In a Digital Workspace, Workflows Are Everything | Interview with Jon Darbyshire, CEO of SmartSuite

This week on Digital Workspace Works, Heather speaks with Jon Darbyshire, CEO and Co-Founder of SmartSuite, a collaborative work management platform. Jon shares why he was inspired to come out of retirement to found SmartSuite after the success of his last business, Archer Technologies, and how business process automation is changing the way we work. We also examine trends in workflow automation including empowering non-technical employees to be citizen developers through no-code interfaces and how companies like SmartSuite are integrating generative AI into their products to unlock new levels of productivity. Finally, we discuss the intersection between work management and employee engagement with a focus on Millennial and Gen Z employees and how great software can help foster organizational culture. Meet Our GuestIn 2021, Jon Darbyshire and his team launched SmartSuite, the work management platform that manages any process, from any industry, on one platform. Now, SmartSuite unites essential elements used to get work done, regardless of company size or type.In the year 2000, Jon founded Archer Technologies, an enterprise governance, risk and, compliance software, giving business users — not developers — the ability to adapt software to their unique business requirements. Jon and the Archer team built a flexible, award winning platform and solution suite that became the mainstay of governance, risk and compliance teams for some of the world’s most powerful organizations, including 1 in 3 of the Fortune 100. Archer Technologies was purchased by EMC Corporation in 2010.Throughout his career, Jon has been dedicated to automating everyday, essential business tasks to create smarter, more efficient organizations, no matter what the industry. Prior to Archer Technologies, Jon held leadership positions at both EY and Price Waterhouse, honing his skills in understanding the need to automate and simplify work for the enterprise.

Achieving Digital Visibility Through Strategic Link-Building | Interview with Farzad Rashidi, Lead Innovator at Respona

This week, we chat with Farzad Rashidi, the Lead Innovator at Respona, a link-building outreach platform that helps B2B SaaS and agencies increase their organic traffic from Google.During our conversation, Farzad shares his firsthand experience of working remotely before it became mainstream. We dive into the importance of link-building for businesses in 2023 and explore Respona’s origin story from its roots as Visme’s marketing secret weapon.Farzad also provides practical insights on conducting effective link-building and cold outreach without resorting to spamming techniques. We also discuss the potential impact of generative AI on the future of search, offering a glimpse into what lies ahead.Join us for this informative episode as we discuss remote work, the significance of link-building, Respona’s journey, and the evolving landscape of search in the digital age.Meet Our GuestFarzad Rashidi is the Lead Innovator at Respona, the all-in-one link-building outreach software that helps businesses increase their organic traffic from Google. As the first marketing hire at Visme, Farzad helped the company gain over 20 million users and pass 3.5M monthly organic traffic. Since then, he’s been helping other companies achieve similar successes via Respona.Learn more about Farzad’s work: with Farzad on LinkedIn: LinksFollow us on Twitter: @thedwwpodcast Email us: Visit us: Subscribe to the podcast: click hereYouTube channel: click here

Transforming Workplace Pensions for the Digital Age | Interview with Chris Eastwood, Co-Founder of Penfold

In this episode, discover the story behind Penfold, the pioneering digital pensions company. Co-Founder Chris Eastwood shares his motivations and the challenges of navigating workplace pensions. We explore the importance of financial literacy and how Penfold is making saving for retirement easy. Join us as we unravel the complexities of the retirement savings landscape and witness how technology-driven solutions are reshaping the industry. Gain valuable insights into the future of workplace pensions and Chris’s vision for a world where financial security and retirement planning intertwine. Don’t miss this thought-provoking episode that explores the digital transformation of workplace pensions and the possibilities that lie ahead.Meet Our GuestChris Eastwood is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Penfold, the digital pension. Since first learning the astonishing maths of compound interest he’s been passionate about pensions and the benefits of saving as early as possible. Sadly, the industry has let everyday savers down with confusing products and outrageous levels of friction. As a result, 79% of Brits aren’t on track for a comfortable retirement. So Chris set up Penfold with his Co-Founder Pete Hykin to change all this by building a pension experience people actually enjoy using that helps them reach their goals. As Co-CEO at Penfold, Chris focuses on Product, Marketing and Investor Relations.Connect with Chris on LinkedInLearn more about Penfold: LinksFollow us on Twitter: @thedwwpodcast Email us: Visit us: Subscribe to the podcast: click hereYouTube channel: click here

Designing a Better Workplace: The Role of the Workplace Experience Officer in Modern Organizations

In recent years, the role of the workplace experience officer has emerged as a crucial addition to the C-suite in many companies. This new position is responsible for creating a positive and productive work environment that fosters employee engagement, creativity, and collaboration.In this episode, we explore the rise of this role and its impact on the workplace. We discuss the skills and expertise required to be an effective workplace experience officer and the challenges they face in balancing the needs of employees and the goals of the company.We also examine the broader trend of expanding C-suites in companies, with new roles being created to address issues such as diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and digital transformation. We discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of this trend, as well as the importance of ensuring that these new roles are integrated effectively into the company’s leadership structure.Finally, we consider the future of the workplace and the role of the workplace experience officer in shaping it. As companies navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing business landscape, the workplace experience officer will play a key role in creating an environment that attracts and retains top talent, drives innovation, and delivers results.Show LinksFollow us on Twitter: @thedwwpodcast Email us: Visit us: Subscribe to the podcast: click hereYouTube channel: click here

Bridging the Gap Between Frontline Work and HR Recruitment | Interview with Jason Radisson, CEO of Movo

In this episode of the Digital Workspace Works podcast, we welcome Jason Radisson, Founder and CEO of Movo, a platform that provides custom tools for the high-volume frontline workforce. With a background in entrepreneurship and extensive experience working with top-tier VCs, Jason shares his insights on the challenges of large-scale HR recruitment in frontline work and the need for efficient hiring and onboarding processes.He emphasizes the importance of technology in removing hiring biases and the shift towards a digital record of employment history. As Jason puts it, “At least where the frontline is concerned, there’s really no reason that you shouldn’t have a digital file with your work history anymore. It shouldn’t be a piece of paper, self-reported, with a bunch of bullet points on it. It can be the digital record of your employment.”Join us as we delve deeper into the world of frontline workforce recruitment and learn how Movo is helping to solve the global shortage of skilled frontline workers with its innovative approach. Listen in to gain insights that will help you navigate the challenges of workforce management and unleash the potential of your frontline employees.Meet Our GuestJason Radisson is the Founder and CEO of Movo, a real-time massive platform for frontline work. Jason learned startup skills early in life. He was born to a 16-year old single mom, and worked blue-collar jobs from short order cook to HVAC technician to fund school and climb out of poverty. From that inauspicious start, he went on to Harvard, a Fulbright Scholarship, and McKinsey & Company.Since becoming an entrepreneur, Jason has worked with more than a dozen first tier VCs, firms like Softbank, Accel, DST, Andreessen Horowitz, Monashees, and Sequoia. Together he and his teams have built and scaled multiple tech unicorns, platforms that today provide work and improved living standards to millions of workers, from Bogota to Boston.In the early days of Uber he was a launcher and Regional General Manager in the western US. From there, Brazil’s 99-Taxis as Chief Operating Officer, where he grew the business 10x and sold it to Didi for $1B. He is also a member of the Rappi-Mafia, where he was an early investor and helped the Co-Founders build their Operations and Growth teams in the initial expansion across Latin America.His latest venture is Movo, where he is Founder & CEO, a platform that is helping solve the global shortage of skilled frontline workers, with more than 300,000 users from nurses to solar technicians.Learn more about Movo: with Jason on LinkedIn: Show LinksFollow us on Twitter: @thedwwpodcast Email us: Visit us: Subscribe to the podcast: click hereYouTube channel: click here

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