G’Day World “On The Pod” #36 – Doug Kaye

Most of us know Doug Kaye as the Barry-Whitesque-smooth-as-molasses voice emanating from the always-stimulating mp3s found at IT Conversations. Listening to the ITC recordings from POP!Tech 2004 were one of the motivations for me to start podcasting last year. Doug is one of the people in this world I am sincerely grateful for.

So when I had the chance, thanks once again to an email introduction from Buzz Bruggeman from Activewords, to chat with Doug yesterday, I wanted to know a little bit about Doug the man – his background before starting ITC, why he started ITC, and where he is taking ITC. For the last part, he was kind of enough to give me a scoop that even “Team ITC” haven’t heard yet! I know this because I’ve received several IM’s from Team ITC people today after Doug told them to listen into the show! 🙂

So that’s why y’all are getting TWO – count ’em ONE TWO – episodes of G’DAY WORLD this week.

Enjoy!

On The Pod #35 – Amy Wohl

I first met Amy Wohl over Skype about six months ago when Buzz Bruggeman was doing one of his “hey look I know a podcaster from Australia!” things, Skyping me from one of the 1000 or so conferences he must attend each year, to show someone how incredibly cool Skype is.

I then met her in person at DEMO in Arizona last Feb, and had a lovely meal with Amy and her husband, Buzz and Andy Ruff (Microsoft’s Entourage Product Manager).

So, who is Amy Wohl? Well she has been around the PC industry for 3o years, working as a strategist and consultant to most of the big PC firms. She knows Gates, Jobs, McNealy et al on a first name basis. THEY TAKE HER CALLS.

From her website:

Amy D. Wohl is President of Wohl Associates and one of the best known consultants in the computer industry. Mrs. Wohl is an acknowledged expert in office automation, graphical user interfaces and client/server computing. She was a pioneer in the field of word processing, but she works in many areas of computing. Mrs. Wohl is editor and publisher of Amy D. Wohl’s Opinions, a monthly newsletter.

Wohl is an experienced commentator on the computer industry and is widely quoted in business publications. She has been advising vendors on product design and marketing issues and helping end-user organizations plan for and design real systems for 20 years. Prior to forming Wohl Associates, Mrs. Wohl was President of Advanced Office Concepts Corporation. She also worked at the Datapro Research Corporation division of McGraw-Hill as Executive Editor of their Office Systems Group and Director of Office Automation Consulting. A noted speaker, Mrs. Wohl has addressed computer industry topics at meetings and conferences around the world. In 1985, she was awarded the Ada Lovelace Keats award of the Association of Women in Computing for her service to the industry and in 1994 was voted one of the Top 100 Women in Computing.

So gather round ye children and listen to us chat with someone who knows a lot more than you do. Or even us (and that says a lot!). 🙂

Patron #10!

Another shout-out to Raduza Mantego for his generous support! Raduza’s been tuning in since day one of G’Day World and he’s da man!

Future patrons will get included in a weekly shout-out here so I don’t clog up everyone’s RSS feeds. 🙂

A big final thanks to our first ten patrons. You guys rock.

Patron #8

Patron #8 is Matt Trentini! I met Matt for the first time at the Melbourne Bloggers Catch-up last week! Matt expressed his concerns about our business model on his blog recently which I appreciated. I love it when smart people like Matt help out testing our thinking. At Microsoft we referred to it as “Precision Questioning”. I love it. So I know Matt’s contribution is mostly because he figures we’re going to end up on the street and he doesn’t want that on his conscience!

Thanks Matt, that’s very generous of you dude!

Shout out to patron #6

A big shout out to Patron #6 – the one and only Phillip Malone aka Molly of Mollyzine! Molly’s been keeping us honest since day one. He’s also the guy who prompted me to go to lengths recently to connect with Apple about iTunes. Molly’s oftent he first person to comment on all of our shows and tells us what he thinks! Mr Feedback! You da man Molly!

Shout outs to patrons #4 & #5!

WOW – what a day of generosity from you folks!

This time I want to shout out to Frank Arrigo from Sydney and Benjamin Helps from No Address Provided! You guys are the best! As you all might know, Frank is one of the godfathers of G’Day World (the other being Buzz Bruggeman), and has expressed his generosity over the last 12 months in multiple ways:

1. he introduced Mick to Cam (hey Frank – do you still have a copy of that email?)!
2. he came on our show!
3. he sponsored my trip to Demo by winning the ebay auction!