43 episodes

TechniQ is an honest exploration into cultural [brand]identity that cuts out the processed b******t and gets right down to the organic good stuff. Think of us as a personality-profile-platform that deals in Identity, Purpose and Culture. Built for People not Product. All tech. All Boston. All the time.

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TechniQ is an honest exploration into cultural [brand]identity that cuts out the processed b******t and gets right down to the organic good stuff. Think of us as a personality-profile-platform that deals in Identity, Purpose and Culture. Built for People not Product. All tech. All Boston. All the time.

    #43: Lata Ahuja - VP of Engineering @ Pixibility - Situational Leadership [&] Strength

    #43: Lata Ahuja - VP of Engineering @ Pixibility - Situational Leadership [&] Strength

    Lata Ahuja is currently the VP of Engineering @Pixibility and THIS is a story perseverance, strength and scrappiness from the jump. We roll through situational leadership, lessons in team-building and letting [it] roll and a whole bunch more. Positive energy. Positive Attitude. Positive growth. Ship it.

    Timestamp Listening -
    0:4:40 – Learning scrappiness in startups sans redundancy
    06:14 – A belief in great teams and great products
    07:10 – Unconventional strength & finding your edge
    10:30 – Purpose driven self sufficiency
    13:13 – Finding your mentor in everyone
    15:24 – Finding your toolkit
    20:11 – Working like a startup in a bigger company & letting the small things roll
    23:40 – Situational Leadership & Growth
    26:59 – React / Python … and a smorgasbord of AWS “stuff”
    30:00 – Learn to be scrappy
    33:26 – Risk Junkie
    37:10 – Tooling for a distributed culture
    43:27 – Defining culture w/ situational fabric
    47:40 – The evolution of leadership [&] cultural byproducts
    49:20 – Learning leadership lessons from “little ones”
    51:30 – Too much wisdom to contain in once sentence

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #42: Payal Agrawal Divakaran - [Principal] @ .406 Ventures - Making Culture a Priority

    #42: Payal Agrawal Divakaran - [Principal] @ .406 Ventures - Making Culture a Priority

    Payal Agrawal Divakaran is a Rockstar! She's also a Principal at .406 Ventures making tech startup dreams come true. Press play as we peel back the curtain of the mysterious investment banking world and ask all the hard hitting questions - about #Culture. Keep learning. Keep beating the Culture drum.

    Timestamp listening:
    0.00.00 - Intro
    0.10.00 - What is Culture?
    0.12.30 - Being intentional + Persevering
    0.17.30 - Tying Culture into Investment Strategies
    0.29.00 - Make Culture a Priority
    0.34.00 - Diversity & Inclusion
    0.38.00 - Q&A

    • 40 min
    #41: Pete Martin - [CTO] @ WePlayed - An Atari 65 [&] The Startup Flu

    #41: Pete Martin - [CTO] @ WePlayed - An Atari 65 [&] The Startup Flu

    Pete Martin is the CTO @ WePlayed [& the former VP of Engineering @ Pixibility & Tremor Video]. This is one that will have the brain churning and the blood pumping as we take things from his current startup - Founded by a former NFL Lineman - right back to his early days w/ an Atari 65 and bad grades (not necessarily in that order :) Listen in. Listen up. Learn!

    Timestamp Listening:
    00:02:39 - An Atari 65
    00:04:12 - Saving your work [& losing your source code]
    00:08:30 - Catching the startup bug
    00:11:50 - Experiences being @ the helm
    00:17:10 - The NFL and a CoFounding Experience
    00:26:00 - The Anthropological Side of Culture
    00:29:41 - Balance in Team-building
    00:32:25 - Autonomy, Ownership = Power[ful]
    00:35:35 - Leadership by the numbers
    00:38:35 - Culture on my mind
    00:44:16 - Learning to learn about your team
    00:45:37 - Makeup. Literally.
    00:55:30 - Self Reflection and the 'big picture'
    01:05:00 - They 'Why' Equation

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #40: John Hernandez - [Director of Robot Software] @ iRobot - Leadership, Collaboration, & Robots

    #40: John Hernandez - [Director of Robot Software] @ iRobot - Leadership, Collaboration, & Robots

    THE ROBOTS ARE COMING!!! Well.. they're coming to clean your floor [...and your lawn] at least. Ever wonder what's behind the cultural gearing in a $B+ Robotics company? Well, Look no further. John Hernandez - the Director of Robot Software @ iRobot takes deep under the hood for some good, clean.. learning.

    0:00:00 - Intro - John Hernandez & iRobot
    0:24:30 - Culture @ iRobot
    0:32:30 - Learning to be a leader / find a mentor
    0:38:30 - Diversity
    0:43:00 - Leadership & Management styles
    0:47:00 - Innovation @ iRobot (10% time)
    0:55:00 - Q&A

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #39: Jennifer Paxton - [Director of Talent + PeopleOps] @ Privy - Opera, Agency [&] Startups

    #39: Jennifer Paxton - [Director of Talent + PeopleOps] @ Privy - Opera, Agency [&] Startups

    PeopleOps in the house!

    Introducing Jennifer Paxton. Opera singer, Founder of the now famous [and exclusive] boston-based “Talent Breakfast” and the brains behind some amazing feats of team-building in tech. This was a fun one. We answer some big questions from a culture perspective, dive headlong into the driving force that is “the why” vs. “the what” and discuss thoughtful best practices around proactively diversifying team building. [Plus.. a whole lot more that Brett made me cut out of this write-up]. Headphones on. This one is a PRIVYledge…

    • 54 min
    #38.2: Jeremy Weiskotten - [Director of Engineering] @PillPack - Scotch O' Clock [&] A Terrible Name

    #38.2: Jeremy Weiskotten - [Director of Engineering] @PillPack - Scotch O' Clock [&] A Terrible Name

    Jeremy Weiskotten [still] doesn't need an introduction..

    [Part 2 of 2]

    Timestamp Listening -
    00:01:42 - Leadership styles
    00:03:24 - Bottleneck delegation
    00:04:45 - Making yourself approachable
    00:06:48 - WHAT is culture?
    00:10:59 - Team commitment and problem solving
    00:13:36 - The value of diversity
    00:16:00 - Eliminating biases at scale
    00:21:34 - Bridging gaps with intentionality
    00:26:50 - Diversity starts at the top of the funnel
    00:28:05 - Unpitch uncovered
    00:36:35 - Networking & Scotch O' Clock
    00:46:06 - Ty Danko is a world class luger

    • 1 hr 4 min

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Good podcast!

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