Rising Star Podcast

RISING STAR PODCAST

Conversations with Retail Technology Leaders

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Star Micronics has been a leader in point of sale and customer experience technology for retail, hospitality, and more for over 40 years– and we started a podcast to prove it. Hosted by Brianna Moriarty, Star’s Partner Development Manager, the Rising
Stars podcast is chock full of conversations with retail technology leaders discussing topics like innovative startups, point of sale best practices, today’s leading technology, and emerging markets and trends. Join us as we take an informal, but deep dive into the solutions driving today’s business.

Today’s episode is a special one as host Brianna Moriarty chats with Mark Fraker, VP of Marketing at BlueStar. Mark discusses a myriad of topics including: his 22-year-long career journey at BlueStar; the many benefits the TEConnect Program offers ISVs including end-user demand generation, SaaS financing, and more; the importance of partnerships and proper pricing...
This week on the Rising Stars Podcast, host Brianna Moriarty sits down with Wayne Scarsella, EVP of Sports & Entertainment at Appetize (now a part of Spot On). Wayne chats about the recent Appetize/Spot On merger and how the two companies joining forces enables them to scale from two POS terminals at a coffee shop...
In this episode of the Rising Stars podcast, join us for a dive deep into the booming cannabis industry. Host Brianna Moriarty interviews John Bachanov, CEO of Appspensary, a dispensary POS e-commerce software he and his long-time best friend founded in March 2020. Together Brianna and John discuss challenges modern cannabis dispensaries are facing including...
In this episode of the Rising Stars Podcast, Star Micronics America’s Senior Product Integration Specialist, Guillermo Cubero, and Star Micronics Europe’s Software Development Manager, Lawrence Owen, discuss all things integration. From the history of Star’s SDKs for mobile devices and the importance of manufacturer-created POS SDKs to simplify the integration process, to the rise of...
In this week’s episode of the Rising Stars Podcast, join us as host Brianna Moriarty chats with Samsung’s Senior Manager of Business Development B2B Mobility for Retail, Joe Hasenzahl. Dive into topics such as how the line is blurring between the shopper and the associate in the retail space, and the importance of intuitive B2B...
In this week’s episode of the Rising Stars Podcast, host Brianna Moriarty speaks with Ben Eaton, Senior Sales Executive at ERS. Together they explore how – in a world full of one-click etailers – value-added resellers (VARs) can provide value to customers by supplying real-time stock information, proactively and personally confirming compatibility needs, and more....
This week’s episode is a special one: it’s an RSPA RetailNOW 2021 recap! Join host Brianna Moriarty as she takes a deep dive into the hottest trends she spotted at the show, and interviews special guests including RSPA’s President and CEO, John Kirk, as well as TRG’s Adam Jatich and Worldnet Payments’ Sabina Osorio. As...
Today on the Rising Stars podcast, host Brianna Moriarty sits down with Jim Roddy, RSPA’s VP of Marketing to discuss balancing multiple achievements, how to build a business advisor framework, tips on hiring top talent, which kinds of VARs and ISVs benefit the most from coaching, highlights of Jim’s book “The Walk-On Method,” and more....
Today on the Rising Stars podcast, host Brianna Moriarty chats with two members of the Shopify team, Sean Buckley, Retail Partnerships Lead, and Manit Jain, who leads Product Partnerships. In this episode, explore what a successful omnichannel strategy entails, how omnichannel retailing boosts long-term business, how to boost in-store traffic, and more. To learn more...
In today’s episode, host Brianna Moriarty chats with Danny Mikhail, Founder and CEO at Zuza, a business management platform helping merchants expand their businesses. Brianna and Danny discuss his humble beginnings as a young entrepreneur, as well as Zuza’s partner-friendly strategy to sell its software through ISOs, the benefits of white-labeling, what it takes to...

About the Host:

Brianna Moriarty is the Partner Development Manager at Star Micronics where she works with channel-partners to grow their business and develop new markets. Brianna has a background in marketing and uses this to help VARs and ISVs to establish a go-to-market strategy and create co-marketing campaigns. She enjoys following the latest social media marketing trends and creating content for retailers and SMBs.