A podcast about succeeding in the digital era

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Michelle Zatlyn on protecting the web.

Michelle Zatlyn on Decoding Digital

Hear from Eric Ries, Michele Romanow,
Brad Feld and other digital thought leaders.

In the digital economy, pursuing your vision—for a new business, a new product, a new way to try and solve a problem—can feel next to impossible. On Decoding Digital, Dan Saks talks with a cross-section of leaders who are using digital technology to do just that.

Ep. 14 Aaron Levie on Decoding Digital podcast talking about enterprise growth

Aaron Levie

Decoding Viral Enterprise Growth: Aaron Levie on Building a Brand

Decoding Viral Enterprise Growth: Aaron Levie on Building a Brand

32 min

“Work doesn’t have to be complicated and software doesn’t have to suck.” That’s the message that Aaron Levie—co-founder and CEO of Box—believes enterprise companies need to take to heart. In this episode, Aaron shares his vision on the new era of work and why companies need to focus on building simpler, better software that makes it easier for people to collaborate.

Ep. 13 René Obermann headshot on Decoding Digital

René Obermann

Decoding Digital Transformation: René Obermann on Driving Change

A CONVERSATION ABOUT REIMAGINING HOW COMPANIES WORK

37 min

Change is rarely easy, especially at large, global enterprise companies. It’s a lesson that René Obermann—the former CEO of German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom—learned first hand. In this episode, hear how René was able to gain alignment across tens of thousands of employees and transform the organization to become a digital leader in the telecom sector.

Ep. 12 Hélène Barnekow headshot on values-based leadership

Hélène Barnekow

Decoding Values-Based Leadership: Hélène Barnekow on Empathy

Decoding Values-Based Leadership: Hélène Barnekow on Empathy

40 min

Many companies talk about values, but what does it mean to actually create a values-based organization? For Hélène Barnekow, the answer is simple: Leaders must commit to living the values everyday at work. In this episode, hear Hélène talk about company culture, how to cultivate a growth mindset, and why we need a sense of urgency in how we adopt technology.

Ep. 11 Faisal Masud featured on Decoding Digital

Faisal Masud

Decoding eCommerce: Faisal Masud on What Makes Online Sales Work

A CONVERSATION WITH AN ECOMMERCE VETERAN

25 min

Faisal Masud has had a front row seat to the evolution of eCommerce. In 1999, he began his career at one-hour delivery pioneer Kozmo, and since then has held leadership roles at a who's who of online retail giants, including Amazon, eBay, Groupon, and Staples. In this episode, Faisal talks about what you have to do to set yourself apart in today's eCommerce industry.

Ep. 10 Clara Shih headshot on Decoding Digital

Clara Shih

Decoding Social Business: Clara Shih on Fostering Trust

A DEEP DIVE INTO SOCIAL MEDIA AND BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS

33 min

Social media has changed the way we interact with friends and family, but can it build more trust in businesses? It's a question that Clara Shih has spent a lot of time thinking about. The co-founder of Hearsay Systems, Clara broke new ground using the social graph for business, and in this episode, she talks about the promise—and problems—that social media brings.

Ep. 9 Amit Bendov on Decoding Digital

Amit Bendov

Decoding Revenue Intelligence: Amit Bendov on Making Sales Smarter

A CONVERSATION ABOUT CAPTURING INSIGHTS FROM SALES

26 min

Amit Bendov has spent nearly two decades leading hyper-growth software startups. He’s scaled three “unicorn” companies worth a billion dollars or more, proving he has the unique ability to make business ideas become wildly successful. In this episode, hear Amit explain how to spot opportunities in the market, and how to improve the sales process by listening to customers.

Ep. 8 Nicolaj Siggelkow on Connected Strategies and Building Trust

Nicolaj Siggelkow

Decoding Connected Strategies: Nicolaj Siggelkow on Building Trust

TALKING WITH AN EXPERT ON NEW WAYS TO REACH CUSTOMERS

38 min

A quiet revolution is changing the way companies sell. Instead of one-time transactions, businesses are looking to create ongoing, always-on relationships with their customers. Nicolaj Siggelkow wrote the book on these new connected strategies, and in this episode, he explains how they work and how you can rethink your business to connect to your customers in new ways.

Ep. 7 Laela Sturdy on Nurturing Ideas through Innovated Culture

Laela Sturdy

Decoding Innovation Culture: Laela Sturdy on Nurturing Ideas

TALKING WITH AN EXPERT IN HOW TO SPOT ENTREPRENEURS

45 min

Over the course of her career in venture capital, Laela Sturdy has met hundreds of entrepreneurs and listened to just as many startup pitches. In this episode, hear her explain which traits she sees in the most successful founders, as well as what you can do to foster an environment where your team feels comfortable taking risks that drive innovation.

Ep. 6 Rich Aberman on Innovating Inside Out

Rich Aberman

Decoding Digital Payments: Rich Aberman on Innovating Inside Out

A CONVERSATION WITH A PAYMENTS INDUSTRY VETERAN

45 min

When Rich Aberman co-founded WePay in 2008, he decided to not only take on a huge competitor—PayPal—but also disrupt the banking industry, one of the most established, regulated sectors in the world. Hear Rich explain how he did it, and why working from the inside out can be the ideal way to drive game-changing innovation.

Ep. 5 Michelle Zatlyn on Protecting the Web

Michelle Zatlyn

Decoding Digital Security: Michelle Zatlyn on Protecting the Web

A CONVERSATION ON BEING A BETTER DIGITAL CITIZEN

45 min

Many of us worry about how secure our online lives really are. After all, the news is filled with stories of data breaches and denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. As co-founder of cloud security company Cloudflare, Michelle Zatlyn has some advice: Be cautious, but engage with technology to become a better digital citizen. Hear her discuss how to safeguard the digital world.

Ep. 4 Dr. Don Sheppard on Fighting Disease

Dr. Don Sheppard

Decoding Medical Innovation: Dr. Don Sheppard on Fighting Disease

A CONVERSATION WITH A WORLD-RENOWNED RESEARCHER

44 min

The quest to cure disease is among our most enduring challenges, and the stakes could not be higher. Dr. Don Sheppard is using digital technology to bring together experts from a range of fields—medicine, engineering, sociology, and more—to help make the world a safer, healthier place. Hear Dr. Sheppard discuss his work with the pioneering MI4 initiative.

Ep. 3 Brad Feld on how to thrive as an entrepreneur

Brad Feld

Decoding Entrepreneurship: Brad Feld Explains How to Thrive

A CONVERSATION WITH A RENOWNED STARTUP MENTOR

42 min

Every entrepreneur spends a lot of time thinking about their business, but for Brad Feld, it's not enough. Founders also need to be mindful about their work and the impact it has—on the market, on their colleagues, and on their own wellbeing. Hear the legendary investor and startup mentor talk about building businesses, coping with change, and remembering to be kind.

Ep. 2 Michelle Romanow talks about decoding venture capital on AppDirect's Decoding Digital podcast

Michele Romanow

Decoding Venture Capital: Michele Romanow Rethinks How to Invest

A CONVERSATION WITH THE FOUNDER OF CLEARBANC

28 min

Venture capital has a people problem. Typically, it requires personal introductions and face-to-face meetings. It also takes a long time, and bias inevitably creeps in. Hear from Michele Romanow on how she is changing that dynamic by using data, AI, and automation to accelerate funding decisions and make it much more diverse.

Ep. 1 Decoding Lean Principles with Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

Eric Ries

Decoding Lean Principles: Eric Ries and The Long-Term Stock Exchange

A CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR OF "THE LEAN STARTUP"

41 min

What do you do after you’ve changed the way an entire generation of founders launch and build their companies? If you’re Eric Ries, you tackle one of your most ambitious projects yet—creating a new stock exchange to generate long-term, sustainable value. Hear Eric discuss “The Lean Startup,” the hard work of changing the status quo, and more.

Ep. 0 Dan Saks, Host of Decoding Digital and President & Co-CEO of AppDirect

Dan Saks

Decoding “Decoding Digital”: Dan Saks on Profiling Digital Heroes

A CONVERSATION ABOUT SHARING STORIES OF SUCCESS

36 min

It takes a special type of person to succeed in the digital economy. They need vision, curiosity, grit, and determination to achieve their goals and create a bold impact, both at work and in the world at large. Hear podcast host Dan Saks explain why it's critical to tell the stories of these Digital Heroes, and why he's decided to do just that on Decoding Digital.

Meet your host, Dan Saks

PRESIDENT & CO-CEO

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Dan has always been an entrepreneur. The son of small business owners, he caught the business-building bug when he was still a kid and started a lemonade stand. As a teenager, he launched a tour company to show visitors the sights of Niagara Falls. Since then, he has gone on to co-found AppDirect and help build it into a global business with a billion-dollar valuation.

Dan is a life-long learner and is constantly looking to discover and share ideas about new things. He is honored to have the chance to learn from some of the smartest people in business and technology, and share his conversations with the Decoding Digital audience.

Season one

The change agents. The innovators. The visionaries. Get to know them on Decoding Digital.