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On Air: June 20, 2017

Suhail Algosaibi,

Suhail Algosaibi
CEO, FALAK Consulting 

Suhail Ghazi Algosaibi is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, startup investor and mentor, author, marketer, consultant, TEDx speaker, and activist based in the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Suhail’s personal mission is to make Bahrain and the world a happier place by helping people unleash their potential.  He takes particular pleasure in empowering young adults through the magic of entrepreneurship.

He is the founder and CEO of FALAK Consulting,  a passionate and obsessive management consultancy consisting of innovators and problems solvers obsessed with finding a better way.  Falak’s purpose is to build stronger economies and happier societies by unlocking business and human potential. It is a business with a higher cause and reinvests some of the proceeds back into the community through the Learn and Grow initiative.  Suhail is also the founder of Ghazi Algosaibi Holdings, and it’s two divisions, Safeen Books and Safeen Properties.

Suhail is a dedicated student of reconciliation and peace-building and is passionate about promoting civil dialogue in Bahrain.  He is the Founder and Chairman of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue (BFD).  He is also a proud member of Entrepreneur Organisation (EO) and Young Arab Leaders (YAL).  Other memberships include the networking group Tumouh, and Oqal, the Saudi angel investing group.

For our full interview with Suhail, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.


On Air: June 20, 2017

Greg Satell,

In this clip Greg tells how the story behind the innovation of penicillin requires so much more than the simplistic “action hero” story that is commonly told:


Greg Satell
Author, Mapping Innovation: A Playbook For Navigating A Disruptive Age

Greg Satell is a popular writer, speaker and innovation advisor, whose work has appeared in
Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. and other A-list publications. Greg helps organizations grow by identifying the right strategies for the right problems and overcome disruptive threats to their business and their industry. He applies rigorous frameworks, identifies strategic resources and works with enterprises to build an innovation playbook to tackle the challenges of the future.

You can find Greg’s blog at DigitalTonto.com and on Twitter @DigitalTonto. His first book, Mapping Innovation: A Playbook For Navigating A Disruptive Age will be published by McGraw-Hill in May, 2017.

For our full interview with Greg, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.

On Air: June 6, 2017

Todd Rovak,

In this clip, Todd talks about innovation “competitions,” and what they can learn from Lorne Michaels (creator of Saturday Night Live) on the necessity of constraints in creativity.


Todd Rovak
CEO, Fahrenheit 212 and Capgemini Consulting North America

Todd Rovak is CEO of Capgemini Consulting North America (CC NA). Todd has a deep track record in developing successful innovation strategies and pipelines across a broad range of industries, including financial services, technology, utilities, retail, consumer electronics and CPG.

In addition to his role leading CC NA, Todd serves as the CEO of Fahrenheit 212, an innovation strategy and design firm that joined Capgemini in Q1 2016. Todd is the architect behind the unique theory, capabilities and talent that has driven Fahrenheit 212’s innovation process and has overseen the organization’s ability to predictably unlock growth on behalf of both Fortune 500 companies and institutional investors. Todd also developed F212’s first teaching methodology that helped transform innovation from a random exercise into a predictable, scalable capability. He became the firm’s youngest partner in 2011, which was followed by his appointment as F212’s Managing Partner and CEO in 2013.

It was Fahrenheit 212’s differentiated approach to innovation and success in the marketplace that led Capgemini to acquire Fahrenheit 212. Through the joint entity of CC NA and Fahrenheit 212, he injects his unique blend ofexciting andorth America contagious energy to bring a clear message to the market about coupling innovation strategy and design with the transformative power of digital.

For our full interview with Todd, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.

On Air: May 23, 2017

Abhi Dhar,

Abhi Dhar
Co-founder and CEO, Packyge, Inc
Abhi is co founder and CEO of a Naperville, IL based startup called Packyge. Packyge intends to be a culture rich, customer empathetic, diverse organization; that scales quickly to run the preeminent mobile centric local retail marketing platform and is currently in pre-launch, building the product and raising angel/seed funding.

Abhi has spent 20 years in various corporate environments in the USA and as an expatriate in the UK. He has been working in the digital space since 1998 and specifically in the mobile space since 2009.

For the last 8 years Abhi was at Walgreens (+Boots Alliance) and was most recently the CIO of Walgreens and at the same time the Chief Digital Officer of the group. Abhi’s responsibility spanned digital consumer experience, digital marketing, product management, innovation, developer evangelism and engineering. Simultaneously Abhi looked after the end to end technology/IT function for one of the largest chain store organizations in the world.

For our full interview with Abhi, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.


On Air: May 23, 2017

Ric Fulop,

In this clip, Ric explains how the challenges faced in making a metal 3D printing system differed from those of a typical technology startup:


Ric Fulop
CEO and Co-Founder, Desktop Metal 

Ric Fulop is the CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world.

Prior to founding Desktop Metal in October 2015, Ric was a General Partner at North Bridge, a VC fund with $3 billion under management, for five years following a fifteen-year career as an entrepreneur. Fulop is the founder of six technology companies, including A123 Systems, Boston’s largest IPO in the past decade and one of the world’s largest automotive lithium ion suppliers with revenue exceeding $500M in 2016. At North Bridge, Ric led the software and 3D investing practices, and was an early stage investor and board member in Dyn (acquired by Oracle for $600 million), Onshape, MarkForged, Salsify, Lytro and Gridco.

For our full interview with Ric, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.


On Air: May 9, 2017

Duff McDonald,

Author, The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

Duff McDonald is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business and Last Man Standing: The Ascent of Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase, and the coauthor of The CEO, a satire. A contributing editor at the New York Observer, he has also written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York, Esquire, Fortune, Businessweek, GQ, Wired, Time, Newsweek, and other publications. He lives in New York.

For our full interview with Duff, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.


On Air: May 9, 2017

Robbie Bach,

 

In this clip, Robbie describes a case where losing a talented and valuable member of his Xbox team actually strengthened the team as a whole. 

Former President, Microsoft 

Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer. Bach retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division.

Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. He guest lectures extensively at schools such as UCLA, the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, and the University of Washington. He also speaks to corporate, civic, and trade show audiences across the country. In 2015, he completed his first book, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal. For more information, see www.robbiebach.com.

As part of his civic commitment, Robbie serves on the national board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and for the local Boys and Girls Club chapter in Bellevue, WA. He has served as chairman of both of these boards. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors, the board of directors for the Puget Sound chapter of Year-Up, and the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. His corporate responsibilities include being co-owner of Manini’s, Inc., a gluten-free pasta and flour company, and serving on the board of directors for Sonos Inc.

He was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA, and a Morehead Scholar at UNC where he earned his degree in economics and was also named an Academic All-American on the Tar Heel’s tennis team.

For our full interview with Robbie, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.


On Air: April 25, 2017

Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Author, Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat.

In this clip, Sarah explains how recognizing Gatorade’s existing business strengths was essential when steering the company into the uncharted waters of additional, non-drink products:

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Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan has been described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Pied Piper of Potential.” She is a high-energy combination of disruptive business leader, fitness fanatic, and cheerleading mom, and has been named one of Forbes‘ “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.”

As Chief Executive Officer of the fast growing indoor cycling company Flywheel Sports she is currently leading the transformation of the business through digital content and services. Prior to this role, Sarah became an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands, having served as global president of the $5Bn sports brand Gatorade, where she successfully led the business through a major repositioning and business turnaround, and global president of the luxury fitness company Equinox, where she reinvented the offering through a significant technology transformation.

Sarah has also founded a movement she calls Extreme Living. Provoked by the cultural shift that gave us kids with shelves of participation trophies, unfounded expectations of success, and suppressed potential, she has created a manifesto for change. Her book, Extreme YOU: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. to be published by HarperCollins in April 2017, provides people of all ages with the tools and support to discover their most exploitable traits, take big risks, deal with big failures and kick ass all the way to success. It is an inspiring and fiercely practical roadmap for individuals, teams and businesses who want to get the most out of their own unique capabilities.

For our full interview with Sarah, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.

 


On Air: April 18, 2017

Scott Anthony,

Scott Anthony, Author, Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future

Scott D. Anthony is the Managing Partner of Innosight. Based in the firm’s Singapore offices since 2010, he has led Innosight’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures).

In his decade with Innosight, Scott has advised senior leaders in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Singtel, Kraft, General Electric, LG, the Ayala Group, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation. He has extensive experience in emerging markets, particularly in India, China, and the Philippines.

Scott is one of Harvard Business Review’s most prolific contributors and is the coauthor of the new book Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future, a blueprint for how successful companies can leverage disruptive change to fortify today’s business and create tomorrow’s growth engine. He was the co-author of the HBR article “Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days” as well as dozens of digital articles for the magazine.

Scott’s previous books are The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market. Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change (with Innosight co-founder and Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen); The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work; The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times; The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It; and Building a Growth Factory. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles on innovation and strategy for a variety of publications. He was a finalist for the 2015 Thinkers50 Innovation Award. His Twitter feed is @ScottDAnthony.

For our full interview with Scott, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.


On Air: April 16, 2017

Dan Widmaier,

Dan Widmaier, CEO and Co-Founder, Bolt Threads

Dan is fascinated by finding the right conditions to grow things, whether he’s cultivating the broccoli in his vegetable garden, yeast in his microbrews or the people at Bolt Threads. He’s carefully tended our growth since 2009, using his passion and expertise to lead the company through technology development, expansion, and financing. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles. He’s also passionate about the growth of something over which he has less control: the progress of the Seattle Seahawks.