Some of my favourite podcasts

How I built this

Favourite podcast at the moment. Give you insights from people who started Airbnb, Instagram, AOL etc

How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands.

The Adam Buxton Podcast

Adam of, Adam and Joe fame, has range of guess including people Louis Theroux, Charlie Brooker, Bob Mortimer. If did a lot of growing up during the late 80s and 90s, then this might appeal to you.

British comedian Adam Buxton talks with interesting people. The rambly conversations are sometimes funny, sometimes more serious with funny bits.

Masters of Scale

Another favourite business podcasts by Reid Hoffman co-founder of LinkedIn after working at PayPal.

Masters of Scale is an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn and Investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders.

History Hits

Dan Snow interviews various historians but also popular people who have passion for history. Past guess include Al Murry, Danny Boyle, Paddy Ashdown and Peter Jackson to name a few.

The History Hit Network gives you access to a growing range of podcasts presented by and featuring historians at the forefront of research and debate.

Notable mentions

  • Security Now – Leo and Steve spend two hours a week talking about security issues
  • The Bottom Line – Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters
  • The Anfield Wrap – Liverpool FC through the eyes of match-going supporters.

Digital Transformation

A term I’ve been hearing more and more about over the course 2018. Didn’t really take notice until one of our bigger clients announced it was going to go big on Digital Transformation. I also feel it fits into some of the business books I’ve read this year such as Turn the Ship Around and Team of Teams. How some of the businesses practices that challenge the traditional methods can be enabled with technology.

Here is my post on my companies blog site.

What is Digital Transformation



Cisco Cisco Cisco

Cisco Cat 3560

With many Cisco projects on the go, the office has become an obstacle course of firewalls, switches, routers and network cables. As various engineers tripped over the kit, they’ve been asking, why Cisco? How do I even begin to configure these alien non-user interface devices? Why would I want to?

So here is my very brief introduction to Cisco, which is basically a list of useful websites, PDFs and some key Cisco commands.

Useful Cisco Resources

  1. OSI Table – Something you’re often taught at college or university, is the OSI network model. You then you get a job in IT and forget all about it! Its good idea to re-visit the model, as it will with some of the Cisco concepts.
    You can download the full PDF from the
    Cisco website
  2. Packet Life – Cheatsheets – Packet Life has an excellent selection of Cisco related one-page cheatsheets.
  3. Dans Courses – If you instead start with a more structured journey with Cisco, then look at Dans free online courses
  4. CBT Nuggets – Same as above but a paid service.
  5. IP Calculator – Keeps me right when working out subnets and configuring new networks
  6. Packet Tracer – Software Defined Networking, this is one you’re going to hear more and more about. This free tool from Cisco
  7. Ioscheat.php – Another cheatsheet

Cisco Commands

  1.  Show me the money interfaces – Displays the status of each network interface on switch/router/asa
    1. switch# show ip interface brief
  2. Type of Cisco – Tells you the basics about your device, including serial numbers and if the devices are stacked.
    1. switch# show version
  3. Who lives next door? – If your Cisco devices are physically connected but are not configured to talk to one another on the Network Layer, i.e. same subnet, then this command can show you connected devices.
    1. switch# show cdp neighbour
    2. switch# show cdp neighbour detail


10 events that might have affected your business in Scotland

A post I’ve written on Business Continuity and incidents that happen all the time, but not necessarily headline news. Thinking how these can impact on the local business community, in this case, Scotland.

One often overlooked, is large-scale industrial fires that might burn for days on end. The smoke can usually make local resources like roads and properties hazardous.

Business Continuity – It not all about end of the world apocalypses!