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“O The Innovation” Podcast

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a deep dive into tech startups

“O The Innovation” brings you the voices behind the tech city that is under everyone’s radar. Every other week you’ll hear about all of the innovation happening in Central Florida from start up founders to corporate business leaders.

If you’ve only come here for the rides, you don’t know the half of it. We’ve got billionaire tech unicorns, founders raising millions, and if you tune in to each episode, you may just find another reason to bring your talents to the city beautiful.

Available for steaming on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify as well as several other streaming platforms, “O The Innovation” is produced by the Orlando Tech Council, a public-private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization that works to advance Broad-based Prosperity™ by strengthening Orlando’s economy, amplifying Orlando’s story, championing regional priorities, empowering community leaders and building a brilliant region.

Season 2, Episode 3

The Black Tech Experience

I believe that most conflict and misunderstanding stem from a lack of perspective not bad behavior. Over the last twenty years, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work in and with the tech industry at companies all over the country. It’s been exciting and inspiring to witness the progress. 

My name is Kai Isaac and I’m the Founder of Filmscape and I’ll be narrating this episode around my experience and that of other blacks in the tech ecosystem. I and all of the guests on this episode are proud to call Orlando home and we’ll be sharing how Orlando has grown as a hub for black innovation.

In this episode you will hear from:

Rose Lejiste – the Executive Director of Black Orlando Tech

Jordan Walker – the Co-Founder of Yac

Kyle Morand – the Founder of 302 Interactive

Season 2, Episode 2

The Future of the Payments Industry

The financial technology industry is one of the hot spots of innovation in Central Florida. Businesses have continued to produce high quality payment tech companies that help businesses around the world, and companies are looking for ways to make the payment experience as easy as possible through tech.

In this episode you will hear from 3 payment industry experts:

Ernest Rolfson – CEO of Finexio

Sal Rehmetullah – President and Cofounder of Stax

Max Eliscu – Founder and CEO of Viewpost

Season 2, Episode 1

Tech and Innovation Events are Back

One of the key aspects of Innovation is collaboration, and while Teams and Zoom have been a great tool, one of the best aspects of the tech industry has always been amazing in-person events.

Central Florida is home to some of the best venues for these events and we have missed being able to physically see all of the innovation that happens not just in our region, but around the state.

In this episode, we chat with the CEOs behind the tech and innovation events in Orlando.

Cole NeSmith – Chief Creative Officer of The Creative City Project that produces IMMERSE

Brian Kornfeld – Chief Executive Officer of Synapse that produces Synapse Orlando

Orlando Innovation Week starts this week from October 8th to October 15th. It will feature both IMMERSE and Synapse Orlando and you can learn more about it here!

Season 1, Episode 4

Seeing Through The World of Virtual Reality

What is virtual reality? According to Merriam Webster, it is an artificial environment which is experienced through sensory stimuli (such as sights and sounds) provided by a computer and in which one’s actions partially determine what happens in the environment

But again… what is virtual reality?

In this episode, we hear from two experts who explain what virtual reality is, why it’s important, and where the future of VR goes.

SEASON 1, Episode 3

How to scale your startup

With every entrepreneur aiming to become the next unicorn startup, entrepreneurship has never been more popular. But what happens after you start? Startups don’t become unicorns because you start a company, there is a lot more work that goes into it. That’s exactly what we dive into with our conversation with 3 entrepreneurs.

You will hear from:

SEASON 1, Episode 2

The Rise Of The Video Game Industry

In 2019, the video game industry’s revenue was 7x the revenue of the whole music industry and 3x the box office. The video game industry has been on the rise and continues to grow each and every year. One of the key cornerstones of this industry is Orlando, Florida. In this episode, we dive into how video games have gone mainstream and why Orlando continues to play a large role in this expanding industry.

In this episode, you will hear from Daryl Holt, Vice President / General Manager (EA-Tiburon, EA SPORTS Austin, & EA SPORTS Madrid), Sean Pinnock, CEO of CyberDream, Creator of Virtual Battlegrounds (#2 on Steam Charts), and Deanna Galbraith, Founder / Creative Director at Captilight

season 1, Episode 1

The Year That Audio Took Center Stage

Got Zoom fatigue? Don’t worry, we all have it. But that’s one of the main reasons that audio has been on the rise lately. Platforms like Voxtell and Yac are changing the way that not just companies, but teams interact with each other. Clubhouse is connecting people from around the world. And the best part about audio is that you can always do things while you’re listening. Want to learn while driving? Listen to a podcast. Want to connect with someone while cooking dinner? Jump on Clubhouse. Want to go for a walk while checking in on your team? Send a Yac.

In this inaugural episode, you will hear from Justin Mitchell, CEO/Founder of Yac and Junior Smizmaul, CEO/Founder of Voxtel.

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