“The SA Chamber is excited to add a series of podcasts to its digital engagement offering with members and future members. A different medium for us, which will provide a wider reach,” says Sharon Constançon, SACC Chairman.
Richard will speak to leading Fintech guests about how innovative tech companies are scaling up and pushing the boundaries. He speaks to both UK and African leaders, who are pioneering the new wave of tech innovation and in doing so, creating our future.
The first of a series of podcasts will be launched 9am, Monday 6th July 2020 with a new podcast being released each following week.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people consume things, including technology. While many industries have been struggling as a result of the pandemic, with meetings and events moving online, remote working, online shopping, Netflix-binging, webinar schooling and lectures, the tech businesses have been booming. New apps have broken into the market, few had even heard of Zoom 6 months ago, while today “to Zoom” has created a new verb in our daily lexicon.
Where once fast internet was a desirable luxury, it’s quickly becoming a necessity to stay connected in a physically isolated, but still ever more connected online world.
The stats say it all – technology giants are now breaking records as the highest value corporations in the world. Amazon reached a company value of $1.14 trillion last month, Microsoft is now valued at $1.32 trillion, Facebook at $577 billion, Apple at $1.26 trillion. These corporations are changing how we live, work and play.
Given these trends, technology is only likely to increase, affecting how we use our laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices – the internet of things, from doorbells, security systems to fridges and lights – for years to come and in ways not yet imagined. With this in mind, diving deep into how tech businesses are growing despite the pandemic is a profoundly interesting topic that Richard deems worthy investing time and effort in.
“I have always been fascinated by how tech companies are shifting the paradigm and in doing so, impacting our daily lives. I created this podcast so you and I can get a glimpse of their world and learn how they are creating our future.” says Richard.
The Scaling Show’s Mission: What We Talk About
The Scaling Show podcast’s mission is to have honest, open, engaging conversations and tell you about everything there is to know about the tech industry― the how and whys― in a comprehensible, informative way.
For starters, we delve into what tech leaders are doing now, and how their companies are coping with the pandemic. We will listen to their stories, ups and downs, and how they deal with the downs. ‘’I find this highly useful since it’s not just my insight and experience that matter, but others as well.’’ states the show host.
How does corporate life change given the distancing rules forced upon businesses by the pandemic? What role does tech play in all of this? How do digital systems appeal to the workers and the masses? Those are just some of the questions that these dedicated podcasts will answer.
Who Are The Scaling Show’s Guests: Who Are We Talking To
Innovation is fueling the growth of this booming tech industry. Even before the pandemic, innovation has propelled the tech industry. The only difference is, it’s propelling it more now.
With this in mind, Richard Doherty sits down with tech leaders to discuss exactly how innovation helps the tech industry move forward. The whys behind the call for innovation among SMEs and big companies will be tackled. Tips for startups and aspiring tech leaders out there will be given too – unpacking how pioneering companies can break into markets by not only having good tech, but credible stories and branding to back them up.
Guests & Topics to look forward to
Richard Doherty’s first guest, Julian Dixon, CEO of Napier discusses his business journey and how he found an opportunity to create a company that solves financial services regularity problems.
Richard and Julian discuss how pioneering companies can make a reputation for themselves and how companies come up with solutions to the world’s major problems. Having good tech is just half of the challenge. The other half? Credible stories and branding to back them up. Remember, it’s Bran’s story that made him king in the Game of Thrones finale.
As a leading tech company, Napier helps financial institutions become better at monitoring and detecting fraudulent activities. The company’s platform is efficient, scalable, configurable, and user-friendly. These outstanding features allowed Napier to acquire various companies. It continues to grow, proving that tech is what companies need to solve problems and reach their goals.
In addition, they discuss the need for businesses to be able to scale together with the agility a company needs to move forward during the pandemic.
Going forward, we look forward to the release of these podcasts:
3rd August: The Necessity For Innovation To Stay Ahead Of The Crowd with Hugh Hessing, Ex COO Aviva & Insure Tech Advisor
10th August: Digital Assets And The New Financial Ecosystem with Paresh Daya, CSO of Fraxeum
17th August: Taking The Road Less Travelled And Helping Microbusinesses Grow with Kevin Mutiso, Founder & CEO of Alternative Circle
24th August: Starting Building And Scaling Businesses For Success with Kirsty Bisset, CEO & Barry Tuck, CSO, of Swift X
How tech is leading the way
The benefits of listening to this podcast don’t stop there. We’ll see how tech helps the vulnerable, who are affected the most by the pandemic. Tech businesses can help in many ways, including providing medical information and help communities tackle critical challenges. Contrary to popular belief, many tech companies live up to their corporate social responsibilities.
Furthermore, tech businesses have played an integral part in making it easier for us to stay at home, track the virus, and curb its effects—credits to food delivery services, contact-tracing, distance learning, and funny memes, which were all made possible by the tech industry.
In fact, an increasing number of tech companies are finding more ways to help fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They’re doing it not just for the prestige, but more so for the sake of humankind. Surviving this pandemic just won’t be possible without the tech industry’s help.
”Digital and Tech being a new theme of interest for the Chamber which is in keeping with our purpose of helping improve the lives of South Africans. We look forward to understanding how technology will engineer another level of change in our business and personal lives.” states Sharon Constancon.
The tech industry has given us far reaching benefits, and new ways to adapt during this global crisis, for this reason, the tech industry, continues to thrive.