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Welcome to SphereCast

SphereCast is a podcast all about technology — technology advice, technology inspiration and how real entrepreneurs have used technology to build their businesses from the ground up.

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SphereCast is a podcast all about technology — technology advice, technology inspiration and how real entrepreneurs have used technology to build their businesses from the ground up. If you’re wondering how technology can support your business goals, rest assured. Our guests have been there and done that.

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Episode 15: Mission Better Medicare for the Elderly

"Don't give up — expect the no's. You're going to get more no's than yes's... It's easy to believe that the no's are correct. And then the dream dies down and you settle... No one can kill your dream for you unless you accept the 'no' as the final verdict."

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SphereCast team interviews Patricia Salas, President and “Chief Dream Enabler” at SBHIS Insurance Services, Inc., firm focused on finding its customers the best Medicare or Medi-Cal plans to meet their individual needs.

Patricia Salas
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Episode 14: On Leading Well

"Saying 'thank you' is free. Recognition comes in many forms... Gratitude means a lot. Recognition is a lot."

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This week, the SphereCast team speaks with Matt Hagel, Chief Financial Officer at meal delivery service Freshly.

Matt Hagel

Episode 13: Pivoting from Professional Athletics

"Success in sports is just an instance of many good habits carried out consistently together."

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The SphereCast team interviews John Mark Nalocca, a former professional track and field athlete who is now an Attache of the Italian Embassy in Israel and an MBA candidate at IDC Herzliya.

John Mark Nalocca
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Episode 12: Getting AI through the Final Mile

"With automation products, it's seemingly easy to make early progress that lets you get in front of your first customers. Show some demos;show some progress. But it's really that back part —the back 10 percent of that automation challenge —that's very difficult."

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This week, the SphereCast teamspeaks with Michael Kohen,Co-Founder and CEO at SparkAI.

Michael Kohen
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Episode 11: Infuse Analytics Everywhere

"One of the biggest challenges in founding a business intelligence platform is to continue to adjust your offering to the evolution of the market."

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This week, the SphereCast team interviews Aviad Harell — Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager at Sisense.

Aviad Harell
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Episode 10: How to Build Impactful R&D

"Be listening to the triggers and adjust your R&D organization to your evolving business needs. Be brave and lead through the changes."

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In this SphereCast we talk with Boris Korenfeld, Director of Engineering at Waze and Carpool products at Google about R&D structure and size.

Boris Korenfeld
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Episode 9: The Language of Finance

"You need technical expertise on a team to carry out a complicated systems merger. But you also need to make sure the team leads understand the most complicated parts of the transactions."

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This week, the SphereCast team interviews Dodd Haynes, an expert consultant in domestic and international finance and accounting. Dodd discusses the importance of having one shared financial platform with a seamless integration and rollout —and shares a story of a time when the rollout was far less than perfect.

Dodd Haynes
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Episode 8: Finding Frictionless Travel with SuperVisas

"Our founding team is a hybrid model where we all meet in the middle and have different perspectives on the direction we're going as a company."

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This week, the SphereCast team speaks with Spencer Dobrik, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at SuperVisas. SuperVisas makes visa applications simple, affordable, and fast.

Spencer Dobrik
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Episode 7: In Search of Shopping Convenience

"Believe in yourself; be bullish on yourself... Sometimes you need to remind yourself of who you are to be in a positive mind-frame to kill your meetings or gain that partnership. It all starts with confidence."

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This week, the Sphere Cast team interviews Ugochi Owo, CEO of Flindel—a platform that is making consumer returns as easy as ordering a pizza from your phone.

Ugochi Owo
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Episode 6: The Secret Playbook

"In a startup, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger goal while giving attention to those little hiccups on a daily basis."

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This week, the SphereCast team connects with Emile Chouha, Co-founder at LunchBox — a Montreal-based digital app, all about helping friends discover new restaurants at the lowest prices.

Emile Chouha
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Episode 5: The Toughest Job in the World

"As a startup in the travel industry, we quickly found out that, in order to be a successful B2C company, we needed to have deep pockets marketing-wise. It's hard to acquire customers, especially in the early stages when you have no funds."

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This week, the SphereCast team speaks with Yaniv Grinblat, Head of Business Development at Bridgify — a Tel Aviv-based travel and hospitality startup that uses technology to take the pain out of travel planning.

Yaniv Grinblat
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Episode 4: Making Mondays Less Painful

On mentorship: "I surrounded myself with people who were committed to my success and wanted to help me. And me, them. It's a two-way relationship."

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This week, the SphereCast team interviews Alexandra Detweiler, Director of Channel Partnerships, North America, at monday.com.

Alexandra Detweiler
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Episode 3: Business Technology and Ballet Shoes

"Make technology strategy part of the overall strategy of the business. If you're not doing it, you're falling behind on the competition... It is a driving force for every business."

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This week, the SphereCast team interviews Aleksandra Efimova, CEO of RP Group International about business technology and Aleksandra's journey in her company Russian Pointe.

Aleksandra Efimova
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Episode 2: On AI, Good Data, and Failing Fast

"The two critical pieces at being successful with AI are people and data... When it comes to dealing with data in AI, the old adage of 'garbage in, garbage out' still holds."

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This week, the SphereCast team speaks with Sergiy Mesropyan, Managing Director and Head of Skunk Works at TransMarket Group — a Chicago-based global proprietary trading firm.

Sergiy Mesropyan
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Episode 1: Try Before You Buy: The Story of experify.io

“There’s this saying: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go as a team.’ And, as a team, that is something that we truly believe in… We founders have three completely different personalities, but we have common ground. And the common ground is important."

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René Pfitzner, Co-Founder and CEO at experify.io. Pfitzner’s company fills a market gap for direct-to-consumer brands, connecting product shoppers with real product owners to get a hands-on trial before purchase.

René Pfitzner
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