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We interview people from a wide variety of areas within the technology industry to provide you with insight on how to break in, stand out, and level up in the tech industry. The first step is always the hardest, and this podcast is here to help! The host, Cam Blackwood, is a former technical recruiter turned software engineer, so draws from his experience on both sides of the table.
 
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Ben Read is a senior software engineer at Purplebricks, specialising in Javascript development. Ben joins TCC to discuss his journey from junior to senior, accidentally starting a web development agency and the early days of the internet. Join our discord! https://discord.gg/BDDNukw2
 
Ethan Sumner is a DevOps Engineer at Mastercard, AWS Serverless Community Builder and Founder of the "Young DevOps" Community. Ethan joins TCC to discuss his unconventional route into the world of tech, developing a strong personal brand at a young age and how he intends to give back to the wider tech community Young DevOps: https://linktr.ee/Young…
 
Scott Spence is a Developer Advocate at GraphCMS with over 15 years' experience working in the software industry and 5 years as a web developer. Scott joins TCC today to discuss lessons learned from retraining, keeping up with a rapidly evolving tech landscape and getting started in the world of FOSS (Free Open Source Software). Links we discuss: G…
 
Whenever Sumner gets asked “who’s the most talented person you’ve ever worked with?” there’s only one answer: “Rob Biddulph.” Back when they worked together in the magazine biz, Rob was an innovative, multi-award-winning art director (responsible for zeitgeist-defining titles like SKY and the NME before his storied run on the Observer Magazine). No…
 
John Hazleton is a partner at The Pioneers, a consultancy help scale-ups to design and build the people operating system they need for rapid and sustainable growth. John has worked in technical recruitment for 15 years, including as an entrepreneur running his own recruitment agency in London. John joins TCC to discuss lessons learnt from his exper…
 
Sumner welcomes the world’s greatest living fantasy author, Michael Moorcock, back to Hard Agree for the latest instalment in their ongoing series of conversations about Michael’s life and work. In this third episode, Sumner & Moorcock discuss Mike’s battles with WH Smith about John Norman’s Gor; puritanical America; the artistry of CC Beck and Mac…
 
Yelizaveta "Liska" Crofts is a Software Developer at Spielworks in Berlin working on bringing the benefits of blockchain to mass-market gaming. She joins The Coder Career to discuss her experience moving from Oxford University to Berlin's cutting edge tech scene, and her stint in digital marketing that led her to coding, and how she'd encourage peo…
 
Sumner welcomes his old friend Mark Askwith to this week’s Hard Agree. Mark’s done itall and interviewed everyone in the pop culture sphere over the last thirty years. After starting out in the late 80s publishing scene (like Sumner himself - but 3,000 miles further west, in Toronto), Mark managed the hugely-influential Silver Snail comic book stor…
 
Nabil Freeman is co-founder and CTO of LeSalon. Nabil joins TCC to discuss his career so far, including the incredible fact that he has literally always been an entrepreneur and has never worked for anyone else! He has travelled the world, launching a businesses in multiple businesses on opposite sides of the world, all within a few years of leavin…
 
Nicolas Cabrera is a software engineer at SMART VIEWING. Nick joins us to explain his story from being a video game developer to writing web applications, specifically the innovative PropTech startup he's now working at. Nick has a ton of advice about how to get your first job in tech and to navigate the industry. Get in touch with Nick: https://ww…
 
Sumner welcomes comics writer/illustrator John K Snyder III to this week’s Hard Agree. Possessed of a unique style that’s both ethereal and hyper-real, that lends itself to hardboiled noir and fantasy, John has spent 35 years super-delivering in both genres (and sometimes jamming them both together). Sumner & Snyder spend a couple of hours walking …
 
This week podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with Alex Tatham, Managing Director at Westcoast Limited. “Be the leader you would want to follow” Today we hear about the Alex’s journey and how it lead him to be the Managing Director at the UK largest IT company Westcoast Limited. Starting off working his way up to a senior mana…
 
Sumner welcomes award-winning musician/composer/producer Tyler Bates to this week’s Hard Agree for a chat about his working life in music & movies. Over the last twenty years, Tyler has scored some of the most impactful Hollywood productions of the 21st century – including Watchmen, 300, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, Hobbs & Shaw, Deadpool 2 and a…
 
Sumner welcomes Mark Ditko to Hard Agree. Mark is both a successful civil engineer and the nephew of Sumner’s all-time favorite comics artist: Pennsylvania’s finest, the legendary Steve Ditko! Mark’s beloved uncle co-created, plotted & illustrated the adventures of Peter Parker, the amazingSpider-Man, across an amazing 38 issue run that’s never bee…
 
This week podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with Steve Phillip Suicide Prevention and Workplace Well-being Advocate and Founder of The Jordan Legacy. Today’s episode we hear about Steve Phillips experience and The Jordan Legacy Foundation. Listening to his story of the day he had one of the worst calls anyone can possibly ge…
 
Sumner welcomes one of his favorite writer-artists, Matt Wagner, to Hard Agree for a deep dive into Matt’s forty years at the top of the comics industry – from his constantly-evolving signature creations Grendel and Mage, to his love of pulp fiction and his inspired adaptations of The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Zorro & The Spirit to his deconstructi…
 
This week podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with Mark Averill Co- Founder at ‘AV IT Media. "If England win, I’m giving everyone the day off”- Sean talking about the England vs Germany match and how it was a major win for England. From talking about internal struggles to past job roles making you feel like you are in a rat ra…
 
Sumner welcomes the world’s greatest living fantasy author, Michael Moorcock, back to Hard Agree for the latest installment in their ongoing series of conversations about Michael’s life and work. In this second episode, Sumner & Moorcock discuss Mike’s wild ride through Hollywood – including working with Irvin Kershner, Peter Weir’s high-level conj…
 
This week’s podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with Rasmus Vilain Dell EMC Product Manager at Kimbrer Computer. “Happy employee’s, happy customers” Growing up in a small village in Denmark, driving around in modified mopeds and cars, to tinkering with IT equipment in a local electronics shack. We hear about Rasmus’s thoughts …
 
It’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Reverend Sumner welcomes one of his closest friends, Legion M’s Mandy Bardisbanian to Hard Agree. Mandy B is a tireless, take-no-prisoners, stamp-the-accelerator-to-one-hundred creativity machine. Born & raised in two of the USA’s most socially & politically conservative states, Oklahoma & Texas, Mandy B parachuted into …
 
Sumner welcomes John Hughes, Senior Vice President of Fan Engagement & Innovation at Rhino Entertainment, to this week’s Hard Agree – where they chat about John’s career at Rhino Records, his early years in the US Army, his friendship with the late, great Adam Schlesinger (That Thing You Do!), his long-time relationship with Sumner’s favorite band,…
 
This week’s podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with Steven Van Belleghem International Keynote Speaker, Author, founder of Nexxworks and partner of Intracto. “It’s the friction hunting mindset”. Steven researches the future of customer experience and researching the customer behaviour in the digital world. We begin with heari…
 
Sumner welcomes the UK’s most famous TV-presenting wine connoisseur, supercharged bon viveur Olly Smith (star of BBC One’s mighty Saturday Kitchen) to Hard Agree.Sumner & Olly have a wide-ranging positivity-bomb conversation that covers Olly’s relationship with music, playing the French Horn, meeting Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Bert Kaempfert, Bare…
 
This week podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with Gary Parson Managing Director of Talk Staff. “All I need to know is the heartbeat of the organisation still strong”- Sean talking about the importance of positive communication from HR with all staff members. Today we hear everything about the full-service people agency inside…
 
Sumner welcomes the world’s greatest living fantasy author, Michael Moorcock, to Hard Agree for the first in an ongoing series of conversations about Michael’s life and work. In this debut episode, Sumner & Moorcock discuss Michael’s parents, his Dad’s regard for Arthur C Clarke, completing the latest Elric of Melniboné novel (due for release in Fa…
 
This week’s podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with the podcast king Marc Sumner CEO of Robertson Sumner and Channel Chat Media. In this episode Sean and Marc get into the recruitment industry and how Covid-19 has impacted recruitment and businesses around the world, identifying those who have flourished and tarnished. Speaki…
 
This week’s podcast hosted by Sean Price of Velez Managed Services is with Oliver Hills CEO for Nonsensical and COO of Zento Pics. “That’s the problem, you live a fake life that doesn’t exist and its dangerous”- Oliver Hills speaking on how social medias gives anyone the ability to create a fake persona, which unfortunately results in unrealistic g…
 
Sumner welcomes one of the most prolific Marvel Comics writers of the 80s/90s, the always-honest and endlessly fascinating Fabian Nicieza, to Hard Agree. Fabian worked through one of Marvel’s most turbulent decades, starting in 1985 in the production department before working his way into editorial (via sales & promotions). By the time he left Marv…
 
Sumner welcomes one of the hardest-working humans he knows, celebrity agent par excellence Barry Greenberg, to Hard Agree. If you’ve ever attended a comic convention and stood in line for a signature or photograph (or both), you have Barry to thank for making that happen. Barry’s led an incident-packed life that’s taken him from serving with the US…
 
Sumner welcomes one of his lifelong favourite performers – and one of the world’s greatest living actors - the mighty Ed Asner, to Hard Agree for a candid discussion of his 60-plus years onscreen, during which Ed has starred in two of the all-time great TV shows (Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant), won more Primetime Emmy Awards than any other male ac…
 
Sumner welcomes legendary comics artist Brian Bolland (the definitive DC Comics artist, the definitive Judge Dredd artist and the co-creator of Camelot 3000 and Batman: The Killing Joke) to Hard Agree to talk about the great British city of Liverpool (and his recent Batman-in-Liverpool cover for Forbidden Planet); Brian’s 40 years creating the defi…
 
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