode, we are excited to bring on Barak Turovsky to talk about how Generative AI is powering a new epoch in technology reinventing communication, content creation, and information access. Barak is a product and business leader with 25+ years of experience in Artificial Intelligence (Generative AI, LLMs, Computer Vision), Ads & Commerce, and Enterprise Software. He served as Chief Product Officer at a global retail tech leader Trax and led product management and user experience within Google AI and Google Commerce. Prior to that, Barak was Director of Product in Microsoft’s Mobile Advertising, Head of Mobile Commerce at PayPal, and Chief Technical Officer at an Israeli start-up. Twitter Framework for evaluating Generative AI use cases Barak Turovsky - Google AI | 2021 Shelly Palmer Innovation Series Summit Coming Soon: Exact Match Keywords to Match to Even MORE Variants The Great AI Awakening
43:02 23/02/2023
Staying Secure in the Cloud with Ely Kahn from SentinelOne
In this episode, we are excited to bring Ely Kahn on to talk about his experiences as a startup co-founder, then as a corporate executive and share his thoughts on common trends to look out for in cloud security. Ely is a VP of Product Management for Cloud Security at SentinelOne and, before that, the co-founder of Sqrrl, the threat-hunting company (now called Amazon Detective) where he wore many hats. Prior to that, he held numerous positions at government agencies including the Director of Cybersecurity at the White House where he advised on homeland and national security issues.
54:30 10/02/2023
CEO Tradecraft with Michael Nusimow from DrChrono
The secret to leadership is there aren’t any real secrets. In this episode, we are excited to bring Michael Nusimow on to talk about CEO tradecraft and his learnings after 14 years as a first-time CEO. Michael co-founded and was the CEO of DrChrono, an all-in-one EHR, practice management, and billing solution for all sizes of medical practice. Twitter: @nusimow The No Asshole Rule Radical Candor Can't Hurt Me The Infinite Game    
50:10 27/01/2023
Resilience Training for Your Workforce with Aras Toker from Peace of Mind
What is burnout and how can we address its causes? We are excited to open the Season 4 of the podcast by bringing on Aras Toker to talk about redesigning digital mental health from the lens of a holistic approach to workplace wellbeing. Aras is the founder and CEO of Peace of Mind, a community-focused anti-burnout resilience coaching platform. Medium Blog Videos Current Priorities of the US Surgeon General
51:41 13/01/2023
The “Anti-Zoom” for Video Messaging with Tom Medema from Bubbles
Our so-called productivity tools may actually throttle our productivity. We are ‘always on,’ but often fail to accomplish real work. Bubbles, an async-first tool, is designed to supercharge team collaboration in today's modern remote work environment. In this episode, we sat down with Tom Medema, the founder and CEO of Bubbles, to talk about how async platforms free up employees’ time to do deep work and mitigate digital burnout. LinkedIn Slack Twitter  
38:56 16/12/2022
The Siri for Healthcare with Punit Singh Soni from Suki
One of the most annoying pain points for doctors in any office is writing down notes and documentation.  We are excited to bring on Punit Soni to talk about reimagining the healthcare tech stack, making it invisible and assistive by delivering incredibly fast and accurate voice experiences using the latest in NLP and ML.  Punit is the founder and CEO of Suki, a virtual medical assistant that acts as a voice user interface for electronic health records, enabling a doctor to write their clinical notes, enter orders, view information and exchange data with other providers dramatically and more efficiently.   Twitter LinkedIn Youtube
43:05 23/11/2022
VR Team-Building for Remote Workers with Jos Van Der Westhuizen from Remio
The corporate team-building market is estimated to be over $30 billion. It has tremendous demand for creative, interactive workspaces that lead to greater employee engagement and productivity. In this episode we sat down with Jos van der Westhuizen to talk about VR and Metaverse are poised to reshape the world of work including collaboration, experience, training, and engagement. Jos is a co-founder and CEO of Remio, the most interactive remote team events and collaboration platform.   Twitter LinkedIn Youtube  
42:01 04/11/2022
Bringing an Engineering Approach to Cybersecurity with Maxime Lamothe-Brassard from LimaCharlie
Siloed security products today don’t give you the control, transparency, scale, and innovation needed to protect against today’s advanced threats.  In this episode, we sat down with Maxime Lamothe-Brassard to talk about bringing an engineering approach to cybersecurity through the Security Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS) model and its implications. Maxime is a co-founder and CEO of LimaCharlie which enables organizations to detect & respond to threats, automate processes, reduce the number of vendors they use, and future-proof their security operations. Slack LinkedIn Twitter Github Youtube  
51:11 13/10/2022
Browser-based Workflow Automation with Artem Harutyunyan from Bardeen
There's no need to spell out the advantages of easy-to-use software that automates everyday workflows. In this episode, we bring on Artem Harutyunyan to talk about how leveraging a browser-based approach helps bring workflow automation to the masses. Artem is a co-founder and CTO of Bardeen, a no-code tool that saves you time by automating repetitive tasks with a shortcut. It combines a powerful workflow builder, AI-based recommendations, and contextual automation.      
48:35 08/09/2022
Unleashing the Full Power of Data with Sadegh Riazi from CipherMode Labs
Data sharing between business units and organizations is necessary for modern business but it’s a major challenge and barrier to growth. Current solutions are often ineffective, slow, expensive and don’t really solve the problem. In this episode we bring Sadegh Riazi who has been working with encryption his entire career to talk about changing the status quo using advanced cryptographic technologies such as Secure Multiparty Computation and democratizing secure computation. Sadegh is a co-founder and CEO of CipherMode Labs, the next-generation computation platform that preserves the confidentiality of data during all stages, even the computation itself.  
50:12 19/08/2022
How AI Is Transforming Customer Support with Austin Emser from Stylo
The underlying technology of customer support is outdated and steeped in hierarchical processes and practices from more than two decades ago. In this episode, we are talking with Austin Emser about why AI will be central to the future of customer support. Austin is a co-founder and CEO of Stylo which is on a mission of creating amazing customer support experiences leveraging the next generation of AI.
33:14 03/06/2022
Improving Oral Health with AI with Jie Feng from Kells
How can AI support dentists and improve long-term patient outcomes? In this episode, we are talking with Jie Feng about improving access and quality of oral healthcare by bringing AI into dentists' workflow, particularly in finding cavities. Jie is a co-founder and CEO of KELLS which provides accessible, high-quality dental screening through a combination of clinicians and AI.
43:37 20/05/2022
The API for Precise Location with Aaron Nathan from Point One Navigation
In this episode, Aaron Nathan talks about how a unique combination of computer vision, satellite navigation, and sensor fusion helps solve the transportation problems of the future. Aaron is a co-founder and CEO of Point One Navigation, a company that solves one of the key unsolved problems for intelligent machines: determining position with a high degree of precision and confidence in all situations.  
43:42 06/05/2022
Unlocking the Next Gen of Apps for the Hyper Connected World with Fay Arjomandi
Today 90% of all data generated on devices travels from the point of creation on devices at the edge of the cloud. But there is a better way. In this episode, we are talking with Fay Arjomandi about how the edgeCloud computing can unlock the next generation of apps for the hyper-connected world. Fay is the founder and CEO of Mimik Technology which provides a hybrid edge cloud computing application development platform and business enablers for digital transformation. Fay is a serial entrepreneur and renowned leader in the tech industry and has been named the “edge computing woman of the year” in 2020 and was named one of the most influential women business leaders in Silicon Valley in 2014.  
49:05 22/04/2022
Bolstering Customer Success with AI with Gaurav Bhattacharya from
In this episode, we spoke with Gaurav Bhattacharya about how AI can bolster customer success. Gaurav is a co-founder and CEO of which aims to help customers find signals in siloed systems and parse through millions of data points to prevent customer churn, increase revenue, and personalize customer experiences.   Twitter: gauravbhattac16 Blog: Podcast:
45:50 08/04/2022
Managing Up, Out and Yourself with Mickey W Mantle
In this episode, we are talking with Mickey W Mantle about how programming managers should manage upward, outward and inward to become more effective.  Mickey is the co-author of Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for managing software people and teams. He has been developing software for more than forty years as a software and hardware product creator, manager, and executive for companies that include Evans & Sutherland, Pixar, Broderbund, and Gracenote. He currently develops mobile/tablet applications, writes, and consults. Managing The Unmanageable Frederick Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month  
49:08 25/03/2022
Democratizing Healthcare Data with Cailin Hardell from Segmed
Raw, unorganized data is not worth very much, but data providers have been unable to take on the IT lift and expertise to curate datasets for AI needs. In this episode we sat down with Cailin Hardell to talk about how providing medical AI developers with access to diverse real-world data will advance healthcare outcomes. Cailin is a co-founder and CEO of Segmed, a secure cloud-based platform that provides high-quality data for medical AI development while helping healthcare partners monetize medical data securely and anonymously.  
44:26 25/02/2022