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AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0

AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0 with Matt Battaglia

The show where EntrepreneursTop Executives, Founders, and Investors come to share insights about the future of business


AZ TRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, & how classic industries are evolving

Common Topics Discussed: Startups, Founders, Funds & Venture Capital, Business, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Blockchain / Crypto, Executive Comp, Investing, Stocks, Real Estate + Alternative Investments, and more… 


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Dec 27, 2022

The Founders – How Tech Impacts All Areas of Business from Clean Energy to Smartwatches, E Bikes, Data & Investing - BRT Best of Tech 2022 Part 2

BRT S03 EP61 (162) 12-25-2022 

Clips from Previous BRT Tech Shows in 2022 Part 2


Things We Learned This Week

  • PayPal Mafia– alumni created or involved many other co’s – Tesla, SpaceX, Palantir, Yelp, Yammer, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube & more
  • Delfast E Bikes – smart bike, connects to E Bike, range of 220 miles on 1 charge, & speed of 50 mph, can drive on all different terrain 
  • Clean Energy - many AZ Tech Co's working on zero emission plan
  • Agile + Intelligence = Agilence, bringing great data analysis to companies
  • Savvy Trader allows you to share your portfolio
  • GoX Labs & ‘Pre-care’ – preventive care can save lives, prevent injuries + save $ billions
  • Array Technologies is a global leader advancing the future of clean energy. With over 30 years of innovations that have powered the solar industry





Clips from Previous BRT Tech Shows in the 2nd Half of 2022



Clip from 8/7/2022 - w/ Jimmy Soni on the start of PayPal and their battle w/ EBAY

From Seg. 3 - FULL SHOW: HERE




Guest: Jimmy Soni, Author

My books are passion projects. My topics come because I look for a book to buy on the subject and can’t find one. I know it’s supposed to be fancier than that, or that there must be some grand theory of my work, but there isn’t one. That said, my readers seem to enjoy what I’ve written, so maybe it’s fine?

I am inspired by my literary heroes, including Robert Caro, Laura Hillenbrand, Candice Millard, Daniel James Brown, and Barbara Tuchman, among many others. They are all rigorous researchers—but reading their books doesn’t feel like doing homework. That’s what I’m going for, and hopefully I hit the mark a few times.

The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley

A definitive, deeply reported look at the origin of PayPal and its founding team, including Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, Max Levchin, and others whose stories have never before been told.

They defined the modern world.
This experience defined them.



Clip from 9/18/2022 – w/ Daniel Tonkopiy, CEO, Delfast Bikes    

Replay Seg. 4 – on VC Funding and competition



Guest: Daniel Tonkopiy, CEO, Founder, Chairman Delfast Bikes

Daniel Tonkopiy is founder and chief executive officer of Delfast, Inc. Daniel is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of successful business experience. His previous entrepreneurial endeavors include, a Ukrainian business reviews service; X-Rift, an augmented reality mobile game; and Million Dollar Startup, a Kyiv-based startup school.

In 2014, Daniel set out to transform the future of transportation and combat climate change with Delfast’s innovative E-bikes. He has since grown the company into a disruptive global e-bike leader that holds a Guinness World Record for greatest distance (228 miles) traveled on a single charge. In addition to Delfast, Daniel also serves as a business and entrepreneurial mentor for MiniBoss School, Startup Ukraine, and the Central Asia FLEX business program. He is an author, a former radio host, and is a dynamic and sought-after speaker inspiring entrepreneurs and sustainability enthusiasts globally at more than 50 conferences to date. Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations from Kazakh Economic University.


Delfast Bikes

ECO-FRIENDLY - No air emissions and subsequently ― negative impact on environment.

SIGNIFICANT RANGE - In-house developed Battery Management System allows to travel up to 370 km on a single charge.

RELATIVELY CHEAP - We help to save your money for expensive fuel and insurance.

LESS STRESS, MORE FREE TIME - Delfast bike is the best choice to avoid annoying traffic jams.

CONVENIENCE - You can easily switch on bicycle mode and do sports when you want; and use e-bike mode when you are tired.



Clip from 10/30/2022 – w/ Steve Zylstra, President / CEO AZ Tech Council

Replay Seg. 4 – on Clean Energy and tech



Guest: Steve Zylstra, President / CEO AZ Tech Council


Steve Zylstra of AZ Tech Council joins BRT to talk all things technology in the Valley. The Arizona Technology Council is one of the largest technology-driven trade associations in North America, with over 850 members and growing, the only organization specifically serving technology companies statewide. They protect innovators and truly believe that technology moves all of us forward; and are dedicated to the future of Arizona.


Steve Zylstra advocates for AZ tech, as well as his recurring writing about the industry. Steve, and the Council are a major source for updates on technology, business growth, and what legislation is being drafted.




Clip from 11/13/2022 – w/ Russ Hawkins, CEO Agilence  

Replay Seg. 3 – on how CEOs run companies & use the data



Guest: Russ Hawkins, CEO Agilence

Agilence is the leader in data analytics and reporting in the retail, restaurant, grocery, convenience, and pharmacy industries. We develop intelligent data analytics and reporting technology that enables organizations to easily connect the dots within their stores or restaurants by automatically collecting and summarizing data to identify anomalies and trends that can improve operations, measure enterprise-wide performance, and boost profits.

Agilence provides users with a complete view of their business, empowering them to make informed decisions faster and improving efficiency across the enterprise.



Russ Hawkins is the President and CEO of the leading data technology company, Agilence. Russ has spent over 35-years in the technology industry, helping established organizations and small start-ups reach their full potential by driving change from the "inside."

Russ is responsible for developing the overall strategy and leading the growth of SAAS Analytics & Reporting company Agilence, which helps retailers, grocers, and restaurants improve their operational effectiveness and uncover preventable losses using the data already in their hands.

Before Agilence, he transformed two early-stage technology companies into successful businesses by leading go-to-market strategies focused on product development, re-brands, and customer profile analysis resulting in exponential growth and success.



Clip from 11/20/2022 – w/ Hamid Shojaee Savvy Trader   

Replay Seg. 2 – on sharing your trading playbook



Guests: Hamid Shojaee AZ Tech Beat         

Hamid talks all thing AZ tech, Startups and what the world of an Angel Investor really looks like. His 2 decades + of experience is laid out, from starting and running software companies, plus exited the industry to now an Angel Investor mentoring the next generation of Startups.

Hamid (Founder of Axosoft and Pure Chat) has always had a passion in helping Arizona's up-and-coming tech talent. Since 2010, Hamid has been involved with various AZ tech initiatives, including bringing tech founder and CEOs together, investing in startups and helping push the #YesPHX community forward.

Axosoft – software tools for software development

PureChat – live chat software for websites

What is Savvy Trader?


Create a virtual portfolio of your stocks and crypto. Buy or sell your investments at any time to keep your portfolio up to date.


Share your portfolio for free, or set a price, for your followers to get access to your portfolio and notified about your trades.


Notify your subscribers when you make a trade. Savvy Trader will send a text or email to everyone subscribed to your portfolio.


Savvy Trader is on a mission to make investment information more accessible.

Learning about stocks and crypto can be intimidating and overwhelming with incredibly high levels of noise and very little signal.




Clip from 12/4/2022 – w/ Joseph Hitt, PhD & Co-Founder of GoX Labs 

Replay Seg. 3 – on who pays the bill in workplace injuries



Guests: Joseph Hitt, PhD & Co-Founder of GoX Labs


Dr. Joe Hitt served 25+ years on Active Duty in the US Army, culminating his career as a DARPA program manager. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus in robotics. He started and managed the largest government funded wearable robotics R&D program - Warrior Web. He formulated the strategy for Squad-X, a current DARPA program designed to link human, autonomous and semi autonomous ‘members’ of a small unit together in a seamless fashion for tactical operations. He is also a co-founder and current Chief Executive Officer for GoX Labs ( )

GoX Labs: Protect your team from the top three workplace injuries using Boost's AI and machine learning.




Clip from 12/18/2022 – w/ Erica Brinker of Array Technologies    

Replay Seg. 3 – on Solar and Clean Energy



What is the Future of Solar Energy w/ Erica Brinker of Array Technologies

- BRT S03 EP62 (161) 12-18-2022

Who We Are

Array Technologies is a global leader advancing the future of clean energy. With over 30 years of innovations that have powered the solar industry, Array is uniquely positioned to deliver renewable energy solutions for customers seeking clean energy adoption in markets around the globe. While our strength lies in building the world’s most reliable and efficient utility-scale solar trackers, our expertise, capabilities, and resources position us to extend into additional renewable energy solutions. As pioneers, innovators, and visionaries, we are committed to generating energy with integrity for a sustainable world.


Erica Brinker

Chief Commercial Officer

A technology and data-driven executive with over 20 years of diverse marketing, brand management, corporate communications and business development experience, Brinker joins Array from Honeywell International, where she served most recently as CMO, Vice President Marketing & Sales Excellence. Brinker also led business development for the Services, Software and Connectivity business of Honeywell Aerospace. Prior to joining Honeywell in 2011, Brinker held various leadership roles within software, technology, industrial, healthcare, aerospace, retail and hospitality companies with brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Company and Kate Spade. Brinker earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and earned her MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.






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