thinkPod: Eric Martinez, former Partner and Designing Change Lead at VSA, co-founder at Studio Bonafide

In this episode, Amanda Thurston, Marketing Services Leader at IBM iX, sits with Eric Martinez, former Partner and Designing Change Lead at VSA, to discuss business visioning, nurturing talent and creativity, and the written word in a digital world. Since the recording of this podcast, Eric Martinez has left VSA to start a new venture. […]

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How Funny Should a Chatbot Be?

Question: Why do scuba divers always fall backwards out of the boat? Answer: If they fell forward they would still still be in the boat. Ba dum tsh. This dad joke comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Cortana. Chatbots, just like dads, want to be funny. As chatbots and other conversational interfaces become a part of our […]

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Holiday Inn Is Showing How VR Can Boost the Hospitality Industry

When Holiday Inn figured out how to build a sample room in a shipping container for trade shows, it was a win. Instead of building a sample room from scratch for each event, then tearing it down and donating the furniture, the hotel brand could now have the room picked up and delivered to the […]

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WTF?: An Interview With Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly is often referred to as “The Oracle of Silicon Valley.” A 2010 Inc. article running with that title referred to him as Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual and noted that “O’Reilly is worth listening to because he has been on top of nearly every important technology development of the past three decades.” Lately we […]

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thinkPod: Akash Malhotra, Co-founder & COO, Eventable

We’re back after a busy week at Dreamforce 2017! Listen as IBM iX Marketing Services Leader Amanda Thurston is joined by Akash Malhotra, Co-founder and COO of Eventable. In this fireside chat, they discuss entrepreneurship, what it means to be a mentor, and a new facet of digital – marketing through the calendar. Learn more […]

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Fulfilling the Potential of AI Requires Getting Interpretability Right

I’m awesome at commuting. Take your pick: subway, bus, or train—I can navigate a complex fare system, bob-and-weave through a difficult transfer, and make it to my destination on time even after leaving way later than I should. But, inevitably, when any of those vehicles break down, I’m stuck. It’d be crazy to put me […]

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The Savings App Explosion

On Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017, shoppers around the country turned to their smartphones and laptops. According to Adobe Analytics data, American shoppers spent approximately $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday and $5 billion on Black Friday. For value-savvy shoppers, there was one extra ingredient in the mix: Apps and websites offering online-only coupons and […]

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Four Predictions on the Future of VR from a Watson Product Director

There are two reasons that Michael Ludden, director of product of IBM Watson Developers Labs & AR/VR Labs, starts his presentations with a video of Star Trek actors playing the virtual reality game Star Trek Bridge Crew. First, it’s a perfect example of how his labs are melding Watson’s artificial intelligence capabilities with the burgeoning […]

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To bring “good” taste to scale, first build trust

Brian Smith knows wine. The co-founder of Winc and the company’s Chief Wine Officer (“The title you get when you’re allowed to give yourself your own title”), he studied to become a sommelier and even worked in wine production in Provence and Argentina. But when pressed, he expresses resistance to the notion that one becomes […]

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Dimensions of Diversity

Diversity is a focus across the tech world, a focus which often takes the form of organizations and directives tasked with increasing the voice and role of underrepresented communities in board rooms and the workplace. This panel focuses on the benefits of diversity in the industry and the ways in which communities built around specific […]

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Podcast advertising sticks to no script

Blue Apron may be the presenting sponsor of the Crooked Media podcast Pod Save America, but it’s also the butt of the jokes. Although the fresh-ingredient meal service provides the show with polished ad copy, hosts Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett rarely stick to the script. Here’s what was on the menu this spring, according […]

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Laura Walker, CEO, New York Public Radio

Laura Walker, CEO of New York Public Radio, sits down with Robert Schwartz, Global Leader of Agency Services at IBM iX, to talk about creating an audio brand (not just a radio brand) at WNYC studios. Subscribe to IBM thinkLeaders! Learn more about IBM iX

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