46 episodes

The Bacon Bits 'n' Bytes Podcast is where a bit of business and byte of technology come together. This podcast is like the bits n bytes party mix for your listening pleasure. Karen Swyszcz, the host, (founder of Makinthebacon) chats with various entrepreneurs on what it's like to run your own business, how to stay productive, the importance of learning certain technology-related skills and more.

Visit the website to learn more about the host and read the blog - makinthebacon.com

The Bacon Bits 'n' Bytes Podcast Karen Swyszcz

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

The Bacon Bits 'n' Bytes Podcast is where a bit of business and byte of technology come together. This podcast is like the bits n bytes party mix for your listening pleasure. Karen Swyszcz, the host, (founder of Makinthebacon) chats with various entrepreneurs on what it's like to run your own business, how to stay productive, the importance of learning certain technology-related skills and more.

Visit the website to learn more about the host and read the blog - makinthebacon.com

    Ep. 043- Lori Chai: How One UX Designer Transitioned From Travel To Tech

    Ep. 043- Lori Chai: How One UX Designer Transitioned From Travel To Tech

    In this episode, I chat with Lori Chai - a UX Designer and Co. Lab Alumna, about her experience living and working abroad in Japan (one of my bucket list destinations!).  She shares what drove her decision to transition in a UX career, the state of UX design in Japan at the time and how she started her own co-hosted podcast: Designer Sushi.

    For the first episode of this season, Lori was kind enough to be the guinea pig for the This or That segment.

    I had so much fun and a lot of laughs recording this episode. Enjoy! 

    You can follow Lori's podcast on Instagram: @designer.sushi and on Twitter: @DesignerSushi

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ali Shah - TapeReal: Where human connection, authenticity and meaningful content come first

    Ali Shah - TapeReal: Where human connection, authenticity and meaningful content come first

    Note: This episode was recorded in March 2022. 

    Hi everyone! This is the final episode for 2022. I'm hoping to get back into a podcasting groove next year.

    I really enjoyed interviewing Ali Shah - co-founder & CEO of TapeReal. TapeReal is a social platform where human connection, authenticity, and meaningful content comes first. I came across his company through Equivesto, the Canadian equity crowdfunding platform. The previous episode (Ep. 041) is an interview with Equivesto's managing director, Alexander Morsink. 

    The mission of TapeReal is create a less intimidating space for aspiring creators. It's a place where they can document their journey, grow and evolve.  

    In this episode Ali, chats about how the start of his entrepreneurial journey began as a franchisor for Subway. (His dad, banker by profession, became a franchisor for Mr. Sub, when he came to Canada). He then founded several companies before starting TapeReal. We chat about the early days of TapeReal, how it was originally posed as an idea of having a synchronous conversation with someone, before pivoting to focus on asynchronous content. 

    We also chat about how social media is integrated into our lives and just how addictive it can be. (Especially TikTok! Since recording this episode, I have revived my TikTok account, but I am barely on it. Maybe that's a good thing?)


    LEARN MORE ABOUT TAPEREAL 
    Website: https://tapereal.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taperealapp/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/taperealapp
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taperealapp/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDGeIIJxe_1Q_C1qQwRHDEw




     

    • 51 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Checking In With a Life Update and Reflecting on My Podcasting Journey Thus Far

    BONUS EPISODE: Checking In With a Life Update and Reflecting on My Podcasting Journey Thus Far

    *Correction: I have been in my current role as a Product Manager at an e-commerce startup for just over a year now. The previous year and a bit, I was working on trying to break into the industry. 


    Popping in with a solo episode to share some life updates to explain why I've sort of been MIA.  Hoping to add a few more solo episodes to the mix in the future, including why and how I got into product management. 

    FOLLOW THE BACON BITS 'N BYTES PODCAST
    Twitter - @baconbits_bytes
    Instagram - @baconbitsnbytes
    LinkedIn - The Bacon Bits 'n' Bytes Podcast

    This episode is not a video episode, but you can check out video episodes (starting at Season 3) on my YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf6EwCOimwNSzH5PDEUdYYw

    • 9 min
    Alexander Morsink: How Equivesto is Leveling The Playing Field in The Angel Investing Arena

    Alexander Morsink: How Equivesto is Leveling The Playing Field in The Angel Investing Arena

    NOTE: This episode was recorded back in February 2022 
    The idea of helping people who never considered themselves to be investors, to be individuals, investing in a variety of different busineses where they could start creating more intergenerational wealth was something that was really meaningful to the both of us - Alexander Morsink , Co-Founder and Managing Director of Equivesto

    Equivesto is a Canadian equity crowdfunding platform, that allows all Canadians to directly invest in local businesses and exciting startup companies starting at as little as $100. 

    LEARN MORE - equivesto.com

    Follow Equivesto on:
    Twitter  @EquivestoInc
    Instagram @Equivesto
    LinkedIn  @Equivesto

    • 40 min
    Unlocking the Potential of Human Longevity with Cole Kirschner of Age Rate

    Unlocking the Potential of Human Longevity with Cole Kirschner of Age Rate

    In this episode I chat with the CEO and co-founder, Cole Kirschner of longevity tech company Age Rate. We chat about how AgeRate began as a capstone research project in university and how the company is   empowering the world with tools to demystify and optimize aging. 

     Use the code BACON at checkout or by using this link: https://age-rate.com/discount/BACON
     and receive 20% off. 
     



    AgeRate is a direct-to-consumer longevity company that aims to unlock the secret to living a longer and healthier life by redefining AgeRate. Founded in 2018, AgeRate has spent the last 3 years creating and developing a novel at-home blood test and mobile app that allows users to discover how well they are aging and what actions they can take to improve. The company has leveraged the expertise of world-leading researchers to develop a custom epigenetic analysis and proprietary algorithms to reveal a user’s biological age and up to 20 additional health and longevity insights.

    For more info on how you can participate in their beta testing visit age-rate.com

    Follow on social media:
    Twitter -  @age_rate
    Facebook - AgeRate
    Instagram -  @agerate

    • 35 min
    Beau McCoy: Disrupting and Decentralizing The Education System

    Beau McCoy: Disrupting and Decentralizing The Education System

    Note: This episode was recorded back in the end of August. 
    Imagine a world where teachers are doing Tik Tok inspired videos to educate their students and these short-form videos can be accessed by anyone from around the world. 
    Beau is CEO & Founder of SOLcademy - a new short-format educational video platform. He is on a mission to improve the quality and availability of learning. He went to Dartmouth College and worked as a software engineer before discovering his true passion for education. He was the first sales leader of GoGuardian, a very successful EdTech startup. He's evangelizing personalized and adaptive learning to achieve his goal of Equity for ALL scholars. He is an avid traveler and spent 2 years backpacking through Africa and Latin America.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Chai0latte ,

Such a well produced podcast!

I was looking for podcasts about and came across the The Bacon Bits ’n’ Bytes podcast. Karen is such a great host the conversation flows super well between her and her guests. There’s always something I can learn and takeaway from each episode that helps me in my career. If you’re interested in hearing about the latest tech news from a well diverse perspective, this podcast is definitely for you!

HolisticWomensHealthPodcast ,

Great Business & Tech Podcast!

Karen is a great podcast host and interviewer! She has great guest experts on the podcast to talk about various tech and business topics. If you’re an entrepreneur in the business space, this podcast is a must listen!

Lord of Waterloo ,

Lovely podcasts!

Love listening to Karen and her guests!

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