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March 22, 2020 00:13:14
Forecasting for Innovation Part 2 – The Execution Roadmap, with The Startup Station’s Victoria Yampolsky

Forecasting for Innovation Part 2 – The Execution Roadmap, with The Startup Station’s Victoria Yampolsky

Picking up where she left off, Victoria talks about how times like these can be either a bane or an unexpected boon for fledgling startups, and how to tell where you fit on that spectrum. Listen to Part 1 here. Julie: Hello, everyone, welcome back to the XR for Learning podcast. My name is Julie Smithson, I am your host, and today we have Part 2 with Victoria Yampolsky. We're talking about forecasting for innovation with the execution roadmap. Victoria is the founder and president of The Startup Station, an education and consulting company committed to helping founders be successful and get funded faster. She focuses on creating credible financials and valuations for early stage ventures. Welcome, Victoria. Victoria: Thank you so much, Julie. It's a pleasure for me to be back. Julie: Yes. Thank you. And let's continue our conversation. The first episode, we talked about forecasting for innovation with the opportunity, and assessing what opportunities are out there. We're right now in the first couple of weeks of having this pandemic with the coronavirus. So some of our conversations are obviously highlighted with the sensitivity of some companies and businesses and startups which are affected in a positive way, and in a negative way. And of course, assessing the opportunities right now for each startup will be different. But we're going to continue on with an execution roadmap. If your business is one of the fortunate ones that is doing well during these times, what kind of roadmap and execution path will you take? And maybe you can continue the conversation from here on innovation, and how-to, and the impact ...

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March 19, 2020 00:17:40
Forecasting for Innovation Part 1 - Preparing for the Worst, with The Startup Station’s Victoria Yampolsky

Forecasting for Innovation Part 1 - Preparing for the Worst, with The Startup Station’s Victoria Yampolsky

One of the first hurdles any organization must leap in the adoption of new technology is funding it. In this special two-part episode, Julie chats with The Startup Station founder Victoria Yampolsky about how to plan your budget, for the best and worst-case scenarios. Julie: Hello, my name is Julie Smithson and I am your XR for Learning podcast host. Join us today with our next guest, Victoria Yampolsky. Victoria is the founder and president of The Startup Station, an educational and consulting company committed to help founders be successful and get funded faster. She focuses on the creative, credible financials and valuations for early-stage ventures. Specifically she's helped entrepreneurs master the necessary finance skills, so that they correctly translate their business plan into a financial plan, evaluate the financial feasibility of different initiatives, and credibly present their companies to investors, and use their financial model to drive the business forward. Thanks so much for joining me, Victoria. Victoria: Thank you very much for inviting me, Julie. It's a pleasure to be here. Julie: Our topic today is going to be a little bit different. We're gonna talk about budgeting, and finances, and starting up a business, and being able to budget for innovation, which is something that not many people understand, what the implications of technologies and the advancements of impacts they have on businesses. So maybe you can tell me a little bit more about your company, and the approach that you started to take and the demand and need for your services. Victoria: So I started my company in 2013, after I was an entrepreneur myself. And then I began advising the company and I saw a huge ...

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March 15, 2020 00:16:15
Putting the Power of VR in the Teacher's Hand, with Grove Learning's Sean Strong

Putting the Power of VR in the Teacher's Hand, with Grove Learning's Sean Strong

As today's guest, Grove Learning CEO Sean Strong, says: just because something's cutting-edge, doesn't mean it has to be a pain to use. That's the philosophy behind his company, which aims to make introducing VR into a classroom easy and efficient.  Julie: Hello, my name is Julie Smithson, and I am your XR for Learning podcast host. Today on our podcast is Sean Strong. Sean is the CEO and co-founder of Grove Learning. Grove Learning is working to make VR more accessible and effective for educators worldwide. Sean studied artificial intelligence at Stanford University, worked at Apple and EdTech, and has taught over 100 students how to code. Welcome, Sean. How are you? Sean: Hi, Julie. Thank you so much for having me. I'm doing well. Julie: Great. Why don't you highlight a little bit about yourself and Grove Learning, and the mission that Grove Learning is bringing to education and learning? Sean: Yep. As you mentioned, we are Grove Learning. We're a management platform for Oculus Quest and Go, specifically engineered for the classroom. We originally built VR experiences. We created a math game called Space Gerbil and we kind of realized in that process that actually bringing that to schools was very challenging, and that for your average teacher -- who might not be savvy with technology -- VR can actually be very hard to use. And so for us, we kind of started Grove Learning with this mission to really make VR simple for educators. Julie: That's awesome. I know that you started off -- as you mentioned -- creating the content for a library to be used, I guess. And then ...

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March 12, 2020 00:11:01
XR for Learning Course: Adopting AR for K-12

XR for Learning Course: Adopting AR for K-12

In this episode of XR for Learning, Julie discusses how technologies like augmented reality will be crucial for educating kids from Kindergarten to High School, to prepare them for their future roles in a post-XR workforce. ...

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March 08, 2020 00:16:02
Using GEMBA to Help Adopt VR in Enterprise, with The Learning Network's Dominic Deane

Using GEMBA to Help Adopt VR in Enterprise, with The Learning Network's Dominic Deane

For a lot of us, we think learning ends when our working life begins. But not only is that untrue; being able to learn new skills for our careers is only going to become more important. Dominic Deane drops in to talk about how GEMBA is helping with that. Julie: Hello, my name is Julie Smithson and I am your host for the XR for Learning podcast. Today on my show is Dominic Deane from the Leadership Network. Dominic has been building immersive technology companies since his second year of university, founding Chronicles VR, a premium virtual reality studio, and taking on consultancy work with some of UK's largest cultural institutions, including the British Museum, English Heritage and the BBC. Joining the Leadership Network in 2017, Dominic has led the creation and positioning of GEMBA, the Leadership Network new virtual reality offering since joining the Leadership Network. Dominic created a new division responsible for the Virtual Reality Learning Platform for Business Transformation, creating and delivering GEMBA to Fortune 2000 customers around the world. Welcome, Dominic. Dominic: Oh, thank you very much Julie. Pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for putting me on. Julie: Thanks so much. Why don't you give me a little bit of an overview of the Leadership Network, the parent company who has produced GEMBA, and how you're making GEMBA part of the learning strategy for many of these companies that you deal with? Dominic: Sure. So the Leadership Network's been around for the better part of a decade now. And primarily we've been delivering in-person training to top executives at Fortune 2000 companies. Ultimately, what that looks like is 3-day immersive learning on a kind ...

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March 01, 2020 00:14:45
Learning Languages Online Using Virtual Watermelons, with Gold Lotus' Michael McDonald

Learning Languages Online Using Virtual Watermelons, with Gold Lotus' Michael McDonald

Teaching a language is a lot easier when you share a room with your pupil, and have the benefit of human interaction and body language to bolster the lesson. With VR, today's guest Michael McDonald is able to do that for students in Norway, all the way from his HQ in Italy. Julie: All right. Welcome, everybody, to the XR for Learning podcast. Today, I have Michael McDonald on the show. Originally from London, Michael now lives in Italy and graduated with a degree in German and business management after two years working in the U.K. public sector in HR and recruitment. He left his job in London to get back to what he loved to do most, and that was all about languages and education. So I would love to introduce Michael to the show, and I would love to have you tell us more about Gold Lotus, what you're working on in the classroom using XR technologies, and talk about all the things that are going so well for you, educating these kids through virtual reality. Michael, welcome to the show. Michael: Thanks for having me, Julie. And hello to any of the listeners out there that will listen to this later on. So really nice to be here. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share a little bit about what I've been up to. But it's not all about me. It's about certainly the students and the teachers that I'm working with, and also the wider community and there's a whole lot of stuff we can talk about on today's episode regarding those. So yeah. In terms of ...

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