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TOA is a community for tech professionals looking for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Our mission is to help people and organisations become futureproof. Aim high, right?! We connect, grow and inspire technology professionals through media, experiences and educational programs. In this podcast we will give you context around the latest trends so you can make better decisions moving forward. Subscribe for unquarantined ideas and learnings from leaders across the field.
The state of crypto in the brave new (decentralised) world. With Lasse Clausen.
Nov 10 2021
1 hr
Examining the history – and uncertain future – of sand. With Vince Beiser.Transforming financial distribution from human to digital. With Lex Sokolin.The demise of the nation state through technology and blockchain. With Pia ManciniGoodbye traditional education system... hello accessible cohort-based courses. With Wes Kao
The rise of cohort-based learning, and why traditional education systems can’t weather the tech evolution storm forever.Education has always been cohort-based, however, when the internet arrived this disrupted community-driven learning into an asynchronous field.Digital cohort-based courses are redirecting education back around to the start in order to better develop, challenge, and build on ideas together. How is it different from MOOCs? They’re miles apart. Zoom lectures and monologues aren’t allowed, it needs to be engaging and invite active participation and learning to the forefront.Wes Kao, co-founder of Maven, joins Niko on the podcast to talk about the future of learning, cohort-learning (our favourite topic) and key variables to scrutinise when starting any business (not just a cohort). Maven is THE successful online platform that ​​empowers creators to build live courses and deliver an engaging student experience at scale. Wes is an incredibly impressive entrepreneur,  engaging speaker, and pure inspiration for education. Listen to the full episode to find out how Wes found her way into education through tech startups and Udemy, why credentials are not so important anymore and proof of building things is, and genuine takeaways to take forward in both work and life. Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
Sep 13 2021
1 hr
The nonprofit newsroom taking back the power to realign the future of journalism. With Julia Angwin
Investigative journalism and reporting are under threat. The future of journalism looks bleak without the reinforcement of the truth and the realignment of power and technology.One of the largest negative impacts of technology is on the media. Facebook effectively controls public discourse on a global scale and is legally self-regulatory in service. How can the truth prevail if this is the baseline?Julia Angwin joins Niko in this episode to discuss technology, data, and the impact of technology on society. Julia is incredibly impressive. She is a Pulitzer prize winner, winning investigative journalist, and the co-founder of The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates how powerful institutions are using technology to change our society.They discuss why bringing precise facts to the debate rather than hot takes is necessary to bring powerful conglomerates to justice, how using scientific journalism is raising the stakes and the future of media and technology at large.Technology has a bias that is used to the advantage of the elite. Julia and The Markup team are armed with a scientific approach and an open book policy on their data to help restore faith and support in investigative journalism.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
Sep 6 2021
47 mins
Investing in groundbreaking tech to change the world. With Katie Rae.
Supporting big tech and breakthrough technologies that will have a beneficial impact on society should be no.1 in getting investment and support. Our next guest is pushing this to the forefront.Katie Rae joins us on the podcast this week, the CEO and managing partner at MIT’s The Engine. The engine was launched to offer a secure and supported pathway to ‘tough tech’ innovators working on solutions to serious and difficult challenges that would help to change the world. Rae has a very impressive resume from building significant internet businesses to being hailed ‘the veteran’ of investing and tech innovation. She also founded two companies in Boston and Cambridge as the icing on the cake.  They spoke about the unprecedented interest in tech, climate change, and ultimately entrepreneurship because of the pandemic. She also reveals the three things for what she looks for when helping a company at The Engine - the founding team and standing by their product is number one. Rae's optimism and devotion to the innovative field to fund programs and founders to create a high impact change is incredible. They also discuss The Engine’s accountability for representing underrepresented founders, market dynamics, and corporate innovation.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
Aug 30 2021
40 mins
Who Gives a Crap?! You should. Impacting investing and entrepreneurship. With Simon Griffiths.
Aug 23 2021
47 mins
A dog’s life… to be continued?! On prolonging life, biotech, and female founders. With Celine Halioua
The future of ageing (and how to stop it), notes on being a female founder, and a deep dive into the biotech industry.Did you know that dogs are considered the best model of human ageing? What if we could make human’s best friend live longer (and whilst we’re at it, get insight to prevent age-related diseases in humans too).Celine Halioua has a background in neuroscience and experience in a venture capital firm. And she loves dogs. These combined have got her to where she is today - the founder and CEO of Loyal, a biotech startup developing drugs to extend a dog's lifespan.In this podcast with Niko Woischnik, founder of TOA, they discuss how to get ahead in the Silicon Valley biotech world (with a very detailed tech framework on her website - link below), why she’s focussing on dogs for age prevention, and the strengths you need to become a founder.She also discusses her difficulties in her career up to here including difficulty dropping out of Oxford University, how balancing work and life is near to impossible in the Valley, and working out how she best works (on instinct rather than process).Notes and Links:https://loyalfordogs.com/ - Improving life span and health of dogshttps://www.celinehh.com/ - how to build a biotech company (and so much more)Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl),  follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
Aug 16 2021
48 mins
Notes on tech realism and changing our 'Evil AI' narrative for survival. With Om Malik
Aug 9 2021
50 mins
Idea, invention, innovation, and failure. Life lessons from the master of all. With Nathan Myhrvold.
Polymath. Multitalented. It’s hard to capture our next guest’s triumphant accolades in one word. Nathan Myhrvold really is a master of all.This jam-packed episode explores a multitude of layers. Nathan claims that his success comes from not specialising in one thing (despite that this is what the modern world rewards). “Failure is always an option” and we have to be better at bouncing back from it and looking towards the next opportunity.Nathan’s bio reads like a novel. From having a master’s in mathematical economics and space physics, working with the best names like Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, founding a company called Intellectual Ventures then pursuing his interest in photography and food science to found Modernist Cuisine.Nathan and Niko Woischnik, founder of TOA, unpack his astonishingly impressive CV and inquisitive outlook on life, business, success, why it’s a problem to be wrapped up in human superiority, and why the pandemic should revolutionise change in our self-interest. Did someone say… free vaccinations for the disadvantaged?Calling all foodies, this is an episode to listen to keenly until the end. Featuring a deep dive on ’traditional’ food from China to Italy, including where THE BEST pizza is… salt, reputation, and experience are key ingredients.Notes and Links:Modernist Cuisine: https://modernistcuisine.com/Modernist Pizza is out on October 5th!Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
Aug 2 2021
1 hr 21 mins
Toys teaching empathy and failure for 6-year-olds to CEOs. With Ilana Ben-Ari.
How do we evoke empathy and understand failure in business if we stopped learning the tools to develop them in kindergarten? We need to put play back on the agenda.Ilana Ben Ari joins Niko Woischnik, founder of TOA, on the podcast this week. Ilana founded Twenty One Toys in 2012 and was included in 2020’s top female founders for showing that play is the route to emotional intelligence and commended for reshaping the future of learning in TIME magazine.Twenty One Toys is not your average toy company, it’s a training and development company aiming to teach what textbooks can’t; empathy and failure.Both award-winning toys are used worldwide in classrooms and boardrooms in 50+ countries in a bid to reframe failure and recognise different perspectives and self-awareness.Ilana and Niko discuss her journey to a social entrepreneur and founder, how getting investors as a female founder is harder, and understanding your rhythm as a founder is key - night owls have just as much success as 5am early birds.Bootstrapping a business from the bottom up? Make sure that resilience, curiousness, and blind faith are on your radar.Notes and Links:Twenty-One Toys - https://twentyonetoys.com/SHEEO - https://sheeo.world/Are meetings getting in your way? Makers schedule - http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.htmlLooking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: go.toaklub.com/539a53Subscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
Jul 26 2021
52 mins
How the new food revolution will come out of thin air (literally). With Pasi Vainikka.
Jul 19 2021
38 mins
The tale of the psychedelic renaissance and the good entrepreneur. With Natasha de Jong.If the voting system ain’t broke don’t fix i... it’s broken. A call for electronic voting. With Antonio Mugica.
Electronic voting systems, $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, blockchain - this podcast has it all. Post-elections have brought accusations of disinformation - some warranted, some not.Smartmatic builds and implements electronic voting systems which are present in multiple countries, and growing. It’s more transparent, efficient, and accessible than the pen-to-paper system (let alone being almost unhackable).However, it was at the forefront of the disinformation campaign after the Biden vs Trump election when Fox News made Smartmatic the villain. Now they’re suing the corporation for $2.7 billion.Antonio Mugica, founder and CEO of Smartmatic, joins Niko Woischnik on this weeks podcast to talk politics, voting, and hacking.They discuss the current lawsuit with Fox News, the future of blockchain in electronic voting systems and the challenges it invites, and how he created the largest online voting system in the world. Did you know in 17 years their systems have counted more than 5 billion votes, and they haven’t had one breach? How to not get hacked? Think like a hacker. Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: go.toaklub.com/9a1f3dSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
Jul 7 2021
52 mins
3D printing our way to global education. With Maggie Grout and Amir Mortazavi.Game Over. Play Again? Welcoming dystopia, heroes, and how Cyberpunk foretold today. With Mike PondsmithCaution when listening: feelings of inspiration, happiness, and wanting to invest. With Kendrick Nguyen.The gene editing (r)evolution..! And the ethical dilemmas that come with it. With Adam Bolt.Future transport = high speed & low emissions. The big hype around Hyperloop. With Josh Giegel.
Just a fast train? It’s so much more than that. The European Commission want to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050. Hyperloop will play a key role in this effort.Hyperloop was born from Elon Musk’s concept of high speed travel and “the best thing short of actual teleportation”. Initial skeptisim turned outright curiosity eventually brough Josh Geigel to CEO to build transport for the new age.Not only can it get you from Paris to Berlin in an hour, with the development of green steel, green concrete, and being 100% electric, it will be transformative for the climate emergency.Josh Giegel, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, joins Niko Woischnik, founder of TOA, on the this week’s episode. Josh was on the first passenger test of the Hyperloop in late 2020. When can you and I ride the Hyperloop? It’s closer than you think.Josh and Niko discuss the role that governments play, how this will transform travel in India, and how we need to showcase to technology averse public that this really is the future.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from: Founders, Crypto, Investors & Co-Creators; each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: https://bit.ly/3piGBf7 Subscribe to our NL (https://bit.ly/3xpBX2s), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
May 31 2021
55 mins

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