About this podcast
How technology is changing the world around us
About this podcast
How technology is changing the world around us
Timestamps: 3:30 Introducing Zara and EdVenture 7:30 What’s involved on the EdVenture programme 12:00 The role of business schools, knowledge transfer partnerships, etc. 20:00 How student debt is holding back the entrepreneurial ecosystem 24:30 Risk in entrepreneurship at University 28:00 What EdVenture is looking at - VC and Impact 31:00 Gen Z and the future of startups 37:00 Building things that should exist 42:00 How VCs are learning about the world 46:30 Gender in student ventures 55:00 Finding your entrepreneurial energy
Timestamps: 1:00 A bit about Daisy. 3:55 Zebras and Unicorns 10:00 Do current playbooks solve the right problems? 14:00 Where innovation in finance will come from 17:00 Bankification 20:30 The role of PE in the future 28:00 Where is money getting pumped from in the future? 34:00 Expanding local maxima 40:00 Infusing positivity into a movement that criticizes the old way 48:00 The opportunity to be ahead of the game in Scotland 50:45 Are Zebras also just following SV playbooks? 52:00 Memesis 54:15 Is VC changing? 55:30 What does success look like for a Scottish entrepreneur? 1:00:00 Being communitarian
Timestamps: 2:00 The current Boeing accelerator programme 5:30 Innovation in aerospace, and lack of playbooks for sustainability 10:00 What drives innovation in aerospace? 11:30 What makes an industry specific accelerator successful? 15:15 CVC in aerospace 17:00 VCification 21:00 How should an incumbent support startups? 26:00 Education in corporates 29:30 Where is industry 4.0 heading? 35:00 Contrasting failure in startups vs incumbents 41:00 Do companies need to move at the pace startups do? 47:00 Industrial ecosystems reinventing themselves 53:00 Missing institutions 57:00 Iterating around hardware
0:45 The origin of the word accelerator, and the origin of the Edinburgh tech ecosystem 3:00 The early days of VC blogging 9:30 The Boulder Thesis and creating startup ecosystems 16:00 Complexity in communities 25:00 Playbooks vs Complex Systems 30:00 Topophilia and the love of place 38:00 Is there a need for a new institution within ecosystems to help understand complexity? 40:30 Inclusivity in ecosystems
2:00 Where the term bundling comes from. 5:00 Telecoms: Triple play and quad play 6:05 Being bundle blind 11:00 Is bundling just an enforced cross sell? 15:00 Homogeneous vs heterogeneous bundling 20:00 Is it up to startups to unbundle? 24:00 Apple One 30:00 Cultures created via bundles 33:00 Unbundling and D2C 37:00 .. and back to culture. 42:00 Not everyone is the same - the benefit of not bundling 48:00 Rome with no coffee 51:00 What does bundle thinking do to help you for PMF, exiting, etc.
Timestamps: 3:00 The state of LawTech 6:30 Where does innovation in LawTech come from 12:30 Does the partnership model being so immovable make innovation impossible? 15:00 Internal and external empathy 19:30 Rejigging law firms to encourage innovation 24:30 Building products internally 29:00 Solving productivity gaps, curation of new products, and law eating software 31:00 Has “legal tech” underdelivered so far? 37:00 Will there be a new persona for the lawyer enabled by tech? 42:00 How much the law drives change
Timestamps: 13:00 Introducing Gary 4:30 Intrapreneurship vs entrepreneurship 6:30 Corporate vs startup playbooks 9:00 Working with startups 11:00 The role of corporate support for startups 17:00 Do startup business models gel with corporate sales? 21:00 The importance of having a Systems Integrator 27:00 Does the SI route work in the UK? 29:30 Case study: Dropbox and Box 33:00 The long sales cycle of corporates 41:00 Incubators and accelerators role in educating startups on all this 43:00 Understanding what a corporate needs from a startup
Timestamps: 1:55 Mark’s CV, startups, Cisco, Skyscanner and beyond 3:15 Unicorns, ecosystems, and education 4:40 The Logan Report 5:15 Unicorns 8:15 The startup/scaleup funnel and education 12:30 Playbooks, frameworks, and models 16:30 Heuristics and creativity 24:00 The place of Silicon Valley in playbooks 28:00 Solving the cold start problem of an ecosystem 34:00 The value of iteration in an ecosystem 42:00 Tipping points 47:30 The top of the education funnel - making computer science exciting for kids 55:45 Antifragility
Timestamps: 6:00 Genevieve’s CV 8:00 Introducing the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute (3Ai) 10:00 What it’s like running a startup in a University 16:00 What is the vision behind 3Ai 20:00 Technical fetishism 26:00 The importance of history and place in how things get built 31:00 Avoiding getting bogged down in mimicry - of other places, or the past. 36:00 What is the ontology/building blocks of 3Ai? 38:00 Getting out of normative notions with feminist/queer theory - how do you encourage playfullness in a system? 40:00 Is credentialism changing?
Timestamps: 1.45 What is GPT-3? The ultimate autocomplete tool. 2.45 A bit about the creators of GPT-3, OpenAI 7:50 How does GPT-3 work? 12:15 What are they spending all that money on? 16:30 What’s the driving force behind it? 21:00 A few examples of what GPT-3 can create 26:15 GPT-3 and the Turing Test 35:00 Understanding analogies 36:45 The consequences for society (and developers) 42:00 GPT-3 and NoCode 47:30 The future of work for data scientists 49:30 GPT-3 in the Stack 53:00 Ethical concerns
Cybersecurity and Innovation
Timestamps: 1:45 The big Twitter hack 6:45 How did it happen? Was it an inside job? 7:50 Types of hacks 14:00 Potted history of cybersecurity and the current metaphors 22:00 Cybersecurity in the time of the cloud 28:00 The kill chain and why people are the route of entry 31:30 The evolution of the cyber criminal 33:30 Is there more talk of cybersecurity these days? 34:00 Why it’s easier for cybersecurity companies to get product-market fit 37:00 Retrofitting cyber security with Darktrace 44:00 Staying agile to beat the bad guys 46:00 Are innovation and cybersecurity pulling in different directions? 51:45 Having a risk framework - NHS Digital vs DeepMind 55:30 How do we build security into the startup stack?
2:00 What are Growth Loops? 5:30 Growth Loops vs Funnels 7:00 Non linearity in growth 9:00 The platonistic breakdown of growth loops 12:45 User generated content loops 15:30 Uniqueness in growth loops - linking in channel, pricing market, product etc. 21:00 The background of growth loops - Brian Balfour, Andrew Chen and David Skok 25:30 Harry Dry 28:00 HubSpot and the new marketing 31:00 Viral marketing modeling 41:00 Picnic’s growth strategy 45:00 Picking the moment of highest return on a loop 48:00 When is it important to think about growth loops? 53:00 Leveraging other platforms for growth loops 55:00 Are growth loops a new thing?
Timestamps 3:00 What is NoCode? 6:30 The NoCode “movement” 8:00 Who is NoCode for? 10:00 Indie hackers vs established businesses 14:00 The new Stacks 18:00 The economics of NoCode 22:00 Constraints in NoCode 25:30 .. and the creativity that fosters. 29:00 Matt’s NoCode Tunnock’s Project 34:00 NoCode creating tech inclusion 42:00 Where does the value lie in NoCode? 48:00 NoCode as curation 53:00 Will we just end up with loads of broken companies? 1:00:00 NoCode as Pulp Fiction
Timestamps 1:35 What is B2D? 3:35 Is it a product strategy or a go to market playbook? 4:30 A brief history of B2D 6:00 GitHub, Twilio, and Stripe 12:15 The empowerment of developers 14:30 B2D vs other tools, ie why isn’t Slack B2D? 19:00 .. and Slack vs Microsoft Teams 22:00 Startups + corporates participating more in the world of developers 28:00 B2D curation and onboarding 34:00 IT and developer culture 37:00 The shift to bottom up adoption, ie Adobe 38:45 A look at the biggest B2D company 56:00 B2... IT?
Innovation in Healthcare
Timestamps 1:30 An overview of the healthcare landscape, 10% of UK workforce work in health and care NHS biggest employer in Europe, but healthcare hasn’t gone through the tech revolution that fintech etc have. 5:15 Big areas - Digital Transform, how Healthcare is delivered (and unbundling), BioInnovation in therapeutics and treatment, Computational modelling, Robotics and Automation (maybe). 8:15 Startups selling to the NHS 10:45 Telehealth 12:45 The story of Incredible Health and unbundling 17:30 Taking a part of healthcare and reimagining around modern practice, eg PillPack 21:50 Public vs private healthcare markets, the Venture Capital view on healthcare 35:15 Apple and Google in healthcare 37:30 .. and Amazon’s acquisitions and healthcare explorations 44:00 PillPack, iteration and sustaining innovation. 51:00 Computational modelling, data science and privacy 57:00 Therapeutics - is it a space for tech startups? 1:01:30 Return to startup thinking, and venture capital
Timestamps 2:00 Context: Marc Andreessen’s essay, It’s Time to Build 5:45 Further context: Why Software is eating the World 11:00 It’s Time to Build - Things aren’t being built, coronavirus is showing that we can build faster, stagnation, 18:00 Why is everything moving so fast in the world of bits, but not the world of bricks? Lack of desire, inertia 20:30 The politics of the post 22:00 What the opportunity for non software companies looks like 25:00 Short term responses to Covid-19 vs jobs of the future 30:00 Critiques of the Marc Andreessen’s post 33:45 Ezra Klein’s response - the problem with the current political setup, inertia and vetocracy 39:00 Building in a world of atoms - sustaining vs iterative 42:30 Why do we have Twitter and no flying cars? 49:00 The need to create mechanisms for safer bet investments that are better for society 52:00 Allowing for failure in the world of atoms 57:00 Creating new priorities and venture building 1:00:00 Where will these new priorities come from? 1:04:00 Does he mean it when he’s challenging the left to prove a superior model?
Go To Market Strategies
Timestamps 1:50 What is a go market strategy? 3:00 Tactics and execution - what is your clever plan to get your product bought? Level 0 - Build it and they will come. Level 1 - Have ANY sort of plan. Level 2 - Have a CLEVER plan. Level 3 - Use someone else’s plan. 5:36 Setting the scene - Sales and Marketing - Lesley’s Compass 12:00 Toothpaste vs Jet Engines 16:00 Distribution Strategy - Zero Touch, Low Touch, who the buyer is 21:00 Disruption vs Diffusion - Facebook spitting out startups 33:00 Go to market strategies in an era of Bring Your Own Device and Human Avoidance Software 42:00 Channel partnerships 46:00 How do you get started with a go to market strategy? 57:00 Should you build a channel partnership early? References: https://firstround.com/review/leslies-compass-a-framework-for-go-to-market-strategy/ https://tomtunguz.com/b2d-go-to-market/ https://a16z.com/2017/06/09/distribution-channel-partnerships-alex-rampell/
AR & VR
Timestamps: 2:30 The difference between AR and VR. 4:30 The Future of Work - Immersive training, Augmented Intelligence, Making remote work less isolating 12:00 Are we all going to be using VR to work in the next 5 years? 17:00 Is AR a good interface? 21:00 Google Glasses and fashion 25:15 AR, VR and dystopias - security, liberty, privacy, and health 30:00 VR as a step up in remote sales 36:00 The future of leisure 41:15 Crossing the Chasm of VR 47:00 Back to AR: HoloLens and Magic Leap 50:00 Apple’s eventual takeover of the AR space 57:00 The rise of AR/VR in China
2:00 Startup programmes saturation, Google, Twilio, IBM, YCombinator, .. 3:00 The Graph, explained 6:00 Which verticals are on the left or right of the graph? 9:30 What does each space look like? Startups - fizzy, bootstrapping, failure. Lots culturally though. Scaleups - shedding generalisms, getting rid of playbooks, making your own playbooks. Big companies - you lose the learning/growth, get into maintenance mode. 14:50 Riffing on the galleon metaphor 18:00 Microsoft as a “startup” 21:30 Loonshots, Safi Bahcall. How can you be a startup and a big company at the same time? 24:30 How startups work with big companies 29:00 Levels of corporate engagement: Level 0 - we should do a proof of concept. Level 1 - we’ll do a POC, but it’s mostly for our learning. Level 2 - The startup is learning, and there is exchange of value. Level 3 - very clear POC, with accurate milestones. 35:00 Why do big companies do POCs? 39:30 Should big companies be aspiring to be lean? IE launching MVPs, iterating, etc.. 43:00 SpaceX vs Boeing as a case study - mentality, culture, and fail whales. Why vs How.