Tech Reads

by Tech Reads

Tech reads is a Softec sponsored 'live studio audience' podcast event that puts thought leaders (authors) in front of a growing technology-centric audience. Visit https://www.meetup.com/softec/events to find out when our next event will be held. Hosted by Brian Schwartz of SelfPublish.org, Tech Reads is seeking authors to be future guests. Submit your ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • Tech Reads Ep. 16 - Working collectively to avoid ‘Climapocalypse’ with Don Maruska

    Tech Reads Ep. 16 - Working collectively to avoid ‘Climapocalypse’ with Don Maruska

    Sponsored by Softec.org A meaningful discussion on how to activate our inner activist and help save our planet. Episode 16 of the Tech Reads podcast features author and entrepreneur, Don Maruska. Don has authored several successful books, including How Great Decisions Get Made, Take Charge of Your Talent, and Grow and Enjoy Your Business. His most recent book is Solve Climate Change Now: Do What You Love for a Healthy Planet. In Solve Climate Change Now, Don takes an unconventional approach to climate change, whereby he encourages readers to tap into their passions and interests, guiding them to find their own unique "climate sweet spot" - the intersection of what they love and where they want to make a difference - and providing practical tools to engage family, friends, and communities in creating a sustainable future. Special thanks to Eric Sargeant and Samantha Joule Fow for joining us live! Visit our meetup page to find out when our next episode will be recorded. If you'd like to connect with the host of Tech Reads, you can reach Brian Schwartz through is website at SelfPublish.org.

  • Tech Reads Ep. 15 - A Mindset for Business Agility with Agile Coach and Practitioner Larry Apke

    Tech Reads Ep. 15 - A Mindset for Business Agility with Agile Coach and Practitioner Larry Apke

    Unveiling the "Golden Rule of Agile." Our special guest was Larry Apke, author of Apke's Golden Rule of Agile: A Focus On Value Delivery. What is the Apke’s Golden Rule of Agile, you ask? It's a simple yet powerful principle that emphasizes delivering optimal value to customers in the shortest possible time. Drawing inspiration from the universal "Golden Rule," Apke's rule focuses on three crucial elements: the customer, the value, and time. Larry will also elaborate on why he’s become an evangelist for the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) approach to agility. During our podcast discussion, Larry discusses: The genesis of the Golden Rule of Agile How this rule revolutionizes Agile practices Practical applications in backlog management and estimation The potential impact on Agile teams and their success A special thanks to Softec, and all of our sponsors for making this episode possible.

  • Tech Reads Ep. 14 - Making the Shift from Me to We with Author Michael Gunther

    Tech Reads Ep. 14 - Making the Shift from Me to We with Author Michael Gunther

    Me-To-We: The Shift Every Business Leader Must Make for Lasting Success is available at: https://amzn.to/3TXyt55 Our podcast page is at: https://rss.com/podcasts/techreads and is available on all the major podcast directories. Tech Reads is sponsored by Softec (https://softec.org) and hosted by Brian Schwartz (https://selfpublish.org) and friends. We are extremely grateful to Michael Gunther (https://www.collaboration-llc.com/) who shared his perspectives on what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur and make the shift from 'Me' to 'We.'

  • Season 2

  • Tech Reads Ep. 13 - An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society with author Robert Boscacci

    Tech Reads Ep. 13 - An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society with author Robert Boscacci

    The Spring of Sight is available at: https://amzn.to/45w9FDP You can view a video recording of our session with Rob on our youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/@techreadsTech Reads is sponsored by Softec (https://softec.org) and hosted by Brian Schwartz (https://selfpublish.org) and friends. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and to Rob Boscacci (https://robertboscacci.com/) who shared insights from his new book: The Spring of Sight: An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society. Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) that enables computers and systems to derive meaningful information from digital images, videos and other visual inputs — and take actions or make recommendations based on that information. If AI enables computers to think, computer vision enables them to see, observe and understand. Author Robert Boscacci is a Cinema technician and data engineer. He wrote The Spring of Sight: An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society to bring attention to the potential pitfalls and perils of CV along with all of its promise to improve our lives. Like something straight out of Popular Science, we are part of an experiment that will permanently change the future. The Spring of Sight speaks to futurists and activists at the forefront of image-based automation and mass surveillance. #techreads #softec #technology #computervision #ai #surveillance #cv #artificialintelligence

  • Tech Reads Ep. 12 - Containing Big Tech: How to Protect Our Civil Rights, Economy, and Democracy

    Tech Reads Ep. 12 - Containing Big Tech: How to Protect Our Civil Rights, Economy, and Democracy

    Now available at https://amzn.to/44GLDWE. In this episode of Tech Reads, we discuss Tom Kemp's new book which exposes the consequences of Big Tech's digital surveillance, exploitative use of AI, and monopolistic and anticompetitive practices. Tom offers actionable solutions to these problems and a clear path forward for individuals and policymakers to advocate for change. By containing the excesses of Big Tech, we will ensure our civil rights are respected and preserved, our economy is competitive, and our democracy is protected. Coming from an extensive background building Silicon Valley-based tech startups, Tom Kemp eloquently and precisely weaves together the threats posed by Big Tech: the overcollection and weaponization of our most sensitive data the problematic ways Big Tech uses AI to process and act upon our data the stifling of competition and entrepreneurship due to Big Tech's dominant market position LINKS: Containing Big Tech: How to Protect Our Civil Rights, Economy, and Democracy Softec.org Tom Kemp (Guest) Brian Schwartz (Host) Bob Dumouchel (Co-host)