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The Powered by Battery podcast features guests from inside and outside the Battery ecosystem discussing major tech issues of the day.

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The Powered by Battery podcast features guests from inside and outside the Battery ecosystem discussing major tech issues of the day.

    How One NYC-Area Bank Is Carving a New Path in Fin-Tech Amidst a Pandemic

    How One NYC-Area Bank Is Carving a New Path in Fin-Tech Amidst a Pandemic

    In this episode of Powered by Battery, we talk with Cross River Bank's CEO, Gilles Gade, about the company’s origins, how it is dealing with the pandemic and what a return to work for his employees will look like.

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    • 25 min
    Is the Future of Hotels Contactless?

    Is the Future of Hotels Contactless?

    On this episode of Powered by Battery we talk to the founder of hotel-software provider Mews. Mews’ founder, Czech-born Richard Valtr, comes from a family of hotel operators in Europe and has a far-reaching vision of how hotels can offer better service to customers—through technology. Valtr talked to us in late May about the tough business decisions Mews had to make earlier this year as global travel ground to a near halt, but also offered thoughts on how his company’s products can help hotels create engaging and more contactless experiences for guests in the future.

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    • 29 min
    Navigating a Pandemic as a Healthcare-IT CEO

    Navigating a Pandemic as a Healthcare-IT CEO

    In this episode of Powered by Battery, we chat with Redox* CEO Luke Bonney, who started Redox out of a digital-health incubator in Madison, Wisc. Redox’s platform helps everyone from small startups to large enterprises—including customers such as the Cleveland Clinic and Brigham and Women’s Hospital--exchange healthcare data and realize the potential of technologies such as electronic medical records. In our interview, Bonney discusses how customers are using Redox to help in the fight against COVID-19; how ever-changing healthcare regulations are affecting his business; and how he amasses the information he needs, as a CEO, to lead his company through these times.

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    • 30 min
    When Your Entire Business Is On a Screen with Clark Valberg, CEO of InVision

    When Your Entire Business Is On a Screen with Clark Valberg, CEO of InVision

    We now live in a screen-focused era in which modern businesses are really apps with businesses attached—and not the other way around, says Clark Valberg, the CEO of InVision*, a company which makes popular digital product-design software. This means that good design—driven by a relentless focus on the customer—should be paramount for most businesses, Valberg says.

    In this episode of Powered by Battery, Battery’s Sanjiv Kalevar talks with Valberg about just how InVision maintains its relentless customer focus, as well as how businesses need to think about design internally. Valberg also breaks down InVision’s innovative all-remote work culture; tells us what he’d be doing if he weren’t running a big software company; and discusses how observing Shabbat has helped his work-life balance and, he says, made him a better CEO. Have a listen.

    • 41 min
    Building a Whopper of a Customer-Engagement Platform: Bill Magnuson of Braze

    Building a Whopper of a Customer-Engagement Platform: Bill Magnuson of Braze

    In this episode of Powered by Battery, Braze CEO Bill Magnuson breaks down the role his company played in the innovative Whopper campaign but also talks about what it’s like to run a fast-growing tech company in New York; how to manage a company re-branding and name change; and how a highly technical founder can build a seasoned management team and a diverse board. Have a listen.

    • 33 min
    Your Company Needs “Boring AI” to Avoid Becoming Obsolete, says Databricks Chief Ali Ghodsi

    Your Company Needs “Boring AI” to Avoid Becoming Obsolete, says Databricks Chief Ali Ghodsi

    Many technology CEOs come from the nation’s top business schools, or emerge from Silicon Valley garages. Others come by way of Iran, Sweden and the University of California at Berkeley’s computer-science department.

    That’s Ali Ghodsi’s story, at least. Ghodsi is a PhD computer scientist who, with several others, is the original creator of Apache Spark open-source, unified analytics engine project. He and his co-founders later leveraged that project to create the data and analytics company Databricks, which now has more than 900 employees and $100 million in annual revenue. In this episode of Powered by Battery, Ghodsi talks about Databricks’ early days as well as the challenges that he, as an ex-academic, faced building up core corporate functions like sales, marketing, finance and HR.

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    • 28 min

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