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Discover the latest information on 'what's hot' in the digital world, best practices and big concepts for innovation, disruption and pivoting in the Silicon Valley. Features: Innovation | Cyber Risk & Security | Bitcoin & Blockchain | Cross - Border Business |Silicon Valley Insider airs Friday's at 1:00 pm on AM 1220 KDOW and Saturday's 10:00 am 860 AM KTRB The Answer in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco Bay Area.

The Silicon Valley Insider Show with Keith Koo Guardian Insight Group

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    • 4.9, 103 Ratings

Discover the latest information on 'what's hot' in the digital world, best practices and big concepts for innovation, disruption and pivoting in the Silicon Valley. Features: Innovation | Cyber Risk & Security | Bitcoin & Blockchain | Cross - Border Business |Silicon Valley Insider airs Friday's at 1:00 pm on AM 1220 KDOW and Saturday's 10:00 am 860 AM KTRB The Answer in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco Bay Area.

    Advanced Air Mobility – Securing the Supply Chain for UAV and eVTOL

    Advanced Air Mobility – Securing the Supply Chain for UAV and eVTOL

    In this episode of Silicon Valley Insider, Keith Koo’s returning guest is Dr. Parimal Kopardekar (PK), Director of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) who discusses the importance of a safe and resilient supply chain for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). AAM is dedicated to ensuring the safe operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-off and Landing). PK discusses how his training as a production engineer gives him a unique perspective in thinking about a strategic supply chain. He describes in detail the tiers of supply chain within the aerospace industry and how the supply chain needs to think “end-to-end” from the raw materials to the assembly and to support and maintenance. Throughout the show, PK and Keith give best practices on supply chain management (PK as an expert on supply chains for advanced manufacturing and systems and Keith as the head of vendor management and third-party risk management for Fortune 100 companies). Later in the show, PK dives into the challenges of ensuring a safe and resilient supply-chain and how he gives his perspective and insight into ways to advance the aeronautic ecosystem such as creating the NARI / US Airforce – Agility Prime working group (which Keith Koo is a member of). Information on how to participate in this industry working group can be found at the NASA website located here:  On this week’s Cyber-Tip, Keith discusses the Garmin ransomware attack which is the latest “massive” hack which caused a lengthy (and ongoing) systemwide service outage. Garmin provides GPS tracking data not just for fitness trackers but also for aviation and marine applications causing issues for some pilots and boat captains that rely on these services. Keith gives a few tips on how to keep from getting hacked and even if you do get hacked, how you can ensure minimal disruption. On the Pivot, Keith’s special guest is Alexander (Alex) Bilous, Chief Technology Officer of Aeronyde* Corporation a drone-as-a-service company. Alex follows-up on the earlier conversation with PK on how companies involved in aerospace, such as Aeronyde, will address the supply chain issues. Alex talks about the need for technology and regulations to advance and improve so that it can meet the demands of a secure supply chain as well as both he and Keith looking forward to the day that commercial drones can be manufactured in the USA in a cost-efficient manner. Alex discusses the work being done with Aeronyde as part of the Small UAV Coalition (an industry workgroup) to keep our skies safe and secure worldwide. *disclosure – Keith Koo is a senior advisor and is the fractional Chief Operating Officer of Aeronyde More information on Aeronyde can be found here: www.aeronyde.com  Subscribe and Download to “Silicon Valley Insider” to find out more:www.svin.biz

    • 41 min
    Innovation in Insurance and Insurtech

    Innovation in Insurance and Insurtech

    In this episode of Silicon Valley Insider, Keith Koo’s special guest is Paul Chen, Partner at Mayer Brown in their Silicon Valley and San Francisco Corporate & Securities Practice. Paul is an internationally recognized legal expert in complex transactions in the insurance, financial services, and health care sectors, especially in deals involving technology and innovation. His experience spans cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and joint ventures. Paul advises early-stage companies and strategic corporates and is a frequent speaker on insurance innovation. He also advises clients on US securities law matters, including tender offers, going-private transactions, and capital raising activities. Paul has significant US and Asia transactional experience and regularly represents Asia-based and other international investors on acquisitions and investments in the US and other parts of the world. Early in the show, Keith and Paul discuss how the “new normal” has caused the insurance industry to embrace digitization faster to serve the needs of their customers and their back offices. Paul has recently co-authored an article for Mayer Brown regarding the same topic which can be found here:  Paul and Keith go into detail with several examples of technology and innovation being adopted in the insurance industry including how the insurance industry is looking at drone technology to survey accident scenes and take witness statements. Paul explains the importance of how companies address data protection and privacy as they move quickly to adopt new processes and technologies. On this week’s Cyber-Tip, Keith drills down on the root cause of the massive Twitter attack which was a result of social engineering. Keith talks about what social engineering is and what steps companies can take to minimize their exposure. On the Pivot, Paul Chen is back to discuss what the future of the insurance industry looks like powered by insurtech. Subscribe and Download to “Silicon Valley Insider” to find out more:www.svin.biz

    • 38 min
    CloudCoin - Monetary Systems as Information Systems

    CloudCoin - Monetary Systems as Information Systems

    In this episode of Silicon Valley Insider, Keith Koo’s special guest is Sean Worthington. Sean is the president of the CloudCoin Consortium, CEO of the RAIDA Protocol, a professor and author of the books: “Perfect Money” and “Beyond Bitcoin”. Keith and Sean enjoy a deep discussion around Sean’s hypothesis that monetary systems are really information systems and with that knowledge created both the patented RAIDA protocol and the CloudCoin alternative currency system. Sean refers to “perfect money” as a private currency that cannot be manipulated by anyone or anything including governments with socialist tendencies. Perfect money is also not hackable and is resistant to other forms of electronic theft.  As a professor of computer science, Sean answers a question of what is quantum computing and the surprising research that it is farther along in development than what was predicted even two years ago. The implications of quantum computing advancing faster than expected are that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which is considered the gold standard) can theoretically be hacked in just a few more years. On this week’s Cyber-Tip, Keith discusses the massive Twitter hack which affected virtually every prominent celebrity and company using Twitter to steal cryptocurrency from unsuspecting Twitter users. Keith also brings up malware that is embedded in many free and low-cost android phones and what can be done about it. On the Pivot, Keith is once again joined by Sean Worthington. Listen as they discuss the future of currency and monetary systems. More information on CloudCoin can be found here: www.cloudcoin.global Subscribe and Download to “Silicon Valley Insider” to find out more:www.svin.biz

    • 38 min
    Senior Living Innovations in the New Normal

    Senior Living Innovations in the New Normal

    In this episode of Silicon Valley Insider, Keith Koo’s special guest is Rob Henderson, Senior Vice President of Operations at Westmont Living, company committed to being a model of innovation in senior living.With all the news regarding how COVID19 has adversely affected the senior population, Keith felt it was important to address what senior living and senior communities are doing to safely and effectively serve their residents, employees, and their residents’ family members and loved ones. Keith shares his experience with caring for his parents who had been in senior care and how their senior caregivers must be working in “overdrive” to address the “New Normal”. Keith is joined by senior care industry expert Rob Henderson who has held every role in senior living to explain how the industry is responding to the reality of operating during a pandemic.Rob gives great insight into the extraordinary measures that are being taken to ensure that senior living residents are given the safest environment possible with minimal disruption to what they have grown accustomed to. He shares what innovations are occurring in all facets of the industry from people, process, and technology including the use of video conferencing technologies. During the show, Rob talks about what leadership qualities to look for in an executive director of a senior living facility for those that are considering these communities as an option for themselves or their loved ones.On this week’s Cyber-Tip, Keith talks about biometric spoofing. Instead of discussing facial recognition, Keith discusses voice recognition and how a story that involved Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and Burger King 3 years ago would be addressed today using new methods to combat a voice recognition “hack”.On the Pivot, Keith is once again joined by Rob who discusses what the future of Senior Living looks like in the “New Normal”. To find out more about Westmont Living, senior living or senior care, email us at info@svin.biz and we will be sure to have a representative contact you.Subscribe and Download to “Silicon Valley Insider” to find out more:www.svin.biz

    • 38 min
    Collaborating the “New Normal” with Slack

    Collaborating the “New Normal” with Slack

    In this episode of Silicon Valley Insider, Keith Koo’s special guest is Allan Leinwand, SVP of Engineering at Slack. Allan is an engineering legend inside, and outside Silicon Valley and he tells what it is like to be powering the “new normal” via Slack’s collaboration platform.Allan is known for helping companies in “hyper-growth” mode and has literally “done it all” in the engineering community. He got an early start at Cisco Systems working on core routing protocols before creating a startup that got acquired by Brocade. He then went onto prominent roles in venture capital and then on to being CTO of infrastructure at Zynga and CTO of ServiceNow before joining Slack. Keith discusses with Allan on what is his approach to help the world’s leading SaaS companies to reach massive scale and what is his advice for other technology and engineering leaders who are trying to build out their companies’ operations. Allan also shares his wisdom on how to lead remote teams in the “new normal” and some of the best practices that he and the Slack team have implemented to collaborate with each other effectively. Allan discusses a new feature that has been developed by the Slack team that allows different organizations to work together..On this week’s Cyber-Tip, Keith does a deep dive into the security concerns around “TikTok the viral video content maker that has over one billion users worldwide. Users of TikTok discovered that it has been accessing their data and sending the information to foreign servers.In “The Pivot”, Allan and Keith discuss the future of technology and work. How collaboration will be more and more reliant on technology and how Slack was pivotal in a service project to help licensed healthcare workers to collaborate in real-time as they battle COVID-19 using Slack as the platform.Subscribe and Download to “Silicon Valley Insider” to find out more:www.svin.biz

    • 40 min
    Chief Mentor of Next-Gen Leaders, Jason Ma

    Chief Mentor of Next-Gen Leaders, Jason Ma

    In this episode of Silicon Valley Insider, Keith Koo’s special guest is Chief Mentor of Next-Gen Leaders, Jason Ma. As the founder and CEO of ThreeEQ, and acclaimed author of “Young Leaders 3.0”, Jason is a globally recognized coach and mentor of Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z clients, including C-suite executives and high-potential candidates in their careers and academic life.Since 2014, Jason has served as Silicon Valley’s leading member of the Business 20 (B20) Future of Work and Education Taskforce. Through the G20 Presidencies in Australia, Turkey, China, Germany, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia in 2020, Jason is one of only a few hundred notable business leaders worldwide handpicked to be B20 members. As the G20’s business advisory council, the B20 is the official voice of the private sector and recommends policies to the G20 Heads of State and governments, representing the global business community across all G20 economies. (The G20 represents over 80% of the global nominal GDP of nearly US$90 trillion and ⅔ of the worldwide population of 7.8 billion people.) It is Jason’s diverse background and in-depth know-how in (tech) business, education, and mentoring on a global stage that gives him a unique perspective on how to mentor and coach his clients in navigating and succeeding at next levels in the “New Normal”. Throughout the show, Jason shares his deep insights into what is on the mind of leaders and the tools that they need to develop to be an effective business leader, academic, or student. You definitely don’t want to miss Jason’s facts and figures.(On this week’s Cyber-Tip, Keith emphasizes the importance of staying vigilant when you are engaging in Telehealth. Cyber attacks continue to increase and Telehealth is a major target for nefarious groups. Keith also discusses how law enforcement agencies in particular are being subjected to many more attacks due to current events.)In “The Pivot”, Jason gives a “call to action” on how to raise your and your children’s “delta” early on and achieve more in life. He enlightens us on what college admissions “myopia” means and that even many alumni from and students at Ivy League and other top schools still have not reached their full potential. He gives great advice on how to adapt, win, and grow in an atmosphere of persistent “hyper-competition”. 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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103 Ratings

103 Ratings

tonyvlam ,

Insightful and Genuine Conversations

Keith does a great job in bringing guests with genuine conversations that hit home. Every podcast that I have listened to, I’ve been able to takeaway an advice and incorporate it in my own business. It’s great to get insights and advice from top tech executives that he brings onto the show.

Shindler1 ,

Informative and Relevant

Hosting a radio show is not easy, asYou have to be engaging, knowledgeable, informative and relevant. Keith is focused on who he brings onto the show and keeps a strong variety. Great listening and highly recommended!

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Great work, Keith!

Keith Koo does a great job in analyzing and discussing real, topical tech, cultural, and other issues and trends through genuine conversations with notable tech business and thought leaders around Silicon Valley.

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