17 episodes

Join Andrew Tull, host of "Humanizing Software," as he dives deep into our complex relationship with technology and its profound influence on our personal and professional lives.

In this thought-provoking podcast, Andrew chats with global industry leaders, who share incredible stories and valuable insights about their journey with software throughout their careers.

Discover how technology, as it continues to evolve, empowers people to excel in their fields and fosters human connections. Tune in and be inspired by the power of Humanizing Software!

Humanizing Software Andrew Tull

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Join Andrew Tull, host of "Humanizing Software," as he dives deep into our complex relationship with technology and its profound influence on our personal and professional lives.

In this thought-provoking podcast, Andrew chats with global industry leaders, who share incredible stories and valuable insights about their journey with software throughout their careers.

Discover how technology, as it continues to evolve, empowers people to excel in their fields and fosters human connections. Tune in and be inspired by the power of Humanizing Software!

    The Power of Decentralized Information and Automation with Joe Gleinser

    The Power of Decentralized Information and Automation with Joe Gleinser

    “I don't look at automation as displacing human jobs as much as enabling humans to do better stuff and spend more time together.” - Joe Gleinser
    There are a lot of opportunities for automation and integration of artificial intelligence in the area of software development. By leveraging technology to take care of the mundane, developers are free to focus on higher-level work that is creative and meaningful. That’s where we create the most value and where artificial intelligence is unlikely to become competitive with humans within our lifetime.
    Today, I’m exceptionally excited to be joined by someone I’ve known for almost 15 years, Joe Gleinser, Co-Founder of Trustgrid. Joe is a seasoned technology executive with over 20 years of experience growing technology product and service organizations around enterprise data centers, cloud, and security technologies. He is currently the CEO at Trustgrid, an edge computing platform that enables application providers to deploy in and connect to customer environments. He has previously been CEO at GCS Technologies, Inc. and is currently Chairman of the Board. In this conversation, Joe and I discuss the impact of social media on information distribution, why we need to teach our children critical thinking, how Joe’s family influenced his career, the evolution of education due to technology, why human relationships and collaboration are crucial even in a remote environment, and more. Enjoy the episode!
    Highlights
    Joe’s early exposure to programming and his career in technology and business
    How Joe’s family has influenced his perspective on business and his professional life
    My experience joining an internet startup right before the dot-com bubble burst
    The role of technology in education and how it has evolved over the past 25 years
    How the education of our youth changed as a result of the pandemic
    Trustgrid’s perspective on in-person interactions as a fully remote company
    Concerns surrounding TikTok and its influence on our youth
    Positive and negative impacts of social media and the need for emphasizing critical thinking skills
    The challenges of maintaining the human side of technology
    How automation can enhance human capabilities
    Navigating the trade-offs between convenience and privacy/security
    Exploring the current state of artificial intelligence, the marketing hype, and its limitations
    What people-driven tech means to Joe
    Connect with Joe Gleinser
    Joe Gleinser on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/joegleinser/
    Trustgrid Website https://trustgrid.io/
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    • 50 min
    Exploring the Boundaries of Science and Technology with Jaleh Daie

    Exploring the Boundaries of Science and Technology with Jaleh Daie

    Humans are great at exploring thinly sliced pieces of life. AI enables us to solve problems at the level of a complex system, taking us from an era of data and information into an age of knowledge.
    We can’t think about the advancement of technology without considering who makes it, who uses it, and who’s leveraging it. Humans are the central piece of the puzzle, creating inventions and making discoveries that translate into everything that has become ubiquitous in our modern world. It’s impossible to separate people from technology and the influence of the human condition on the software we interact with daily.
    To explore this topic further, I’m joined by multi-dimensional thought leader Jaleh Daie today. Jaleh is a Partner at Aurora Equity and someone I’ve just recently had the opportunity to meet. She’s a trailblazer and pioneer many times over, having served as the first woman in several leadership roles.
    In this conversation, Jaleh and I discuss how her upbringing and immigrant experience influenced her career, her transition from academia to venture capital, the relationship between science and technology, AI's benefits and potential dangers, the importance of human involvement in decision-making, and more.
    Highlights
    Jaleh’s upbringing in Iran and the challenges she faced as a graduate student in the US during the Iran hostage crisis
    Jaleh’s dynamic career journey from academia to serving the President and eventually joining the world of venture capital
    The importance of developing different skills and mental models to adapt to changing circumstances
    How growing up in a big family taught Jaleh the value of focus and cooperation in achieving her goals
    The motivation behind Jaleh’s decision to leave academia and pursue a career at the Packard Foundation
    Exploring the interconnectedness of science and technology
    How AI has enabled the shift from the era of information to the era of knowledge
    The benefits of AI in understanding complex systems
    Why humans are an essential part of the equation, despite the advancement of AI
    Why Jaleh made the move from San Francisco to Austin
    What people-driven tech means to Jaleh
    The impact of technology on the immigration process
    Connect with Jaleh Daie
    Jaleh Daie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jalehdaie/
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    • 45 min
    Flexibility, Adaptability, and The Power of Human Connection with Rob Kaczmarek

    Flexibility, Adaptability, and The Power of Human Connection with Rob Kaczmarek

    “Great relationships still need to happen, and technology should support that.” - Rob Kaczmarek
    When you look at the community banking market and what they do well, it’s centered around their human connection with their clients. This connection is at the heart of relationships that last a lifetime, often from generation to generation. As we build the technology to improve our banking experience, it’s critical that that piece is supported and the human relationship remains at the center.
    Today, I’m incredibly pleased to be joined by Rob Kaczmarek, who I’ve known and respected for several years. Rob is a serial entrepreneur who has founded several successful SaaS companies, including inbanx, which we're talking about quite a bit today.
    In this conversation, Rob and I discuss his dynamic entrepreneurial journey, the influence of his family on his mindset, his approach to understanding user needs, the need to adapt and innovate while maintaining a human connection, and more.
    Highlights
    Rob’s family background and entrepreneurial journey
    How Rob’s family influenced his approach to business and problem-solving
    The importance of dedication, commitment, and sacrifice
    Why it’s crucial to be able to ignore distractions and stay focused on your goals, especially in a noisy and competitive industry
    The evolution of software and its adaptability to different situations
    Understanding context and building an enterprise-grade solution from scratch
    Technology development and adapting to a changing environment
    Flexibility and adaptability in entrepreneurship
    The positive and negative effects of AI and learning to leverage it as a tool
    What people-driven tech means to Rob
    Why technology needs to support and facilitate genuine human relationships
    Connect with Rob Kaczmarek
    inbanx Website https://www.inbanx.com/
    Rob Kaczmarek on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/robkaczmarek/
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    • 44 min
    Embracing Failure as the Path to Learning and Growth with Adrian Williams

    Embracing Failure as the Path to Learning and Growth with Adrian Williams

    Like a baby learning to walk, failure is a crucial part of learning.
    Many companies have a culture deeply rooted in a fear of failure. That fear leads to risk aversion that can often result in companies staying stagnant and rejecting growth opportunities simply to avoid the difficulties of pushing the needle. Calculated risk is vital in business and with teams, especially when developing software that can make or break a company's bottom line.
    Today, I'm exceptionally pleased to be joined by Adrian Williams, a highly experienced senior technology leader and Vice President of Engineering at aboutGOLF. I've had the opportunity to know Adrian for the last five or six years, not only as an individual and colleague but also as a very good friend. With over 30 years of experience in the software development space, Adrian has spent a lifetime as both an engineer and a leader, failing and succeeding, learning and teaching people, teams, and companies how to be wildly successful.
    In this conversation, Adrian and I discuss how he naturally developed a high risk profile, how it shapes his approach as a leader, the concept of "failing fast," the impact of work environments on success, the challenges of remote communication, the limitations of technology, and more. 
    Highlights
    Adrian’s diverse background, interests, and experiences and how they have shaped his risk profile
    Fear of failure and embracing the “fail fast” mentality
    Challenges of failing fast and the need for a supportive environment that allows for quick iterations and corrections
    Success story - how failing fast and being agile led to a successful solution during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Why trust and transparency in leadership is essential in creating a culture of fearlessness and innovation
    The art of listening and effective leadership
    The role of software in improving efficiency and reducing waste
    Challenges of remote work and the need for tools that facilitate human connection and communication
    The excessive use of tools in education and the negative impact on kinesthetic learners
    The limitations of technology in replicating rich human interactions
    Why visual cues are crucial in communication
    What people-driven tech means to Adrian
    Connect with Adrian Williams
    aboutGolf Website https://www.aboutgolf.com/
    Adrian Williams on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-williams-austin-tx/
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    • 41 min
    Trust, Authentication, and the Humanization of Payments with John Ainsworth

    Trust, Authentication, and the Humanization of Payments with John Ainsworth

    “You and I can exchange value as long as we have an internet connection. We don't necessarily need an intermediary like we did before, and that’s exciting.” - John Ainsworth
    From data to money to the ledger, traditionally, everything related to currency exchanges has been centralized. With the decentralization of finance, millions of people who could not access traditional banking have access to technology that can transform their lives and the way they exchange currency.
    Today, I’m extremely excited to be joined by John Ainsworth, President and CEO of Bonifii. I've had the chance to get to know him personally over the last several years, and I respect him as a technology leader and a visionary in many different areas. After starting his career at SunTrust, he continued to Visa and Mastercard as a senior leader, driving strategy and change and implementing key policies and procedures.
    In this conversation, John and I discuss the evolution of payment and authentication, how trust in the financial industry has changed over the years, what the humanization of money transfers looks like, the importance of trust, the role of technology in banking, potential risks and benefits associated with AI, and more.
    Highlights
    John’s background and career experience in the world of Fortune 50 companies
    John’s journey from Visa and Mastercard into the startup world
    The evolution of standard payment methods
    How technology has revolutionized payment experiences
    The transformation of currency exchange
    The shift from centralized payments to peer-to-peer transactions and the use of various form factors for payments
    Leveraging technology for the humanization of financial services
    Recognizing the level of trust and confidence in financial systems that’s needed for a transaction to occur
    Insights from the rising trust placed in cryptocurrency
    Consequences of errors and the need for controls and balances
    The changing acceptability of AI and the associated benefits and dangers
    What people-driven tech means to John
    Interconnectivity and the value of genuine connections, trust, and respect in the context of technology
    Connect with John Ainsworth
    John Ainsworth on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnainsworthjr/
    Bonifii Website https://bonifii.com/
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    • 47 min
    Leveraging Technology To Take Back The Clock with Damian McKeon and Ashley Hamilton

    Leveraging Technology To Take Back The Clock with Damian McKeon and Ashley Hamilton

    “In a time-constrained environment, technology has to be as intuitive as possible.” - Damian McKeon
    There’s a big problem that first responders face. When you arrive on the scene of an emergency, and it’s somewhere you’ve never been before, you waste a lot of time figuring out where to go. Mission-critical teams typically have 300 seconds or less to solve problems where the consequence of failure is death or catastrophic loss.
    Today, I have the pleasure of hosting two extraordinary guests, Ashley Hamilton and Damian McKeon, the co-founders of Aiki. Ashley and Damian recognized this problem and are now revolutionizing the world of emergency response with intuitive, symbol-based indoor mapping. Damian brings over 29 years of experience in the fire service and 27 years as an EMT paramedic in Texas. A seasoned professional, Damian has served in the United States Army as a Green Beret and the 19th Special Forces. He has traveled the world sharing his expertise, tactics, and tactical medicine. With 15 years of firefighting experience, including six years in the Special Operations Battalion, Ashley excels in solving complex problems in hazardous and restrictive environments. She serves as an Emergency Planning Specialist for the Austin Fire Department. She has pioneered programs that require and enable first responders and command staff to make rapid, secure, and efficient decisions using symbols instead of written language.
    In this conversation, Damian, Ashley, and I discuss the need to leverage technology for emergency response, their mission to empower children in crises, the need for more effective responses to active shooter incidents, the power of real-time communication and instant notification systems in schools, the future of Aiki, and more.
    Highlights
    Ashley’s journey from financial advisor to firefighter
    Damian’s unique background in the fire service, Special Forces, and as a medic
    Leveraging data and technology to help first responders save lives
    The process of digitizing paper plans and maps to turn unstructured data into structured data
    Recognizing the need and opportunity to empower children in emergencies
    The horrific statistics on mass shootings and the need for faster response times
    How real-time, intuitive, visual data can transform the way first responders and individuals respond to a crisis situation
    Empowering students and teachers during a school shooting
    The individual use cases for Aiki for end users and first responders
    Creating an interface for real-time communication during emergencies
    Using visual references and symbols for efficient information transmission
    The future of Aiki
    What people-driven tech means to Damian and Ashley
    Connect with Damian McKeon and Ashley Hamilton
    Aiki Website https://www.aikiplans.com/
    Ashley Hamilton on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/whatahamiam/
    Damian McKeon on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/damian-mckeon-955428223/
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    • 55 min

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