SpotClub brings innovative minds to light through its inclusive podcast. Whether you are a published teenager in Mexico, a researcher in Antarctica, start-up founder in Los Angeles, or CEO of a public company, SpotClub does not discriminate against any background. The only requirement is pure innovation.
How 3D printing is disrupting the dental world
In this SpotClub Live, we had a discussion with Amir Mansouri, CEO and co-founder of SprintRay. SprintRay is disrupting the dental industry through the creation of a digital dental workflow. It wasn’t long ago when Amir met his co-founders at USC, when he was completing his doctorate in manufacturing engineering. The three were passionate in innovating in the realm of 3D printing and Amir’s time spent researching in the 3D printing industry brought them to the success of SprintRay’s first dental 3D printer known as Moonray. Today, Sprintray is expanding to a team of 200+ and many more products, selling thousands of 3D printers and changing the world of dentistry. In this episode, we explore Amir’s treacherous journey to innovation as well as his thoughts on what it means to be an innovator.
Tyler Menezes—Teaching Over 50,000 Students To Program
This SpotClub Live we featured Tyler Menezes. Tyler is currently the Executive Director at CodeDay, a non-profit that is helping students find their place in technology. Tyler has recently received a notable mention on Forbes 30 under 30 as executive director of CodeDay. His programming journey began when he discovered a book on programming. He was interested not in programming, but in the idea of building something cool. He went on to drop out of college to found a startup and go through startup accelerator Y Combinator, before becoming Executive Director at CodeDay. Since then, he has helped many students discover a passion in tech. We discussed a hypothetical new education system, the importance of diversity in tech, and more.
Akash Chauhan—The youngest three-time Elon Musk employee (Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company)
This SpotClub Live we featured Akash Chauhan, a three-time Elon Musk employee, a passionate builder, and a driven engineer. At a young age, Akash was tinkering with everything and anything he could get his hands on. That turned into a career as a mechanical engineer at The Boring Company, a manufacturing engineer at Redwood Materials, a starship launch intern at SpaceX, and a new programs engineer at Tesla, all before the age of 21. Akash is driven by the opportunity to build and technologies that change this world, demonstrating the true spirit of innovation. We discussed Akash's experiences with these companies, a future world where robots and humankind coexist, and more.
How Facebook was Complicit in War
This SpotClub Live we featured Marian Thomas Semerdjian, an expert in adtech, marketing, data analysis, and sales/lead production. Through working at New Line Cinema, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, and Zynga, Marian has learned all about data, including the good and the bad. We discussed the impacts of data today, including how it may have even had an effect on the recent war in the region between Armenia and Azerbaijan known as Artsakh.
Public Service: From the Military to the Boardroom
Brian Femminella founded SoundMind after witnessing friends in the military and other communities experience trauma, anxiety, and mental illnesses. SoundMind is an audio therapy application that utilizes psychologically proven soothing sounds, and a machine learning algorithm, to help calm and soothe individuals with these struggles. Brian is also serving in the military and pursuing a degree in cybersecurity at the University of Southern California. He previously worked at the United Nations and US House of Representatives. In this episode, we discuss Brian's journey, mental health and its intersection with software, therapy, and the future of SoundMind.
Exploring the limits of reality while in virtual reality
Taron Lizagub is the founder of Knoxlabs, a virtual reality marketspace. In this SpotClub Live, we experienced what it was like to record and attend a meeting in VR using his virtual office app NokNok. Taron shares his belief that the future of virtual reality is in mixed and augmented reality, describes a vision in which humans can communicate and interact with the world with mere thoughts, and more.
I love to hear about the cool guests that come onto SpotClub especially Mat Sherman was very interesting to hear about!