Nerds On Tap

Nerds On Tap

Welcome to "Nerds on Tap," the podcast where tech industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts gather to explore the exciting intersection of technology, business, and innovation. Join Tim and his co-host as they dive into lively discussions, valuable insights, and thought-provoking conversations with a diverse range of guests.

From the latest trends in technology to the world of startups and entrepreneurship, "Nerds on Tap" covers it all. Each week, Tim shares candid conversations with industry experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, and rising stars, uncovering success stories, lessons learned, and emerging ideas shaping the future.

Grab a cold one, pull up a stool, and join the conversation. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur seeking advice, a tech executive keeping up with industry developments, or simply a curious listener who loves exploring new ideas, "Nerds on Tap" is your go-to podcast. Tune in, subscribe, and join the community of nerds who love to tap into the fascinating world of tech and business. Cheers!

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Beer Trivia with Suds: The Man Behind Nerds On Tap
Mar 26 2024
Beer Trivia with Suds: The Man Behind Nerds On Tap
When life throws you a curveball, you improvise—just like we did when my nephew Jared Shoop, usually the man behind the curtain of 'Nerds On Tap,' took the hot seat for a riveting exchange that was anything but planned. The episode transmutes into an unexpected brew of laughter and trivia, as Jared conquers his camera shyness and reveals his face for the first time to our audience. Our spontaneous tête-à-tête journeys through his path to Digital Boardwalk, the thrill of producing our quirky podcast, and culminates in a beer trivia showdown that leaves us both a little wiser in the ways of hops and barley.Memories are the bookmarks of our lives, and in this episode, we thumb through some personal chapters, from the hustle of meeting deadlines at Digital Boardwalk to the amusing tales of my technological awakening courtesy of a tech-savvy uncle. We share a toast to the past, recounting stories of family, a ballroom dance class that humbled me, and the shared adventures in Europe that brought us more than just souvenirs, but a deeper appreciation for cultural nuances and a good hamburger. Tune in for these heartfelt anecdotes and a crash course in beer lingo that might just make you the MVP of your next pub quiz night.Sponsor of this episode:  Digital BoardwalkDigital Boardwalk is one of the top 10 Managed IT Service Providers in the United States.  If you are seeking to outsource your IT Management, or if your IT Team could use some help with projects or asset management, give Digital Boardwalk a call today!  They offer a FREE IT Maturity Assessment on their website.  If you want to see how your business's IT scores against industry standards, go to GoModernOffice.com now. Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
Breaking Barriers with Josie Keck: Part 2
Mar 8 2024
Breaking Barriers with Josie Keck: Part 2
On this special International Women's Day episode, we are honored to have Josie Keck join us from Open Text. Josie doesn't just bring her expertise in tech; she brings stories that resonate with the heart of every listener. Our conversation today weaves through the vibrant threads of diversity and inclusion in the tech world, stories of passion-fueled advancement, and the absolute necessity for empathetic leadership. It's a chat that transcends the binary codes and pixels, making space for the human connection that's essential in our digital communication era. Josie's relationship with her boss Jen Dario exemplifies the profound impact of emotional intelligence in driving tech teams forward.Today, we also celebrate the Lean In movement's influence on women's empowerment in tech, reveling in the unique strengths that come from partnership dynamics, particularly those of husband and wife teams. Join us for a discourse on the nurturing roles women have honed within the industry, such as Kathleen's in Digital Boardwalk, and how these roles integrate seamlessly with family life and community support networks—think Marie Weeds and her "Women in Technology" podcast. It's a refreshing take on the symbiosis of personal growth and professional success, especially poignant on this International Women's Day.We also take a moment to challenge the status quo of cybersecurity and technology sales, shining a light on the empowering journeys of women breaking into these traditionally male-dominated fields. We don't just talk shop about email encryption, cloud backup, and the evolving landscape of cybersecurity training; we celebrate the stories of tenacity and curiosity that enable success in this high-stakes arena. The episode culminates with a look at AI's role in the future of tech, the unwavering need for multifactor authentication, and the universal vulnerability to cyber threats. Through Josie's lens, technology isn't just a tool—it's a frontier for change, innovation, and inclusion, especially as we reflect on the contributions of women in the industry on this International Women's Day.This Episodes Beers: Space Dust, IPA  Elysian Brewing Companyhttps://www.elysianbrewing.com/beer/space-dust-ipaBlueprint IPABirds Fly South Ale Projecthttps://untappd.com/b/birds-fly-south-ale-project-the-bluprint-ipa/1857263Relax Hazy IPAOffshoot Beer Companyhttps://www.thebruery.com/products/relaxDank Side of the Moon New England Style IPA3rd Planet Brewing Companyhttps://www.3rdplanetbrewing.com/our-beers/Sponsor of this episode:  Digital BoardwalkDigital Boardwalk is one of the top 10 Managed IT Service Providers in the United States.  If you are seeking to outsource your IT Management, or if your IT Team could use some help with projects or asset management, give Digital Boardwalk a call today!  They offer a FREE IT Maturity Assessment on their website.  If you want to see how your business's IT scores against industry standards, go to GoModernOffice.com now. Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
Breaking Barriers with Josie Keck: Part 1
Feb 27 2024
Breaking Barriers with Josie Keck: Part 1
Josie Keck, a cybersecurity trailblazer from Open Text, joins us to uncork a celebration of her nine-year journey, and it's an episode brimming with insights and reflections. We crack open the complexities of being a woman in tech, acknowledging the barriers Josie's crushed along the way. Her story is more than just a tale of personal triumph; it's a beacon for diversity and inclusion, shedding light on the pivotal roles women play in driving innovation. Small and medium-sized businesses, take heed: Josie lays down the cybersecurity gauntlet, proving it's not just a big enterprise game but a universal imperative.Raising a glass to collaboration, our discussion traverses the landscape of the cybersecurity industry, where sharing a pint with the competition isn't taboo—it's strategy. Josie illustrates a world where the line between rival and ally blurs, as we all shoulder the responsibility of protecting our collective digital neighborhood. With mentorship, networking, and a commitment to perpetual learning as the industry's lifeblood, we paint a picture of a tech community where everyone's success is interlinked. It's about uniting for the greater good, one circuit at a time.Finally, we kick back with some Relax Hazy IPA, letting the conversation flow as freely as the brew. Josie's insights into communication and relationship-building strike a chord, reminding us that the beating heart of technology still pulses with human connection. We share stories of exceptional customer service triumphs and the enduring power of a human touch amidst the wired world. So, raise your glass with us—this episode is a toast to the innovators, the educators, and the relentless pursuit of a more inclusive future in tech. Cheers to the journey!This Episodes Beers: Space Dust, IPA  Elysian Brewing Companyhttps://www.elysianbrewing.com/beer/space-dust-ipaBlueprint IPABirds Fly South Ale Projecthttps://untappd.com/b/birds-fly-south-ale-project-the-bluprint-ipa/1857263Relax Hazy IPAOffshoot Beer Companyhttps://www.thebruery.com/products/relaxDank Side of the Moon New England Style IPA3rd Planet Brewing Companyhttps://www.3rdplanetbrewing.com/our-beers/Sponsor of this episode:  Digital BoardwalkDigital Boardwalk is one of the top 10 Managed IT Service Providers in the United States.  If you are seeking to outsource your IT Management, or if your IT Team could use some help with projects or asset management, give Digital Boardwalk a call today!  They offer a FREE IT Maturity Assessment on their website.  If you want to see how your business's IT scores against industry standards, go to GoModernOffice.com now. Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
From Forbes Honors to Financial Planning: Andrew Martin's Journey
Feb 13 2024
From Forbes Honors to Financial Planning: Andrew Martin's Journey
Have you ever envisioned a seamless transition from a dream of managing a gym to mastering the finance industry? Listen as we join Andrew Martin of Atlas Financial Strategies on that very journey, navigating his transition and discussing the vital need for financial literacy. Over a few cold ones, including the Tate's Hell German-style lager, we unpack the joy found in equipping others with the tools to secure their financial future. From the challenges that various demographics face in investing to the limitations of the traditional assets under management model, our conversation covers the full spectrum of financial planning and the triumphs of personal fiscal empowerment.Cracking open the Red Drum Amber Ale, Andrew and I explore the nitty-gritty of the financial advisor's world, considering the impact of regulations and the evolving nature of client engagement in this complex industry. Our candid chat also covers the influence of social media on investing, the surge of stocks like GameStop, and the psychological nuances behind financial decisions. But it's not all about the numbers; we delve into the personal touch that an advisor like Andrew brings to the table, emphasizing the value of tailored advice and investment strategies that align with an individual's unique life story and financial goals.As our discussion winds down with the Maduro Brown Ale, we stress the importance of starting your financial planning journey early, the psychological factors of money management, and the resources available for anyone looking to enrich their financial knowledge. From personal success stories to strategies that weather life's uncertainties, this episode is a toast to wealth-building, savvy investing, and that delightful nerdy love for finance. So whether you're a fledgling investor or a seasoned financial aficionado, pour yourself a favorite beverage and join us for a blend of insightful anecdotes and valuable strategies that are sure to resonate with your own fiscal aspirations. Cheers!Atlas Financial: https://www.atlasfinancialstrategies.com/Planning-Team.1.htmlAndrew Martin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-martin-76b127158/Beers: Oyster City - Tates Helleshttps://oystercity.beer/beerThe Ravenous Pig -  Red Drum https://www.theravenouspig.com/items/red-drumCigar City Brewing - Madurohttps://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer/maduro-brown-ale/Lord Hobo - Boomsaucehttps://lordhobo.com/boomsauce/Sponsor of this episode:  Digital BoardwalkDigital Boardwalk is one of the top 10 Managed IT Service Providers in the United States.  If you are seeking to outsource your IT Management, or if your IT Team could use some help with projects or asset management, give Digital Boardwalk a call today!  They offer a FREE IT Maturity Assessment on their website.  If you want to see how your business's IT scores against industry standards, go to GoModernOffice.com now. Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
From Data to Design: Smarter Web's Data-First Approach
Jan 30 2024
From Data to Design: Smarter Web's Data-First Approach
Unlock the mysteries of digital marketing as we share a virtual roundtable with Kina Robinett and Shelby Payne from SmarterWeb. These two dynamos take the mic to narrate their individual journeys—Kina from a childhood steeped in web design fascination to a titan of SMB online growth, and Shelby from a Chick-fil-A mascot to a digital designer. You'll get a front-row seat to the magic of their partnership and the strategies that turn a client's digital presence from a whisper in the wind to a resounding echo across the web.As we swirl our glasses filled with the essence of web development and the nuances of user experience design, Kina and Shelby unfold the tapestry of creating websites that are more than eye candy—they're the digital handshake between businesses and their audience. We untangle the threads of SEO, from on-page essentials to the subtle art of quality backlinks, and dive into the alchemy of analytics that turns raw data into gold. You'll leave with a treasury of knowledge on how to craft a digital domain that both dazzles the user and charms the search engines.But it's not all about the bits and bytes. Our guests from SmarterWeb emphasize the human touch in the digital realm, from the craft of content that resonates with authenticity to the strategic use of technology that enhances, not replaces, the creative process. You'll hear tales of triumph as we discuss how specialized agencies can give SMBs the competitive edge, acting as an extended marketing arm that navigates the digital seas. So, pop in your earbuds and join us for a conversation that's as rich in insights as it is in laughter, and toast to the boundless possibilities of digital marketing.Beers:Lite Crispy Bois by 3 Sons Brewing Company, Dania Beach, FL Full flavor with less guilt, a perfectly balanced, crisp and refreshing, year-round crusher. https://www.3sonsbrewingco.com/beersBeach Blonde Ale by 3 Daughter's Brewery, St. Petersburg, FLLight and refreshing with just enough jops to balance the malty sweetness and add a hint of citrus. https://3dbrewing.com/beers/beach-blonde-ale/Tangerine Wheat Ale by Lost Coast Brewery, Eureka, CA A refreshing citrus ale brewed with the perfect balance of wheat and crystal malt. Tangerine wheat delivers a perfectly crisp finis for those hot summer days. https://lostcoast.com/beers#Tangerine-WheatWhite Chocolate Moo Hoo, Chocolate Milk Stout by Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, GADark brown to black in color with aromas of dark chocolate. It has a dark roasted malt flavor with hints of caramel and hot chocolate, rounded by a sweet, creamy finish. https://untappd.com/b/terrapin-beer-co-white-chocolate-moo-hoo/5078549Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
Data Protection and Brew Selection with James Todd
Jan 16 2024
Data Protection and Brew Selection with James Todd
Grab a pint and pull up a chair as we toast to the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity with Digital Boardwalk's very own CTO, James. His 14-year saga at the forefront of IT innovation isn't just a thrilling tale of technology triumphs, it's a roadmap for businesses navigating the treacherous terrain of cyber threats. We share a beer and swap stories, from James's tech-tinged childhood to the professional pivot that positioned him as a captain of industry, all the while unpacking the dense and crucial subject of cybersecurity for small and medium-sized enterprises.Settle in and savor the wisdom as we dissect the intricacies of crafting custom IT strategies that shield businesses from digital dangers. James takes us behind the scenes of Digital Boardwalk's proactive stance against cybercrime, spotlighting the unsung heroes: their engineers. With the landscape of threats transforming from simple viruses to complex ransomware, we stress the indispensability of multi-layered security measures—think of it as a fortress safeguarding your digital dominion. This discussion isn't just theoretical; it's a vital blueprint for fortifying your enterprise against the next wave of cyber onslaughts.Our conversation wouldn't be complete without a deep dive into the future of cybersecurity, where the murky waters of AI intersect with our defenses against cybercrime syndicates. Delving into how AI is both an ally and adversary, we underscore the significance of zero-trust policies, cloud computing's role in security, and the importance of verifying the efficacy of protective measures. James illuminates the path forward, inviting you to stay vigilant and informed, ensuring that your business remains an impenetrable fortress in the digital age.Sponsor of this episode:  Digital BoardwalkDigital Boardwalk is one of the top 10 Managed IT Service Providers in the United States.  If you are seeking to outsource your IT Management, or if your IT Team could use some help with projects or asset management, give Digital Boardwalk a call today!  They offer a FREE IT Maturity Assessment on their website.  If you want to see how your business's IT scores against industry standards, go to GoModernOffice.com now. Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
Tech-Savvy Tacos: Geo Zelaya on Food and Technology
Dec 22 2023
Tech-Savvy Tacos: Geo Zelaya on Food and Technology
From the deck of a Navy ship to the heat of a bustling kitchen, Geo Zelaya's journey isn't your everyday culinary tale. Grab a seat at our table on Nerds On Tap as we savor the flavors of his authentic Latin cuisine and discover how Tacos El Fluffy came to be a community staple. Geo's story is a testament to the power of passion and innovation, and he's serving up insights on how to blend the art of food with the science of technology to create a thriving business.What happens when you mix a dash of AI with a pinch of locally sourced ingredients? You get a recipe for restaurant success, something Geo knows all about. We unwrap the secrets behind his tech-savvy approach to restaurant management, from inventory wizardry to marketing genius, and discuss why knowing where our food comes from is more important than we might think. So, whether you're a foodie, a tech enthusiast, or an aspiring entrepreneur, there's a slice of wisdom here for everyone.We round off our chat with a heartening look at the impact of mentorship and the significance of community spirit. Geo pours out tales of how Take Stock in Children has been a beacon of hope and how his own experiences with mentorship have shaped the lives around him. It's not just about the tacos and the tech; it's about how investing in people and local businesses can transform communities. Join us for a conversation that's as enriching as it is appetizing, right here on Nerds On Tap.Sponsor of this episode:  Digital BoardwalkDigital Boardwalk is one of the top 10 Managed IT Service Providers in the United States.  If you are seeking to outsource your IT Management, or if your IT Team could use some help with projects or asset management, give Digital Boardwalk a call today!  They offer a FREE IT Maturity Assessment on their website.  If you want to see how your business's IT scores against industry standards, go to GoModernOffice.com now. Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
German Perspective, American Dream: Harald Lavric's Business Odyssey
Dec 12 2023
German Perspective, American Dream: Harald Lavric's Business Odyssey
Get ready to be captivated by the entrepreneurial journey of Harald Lavric, a business consultant who crossed seas from Germany to the U.S. to establish his own venture. Harald's stories of triumph and lessons learned from the challenging yet rewarding path of business ownership will provide you with practical tools and insights. We also get a taste of his German roots as we sample traditional Hofbräuhaus beer and share laughs over memorable stories from our Munich experiences.The journey doesn't stop there. How do you find your niche? How do you identify your target clients? What's the secret to success through setting clear goals and implementing process management? Harald, with his areas of expertise in organizational change, strategic planning, and personal growth, answers these questions and more. His hands-on experience and knowledge of the Pensacola market provide invaluable advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Finally, we circle back to Pensacola, Florida and immerse ourselves in Harald's local experiences. From his favorite hats and his contributions to the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce to his son's passion for soccer, Harald gives us a unique glimpse into his life. We further dissect the complexities of product management, the importance of focusing on profitable products, and how soccer positions can be an analogy for roles in business. Tune in for an engaging conversation that promises to leave you with new perspectives, tools, and a few laughs.Sponsor of this episode:  Digital BoardwalkDigital Boardwalk is one of the top 10 Managed IT Service Providers in the United States.  If you are seeking to outsource your IT Management, or if your IT Team could use some help with projects or asset management, give Digital Boardwalk a call today!  They offer a FREE IT Maturity Assessment on their website.  If you want to see how your business's IT scores against industry standards, go to GoModernOffice.com now. Thanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
From Projects to the President: Steve Wilmer's Trailblazing Journey in the Realm of Entrepreneurship - Part 2
Nov 6 2023
From Projects to the President: Steve Wilmer's Trailblazing Journey in the Realm of Entrepreneurship - Part 2
Tune into Part 2 of our enlightening series on Nerds On Tap featuring Steve Wilmer, who journeyed from the projects of Pensacola to becoming a renowned motivational speaker and author. In this captivating continuation, Steve opens up about his path to public speaking, starting with an unexpected break that catapulted him into professional engagements. He also unveils the ins and outs of self-publishing on Amazon, sharing actionable tips on writing, editing, and effective promotion, while highlighting the essence of content over grammar. Plus, delve into Steve's enthralling life story, a testament to resilience and following one's heart, spanning from his Navy days to Hollywood endeavors. Don’t miss this inspiring wrap-up as we dive deep into the realms of public speaking, writing, and the unwavering power of determination, all spiced up with our classic Nerds on Tap flair! Sponsors:Digital Boardwalk Managed IT ServicesSmarter WebSpecial Guest:Steve Wilmer, President, Risk Advisor Institute and Steve SpeaksBeers in Order of Appearance:3. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale4. Pensacola Original American LagerEnter to Win one of Steve Wilmer's Books HERE!Shop Steve's Books HERE!Mentions:Business Network International, BNI Quint Studer, Studer Community InstituteThanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook
Embarking on a Tech-Adventure: Analyzing Technology's Evolution
Aug 21 2023
Embarking on a Tech-Adventure: Analyzing Technology's Evolution
In this episode of "Nerds on Tap," hosts Tim Shoop and Tim Schaffer welcome guest Brian Wilkey, COO of Digital Boardwalk, as they dive deep into the technological evolution of the past two decades. Over craft beer, they discuss the transformative journey from dial-up internet to today's high-speed connectivity and reflect on the challenges posed by the massive influx of information and the ambiguity of truth in the social media age. Sharing personal entrepreneurial stories and the influence of mentors and books, they explore technology's generational impacts. As they look to the future, topics include the potential of AI in healthcare and energy, the concept of eternal life, and the future role of social media plays in our lives.Sponsors:Digital Boardwalk Managed IT ServicesSmarter WebSpecial Guest:Brian Wilkey, Chief Operating Officer, Digital BoardwalkBeers in Order of Appearance:Oyster City Brewing Company Mill Pond Dirty Blonde Ale Emerald Republic Luminescent Shores American Lager Copperpoint Brewing A-10 Red IPA Perfect Plain Citrus Spin Hazy IPA Book Mentions:The E-Myth Revisited - Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About ItRich Dad Poor Dad - What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do NotThe Power of Moments - Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary ImpactOther Mentions:Quint Studer, Studer Community InstituteThe Magic Castle Hotel - Los AngelesThanks for listening! Visit us online at www.thenerdsontap.comSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelFollow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook