Dr. Steven Tersigni is one of the world’s first certified Light Adjustable Lens surgeons. Steven has operated on some of St. Louis’ most famous influencers.  He has been published in national journals and has authored and edited content for numerous medical educational publications and websites. He has been an investigator on nine U.S. FDA trials involving advanced technology lens implants, corneal treatments and investigational therapeutic medications, among other studies.  

This conversation spans everything from the science that’s bringing advancements to corrective eye surgery to powerful lessons in business, learning, and how the patient (and customer) experience can be advanced through the power of empathy.  A strong set of lessons for anyone regardless of their background.  

Check out Dr. Tersigni’s practice at Brinton Vision here:  https://brintonvision.com/

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Brian Knudtson is the host of the CloudBytes Podcast and has also worked as a customer, value-added reseller, vendor, and service provider, including roles in web development, system administration, post-sales deployment, pre-sales architecting, public cloud design, and technical marketing.  

We discuss the keys to successful podcasting and have an extensive discussion on how we came up in technology and made the jump to finding career success inside the tech vendor community.  Brian shares what his skills secrets have been to technical marketing and what could unlock great things for other technologists looking to map out their career growth.  

Check out the CloudBytes podcast on iTunes here:  iTunes

Listen to the CloudBytes on Spotify here:   Spotify

Connect with Brian on Twitter and read his blog here

Read more about the VMUnderground here: https://blog.vmunderground.com/

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Steve Watson is a CFO and CHRO, and but not an insurance salesman. He is, however, the founder of Trendbreakers, a connector, and an educator who has used his network to help folks improve their health and insurance benefits while lowering annual premiums.  Steve shares how his role as a CFO and CHRO have shaped his career, how mission work influenced his life, and we explore into very interesting areas of discussion around nurturing your business and employee relationships, the crossover between finance and Human Resources, plus why the health care industry is broken, and how to fix it. 

Nik Parekh is a founder and author of the new book The Future of Extraordinary DesignAs Design Strategy Lead for Samsung, Nik bolstered earning potential by $35B by contributing product management to ‘go to market’ 17-person team for 4 separate ventures.  

We discuss the values and vision of great human-centered design and how empathy is not just a buzzword when it comes to understanding how to build great products.  Nik shares great insights for product managers and creators everywhere.  

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Brandy Whalen is the co-founder of Kitcaster.  The Kitcaster agency begins each company engagement with a deep understanding of your ideal podcast audience to deliver 100% customized appearances to match you with the perfect podcast placements.  We explore the founding of Kitcaster, why the current PR process is broken, and how the new podcast media opportunity is fundamentally changing the way companies, people, and brands can get their message out to the world.  We also hear about a very personal and compelling life story which led Brandy to become a part of the Big Waves Foundation in Colorado.  

Check out Kitcaster here: kitcaster.com  Learn about and contribute to the Big Waves Foundation: https://www.bigwavesfoundation.org

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Liza Huber is an entrepreneur, award-winning cookbook author, wife, mom of 4 and the CEO & Founder of Sage Spoonfuls;one of the most trusted brands in mealtime products for babies and kids available at major retailers both nationwide and internationally.  Liza shares some important lessons on how perseverance and grit combined with adapting to change has both led to successes in business, and in life.  This conversation explores business lesses that every founder needs to know and a heartfelt story on personal challenges that makes this episode a must-listen for anyone.  

You can learn more by visiting Sage Spoonfuls and be sure to check out @sagespoonfuls and @lizahuber on Instagram

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John McAfee is an entrepreneur, privacy advocate, and a man who’s personality is larger than life, backed by an incredible life story and set of experiences.  John believes that cryptocurrency offers a unique historical opportunity to the individual – a chance to liberate one’s self, without violence, and to become more free. 

This conversation explores the destruction of privacy, the need for freedom, the opportunity for cryptocurrency, and how governments and corporations are on an unprecedented path towards overreach.  John’s passion, knowledge, and experience are obvious with all that we discuss and a huge thanks go out to Janice McAfee, who is both his wife and Director of Media Relations, who put John and I together for the discussion.  

McAfee 2020:  http://mcafee2020hq.com 

McAfee DEX:  https://mcafeedex.com/ 

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Larry Smith Jr is both an incredible technologist and a superb human being.  Larry shares his thoughts and lessons on how he has turned his own journey towards self-learning into both a way to give yourself goals and it has become a career creator for him as a result.  There are a lot of profound lessons that will come from this for anyone who’s in technology on either a development or the ops side of the world because it is both informative and fun!  

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What if you finally got your dream job and realized that the dream changed, or it only appeared like the dream job because you didn’t have it?  Lior Kamrat is a Senior Open Source Cloud and Solutions Architect who also does a vast amount of community-facing work to help others become a better self.  Both as a technical and a lifestyle discussion, Lior shares how his first ideal job didn’t actually work out the way it had been envisioned but that is completely fine!  

This is a deep discussion on the challenges of evolving your career, yourself, your personal brand, and how sometimes the folks who you surround yourself with may not always be on the same path that you are.  Lior is a fantastic guest because we are able to have a no holds barred discussion that will resonate with technologists everywhere. 

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Patrick Hubbard is the Principal Head Geek at SolarWinds, but more importantly, he’s someone who has great lessons in how to communicate in a world where tech teams seem to be on a different page.  This great conversation will be exciting for anyone who’s involved in developer advocacy, ops advocacy, or any cross-team work.  We cover how to communicate, how to create meaningful content, and meaningful relationships through the power of people and technology.   

This chat explores DevOps challenges and also will be a super fun listen for anyone in tech as we talk about the history of how we got here and Patrick’s very broad background that led him to be where he is today.  I’ve long been a student and a fan of Patrick so this was a particular pleasure to share a microphone with him for this episode. 

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