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Constant Variables takes a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build and grow digital products. Focused on helping non-technical people become more comfortable with the nerdy jargon related to mobile software development, we break down technical topics to make them less complex and more accessible, because as Steve Jobs said, “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own ...
 
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Education technology should be intuitive and easy to use, and Edmentum’s Chief Technology Officer, Paul Johansen, joins the show to share how they’re working to save educators time, not take more of it. Paul chats with Tim Bornholdt of The Jed Mahonis Group about how emerging technologies are being implemented in education (and the privacy concerns…
 
Meet the people and business behind Constant Variables as the mic gets flipped on show host, Tim Bornholdt. **SHOW LINKS** Rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts | https://constantvariables.co/review Connect with Tim Bornholdt on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/timbornholdt/ Connect with Jenny Karkowski on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin…
 
Wherever entrepreneurs are in their journey, podcasts can take them further, whether as a guest or a host. Ryan Estes, co-founder of Kitcaster, joins Tim Bornholdt of The Jed Mahonis Group to chat about why podcasting is the Trojan horse of marketing for startups, how audience quality over quantity results in conversions, and why everyone should si…
 
With increasing awareness around diversity, equity and inclusion, there’s a greater need to improve conversations on difficult topics. Eri O’Diah joins the show to talk about how her involvement with the Superbowl in Minnesota led to her creation of the “Grammarly of bias”. She shares how her company, SIID Technologies, is harnessing the intuitive …
 
Not everything needs to be big to be big. ILT Academy Founder, Nick Tietz, is proving that with the impact his startup program is having on underserved markets. Nick joins the show to chat about building up communities of underestimated entrepreneurs, embracing failure as a way to learn, and getting deliverables to customers early and often at the …
 
The job market for mid-to-senior level software engineers is booming, so where does that leave developers who are just getting started? Software engineer turned developer advocate, Joe Karlsson of SingleStore, chats with Tim Bornholdt of The Jed Mahonis Group about why it’s challenging to land that first job after bootcamp, where junior developers …
 
Ever heard of a global academic community? You may soon enough if the Tinkering School has anything to say about it. David sits down with Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley, and the Tinkering School Volunteer Space Agency (VSA) - a student group formed by Tinkering School students and alumni - to talk about how they transformed a classroom into …
 
Getting data to talk is harder than it should be. That’s why Michael Zuercher co-founded Prismatic, a complete embedded iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) solution for B2B software teams. Michael joins the show to chat about why software companies should use an iPaaS provider over building an integration internally, what he’s taken away from…
 
If there’s a record for the most analogies used in a podcast, this one might break it. Eric Caron, Senior Director of Digital Experience at Caribou Coffee, and Tim Bornholdt of The Jed Mahonis Group use their analogy-making skills to break down how startup mentality works in corporate settings, why non-technical people should care about APIs, and h…
 
Trent Sorbe, President of Central Payments and Founder of Falls Fintech, joins the show to chat about why banks should become more like utility companies and focus on enabling experiences. He shares how his company’s accelerator is helping early-stage fintech startups, why they created a banking-as-a-service open API, and how mature banks and finte…
 
The term “smart city” may have you imagining The Jetsons’ flying cars and Skypad apartments, but Director of Innovation and Technology at the City of Sioux Falls, Mike Grigsby, joins the show to talk about why technology *isn’t* part of his definition of a smart city. He explains why cities need someone internally to champion innovation, why data i…
 
Why is social experience critical to students success in their core academic subjects? How important is it to the future of schooling? David Adams, former CASEL board member and current CEO at The Urban Assembly in New York, joins us to help answer these questions.By Edmentum/ David Adams
 
One of the first decisions to make when building a mobile product is to determine which technology it will be built on. Austin Betzer from Stride Development joins the show to discuss high level differences between native apps, hybrid apps, and PWAs (progressive web apps) then dives into the benefits and limitations of each before ending with his (…
 
Last year alone, over 60 million incidents of child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) were reported online. Social enterprise Krunam is stopping that cycle of abuse with its breakthrough platform. Krunam CEO, Chris Wexler, joins the show to talk about how technologies like computer vision and deep learning are aiding content moderators in identifying a…
 
David sits down with Edmentum's Teacher of the Year, Lindsay Wilhoyte, Success Coach at Vigo Virtual Success Academy in Indiana. Lindsay talks about how an "above and beyond" mindset is required to run an effective virtual program, and how they are re-imagining relationship building in a remote learning environment. Meet Edmentum's 2021 Inspiring E…
 
Edmentum's Administrator of the Year, Denise Handlon, joins us to talk about how they used Edmentum Courseware to increase credits earned in their credit recovery program by over 2000%. By laser focusing on preparing student's to re-enter first time credit classrooms, Denise and her team have been able to maximize the impact their school's curricul…
 
Think globally. Act locally. Infrastructure Engineer, Solomon Anderson, joins the show to chat about how data operates, the art over science of balancing new features with supporting existing infrastructure, and the vast environmental impact of something as miniscule as open browser tabs on our laptops. **Show Links** Solomon Anderson on LinkedIn |…
 
Organizations that implement project management methodology see a 70% increase in success rates. Profile by Sanford’s Director of Project Management, Renae Livingston, joins the show to talk about how to effectively manage large technical projects, and how cost, bandwidth, and capabilities factor into hiring a development team. **Show Links** Email…
 
Empowering the people making software is as important as the people using it. Yash Khandor is an engineering manager with a passion for mentorship. He joins the show to talk about the intangible traits of great developers, how *not* to hire developers, how to keep up with tech changes, and how to find software jobs that are less obvious. **Show Lin…
 
Managing expectations builds trust. J.C. Granger of Infinity Marketing Group joins the show to talk about the dangers of user data not being siloed, where software companies struggle the most when it comes to marketing, and how to break into new markets, but not without first sharing how he once smothered a computer with a pillow to get online. **S…
 
Stability isn’t a growth hack. Sam Lerdahl is Head of Product at Pikup, a neighbor-powered delivery app that pivoted its strategy during the pandemic. Sam joins the show to talk about being a young entrepreneur, when *not* to build an app, how to change user behavior, and why the era of “We’ll make money later” is coming to an end (sigh of relief.)…
 
Do good by doing well. The new social enterprise taking that to heart with a first of its kind tele-legal service is TurnSignl, with an on-demand app that facilitates and records real-time interactions between drivers and law enforcement during traffic stops. CEO and General Counsel Jazz Hampton joins the show to chat about building the bike as the…
 
Businesses who aren’t exploring smart technologies will eventually go the way of the dinosaurs. Justin Grammens is an expert on IoT, AI, and where the two meet. He joins the show to chat about how and why businesses should start exploring these emerging technologies and where they’re making the most impact. **Show Links** JustinGrammens.com | http:…
 
In our final episode of the Summer of Reflection mini series, David sits down with Samantha Snowden, a Kids and Family Mindfulness Expert at headspace. They talk about what mindfulness is, and how educators can use it to completely change the dynamic of their schools and classrooms. Also, a headspace subscription is FREE for educators. Check it out…
 
Daryl Vavrichek is a Change Management expert with over 20 years of experience in education. In this episode, David sits down with Daryl to discuss the first two steps in any change management effort, and reveals how the Mandalorian inspires us to walk the walk of the change we want to see in our districts and schools. #SummerofReflectionSeries…
 
You may remember Jonte Lee, the DCPS kitchen chemistry teacher, from Ep 15 of The Edmentum Podcast. Through countless media features (Good Morning America, The Washington Post, CNN, and more) Jonte has honed his brand to maintain his commitment to the communities he serves. In addition to being an SME in science, Jonte also holds a masters in Marke…
 
Digital transformation looks a lot different for today’s companies than it did in the 90’s. Howard Tiersky, founder of digital transformation agency FROM, joins the show to chat about the rapid evolution of technological innovations, how organizations can shift their mindset to the “new normal,” how solving customer pain points leads to competitive…
 
Spearheading IT departments of higher education institutions was a harried job even before a global pandemic. Casey Gordon, Chief Information Officer at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, joins the show to chat about balancing IT priorities, gaining cooperation amongst diverse stakeholders, preventing social engineering atta…
 
Stakeholders over shareholders is the B Corp motto changing the world for the better. The growing B Corp movement is touching every industry, and Tim Frick of Mightybytes joins the show to talk about how companies around the world are coming together to make the Internet more sustainable. **Show Links** Mightybytes website | https://www.mightybytes…
 
Not all software engineers want to become engineering managers. Anand Safi is an Engineering Manager at Mark43, and while his career journey from software engineer to software manager was rather intentional, he joins the show to chat about other options for promoting your best engineers. He also shares how Toastmasters helped him become a more empa…
 
If you have a passion for change, you should consider yourself an entrepreneur. Diane Rucker, Executive Director of University Enterprise Laboratories, has extensive experience in technology and innovation, and she joins the show to chat about redefining entrepreneurship, the soft skills needed to be a well-rounded developer, the criticality of bus…
 
Mickeli Bedore, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Closers Media, joins the show to talk about sales-informed marketing and how to incorporate user feedback into your product. Then Mickeli and Tim dive into why they have heat with pitch decks and the entrepreneur lifestyle before getting personal about how they deal with the roller coaster of …
 
Exploration. Expression. Exposition. These are the cornerstones of learning at the Brightworks School in San Francisco, CA. This month David interviews Founder Gever Tulley to discuss how a strong student agency model re-evaluates the strictness of curriculum and instructional strategies to empower students AND teachers to learn and be resourceful.…
 
Every 20 seconds, someone loses a limb to diabetes. Scott Brown, Chief Technology Officer at Revealix, joins the show to share how his company is taking a digital approach to preserving limb health using artificial intelligence. Scott chats about how AI is transforming the healthcare space, the importance of testing for failure, the privacy concern…
 
You don’t have to know how to code to successfully manage a technical team, project, or startup. Nelly Yusupova, CTO, Startup Tech Advisor, and Creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, joins the show to discuss how to build tech teams when you aren’t a technical person, from understanding lean and agile methodologies, to deciding what tools to use, …
 
Every Google search you do affects the environment, and Tom Greenwood, Managing Director at Wholegrain Digital and author of Sustainable Web Design, joins the show to chat about the issues of web sustainability. He shares techniques and processes for making digital products more sustainable, as well as gives advice on how to be a champion for susta…
 
Custom software isn’t always the right solution, particularly for a nimble non-profit. Adopt A Classroom’s Technology Project Manager, Ryan Jordan, and Executive Director, Ann Pifer, join the show to chat about how to make a massive transition from a legacy platform over to Salesforce, how to adjust an organization’s mindset to be agile, and how to…
 
When skilled developers become engineering managers, they often face a challenge in their transition from computer science to people science. Senior Engineering Manager at Target, Kate Wardin, joins the show to chat about how her own experience going from developer to manager resulted in her founding Developer First Leadership. She shares tips on h…
 
Listen to the recording from our [SXSW EDU 2021] live podcast event where special guest Jen Molitor, author of The Happy Teacher Handbook and principal of Blanchester Local Schools in Ohio, comes on The Edmentum Podcast to talk to host David Cicero about the importance of making resilience a conscious effort. We’ll discuss how to positively affect …
 
With design in its name plus 50 years of industry experience, Design Center knows more than a thing or two about best practices for building a digital product. Design Center’s Director of Strategy Chris Cornejo joins the show to chat about how design thinking has shifted from “how it looks” to “how it works”, the advantages of an outcome mindset ov…
 
What got you your first customers won't get you the next ones. Jordan Ambra of Serenity Software joins the show to talk about the challenges of going from a startup to a “real” business, transitioning from a people-oriented business to a process-oriented one, and preparing for growth by focusing on fundamentals.…
 
Jonte Lee is the DCPS STEM teacher whose popularity skyrocketed after he turned his kitchen into an online chemistry lab for his students. In this episode, David sits down with Jonte and discovers how this innovation has led to increased access to authentic teaching and learning experiences not only for students, but the community at large.…
 
A podcast episode about everything and nothing. Tim riffs with SalesReach Founder & CEO Josh Fedie on a number of topics, including how to protect your idea from getting stolen, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur, why it’s important for companies to have a CEO who is publicly visible and vulnerable, and the future of Clubhouse.…
 
There’s no content that can’t be made interesting to learn. Even installing a printer can be fun as long as the experience is made to be “meaningful, memorable and motivational.” Dr. Michael Allen of Allen Interactions joins the show to chat about how his company builds interactive learning programs around organizations’ best practices that leave p…
 
Meghan Ramsey, the traveling teacher, has traveled to 27 countries so far throughout her teaching career. In this episode David sits down with Meghan to explore her transition from teaching inside to teaching outside the classroom, and how this drive to see the world has helped her approach education from a different lens.…
 
In an era of subscription overload, apps with subscription revenue models have their work cut out for them acquiring (and retaining) subscribers. That’s why Dan Burcaw founded Nami ML, a machine-learning company focused on helping app developers grow mobile subscription businesses by reducing churn and focusing on the core user experience. Dan join…
 
Are the tech geniuses behind the likes of Uber, Facebook, or Groupon born with a magic dust that’s contributed to their success? Short answer: No. However, global fascination of these companies has created a dangerous barrier of entry into the tech industry. Software engineer, consultant, and tech startup founder Shawn Livermore is dispelling the m…
 
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