Full Stack Leader is a series of interviews with today's leading technology leaders. The show will cover how they work across some of the main concepts in organizational leadership and resourcing, with a slant toward the digital space. In each episode we sit down with a different leader to hear key stories about their leadership journey as well as run through their Top 5 Tips for inspiring a great team of creators, builders, and innovative thinkers. Full Stack Leader lets you into the minds of some of today's most innovative thinkers. Think of it like attending a session at one of your favorite tech conference. The interviews are fun, professional, and deal with some of today's most interesting IOT innovations. We know that the employees of this person will also probably be listening, so it's important that they have the ability to present themselves well.
Wayne Hennessy-Barrett - CEO & Founder - 4G Capital
36:18In the latest edition of the Full Stack Leader, we talked to Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, CEO and founder of 4G Capital.Wayne discusses the FinTech landscape in Africa and elaborates on the problem of access to working capital for small businesses and the role of mobile money. He focuses on leveraging mobile technology to address fundamental financial challenges.In the conversation, Wayne talks about the importance of courage, emphasizing that it underlies virtues such as integrity, resilience, and trust, enabling leaders to make tough decisions and navigate the unknown.He highlights the significance of respecting others, customers, colleagues, and one's self - this fosters trust, recognition of universal values, and accountability within a team or organization.Another great point Wayne makes is the commitment to excellence, asserting that a conscious dedication to excellence is crucial for overcoming mediocrity and unlocking individual and collective potential.
Austin Daniels - Senior Lead Product Manager - Method
35:23In the latest edition of the Full Stack Leader, we talked to Austin Daniels, Senior Lead Product Manager at Method.Austin brings up the challenges of data privacy and innovation in healthcare, highlighting the need for a balance between secure data handling and enabling research and development. He also discusses the importance of personalized medicine and leveraging emerging technologies like AI for more effective care.Austin emphasizes the importance of active listening, recognizing that everyone brings unique insights and experiences. He suggests asking pointed questions to better understand and communicate with team members.In addition, Austin stresses the need for leaders to align their actions, words, and incentives to create a cohesive and trustworthy work environment. He also talks about the significance of being hands-on and occasionally taking on tasks to lead by example.
Luisa Herrmann - Head or Product - Arch Systems
42:22In the latest edition of the Full Stack Leader, we talked to Luisa Herrmann, Head of Product at Arch Systems.Luisa delves into the challenges faced by women in the tech industry, addressing unconscious bias and the need for diversity and inclusion. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and counteracting unconscious bias, especially for women and younger professionals in the field. Luisa also discusses the impact of AI and machine learning, highlighting the potential risks and the need for responsible development and regulation.Our conversation also touches upon the evolving role of product leaders in the age of AI, emphasizing the importance of understanding and effectively leveraging emerging technologies, a skill set that every tech leader tomorrow must have. Luisa talks about the importance of openness, receiving feedback, and embracing new ideas. She stresses the importance of actively listening and being receptive to input, cautioning against overconfidence in one's own knowledge.
Carl Moberg - CTO - Avassa
42:22In the latest edition of the Full Stack Leader, we talked to Carl Moberg, co-founder and CTO at Avassa.In the interview, Carl discusses the challenges of creating innovative technology in a new category. He emphasizes the importance of proper measurements and feedback to guide development decisions. In his experience, working on category making solutions requires bringing various parties together to ensure that they are building the right thing.Carl also elaborates on the concept of servant leadership, where a leader's primary role is to identify and eliminate obstacles for their team. He underscores the importance of sharing specific feedback and celebrates success, and advocates for leaders to openly admit their mistakes, fostering an environment of psychological safety and growth.
Lauren Creedon - Head of Product - Goldcast
44:48In the latest edition of the Full Stack Leader, we talked to Lauren Creedon, Head of Product at Goldcast, about planning and execution.Lauren talks about the significance of understanding the business’s operational plan, market dynamics, and user behavior seasonality. This knowledge is crucial for effective product launches. Lauren also advocates coaching teams to achieve significant outcomes within a quarter, emphasizing the need for structured planning and phased execution.In the interview, Lauren emphasizes the importance of understanding target markets, budgeting cycles, and competition in the AI product market, advocating for clear communication over technical jargon. She introduces the concepts of seasonality and roadmaps, stressing alignment with usage peaks and budgeting cycles for optimal impact.
TC Disrupt Limited Series - Valentine Wats - CTO - Excelitte
18:56On this week’s episode of the Full Stack Leader, we are talking to Valentine Wats at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023.Valentine is the CTO and a co-founder of Excelitte, a service that instantly converts your data in a spreadsheet to a web-based software database application, automatically encrypting your data, providing access to it only after 3-Factor authentication. Excelitte instantly encrypts your computer or cloud-based files of any format, ensuring that your files can’t be ‘ransomwared’, stolen, or lost.During our conversation, Valentine talks about cybersecurity, emphasizing the shift towards data protection in the era of remote work. He also advocates for a multi-layered approach to security, stressing the need to safeguard data in an age of unprecedented data generation and sharing.
Orion Ohev - Team Dynamics Coach
31:25In the latest edition of the Full Stack Leader, we talked to Orion Ohev, a Team Dynamics Coach.Orion emphasizes the importance of understanding intricate dynamics within teams, often rooted in unconscious and nervous system-level reactions. He believes in delving beneath surface-level issues to uncover the actual dynamics between team members. Orion also stresses the importance of recognizing the significance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and creating an environment where all perspectives and talents are valued.During the interview, Orion shares leadership tips that center on fundamental principles for effective management. He encourages leaders to bolster their team's capacity before presenting them with growth opportunities -this involves recognizing the team as an organism with a distinct operating rhythm and ensuring that its capacity aligns with the challenges provided.To contact Orion, visit his website or book a free consultation.
TC Disrupt Limited Series - David Erickson - Founder - CarrierX
6:08On this week’s episode of the Full Stack Leader, we are talking to David Erickson at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023. David is founder of CarrierX, a CPaaS (Communication Platform as a Service) and API provider with its own network that provides powerful tools to build enterprise-ready applications and services with Cloud-Based Voice, Video, and Messaging. During our conversation, David discusses his journey in the telecom industry, and touches on future trends, highlighting the need for improved security and fraud protection in the public switched telephone network (PSTN). He also talks about the innovations in caller identification for a more intimate and personalized communication experience.
TC Disrupt Limited Series - Sharene Lee - COO - Takadao
5:34On this week’s episode of the Full Stack Leader, we are talking to Sharene Lee at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023.Sharene co-founded Takadao, a community-owned life insurance platform built on blockchain technology. The platform operates as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), meaning profits from insurance operations are distributed within the community.During our conversation, Sharene emphasizes the platform's focus on aligning interests between the insured and the insurer, in contrast to traditional insurance companies driven by shareholder profit. Additionally, she highlights the potential for blockchain and Web3 technology to revolutionize the insurance industry, giving power back to individuals and enabling mutual insurance initiatives.
Ravi Kurani - CEO - Sutro
28:24In the latest edition of the Full Stack Leader, we interviewed Ravi Kurani, co-founder and CEO at Sutro.Ravi focuses on his experiences in Southern California and his transition from a mechanical engineering background to impact investing. He shares his journeys from working at NASA to managing a fund in India, emphasizing the importance of adaptability in one's career path. Ravi's story shows the value of diverse experiences and being open to unexpected opportunities. His shift from aerospace engineering to impact investing illustrates the significance of a broad skill set.In this conversation, Ravi stresses the pivotal role of people in a business, highlighting that employees, investors, and customers collectively form the bedrock of any successful venture. Ravi also mentions that career trajectories are rarely linear, advocating for leaders to embrace unexpected opportunities and remain open to diverse career paths.