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Microsoft Partner Network podcast

The Microsoft Partner Network is the largest community of partners across the globe. Hosted by Microsoft’s Rachel Braunstein, this podcast brings you insider access to unforgettable interviews with Microsoft partners, executives, and industry thought leaders. Tune in to learn more about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. Subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode, and rate and review to let us know what you think.
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Dec 11, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

Today's episode of Include: exploring our shared experiences, features Melissa Mulholland, Partner Cloud Profitability Lead at Microsoft. With 10 years of Microsoft experience, Melissa leads strategy and business development for businesses to be profitable in the Cloud. In today's conversation, Melissa delves into what excites her about the partner ecosystem, how diversity has impacted her career as a female leader, and the inspiring role technology has played in her family’s life. 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager. Follow Rachel at @rkbraunstein and on LinkedIn.   

Guest: Melissa Mulholland, Microsoft Partner Cloud Profitability Lead. Connect with Melissa at MeliMulhol and on LinkedIn

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Dec 4, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

In this episode of Include: exploring our shared experiences, we hear from Steve Hall, CEO of District Computers LLC. Listen in as Steve tells Rachel about the role mentorship continues to play in his career as a mentor and business leader himself. 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager. Follow Rachel at @rkbraunstein and on LinkedIn.   

Guest: Steve Hall, CEO of District Computers LLC, and Founder of GTOWN Basketball. Follow Steve at @DCSteveHall and @dccomputerco, and on LinkedIn 

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Nov 27, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

In today's episode of Include: exploring our shared experiences, Rachel speaks with Kate Woska, Co-Founder and CEO of Atikus Investments Incorporated. Since developing the idea for Atikus in 2011, Kate now oversees all aspects of the business, with the goal to level the playing field for low-income individuals by maximizing the output of small business lenders. Listen in as Rachel and Kate discuss their career paths as female leaders in business, as well as the role of tech in financial inclusion.

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager. Follow Rachel at @rkbraunstein and on LinkedIn.   

Guest: Kate Woska, Co-Founder and CEO, Atikus. Connect with Kate on LinkedIn

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Nov 20, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

In today's episode of Include: exploring our shared experiences, we speak to Toby Richards, the General Manager of Partner Programs at Microsoft. Listen in as Rachel and Toby discuss what it means to be intentional in creating a culture of inclusion, how technology is influencing that culture, and the role mentorship has played in Toby's career.

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager. Follow Rachel at @rkbraunstein and on LinkedIn.   

Guest: Toby Richards, General Manager, Partner Programs at Microsoft. Connect with Toby on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter

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Nov 13, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

Today we interview Dona Sarkar in the first episode of our series called Include: exploring our shared experiences. As the "Chief NinjaCat" on the Windows Insider program at Microsoft, Dona leads 10 million+ people utilizing technology to make a lasting impact on the world. In this episode, Dona weighs in on the importance of having diverse mentorship and conversations, and what it means to bring different perspectives to the table. 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager. Follow Rachel at @rkbraunstein and on LinkedIn.   

Guest: Dona Sarkar, Chief #NinjaCat, Windows Insider Program. Connect with Dona on LinkedIn.

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Oct 17, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. Today we hear from Gene Marks in episode 5 of 6 in our Hacking the Future podcast series. Gene Marks is a contributor to many contributions including Forbes and Huffington Post and is also a Microsoft Partner. Today, Gene tells us about how becoming a Microsoft Partner has impacted his small business. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.  

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager Follow her @rkbraunstein and on LinkedIn.  

Guest: Gene Marks, President of The Marks group, Columnist and Speaker. Follow Gene at @genemarks and LinkedIn.

Oct 9, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

In today's episode we hear from Nancy Watt and Shann McGrail in episode 5 of 6 in our Hacking the Future podcast series. Bringing their own practical experience in Tech and Improv, Nancy and Shann explain how an emphasis on "play" can spark inspiration in anyone's professional environment. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Guests:

Nancy Watt, Speaker and Owner of Nancy Watt Communications. Follow Nancy at @nancyWatt1 and on LinkedIn.

Shann McGrail, Co-Founder and Strategic Program Specialist at Devreve. Follow Shann on LinkedIn.

 

Sep 30, 2017

 

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

Today we hear from Jill Rowley in episode 4 of 6 in our Hacking the Future podcast series. Earlier this year at Microsoft Inspire, Jill, Chief Strategist & Startup Advisor at #SocialSelling, tell us about about how marketing and sales have evolved in the digital world. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Guest: Jill Rowley, Chief Strategist & Startup Advisor at #SocialSelling

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Sep 19, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

Today we hear from Corinne Sharp & Gail Mercer-MacKay in episode 3 of 6 in our Hacking the Future podcast series. Corinne, President and Channel Chief of Sharp Perspective, and Gail, Chief Storyteller of Mercer-MacKay Digital Storytelling, discuss the best way to create a channel marketing strategy. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Guest: Corinne Sharp, President and Channel Chief of Sharp Perspective, and Gail Mercer-MacKay, Chief Storyteller of Mercer-MacKay Digital Storytelling

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Follow Gail at @gailmercermac or on LinkedIn

Sep 12, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today.

Today’s we hear from Carol Roth in episode 2 of 6 in our Hacking the Future podcast series. Carol, creator of the Future File® legacy planning system, discusses why most tech companies fail when selling to small businesses, what mistakes she sees most frequently in the partner ecosystem, and what can be done to succeed instead. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Guest: Carol Roth, Creator of the Future File® legacy planning system, billion-dollar dealmaker, national media personality and bestselling author

Follow her @CarolJSRoth, on LinkedIn, or visit http://www.carolroth.com/ and futurefile.com

Sep 6, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, we hear from Jeremy Epstein, CEO for Never Stop Marketing, founder of Crypto Explorers Association, and founding director of Blockchain Board.  He talks about how blockchain is making its way into the mainstream. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Guest: Jeremy Epstein, CEO for Never Stop Marketing, founder of Crypto Explorers Association, and founding director of Blockchain Board

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Aug 23, 2017

In this new series, we’re bringing all new interviews with some of the technology and business world’s biggest thought leaders to provide a fresh perspective on how Microsoft Partners can future-proof their business. The podcast will return this September, so be sure to subscribe and tune in weekly for access to the latest episodes. To learn more about this new podcast series, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Aug 1, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, we hear from Alyssa Fitzpatrick, global sales lead for Microsoft’s Small and Midmarket Business segment. She talks about how industry data can provide us with the clues we need to really connect with the SMB customer. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Guest: Alyssa Fitzpatrick, Microsoft Global Sales Lead for Small and Midmarket Business

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Jul 26, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, we hear from Eduardo Kassner, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner group. He dives into the topic of the technology skills gap and how companies can get the talent they need to succeed. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager

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Guest: Eduardo Kassner, Microsoft Director of Strategy and Innovation

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Jun 26, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In this episode, Kati Quigley talks about the importance of strong values, authentic leadership, and community building. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out katithe blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager
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Guest: Kati Quigley, Microsoft Senior Director of Partner Marketing and Recruiting
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Jun 21, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In this episode, Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker talks about staying relevant in the future of artificial intelligence. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager
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Guest: James Whittaker, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer
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Jun 12, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In this episode, author and marketer Yoli Chisholm talks about how individuals and businesses can foster a spirit of entrepreneurship within a corporate environment and how that creates new and exciting opportunities. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager
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Guest: Yoli Chisholm, Microsoft Director of Digital Marketing
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Jun 5, 2017

: In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, Rodney Clark discusses key issues around digital security and the growing realm of IoT. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

Host: Rachel Braunstein, Microsoft Digital Marketing Manager
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Guest: Rodney Clark, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide IoT Device Experience
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May 29, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, CEO James Farhat talks about the 100 Days to Cloud workshop and how partners need to rethink their business model to take advantage of the cloud market opportunity. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner. 

May 18, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, Gavriella Schuster, shares her story of finding a positive work life balance, and discusses some of the key success factors that got her to where she is today. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner. 

May 12, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, Eric Baumgartner, shares his insights into how businesses need to change to meet evolving customer expectations. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner. 

May 4, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, we discuss customer lifetime value along with the challenges of M&A with Mike Weaver, Director of Enterprise Migrations at QUADROtech. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

Apr 28, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, we hear from author and entrepreneur Matthew Pollard, the Rapid Growth Guy, about the importance of differentiating your business in a crowded market. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner. Follow Matthew Pollard  on Twitter and LinkedIn for more great insights. Don’t forget to tune in weekly for access to the latest podcast.  

 

 

Apr 18, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, Dylan Dias brings the topic of Big Data and modern analytics to life. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

 

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Apr 13, 2017

In the Microsoft Partner Network Podcast, we speak with industry leaders and Microsoft partners about the big ideas shaping business and technology today. In today’s episode, Tom O’Reilly, shares insights into how partners can leverage the growing IoT opportunity. Tune in weekly for access to the latest episode. For a full transcript of the podcast, check out the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @MSPartner.

This podcast is available for download on iTunes, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, and YouTube.

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