Cogitations n. 1. an act of reflection or meditation; contemplation. 2. the facility of thinking. 3. a thought, scheme, or plan. (Random House Webster’s College Dictionary, 1999)

Irv Shapiro

I have been involved with computer technlogy since the days of the dinosaurs, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in Computer Science after spending hundreds of hours punching cards, mounting tapes, and waiting for printouts.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of talented engineers and business leaders while building 4 companies. In this blog I share some of the things I learned along the way.

All comments in this blog are mine own and do not represents the views of Dialogtech, my investors, partners, or colleagues.

Current Project

I built tech companies for a living and retired about three years ago from the corporate world of venture capital firms and companies with hundreds of employees.

As a retirement hobby, I started a YouTube channel, and to my surprise, it grew to over 60,000 subscribers, with millions of views which led to another hobby. I built a website that helps people find 3d models to customize and print on their 3d printers. With about 2,000 subscribers to this currently free site, it looks like I may have found another business.

Today MakeWithTech consists of a blog, a discussion forum, a YouTube channel and Models.MakeWithTech.com a template based site for generating custom 3d printable models.

Last Corporate Postion

In addition to my role as Executive Chairman at Dialogtech I spent time exploring the intersection between technology and everyman. Specifically I began to explore better ways to educate non-technical citizens and people looking to explore a future career in technology about the terminology and concepts we hear in the news everyday.

At DialogTech I helped direct the strategic direction of the company.

DialogTech enables businesses to optimize their customer journey from first touch to close by providing a suite of marketing technology solutions focused on companies that value inbound phone calls from prospects.

  • DT is the industry leader and marketplace driver in the evolving market for solutions that integrate voice engagement into customer journey mapping from first click to close.
  • Dialogtech provides data driven analytics for companies with centralized marketing and distributed sales. By tracking, routing and analyzing the calls into an organization we are able to help our customers optimize ad spend and increase conversions. The Dialogtech suite is equally effective for companies with call centers or distributed office and remote employees.
  • All-in-one suite of SaaS applications enabling enterprises and SMBs to manage, measure, and optimize voice-based customer engagements across the customer sales journey.
  • Suite includes marketing attribution, conversation personalization, marketing and sales analytics, activations and integrations.
  • “Over-the-top” solution, compatible with any telco solution.
  • Marketers and sales teams use DT to generate, track, and close leads faster, optimally deliver calls, refine marketing spend and drive sales efficiency.

The Intersection of Marketing and Technology

At Dialogtech I had the privilege of working in the world of Martech where marketing, advertising and technology intersect. The marketing technology section of this blog provides a rich introduction to key marketing technology concepts.