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Hi my name is TC, and I’m honored to be hosting the CTO Confessions podcast brought to you by IT Labs. In our podcast we tackle the subject of leadership, how to deal with hard issues facing your business and we try to get closer to the world of those fantastic women and men that hold it all together with different priorities that rarely get appreciated.

Join us in our biweekly podcast and have fun as we tackle the world of business and the CTO Life.

Brought to you by IT Labs.

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Hi my name is TC, and I’m honored to be hosting the CTO Confessions podcast brought to you by IT Labs. In our podcast we tackle the subject of leadership, how to deal with hard issues facing your business and we try to get closer to the world of those fantastic women and men that hold it all together with different priorities that rarely get appreciated.

Join us in our biweekly podcast and have fun as we tackle the world of business and the CTO Life.

Brought to you by IT Labs.

Listen to all our podcats on:

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/mk/podcast/cto-confession-brought-to-you-by-it-labs/id1507959613

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3LKhgOJSkRbbCn9agFCajC

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cto-confessions

    Episode 97: The New Competitive Field: Digitizing Business Ecosystems With Henrik Hvid Jensen

    Episode 97: The New Competitive Field: Digitizing Business Ecosystems With Henrik Hvid Jensen

    Some leaders are great at enabling change and providing a platform for others to grow, and of course, there are those that can see change, anticipate it, and help others integrate and adapt. Henrik Hvid Jensen belongs in this latter group. As the CTO of DXC Technology, he’s leading teams that provide services for companies, mainly modernizing them in ways that help them prepare for the future, but also retain what has worked for them best. Henrik believes that a global shared digital backbone for the circular economy ecosystem is a prerequisite for an efficient global circular economy and therefore for reaching the climate goals on time. For more info about his journey, invaluable leadership advice and his thoughts on new technologies such as blockchain, all you have to do is click play. 

    Key Takeaways:

    • How making your business highly integratable with the business ecosystem can set you up for long term success

    • Why blockchain might not be the future as some claim

    • How digitization of circular economies pave the way for the future

    Our Guest: Henrik Jensen
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/henrikhvid/
    Website: https://dxc.com/us/en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/henrikhvid

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 45 min
    Episode 96: Using Open Source to Merge Data With Brian Leonard

    Episode 96: Using Open Source to Merge Data With Brian Leonard

    Tech leaders are life-long learners, and as such, they have their fair share of experience accrued through good, but also many bad experiences. In the crazy world of tech, burning out is not uncommon, but more often than not, it can be a lesson – which once learned, can help you become a real driving force, a leader. One such leader is Brian Leonard, CEO at Grouparoo, who sat down with us to share his journey in the tech world, what he does now, and spill some advice on leadership and teams that will definitely be worth its weight in gold.

    Key takeaways:

    • Why creating teams is like creating a functioning marriage between strategy, vision, and direction

    • The reverse ETL – how collecting data and using it to create concepts can help growth

    • How focus on I/we/it is important, and while the ‘it’ seems the more important, the I and we actually define it

    Our Guest: Brian Leonard
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianl429/
    Website: https://www.grouparoo.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bleonard

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 50 min
    Episode 95: Proper Animal Care Through Tech Innovation With Matthew Bull

    Episode 95: Proper Animal Care Through Tech Innovation With Matthew Bull

    We usually see techies turn into tech leaders by first earning their badges, and then moving on to create something of their own, but not many separate from the mothership as a company, and take that giant leap into leading. But for Matthew Bull, CTO at Elanco, did it and not only did he suceed, he managed to grow the company, and all of that in the space of two years! From having a clear vision on what needs to be done, all the way to ensuring teams are aligned, Matt’s path to becoming a tech leader, and his story with Elanco, will captivate you.

    Key takeaways:

    • How to set your business for success while digitally transforming

    • Why divesting/acquisition can be a blessing in disguise in terms of technology and organization

    • How start-up culture helps businesses grow and deliver by energizing everyone in a company

    Our Guest: Matt Bull
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mswbull/
    Website: https://www.elanco.com/en-us
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mswbull

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 50 min
    Episode 94: Agility and Innovation in the Travel Industry With Amy Burr

    Episode 94: Agility and Innovation in the Travel Industry With Amy Burr

    One would think that innovation in traveling is all about speed, right? Just getting to your destination faster. But the truth is, there is much more in terms of technology of what’s going on in this industry, and we have the bright mind of Amy Burr, President at JetBlue Technology Ventures, to shine some light on what it means to work in this industry, what her journey has been like, and some kick-ass leadership advice on what works and what doesn’t.

    Key takeaways from the podcast are:

    • The mindset of the leader – how it infuses into the organization, and can be crucial for success

    • Always provide a suggestion to a problem when you’re going to someone

    • Women leaders have it harder, and they need to keep pushing with questions and requests as they do, as the landscape is already changing

    Our Guest: Amy Burr
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amydanielsburr/
    Website: https://www.jetblueventures.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/amydanielsburr

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 38 min
    Episode 93: Teching up the Financial World, One Algorithm at a Time With Chris Goddard

    Episode 93: Teching up the Financial World, One Algorithm at a Time With Chris Goddard

    One might think that the world of finance is no place for techies and tech leaders, but let’s be honest here – tech mavericks have a way of developing tech that can take almost any industry to the next level. And here, we have Chris Goddard, CTO & Partner at G-Research, who’ll dive deep into the comings and goings in the world of algorithmic trading, and how tech can help take it to the next level. From his beginnings, all the way to where he is now, Chris’ story is one we’re sure will captivate you through and through.

    Key takeaways:

    • How internal trade shows help spread work evenly, and ensure on-time completion

    • That technology is hard, and ever changing - to learn to accept that and be happy to learn from your past mis-steps

    • How diversity in companies can help spread knowledge and educate teams about what others are doing in a growing company

    Our Guest: Chris Goddard
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-goddard-8473bb102/
    Website: https://www.gresearch.co.uk/

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 44 min
    Episode 92: Reinventing Ad Placement, One Medium At A Time With Dan Goldin

    Episode 92: Reinventing Ad Placement, One Medium At A Time With Dan Goldin

    At IT Labs, we like to see under the covers of industries outside the one we're in. In this episode, we have a real eye-opener – a glimpse into an industry we are all faced with (literally) but rarely know the technological shenanigans and magic that goes on in the background.

    Dan Goldin, the VP of Engineering at TripleLift, shares his leadership wisdom and the challenges that TripleLift is helping solve in the world of marketing.

    The key takeaways from the podcast are:

    • The marketing space is bursting with innovation. Some advertising channels shrink or get squeezed, other ones open and expand, a healthy process in which evolution stems from ever-increasing competition and implementation of new ideas

    • Getting a handle on the imposter syndrome. That little gremlin that we all have. Don't let it stop you from aspiring to be what you would like to grow into (in this case, a leader in tech). Stay creative, resourceful, and always be the rock-star that's going to make it.

    • The crucial difference between being techy and tech leadership, and how to stay on course when transitioning from the former to the latter. It requires you to let go of some of those hard-earned skills and replacing them with new ones that'll help you grow into a leader who inspires people. Especially resisting going back to what you feel comfortable doing. Stay in the leadership space to prevent leaving a void there rather than keeping yourself busy doing what can easily be delegated to others.


    Our Guest: Dan Goldin
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dangoldin/
    Dan Goldin: https://dangoldin.com/
    TripleLift - Programmatic Advertising Platform Reinvented: https://triplelift.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/dangoldin

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 53 min

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