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Software is changing the world in many powerful ways. This podcast aims to understand the impact of software from an evolutionary perspective - what came before, what is now and what will be in the future. The Story of Software is a bi-weekly podcast looking at the people and technology that have transformed our world. It is hosted by Padraig Coffey, CEO of Zartis and historian by academic background.

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Software is changing the world in many powerful ways. This podcast aims to understand the impact of software from an evolutionary perspective - what came before, what is now and what will be in the future. The Story of Software is a bi-weekly podcast looking at the people and technology that have transformed our world. It is hosted by Padraig Coffey, CEO of Zartis and historian by academic background.

    S03E13 Tech Cities, Boom Towns, Busts & Resurgences

    S03E13 Tech Cities, Boom Towns, Busts & Resurgences

     Sebastian Stadil, CEO at Scalr, talks about his experience navigating through the undulating tech sector, and the changing fortunes of the cities that have served as the backdrop.


    The Guest - Sebastian Stadil, CEO at Scalr:
    Sebastian Stadil is the Co-founder and CEO of Scalr, a San Francisco-based cloud computing company specialising in automation and collaboration software for Terraform. Sebastian is also the founder of SVCCG, Silicon Valley's second largest user group, and sits on the cloud advisory boards at Google and Microsoft. He has been developing products and services that leverage AWS and other cloud providers since 2004.


    Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Fundraising in Today’s Tech Sector:
    What are the unique dynamics of tech entrepreneurship in different regions, particularly comparing experiences in the Bay Area and Europe? Find out the benefits of being in the heart of tech hubs like San Francisco for networking and accessing resources and funding, emphasizing the invaluable role of in-person connections and the mindset of founders. Ultimately, we delve into the complex interplay between location, fundraising, and the growth trajectory of tech companies, offering a nuanced perspective on the evolving landscape of entrepreneurship.
    Some of the topics covered in this episode include:
    The current state of the tech industry and the tech hubs that host most companiesThe future of tech hubs, in a remote-first worldUnderstanding VCs and getting access to funding Emerging technology trends that will shape the sector
    Listen to the Story of Software onany podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 43 min
    S03E12 Cybersecurity: Current Trends & What’s To Come

    S03E12 Cybersecurity: Current Trends & What’s To Come

    Ganesh Krishnan, Co-Founder and CEO at Anzenna, talks about all things cybersecurity, including current trends and innovations we can expect to see next.


    Ganesh Krishnan is the Co-Founder and CEO at Anzenna, an innovative cybersecurity startup that focuses on empowering an organisation's employees to make them more security aware. Ganesh has over 25 years of experience protecting the digital world from cyber threats, having held top-level security and engineering roles at companies like Yahoo!, LinkedIn, and Atlassian. 


    The Future of Cybersecurity:
    As we navigate the digital age, new opportunities and challenges emerge at an unprecedented pace, making it crucial for organisations to stay ahead of the curve and stay protected. Find out about the current trends that are shaping the cybersecurity sector, such as the rise of generative AI and machine learning in enhancing simulations and threat detection. So, how can companies scale their cybersecurity capabilities as they grow and expose themselves to more attacks?


    Some of the topics covered in this episode include:
    The emerging cybersecurity trends that companies need to followThe rise and sophistication of cyberattacks with the use of AIEntrepreneurship and leading a tech company through acquisition and scalingThe opportunities to enhance cybersecurity as a company grows

    Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 36 min
    S03E11 How To Become A Tech Leader

    S03E11 How To Become A Tech Leader

    Kateryna Gridina, Engineering Manager at Jodel, shares her own career journey in the tech sector, and her insights on career progression towards becoming a tech leader.

    The Guest - Kateryna Gridina, Engineering Manager, Jodel:
    Kateryna Gridina is an Engineering Manager at Jodel, a Berlin-based company building a platform that is creating a unique way for people to share and connect at a local level. Kateryna joins us to share some context about her own career journey in the technology sector, and we get her insights on career progression towards becoming a tech leader in today’s work environment.


    The Route to Tech Leadership:
    In today's technology-driven world, the role of a technology leader transcends conventional management; it embodies the essence of guidance, innovation, and strategic direction. A successful tech leader's arsenal should comprise of soft skills such as adaptability, communication, and empathy. However, we see that most of the time, successful tech people are thrust into leadership roles, without being provided the necessary training for utilising their soft skills. So, how should future leaders prepare themselves to take on such roles and excel at them? 


    Some of the topics covered include:
    The right motivation and skills needed to become a tech leaderThe role of people management and soft skills in tech leadershipTraining & gaining the skills expected of a strong leader
    Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 39 min
    S03E10 The Post-Pandemic Events Industry

    S03E10 The Post-Pandemic Events Industry

     Matthias Heicke, CTO & Co-Founder at Sweap, takes us through his experience growing Sweap, and the effect of the recent pandemic on the events industry. 

    The Guest:
    Matthias Heicke is the CTO & Co-Founder at Sweap, a Berlin-based company on a mission to provide functional and innovative software solutions for organisations who want to make events an essential part of their marketing strategy. Matthias has 15 years of experience in the software industry and has been leading teams for 10+ years.

    In-Person Events in the Post-Covid Era:
    The events industry has undergone a profound metamorphosis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with technology emerging as its steadfast ally. As traditional in-person gatherings faced unprecedented challenges, event organizers and attendees swiftly turned to virtual platforms to bridge the gap. Webinars and online events surged to the forefront, providing a lifeline for conferences and workshops that could no longer take place in physical spaces. As the world gets back to a new normal, what does the events landscape look like today, and where does the public stand with online events now?


    Some of the topics covered in this episode include:
    The initial industry reaction to Covid-19Planning for the future of the business during unprecedented timesAchieving technological readiness to adapt to the new marketBusiness model flexibility and optimisation Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 33 min
    S03E09 Scaling Your Career and Your Business

    S03E09 Scaling Your Career and Your Business

    Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo, Founding Member at Toqio, joins our podcast to talk about her experiences in growing her career and business.

    The Guest - Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo, Founding Member at Toqio:
    Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo is a Founding Member and the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Toqio, a fintech platform ​that gives companies the ability to create and launch fully branded banking or finance solutions as apps or on the web. Daniella has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry, and has been leading & growing software teams for the majority of her career.

    Growing A Tech Company From The Ground Up:
    Embarking on the journey of building a tech company from the ground up can be an exhilarating adventure that promises both challenges and rewards. There is a delicate balance between adopting a growth mindset and not compromising on your company culture and productivity. Let’s say it all goes well and now you are at the point of scaling a business; how do you approach growth and how do you structure a tech team that can maintain efficiency while growing? 
    Some of the topics discussed in this episode include:
    How women in tech have to navigate the leadership landscape Growing a technology-focused business from the ground upHow to structure the tech team when scaling a businessThe challenges and opportunities that come with a large funding round
    Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 32 min
    S03E08 Collaboration Between Tech and Business Teams

    S03E08 Collaboration Between Tech and Business Teams

    Daniel Gebler, CTO of Picnic, joins our podcast to talk about the intersection of tech and business teams and how to optimise collaboration across departments.

    The Guest - Daniel Gebler, Founder & CTO, Picnic:
    Daniel is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Picnic, the world’s fastest-growing online supermarket. Daniel has vast experience working across leadership roles leading engineering teams, and is currently responsible for the product and technology roadmap at Picnic. He also holds an MBA and a PhD in Computer Science. 

    Enabling Cross-Departmental Collaboration:
    Enabling collaboration between business and software departments in a company is crucial for achieving optimal results and driving innovation. Such collaboration ensures that software development aligns with the strategic goals and objectives of the business, leading to the development of software solutions that meet the specific needs of the organisation. But how is that alignment achieved? Which actions should companies take at the organisational and cultural levels to enable their teams?


    Daniel joins us to discuss the intersection of tech and business teams, and how to optimise the collaboration between these departments. Some of the topics covered include:
    What are the necessary skills to work at the intersection of tech and businessThe effects of scaling on leadership at an organisational levelActions and values that can foster collaboration among teamsThe reverse mentoring method

    Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 39 min

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