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Metal Toad office on Rua Funchal in Sao Paulo Brazil

Metal Toad Brazil

As we round the bend into Fall (which officially starts September 22), we are reminded of the changing season by things that are familiar to us: getting kids back to school, a welcome cooling of the air, the changing of the…
Joaquin Lippincott
September 18th, 2020
The orange sky of San Francisco. Photo Credit: San Francisco Chronicle

Cloud risk reduction

The morning sun from my home in Los Angeles is blood red as it shines through the smoke. Alongside everything else that has happened in this year of 2020 — COVID19, political unrest — large areas of the Western United States…
Joaquin Lippincott
September 16th, 2020
Metal Toad Core Values

Why Core Values Transform a Tech Company

We’re all familiar with the basic corporate American experience. You clock into work, perform your required tasks, and leave at the end of the day. Maybe you talk to a few coworkers throughout the day, but it’s certainly not…
Irina Goldman
September 15th, 2020
woman frustrated with website

How often should I update my website?

The short answer the the question: how often should I update my website? is every 3 to 5 years.  The much longer answer starts with: it depends.
Joaquin Lippincott
September 3rd, 2020
Chris Manriquez Headshot

The Impact of the Cloud on Universities

An Executive Interview with Chris Manriquez, Vice President for Information Technology/CIO at California State University, Dominguez Hills I’ve been chatting (virtually) with some of the execs I admire—from across a range…
Joaquin Lippincott
September 1st, 2020
Team Babu Frik

AWS Rekognition, Comprehend, and Transcribe

Babu Frik, an Anzellan droidsmith with a talent for bypassing droid security systems, erased C3PO's memory. He felt very sad about it. He decided to use AWS Media Services and Rekognition to reprogram C3PO with...
Tony Rost
August 28th, 2020
Digital Rights Management plus Cloud

Digital Rights Management (DRM) + Cloud

Executive Interview with Olga Kornienko, COO and co-founder of EZDRM, a cloud DRM-as-a-Service company. EZDRM’s innovative services provide a full spectrum of video security offerings in a cloud API-driven solution. Since…
Joaquin Lippincott
August 25th, 2020
"There is something for everyone in the AWS ecosystem"

Machine Learning - it's easier than you think!

10 years ago, a younger me interviewed a brilliant young man named Tony for a position as a programmer at Metal Toad.
Joaquin Lippincott
August 20th, 2020
DJI Park

Live Stream From Drone To AWS With S3 Backup

Drones are awesome, and a lot of fun. But what happens if your drone gets lost along with all its footage? Or, what if you want other people around the world to be able to tune in to what the drone sees — in real time — as …
Tyler Roberts
August 18th, 2020
Metal Toad Empty Office

How to Close an Office

On March 1, 2020, I handed in the keys to the Metal Toad office in Portland, Oregon — our corporate headquarters for the past five years — back to the building manager.  
Joaquin Lippincott
August 14th, 2020
Media Supply Chain + Cloud

Media Supply Chain + Cloud

In this interview, I chat with Erik Åhlin, CEO and co-founder of Vidispine about media supply chains, how M&E companies can leverage the power of the cloud, and what he sees for the future of the industry. 
Joaquin Lippincott
August 1st, 2020
Joaquin Lippincott

The 5 Core Elements of Technical Advising

I recently had a conversation with someone who was looking for some advice on selecting a technical advisor for their team, and she had some great questions.
Joaquin Lippincott
June 26th, 2020

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