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EP 30 -Rose Ross Chief Tech Trailblazer on the Tech Trailblazer awards

In this episode of the TECHunplugged podcast we have a chat with Rose Ross, who is the founder and Chief Trailblazer for the Tech Trail Blazer awards. This annual award has a number of great categories in which startups can enter to be judged by some awesome list of judges (as well as anyone who’d like to judge in a later stage by a public vote). This makes this a wanted and community driven award that every startup should enter in to. The entrance period for 2019 is ongoing as we speak (until the 26th of September) and you can find out more here: http://www.techtrailblazers.com

What are the Tech Trailblazers Awards?

The Tech Trailblazers is the only global independent awards recognizing and rewarding enterprise tech start-ups. It focuses on a wide range of technologies including AI, Big Data, Cloud, Infosec and Storage as well as spotlighting leading individual Tech Trailblazers in the enterprise tech startup space. Entries are now open til September 26th. For more info visit www.techtrailblazers.com or email the team at innovate@techtrailblazers.com

Who is Rose Ross?

Rose Ross is a technologist (in her words by osmosis) with a specialisation in marketing . In the late 90s, she founded widely regarded tech PR and marketing boutique firm Omarketing, has served on techUK’s marketing committee and is a long standing Tech London Advocate. Above all, she is a passionate ambassador for innovation especially in the form of technology’s unsung heroes and from that passion the Tech Trailblazers was born.

Show schedule:

  • 00:01    Max kicks of the next episode introducing Arjan and Rose
  • 00:30    Max asks Rose to introduce herself as well as the Tech Trail Blazers
  • 00:40    Rose does an introduction and goes into more detail on the Tech Trail Blazers
  • 01:12    Arjan asks Rose to tell a bit more on all the work done by Rose
  • 01:26    Rose talks about how she started in PR and how that got her to the Tech Trail Blazer awards
  • 04:15       Rose tells how Joe Baguley (CTO VMware EMEA) was very interested in Tech Trial Blazers and what that meant
  • 04:35       Arjan asks Rose about being a woman in Tech and what that means to her
  • 04:50       Rose tells about women in Tech and what her experiences are
  • 06:10       Arjan steers the conversation back to the Tech Trail blazers and asks about the judges
  • 06:55       Rose explains more on the judges as well as the sponsor selection
  • 10:01    Arjan asks about what is offered to the startups also after they win a category
  • 10:28    Rose dives deeper into the sponsors and what the Tech Trail Blazers offers to them
  • 14:45    Max talks about the vision of the judges and how the public can take part
  • 15:57    Rose explains how the public can vote after the judges have done the first round
  • 18:50    Arjan asks about what a startup needs to do to be included
  • 19:20    Rose tells a lot of startups already have Tech trail blazers on the radar and what the process is
  • 20:52    Arjan tells Rose EP 28 was with Poojan the CEO of Clumio
  • 20:59    Rose tells is not at that episode yet but tells that the judges are part of the process as well
  • 22:28    Arjan an Max ask Rose more information on how the process of becoming a judge is

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EP17 – Storpool: Being the best in Block Based storage – with Boyan Ivanov

In the 17th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast we’re joined by Boyan Ivanov, co-founder of StorPool Storage. Podcast co-hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@Arjantim) talk with Boyan about the Storpool product offering, how the product has evolved, why customers are choosing for the Storpool product and what can we expect from Storpool in the future.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Max: Introduction
  • 00:40 Boyan: What and who is Storpool and what do they do?
  • 02:32 Arjan: What is the Storpool journey?
  • 03:08 Boyan: The history and a little future of Storpool
  • 04:25 Max: What is the primary driver of Storpool clients to choose them?
  • 04:50 Boyan: Storpool wants to be the best at block based storage and delivers on this
  • 6:34 Max: Could you tell a bit more on the Architecture of your product?
  • 6:47 Boyan: Started coding at the age of ten and does a bit deeper dive into the architecture
  • 8:48 Arjan: Not being a Silicon Valley company, how do you compete (or not) with them?
  • 9:38 Max: Another question on that, is the Storpool customer base European or Global?
  • 9:54 Boyan: Answer both questions on competing against Silicon Valley companies and being a global company
  • 12:08 Max: So Storpool being funded in much different way doesn’t feel the VC pressure as much?
  • 12:41 Boyan: Correct. Having a business that is resilient and self-funded is a much better sustainable way to grow a company
  • 14:04 Arjan: What is a feature your customer base is requesting at the moment?
  • 14:42 Boyan: Software approach first (SDS) and Backup and Recovery second (and everything in between)
  • 16:49 Arjan: Is that than something you’re building into the platform, or do you have partners helping you provide certain solutions?
  • 17:25 Boyan: Storpool is a pure software company, but also a storage team as a service
  • 19:15 Arjan: Can Storpool customers use on-prem and cloud data storage as one?
  • 19:48 Boyan: Not yet, but as the way forward is hybrid for Storpool this will be added
  • 20:53 Arjan: What about API’s, is Storpool as a software company API driven?
  • 21:03 Boyan: The Storpool product is entirely API driven
  • A last question from Arjan is on monitoring and Boyan answers this that Storpool provides its own monitoring as well as giving customers the opportunity to use the API and other tools to hook into their already existing monitoring tools.

TECHunplugged would like to Thank Boyan and Storpool for this very informative podcast and we’re looking forward to hearing a lot more from this great company!