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Tech evangelist at Combell. PHPBenelux board member. PHP community member. International conference speaker. Travel hacker. Code, systems & automation.

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Tech evangelist at Combell. PHPBenelux board member. PHP community member. International conference speaker. Travel hacker. Code, systems & automation.

    Juozas Kaziukėnas - E-commerce marketplaces, cars & cycling

    Juozas Kaziukėnas - E-commerce marketplaces, cars & cycling

    Joe is back! The previous time a sat down with Juozas "Joe" Kaziukėnas (https://twitter.com/juokaz) was back in 2016. There was a video malfunction, but the audio was intact: https://soundcloud.com/thijsferyn/juozas-kaziukenas

    In this interview we have video (https://youtu.be/sQpQUjB-UX4) and we focus on everything that happened after his time as a digital nomad and his relocation to New York City.

    Fast-forward: Joe is tech entrepreneur who founded a company called Marketplace Pulse (https://www.marketplacepulse.com/). He provides E-commerce marketplace insight. He was featured in a Wall Street Journal article (https://twitter.com/juokaz/status/846390805472382977), which has had a really positive effect on him and his brand.

    In this interview we talk about E-commerce, about marketplaces, about insights related to those marketplaces and content marketing.

    There's also a lighter touch to the interview: we discuss Joe's passion for cycling and cars. Joe is a member of Classic Car Club Manhattan (https://classiccarclubmanhattan.com/), an exclusive club for petrol heads.

    It was a very enjoyable conversation. I hope you agree and enjoy it yourself.

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    • 32 min
    Jenny Wong - From PHP to WordPress

    Jenny Wong - From PHP to WordPress

    Jenny Wong (https://twitter.com/miss_jwo) is a community engineer at Human Made (http://hmn.md). The interview was recorded at the very first WordCamp Antwerp in Belgium (https://2016.antwerp.wordcamp.org).

    The video footage of this interview is available on Youtube: https://youtu.be/fsdYyA6SeC8. Read the blog post: https://blog.feryn.eu/jenny-wong-php-wordpress/

    In this interview we talk about how Jenny and I met. We also talk about Jenny's background, her involvement with PHP and her transition to the WordPress community.

    We also discuss the hash tag #HMGOES. Jenny and her colleagues use it every time they travel to WordPress events.

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    • 20 min
    Ruben Romero from Varnish Software

    Ruben Romero from Varnish Software

    This episode features Ruben Romero (https://twitter.com/ruben_varnish). Ruben is director of community engagement at Varnish Software (https://varnish-software.com) in Oslo Norway.

    The video interview is up on Youtube: http://feryn.link/1pFxvs4

    Varnish Software is the company behind Varnish Cache (https://varnish-cache.org), the popular open source HTTP accelerator.

    In this interview, we obviously focus on Varnish. We talk about the origin story, we talk about the role of Ruben in both the project and the company. We learn about the relationship between the open source project and its community members and the affiliation with Varnish Software.

    We also look at the future of Varnish and learn about the upcoming version 5.

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    • 17 min
    Victor Welling of Coolblue - e-commerce & tech at Coolblue

    Victor Welling of Coolblue - e-commerce & tech at Coolblue

    This episode features Victor Welling (https://twitter.com/victorwelling). Victor is a so-called "Technical Pathfinder" at Coolblue (https://coolblue.nl).

    Coolblue is one of the hottest e-commerce companies in the Benelux area. They primarily focus on consumer electronics, but as Victor puts it: "We sell anything that fits into a box".

    The video of this interview is up on Youtube: https://youtu.be/7keuTckfhIM

    In this interview we talk about the magical formule for which Coolblue is so famous. We talk about their logistical process, their customer service and their marketing and brand awareness.

    We also talk tech: the Coolblue technology stack, what's their approach to developing their platform and the role of Victor as a Technical Pathfinder in this process. Victor mentions the challenges that lie ahead and the recruiting that is required the match the ambitions of the company.

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    • 14 min
    Peter Gasston - Commoditization of Artificial Intelligence

    Peter Gasston - Commoditization of Artificial Intelligence

    Peter Gasston (https://twitter.com/stopsatgreen) is a front-end developer and web technologist that works for +rehabstudio (https://www.rehabstudio.com) in London.

    Read the blog post about this interview: https://blog.feryn.eu/peter-gasston-commoditization-of-artificial-intelligence. The video is up on Youtube: https://youtu.be/_qremcORl9A

    This interview was recorded in Rome at Codemotion 2016 (http://www.codemotionworld.com) where Peter presented his "OK Computer" presentation (https://speakerdeck.com/stopsatgreen/ok-computer-codemotion-rome) about the Commoditization of Artificial Intelligence.

    We talk about how improved algorithms and the availability of massive computing power due to maturity of Cloud Computing has boosted Artificial Intelligence in a very profound way.

    Both major players (Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM) and smaller startups can leverage the Cloud for machine learning and offer added value through easy-to-use customer-facing APIs.

    Most implementations focus on natural language understanding and computer vision. Here's a list of tools, services and APIs that were mentioned in the interview and/or Peter's presentation.

    https://wit.ai
    https://cloud.google.com/vision/
    http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/what-is-watson.html
    https://cognitoys.com
    http://clarif.ai
    https://www.metamind.io
    http://www.skymind.io
    https://www.projectoxford.ai

    Thanks to machine learning and massive data processing, artificial intelligence is now a commodity: recognizing objects, locations and people on pictures. Or even understanding the meaning of a conversation.

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    • 21 min
    Peter Maynard - An Englishman in Belgium, Microsoft, Liverpool & banter

    Peter Maynard - An Englishman in Belgium, Microsoft, Liverpool & banter

    Peter Maynard (https://twitter.com/lilepeeps) is a Senior Audience Evangelism Manager at Microsoft. He focusses on Emerging Audiences and is part of the Developer Experience team in Belgium & Luxembourg (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/belux/).

    This episode also has video, it's up on Youtube: https://youtu.be/iia3FaW30_I

    Peter is an Englishman, hailing from the North West of England. He now lives in Belgium. We talk about what it's like living in Belgium as a "foreigner".

    The majority of the episode is dedicated to his work at Microsoft. He talks about Microsoft as a company that is in flux. Peter explains what the strategy is behind their change towards a subscription-base model and what the role of the typical Microsoft partner is in that situation.

    We also focus on developers and how Microsoft targets them, as well as emerging audiences that don't necessarily have a technical background.

    In the end there's a bit of talk about his other passion: football and more specifically Liverpool FC.

    The entire talk was very informative, but above all funny too. Let's say there was a fair share of banter involved.

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    • 16 min

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