In our very first episode of The Tech Academy Podcast, our host Erik Gross sits down with Emerge Interactive CEO Jonathon Hensley!
Emerge Interactive is a Portland, Oregon based Digital Experience Agency where Jonathon and his team work to transform business strategies, user needs, and new technology into valuable products and an amazing user experience.
In this episode Erik and Jonathon discuss the beginnings of Emerge Interactive, their shared experience of growing up in the early days of the Silicon Valley, how Jonathon has kept a business alive and growing for 20 years, and bridging the gap between running a business and understanding of ever-evolving technology for a successful business in the modern era.
To close us out, Jack Stanley (Co-founder of The Tech Academy) shares some great advice for anyone who is newly employed, trying to fully understand their position and expectations, and looking to make a good impression on their new employer.
Speaker: Jonathon Hensley
18 Jul 2018
Ep. 10 Johnny Reiser
On this week's episode of The Tech Academy Podcast our host Erik Gross learns about life as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer with guest Johnny Reiser!
Johnny and Erik talk about our guest's entry into the tech world 20 years ago at Microsoft, what helped him go from a "contract cowboy" to landing a permanent position as a QA Engineer, how is martial arts training helped his tech career — and much more!
Be sure to stay tuned for Jack's Helpful Tips if you're an aspiring developer or junior developer! This week's tip will help you to continually grow as a software developer and perpetuate your success.
Speaker: Johnny Reiser
18 Jul 2018
Ep. 11 Mounir Shita
This week on The Tech Academy Podcast, Erik interviews Mounir Shita, a professional in the AI field, in one of our most interesting episodes!
Mounir Shita is the CEO & co-founder of Kimera Systems, an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) company. "Kimera Systems, Inc. is the developer of Nigel™ – the world’s first human-like artificial intelligence technology that makes networked “smart” devices intelligent." (Source)
In this episode, Erik and Mounir start with the basics of "What is AI?" and creating a general theory of intelligence in order to develop AI systems. Mounir compares his company's scientific approach to developing AI vs. the more common engineering approach, talks about the current hype around AI in the media, and shares with us why AI became his passion!