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The Next Stage Podcast

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Driving towards an autonomous future
We are very much at the end of the beginning for self-driving vehicles, says Gavin Jackson, CEO of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica. What does he mean by this?Well, Gavin thinks that an autonomous future is on the horizon but it won’t happen exactly as we imagined. Rather than single occupancy robo-taxis zipping around cities, what will be mainstream first are self-driving industrial vehicles working in mining, construction, energy plants and so on. Keep listening to hear more about this and how Oxbotica is aiming to be an operating system for all autonomous vehicles, working across all use cases from urban shuttles and self-driving trucks to off road delivery pods and more.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:50 09/20/2022
Are gamers saving our planet?
Part of tackling climate change is educating people about global efforts in this space. But how can the United Nations reach as many people as possible and grab their attention when it comes to the seemingly inaccessible topic of NDCs or Nationally Determined Contributions - these are long term goals various countries agreed to on the back of the Paris Agreement.The answer is mini mobile games. Find out how the UN worked with PlayMob to develop Mission 1.5, an educational game with a reach of 3.5 billion people or 40% of the global population.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:02 09/13/2022
How purpose-led companies are leading the way
What does Gen Z want from their favourite brands? Not celebrity endorsements or value for money. A younger generation with purchasing power are choosing to spend money on companies that align with their personal values, ranging from racial justice to gun control.Ty Montague and Rosemarie Ryan, co-founders and co-CEOs of CO Collective, talk about how concern for environmental and social justice issues is driving younger consumers to choose brands that care. And they explain how this is an opportunity for companies to get involved in the growing market for conscious capitalism.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
18:41 09/06/2022
Finding the founders of tomorrow
Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Or so the old adage goes, at least. In an age when it's just as easy to work remotely in Timbuktu as in Toronto, opportunities are similarly limitless for entrepreneurs – no matter where a person lives or what their background may be. Where (and how) can founders catch a break in today's competitive startup landscape?Leading investors – Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet, Overlooked Ventures general partner Janine Sickmeyer and Renegade Partners co-founder Renata Quintini – give their take on where to find tomorrow’s talent. Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet, Overlooked Ventures general partner Janine Sickmeyer and Renegade Partners co-founder Renata Quintini were in conversation with Harvard Business Review editor Amy Bernstein on Centre Stage at Collision 2022.Image: Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
25:14 08/30/2022
Blockchain will shape the future of everything
People are getting paid in it, and governments are regulating it. Blockchain is officially mainstream. How did that happen and what does it mean? While blockchain enthusiasts have been bullish the past few years, signs of a recent collapse have many re-examining the technology. Nicolas Cary, co-founder and vice chairman of Blockchain.com, is an early blockchain adopter, having snapped up the blockchain.com domain name more than 10 years ago. Here, he shares his insights on the road ahead, from fintechs to sports sponsorships. Nicolas Cary, co-founder and vice chairman of Blockchain.com, was in conversation with Forbes’ blockchain and crypto editor, Micheal del Castillo, on Centre Stage at Collision 2022.Image: Sam Barnes/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
20:31 08/23/2022
TikTok feeds gen Z’s appetite for influencer authenticity
It might seem like a mystery to gen X and elder millennials that younger social media users have fallen for TikTok, a platform that seems to be more about dance moves and viral challenges than anything else. But TikTok celebrity Josh Richards explains that gen Z prizes TikTok for its focus on authenticity in a world where influencers Facetune, Photoshop and filter their lives for followers.Josh talks about his journey to success – all the way from filming duds in his mom’s basement to the moment when he went viral on TikTok – and discusses what his next ventures will be.CrossCheck Studios founder and CEO Josh Richards was in conversation with Style Canada editor-in-chief Elise Gasbarrino on Centre Stage at Collision 2022."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
20:40 08/16/2022
Exploding Kittens, bedazzled dragon eggs and fuzzy vending machines
Marketing campaigns can be a successful shot in the dark or a misfired attempt to replicate previously famous campaigns. But when viral works, boy does it work. That’s something Exploding Kittens’ Elan Lee and Eric Lang learned from their experience marketing the unusual card game at games conventions and on Kickstarter.The secret to their success has been, as they put it, a result of cultivating surprise and joy – not only for their audience, but also for themselves. A case in point is the eight-foot high fuzzy vending machine they exhibited at several conventions.The machine dispensed random items while, in the background, staff were busy creating weird and wonderful gifts for the hordes of curious attendees. When someone dressed as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen got in line, they swiftly bedazzled a watermelon, creating a magic moment for Exploding Kittens fans that soon went viral online.Exploding Kittens CEO Elan Lee and game designer Eric Lang were on the creatiff stage at Collision 2022.Image: Diarmuid Greene/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
25:18 08/09/2022
Censorship in the era of misinformation
Can journalists be too cautious and too prone to protecting vested interests? Where should we draw the line between censorship and what people need to know, and who decides where it’s drawn and how it’s enforced? ProPublica editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg and  Yahoo News editor-in-chief Daniel Klaidman discuss news censorship in the era of misinformation.Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, and Daniel Klaidman, Yahoo News editor-in-chief, were speaking on the Fourth Estate stage at Collision 2022.Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your favourite podcast platform. Get your Early Bird tickets to Web Summit 2022 before prices increase.Image: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:30 08/02/2022
Creating modern brands for the modern world
Designing meaningful and modern brands for a world that demands more and more of our attention every day is undoubtedly a major challenge. Sairah Ashman, CEO of brand consultancy Wolff Olins, explores the roles of brand and experience, unpacking how combining these two elements could have a more conscious impact on businesses and people.Sairah Ashman, CEO of Wolff Olins, presented on the creatiff stage at Collision 2022.Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your favourite podcast platform. Get your Early Bird tickets for  Web Summit 2022 before prices increase.Image: Seb Daly/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
16:17 07/26/2022
Building an operating system for drug discovery
You may have heard of facial recognition technology but what about face recognition for cells in your body? This is one of the many technologies that Recursion Pharmaceuticals uses as part of its industrialisation of drug discovery. Deep learning algorithms can tell the difference between health and diseased human cells and use this to identify new medicines.“The opportunity is to industrialise drug discovery,” says  Recursion Pharmaceuticals’ president Tina Larson. “The best of the tech industry and the best of all of these tools - like CRISPR - that are in the life science industry now, to really change the way we discover medicine.”Tina Larson, President, Recursion Pharmaceuticals was in conversation with Ashley McKimm, Editor-in-chief of BMJ Innovations at the British Medical Journal on the HealthConf stage at Web Summit 2021. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
14:48 07/19/2022
Immortality or a robot apocalypse? What is our tech future?
“We are very bad at predicting the consequences of our inventions,” says Rebecca Parsons, CTO of global tech consultancy company Thoughtworks. The problem with technologists, she says, is that they look at a problem and how to solve it - but it’s done with a laser focus to the exclusion of other effects it might have, like environmental impact or worsening of economic inequality.In this episode we explore the notion of responsible tech, and how it can prevent a dystopian future complete with killer robots and a planet damaged beyond repair."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:22 07/12/2022
Why isn’t there a drone in every home?
Drones have been around for a while now. Why is it that they haven’t become mainstream yet? Skydio’s Martin Brandenburg says the reason is that they are dumb. Cue plenty of YouTube clips of drones doing silly things and getting into many accidents. So what’s the missing ingredient? Autonomy. Skydio’s drones are completely autonomous, have omnidirectional high resolution vision, nine realtime neural networks, and will figure out how to get to a destination on their own. Just tell them where you want them to go. Is this the future ordering takeaway, capturing video of family holidays, collecting your dry cleaning?Martin Brandenburg, VP of international business development at Skydio, gave a speech on the Auto/Tech  stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
16:03 07/05/2022
Reaching Gen Z with the new voice of youth culture
FaZe Clan COO Jaci Hays shares how focusing on three critical pillars in order to reach today's youth made the esports organisation a cultural phenomenon. Jaci answers two big questions: Why is Gen Z different than any generation before it, and what does it take to build authentic connections?Jaci Hays, COO at FaZe Clan, delivered a keynote speech on ContentMakers at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
11:58 06/28/2022
Shutterstock is embracing AI and 3D
The appetite for content has never been bigger, says Shutterstock CEO Stan Pavlovsky. In fact, we spend seven hours a day consuming online media, according to research firm DoubleVerify. It’s never been a better time to be a content creator but trying to find the right image or video can be difficult with millions of assets to wade through.Stan says this has shifted Shutterstock’s strategy to include content discovery using artificial intelligence. Tune into this episode of the Next Stage to hear more about current trends in content creation including an explosion in interest around 3D imagery.Stan Pavlovsky, CEO of Shutterstock, was in conversation with Alexandros Ntolgkov, partnership manager at BeinCrypto, on the Creatiff stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
21:14 06/21/2022
How AI is answering the call of sustainability
As more data emerges about the potentially grim fate of our planet, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we need new solutions to the climate change crisis. How is AI facilitating the advancement of sustainability? What innovations and systems look set to change the energy landscape? We hear from Dan Jeavons of Shell, Hege Skryseth of Kongsberg and Junta Nakai of Databricks about how AI can be a gamechanger.Shell VP of computational science and digital innovation Dan Jeavons, Kongsberg chief digital officer Hege Skryseth, and Databricks VP of sustainability and financial services Junta Nakai, were in conversation with Xinhua News Agency business correspondent Martina Fuchs at Web Summit 2021.Web Summit – the event Bloomberg calls “one of the top world tech conferences” – is returning to Lisbon in November. Our Early Bird tickets are going on sale on June 30. Save money by pre-registering for your ticket now."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
24:27 06/14/2022
Leading a company to high growth – in the words of the experts
Unicorn founders Florian Otto and Michele Romanow share their insights on how to address pressing issues in our society. What does it take to drive a paradigm shift, and what are the key learnings these founders have grown from – collectively and individually?Cedar co-founder and CEO Florian Otto and Clearco co-founder and CEO Michele Romanow were in conversation with Grit Daily executive editor Jordan French on Startup University at Web Summit 2021. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:36 06/07/2022
Is American democracy dead?
Between the January 6 insurrection, so-called ‘vote audits’, gerrymandering, social media polarisation, two impeachments, and accusations of voter suppression, the four years of the Trump presidency were tumultuous to say the least. Join Obama Foundation CEO David Simas, ACLU president Deborah Archer, and Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub to find out if American democracy is on its last legs – or if it’s beginning a long overdue revival.US Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, Obama Foundation CEO David Simas and ACLU president Deborah Archer were in conversation with Steve Clemons, editor-at-large for the Hill, at Web Summit 2021.Web Summit – the event Bloomberg calls “one of the top world tech conferences” – is returning to Lisbon in November. Our Early Bird tickets are going on sale on June 30. Save money by pre-registering for your ticket now."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:29 05/31/2022
Conversations with robots and the Star Trek tricorder
What does the future of healthcare look like? In some cases, it’s almost like science fiction has become a reality. Mental health and wellness is entering this realm with therapeutic chatbots like Woebot Health. Founder Alison Darcy talks about the importance of clinical validation and how studies have shown that Woebot can not only engage deeply with users but also develop a bond of trust with them, often allowing them to broach topics they may not feel comfortable discussing with a human therapist.Meanwhile, the ultrasound machine is getting a makeover. Nevada Sanchez, co-founder of Butterfuly network talks about shrinking it down into a device that plugs into an iPhone, making medical imaging more affordable and accessible. This device is a  little like the medical tridcorder from Star Trek in that it can scan the entire body and, with AI on board, it can make sense of the scan in minutes.Nevada Sanchez, co-founder & VP of core technology at Butterfly Network and Alison Darcy, founder of Woebot Health, were in conversation with Rob Pegoraro of USA Today on the HealthConf stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:38 05/24/2022
Creating movie magic at DreamWorks
DreamWorks Animation is home to some of the world’s most beloved franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, The Boss Baby, The Croods, and How to Train Your Dragon. But none of these award-winning films would be possible without cutting-edge film technology. We speak to Kate Swanborg, DreamWorks’ SVP of technology communications, to explore how technology is fuelling our imaginations and creating all-time-great productions.Kate Swanborg, SVP of Technology Communications at DreamWorks Animation, delivered a keynote speech on Centre Stage at Web Summit 2021.Are you feeling inspired by this episode? Web Summit is returning to Lisbon this November with lots more exciting speakers. This is your last chance to grab 2 tickets for the price of one, so sign up now for the 2 for 1 sale on May 19."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
13:43 05/17/2022
Why Amazon wants you to talk to Alexa less
In the very near future, the devices and services we rely on will become much more proactive. AI will turn off the lights before bed, offer to start your coffee in the morning, or adjust the thermostat when you’re away – all without being asked. Tom Taylor, SVP for Amazon Alexa, shares how 'ambient computing' is coming to life, and what the future holds."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
15:20 05/10/2022
How to become a unicorn, starting with your first steps
Unicorns are popping up at an unprecedented rate, so what better way to understand what it takes to get there than by hearing from those who have already succeeded? Juan Pablo Ortega, co-founder of Rappi, and Mada Seghete, co-founder and VP of marketing at Branch, talk through their early days as startup founders and the steps they took towards success.Juan Pablo Ortega, co-founder of Rappi, and Mada Seghete, co-founder and VP of marketing at Branch, were in conversation with Pieter Haeck of Politico Europe at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
25:11 05/03/2022
Why Big Tech needs to be regulated
Debates have raged for years of whether and to what extent Big Tech - often known as the Big Four (Amazon, Meta/Facebook, Google and Apple) - should be regulated. As Rob Cox, global editor for Reuters Breakingviews, says in this episode: “The horse has bolted on this one”. So the matter turns to what kind of regulations should be put in place and for what purpose. Will regulation only serve to shore up Big Tech interests like the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act did for Wall Street in 2010, or will it force greater accountability, transparency, and end user protection as legislation like GDPR hoped to in Europe?  Ailish Campbell, ambassador to the European Union with Global Affairs Canada and Christian Lanng, co-founder and CEO of supply chain startup Tradeshift, debated these issue as they spoke on Centre Stage at Web Summit 2021, moderated by Rob Cox."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
16:01 04/26/2022
Improving accessibility to AI with a Gen Z lens
Gen Z has a native understanding and appreciation of how AI shapes their world, digitally and otherwise. Young entrepreneurs and ambassadors for Arm Emma Yang, Josh Lowe, Avye Couloute and Samaira Mehta discuss what they love about AI, where they think the technology falls short, and what they want to see in the next generation of AI-powered products.Gen Arm2Z ambassadors Emma Yang, Josh Lowe, Avye Couloute and Samaira Mehta were in conversation with Simon Segars, CEO at Arm, at Collision 2021 online."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
22:00 04/19/2022
Why remote work doesn’t work for everyone
Working from home became de rigeur during the pandemic and it has widespread benefits. People have been able to work from the comfort of their own homes while complying with Covid-19 restrictions.Remote-first also meant companies could widen the net and hire abroad, effectively “pulling up global wages in developing markets in ways that would have been very surprising only a few years ago” according to Jeremy Johnson, CEO of software developer recruitment company Andela. However, women have been impacted disproportionately. Fifty four million women left the global workforce in 2020 during the pandemic says Kristin Luck, president of not for profit business analytics organisation ESOMAR.Jeremy Johnson and Kristin Luck were in conversation with Euronews journalist Pascale Davies on the Remote stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
20:01 04/12/2022
Slowing fast fashion – and how we do it
Fashion, like everything else, needs a serious sustainability overhaul, from manufacturing right up to point of sale. In this session, Anthony Marino, president of thredUP, sits down to discuss what’s gone wrong in the fashion industry and how the solution won't be one size fits all.Anthony Marino, president of thredUP, was in conversation with Jennifer Crichton, founder, editor and presenter at The Flock, at Web Summit 2021. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:13 04/05/2022
Can crypto go green?
Cryptocurrency mining has come under scrutiny of late, specifically for the environmental impact of such an energy intensive practice.Kathleen Breitman, co-founder and CEO of Tezos, advocates for the less power-hungry proof of stake consensus mechanism as opposed to Bitcoin’s proof of work while Bitgreen CEO Adam Carver thinks mining via renewable energy is another way forward. Kathleen Breitman, Adam Carver and Laura Wallendal were in conversation with Robert Hackett, senior writer and tech editor at Fortune. This talk is from Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
25:33 03/29/2022
Are NFTs the future of art? | Paris Hilton, CEO and entrepreneur
Is owning a collectible from the Bored Ape Yacht Club the 2022 equivalent of saying you have a Picasso? Paris Hilton and many others would like to think so. The reality TV star and DJ owns a Bored Ape NFT and even creates her own NFT art.In this episode of the Next Stage, Paris and her VC husband – M13 Ventures founder Carter Reum – talk about the brave new worlds of NFTs, cryptocurrency and the blockchain.Paris Hilton and Carter Reum were in conversation with Forbes editor Steven Bertoni at Collision 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
16:17 03/22/2022
Wanna be a successful influencer? Just “don’t be goddamn boring” says Nas Daily
When three hugely popular influencers get together in 2021 and talk about their secrets to success, you might guess that the social media platform they would be on is TikTok… but you’d be wrong!Nas Daily, Sarati Callahan, Alfie Deyes and Caspar Lee talk about their respective journeys to where they are now – ie, with more than a million followers each. They also give tips on how to grow a loyal following, and they reveal the unlikely platforms that can make or break a career as a content creator.Content creator and SaratiBody entrepreneur Sarati Callahan, YouTube star and entrepreneur Caspar Lee, and Nas Academy founder and CEO Nas Daily, were in conversation with Big Technology founder Alex Kantrowitz. They spoke on Centre Stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
19:04 03/15/2022
The generation of feminists using digital skills as a megaphone | Catarina Furtado and Sofia Nunes
When people speak of the ‘glass ceiling’, they’re usually talking about the invisible barriers women face when advancing in the workplace. This episode of the Next Stage explores the digital glass ceiling.This is a wide-ranging topic covering everything from gender-based harassment and hate speech on social media to gender inequality in access to technology (especially in developing nations). It also encompasses the lack of diversity in the Big Tech behind platforms that shape the way we communicate, socialise and even participate in society.But there is hope. As Portuguese actor and United Nations Ambassador Catarina Furtado said, “there is a new generation of feminists – both young and older women – with digital skills, and they use it as a megaphone. They have moved from the streets to the web to speak out”.Catarina Furtado, and cloud banking platform Mambu’s co-founder and head of diversity, Sofia Nunes, were in conversation with MIT Tech Review journalist Charlotte Jee on Centre Stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
25:53 03/08/2022
Low code tech powers 75% of all enterprise software | Hanna Hennig, CIO of Siemens
Low-code technology helped build 75 percent of all enterprise software in 2021, according to Forrester and Gartner analysts. In fact, according to a 2021 Siemens survey, 75 percent of IT leaders say the no-code/low-code trend is something their organisation cannot afford to miss. Hanna Hennig, CIO at Siemens, talks about how digital technology – which is transforming society – needs low-code and no-code. This is especially true in manufacturing, where 80 percent of tasks can now be automated.With this level of automation comes a fivefold demand for developers, she says. And this has led to the rise of what is known as the citizen developer – an employee who develops apps for use by themselves and others on their team. Low-code techniques give programming skills to non-professional developers.Hanna was speaking on the FullSTK stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
16:51 03/01/2022