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Do engineers and God have anything in common? At allthingsnew.tech, we explore the intersection of theology and technology, ask the hard questions, and create conversations. Join us as we think aloud with tech innovators, theologians, and enthusiasts from the Bay Area and beyond.

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Do engineers and God have anything in common? At allthingsnew.tech, we explore the intersection of theology and technology, ask the hard questions, and create conversations. Join us as we think aloud with tech innovators, theologians, and enthusiasts from the Bay Area and beyond.

    My Barista Knows My Name

    My Barista Knows My Name

     
    Happy New Year to all of our listeners!
    We're kicking off the new year with a new episode featuring Victor Ho. Victor is CEO and co-founder of Fivestars, a company that helps local businesses by transforming transactions into relational experiences. To explore the theme of relationship, ATN host Paul Taylor and Victor talk about the difference between "personal" and "personalization" and technology's role in building relationships. We hope you enjoy this conversation.
     
    VICTOR HO
    Victor is the co-founder & CEO of Fivestars, a software startup on mission to help businesses and communities thrive by turning every transaction into a relationship. 50 million people use Fivestars to get rewarded at 14,000 local businesses with one rewards program. Local businesses use Fivestars to bring more customers into their stores. In 2019, Fivestars drove over $3 billion in local commerce across its network. Fivestars has raised $105 million from HarbourVest, Menlo Ventures, Lightspeed, DCM, Y-Combinator, and others.
    Prior to Fivestars, Victor worked at McKinsey & Company, where he helped build customer engagement strategies for premiere Fortune 500 brands. He started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, is a CFA, and holds three degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where he triple majored in Industrial Engineering, Rhetoric, and Business Administration. Victor also has a deep love for his wife Jessica, son Caleb, and sour candy.

    • 45 min
    We Are All Made of Stories

    We Are All Made of Stories

     
    In our newest episode, ATN host Paul Taylor talks with Oliver Miao, CEO and co-founder of Pixelberry Studios. A seasoned entrepreneur in mobile gaming, Oliver pioneered story-based games that give players the opportunity to interact with a narrative and make choices. Paul and Oliver's conversation touches on fascinating ideas around storytelling, games, and theology. Join them as they discuss the power of story-based games to shape human experience, the value of games from a Christian perspective, and more.
     
    OLIVER MIAO
    Oliver Miao is the CEO of Pixelberry Studios, a Nexon studio. Their studio is the creator of Choices: Stories You Play, a Top 10 Grossing game on iOS. Their team pioneered story games on mobile and have been releasing episodic mobile content every week for the past 14 years. With Choices, they continue to innovate in the category of mobile fiction. Oliver has 17 years of mobile games experience, lead the launch of multiple Top Grossing games on iOS, and started two mobile gaming studios with friends. He loves that Pixelberry’s first game, High School Story, has taught millions of teens how to deal with serious topics, like cyberbullying and eating disorders. He enjoys coaching his kids’ basketball teams and volunteering with the Children’s Ministry at church.

    • 39 min
    I Stream, Therefore I Am?

    I Stream, Therefore I Am?

     
    We're excited to share this conversation with Tim Berglund, Director of Developer Relations at Confluent. Confluent has developed technology that processes data as event streams in real-time. In this episode, ATN host Paul Taylor and Tim explore how this revolutionary data paradigm affects our identity, both online and offline. Do we actually exist, or does stuff just happen to shape our existence? How do data change the way we perceive ourselves or want others to perceive us? If we don't have data recorded, does that mean we actually did anything? Listen in for these thought-provoking questions and more.
     

    TIM BERGLUND
    Tim serves the Lord Jesus Christ as a technology leader, father, husband, and church elder. He works as the director of the Developer Relations team at a Silicon Valley startup, where he is able to speak frequently at conferences, create developer-targeted training videos, and provide a place for the people on his team to grow in their own callings. He also serves as a Ruling Elder and occasional adult Sunday School teacher at Skyview Presbyterian Church in Centennial, CO. He tweets as @tlberglund, blogs very occasionally at http://timberglund.com, and lives in Littleton, CO with the wife of his youth, with whom he is grateful to have three adult children.

    • 49 min
    Real Technology to Remember Real Experiences

    Real Technology to Remember Real Experiences

    In episode 5, Paul Taylor from allthingsnew.tech speaks with Andrew Laffoon, CEO and Co-Founder of Mixbook. Their conversation spans several topics around the powerful theology of images, remembering, and memorials. Mixbook allows customers to create a real physical memento to capture, celebrate, and remember an experience. Paul and Andrew talk about how this desire to remember, not just as individuals, but in community has deep resonance through the Old Testament Scriptures. Images are powerful tools, but they can also be dangerous. Listen in on how technology can be used to activate the power of images while protecting against some of the danger. 
    ANDREW LAFFOON

    Prior to founding Mixbook, Andrew received a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He started coding at the age of 10 and started his first company at age 15. After hoping to disrupt the High School yearbook industry, he co-founded Mixbook to enable the collaborative creation of photo books online. Andrew has been recognized by Inc Magazine's "30 Under 30" list of entrepreneurs and Forbes Magazine's "America's Most Promising CEOs Under 35".

    • 38 min
    Does God Listen to Digital Prayers?

    Does God Listen to Digital Prayers?

     
    Our latest episode features Ian Hsu, Founder of Prayvine. Prayvine is a non-profit that provides an online space for people to pray more effectively for missionaries. While Ian aims to bring mission workers and their supporters closer together, his work brings up deeper questions about technology, human behavior, and relationships. Is praying online legitimate? How does technology impact our spiritual lives if we type our prayers on a screen? Can God actually use us when we pray on the internet? Join ATN host Paul Taylor and Ian as they explore these fascinating questions and more.
     

    IAN HSU
    Ian Hsu is founder and CEO of Prayvine, a faith + tech "startup" ministry that is working to spark a global prayer movement for missions. Prior to founding Prayvine, Ian led Stanford University's digital engagement strategy and was widely recognized as Stanford’s leading expert in digital communications. As a consultant and mentor, Ian coaches Fortune 100 companies, national governments, and entrepreneurial Stanford students on strategy, marketing, and leadership. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and M.S. in management science & engineering from Stanford University. After 20 years in Silicon Valley, Ian moved back to Orlando (where he grew up) and is happy to be home again.

    • 44 min
    Virtual Technology and the Glory of God

    Virtual Technology and the Glory of God

     
    In episode 3, Paul Taylor speaks with Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare. They will talk about the difference between what is virtual and real and how technology can be used for the glory of God. Pat shares the various areas where technology can empower us as we look forward and they discuss what kinds of theological implications those technologies carry with them. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
     

    PAT GELSINGER
    Pat has served as the CEO of VMWAre since 2012. Prior to joining VMWare, he worked as President and COO at EMC. Pat has almost four decades of experience working in the technology industry. He began his career at Intel, and has the honor of the being the architect of the original 486 processor. Pat and his wife Linda have four children and live in the Bay Area. He regularly speaks about the intersection of faith and work. His book The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Faith, Work, and Family is a helpful guide to achieving the balance so many of us find elusive. 

    • 35 min

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