100 episodes

The Tacos and Tech Podcast highlights the builders of companies, technologies, and the ecosystem of San Diego with a local flair for our lifestyle as well.

Tacos and Tech Podcast Neal Bloom

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The Tacos and Tech Podcast highlights the builders of companies, technologies, and the ecosystem of San Diego with a local flair for our lifestyle as well.

    Reinventing Construction with Agorus CEO Garrett Moore

    Reinventing Construction with Agorus CEO Garrett Moore

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    Garrett gives an overview of what Agorus is [02:13] Garrett shares his background, from studying to joining the military, and eventually getting into construction tech [02:46] Garrett talks about what it was like to join the military and the skills he learned [04:47] How did Garrett go from having a business idea to actually starting it?[06:20] Garrett takes us through the early stages of building their product [09:44] What was it like for Garrett to build a startup in the middle of a pandemic? [11:14] Garrett discusses home ownership and the future of housing [13:52] Garrett shares why he thinks becoming more receptive to new ideas and innovations is essential [16:19] Garrett talks about what it's like being in the construction tech industry [17:22] Garrett talks about where Agorus is at right now and their future plans and goals for the company [18:55] Garrett shares his favorite taco shop, Don Pancho's [21:37]


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    Agorus
    Website | LinkedIn

    • 24 min
    San Diego Tech News Weekly – June 17, 2022

    San Diego Tech News Weekly – June 17, 2022

    1. SD tops the list of biggest increase in tech talent
    2. ResMed expands its cloud software footprint by acquiring MediFox Dan
    3. XCOM’s first product, a VR/AR wireless headset was presented at the Augmented World Expo in SF
    4. OMG robots & drones!

    • 35 min
    On Not Taking No for an Answer and Successfully Launching a Food-Related Business With Lamicka Cottingham of Southeast Fusion 619

    On Not Taking No for an Answer and Successfully Launching a Food-Related Business With Lamicka Cottingham of Southeast Fusion 619

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    Lamicka gives an overview of what Southeast Fusion is [02:14] Lamicka shares her background and how she ended up in the foodservice industry [02:46] Lamicka talks about her childhood, and what inspired her to have her own business [04:17] Lamicka shares what it was like growing up with specific food and how it influenced what she cooks today [05:50] Lamicka talks about the kinds of learning she had in culinary school [06:51] Lamicka shares how she started putting her ideas into motion and starting a business [08:19] Lamicka shares her initial idea for her business, her style of cooking, and her barbecue sauce [10:39] Lamicka shares how Connect All helped her to connect with other people and business owners [12:37] Lamicka shares the current trends she’s seeing in the industry and how it’s helping her business [15:17] Where can people find Lamicka's food right now? [16:47] Lamicka talks about her barbecue sauce [17:44] Lamicka talks about her plans for her business, including focusing more on putting her barbecue sauce on the market [18:41] Lamicka shares her favorite taco spots, Humberto's Taco Shop and Cotijas [19:22]  
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    SouthEast Fusion 619
    Facebook | Instagram

    • 20 min
    Providing the Right Tools and Services to Help Small Businesses Grow With Jared Ruth and Tim Ellis of Cox Business

    Providing the Right Tools and Services to Help Small Businesses Grow With Jared Ruth and Tim Ellis of Cox Business

    Listen on Apple, Google, Spotify, and other platforms. Jared gives an overview of what Cox Business is and what they're currently focusing on [02:51] Jared talks about what it was like for their company to deal with the pandemic and how their business manage to persevere [05:07] Tim mentions focusing on customers and paying attention to markets trends as one of their big core fundamentals [06:24] Jared talks about the changes that happen as startups make the transition of growing the business, including the tech side of it [09:17] Tim shares the importance of the cyber side for startup businesses and why SMBs become prime targets of ransomware attacks [12:57] Jared talks about the hardware side of businesses and the trends they're seeing, such as the hybrid approach [15:56] Tim gives an example of how they can help businesses who have unique needs in terms of cloud service environment [18:28] Jared shares the roles you need and doesn't need in a team for your organization [21:42] Tim adds why knowing what you want to safeguard and protect your business from is essential [25:08] Jared shares what they've been noticing in terms of data ownership and the role of the CIO and CTO [26:36] Jared shares the trend they're seeing with ransomware [29:36] Tim talks about the trend of DDoS attacks [32:09] Jared shares why small businesses aren't necessarily safe from ransomware attacks [33:53] Tim talks about return to office hybrid and why he thinks the trend is customization [36:20] Jared shares why he thinks that business environment has been similar and why it's more about creating the right balance [37:37] Jared shares why Cox chooses to engage with premium suppliers and how this helps small businesses to expand and grow [40:42] Jared and Tim share their favorite taco spots, SC Ranch Market and Albertacos [43:15]

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    LinkedIn
     
    Cox Business
    Website | LinkedIn

    • 46 min
    On Raising Funds and Building Fun and Interactive Hardware with Pree of Preemadonna

    On Raising Funds and Building Fun and Interactive Hardware with Pree of Preemadonna

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    Pree gives an overview of what Preemadonna is [02:20] Pree talks about her background,  where she grew up, and why she considers herself an accidental entrepreneur [03:05] Pree shares her educational background, her passion for American Politics, and the similarities she found between politics and entrepreneurship [04:09] Pree talks about what's it like to have worked in a startup as one of its first 10 employees [08:53] What led Pree to launch a business and how her idea of nailbot started [09:38] Pree talks about the steps she took to get ready and launch Preemadonna [11:47] How did Pree build her own hardware, software, and community? [14:12] Pree shares how she balanced finding people specific to her industry and how she applied her mentality when she was working in politics to her business [17:18] Pree talks about how she ended up in San Diego [22:33] Pree shares where nailbot is right now and her other projects [25:28] Pree shares her favorite taco spots, City Tacos and Jorge's in Oceanside, and Buccaneer Cafe [26:52]  
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    Preemadonna
    Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram

    • 30 min
    Helping Businesses Provide Personalized Nutrition Experience with Andrew Brandeis of OK Capsule

    Helping Businesses Provide Personalized Nutrition Experience with Andrew Brandeis of OK Capsule

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    Andrew gives an overview of what OK Capsule is [02:17] Andrew talks about his background and how he ended up in the health field [03:17] Andrew shares what made him interested in medicine, and his educational background [04:15] Andrew shares his thoughts on the accessibility of supplements today, and what inspired him to launch his business  [06:39] Andrew recalls his previous entrepreneurial ventures, including pitching to his patients, and what got him to enter the startup space [09:54] Andrews shares his mistake of not building a revenue model, what he learned from that, and how it gave him pushed him to pursue his idea for OK Capsule [11:55] Andrew shares the steps he did after deciding to push through with OK Capsule, including building a revenue model and raising money [14:55] What was Andrew pitching when he first got his LOIs for his business? And how did it change and improve their business model? [17:04] Andrew shares what he’s learned as they were starting their business such as knowing how to allocate things appropriately [20:23] Andrew talks about where their company is at today and its future plans [22:40] Andrew shares what made them consider going retail and come up with solution packs to turn customers into personalized customers [24:10] Andrew talks about sustainability and what he learned being in the industry, and what they’re doing to lessen the waste problem [27:09] Andrew talks about where the company is heading and where he would like to focus more in the future such as tech solutions [29:19] Andrew shares his favorite taco spots [31:56]




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    LinkedIn | Instagram
     
    OK Capsule
    Website | LinkedIn

    • 34 min

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5 Star San Diego Tech Podcast!

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Insight plus Fun & Flavor

Dropped my subscription to SDBJ when I discovered these guys. Ever sit at Starbucks and pretend to read something but you’re really hanging on to every word from a great discussion at the next table? Okay, maybe you’re at a brew pub… point being they have all ears to the ground and it’s a blast to get their insiders’ insights about San Diego’s soaring start-up and tech scenes.

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Best Introduction I’ve Heard

First time I heard it, I couldn’t believe my ears. Shows how plugged in Neal is with the San Diego culture and industry

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