#51 - Product Strategy: How to create triple digit ROI by applying AI and Machine Learning to our most common challenges.

An interview with Richard Boyd, CEO of Tanjo AI

This podcast interview focuses on product strategy principles that, if applied, have the power to deliver transformative innovation with triple-digit ROI. My guest is Richard Boyd, CEO at Tanjo.AI.Product Strategy

Over the last twenty-six years, Richard has led or helped create some of the most innovative game technology companies in the industry. He has served as a game technology consultant for a wide variety of industries including energy, healthcare, education and motion pictures. At Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin he created and led a group of innovative engineers and designers across all mission areas called Virtual World Labs. Richard joined Lockheed Martin in 2007 with the acquisition of 3Dsolve, a North Carolina-based computer game technology firm where he was founder and CEO.

Prior to that, Richard was CEO of 3dVillage.com, which was acquired in 2001. 3dVillage was a spin out of Virtus Corporation, where he served for a decade on the executive management team that created several pioneering computer gaming companies including Red Storm Entertainment, with author Tom Clancy; iRock Entertainment with Ozzy Osbourne; and Timeline Computer Entertainment, with author Michael Crichton.

Today he’s the CEO of Tanjo.AI, whose mantra is “improving businesses, industries, and people’s lives by bringing machine learning and automation to the world.” This triggered me, hence I invited Richard to my podcast.

We discuss how a pragmatic approach to solve everyday problems can result in transformative impact. We, too, often don’t realize the solution is right in front of our eyes, and the technology is already there to solve it.

Or, as William Gibson once quoted: “The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.”

Here are some of his quotes:

“The sort of thing that drives me is bringing technologies to bear on problems to solve them in ways that humans alone cannot.

it’s looking at whatever activity you’re engaged in, and trying to figure out, what should humans be doing with our effort and our attention? And what should we be turning over to machines? The answer to that question changes almost every year, almost every month now,

Organizations who understand that, and figure that out, will prevail. And those who don’t, not only won’t be competitive anymore, but they’ll appear to be handicapped very soon.

If you can do something one time and have it not only pay 10x return on investment, but have that return be an annuity… something you’re going to get every single year… the earlier you do that, the more effective and competitive you’re going to be.

That’s why everyone should be waking up and looking at this carefully.

You cannot afford not to look at machine learning”

By listening to this podcast you will learn three things:

  1. The key to machine learning innovation is to not overthink or overreach. Don’t paralyze yourself with endless research with uncertain outcomes, but instead be pragmatic. Look for proven applications with low risk -the low hanging fruit problems unique to your industry, that have a certain outcome, can be applied immediately, and scale radically i.e. can bring a lot of positive impact to many people very quickly
  2. Every organization has big data today. But it is a big leap from big data to information (data that has been organized) and an even bigger leap from information to Intelligence (information that has been computed so humans can act upon it) Machine learning is uniquely designed to help your organization make these leaps.
  3. The next century is about simulation. So, those who become adept at harnessing data intelligence to predict the future and be prepared for it, those companies will prevail.


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About the author

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Ton Dobbe is a former B2B software product marketer who's on a mission to save mission-driven SaaS CEOs from the stress of 'not enough' traction. He's the author of The Remarkable Effect, the host of the Tech-Entrepreneur on a Mission podcast, and writes a daily newsletter on the secrets to mastering predictable traction.