Recent Guests

On Air: April 18, 2017

Scott Anthony

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

How to prepare your business for disruption.

In this clip, Scott describes how underlying institutional curiosity was an innovative requirement in the development of Viagra.


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.


On Air: April 11, 2017

Luke Dormehl

Luke Dormehl, Author, The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems... And Create More

The history of artificial intelligence: how advanced technology's past can teach us about the future.

Luke Dormehl is a technology journalist, filmmaker and author, who has written for Fast Company, Wired, Consumer Reports, Politico, The L.A. Times, and other publications. He is also the author of The Apple Revolution and The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems… And Create More.


On Air: April 18, 2017

Dan Widmaier

Dan Widmaier, CEO and Co-Founder, Bolt Threads

How Bolt Threads is using spider silk to innovate the fashion industry.

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.


On Air: March 14, 2017

Rob Daviau

Rob Daviau, Game designer

Designing board games in the digital age.

Rob Daviau is an award-winning game designer whose games have been sold world-wide. He is the co-designer of Pandemic Legacy (Season 1), the highest-rated game on

Since 1998, he has designed and published over 70 games from children’s games to family games to party games to more in-depth games for the hobby market.

Rob has largely designed tabletop games but has also done work with hybrid physical-digital games and some work with digital games.

Rob is a writer as well as a designer, having spent much of his 20s as an advertising copywriter. He also wrote a chapter in Kobold Design’s Guide to Game Design, was a contributor to DRAGON magazine, and has written various articles on game design.

Rob has spoken at game conventions, participated in dozens of radio interviews, performed live TV segments, and contributed live color commentary for ESPN during the 2009 Monopoly World Tournaments.

He has guest lectured at MIT, Carnegie-Mellon University, and NYU on game design. He was an adjunct professor of game design at NYU in 2013 and is currently a visiting professor of game design at Hampshire College.


On Air: April 11, 2017

Macon Brock

Macon Brock, Cofounder and Chairman, Dollar Tree

The story of retail icon Dollar Tree.

For over thirty years, Dollar Tree has succeeded at something the retail industry thought impossible: selling goods of surprising quality for no more than a dollar apiece, and in the process earning profits that defy common sense. In One Buck at a Time, company cofounder Macon Brock leads readers through the twisty path that saw Dollar Tree mushroom from a humble five-and-dime in Norfolk, Virginia, into one of the fastest-growing businesses in America—one that today operates more than 14,000 stores, provides jobs for 165,000 people, and is climbing the Fortune 500.


On Air: March 7, 2017

Larry Haines

Larry Haines, Founder,

3D printing and the future of home building.

Larry Haines is the founder of and entrepreneur behind bringing 3D printed affordable housing to the USA. Mr. Haines has 38 years of experience as a builder, real estate developer, entrepreneur and is now building a social enterprise to produce affordable housing using 3D printing and advances in material science. Recognizing the need for better job training and employment opportunities for veterans, parolees, and people needing a hand up, not a hand out, Mr. Haines will be working with contractors and real estate developers across the USA to build affordable housing while training people for the future and paying living wages not minimum wages.


On Air: March 7, 2017

Erik Wahl

Erik Wahl, Author, The Spark and the Grind

Do breakthroughs happen as "AHA" moments or do they prevail in a process of trial and error? Creativity expert Erik Wahl explains the journey to a great idea.

Erik Wahl is an artist, author, and entrepreneur. He is internationally recognized as a thought-provoking graffiti artist and one of the most sought-after speakers on the corporate lecture circuit. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Tasha, and their three sons.


On Air: March 14, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman, Author, Wired to Create

The habits and practices of creatives--and how anyone can harness them.

Scott Barry Kaufman is the scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and conducts research in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also teaches the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge.

His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review.  He also writes a regular column at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds, and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which was recently named by Business Insider as a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior”.

His latest book is Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, which he co-authored with the journalist Carolyn Gregoire. In Wired to Create, they review the latest science of creativity, and argue that creativity is a lifestyle that anyone can cultivate by continually engaging in a series of habits– from daydreaming to mindfulness to being open to new experiences.


On Air: February 28, 2017

Dr. Stanley B. Burns

Dr. Stanley B. Burns, Medical advisor, The Knick

Historical medical innovations with ophthalmologist and television consultant Dr. Stanley B. Burns.

Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, a New York City ophthalmologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York University: Langone Medical Center, is an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, archivist and TV consultant. His collection of over one million historic photographs is recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early photography and was rated as “One of America’s Top 100 Collections”. The emphasis is on unique photographs not available anywhere else. In 1977, he founded The Burns Archive to share his discoveries. He has authored 46 books, over 1100 articles, curated over one hundreds of exhibitions, and consulted on dozens of documentaries and feature films. His latest publication is Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism. He is the Medical, Historical & Technical Advisor to HBO/Cinemax’s THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET.


On Air: February 21, 2017

Fran Maier

Fran Maier, Founder and CEO, Babierge

How revolutionized the dating world by asking the right questions.

Fran Maier is serial entrepreneur and brand builder with nearly 20 years experience in B2C and B2B internet businesses. She is best known for her 10+ years leading TRUSTe, the leading privacy trustmark and solutions provider, and as co-founder and first general manager of She is now CEO of Babierge, the leading Baby Equipment Rental Platform.


On Air: February 21, 2017

Ashlee Vance

Ashlee Vance, Author, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

The story of Elon Musk, one of the great innovators of our time.

In this clip, Ashlee relates the dramatic ups-and-downs that formed Elon Musk’s 2008:


Ashlee Vance is a NYT best-selling author and feature writer at Bloomberg Businessweek. He’s also the host of the Hello World television and internet show. Previously, he worked as a reporter for The New York Times, The Economist and The Register.


On Air: February 14, 2017

Ed Burke

Ed Burke, Vice President of Customer Strategy & Communications, ScentAir

Using a custom fragrance to enhance customer experience. The ScentAir team explains scent marketing.

In this clip, Ed describes the difficulty ScentAir faced in finding the right language to describe smells with their clients:


With more than 13 years at ScentAir, Ed is one of the world’s most experienced scent marketers of commercial spaces. Ed has responsibility for productivity of the sales channels at ScentAir as well as for the relationship management and strategy formation for its key customers. Additionally, Ed oversees the external communications functions for the company. He started with the organization in its infancy and has helped build the company into a thriving mid-market enterprise.


On Air: February 14, 2017

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, ScentAir

Using a custom fragrance to enhance customer experience. The ScentAir team explains scent marketing.

An engineer by trade, Mark has led Marketing, Product Management and Product Development teams for 25 years; 22 of which in the Automatic Identification industry. With 120 patents on which he is named, Mark helped grow Metrologic Instruments from a $24MM bar code scanning company into a $250MM industry leader, mentored by C. Harry Knowles, an industry pioneer and visionary. Mark was lured to the sweet smell of ScentAir in 2014.


On Air: February 14, 2017

Michelle Lam

Michelle Lam, Founder, True & Co

Learn how one entrepreneur is using big data to cure "quadriboob" and other lingerie fit problems.


On Air: February 28, 2017

Dr. Dan Skovronsky

Dr. Dan Skovronsky, Senior VP of clinical and product development, Lilly

How does innovation happen in the biopharmaceutical industry?

In this clip, Dr. Skovronsky describes how his views have been forced to change over time regarding the best environment for medical innovation…


Dan Skovronsky, M.D., Ph.D. is the senior vice president of clinical and product development at Lilly, a global leader in biopharmaceuticals.

Dr. Skovronsky founded Avid Radiopharmaceuticals in late 2004, which was then acquired by Lilly. Dr. Skovronsky has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and two NIH-funded grants on Alzheimer’s disease research. Prior to establishing Avid, Dr. Skovronsky served as Scientific Director of High Throughput Screening and Drug Discovery at the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Skovronsky trained as a resident in Pathology and completed a fellowship in Neuropathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Skovronsky received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and did his undergraduate training in molecular biochemistry at Yale University. Dr. Skovronsky is the recipient of numerous scientific and business awards and was recently named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of their “Forty under Forty” business leaders in the region. Dr. Skovronsky recently received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Emerging Company category in Greater Philadelphia, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.


On Air: January 31, 2017

Sal Syed

Sal Syed, CEO, Arccos Golf

The future of golf.

In this clip, Sal explains how his team’s smart golf club had to learn to adapt to their customers – not the other way around!


A scratch golfer with a deep love and appreciation for the game of golf, Sal holds an MBA from Yale University, where he was a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Fellow and a recipient of the Dean’s Entrepreneurship Award. He has a B.A in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was the captain of the men’s tennis and cricket teams.

Since Sal began using the Arccos system, he has reduced his handicap by seven strokes, recorded two holes-in-one and played more than 150 rounds while insisting every shot he takes is for “product testing” purposes.

Sal’s previous entrepreneurial experience includes more than 10 years at startups where he served as a software engineer, engineering manager, product manager and data architect. He was a senior engineering member at Landslide Technologies, which raised $22M in venture financing and was acquired by j2 Global in 2012.


On Air: January 31, 2017

Amy Webb

Amy Webb, Author, The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream

Futurist Amy Webb explains how to tell a fad from a trend.

Amy Webb is an author, futurist and Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading future forecasting and strategy firm that researches technology and answers “What’s the future of X?” for a global client base.The seeds of FTI began in 2003 when Amy founded a future of news R&D shop. Now in its second decade, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Webb is an adjunct faculty at the NYU Stern School of Business, where she teaches a popular MBA-level course on futures forecasting. She was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and her researchon the future of education reformreceived a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Webb was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.

She is the author of three books, including The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs, December 2016) which explains how to predict and manage technological change. It was selected as Amazon’s best book of December 2016 and was a #1 Bestseller. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 5 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production. Webb originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet. She holds a B.A. in political science, game theory and economics from Indiana University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


On Air: January 24, 2017

Tom Cochran

Tom Cochran, Chief Digital Strategist and VP for public sector, Acquia

Innovating inside the government from a former White House digital director.

Tom joins Acquia to help governments across the federal, state, and local sectors leverage cloud and open source to accelerate their digital initiatives. He was most recently a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of State, where he was responsible for the online and offline platforms for U.S. public diplomacy, focusing on data-driven decisions and international audience engagement. Prior to that, Cochran was the director of digital technology at the White House, where he worked on the President’s Open Government Directive, leading the team that was responsible for providing a secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure across all White House digital properties. His team was responsible for leading the delivery of the “We the People” online petitioning site that connects people directly with the Executive branch. Cochran has also held leadership roles in the private sector, most recently as the chief technology officer at Atlantic Media, publisher of international news outlets including: The Atlantic, Quartz, Government Executive and National Journal.


On Air: January 24, 2017

Steve Lehto

Steve Lehto, Author, Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow

The story of the Tucker '48- the unrealized car of tomorrow.

In this clip, Steve explains how Preston Tucker designed a radical new car with safety as a top priority… but left out seat belts.

Steve Lehto is the author of Chrysler’s Turbine Car, Death’s Door, Drawn to Injustice, and The Great American Jet Pack, among others. His articles have been published by the Huffington Post, Michigan History, and other publications. Lehto is also a weekly columnist at


On Air: February 7, 2017

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor, Author and Cofounder, Fast Company

Innovation stories from simple, everyday settings.

In this clip, Bill explains how Pal’s Sudden Service manages their employees in a way that runs counter to every assumed norm of the fast-food workforce:

Bill Taylor is a best-selling author, celebrated entrepreneur, and groundbreaking thinker. He made his name as co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company, one of the most influential magazines of the last two decades. Fast Company has won countless awards, from “Startup of the Year” in its early days to 2014’s “Magazine of the Year,” the highest honor in its field, and has earned a passionate following among executives around the world. Fast Company recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary and continues to shape the conversation about business.

Since starting Fast Company, Taylor has written three books on growth, leadership, and change. His new book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, was published in September. Simply Brilliant was named Best Leadership and Strategy Book of 2016 by 800CEORead and one of the Best Leadership Books of 2016 by Leadership Now. His last book, Practically Radical, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, Mavericks at Work, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a “Business Book of the Year” by The Economist and the Financial Times.



On Air: January 17, 2017

Shana Dressler

Shana Dressler, Executive Director, Google’s 30 Weeks

Shana shares her experiences running an incubator for design entrepreneurs.

In this clip, Shana explains how accomplished designers ran into some unexpected mental blind spots while learning about the business side of things:

Shana Dressler has built a decade-long career leading and nurturing entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and social change leaders. As the Executive Director of Google’s 30 Weeks, Shana Dressler ran an incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design.

A deeply committed social entrepreneur, Shana is widely recognized as the first person in New York to organize rigorous educational programming for social entrepreneurs and creatives interested in achieving both financial sustainability and measurable impact. To fill a notable gap in the lack of resources available, Shana co-created the Social Good Guides, a series of guides focused on the essential small-business skills that would-be changemakers need to know and an 8-week workshop called Social Good Startup: Idea to Launch.

Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge for The Webby Awards and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. In 2014 she became a Delegate to the United Nations Foundation Global Accelerator which brought together “100 of the world’s top entrepreneurs to work together with policy leaders on global issues.” In 2015, Shana was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the 50 Most Talented Social Innovators. She has given keynote talks and led workshops at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, HarvardxDesign, Core77, Social of Visual Art’s Impact Design for Social Change, A Better World By Design, 99u, the Social Good Summit, the Disruptive Innovation Festival and many others. In addition to frequent travel to far-flung places, Shana loves all things chocolate and makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa. You can follow her @shanadressler.


On Air: January 17, 2017

Marcus Weldon

Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs and Chief Technology Officer, Nokia

Predicting the future for technology and innovation.

As President of Nokia Bell Labs and Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon is responsible for coordinating the technical strategy across the company and driving technological and architectural innovations into the portfolio.

Marcus is considered one of the luminaries in our industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision, and his track of picking the right technological disruptions and opportunities, from vectoring for copper access, to the evolution to LTE overlay and Small Cells, to the emergence of virtualization and SDN as profound industry changing forces and the movement towards edge cloud architectures. He combines this vision with the power of Bell Labs, to create a unique innovation engine whose goal is to ‘invent the future’ of the networking and communications industry.

Commenting on this joint role, Marcus said: “We are in a unique period in human history where we are on the verge of a new technological revolution defined by the digitization and connection of everything and everyone. This will require 100-fold or more improvement in network scale, flexibility, programmability and cost per bit. And in order to achieve these goals, the cloud will merge with and move to the edge of the network, and device functionality will similarly be increasingly be implemented in this ‘cloud integrated network’. These types of big networking challenges are quintessential ‘Bell Labs challenges’ and we are rising to meet them as we have for the better part of 90 years by fundamental technological breakthroughs that have the potential to be 10 times better than those available today in any key dimension.”

Marcus holds a B.S in Chemistry and Computer Science from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University. In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division. He won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials.  He was selected as one of the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 of the most influential people in ICT in 2014 and one of their ‘Top CTOs to watch in 2015’. He was a member of the Executive Board of ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) and a member of the former FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and an advisor to select Venture Funds. He is the editor of the recent book “The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective” (Taylor and Francis, 2015).


On Air: December 20, 2016

Carla Diana

Carla Diana, Designer

Carla explores the latest in educational toy design.

Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. In her studio she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, wearable devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. Carla has had a long-standing working relationship with the product innovation firm Smart Design and has received the honor of being named the firm’s first Smart Fellow. In this role, she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of tinkering and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, and presence and awareness. She is also Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices.

In addition to her professional design work, Carla is a faculty member in the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program where she developed the first course focused on smart objects. She maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups such as the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and the Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts. From 2002 to 2007 she was Professor of Interactive Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she co-wrote the College’s first Interactive Design program and developed Physical Computing courses and a Physical Computing lab.

Her recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She has just completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.

Carla holds an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union.


On Air: December 20, 2016

Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore, Author, Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills

Jim explains how to better perceive the world.

In this clip, Jim relates what meeting George Carlin on an airplane taught him about developing one’s skills of observation:


James H. Gilmore is an author, speaker, and management advisor to organizations throughout the world, helping them go deep on innovative ways to create customer value and new revenue. He is a Batten fellow and adjunct lecturer at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he teaches a course on the Experience Economy. Gilmore is a visiting lecturer in Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, where he teaches a course on cultural hermeneutics. He also teaches a design course at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an alumnus of Procter & Gamble, and, before co-founding Strategic Horizons LLP, was head of CSC Consulting’s Process Innovation practice. His books include the highly influential, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage and Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want.

His latest book, Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills details his personally derived approach for seeing the world and discovering new ideas. Jim’s favorite childhood book – a little something called Stop. Look. Listen. – surely foreshadowed his interest in observation skills. It’s no wonder that Sally Harrison-Pepper, author of the definitive book on street theatre, Drawing a Circle in the Square, calls Jim “a professional observer.”


On Air: January 10, 2017

Alan Boehme

Alan Boehme, Chief Enterprise Architect and Chief Technology Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

What can startups learn from Coke? Alan Boehme tells us about an exciting partnership.

In this clip Alan, whose job at Coca-Cola includes helping small startups learn from the experience of a larger company, explains one time a startup he was helping didn’t listen very well…


Alan Boehme has over 25 years of international and domestic experience leveraging technology to enhance business capabilities as a CIO or in other executive IT and business leadership functions for companies such as General Electric, ING, DHL, Sage Software and Juniper Networks. In addition, he has been retained as a consultant to assist companies such as Bank of Montreal, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and The Hughes Aircraft Corporation to improve their internal business/technical capabilities, as well as providing guidance to a variety of technology based start-ups in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Boehme is a recognized authority and frequent speaker on the strategic application of Information technology to drive revenue growth, service quality, improve production, and cost controls at events both in the US and overseas. In addition, he is a founder and Member of the Board of Directors for the Cloud Security Alliance, (the largest non -profit organization focusing on setting standards for the safe and secure use of “Cloud Computing”) whose members include Google, Microsoft, IBM, E-bay, Bank of America among others, as well as participating on numerous Venture Capital advisory boards.

Mr. Boehme has a proven ability to envision and orchestrate innovative corporate projects requiring high–performance teams, complex business analysis, and timely results and has been recognized for his work by industry publications such as Computerworld, CIO and InfoWorld Magazines as well as main steam publications such as the WSJ, Sunday London Times and the FT. As an early pioneer and developer of yield management and frequent flyer systems for the airline industry, Mr. Boehme has successfully applied quantitative analysis and advanced data modeling techniques to drive customer loyalty, as well as real time revenue optimization opportunities. He is equally adept at approaching, integrating, and solving problems from a business or technology perspective having spent much of his early working life in a variety of marketing and planning functions, before settling on a career in IT.


On Air: December 13, 2016

Richard Marks

Richard Marks, Head of PlayStation Magic Lab

Richard takes us inside Playstation's Magic Lab to explore interactive entertainment.

In this clip, Richard describes how lessons learned starting with the niche EyeToy for the PlayStation 2 led to the more sophisticated work they are doing today:


Richard Marks directs the PlayStation Magic Lab in Sony Computer Entertainment, which focuses on using technology to explore new interactive experiences. He studied avionics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before getting his PhD at Stanford University in the Aerospace Robotics Lab. Marks has worked at PlayStation since 1999, leading the creation of EyeToy, PlayStation Eye, and PlayStation Move. Most recently, he has been involved with PlayStation 4 interaction and Project Morpheus, PlayStation’s virtual reality technology.


On Air: January 10, 2017

Traci Morris

Traci Morris, CEO, Brookfield Global Relocation Services

How a relocation services company learned innovation from Google.

As Chief Executive Officer, Traci Morris leads all aspects of BGRS.

A powerful force in the global mobility industry, Traci brings a long track record of relocation management expertise in operations, finance and technology to BGRS. She has an innovative approach to the supply chain model and more than 20 years of industry experience, leading visionary change on behalf of clients, relocation management companies and the industry overall. Prior to joining BGRS in 2013, Traci was the Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain Management at Cartus. She is a member of The Board of Directors and Treasurer for The Denan Project, a grass roots humanitarian project, beginning in Ethiopia, and now operating clinics and hospitals in Ethiopia, Peru, Burkina Faso and Mongolia. She has been awarded the Global Mobility Professional of the Year award from The Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) and recognized by Profiles in Diversity journal as a Woman Worth Watching for her leadership knowledge, experience and advice. Most recently, Traci was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame for her various leadership roles including more than 20 years of service on the Board of Directors for JA of Western Connecticut. She remains as an active member on the JA Emeritus Board. Traci holds an Accounting degree from Sacred Heart University.


On Air: December 6, 2016

Jules Ehrhardt

Jules Ehrhardt, Co-owner, ustwo

Jules explains his innovative "digital product studio."

Jules Ehrhardt is co-owner at ustwo where he recently he oversaw the studio’s US expansion and operations. He is on a mission to evolve the studio model and help establish ustwo as the first truly great digital product studio. Whilst many leaders in the in field come from a design background, Jules focuses most passionately on the commercial aspects of the industry.

ustwo is a global digital product studio, home to over 300 of the industry’s leading designers, developers, producers and strategists. ustwo has redefined the studio model by blending consultancy work for world leading companies with joint venture and own product initiatives.

You can follow ustwo on twitter at @ustwo and Jules on twitter at @ezyjules.


On Air: November 29, 2016

Niven Narain

Niven Narain, Co-Founder, President, & CEO of Berg

How a Boston pharma startup is re-imagining the scientific method to solve some of healthcare's biggest questions.

Niven R. Narain is Co-Founder, President, & CEO of Berg. His driving passion is to improve healthcare systems and patient care through the fusion of AI and patient biology to develop the next generation of therapeutics. As CEO, Niven drives the vision of the translational engine from discovery to clinical development and ensures that Berg is collaborating with like-minded institutions to advance product development. He discovered Interrogative Biology®, Berg’s flagship platform that has created a robust pipeline of products in cancer, diabetes, and CNS diseases with BPM 31510 as the lead asset in solid tumors currently in Phase II trials. He is inventor on over 600 issued and pending patents over a diverse range of assets in drugs and diagnostics. Niven currently serves on the NASA Gene Lab Steering committee and oversees key DoD and academic relationships for Berg. He has spoken at major thought events at Aspen Ideas, Wired, Economist, and Bloomberg.   He is former Director of Cutaneous Oncology at the Miller School of Medicine where he received graduate training in cancer biology and clinical dermatology research and is recipient of an NIH Award of Excellence. He was honored by the Boston Business Journal top leaders 40 under 40 (2014) He is a St. John’s University Boston Chapter alumni advisor and is an active member of the Trinity Church Boston.


On Air: December 6, 2016

Rob Walker

Rob Walker, Journalist

Rob Walker explores the redesign craze.

In this clip, Rob explains how redesigning something as simple as a doorknob can require a surprising amount of iteration to find out what kinds of “improvements” people really need and want:

Rob Walker is a journalist covering design, technology, business, the arts, and other subjects. He writes The Workologist for the Sunday Business section of The New York Times, and contributes to a variety of other publications and media outlets. His most recent book, co-edited with Joshua Glenn, is the collection Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things. He is on the faculty of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts.


On Air: November 29, 2016

Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker, Author, America the Ingenious

Stories of great American inventions.

In this clip, Kevin tells the story of how big, bold projects like the Tennessee Valley Authority have created unexpected knock-on effects that spurred further innovation:


Kevin Baker was born in August 1958, in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, a small town on the North Shore. He graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1980, and since then has earned his living as a writer and editor.

His first novel, Sometimes You See It Coming, based loosely on the life of Ty Cobb, but set in the modern day, was published in hardcover by Crown in 1993 and in paperback by HarperPaperbacks in the spring of 2003. Dreamland, part of Baker’s New York‚ City of Fire trilogy was published by HarperCollins in 1999, and in paperback the following year. Paradise Alley was published by HarperCollins in 2002, and the third and final volume of the trilogy, Strivers Row, which was published in February, 2006. Kevin was the chief historical researcher on Harold Evans’ best–selling history, The American Century, published by Knopf in 1999. He wrote the monthly “In the News” column for American Heritage magazine from 1998-2007, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Frankfurter Rundschau, Harper’s magazine, Talk, and The Industry Standard, among other publications.

He is married and lives in New York City.


On Air: November 15, 2016

George M. Guastello

George M. Guastello, President and CEO, Union Station Kansas City

From train station to museum: the story of Union Station Kansas City.

In this clip, George describes how soliciting ideas from kids (including a human-powered hamster wheel!) helped Union Station Kansas City create engaging exhibits to inspire the next generation of STEM innovators:


George Guastello is President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Station Kansas City, a historical landmark and civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. He is responsible for operation, management and development/growth of the Station and surrounding property it owns. Guastello oversees a staff of over 50 and manages an annual budget of $11 million. The Station features a science center, planetarium, rail museum, national traveling exhibits, one of the region’s largest giant screen 3D movie theaters, live theater, shops, restaurants and offices. A bi-state cultural sales tax, the first of its kind in the country, funded nearly half of the $250 million renovation.

Guastello has amassed noteworthy accomplishments in many endeavors from association management to economic and community development. He is a respected, results-oriented, area leader with over 25 years of demonstrated organizational impact and success.

Prior to joining USKC, Guastello served as President and CEO for the American Royal Association for 6 years, focusing attention on youth and education, celebrating the region’s rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment, and boasting one of the largest combined livestock, horse show, rodeo, and barbecue competitions in the country.

Guastello, a native Kansas Citian, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance, both from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

He has garnered numerous awards, most recently being named the 2015 Non-Profit Professional of the Year from Non-Profit Connect and inclusion in 435 Magazine’s “KC’s 50 Most Powerful People” listing. Other awards include the 2006 Alumni Legacy Achievement Award from the University of Missouri at Kansas City; 2005 Recipient of Hospitality Leadership Award from the Greater Kansas City Hotel Association and the 2003 Brick by Brick Leadership Award from the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.



On Air: November 8, 2016

Drew Greenblatt

Drew Greenblatt, CEO, Marlin Steel

A story of successful American manufacturing.

In this clip, Drew explains how the tough requirements of a customer like Toyota help his company improve their offerings for all their customers:


Drew Greenblatt bought Marlin Steel in 1998 when it was a small maker of a commodity product. Since then, he has grown revenue seven fold and is currently expanding its factory floor space 53%. In the face of challenges to the global economy, Marlin Steel has invested over $4.5mil in robotics in a quest for quality and speed.

Today, Marlin Steel imports nothing and exports baskets and sheet metal fabrications to 38 countries including China, Australia, & Japan. Worker Safety is critical. Marlin Steel crossed the 2,301+ day safety milestone. In addition, Marlin Steel has been recognized as a winner of the INC 5000 2012 & 2013 (fastest Growing Companies in the USA), the Inner City 100 Fastest Growing companies in the USA (2012), Regional Employer of the Year (2007) from Baltimore City & Baltimore County and Drew Greenblatt has been chosen as an International Business Leadership Award Winner from the World Trade Center Institute (2011).

Marlin’s secret sauce is Quality, Engineered Quick (“QEQ”). Thirty percent of Marlin’s employees are mechanical engineers who innovate to save clients’ money by improving throughput with engineered wire baskets and custom sheet metal fabrications. Marlin Steel’s engineers provide state-of-the-art, computer- driven stress analysis so clients have comfort knowing that their designs will withstand the rigors of their applications.

Greenblatt has testified to the US Senate and US Congress on topics including small business, taxation, regulations, trade policy, and techniques to grow the economy. Advocating for a robust manufacturing sector, Greenblatt believes that factories provide great jobs and superb benefits – a way to grow our middle class with solid meaningful jobs.

Greenblatt serves as Vice Chairman of the Small & Medium Manufacturers and Executive Board Member of the National Association of Manufacturers and Chairman of the Board of the Regional Manufacturing Institute and is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the National Alliance for Jobs & Innovation.

He has a BA from Dickinson College and an MBA from Tulane University. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three sons.


On Air: November 8, 2016

David Sax

David Sax, Author, The Revenge of Analog

David explains the rise of analog in the digital age.

David Sax is a writer and reporter who specializes in business and culture. His work appears regularly in Bloomberg Businessweek, the New Yorker’s Currency blog, and other publications. He is the author of Save the Deli, which won a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, and The Tastemakers. He lives in Toronto.


On Air: November 15, 2016

Bill Aulet

Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Bill discusses his book, "Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup."

Bill Aulet is changing the way entrepreneurship is understood, taught and practiced around the world. Bill, who has degrees from Harvard and MIT, has over 25 years of business success first at IBM then as a three time serial entrepreneur. He has directly created hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value through his companies. During the past seven years he has been responsible for leading the development of entrepreneurship education across MIT, where he has been recognized with numerous awards. His book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which was released in August 2013, has become an international best seller due to its accessible and methodical approach to entrepreneurship. Bill writes and speaks logically on how entrepreneurs are created and the importance of both education and ecosystems. He has been widely published in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, the Kauffman Foundation, the Huffington Post and more. He has also been a featured speaker on shows such as CNBC’s Squawk Box, BBC News, and Bloomberg News as well as at events and conferences around the world. He is a board member of MITEK Systems (NASDAQ: MITK) and XL Hybrids Inc. (Private) as well as a Visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and an Advisor for Entrepreneurship at King’s College London.



On Air: November 1, 2016

Dave Wright

Dave Wright, CEO and Founder, MYZONE

Dave explores the the future of wearable fitness.

In this clip, Dave explains the problems his company faced when they tried to outsource their app development…


Dave Wright is the CEO of CFM (Creative Fitness Marketing), owner of the Feelgood Fitness & Voyage Fitness Club Chains, A former Board Director of UK Active and the creator of the wearable technology tool MYZONE®. For over 25 years and with offices in Chicago (US), Nottingham (UK) and Melbourne (Oz), Dave’s companies have worked directly with over 5,000 businesses across 30+ different countries encouraging people to be more and stay more physically active.


On Air: November 1, 2016

Otto Berkes

Otto Berkes, Chief Technology Officer, CA Technologies

How do you reshape business models for the digital world? Otto shares stories from his time with XBOX and HBO Go.

Otto Berkes is the Chief Technology Officer of CA Technologies. As a 25-year industry veteran, he has a passion for innovation and development. He has extensive experience leading the development of cutting-edge products and technologies.

Before joining CA in June 2015, Otto was the chief technology officer at HBO, where he directed efforts that created and delivered innovative digital technologies and products such as HBO GO®. Previously, Otto spent 18 years at Microsoft® and was one of the four original founders of Xbox, where he served as Xbox’s first architect leading its technical direction. He started his career at Microsoft as a senior software developer, where he worked on the first version of the Windows NT operating system, and re-wrote Microsoft’s OpenGL implementation.

An advocate of diversity, he is a member of the University of Vermont’s STEM leadership council where he is focused on addressing gender, racial, and economic gaps across all of the STEM disciplines.

Otto earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. He is co-inventor on and holds multiple patents spanning design, mobile device interaction and core computing technologies.


On Air: October 25, 2016

Brad Kintzer

Brad Kintzer, Chief Chocolate Maker, TCHO Chocolate

Innovating chocolate from bean to bar.

Brad Kintzer is the Chief Chocolate Maker at international award-winning TCHO Chocolate, based in Berkeley, California. Prior to joining TCHO, Brad was chocolate maker and product developer at U.S. bean-to-bar chocolate pioneer, Scharffen Berger, acquired by The Hershey Company in 2005. Previous to his 15 years of chocolate making, Brad studied botany and environmental studies at the University of Vermont, and spent months working on cacao plantations throughout Latin America to better understand the origins of chocolate flavor. At TCHO since 2009, Brad and his team are focused on innovating in every aspect of chocolate making; from cocoa genetics, fermentation and roasting, to creating unique and tasty chocolate products for market. Brad is currently Vice President of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association and is also on the board of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation efforts.


On Air: October 25, 2016

Amy Hollaman

Amy Hollaman, Creative Director, Terror Behind the Walls

The art of scaring people at Philadelphia’s premier haunted experience, Terror Behind the Walls.

In this clip, Amy describes how the placement of a haunted house attraction caused the crowds to react to it in unexpected ways…


Amy Hollaman joined Terror Behind the Walls as an actress in 2005. In her current role as creative director, Amy oversees casting, creative direction, stage management, and human resources for the 200-person cast. She is also part of Eastern State Penitentiary’s administrative staff as manager, events and operations, producing events such as Bastille Day and Party at the Pen: The Masquerade. Amy has led operations and theatrical training workshops for Transworld’s  National Haunt and Attractions Show, the State of Pennsylvania Attraction Safety Seminar, and other haunted attractions around the country. She serves on the Advisory Board for the new Stanley Film Center in Estes Park, CO.


On Air: October 11, 2016

Taddy Hall

Taddy Hall, Principal, The Cambridge Group

Taddy Hall explains the value of innovation stories rather than statistics.

In this clip, Taddy describes how important stories can be to innovation… with cheese!


TADDY HALL is a Principal with The Cambridge Group and Leader of Nielsen’s Breakthrough Innovation Project. As such, he helps senior executives create successful new products and improve innovation processes. He also works extensively with executives in emerging markets as an advisor to the non-profit, Endeavor. He has collaborated with Professor Clayton Christensen for nearly two decades.


On Air: October 4, 2016

Joel Breton

Joel Breton, VP of Virtual Reality Content, HTC Vive

Gaming guru Joel Breton discusses the new HTC Vive and the future of virtual reality.

Joel is Vice President of Global VR Content for HTC Vive. He and his team are actively working with content creators around the world to develop a rich content portfolio across all categories of VR, including games, education, film, video, music, shopping, and entertainment. Joel has produced more than twenty platinum-selling videogames in his career. After beginning his career at Sega of America, his first role as a game producer was for GT interactive, where he produced Doom, Duke Nukem, Unreal, and the Unreal game engine version 1.0. He then moved to Bethesda Softworks, where he launched Sea Dogs, Burnout, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Joel then spent 4 years at MTV Networks, where he served as Director of Content and engaged with content developers to develop blockbuster online, mobile, and console games. Joel believes that people need to have ample fun in their lives, and he has focused his career on creating fun and entertainment for millions of people to enjoy.


On Air: September 27, 2016

Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty, Founder, Make Magazine

Dale Dougherty explains the significance of the Maker Movement.

In this clip, Dale describes how the creativity of the Maker Movement came to bear in a G.E. Hackathon…

Dale Dougherty is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make:magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held its first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands. “The maker movement is contributing to a thriving market ecosystem, serving the needs of makers as they seek out product support, startup advice, and funding avenues. Make: plays an important role as a collaborator and resource for makers as they transition from hobbyists to professionals.” Make: began at O’Reilly Media where Dale was a co-founder and the first editor of their computing trade books. When not in the office, Dale can be found making award-winning wines with his family in Sebastopol, CA.


On Air: September 27, 2016

Peter Andreasson

Peter Andreasson, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Architecture, Volvo

Peter Andreasson reveals Uber and Volvo's new partnership: a self-driving taxi.

Lead cross brand and cross functional and international architecture and platform development teams both in Germany and Sweden at Ford and Volvo 2000-2007, meeting targets for global products of multiple brands, produced on three continents. Lead Volvo Chassis engineering as Engineering director 2007-2008. Chief engineer and vehicle architect for Volvo’s all new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) since initial concept phase 2008. Volvo Technical Program Manager in the Volvo/Uber joint development program for autonomous vehicles since July1, 1st 2016. Member of the Volvo Cars Global Leadership Team.


On Air: October 4, 2016

Brad Barbera, NPDP

Brad Barbera, NPDP, Consultant and Author

Why do innovators need to shoot puppies? Brad Barbera explains this metaphor from his book on keeping innovation simple.

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Brad Barbera is an author, speaker, trainer, and consultant in the field of innovation and product development. His book Keep Innovation Simple – Lead with Clarity and Focus in a World of Constant Change, brings thoroughly researched evidence-based principles to the field of innovation, while making the reading of a business book actually entertaining. With over twenty-five years of experience creating hundreds of new products and services, Brad has been bringing his experience and research to leaders of businesses and nonprofits as the Founder and Principal of Pi Innovation LLC since 2009. He is a certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), has served as the Executive Director of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Visions magazine. He’s also a competitive stair climber and a moderately competent chess player.


On Air: September 20, 2016

Keller Rinaudo

Keller Rinaudo, Founder and CEO, Zipline

Keller Rinaudo explains how Zipline is using drones to drop life-saving medical supplies to Rwanda.


On Air: September 13, 2016

Marcus Engman

Marcus Engman, Design Manager, IKEA

Marcus discusses some of the ideas developed at IKEA and what the future of a table might look like.


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Marcus Engman was raised in Älmhult and started during his high school studies to work extra at the IKEA store during weekends and summer breaks already in 1983. During the mid 80´s Marcus was a home furnishing apprentice to the IKEA designer Mary Ekmark and has since held positions within IKEA such as Communications & Interior design (ComIn) Manager in stores in Sweden. In total he had been with IKEA for 12 years, before founding his own retail agency. In January of this year, Marcus Engman returned to IKEA as Design Manager. He has a strong passion for democratic design and for home furnishing for the many people. Marcus is known for his creativity, his ambition to think differently and his ability to empower others to be bold and find new ways.


On Air: September 13, 2016

Todd Zenger

Todd Zenger, Author, Beyond Competitive Advantage

How can companies build and sustain competitive advantage? Professor and author Todd Zenger analyzes several companies that have done it well.

Todd Zenger is the author of Beyond Competitive Advantage: How to Solve the Puzzle of Sustaining Growth While Creating Value, published by Harvard Business Review Press. He is a global expert and has lectured widely on topics of corporate strategy, strategic leadership, and organization design. Zenger is the newly appointed N. Eldon Tanner Chair in strategy and strategic Leadership at the David Eccles school of Business at the University of Utah. He also holds the designation of Presidential Professor at the University of Utah and is chair of the entrepreneurship and strategy department. He previously served on the faculty of Washington University’s Olin Business School, where he was the long-standing chair of the strategy group and academic director of the executive MBA program. Zenger is active in consulting and executive teaching in the areas of strategy and strategic leadership. He writes for the Harvard Business Review on topics of strategy.


On Air: September 6, 2016

Peter Boatwright

Peter Boatwright, Professor at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business and Co-Director of the Integrated Innovation Institute

How do you teach innovation? Professor and author Peter Boatwright explains.

In this clip, Peter explains how students at Carnegie Mellon University were able to help MSA improve the design of safety equipment for construction workers:

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Peter Boatwright is the Alan D. Shocker Professor of Marketing and New Product Development at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Boatwright is also co-founder and co-Director of the Integrated Innovation Institute, a market-focused center designed to speed the pace of innovation. The Integrated Innovation Institute unites the three foundational innovation disciplines to cross train individuals and teams to become elite innovators. In addition to its executive education, applied research, and sponsored projects, the Institute offers professional master degree programs in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley.

Professor Boatwright has taught courses on product innovation, brand strategy, new product management, pricing strategy, and marketing research. Boatwright has coauthored two books on innovation, The Design of Things to Come: How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Products and Built to Love: Creating Products that Captivate Customers. Professor Boatwright actively consults with companies and has worked with Nissan, Apple, International Truck and Engine (Navistar), Campbell’s, Philips-Respironics, Bayer, Bosch, Merck, Mindtree, MSA (Mine Safety Appliances), Procter and Gamble, Lubrizol, McKesson, GlaxoSmithKline, New Balance, DesignAdvanceSystems, Hewlett Packard, and Lockheed Martin.

Professor Boatwright earned a BS in mathematics at Wheaton College, a MS in statistics from the University of Wisconsin, and a MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He joined the Tepper School faculty in 1997.



On Air: September 20, 2016

Stephen K. Klasko

Stephen K. Klasko, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System

Dr. Klasko explains how we can fix American healthcare.

In this clip, Stephen relates an experience he had that drove home the need for sweeping, radical change in our healthcare systems:

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As the President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is bridging the art and science of medicine and healthcare transformation.

He has championed transformation of American health care as university president, dean of two medical colleges, and CEO of three academic health centers. He is author of 2016’s We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, and editor in chief of “Healthcare Transformation.”

Since 2014, Jefferson Health has grown from a three hospital urban academic medical center with annual revenues of $1.8 billion to a major regional academic medical center. Currently an eight-hospital system, resulting from the merger of Jefferson with Abington Health, Jefferson Health will expand to an 11-hospital system with the proposed partnership mergers with Aria Health and Kennedy Health. Jefferson has the largest tele-health network in the region, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region.

Upon completion of the proposed merger with Philadelphia University — creating a comprehensive university with a forward-thinking education model — Jefferson will have combined annual revenues exceeding $4.8 billion, more than 28,000 employees, 7,800 students, 6,000 physicians/practitioners and 4,000 faculty.

Through a unique four pillar model, academic-clinical-innovation-philanthropy, Jefferson has attracted venture capital and transformational gifts. Under Dr. Klasko’s leadership, Sidney Kimmel donated $110 million to Jefferson on June 18, 2014, the largest gift in the University’s history. Philanthropy and innovation have also resulted in the addition of the Brind-Marcus Center of Integrative Medicine, nationally recognized for its modern medical and targeted complementary therapies.

Dr. Klasko’s research and experience led to his 1999 book: The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine. His new book, We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, posits a future with “twelve disruptors of the demise of the old healthcare.” He has been an international speaker on changing the DNA of health care through physician leadership.

Dr. Klasko is ideally suited to lead such initiatives, having completed a grant after receiving his MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania on selecting and educating physicians to be leaders of change. His entrepreneurial spirit helped one university he led to be in the top ten in the world for obtaining US patents. His unique educational program called SELECT (Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Education, Collaborative Training) is recognized for its focus on choosing medical students based on emotional intelligence and leadership potential.

He serves on the corporate board and audit committee of Teleflex (TFX: NYSE), a multi-billion dollar healthcare solutions corporation. He also serves on the board of Lehigh University, the Emory University/Georgia Tech Innovation advisory board, and the Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.



On Air: August 23, 2016

Amy Whitaker

Amy Whitaker, Author, Art Thinking

What can businesses learn from the arts? Amy Whitaker explains "art thinking."

In this clip, Amy explains how Warby Parker draws from the lessons of the art world in more than just the design of their glasses…

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Amy Whitaker is a writer, artist, and teacher working at the intersection of creativity, business, and everyday life. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London. She is an assistant professor in Visual Arts Administration at New York University, in the Steinhardt School. She is the author of Museum Legs, and her writing has appeared in Fast Company, the New York Post, the New York Times, Art21, Architectural Design, and The Millions. In 2013, she received the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She lives in New York City. From 2015-2016, Amy was the New Museum Incubator’s first entrepreneur-in-residence.


On Air: September 6, 2016

Pam Henderson

Pam Henderson, Author, You Can Kill An Idea, But You Can’t Kill An Opportunity!

Author Pam Henderson defines the concept of "opportunity thinking" and how it can help your business.

Pam Henderson, Ph.D., is CEO of NewEdge, Inc., a growth, strategy and design firm that advises companies across every industry including over 75 Fortune 500 and 50 startups and non-profits. Pam pioneered Opportunity Thinking™ principles, a new approach to innovation that helps organizations create sustainable growth. Organizations are adopting Opportunity Thinking™ as their corporate innovation strategy for long term growth.

Formerly on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Pam later worked with the national laboratory system and Washington State University to commercialize early stage technologies. Pam speaks internationally and has published widely on market insight, business and innovation strategy, and design and has received recognition in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Pam is also the author of a new book on Opportunity Thinking, titled You Can Kill An Idea, But You Can’t Kill An Opportunity! How to Discover News Sources of Growth for Your Organization, now in its second publishing by Wiley, a trademark of John Wiley & Sons.


On Air: August 16, 2016

Tommy Stadlen

Tommy Stadlen, Co-Founder, Polaroid Swing

Tommy Stadlen on Polaroid's reinvention for the social media age.

In this clip, Tommy explains what is unique about the Polaroid brand, and how his team set about developing a modern take on these storied ideas.

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Tommy Stadlen, Co-Founder of Polaroid Swing, is a technology entrepreneur and former McKinsey consultant with global experience advising leading companies on strategy. He previously worked for Barack Obama on his first presidential campaign. Tommy is the best-selling author of ‘Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically With Society’, written with former BP CEO Lord Browne. He is a regular speaker on business and technology. Tommy graduated with First Class honors from Oxford. He also holds an MSc (Distinction) from the London School of Economics.



On Air: August 30, 2016

Jeff Wasson

Jeff Wasson, Partner, Boost VC

Why bet on virtual reality? The Boost VC team explains new applications beyond gaming.

Jeff Wasson is Partner at Boost VC. Jeff is a 3X entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Jeff was a founder of, which as CEO he took public then sold to for $50 Million in cash when he was 27. After exiting the travel technology world in 2010, and taking a two and half year hiatus to travel the world with his wife and two daughters, he remerged ready to find the next big thing. An early investor in Boost VC, Jeff is now a General Partner with the firm that is chasing the two most disruptive technologies of our time, blockchain and virtual reality. With 15+ years of operational experience from startup to sale, Jeff has seen if not all of it, most of it, having raised millions in capital and having employed hundreds during his tenure. An overlapping 15+ years of personally investing in early stage companies has given Jeff the startup experience from another lens. Jeff has worked on every continent except Antarctica, and brings to bear the global perspective needed in today’s world. At Boost VC, Jeff leads the VR efforts and is responsible for deal sourcing across all segments, investment decisions, working with portfolio CEOs, and expanding the Boost VC brand.


On Air: August 30, 2016

Adam Draper

Adam Draper, Founder, Boost VC

Why bet on virtual reality? The Boost VC team explains new applications beyond gaming.

Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. In 2009, the same year that Adam graduated from UCLA, he founded Xpert Financial, a secondary market for private securities. After settling millions of dollars in private security transactions and becoming a registered broker dealer, he left Xpert Financial in late 2012 and began angel investing, where he backed such startups as Coinbase, Plangrid and Earnest. Currently his portfolio of investments is valued at more than $1.5B. Adam then partnered up with Brayton Williams and to change the face of global startup mentorship. The focus of Boost VC on future technology development stems from Adam Draper’s dream to create an Iron Man suit.



On Air: July 19, 2016

Doug Collins

Doug Collins, Innovation Architect

How do you engage customers and employees for new ideas? Doug Collins talks crowdsourcing.

Doug Collins serves as an innovation architect. He helps organizations such as The Estee Lauder Companies, Intel Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, The Procter & Gamble Company, and Reed Elsevier navigate the fuzzy front end of innovation. Doug develops approaches, creates forums, and structures engagements whereby people can convene to explore the critical questions facing the enterprise. He helps people assign economic value to the ideas and to the collaboration that result. As an author, Doug explores ways in which people can apply the practice of collaborative innovation in his series Innovation Architecture: A New Blueprint for Engaging People through Collaborative Innovation. His bi-weekly column appears in the publication Innovation Management. Doug serves on the board of advisors for Frost & Sullivan’s Global community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL). Doug’s latest book, a business narrative on how one company navigates the Digital Age by applying collaborative innovation, was published in the fall of 2014. Doug works as senior practice leader and Vice President, Innovation Architecture, at social innovation company Spigit, part of Mindjet, Inc. He focuses on helping clients realize their potential for leadership by pursuing and perfecting their practice of collaborative innovation.


On Air: July 12, 2016

David Bayles and Ted Orland

David Bayles and Ted Orland, Co-Authors, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Bayles and Orland talk art, innovation, and the creative process.

In this clip, Ted Orland relates the surprising results of a pottery class that pitted quantity vs. quality…

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DAVID BAYLES & TED ORLAND have collaborated on an alarming number of artistic ventures over the past thirty-five years. They have co-taught master class workshops on a variety of topics dealing with artistic development, and are co-authors of the best-selling book Art & Fear. David Bayles also wrote Notes on a Shared Landscape, a superbly crafted collection of his photographs and personal writings about the American West, and is is currently working on a new volume of artistic insights under the working title Finding Your Work. Ted Orland is author of The View From the Studio Door (a companion volume to Art & Fear), Scenes of Wonder & Curiosity (a monograph of his earlier writings and photographs), and is currently preparing an enlarged edition of his book, Man & Yosemite, which traces the history of Yosemite as it can be interpreted through photographs.


On Air: August 23, 2016

Julia Kaganskiy

Julia Kaganskiy, Director, NEW INC

Can artists thrive in a startup-style incubator? Julia Kaganskiy discusses her experience as director of NEW INC.

Julia Kaganskiy is a curator, editor and cultural producer focused on art and technology.

She is currently director of the New Museum’s art, technology and design incubator, scheduled to open at 231 Bowery in summer 2014.

Previously she was global editor of The Creators Project, an international arts initiative from VICE and Intel dedicated to showcasing the ways technology is enabling creativity in all its forms.

Julia is also the founder of New York Times-acclaimed #ArtsTech meetup, a monthly event series exploring the intersection of art and technology. Previously, she was co-founder and curator of Blue Box Gallery, a pop-up gallery dedicated to bringing New Media art to a rotating host of alternative urban spaces.

Julia is passionate about technology’s potential as an artistic medium as well as its ability to increase access to and engagement with the arts.

In 2011, Julia was named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology and a finalist for the World Technology Network award in the Arts.


On Air: August 16, 2016

Eric Villency

Eric Villency, CEO, Villency Design Group

Eric Villency tells the story of the Soul Cycle bike and his other innovative designs.

Eric currently serves as CEO of the Villency Design Group. Under his leadership the business has grown into a leading consumer product development company while maintaining it’s reputation for innovative furniture and interior design.

Villency has been acclaimed as a visionary and his unique multidisciplinary approach to design has produced a prolific body of work that includes sports stadiums, airport terminals, hotels, large-scale art installations, fitness equipment, performance apparel, automotive design and restoration, furniture, LED lighting systems and electromechanical beauty products.

Villency has been the recipient of several design awards including the FIT “All Star Salute” award as well as the IFDA “design Industry” award. Well + Good called Villency “The wizard of wellness design” for his innovative work for many of the industry’s leading brands including designing Soul Cycle’s acclaimed signature indoor bike. Recently, Men’s Health called the interactive exercise bike Villency created for Peloton the “best Cardio Machine on the planet ” in their annual fitness awards issue for 2015. He appears frequently as a design expert on national television in addition to authoring numerous articles on the subject. Eric has also lectured at FIT and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He currently lives in New York with his son Ronan.


On Air: June 28, 2016

Kat Cole

Kat Cole, Group President of Focus Brands

Kat Cole on leadership and innovation from her time at Cinnabon.

Former president of Cinnabon Inc., now Group President of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, where she leads global, multi-channel businesses in licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce for all 6 brands that operate across 65 countries: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAllister’s, and Carvel. Kat is an angel investor, humanitarian and philanthropist focused on elevating self-sufficiency through education, technology and access to opportunity around the world. She is the co-founder of Changers of Commerce, chair of the board of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and a mentor, board member and advisor to emerging, retail, education and tech startups. Kat is a frequent guest for global business media, was featured on CBS’ “Undercover Boss”, named one of Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 and one of CNBC’s Next 25 List of Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors. Her Twitter handle best describes her: “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, YGL, EDM fan, Coffee-Loving Chronic Learner”.


On Air: June 28, 2016

Keith Wilmot

Keith Wilmot, President & CEO of Leadercast

Keith Wilmot explains the new Leadercast conference and shares lessons from his time at Coca-Cola.

Keith reflects back on the idea behind Coca-Cola’s Freestyle machines:

Hear this story and many more in the Innovation Navigation Podcast

Keith Wilmot is the President & CEO of Leadercast. After spending twenty years leading marketing and innovation for global brands, he accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer of a growing leadership company. The mission of Leadercast is to build leaders worth following. Most recently Leadercast launched a new technology platform, Leadercast Now, uniquely designed for time-starved leaders to strengthen leadership insights to action.

Previously, Wilmot was the Global Vice President of Creativity & Insights at The Coca-Cola Company. In this capacity, he founded and launched IGNITOR, an internal creativity and innovation approach. IGNITOR is a now a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company. His team was responsible for solving complex business challenges by translating insight into actionable, commercial ideas. His team also built global creativity and innovation capability throughout the system. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.


On Air: June 21, 2016

John Carter

John Carter, CEO, Noah Basketball

John Carter explains the development of a basketball shooting aid that provides instant feedback to the shooter.

John recalls how the idea for Noah Basketball first got started:

Hear this story and many more in the Innovation Navigation Podcast(Posted the Friday following each air-date)


John Carter is the CEO of Noah Basketball, which is a leader in Basketball Shooting Technology and Shooting Research. John was instrumental in the development of the Noah Shooting Systems that are now being used by top High School, College, and NBA teams around the country. He has worked with thousands of players at all levels of the game and has become an authority on how to improve shooting percentages. He speaks at numerous coaching clinics each year sharing significant unknown facts about shooting. John is also a holder of several issued and pending patents regarding trajectory based sports and gaming. Prior to Noah Basketball, John spent eight years with Group Dekko where he started up 4 manufacturing plants in AL and TX and ran a corporate division that grew to $85 million in annual revenue. He was also a founder of Redklay Solutions, which was later merged with FullScope, Inc. where he served as Chairman of the Board until the company was acquired by publicly traded, Edgewater, Inc. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He has been married to his College sweetheart Lisa, for 25 years and has 2 sons, Jonathan and Michael.


On Air: June 14, 2016

Matthew E. May

Matthew E. May, Author, Winning the Brain Game

Matthew May describes his experience teaching the Fatal Flaws of Thinking to a room full of Los Angeles Bomb Disposal crews.

Hear this story and many more in the Innovation Navigation Podcast!

Matthew E. May is an innovation strategist and the author of five books, the latest being Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking. He writes the bimonthly Brain Game column for INC. Magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AMEX Open Forum, Strategy+Business, Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review blogs. Matt holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, but he counts winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest as one of his most creative achievements.


On Air: June 14, 2016

Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson

Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson, Authors, Play Bigger

What do Amazon, Uber, and IKEA have in common? Co-founding partners at Play Bigger Advisors talk "category design" and their new book, Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets.

Hear this story and many more in the Innovation Navigation Podcast!


Al Ramadan has been a CEO, entrepreneur, operating executive and sailing technologist. Al co-founded Quokka Sports, which pioneered data-intensive sports immersion on the Internet and revolutionized the way people experienced sport. He then joined Macromedia — and Adobe, after Adobe acquired Macromedia — where he spent almost ten years changing the way people think about great digital experiences on the Web and on then-new mobile devices. At Adobe, Al led teams that created the Rich Internet Applications category and helped develop the discipline of experience design.

Al started his career as a mathematician and software engineer — an old-school data scientist. He cut his teeth writing Fortran 77 on a VAX 11/780 and still writes the odd piece of Python code. In the ‘80s he built real time analytics engines for big steel manufacturers and brewing companies. In the early ‘90s he applied data science to Australia’s Americas Cup — an innovation in sports performance analytics. His work in sailing led directly to the idea for Quokka.

Al loves the outdoors and remote expeditions. He has hiked the John Muir Trail, sailed in the Sydney / Hobart yacht race, surfed Mavericks, lived on remote atolls in the Pacific and Indian oceans and can often be found bombing back country lines around Tahoe on a split board. He is also a mentor, father and favorite uncle to an ever-growing circle of next-generation superstars.

Dave Peterson has been an entrepreneur, chief marketing officer, master of execution, and fixer of crappy marketing.

Dave grew up on an Iowa farm and started his career in a marketing agency. He then sold all of his belongings and drove to Silicon Valley to try to succeed in business while carrying few expectations that he would. He landed at CRM software company Vantive, then did a tour of duty as head of communications at Mercury Interactive, and was CMO at Aggregate Knowledge and Coverity. He co-founded — and eventually mercifully killed — his own start-up called GiveMeTalk!

Dave (apparently) loves crashing his mountain bike on Northern California trails, avoiding trees on his snowboard, traveling to non-predictable places with his adopted brothers and friends, and learning new things from his daughter every day.


On Air: July 19, 2016

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly, Author of THE INEVITABLE: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

What will the next 10,000 business plans in Silicon Valley look like? Kevin Kelly explains.

In this clip, Kevin illustrates two different visions of our A.I. future, by looking at what happened in the world of competitive chess after Deep Blue defeated Gary Kasparov…

Hear this story and many more in the Innovation Navigation Podcast


For over thirty years Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired, has been one of the most far-sighted participants in and reporters on the culture of technology. As David Pogue (Yahoo Tech) explains, “anyone can claim to be a prophet, a fortune teller, or a futurist, and plenty of people do. What makes Kevin Kelly different is that he’s right.” In THE INEVITABLE: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, Kelly explains the changes we can expect to see in the next thirty years and how these changes will impact every facet of our lives.


On Air: June 7, 2016

Madhavan Ramanujam

Madhavan Ramanujam, Author, Monetizing Innovation

What is the value of having the price point conversation ahead of product development? Author Madhavan Ramanujam explains.

Listen to Madhavan’s “Tale of Two Cars,” the Porsche Cayenne and the Dodge Dart, and learn how the difference between success and failure of a product can come down to designing around the right price:

Hear this story and much more from Madhavan in our podcast.


Madhavan Ramanujam is a board member and partner at Simon-Kucher & Partners based in its San Francisco/Silicon Valley office. Advising companies of all sizes from Fortune 500s to startups, Ramanujam has led more than 125 monetization projects for Internet, software and technology clients, helping bring numerous new products to market.


On Air: May 24, 2016

Steve Oesterle and John Mason

Steve Oesterle and John Mason, Directors of BioWALL

How do you make the innovative science of a new microbiocide relevant to farmers? Sabre execs discuss their new venture, BioWALL:


Hear more about BioWALL’s innovation in science and technology in our podcast.


Mr. Oesterle is the Chief Executive Officer of BioWALL, LLC and has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Sabre Companies since 2009. Prior to this role he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Giuliani Capital Advisors as well as a Partner and Managing Director at Giuliani Partners since 2003. Prior to that time, Mr. Oesterle was most recently Vice Chairman of Ernst & Young, where he had responsibility for the Corporate Finance practice, which included the Financial Strategy and Transaction Solutions businesses.

Mr. Oesterle has an extensive background in strategic consulting, financing placement, and mergers and acquisitions advisory work, including his role as Chairman of Ernst & Young’s investment banking broker/dealer, combined with responsibilities related to the redesign of the firm’s overall marketing and sales strategies. Mr. Oesterle has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic planning and transactions, and has been the advisor to numerous companies with acquisitions, divestitures, nancing strategies, and other deal structures.

Mr. Mason is the Chief Science Officer of the Sabre Companies and its affiliates. Mr. Mason founded the chlorine dioxide panel on the American Chemistry Council in 1988 to develop standards for the chlorine dioxide industry for disinfection of drinking water and food, and for industrial applications. This group developed the data required for chlorine dioxide use as a primary disinfectant for drinking water in the United States and continues to support EPA in the development of regulations and standards for municipal water and wastewater disinfection. He is regarded as a national leading expert in response solutions to complex emergencies related to environmental contamination and human health risk. Further, the EPA, U.S. congressional committees, Department of Homeland Security, and other major parties have recognized him as a leading authority on chlorine dioxide. Mr. Mason has been the lead technical advisor to governmental agencies and commercial businesses on numerous events, ranging from the U.S. Capitol anthrax attack, to large biopharmaceutical and agribusiness viral contaminations, to biosecurity protocols and on-site evaluation of former Soviet Union weapons facilities.

Mr. Mason also has extensive experience in the oil & gas industry, providing treatment services for almost twenty years. Mr. Mason’s experience in the chemical industry is extensive, with duties including design and operation of chemical manufacturing facilities, health and safety audits, chemical and industrial accident investigation, determination and remediation of gas, liquid, and solid chemical releases, and the development of analytical methods.



On Air: June 7, 2016

Sidney Levy

Sidney Levy, Director of Design, Volvo CE

How much do looks matter for construction equipment? Volvo Design Director Sidney Levy explains the importance of aesthetics.

Hear this and more stories from Levy’s time at Volvo in our podcast. 



Sidney Levy has worked for Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) for four years. As the company’s design director he is responsible for the design of the complete customer journey, ensuring a consistent message is expressed at all customer touchpoints. Prior to joining Volvo CE, Mr. Levy worked in the automobile industry, designing cars for a number of renowned international manufacturers.

Mr. Levy was born in Strasbourg, France. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Transportation Design from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. He also holds an MBA from the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

One of the big projects Mr. Levy is currently working on with his design team involves developing a new service platform for Volvo Co-Pilot. The interconnecting system will optimize machine usage and address operator challenges.

Mr. Levy’s native language is French and he speaks fluent English, German and Italian. He currently lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.


On Air: June 21, 2016

Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne, Co-author, Platform Revolution

Marshall Van Alstyne explains a platform business and how various industries can benefit from this type of innovation.

Marshall W. Van Alstyne is a professor at Boston University and a visiting scholar and research fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. Van Alstyne is a world expert on information economics and has made fundamental contributions to IT productivity and to theories of network effects. His coauthored work on two-sided networks is taught in business schools worldwide. In addition, he holds patents in information privacy protection and on spam prevention methods. Van Alstyne has been honored with six best paper awards and National Science Foundation IOC, SGER, iCORPS, SBIR and Career Awards. He is an adviser to leading executives, a frequent keynote speaker, a former entrepreneur, and a consultant to startups and to Global 100 companies. He received his BA from Yale and his MS and PhD from MIT.


On Air: October 11, 2016

Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan, Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Vijay Govindarajan is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business and the Founding Director of the Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He is co-author of “Engineering Reverse Innovations,” winner of the HBR McKinsey Award for 2015. He is ranked #3 on the Thinkers50 list of the world’s most influential business thinkers and has appeared on CNBC-TV and Bloomberg TV and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Businessweek. He has worked with CEOs and top management teams in more than 25% of the Fortune 500 firms to discuss, challenge, and escalate their thinking about strategy. He is the author of several previous books including the New York Times bestseller Reverse Innovation. He grew up in India where he learned the Hindu philosophy of creation, destruction and preservation that is the basis of The Three Box Solution.


On Air: May 17, 2016

John Sculley

John Sculley, Former Apple and Pepsi CEO and Author of Moonshot

How did dropping a plastic Pepsi bottle in a meeting with Walmart launch the cola wars? John Sculley explains more from his time as Pepsi's youngest CEO.

Hear this story and many others from Sculley’s time at Pepsi, Apple, and his many recent ventures in our podcast.


John Sculley is one of America’s best-known business leaders, with one foot in the storied history of Apple technology and the other planted firmly in 21st century innovations that change the way the world does business. Few entrepreneurs have been as successful across so many fields as Sculley. His success stories include telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, high technology, Internet services, consumer marketing, and outsourcing services.

Drawing upon many years of experience as a corporate executive, investor, entrepreneur, mentor, and rainmaker, Sculley has become a sought-after global storyteller for the digital revolution. He is a gifted speaker, sharing his perspectives on topics such as beyond globalization and reinvention of work, how adaptive companies succeed in an era of the commoditization of almost everything, solving healthcare through innovation, and new big brand consumer health services.

Best known today as the former CEO of Apple Computer, Sculley’s corporate career began in 1967 when, armed with a Wharton MBA, he was hired by Pepsi-Cola Company as a trainee. Three years later, he became the company’s youngest vice president for marketing, applying his ideas about “experience based marketing” to the Pepsi Generation campaign. He initiated the Pepsi Challenge taste tests, and oversaw development and launch of the first plastic soft drink bottle, which together dethroned Coca-Cola. By 1977, Sculley was Pepsi-Cola Company’s youngest President & CEO.

John Sculley is author newly released, MOONSHOT! Game Changing Strategies on How to Build a Billion Dollar Business. John is managing partner of Sculley Family Office with his wife Diane and they reside in Palm Beach, Florida.


On Air: May 10, 2016

Geoff Tuff

Geoff Tuff, Principal, Doblin

How can established companies develop a long-term plan for innovation? Doblin Principal Geoff Tuff joins our conversation on innovation around the edges.

I am—first and foremost—a strategist at heart with a deep interest in helping companies grow in nontraditional ways. I am a Principal at Monitor Deloitte and have responsibility for leading Doblin, the firm’s innovation practice.
Prior to this, I was a senior partner at Monitor Group and a member of its global Board of Directors. Since I first joined Monitor in 1992, I have worked broadly across industries—pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, beverages, information services, financial services, telecommunications, metals, chemicals, industrial products and beyond. For all of that time, I have focused exclusively on helping companies grow.
Throughout my career, I have been at the heart of developing some of Monitor’s—and now Deloitte’s—core methodologies related to driving profitable topline growth for clients. I love speaking and writing and articles of mine have been published in a variety of magazines, including the Harvard Business Review.


On Air: May 10, 2016

Bridget Karlin

Bridget Karlin, Managing Director, IoT Strategy and Technology Office, Intel Corp.

What does the buzzword #IoT really mean? Intel exec Bridget Karlin explains more in our conversation about innovation around the edges.

Bridget Karlin is managing director of the IoT strategy and technology office at Intel Corp.’s Internet of Things Group. She is responsible for managing the IoT commercialization and product strategy across all of Intel’s assets, including development of strategic business objectives, an end-to-end implementation strategy, driving external industry and partner leadership, and defining new business model innovation and the product roadmap for IoT solutions and services that will enable Intel to accelerate growth. Earlier, Karlin was responsible for driving Intel’s datacenter software portfolio synergies to deliver more complete customer solutions, and was also the general manager of the Intel Hybrid Cloud business. Previously, she held management positions with CompuCom, KPN/Getronics, Redleaf Venture Capital and Union Bank, and was president and co-founder of Thinque Systems, a pioneer in mobile software deployed in 43 countries. Karlin received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


On Air: April 19, 2016

Bill Fischer

Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management at IMD

Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management at IMD, on China and innovation.

Bill Fischer is a Professor of Innovation Management at IMD. He co-founded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and also authors a regular column for entitled “The Ideas Business,” (

An engineer by training, American by citizenship, Bill has lived much of his life in Asia and Europe. He held a full-professorship and endowed chair on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1976-1998), first moved to China in 1980, and later became the President of the China Europe International Business School [CEIBS], in Shanghai (1997-1999). He has been awarded the Silver Magnolia award, Shanghai’s highest award for foreigners contributing to the city’s development, in 1999.

He first joined IMD in 1990, and was part of the IMD team that developed the Managerial Deep Dive process for improved innovation conversations.

His most recent books include: Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier has Changed the Way that Big Companies Transform [with Umberto Lago & Fang Liu], The Idea Hunter (2011) and Virtuoso Teams (2005) [both coauthored with Andy Boynton]. All of these books address issues of innovation and talent development and expression in a variety of organizational settings.

In 2011, Bill was named by The Independent [U.K.] as one of the most influential tweeters on business issues; and by as one of the “Top 50 Innovation Tweeters of 2012”, as well as one of’s 40 top innovation bloggers in 2012. In 2013, he was included among “The Top 50 Business School Professors on Twitter,” and Innovation Excellence’s “Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2013”. Also, in 2013, Reinventing Giants, which addresses business model and corporate culture reinvention in a mature, commodity business, has been short-listed for Thinkers50 “book of the year” award.


On Air: April 19, 2016

Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark, Author, Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built

Duncan Clark joins us to discuss his new book, Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built

Duncan Clark has been based in Beijing since 1994, when he founded the leading investment advisory firm BDA China after four years as a technology investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. In 1994, he founded the leading investment advisory firm BDA China. An expert on China’s Internet sector, Clark has been invited to Stanford University as a Visiting Scholar, where the co-founded the “China 2.0” research program. A UK citizen who grew up in the US and France, Clark divides his time between Beijing and fresh air outposts in the San Francisco Bay Area and London.


On Air: April 12, 2016

Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell, CEO, Two Bit Circus

Brent Bushnell on the business of play and his work with Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company which builds products and events that combine story and technology.

Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company which builds products and events that combine story and technology. Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a high-tech entertainment showcase and workshop to inspire invention. They built a 360 video pipeline and deployed VR with haptic feedback for events with clients including NFL, NBA, Indy, Olympics, Sundance and more. They regularly serve as immersive entertainment partners for brands and location-based facilities. Previously, he was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was a founding member of Syyn Labs, a creative collective creating stunts for brands like Google and Disney and responsible for the viral hit Rube Goldberg music video for OK Go which garnered 45 million views. Brent enjoys mentoring teens in entrepreneurship and publishes @brentbushnell on Twitter.


On Air: April 12, 2016

Bill Nottingham

Bill Nottingham, Principal, Nottingham Spirk

Return guest Bill Nottingham talks open innovation.

Bill Nottingham is a principal of Nottingham Spirk, a leading business innovation firm, founded in 1972. NS has generated nearly 1,000 global commercialized patents. The Nottingham Spirk “Vertical InnovationTM” process has helped their client / partner companies earn over $50 billion in combined sales.

The NS innovation team excels in enabling companies to build businesses in adjacent categories and to disrupt markets. They have also co-founded new venture companies, many of which have been acquired. One venture-capital backed company, co-founded by NS was the Dr. Johns SpinBrush Company, later acquired by Procter & Gamble for $475 million. It resulted in the Crest Spinbrush, the largest selling powered toothbrush line. NS also co-created the P&G’s Swiffer SweeperVac; Scott’s Snap Spreader System; helped to build the Dirt Devil product line from the beginning; and developed the Sherwin-Williams Twist & Pour paint container platform, named one of the Top 10 Package Innovations of the Decade.

NS recently collaborated with MTD Products to develop Troy-Bilt FLEX, the first modular out-door power equipment system, resulting in MTD winning Lowes 2015 Innovator of the Year Award.

Nottingham Spirk has developed an effective methodology for tech transfer and commercialization, collaborating with Cleveland Clinic, NASA and others. For example, starting with a Case Western Reserve University technology, NS co-created CardioInsight ECVue, the first non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping system. Medtronic recently acquired this technology for $93 million plus an earn-out.

Bill Nottingham serves on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Advisory Committee for CWRU think[box] maker space, the Technology Advisory Board for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and boards of several private equity companies.

Bill has been featured on Bloomberg Radio, Sirius XM and NPR. He was a keynote speaker for the Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes Reinventing America Summit, The City Club of Cleveland, the RPM Global Leadership Summit and National Association of Medical Illustration Conference.

Nottingham Spirk has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Japan Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wired and Fast Company.




On Air: April 5, 2016

Serguei Netessine

Serguei Netessine, Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD

Sergei Netessine, Professor of Global Technology, explains the role start-ups can play for established businesses.

Serguei Netessine is The Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD and the Research Director of the INSEAD-Wharton alliance. Prior to joining INSEAD in 2010, he has been a faculty member at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He lived and worked in Russia, USA, France and now in Singapore.

Prof. Netessine received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he also received MS/Ph.D. degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester. His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence and he worked on these topics with numerous government and Fortune-500 organizations including Federal Aviation Administration (USA), Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, ABB and US Air Force. He serves on advisory boards of multiple startup companies and he is an active angel investor. Prof. Netessine also regularly participates in industry and government-organized forums on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, including World Economic Forum in Davos and World Knowledge Forum in Seoul.

Professor Netessine has been the recipient of several teaching awards for delivering classes to MBA and Executive MBA students at the Wharton School and INSEAD, and he frequently teaches and directs Executive Education Programs, including Massive On-Line programs for Microsoft and Accenture (10,000+ participants). Prolific academic writer, professor Netessine holds senior editorial positions at several leading academic journals and he co-authored dozens of publications in prominent management journals, including Management Science, Marketing Science, Operations Research, Harvard Business Review and other. His work has received extensive media coverage in CIO Magazine, The Economist, Forbes, Huffington Post, Multichannel Merchant, New York Times, US News, Business Standard and Strategy & Business and other press.

His latest book “The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that will Define Your Company” was published by Harvard Business Press in 2014. It received 2015 Axiom Business book award for “Business Theory.”


On Air: April 5, 2016

Shu Hattori

Shu Hattori, Author, The McKinsey Edge

We go inside one of the world's top consulting firms with Shu Hattori, author of The McKinsey Edge.

Shu Hattori is an author of a global leadership book called The McKinsey Edge (McGraw-Hill Publishing), which centers around the notion that leaders can be successfully developed once the individual realizes he or she has the potential within. The success principles outlined in the book are based on his own personal experiences while at McKinsey and insights he acquired from others around him.

While at McKinsey & Company, he served in advanced industries, high-tech, and media in Asia, North America and Europe for more than five years.

Shu also co-founded Knowledge Flow, a China-Japan job portal that focuses on training and bridging IT software engineers to high-tech Japanese companies such as Hitachi and Toshiba.

From 2011 to 2012, he joined an Internet-service based venture capital and helped start-up in Asia, focusing on maintaining quality people and robust growth at the same time. Later, he went on to create a wedding/proposal event company, Wedding for Two, in Taipei where he was invited to talk on local TV stations and trend magazines, planning over 100 different proposals a year.

Shu earned an MBA from National Taiwan University with a full government sponsored scholarship and a bachelor’s degree in commerce with distinction from McGill University in Canada. He avidly enjoys writing and thinking. When you think more, you learn more. When you put them in writing, it becomes a reality.


On Air: March 29, 2016

Joshua Gans

Joshua Gans, Professor and Author

Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto, discusses his new book, The Disruption Dilemma.

Joshua Gans is a Professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (with a cross appointment in the Department of Economics). Since 2013, he has also been Area Coordinator of Strategic Management. Joshua is also Chief Economist of the University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab. Prior to 2011, he was the foundation Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne and prior to that he was at the School of Economics, University of New South Wales. In 2011, Joshua was a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research (New England). Joshua holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an honors degree in economics from the University of Queensland. In 2012, Joshua was appointed as a Research Associate of the NBER in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.

At Rotman, he teaches MBA and Commerce students Network and Digital Market Strategy. He has also co-authored (with Stephen King and Robin Stonecash) the Australasian edition of Greg Mankiw’s Principles of Economics (published by Cengage), Core Economics for Managers (Cengage), Finishing the Job (MUP) and Parentonomics (New South/MIT Press) and Information Wants to be Shared (Harvard Business Review Press). His most recent book is The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press, 2016).

While Joshua’s research interests are varied he has developed specialities in the nature of technological competition and innovation, economic growth, publishing economics, industrial organisation and regulatory economics. This has culminated in publications in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. Joshua serves as an associate editor of Management Science and the Journal of Industrial Economics and is on the editorial boards of the BE Journals of Economic Analysis and Policy, Economic Analysis and Policy, Games and the Review of Network Economics. In 2007, Joshua was awarded the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award. In 2008, Joshua was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia. Details of his research activities can be found here. In 2011, Joshua (along with Fiona Murray of MIT) received a grant for almost $1 million from the Sloan Foundation to explore the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution.

On the consulting side, Joshua is managing director of Core Economic Research and an Academic Associate with The Brattle Group. In the past, Joshua has worked with several established consulting firms including London Economics, Frontier Economics and Charles River Associates. He has also been retained by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Trade Commission where he worked on expert testimony in several abuse of market power cases as well as on issues in telecommunications network competition. Overall his consulting experience covers energy (gas and electricity markets), telecommunications, financial services and banking, pharmaceuticals and rail transport.


On Air: March 29, 2016

Mike Psiaki

Mike Psiaki, Senior Designer, the LEGO Group

How do you design toy sets like Lego's Ferrari F40? We talk to Mike Psiaki, Senior Designer with the LEGO Group.

Mike Psiaki is a Senior Designer with the LEGO Group. He has been designing products for the LEGO(r) Creator and LEGO(r) Creator Expert product lines for nearly four years. When he’s not trying to figure out new ways to put LEGO bricks together he spends his time exploring the running trails and parks in the small town of Vejle, Denmark where he lives with his wife and son. He is currently working on all sorts of new LEGO products that he’s not meant to talk about.


On Air: March 15, 2016

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan

How can innovation become part of our daily lives? Dr. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks explores effective ways to brainstorm, test, and evaluate ideas.

Dr. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks is a professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan with graduate training in Cultural Anthropology. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Southern California and has had visiting appointments at universities in Singapore, France, Turkey and Russia. His research on bricolage advances our understanding of how individuals, teams and organizations can be more innovative.


On Air: March 8, 2016

Barbara Kurshan

Barbara Kurshan, Executive Director of Academic Innovation, UPenn Graduate School of Education

How is innovation occurring in education? Dr. Barbara Kurshan shares her experience as both an academic and an award-winning entrepreneur.

Dr. Barbara Kurshan provides executive-level leadership for a series of entrepreneurially-focused programs and efforts, and helps develop new degree and non-degree programs at the Penn Graduate School of Education. She serves as a leader for the annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, bringing over 35 years of experience in education and technology to Penn GSE.
Dr. Kurshan’s career as both an academic and an award-winning entrepreneur is centered on her vision of “what can be,” using technology while supporting the growth of new education companies and developing innovative software products. She began her teaching career at Virginia Tech, where she obtained her doctorate, and was the Director of Academic Computing and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hollins College for many years. Dr. Kurshan researched the impact of technology on learning and helped her students explore the applications of technology across the curricula.
As an educational entrepreneur, Dr. Kurshan serves on the boards of several education companies. She developed the first children’s software products for Microsoft, and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (Pearson), and others. Previously, she served as President of Educorp Consultants Corporation, providing strategic consulting and seed funding in the areas of education, technology and innovation. While Executive Vice President of WorldSage, a consortium of for-profit higher education institutions in the EU to address education for the 21st century, Dr. Kurshan identified innovative investments in learning institutions. As Executive Director of Curriki, she helped build one of the most innovative and robust global open-source education communities. Additionally, Dr. Kurshan previously served as co-CEO of Core Learning an education investment fund, and as the Chief Academic Officer of bigchalk.
Her recent awards include the prestigious WISE Award for Innovation at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, and the 20 to Watch award from NASBE in 2009. In 2008, Dr. Kurshan was named Laureate, Tech Awards from Technology Benefiting Humanity. She was awarded the 2007 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize. In 2005, Dr. Kurshan received the ISTE Making It Happen award and the Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award.


On Air: March 1, 2016

Suzy Ganz

Suzy Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers

How do you spark innovation in an older, traditional business? Suzy Ganz of manufacturing company Lion Brothers explains how to stay innovative.

Susan J. Ganz is the CEO and Principal Shareholder of Lion Brothers Co. a leading designer and manufacturer of apparel identity. Established in 1899, Lion’s clients include lifestyle and licensed sports apparel brands such as Nike, Adidas, Underarmour, VF and Puma as well as leading organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA and Little League Baseball. Lion also manufactures products for the Federal and Commercial Uniform sector, College Bookstore Brands as well as Internet, Catalog and Bricks and Mortar retailers.

Lion is recognized throughout the industry for the company’s unwavering commitment to innovation.


On Air: March 15, 2016

Nathan Eagle

Nathan Eagle, Co-founder and CEO, Jana

Nathan Eagle’s business, Jana, is the largest provider of free unrestricted internet access in emerging markets. Eagle explains this innovative model and what this extra access to data may mean for the future of great ideas.

Nathan Eagle is the co-founder and CEO of Jana, the largest provider of free unrestricted internet access in emerging markets. Nathan also holds an adjunct assistant professor position at Harvard University. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and master’s degrees in management science and engineering and electrical engineering. His Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory on reality mining was declared one of the “10 technologies most likely to change the way we live” by the MIT Technology Review. He was also named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2014.


On Air: March 1, 2016

Michael Klassen

Michael Klassen, Author, HIPPIE INC.

Michael Klassen, author of HIPPIE INC, explores how the hippie subculture has impacted the business world over the past few decades.

MICHAEL KLASSEN is a marketing professor at the University of Northern Iowa, business consultant, and the author of five books and over fifty journal articles. He received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in 1987 and since that time has spoken to audiences at national and international conferences and invited lectureships in Asia, Europe, and South America. His research has been featured on ABC 20/20, NBC News Magazine Europe/Asia, and he has appeared on Dateline NBC.

Klassen is the author of HIPPIE INC.: The Misunderstood Subculture That Changed the Way We Live and Generated Billions of Dollars in the Process.


On Air: April 26, 2016

Michael Horn

Michael Horn, Author and Education Expert

Michael Horn on innovation and education.

Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank; he serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions; and he is the director of the Education + Technology fund, a joint philanthropic project of Two Sigma and Robin Hood with the mission of unlocking the potential of technology to advance achievement for low-income students.

Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.

He is on the board of Fidelis Education, Education Elements, Global Personalized Academics, the Silicon Schools Fund, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Minerva Institute. He serves as an advisor to Intellus Learning,Pedago, Knod, Everest Education, AltSchool, Degreed, the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the Education Innovation Advisory Board at Arizona State University, and the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he is an executive editor at Education Next.

Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


On Air: February 16, 2016

Dan Levitin

Dan Levitin, Neuroscientist, Musician, and Author

Dan Levitin explains the connection between music and the brain. Can a song increase our work productivity?

DANIEL J. LEVITIN, PhD, is the James McGill Professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University—where he also teaches in the graduate school of business—and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs.

Levitin earned his B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science at Stanford University, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon, researching complex auditory patterns and pattern processing in expert and non-expert populations. He completed post-doctoral training at Stanford University Medical School (in Neuroimaging) and at UC Berkeley (in Cognitive Psychology).

For ten years, Levitin worked as a session musician, commercial recording engineer, live sound engineer, and record producer for countless rock groups (including work with Santana, Narada Michael Walden, and The Grateful Dead), and also served as Vice President of A&R for 415/Columbia Records. Levitin has been awarded 17 gold and platinum records.

Levitin brings the full force of his experience as a consultant to companies as diverse as AT&T, Apple, Wells Fargo Bank, Sirius XM, and Philips Electronics, as well as every major record label. He has also consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and worked for two years at Paul Allen’s Interval Research Corporation, a Silicon Valley computer firm where he worked on issues in Human-Computer Interaction, and Applications of Cognitive Psychology. He taught at Stanford University for 10 years, as a Lecturer in the Departments of Music, Anthropology, History of Science, Computer Science (Program on Human-Computer Interaction), and Psychology.

Levitin has written extensively, both in scientific journals and mainstream press, and has appeared frequently on national media, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox News Channel, PBS Newshour, various NPR shows, and The Discovery Channel.


On Air: February 16, 2016

Christian Gansch

Christian Gansch, International Conductor, Producer, and Consultant

What can businesses learn from orchestras? Grammy Award Winner Christian Gansch explores what it takes to create harmony within a team.

Grammy winner Christian Gansch, highly regarded internationally as a conductor, producer and consultant, was born in Austria in 1960. His book “From Solo to Symphony – What businesses can learn from orchestras” was published in 2006, and he is a keynote speaker of the highest calibre.

From 1981 to 1990 Christian was leader of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. He then moved into the music industry and produced over 190 CDs worldwide with artists such as Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado and Anna Netrebko. Winner of four Grammys, amongst many other international awards, Christian lectures in German and English. He was the recipient of the Record Academy Award Tokyo, for conductor in the category “Best Concerto Disc” for Beethoven’s five piano concertos, and as a producer for Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Berlin Staatskapelle under the baton of Pierre Boulez.

During his time as a conductor Christian worked with the English BBC Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. He conducted Beethoven’s 9 symphonies with the Orchestra Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 2004 and gave his Proms debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall. As an opera conductor, he celebrated success in England with Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.”

With two distinct perspectives of the musical world, as a musician and as a manager, he has been able to create a unique coaching concept, which demonstrates the similarities between orchestras and company structures.

Gansch compares these similarities and demonstrates what companies can learn from the complex structures in orchestras, which outwardly look like a perfect unit to the audience. Orchestras with their high potential for human conflicts, leadership issues and complex integrated communications are a perfect example of how to bring a huge variety of specialists and instruments together to form one integrated harmonious unit.

Since 2003 Gansch has worked as a consultant for a number of major companies with direct reference to communication and “orchestral consciousness”. He has also published two books on this subject, “Vom Solo zur Sinfonie” and “Wer auftritt, muss spielen”.


On Air: February 9, 2016

Vince Bryan

Vince Bryan, CEO, Whooshh Innovations

Vince Bryan, CEO of Whoosh Innovations, discusses his popular invention: the salmon cannon.

Vincent Bryan III, or “Vince 3″—as he is known to his friends and colleagues—brings to the Whooshh team an in‐depth understanding of agriculture, based on work “in the field” in his family’s extensive Washington State orchards and vineyards, as well as a proven track record in helping innovative startup companies grow and prosper by protecting and leveraging their technology and patent portfolios.

This unique combination of hands‐on experience and expertise has helped Whooshh Innovations develop a product portfolio that is uniquely suited to meeting the needs of agribusiness in an increasingly competitive labor market. Today, he leads the legal, strategic, and business efforts of Picker Technologies LLC, a Whooshh Innovations company started in 2007. Bryan has helped raise millions of dollars from both private and public sources to fund the company’s development.

Prior to co‐founding Whooshh, Bryan was Associate General Counsel at Adobe Systems (Nasdaq: ADBE), where he managed multiple legal teams including those responsible for Creative Pro (Adobe’s largest revenue‐generating product); Corporate Marketing; Adobe’s core technologies; as well as general Trademarks and Copyrights. While at Adobe Systems, Bryan received the Company’s coveted Founders’ Award, an honor that is bestowed upon a few exceptional individuals who are nominated by their peers and selected by Adobe’s co‐founders John Warnock and Chuck Geshke.

Bryan spent five years in private practice at Bane & Bryan, a firm he founded, where he practiced international business and licensing law before joining Adobe Systems. In 2004, Bryan was recruited to lead several privately held start‐ups under the umbrella company Montage Management. As CEO of Montage, Bryan successfully transformed several new business concepts with zero revenues to operating business with more than $4 million dollars in annual revenue.

He attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he earned two B.A. degrees (economics and political science). He subsequently attended Seattle University School of Law, where he received his J.D. degree, followed by a Master of Law degree in Transnational Business Transactions from the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.


On Air: February 9, 2016

David Livermore

David Livermore, Author, Driven by Difference

How can diversity improve innovation? David Livermore explains and discusses his new book, Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity.

David Livermore, PhD, is the author of Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity. He is also president of the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, MI, a visiting scholar at Nanyang Business School in Singapore, and has worked with leaders in more than 100 countries.


On Air: February 2, 2016

Adam Davis

Adam Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Tait Towers

From Katy Perry to U2, Tait Towers has provided the stage design, architecture, and scenery for some of music’s top talent. We talk to Chief Creative Officer, Adam Davis, to explore this development process.


On Air: February 2, 2016

Bill and John Nottingham

Bill and John Nottingham, Principals, Nottingham Spirk

Whether it’s improving the Swiffer or packaging mouthwash, innovation firm Nottingham Spirk is behind some of the products we use every day. Father and son team John and Bill Nottingham explore the process of developing billion dollar ideas.

John Nottingham and Bill Nottingham are two of the principals of Nottingham Spirk, a leading business innovation firm with nearly 1,000 commercialized patents. The Nottingham Spirk “Vertical InnovationTM” process has helped client / partner companies earn over $50 billion in combined sales.

Their NS innovation team has co-created such award winning innovations as SpinBrush, the largest selling powered toothbrush line; Swiffer SweeperVac; Scott’s Snap Spreader System; dozens of Dirt Devil / Hoover products; Sherwin-Williams Twist & Pour paint container platform, named one of the Top 10 Package Innovations of the Decade; MTD Troy-Bilt FLEX, the first modular outdoor power equipment system; CardioInsight EC Vue, the first non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping system (a technology originally created at Case Western Reserve University and acquired by Medtronic); ViewRay, the first MRI guided radiation therapy device; and HeathSpot, the world’s first retail telemedicine / medical device system.

John Nottingham serves on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, CWRU Technology Commercialization Visiting Committee, boards of Global Center for Health Innovation, Great Lakes Biomimicry, Cleveland Institute of Art and University Circle Inc., as well as several private equity company boards of directors.

Bill Nottingham serves as an advisor to CWRU think[box], The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Institute of Art and several private equity companies. Bill was a keynote speaker for the Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes Reinventing America Summit, The City Club of Cleveland, the RPM Global Leadership Summit and National Association of Medical Illustration Conference.

Nottingham Spirk has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Japan Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wired and Fast Company.


On Air: January 26, 2016

Dorothy Leonard

Dorothy Leonard, Author, Deep Smarts

Dorothy Leonard, Harvard Professor of Business Administration and Author of Deep Smarts, explains how to avoid “knowledge loss” in your organization when employees retire.

Dorothy Leonard taught on the Harvard faculty for 20 years, after starting her professional career at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her interest in knowledge management and corporate education derives from over 30 years of research, consulting and teaching about knowledge, innovation, technology commercialization and organizational capabilities. Her book Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation, published by the Harvard Business School Press 1995/1998, is considered seminal in the field. It has been praised as containing in-depth, solidly researched and practical insights into knowledge management. When Sparks Fly: Igniting Creativity in Groups, published in 1999 and co-authored with Walter Swap, explores the theme of knowledge generation. Re-issued in paperback in 2005, it was awarded “Best Book on Creativity” by the European Association for Creativity and Innovation. Also co-authored with Walter Swap, was Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom (Harvard Business School Press, 2005). A practice-oriented follow-up, Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company’s Deep Smarts, co-authored with Walter Swap and Gavin Barton, was published by Harvard Business Publishing in December 2014. In 2011, a selection of her work, including an extensive original introduction was published by World Scientific: Managing Knowledge Assets, Creativity and Innovation.

Professor Leonard has taught MBA and Executive Education courses in managerial leadership, innovation, strategic capabilities, new product and process development, technology strategy and knowledge management. At Harvard, M.I.T., Stanford and for corporations such as Kodak, AT&T, and Johnson & Johnson, she has conducted executive courses on a wide range of innovation and knowledge management-related topics such as designing creative work groups, structuring new product development and knowledge transfer during new product and process development. She initiated, developed and served as faculty chair for executive education programs such as Leveraging Knowledge for the 21st Century, Leading Product Development, and Enhancing Corporate Creativity and has taught in many other Harvard executive programs, including the Program for Management Development, CEO Leadership Forum and the World Bank Program. She also served as a Director of Research for the Harvard Business School and Director of Research and Knowledge Management for the business school’s non-profit entity, Harvard Business School Interactive.

She has consulted with and taught about innovation and knowledge management for governments (e.g., Sweden, Indonesia) and major corporations (e.g., IBM, 3M). She served on the corporate Board of Directors for American Management Systems, a billion-dollar software development and consulting company, and for Guy Gannett Communications. Besides her books, she has written more than 20 articles for academic journals (e.g., “Core Capabilities and Core Rigidities in New Product Development” in Strategic Management Journal, which was awarded the “best paper prize” for influencing the field over time) and for practitioner journals (e.g., 13 articles published in Harvard Business Review). Professor Leonard has also published many book chapters and more than 60 field-based cases used in business school classrooms around the world. In 2013, she was appointed a Leonardo Laureate in Europe for her “thought leadership in Knowledge Management, Innovation and Creativity.” Her Ph.D. is from Stanford University.



On Air: January 26, 2016

John Kounios

John Kounios, Author, The Eureka Factor

John Kounios, Drexel Professor of Psychology and Co-Author of The Eureka Factor, explains how the brain responds to moments of brilliance. Plus, we explore how this scientific research can lead to more of these insightful moments.

John Kounios, PhD, is a professor of psychology and director of Drexel University’s doctoral program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He has published cognitive neuroscience research on insight, creativity, problem solving, memory, and Alzheimer’s disease. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society and serves on a National Science Foundation advisory panel.


On Air: January 19, 2016

Jim Buczkowski

Jim Buczkowski, Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Jim Buczkowski, Director of Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company, speaks to us live from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show!

Jim Buczkowski is a Henry Ford Technical Fellow and Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Advanced Engineering. He is responsible for the research and design of electrical and electronic systems including in-car information and entertainment, telematics, driver information, and active safety systems for Ford vehicles globally.

An in-demand speaker with a knack for engaging his audience, Buczkowski spoke at the Intel Labs Summit in March and gave a keynote address at this year’s Microsoft Global High-Tech Summit on Ford’s SYNC system. These forums bring together leaders in their field to speak about how technology trends will impact future experiences as well as how successful strategies resonate with customer needs.

To say Jim Buczkowski is an early adopter is an understatement. He’s always anxious to experience how technology can change our lives and his home is filled with gadgets ranging from “Nest” thermostats, a 3D home theater, to a web app to control the family swimming pool from a phone or tablet. He is a subscriber to various Beta test programs including Slingbox and TIVO and he is currently getting familiar with Windows 8 loaded on an old Mac Book. He says the best way to evaluate technology is hands on. “It’s easy to envision what technology can do, but I’ve learned that you really don’t understand it until it’s in your hands and you are using it.” He believes a quick prototype, even if it’s not elegant, demoing the experience is extremely powerful and necessary before one can really decide whether the technology can deliver a valuable consumer experience.

Buczkowski is also passionate about the future of innovation and is dedicated to ensuring students and young professionals are prepared to solve the next generation of transportation dilemmas. He is active in Ford’s sponsorship of research projects at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, MIT and with the opening of Ford’s Silicon Valley Research lab, hopes to engage with Stanford as well. Recognizing the need to influence young people to get interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) he provides active support for the SquareOne education network which helps high school and grade school students learn and fosters their interest in Science and Engineering.

Buczkowski also leads the Electrical System Group within SAE International’s Motor Vehicle Council, helping to develop standards for current and emerging technologies. Also with SAE he serves on the Convergence Mobility Council and both leads and supports a couple technical sessions at the Convergence Automotive Electronics event held bi-annually.

Buczkowski has been with Ford for 33 years and has experience in electronics design, electronics manufacturing (including manufacturing assignments in Spain as well as the United States), Product Development quality, and manufacturing and supply chain information technology. He’s been involved or led key projects including Ford’s SYNC and MyFord Touch infotainment systems, Ford’s Common Global Electrical architecture and early in his career, Ford’s first 16 and 32 bit powertrain controls electronic designs.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Buczkowski lives in Troy with his wife and their two daughters. He enjoys playing basketball, bicycling and volleyball with his daughters, home automation, and home video.


On Air: January 19, 2016

Moray Callum

Moray Callum, Vice President, Design, Ford Motor Company

Moray Callum, Vice President of Design at Ford Motor Company, speaks to us live from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show!

Moray Callum is vice president, Design, since Jan. 1, 2014.

In this capacity, Callum leads the design of all concept and production vehicles for the Ford and Lincoln brands globally. He reports to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.

Since 2006, as executive director, Design, The Americas, Callum has had overall responsibility for the design of all cars and trucks created in Ford’s North and South America studios and the new Lincoln products. His successes include the new Ford Fusion, Explorer, Mustang, EcoSport and Lincoln MKZ.

From 2001 to 2006, Callum led the design transformation for Mazda. Based in Japan, he brought to life a new generation of Mazda vehicles including the iconic MX-5 sports car and CX-7 crossover, along with the spirited lineups of Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda5 and Mazda6.

Callum joined Ford in 1995. He has designed key North American products like the 2000 Ford Taurus and the last generation of Ford Super Duty pickups.

His international design career started in 1982 when he began working for Chrysler Corporation, UK and PSA Peugeot Citroën on passenger and commercial vehicles. In 1988, he joined Ghia SpA as a consultant designer, where his work included the reveal of the Ford Ghia Via concept vehicle in 1989.

Callum, born November 1958, graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. He also holds a master’s degree in transportation design from the Royal College of Art in London.


On Air: January 12, 2016

Ken Washington

Ken Washington, Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Dr. Ken Washington, Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering at the Ford Motor Company, speaks to us live from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show!

Dr. Ken Washington is vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at the Ford Motor Company. Appointed in August 2014, Washington leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans.

Prior to joining Ford, he was vice president of the Space Technology Advanced Research and Development Laboratories at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In this role, Washington was responsible for leading an organization of approximately 700 scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D.

Previously, he served as Lockheed Martin Corporation’s first chief privacy officer, a role in which he built the company’s privacy program, set the privacy strategy direction and established a team of privacy professionals to execute the strategy. Washington also previously served as the vice president and chief technology officer for the Lockheed Martin internal IT organization, where he was responsible for shaping the future of the corporation’s information technology enterprise.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in February 2007, Washington served as chief information officer for Sandia National Laboratories, where he also previously served in a variety of technical, management, and program leadership positions.

Washington was born in October 1960. He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI program on International Relations.


On Air: January 12, 2016

Joseph Hinrichs

Joseph Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President of the Americas, Ford Motor Company

Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President of The Americas at Ford Motor Company speaks to us live from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show!

Joe Hinrichs is executive vice president and president, The Americas, Ford Motor Company, effective Dec. 1, 2012.

Prior to this role, Hinrichs served as group vice president and president of Asia Pacific and Africa beginning in December 2009. Hinrichs led Ford’s Asia Pacific growth plan overseeing the construction of nine new manufacturing plants and spearheading a commitment to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to the region by mid-decade. He oversaw all of Ford’s operations and partnerships within the Asia Pacific and Africa region, including those with Changan, JMC, and Mazda. Hinrichs was also Chairman and CEO of Ford China from November 2010 to December 2011.

Previously, Hinrichs served as group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company, responsible for the operations of 105 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants worldwide, and overseeing the company’s global engineering support for stamping, vehicle and powertrain manufacturing.

Hinrichs also had global responsibility for the company’s Material Planning and Logistics, Ford Production System, Manufacturing Business Office and Labor Affairs organizations, as well as Automotive Components Holdings, the Ford-managed temporary business entity comprised of former Visteon Corp. plants and facilities in the United States and Mexico.

From September 2006 to December 2007, Hinrichs was vice president, North America Manufacturing. From October 2005 to September 2006, he was vice president of Vehicle Operations, responsible for 19 assembly plants and eight stamping and tool and die plants in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Prior to that, Hinrichs served as president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. There, he led Ford of Canada’s operations, including the national headquarters, six regional sales offices, five vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, two parts distribution centers, and affiliates including Ford Credit, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover and Hertz.

Before moving to Canada, Hinrichs was director of manufacturing, Vehicle Operations, responsible for the manufacturing, quality, and launch of several Ford sport utility vehicles and trucks produced at six assembly plants.

Hinrichs was executive director of the company’s Material Planning and Logistics organization, from April 2002 to July 2003. In this capacity, he was responsible for material planning, production control, scheduling, inventory management, logistics and total material flow at all Ford’s manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Hinrichs joined Ford in December 2000 as plant manager of the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Prior to joining Ford, he was a partner and senior vice president of Ryan Enterprises Group, a manufacturing investment group in Chicago. Early in his career, Hinrichs spent 10 years at General Motors in various positions in engineering and manufacturing, including plant manager.

Hinrichs was named the 2013 Fortune Magazine Reader’s Choice winner as Businessperson of the Year for the automotive industry. Hinrichs was also named one of the 10 inaugural winners of the Shanghai Pudong Business Person of the Year award in 2013 in recognition of his leadership in growing Ford’s business in China. He was the recipient of the 2008 Shien-Ming Wu Manufacturing Leadership Award, which recognizes manufacturing leaders for their visionary and strategic thinking, courage and impact on the manufacturing industry. Hinrichs was also named to Automotive News’ 2007 All-Stars for Manufacturing. He was recognized for leading Ford’s North American manufacturing team to help boost vehicle quality and improve plant productivity.

Hinrichs was a member of the Board of the Directors of the US-China Business Council from 2010 through 2013.

Hinrichs was co-chairman of the 2006 – 2009 Michigan March of Dimes WalkAmerica campaigns, co-chair of Ford’s 2008 and 2009 Juvenile Diabetes campaign, and operating chairman of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2007 – 2009 Friends of Scouting Leadership campaigns. Hinrichs was the 2013 Arthritis Foundation’s Tribute to Excellence honoree celebrating his leadership in the community.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, in December 1966, Hinrichs earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude from the University of Dayton (Ohio) in 1989, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School in 1994 as a GM Fellow. Hinrichs and his wife, Maria, have three children.


On Air: January 5, 2016

Kyle Hansen

Kyle Hansen, Chief Woof Officer and Founder, Outward Hound

Kyle Hansen, Chief Woof Officer and Founder of Outward Hound, discusses the dog toy market and how he develops new ideas for man’s best friend.


On Air: January 5, 2016

Tom Kuczmarski

Tom Kuczmarski, President and Founder, Kuczmarski Innovation

Tom Kuczmarski, innovation expert and founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, takes us inside the revolutionary ideas coming out of Chicago.

Thomas D. Kuczmarski, president and founder of Kuczmarski Innovation, is a nationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services. Over the course of his career he has helped hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations, learn to systematically unlock the value of innovation. Mr. Kuczmarski teaches product and service innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he is Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar in the Center for Innovation and Technology. For more than three decades, his executive education courses at the Kellogg School have attracted students from around the world.

Mr. Kuczmarski is also founder, along with journalist Dan Miller, of the Chicago Innovation Awards, which annually celebrates, educates, and connects innovators in the Chicago region. The awards are endorsed by every major business association in the Chicago region and showcase the creative spirit of America’s heartland. In 2013, the Awards expanded to include a new venture, The Innovators Connection, designed to help expand the local economy by creating business connections among the region’s innovators, large and small.

Mr. Kuczmarski is the author of six books on innovation and leadership. Innovating Chicago Style: How Local Innovators are Building the National Economy (Book Ends Publishing), written with Dan Miller and Luke Tanen and published in 2012, profiles the first decade of winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards and the lessons of innovation that they reveal. Apples are Square: Thinking Differently about Leadership (Kaplan), co-authored with Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski and published in 2007, explores the qualities of the ideal leader and how to build those qualities into one’s own career. Innovating the Corporation (NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group) reveals the seven steps for achieving growth through innovation. Managing New Products (Book Ends Publishing), now in its third edition, is endorsed by the American Marketing Association and widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive treatises on the development of new products. Values-Based Leadership: Rebuilding Employee Commitment, Productivity and Performance (Prentice-Hall) was also co-authored with Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski. His book Innovation was co-published by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group and the American Marketing Association.

He is extensively published and cited on radio, television, and in national periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, Bloomberg Business Week, The Today Show, Planning Review, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Marketing News, Advertising Age, Crain’s Chicago Business, Business Marketing, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and many more. He has a chapter published on new products and services in the Marketing Encyclopedia, a publication of the American Marketing Association, and serves on the editorial review boards for The Journal of Product Innovation Management and The Journal of Consumer Marketing. In addition, Mr. Kuczmarski is a highly regarded speaker on innovation management and leadership, and lectures nationally and internationally to a broad range of corporations and associations. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and an appointed member of the Illinois Innovation Council.

Before founding Kuczmarski Innovation, he was a Principal at Booz · Allen & Hamilton. While there, Mr. Kuczmarski assisted more than 100 U.S. consumer and industrial goods companies in the areas of marketing, new product development, strategic business analysis and organizational planning. In addition, he led the firm’s in-depth research of the best practices employed by more than 700 U.S. firms in their new product management processes. His prior experience as a brand manager at Quaker Oats Company also provided a solid and broad-based foundation unique to his consulting specialty.

He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s Graduate School of International Affairs, where he was named an International Fellow of the University. He received a B.A. in French from the College of the Holy Cross.



On Air: December 8, 2015

Karel Zimmermann

Karel Zimmermann, Markets Director for the Americas, Puratos Corporation

Revolutionizing the baking industry. Karel Zimmermann, Markets Director for the Americas at Puratos Corporation, explains the research and process involved in producing a simple slice of bread.

Karel Zimmermann serves as Markets Director for the Americas for the Puratos Corporation. He began his career with 3M and joined Puratos in 1995 as General Manager for Puratos Canada. Karel became President of Puratos USA in 2005 and then Regional director for North America in 2008. He joined the Puratos Group Executive Committee reporting to the CEO in 2013 as the Markets Director for the Americas. Karel earned his bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Hasselt, Belgium and also holds an MBA in marketing. Karel is married with five children.


On Air: December 1, 2015

Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese

Nolan Bushnell is credited with pioneering the video game industry, as the founder of Atari Corporation. He also served as one of the first and only bosses for Steve Jobs. Bushnell explains how to identify and retain great talent.

Nolan Bushnell created an industry when he founded Atari in 1972 and gave the world Pong, the first blockbuster videogame. Today his design credo—that games should be “easy to learn and difficult to master”—is inspiring a new generation of developers. A prolific entrepreneur, he has started more than 20 companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first Silicon Valley incubator, and Etak, the first in-car navigation system—not to mention Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. In the process, he pioneered many of the workplace innovations that have long made Silicon Valley a magnet for creative talent. Bushnell was the first and only person ever to hire Steve Jobs, which he details in his 2013 book, Finding the Next Steve Jobs. With his latest startup, BrainRush, he is intent on fixing education with software that uses gamification principles to “addict” students to learning. A biopic, tentatively titled Atari and slated to star Leonardo DiCaprio as Bushnell, is currently in preproduction.


On Air: December 1, 2015

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson, Co-Founder of Rose Park Advisors

From identifying strengths to preparing for personal failure, Whitney Johnson discusses the personal steps needed to become more innovative in your career. Johnson is Co-Founder of Rose Park Advisors and author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

Whitney Johnson is the leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption. Johnson is the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, along with Clayton Christensen where they led the seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion. Having served as president from 2007-2012, Johnson was involved in fund formation, capital raising, and the development of the fund’s strategy. During her tenure, the CAGR of the Fund was 11.98% v. 1.22% for the S&P 500.

Previously, Johnson was an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst for eight consecutive years, and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. As an equity analyst, Ms. Johnson’s stocks under coverage included America Movil (NYSE: AMX), Televisa (NYSE: TV) and Telmex (NYSE: TMX), which accounted for roughly 40% of Mexico’s stock exchange.

Johnson is a frequent contributor and writer, including to the Harvard Business Review, as a Linkedinfluencer, and through other channels. She is the author of two books, the critically-acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015) and Dare, Dream, Do (2012). She is also a prolific speaker and has spoken to audiences of more than 30,000 on her ideas and vision. Johnson is represented by the New Leaf Speakers bureau, along with other thought leaders in business and innovation.

Johnson has received widespread recognition for her work and ideas. She is a 2015 Best in Talent Finalist for Management Thinkers50, one of Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women On Twitter in 2014, and a fellow at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. She co-founded the popular Forty Women Over Forty to Watch. Johnson and her work have been covered in The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, Fast Company, the Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and more.


On Air: December 8, 2015

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, Author

Anastacia Marx de Saucedo is author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat. In this segment, she explores the connections between the military and food industry.

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo is the author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat (Penguin Random House, August 2015). Her writing has appeared in Salon, Slate, the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, and Gourmet magazine and on PBS and NPR blogs, among other places. She’s worked as a public health consultant, news magazine publisher, and public policy researcher. Her current interests are industrial food science and non-munitions defense technology transfer. She lives in Boston, MA. For more information, visit:


On Air: November 17, 2015

Katia Beauchamp

Katia Beauchamp, Cofounder and CEO, Birchbox

Birchbox has seen rapid success through its model of delivering cosmetic samples to subscribers on a monthly basis. Cofounder Katia Beauchamp discusses market disruption, product development, and what's next for her brand.

Katia Beauchamp is the Cofounder and CEO of Birchbox.


On Air: November 17, 2015

Jeffrey Hayzlett

Jeffrey Hayzlett, Primetime TV & Radio Host

Jeffrey Hayzlett is former CMO of Kodak, and author of Think Big Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless. Jeffrey offers insights from his time at Kodak and explains how executives can promote innovation.

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business radio host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on CBS on-demand radio network Play.It. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most powerful network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of two bestselling business books, The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet. His third book, Think Big, Act Bigger, releases September 2015. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today.

Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and C-Suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.


On Air: November 10, 2015

Joe Mc Swiney

Joe Mc Swiney, President, Cascade Designs

Outdoor industry expert Joe Mc Swiney on product development and how innovators can approach reinventing some of our most basic products.

Joe Mc Swiney has been President of Cascade Designs Inc. since 2006. Prior to that he served General Manager for the European subsidiary from 1995. Cascade Designs is an innovator and manufacturer of premium branded outdoor recreation equipment. The primary brands are: Therm-a-Rest®, MSR®, Platypus®, PackTowl®, SealLine® and the newly created MSR Global Health™. Joe has a Bachelors Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology and an MBA from University College Galway. He is married with three kids and a dog. Joe is a passionate sustainability activist and has over the years has been involved with of the European Association for Conversation (EOCA), the Eco Index (now called the Higg Index) and currently serves as co-chair of the European Outdoor Group Sustainability Council. Recently Joe volunteered as a mentor to the local Seattle Impact Hub to help Obama Stove defeat cooking smoke related early mortality in Africa. Joe enjoys a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, trail running (barefoot style), bouldering, surfing, snowboarding, long boarding, parkour and martial arts. He is Treasurer of Parkour Visions, a local non-profit than seeks to take parkour the masses, one giant leap at a time.


On Air: November 10, 2015

Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Innovation Group

How does a big bank develop new ideas? Steve Ellis explains more about innovation at Wells Fargo, and why large corporations are looking to partner with young start-ups to discover the next industry breakthrough.

Steve Ellis is an executive vice president and head of the Wells Fargo Innovation Group, an enterprise-wide organization devoted to accelerating the company’s delivery of next-generation, customer-inspired technologies, products, and services. Prior to this assignment, Steve was head of the Wholesale Services Group, which included Treasury Management, Wholesale Banking Technology and Operations, Wholesale Social Strategies, Innovation and Research and Development, Wholesale Marketing, and the Enterprise Payment Strategies Group.

A 28-year company veteran, Steve’s previous responsibilities included starting up and running the Wholesale Internet Solutions group, which launched Wells Fargo’s award-winning Commercial Electronic Office® (CEO®) portal in 2000 and CEO Mobile® in 2007. The fast pace of Wells Fargo’s early move into online and mobile financial services was due in large part to his commitment to fostering workplace creativity. Prior to starting up Wholesale Internet Solutions, Steve held senior finance and operations roles in Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Real Estate Group, and Wholesale Banking.

He has a B.S. in economics from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon. Steve served as chairman of the board for NACHA, The Electronic Payments Association, from 2005 to 2008 and was vice chairman from 2009 to 2010. He is currently a board member of First Graduate, a nonprofit focused on helping young adults become the first members of their families to graduate from college.


On Air: November 3, 2015

Tim Brown

Tim Brown, CEO and President, IDEO

IDEO CEO and President Tim Brown discusses the value of design thinking.

Hear how children helped Tim’s team at IDEO better understand how to design innovative kitchen tools!

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Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks Serious Play and Change by Design appear on

An industrial designer by training, Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He takes special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well-being of people living in emerging economies.

Tim advises senior executives and boards of global Fortune 100 companies. He is a member of the board of trustees of and serves on the Mayo Clinic Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen, a non-profit global venture focused on improving the lives of the poor. In addition he chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Creative Economy and writes for the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and other prominent publications. His book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change by Design, was released by HarperBusiness in September 2009.


On Air: October 27, 2015

Melissa Carbone

Melissa Carbone, Founder, Ten Thirty One Productions

Horror industry expert and Shark Tank contestant Melissa Carbone talks the business of Halloween and designing experiences such as the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.

Melissa Carbone is founder of Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO) and the legendary Haunted Hayride. After appearing on Shark Tank, Carbone partnered with billionaire Mark Cuban and built a multi-million dollar business around the Halloween industry!

Carbone estimates that the LA Haunted Hayride has had over 400,000 customers since launching in Fall 2009 in 2015 alone will have 200,000 customers! She also expects to bring in over $3 million in revenue by the end of the year, making Haunted Hayride the most coveted Halloween event to attend throughout the season.

From the start, TTO’s mission has been to give people an interactive and immersive thrilling experience while producing live, horrifying and heart-racing attractions. At 30 acres (240 football fields), the hayrides take live entertainment to the next level. Each year, thousands of people flock to this attraction to be spooked by costume-clad actors, lavish special effects, spine-tingling original music and a deluge of simulated severed limbs, bodily fluids and related horror props.LA Haunted Hayride has also become a favorite amongst celebrities including: Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Jillian Michaels, Nikki Reed, Megan Fox, Sarah Hyland, Lucy Hale, David Beckham, Ryan Gosling and more!


On Air: October 27, 2015

Will Papa

Will Papa, SVP, Chief Research & Development Officer for The Hershey Company

How does The Hershey Company develop the next great product? Hershey Chief Research & Development Officer Will Papa explains some of the company's greatest challenges and current innovation efforts.

Will Papa is Senior Vice President, Chief Research & Development Officer for The Hershey Company. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s upstream research, technology, packaging and product development functions. Papa leads a team responsible for developing new product and packaging innovations that are critical to the company’s key strategy of driving growth through innovation.

Papa joined Hershey in October 2012. Prior to Hershey, he worked at Procter & Gamble in roles of increasing responsibility in the Research & Development department.

Papa holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech. He has exceptional sensory skills and is a certified expert “cupper” (the coffee industry term for an expert taster). He also serves as a wine judge.

While at Procter & Gamble, Papa was a long-time community volunteer for the city of Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. He was also a three-term City Councilman in Wyoming where he chaired five city committees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way. He resides in Enola, Pa. with his family.


On Air: October 20, 2015

Richard Milne

Richard Milne, Correspondent, the Financial Times

Nordic and Baltic correspondent Richard Milne on the latest stories in innovation management, from successes at LEGO to struggles at Volkswagen.

Nordic and Baltic correspondent at the Financial Times.


On Air: October 20, 2015

Andrew King

Andrew King, Professor of Business Administration, Dartmouth

Andrew King, Professor of Business Administration at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, discusses the theory of disruptive innovation and how this theory can be practiced in the real world.

Professor Andrew A. King conducts research on a number of topics related to business strategy. He is well known for his publications on business and the natural environment, but he believes, that his biggest impact has been as a mentor and advisor. His students are now distinguished academics and leaders at top institutions throughout the world. In 2015, Andy was the second person to receive a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Academy of Management’s ONE Division for “contributions…central to the development of the field of environmental management/sustainable business.”

Andy is also well known for his research on self-regulatory institutions. His publications with Mike Lenox (Darden) on the efficacy of the Chemical Industry’s Responsible Care Program helped change both private and public policy. More recently, his work on self-regulation has uncovered when norms facilitate transfer and use of private information.

Andy is also an innovator in business education. He is the author of several teaching cases and modules. With Bob Burnham (Tuck), he has created games to illustrate competitive game theory, cooperative game theory, technology diffusion, market signaling, and ecosystem management. With John Sterman (MIT), he developed a modern version of the classic “Fishbanks” strategy game.

Andy has been a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, an Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer, and an Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award winner.


On Air: October 13, 2015

Donal Ballance

Donal Ballance, Ballance Hospitality

Consultant and former Guinness brand manager Donal Ballance shares his experience of developing Irish pubs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Donal Ballance has been involved in the development of Irish Pubs throughout Europe and North America since the early 1990’s. He is a career restaurant operations specialist with a background that includes senior management roles with PepsiCo Foodservice, Compass Group, Guinness and Diageo. He became involved in the development of Irish Pubs through his management of Guinness retail and pub operations in Ireland and the UK and was part of the team responsible for taking the concept to a global platform. In 1999, he moved to North America and formed an independent consulting practice, Ballance Hospitality which provides a range of operational and strategic services to Irish Pub operators throughout the United States and Canada. Having also owned and managed pubs on both sides of the Atlantic, Donal is keenly aware, as an operator and an industry specialist, of the challenges facing pub entrepreneurs in tough economic times.


On Air: October 6, 2015

Denys Resnick

Denys Resnick, Executive Vice President, NineSigma

EVP of NineSigma Denys Resnick on the benefits and challenges of open innovation.

Denys Resnick is responsible for incubating and launching NineSigma’s new products and services, including NineSigma’s collaboration platform, NineSights. She leads NineSigma’s Grand Challenge Team, and has played a strategic role with key clients, including the CCEMC, GE, the NFL, Under Armour, and Cisco.

Ms. Resnick interfaces with clients to identify their evolving innovation needs and collaborates with NineSigma’s operations, sales and marketing teams to develop the initiatives that make NineSigma the global innovation leader. Ms. Resnick previously served as NineSigma’s Director of Operations. Before joining NineSigma in 2008, Resnick was founder and President of TradeQuest, Inc., a consulting firm that developed and implemented international business growth strategies for global manufacturing and service companies. She brings 20 years of manufacturing and business development experience from companies like RPM, Faber Castell, and FedEx. Resnick earned an MBA in International Business and Finance from New York University, and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.


On Air: October 13, 2015

Darren Fagan

Darren Fagan, Client Contracts Manager, Irish Pub Company

How do you build an authentically Irish pub? Darren Fagan explains more about the Irish Pub Concept and discusses his work with the Irish Pub Company.

Darren is the Client Contracts Manager in the Atlanta office since 1997. In addition to Contract management, Darren oversees and manages our North American operation. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as Senior Project Manager at Irish headquarters, acting as the company’s Senior International project coordinator and manager. Darren sets standards and guidelines for USA project teams and coordinates contractors and suppliers. He provides proprietary logistics management oversight on all projects. He liaises with and co-ordinates with our clients and the work of architects, engineers, fire test labs, onsite project teams and local authority and Health and Safety agencies, adherence to all Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Disability requirements as well as Environmental and Zoning laws in the USA.

Darren and his family live in Atlanta and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle it offers. Darren and his wife are avid endurance athletes. Darren competes on a local and National level in both Marathon and Triathlon. In his spare time, Darren coaches entry level athletes in the sport of Triathlon. He is USAT certified to coach Adults and Youth & Juniors and volunteers as a Lead Triathlon Coach with the Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Team in Training campaign.


On Air: September 29, 2015

Jonathan Gosling

Jonathan Gosling, Professor of Leadership Studies

Professor and author Jonathan Gosling talks sustainability and innovation.

Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, UK.


On Air: September 22, 2015

Jehiel Oliver

Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor Founder & CEO

Jehiel Oliver on disrupting farming practices across Africa with Hello Tractor. Oliver also discusses combining innovation with social impact.

Jehiel is responsible for the overall management of the Hello Tractor team, strategy, and partnerships. He is an Echoing Green Global Fellow and has been honored with numerous awards for his work in social entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation. Prior to Hello Tractor, Jehiel founded Aya Consulting, a boutique consulting and advisory firm. At Aya he was involved in over a half billion dollars in impact investment transactions across ten countries, including conflict zones. Outside of work, Jehiel remains active serving on the board of Shared Interest (treasurer) and H4H, both impact investment funds focused in sub-­‐Saharan Africa. Jehiel began his career in the US investment banking and private equity industries. Jehiel studied economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Florida A&M University and Cornell University, respectively.


On Air: September 22, 2015

Ken Goldstein

Ken Goldstein, Author of Endless Encores

How can businesses continuously align themselves towards success? Former Chairman & CEO of Ken Goldstein explains how to be a consistent innovator.

Ken Goldstein has served as Chairman & CEO of SHOP.COM, Executive Vice President & Managing Director of Disney Online, and VP / Executive Publisher of Entertainment & Education for Broderbund Software. He currently advises start-ups and established companies on brands, creative talent, e-commerce, and digital media strategy. Ken is on the boards of Thrift Books LLC and Good Men Media, Inc. He publishes the business blog and his first book, This Is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness, was published in 2013 by The Story Plant. His second book, Endless Encores, will be published by The Story Plant in 2015.


On Air: September 15, 2015

Jay Samit

Jay Samit, Author of Disrupt You!

Entrepreneur and innovation expert Jay Samit discusses his new book, Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation.

Jay Alan Samit is a dynamic entrepreneur and intrepreneur who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation. He launches billion dollar businesses, transforms entire industries, revamps government institutions, and for over three decades continues to be at the forefront of global trends.

Everyone from the Pope to the President calls on Samit to orchestrate positive change in this era of endless innovation. Samit helped grow pre-IPO companies such as Linkedin and eBay, held senior management roles at Sony and Universal Studios, pioneered breakthrough advancements in mobile video, internet advertising, ecommerce, social networks, ebooks, and digital music that are used by billions of consumers every day. Combining innovation with commercial success, Samit is the consummate dealmaker; his list of partners and associates reads like a who’s who list of innovators, including: Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs, Reid Hoffman, David Geffen, Richard Branson, Paul Allen, and Pierre Omidyar. A proven trend spotter, Samit accurately predicts the future because he is constantly working with those who create it.

An adjunct professor at USC, Samit teaches innovation at America’s largest engineering school and is author of the forth coming book Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and host of its documentary series WSJ Startup of the Year. Samit frequently appears on ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC and tweets daily motivation to the over 100,000 business professionals who follow him on twitter @jaysamit. An expert on transformational corporate change, Samit has been quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Fast Company and TechCrunch.

Samit is a change agent, who combines his bold vision and humor, to motivate audiences to become disruptors within their organizations. Samit gets people passionate about innovation, overcoming obstacles, and teaches them how to think bigger and embrace change. Samit motivates and delights audiences from Moscow to Mumbai, London to Las Vegas, Phoenix to Philadelphia, Berlin to Beverly Hills, Toronto to Tokyo, Seoul to San Francisco, with compelling keynotes that leave the crowd wanting more. Samit provides disruptive solutions for such corporate clients as American Express, AT&T, Best Buy, Clinique, Coca Cola, Disney, Ford, GE, Intel, Linkedin, McDonalds, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Starbucks, Unilever, Zynga and dozens more.


On Air: September 15, 2015

Jill Dyché

Jill Dyché, VP of Best Practices at SAS

Innovating IT. Jill Dyché explains how to align the goals of IT with the rest of your business.

Jill Dyché has been thinking, writing, and speaking about business-IT alignment for over two decades. In her career as a consultant and advisor to executives across industries, she’s seen technology organizations deliver strategic change, and has worked with managers across IT and business organizations to make it stick.

Jill has lived in far-flung locales including Paris, London, and Sydney, lecturing at industry conferences, tech events, and leading business schools, and blogging on the topic of why corporate technologies are—or, at least should be—business-driven. She is the author of e-Data(Addison Wesley, 2000), The CRM Handbook (Addison Wesley, 2002), and, with co-author Evan Levy, Customer Data Integration (Wiley, 2007). Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and journals including,, Information Week, Computerworld, and

Her latest book—The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age—offers fresh frameworks for transforming enterprise IT organizations. It also features case studies of executive change agents across the technology and business divide, all profiled in Jill’s irreverent voice.

Jill worked for a variety of high-technology companies before co-founding Baseline Consulting, a management consulting firm that was acquired by SAS in 2011. She lives in Los Angeles, where she samples fringe Cabernets, rescues shelter dogs, and writes the occasional haiku.


On Air: September 8, 2015

Sanjay Arora

Sanjay Arora, Founder and CEO of Million Short

Sanjay Arora talks search engine innovation and his new venture, Million Short.

Sanjay Arora is the Founder and CEO of two Internet companies both with a focus on a field in which is he truly passionate about: Search Engines.

Sanjay founded his first search company Nextopia in 1999, which is dedicated to growing eCommerce businesses with advanced site search solutions. He has grown the company into a global leader in the industry.

Most recently, Sanjay founded Million Short – a revolutionary Internet search engine. Probing users with the question, “What haven’t you found?,” Million Short allows users to filter search results in ways previously unavailable, allowing them to remove up to the top million websites on the Internet from their search results and enabling them to find unique and relevant content. Million Short’s mission is to guide people on the road less traveled by providing alternate methods of organizing, accessing, and discovering the vast web of information that is the Internet. Million Short has been covered in publications such as Wired, Techcrunch and the New York Times.


On Air: September 8, 2015

Yoni Argaman

Yoni Argaman, Vice President of Marketing and Business Strategy, Inneractive

Yoni Argaman discusses how web-based innovations have transformed publishing.

Yoni leads all product marketing, marketing and business strategy activities at Inneractive. Prior to joining us, he held product and marketing positions at Yahoo and Amazon in the US and worked as a tech attorney in one of Israel’s leading law firms.


On Air: September 1, 2015

Robbie Bach

Robbie Bach, former Microsoft president and Chief Xbox Officer

The history of Xbox. Former Microsoft president Robbie Bach discusses the development of the Xbox and its successor product, Xbox 360. He also talks about his new book, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.

Robbie Bach, author of Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal, joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next twenty-two years worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles, including working on the successful launch and expansion of Microsoft Office. As Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the Xbox business, including the launch of the Xbox and the highly popular successor product, Xbox 360. He retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the President of the Entertainment and Devices Division.

In his new role as civic engineer, Robbie currently serves on the national board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and was the chairman of the board from 2009-10. He is also a board member of the United States Olympic Committee, Sonos Inc, Brooks Running Clubs, the Space Needle Inc., and local chapters of Boys and Girls Clubs and Year Up. Robbie is a regular guest lecturer at universities across the country and frequently writes on business and civic issues. All profits from his writing and speaking activities are donated to charity. (See for more information.)

Robbie received an MBA from Stanford University and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar and named a first team Academic All-American on Tar Heel’s tennis team.

He currently resides in Medina, Washington with his wife, Pauline, and their three children.

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On Air: August 18, 2015

Jason Dolenga and Marguerite Allolding

Jason Dolenga and Marguerite Allolding, Pinnacle Vodka

Pinnacle Vodka's flavors include cucumber, mimosa, habanero, and ruby red grapefruit. Brand directors Jason Dolenga and Marguerite Allolding talk about where they find inspiration for new flavors.

Jason Dolenga is currently the Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the Pinnacle® Vodka, EFFEN® Vodka, and Pucker® Vodka brands. Prior to his current role, Jason has served in a variety of brand management and innovation roles on iconic brands including Ford Motor Company, Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Odwalla, and Maker’s Mark® Bourbon.

Marguerite Allolding is a talented and highly experienced brand builder, developer and innovator, with over 12 years of experience leading strategy and marketing for some of the industry’s fastest growing spirits brands. She has over 3 years’ experience at Beam Suntory as the Brand Innovation Director managing a complex portfolio of brands including Skinnygirl, Pinnacle and EFFEN Vodkas, Cruzan Rum, and Sauza and Hornitos tequilas, delivering over $75million in NSV during her leadership. She was responsible for strategy and execution of Pinnacle’s first ever national TV campaign, as well as the development of several new brands and over 25 new flavor innovations for Pinnacle, including Whipped, which drove brand sales from 150K cases to almost 2.7million cases during her tenure.


On Air: August 18, 2015

Dan Ward

Dan Ward, Author of The Simplicity Cycle

Simple, elegant solutions often paradoxically mask the complexity and hard work that lies behind them. Dan Ward talks with Dave about how to make good decisions about complexity.

Dan Ward is the author of F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (HarperBusiness, 2014) and The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse (HarperBusiness, 2015). Prior to launching Dan Ward Consulting, he served for more than 20 years as an acquisition officer in the US Air Force, where he specialized in leading high-speed, low-cost technology development programs and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


On Air: August 11, 2015

Mark Payne

Mark Payne, President and Founder of Fahrenheit 212

As president of a leading innovation consultancy, Mark Payne is an expert on making great ideas profitable. He talks about increasing the odds of success by avoiding 'unicorns,' ideas that are beautiful but will never work in the real world.

As co-founder and president of the leading innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212, Mark Payne has spearheaded innovation projects that have created over $3 billion in revenue for Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial emerging businesses, and private equity firms.

As the architect of the firm’s Money + Magic philosophy, its outcome-based business model and its breakthrough Two-Sided Innovation Method of fusing analytical commercial strategy with user-centered creativity, he is both a front line innovator shaping new product pipelines for the world’s great companies, and an industry thought leader. Challenging innovation myths and orthodoxies, driving toward more effective ways to think and work in pursuit of the growth companies rely on innovation to deliver.

Fahrenheit 212 has been described as ‘The Innovator’s Paradise’ by Fortune, a ‘White Hot Idea Factory’ by BusinessWeek, the ‘Epicenter of Innovation’ by Esquire, and ‘Melding the Best of McKinsey & IDEO’ by Fast Company.

Mark’s insights on how innovators from big organizations to startups can transform the odds of success are captured in the book How to Kill a Unicorn (Penguin Random House/Crown Business, October 2014) highlighted with behind the scenes stories from the firm’s work with the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and GE.

A regularly quoted innovation expert, his perspectives have appeared in leading publications including Fast Company, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Investor’s Business Daily, Wired and Crane’s. A provocative speaker on the subjects of innovation methodology, creative thinking, growth strategy and design, his recent speaking engagements have included the Chief Innovation Officers’ Summit (New York, London), Harvard Business School’s xDesign Conference, FT Innovate, the Wharton School of Business, Columbia Business School, Pratt Institute of Design, IFT Wellness, New York University, HEC Paris, Johns Hopkins University, and leadership conferences at many top tier companies.

Mark holds a BA cum laude in economics and psychology from Middlebury College, coaches little league baseball, collects vintage guitars, and is a trustee of the Woodstock Day School.


On Air: August 4, 2015

Rachel Shechtman

Rachel Shechtman, Founder of STORY

STORY is a retail space unlike any other, one that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store. Founder Rachel Shechtman talks about re-envisioning retail as a media channel.

Rachel Shechtman is a fourth generation entrepreneur who loves finding the next big thing as much as sharing it with others. In 2003 Rachel launched Cube Ventures, a retail and marketing consultancy whose clients included: Lincoln, TOMS, Kraft Foods, GILT, GAP, and AOL. In December 2011, she launched STORY, a 2000 sq. ft retail concept in Chelsea; STORY is a space that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store.

STORY has received Fashion Group International’s 2014 Rising Star Award for Best Retail Concept and was named to Time Out NY’s list of 15 NY Top Shops. STORY’s model of “retail media” has earned attention from the press, and on its behalf Rachel has been profiled by the New York Times, Ad Age, and named to Crain’s NY 40 Under 40 List for 2015, Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List for 2013, and on Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.

Outside of STORY, Rachel is an active member of the startup community, currently an advisor to Quirky, Birchbox, Bow & Drape, MikMak and SmartyPants Vitamins. She also sits on the Digital Advisory Board of American Express OPEN and on the Marketing & Media Committee of the Cooper Hewitt.


On Air: August 4, 2015

Mohan Giridharadas

Mohan Giridharadas, CEO, LeanTaaS

Healthcare technology company LeanTaaS designs software to optimize the hospital experience for patients and staff. CEO Mohan Giridharadas explains how algorithms can increase efficiency with minimal disruption.

LeanTaaS is a Silicon-Valley based software company focused on driving healthcare operational performance improvement through analytics. We are able to deliver compelling solutions in one-third the time and at one-third the cost of an equivalent alternative – and can do this due to two underlying reasons. First, we have built a sophisticated analytics platform and a suite of optimization algorithms that helps us improve the utilization of critical assets (people, equipment, rooms, etc,) in a hospital. Second, we have a unique delivery model that combines operational domain expertise with advanced mathematical capabilities and software systems expertise in a way that is minimally invasive to clients.


On Air: July 28, 2015

Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison, SVP and Distinguished Engineer at CA Technologies

Scott Morrison is Senior Vice President and a Distinguished Engineer at CA Technologies. He joined CA as part of its acquisition of Layer 7 Technologies, where he was CTO. Scott was a part of Layer 7 at its inception and led the company to develop the industry’s leading security infrastructure for mobile systems, cloud computing and APIs. An architect and developer of highly scalable, enterprise systems for over 25 years, Scott has deep experience across industry sectors as diverse as health care, travel and transportation, and financial services. He has been a Director of Architecture and Technology at Infowave Software, a leading maker of wireless security and acceleration software for mobile devices, and was a senior architect at IBM. Before moving to the private sector, Scott was a member of the world-renowned medical research program of the University of British Columbia, studying neurodegenerative disorders using medical imaging technology.

Scott is a passionate, entertaining and highly sought-after speaker. His quotes appear regularly across media, appearing in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNN, among many others. Scott has published over 75 book chapters, magazine articles, and papers in medical, physics, and engineering journals. His work has been acknowledged in the New England Journal of Medicine, and he has published in journals as diverse as the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow, and Neurology. His articles have appeared in Forbes and CNN-Money. He is the co-author of the graduate text Cloud Computing, Principles, Systems and Applications published by Springer, and is on the founding editorial board of Springer’s new Journal of Cloud Computing Advances, Systems and Applications (JoCCASA). He co-authored both Java Web Services Unleashed and Professional JMS. Scott is an editor of the WS-I Basic Security Profile (BSP), and is co-author of the originalWS-Federation specification. He is a recent co-author of the Cloud Security Alliance’s Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing, and an author of that organization’s Top Threats to Cloud Computing research. Scott was recently a featured speaker for the Privacy Commission of Canada’s public consultation into the privacy implications of cloud computing. He has even has lent his expertise to the film and television industry, consulting on a number of features including the X-Files. Scott’s current interests are in cloud computing, API security and secure mobile computing—and of course, his wife and two great kids.


On Air: July 28, 2015

Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly, Founder and Chief Executive of Playmaker Systems

Alan Kelly is a visionary strategist, author, professor, political analyst, and award-winning Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He is Founder and Chief Executive of Playmaker Systems, LLC, a strategy and simulations firm. Based in the Washington D.C. area, the company’s services are based on a breakthrough decision system for communications, social media, marketing, sales and military intelligence professionals. Its clients include Abbott, Bayer, Dell, HP, Intel, Royal Dutch Shell, SAP, the U.S. Department of Defense, and VMware.

Kelly’s work is driven by a simple idea: That influence – like chemistry, biology, language and even music – is underlain by a single system of irreducibly unique elements. In this regard, he envisions a modern lingua franca for managers of reputations, brands and other intangible assets, applicable across industries, governments and cultures.

Kelly’s development of a periodic table of influence in 2004 is testament to his vision for a comprehensive standard in the industries of influence – notably management, strategy, marketing, sales, advertising, public relations, public affairs, and information warfare. It is a system that names, describes and prescribes the work of influence strategists (i.e., playmakers) everywhere, catalogued in his landmark book, The Elements of Influence: The New Essential System for Managing Competition, Reputation, Brand, and Buzz (Penguin Books 2006). Kelly holds a U.S. patent for this work and has published numerous opinion-editorials and peer review papers, including the 2013 publication of Dancing with the Giant, a challenge to communications scholars and practitioners, published in the International Journal of Communication.

Since 2008, Kelly has been a regular contributor to Sirius XM satellite radio, P.O.T.U.S. 124, in the weekly segments Plays of the Week and Plays for the Presidency. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Politix. From 2011 to 2014, Kelly served as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Political Management at the The George Washington University, teaching a frontier graduate course entitled, Political Strategy and Simulation. In 2008, at the USC Annenberg School of Communication, he helped pioneer virtual teaching by way of his first graduate course, Strategies of Influence.

In technology and marketing, Kelly is known for his founding and leadership of Applied Communications Group, a San Francisco-based public relations and research firm that earned distinction for its quantitative grounding and unique philosophy of competitive communications. From its formation in 1992 to the sale of its assets in 2003, the firm garnered numerous best-in-class recognitions for its work with Oracle, Hewlett–Packard, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Genentech, VeriSign, PayPal, Veritas Software, BEA Systems, TechNet and Informatica, among others.

Kelly, 57, holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Research from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California. He lives with his wife and two children in Maryland and enjoys racing his Etchells one-design sailboat, Playmaker.


On Air: July 14, 2015

Jonathan Woetzel

Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey & Company’s China office. He talked with Dave about how the major forces of urbanization, demographics, technology, and globalization are disrupting the business world.

In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey’s work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world. He is a co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative—a joint venture of Columbia University, Tsinghua University, and McKinsey—that aims to develop and implement solutions to China’s urbanization challenges.

Jonathan has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, energy and sustainability, e-commerce, and the economic impact of the Internet, as well as on productivity growth and economic development in China and Asia.

Jonathan’s public sector work is extensive. He has advised national governments in Asia on improving the environment for foreign investors, national energy policy, and economic development strategies. He also leads work with local government authorities, having conducted more than 60 projects throughout China to support local economic development and transformation. This includes working extensively in real estate—specifically, on commercial revitalization—and advising on energy investment strategies and energy productivity and transparency, among other topics.

Jonathan works in the private sector as well, most often on topics related to corporate strategy, operations, and organization. He has served clients in industries such as energy, metals and mining, health care, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums and lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University’s Antai Business School.

Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003), Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007), and One Hour China (Towson Press, 2013). He has also co-authored, with Richard Dobbs and James Manyika, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (PublicAffairs, May 2015).

A US citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.


On Air: July 14, 2015

Jake Barton

Jake Barton, Founder, Local Projects

Jake Barton uses architecture, technology and storytelling to create experiences where visitors learn by doing. He talks about innovation in museum design and retailing, and the challenge of designing a design museum.

The firm he founded, Local Projects, has created landmark media design projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Local Projects has won every top design award including the National Design Award, a Clio, and was named second of the top ten most innovative design firms by Fast Company Magazine for its redefinition of emotional storytelling. Local Projects has expanded its clients to include corporate innovation centers, public memorials, retail environments, libraries, and attractions. Clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eisenhower Memorial with Frank Gehry, StoryCorps, GE, Johnson & Johnson, AMNH, Tech Museum, and Microsoft.


On Air: July 7, 2015

Gever Tulley

Gever Tulley, Co-Founder of the Tinkering School

The author of Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do), Gever talks about the lack of authenticity in many children's activities, the importance of risk-taking for development - and how this applies to innovation in business.

Gever founded Tinkering School in 2005 in order to learn how children become competent and to explore the notion that kids can build anything, and through building, learn anything. In 2009 he established a non-profit to manage Tinkering School and its various project: the Institute for Applied Tinkering. In 2010, as a project of the IAT, he co-founded Brightworks – a K-12 school where he is the Education Architect and “everything is interesting.” A self-taught computer scientist with no formal education, Gever’s expertise is really in… thinking. Gever has taught workshops and made presentations to both kids and adults around the world. He has spoken at TED,twice, written articles for MAKE:, and authored the book Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).


On Air: July 7, 2015

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, Founders of Barefoot Wine

How did two people who knew nothing about wine start the world’s largest winery? Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey share the entrepreneurial strategies they used to transform the wine industry.

Starting with no money and no knowledge of their business, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey relied on entrepreneurial culture to overcome formidable obstacles in the highly competitive and controlled wine industry. Barefoot Wine is now the world’s largest wine brand. Internationally, it has become the Levi Strauss of American Wine. But it represents more than just a wine label, it represents the success of a small start-up that began in a laundry room and wound up in the boardroom of the world’s largest wine company.

Their New York Times bestselling business book, The Barefoot Spirit, How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand, chronicles their journey from humble beginnings to nationwide blockbuster. Barefoot is now the #1 wine brand in the world.

Michael and Bonnie are sought after international speakers and corporate trainers. They are regular guests on radio and television. They have shared their principles with more than 30 schools of entrepreneurship such as Syracuse, Cornell, Pepperdine and MIT Executive Forum. They are Fox Radio News Network’s Workplace Culture Experts, and they have written hundreds of articles for national and international business and professional publications such as Forbes, Inc., and Investor’s Daily.

They recently released a companion book to their New York Times Bestseller entitled, The Entrepreneurial Culture, 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People.


On Air: June 30, 2015

Eric Bernstein

Eric Bernstein, VP of Marketing and Product Development for the Ames Company

The VP of Marketing and Product Development for the Ames Company, Eric explains how a 241-year-old company stays innovative through focusing on what is going to delight their customers. (more…)


On Air: June 30, 2015

Don Dorsey

Don Dorsey, Consultant to the Walt Disney Company

As a 40-year consultant to the Walt Disney Company, Don has been associated with literally hundreds of Disney’s entertainment events and productions. Don created and directed the $22-million nighttime millennium-themed spectacle, “Reflections of Earth” for Epcot. He also designed and directed the popular nighttime spectaculars “Laserphonic Fantasy”, “IllumiNations”, and “Holiday IllumiNations” at Epcot, “Sorcery In The Sky” at Disney/MGM Studios, “Starlight Magic” at Tokyo Disneyland, and played a key developmental role in Disneyland’s “Fantasmic!”

Don is also a creative and technical consultant to MCA/Universal Studios, other theme park companies and many live event producers, helping to develop and produce unique nighttime entertainment concepts, parade and shows. He has developed entertainment center concepts for Harrah’s Entertainment, interactive game concepts for Worlds of Wonder, interactive exhibits for the Los Angeles Children’s Zoo, designed non-linear audio editing software and user interfaces for New England Digital (makers of the legendary Synclavier®), consulted on web site design and content for DVC Interactive, and co-wrote and directed the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge. He also served as the Creative Director for the development and implementation of Disney’s patented Air Launch Pyrotechnic System, and has worked with Disney to design and program sophisticated computerized parade audio and entertainment control systems.

As a musician, he’s responsible for the popular synthesizer arrangements and performances of Disney’s classic “Main Street Electrical Parade,” as well as many other parades and shows at Disney theme parks around the world. His lighthearted, synthesized arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was a highlight of Radio City Music Hall’s annual Christmas Spectacular from 1979 to 1986. His first solo album, Bachbusters, gave Telarc Records its first Number One release ever, topping the Billboard Classical Compact Disc chart for fourteen weeks in 1986. It remained in the Top Twenty for over a year, and his second release, Beethoven or Bust, climbed to Number One on the charts after only ten weeks in release, remaining there for twenty-three weeks in 1988. His original compositions have been heard on television, radio, records, commercials, industrial shows, half-time shows, and spectacular events around the world. His advertising clients and credits have included Mattel, Kawasaki, Mexicana Airlines, Zenith and Yamaha, and he has worked on album projects with such music industry giants as Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins and Sergio Mendez.

As an audio engineer and producer, from 1976 through 1992 Don was responsible for the engineering, mixing and post-production of recorded shows and music for the Disneyland Entertainment Division and Music Department. He created and produced the prestigious SONIC BOON™ Digital Sound Effects Libraries, which have been used extensively in scores of major motion pictures and television shows including “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Hunt for Red October,” “Lethal Weapon II,” and “Terminator II.” He also worked as independent entertainment audio production and technical consultant to Radio City Music Hall, The Knoxville World’s Fair, Resort and Theme park companies around the world. Don also produced the music track for the Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks displays from 2010 to 2014.

As a professional, he has been active with ASCAP, NARAS, the AFM, and ILDA (the International Laser Display Association) serving as the latter’s Ethics Committee Chairman for three years. As an educator, he developed curriculum and taught both Electronic Music and Audio Recording programs for Long Beach City College and Saddleback College in southern California. As a hobbyist, he enjoys photography, science fiction, travel, non-linear video production, outer space, and confounding people with his unique original holiday cards.

Don was born, raised, and still lives in Orange County, California.


On Air: June 30, 2015

Victor Margolin

Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois

Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a founding editor and now co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues. (more…)


On Air: June 30, 2015

Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz, CIO of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Mark Schwartz is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security. One of his key goals there is to increase the IT organization’s responsiveness to mission needs by reducing time from concept to deployment for new capabilities. To support this goal, Mr. Schwartz has introduced such practices as agile and lean development, continuous delivery, and DevOps. He also leads efforts across DHS to introduce agile IT approaches.

Prior to this position, Mr. Schwartz was the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange, where his innovative Family Room application drove dramatic market share, revenue, and profit growth. This accomplishment was recognized by CIO Magazine with a CIO 100 award in 2006. In 2010 Mr. Schwartz was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld Magazine.

Mr. Schwartz holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Yale University, an M.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Wharton.


On Air: August 11, 2015

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard, Author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

Small teams are 40% more likely to create a breakthrough than an individual genius. Forbes publisher Rich Kaarlgard talks about how small, diverse teams are essential for innovation.

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a featured column, Innovation Rules, on technology, business and leadership issues. Karlgaard has been a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, since the show’s inception in 2001. He is a co-founder of Upside magazine, Garage Technology Partners (with Guy Kawasaki) and Silicon Valley’s premier public business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club. Karlgaard’s 2004 book, Life 2.0, was a Wall Street Journal business bestseller. Karlgaard’s 2014 book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, made the lists of top business books of 2014 for Inc., Value Walk, 800-CEO-READ, Huffington Post, and Forbes India.


On Air: December 13, 2016

Mick Simonelli

Mick Simonelli, Former Lead Innovation Executive for USAA

Mick Simonelli is an independent consultant with practical experience as a Fortune 150 Innovation Executive Leader and Department of Defense Transformation Officer.


On Air: June 16, 2015

Arkadi Kuhlmann

Arkadi Kuhlmann, Founder and CEO, ZenBanx

Arkadi Kuhlmann’s vocation and avocation have been to reinvent and revitalize consumers’ relationship with their money.

Arkadi introduced the world to direct banking with a simplified customer focus when he founded ING DIRECT Canada in 1996, creating the brand strategy, recruiting the senior leadership team and growing the bank during 1996-2000 to a successful market position while serving as the bank’s President and CEO. He then repeated this process in 2000, founding ING DIRECT USA and led its growth to become the nation’s largest savings bank and number one direct bank, with more than $84 billion in deposits and 7.8 million customers. As the bank’s Chairman, President and CEO, Arkadi executed his vision to create a retail-focused bank that offered an easy-to-use savings, checking, mortgages, and investment products direct to consumers. His customer strategy led to fanatical loyalty and industry-leading customer promotion scores and branded him affectionately as the ‘CEO of Savings.’

Following the sale of ING DIRECT USA, Arkadi set out to fill the “white space” that he saw in mobile banking for customers with global connections and needs. In 2012, Arkadi founded ZenBanx and began creating the next generation of global, mobile banking. With the initial launch of ZenBanx Canada in Q1 2015, Arkadi officially assumed the moniker “CEO of multi-currency saving.” Additional country launches are anticipated in 2015.

Earlier in his career, Arkadi engineered an organizational and systems restructuring as the President of North American Trust, a turnaround project under the ownership of North American Life. The execution of Arkadi’s tactical business plan along with new product development resulted in a transformation from a $10M operating loss to a $17M operating profit.

Prior to North American Trust, Arkadi served as President and CEO at Deak & Co. and Deak International for a period spanning 1985-1993. Deak provided merchant and investment banking services, and through Deak International provided foreign exchange and precious metals trading and refining services. Arkadi reorganized Deak International’s operations, launching a revitalized company in April 1986, and expanded the company from 52 to 192 branches worldwide and 350 to 1,500 employees, achieving revenues of $1B wholesale and $2.5B retail, and income of $70M. Arkadi oversaw the successful divestiture of Deak International in 1990.

From 1977-1984, Arkadi served as Vice President, General Manager and Manager of Royal Bank of Canada in its Corporate Cash Management and Commercial Banking Marketing divisions. Before that, he served briefly as a consultant for the banking industry and as an Assistant Director of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

In addition to his corporate successes, Arkadi demonstrated his passion for teaching as a professor of International Finance and Investment Banking at the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of Rock then Roll: The Secrets of Culture-Driven Leadership and The Orange Code: How ING DIRECT Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause, as well as several books on finance and numerous business cases. His thoughts on banking, leadership and innovation have been published in major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times.

Arkadi also served on the Federal Reserve’s Thrift Institutions Advisory Council (TIAC) Board from 2006 to 2007, and is a charter member of American Savings Education Council, member of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), member of the Financial Services Roundtable and a previous member of the Canadian Club and the Empire Club of Canada.

Arkadi received an M.B.A. and an Honors in Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Western Ontario for his contributions to the world of business strategy.

Arkadi has served on the Ivey Advisory Board beginning in 1997 and served in a Chairman role from 2004 to 2013. He was recognized with the Ivey Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for his contributions to the school. Arkadi also serves on the Boards of the Council for Economic Education, Sindeo, and Payoff.

During his career, Arkadi has been honored as American Banker’s 2006 Innovator of the Year and the recipient of ING Business Award (Revenue Growth Category) in 2005, Delaware Business Leader Award in 2006 and 2008, Habitat for Humanity Leadership Award in 2007, and the inaugural Netherlands American Foundation’s Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins Jr. Award in 2007. In 2010, Mr. Kuhlmann was honored with the Council for Economic Education’s Visionary Award for his life-long advocacy in teaching adults and children about responsible money behavior.


On Air: June 16, 2015

Kabir Sehgal

Kabir Sehgal, Author of Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

Kabir Sehgal was a vice president in emerging market equities at J. P. Morgan in New York. He serves as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve, served as a speechwriter on a presidential campaign, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of books including Coined, Walk in My Shoes (with Andrew Young), A Bucket of Blessings, and Jazzocracy.

A Grammy-winning producer who has performed with Grammy-winning musicians as a jazz bassist, he co-founded an arts organization which merged with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.

Sehgal is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics. He is a diehard Atlanta Braves fan.


On Air: June 9, 2015

Luis Sanz

Luis Sanz, COO and Co-Founder of Olapic

Based in Olapic’s New York headquarters, Sanz serves two roles as Chief Operating Officer and as the head of technology and product development. Sanz’s deep technical background fueled the development of Olapic’s proprietary predictive algorithm, Photorank™ that analyzes more than 45 different aspect of an image to determine the likelihood an image has to trigger a purchase. Raised in Zaragoza, Spain, Sanz earned a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from University of Zaragoza, completing a thesis in Active Noise Control using Machine Learning. Sanz also holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York, where he co-founded Olapic in 2010. Prior to founding Olapic, Sanz was a consultant for Accenture, working for aerospace/defense projects in Europe and also worked for Ericsson, responsible for all support teams for the Billing Gateway and Service Provisioning departments across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Sanz and his Olapic co-founders have been recognized with several awards including the Emmanuel Lang Award for Entrepreneurship and the E-cademy Award. Sanz is sought after by media and conference for his expertise in image recognition and digital imaging technologies.


On Air: June 9, 2015

Sharon Klapka

Sharon Klapka, Director of Business and Brand Development, Adore Me

Sharon leads the Business & Brand Development team at Adore Me – a disruptive eCommerce lingerie startup, designing fast-fashion, affordable intimates. Ranked the No. 3 fastest-growing company in New York on the Inc. 500 list and selected InStyle magazine’s Best of Digital 2014, Adore Me is quickly positioning itself as the Zara of lingerie.

Prior to joining Adore Me, Sharon cultivated a diverse business experience across management consulting, business development, high-tech and media. She started her professional career doing research & business development in the Israeli equivalent of Saturday Night Live. Fascinated with the business side of media, she joined Israel’s leading law firm as intern in their technology and high-tech department, and gained hands-on experience in deal-making and VC-backed financing rounds. After being certified as a lawyer, she decided to delve deeper into the business front and joined Israel’s largest management consulting firm, specializing in the media and technology practice. She continued her consulting career at American Express in New York, until she met the Adore Me team and knew it was time to join a Silicon Alley startup with a disruptive appetite. Sharon holds an MBA from INSEAD.


On Air: June 9, 2015

Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig, Author of Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World

Tina Seelig is the author of Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World, published June 2015 by HarperOne. She has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University Medical School, is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford School of Engineering, and executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She is the internationally bestselling author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, which showed how having an entrepreneurial mindset allows you to see the world as opportunity rich, and inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity, which provides a set of tools for creative problem solving. In 2009, Seelig was awarded the prestigious Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering for her pioneering work in engineering education. In 2014, she was honored with the SVForum Visionary Award. She lives in Silicon Valley, California.


On Air: June 9, 2015

Brian Quinn

Brian Quinn, Principal at Doblin

Brian Quinn is a Principal at Doblin, part of Deloitte Consulting. He partners with executives to help their organizations innovate and become better innovators. His experience in working with clients across a broad array of sectors, ranging from healthcare to private equity to heavy manufacturing, gives him a deep appreciation for challenging industry orthodoxies and seeking breakthrough change. He has led programs in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 multi-nationals.

Brian is also responsible for integrating Doblin’s major client offers, ensuring they represent best and next practice in driving innovation effectiveness. He is a co-author of Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, published by Wiley in May 2013, and his writing on innovation has been published in Forbes, Fast Company, Businessweek, and the Wall Street Journal. He speaks frequently at industry and innovation conferences including Brandworks University, the Design Management Institute, and the Association of National Advertisers.

In addition to his work in innovation and strategy, Brian worked as a screenwriter for the L.A. film industry. He is fascinated by the power of narrative in framing complex events & bridging perspectives. Brian is a proud graduate of Amherst College. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Melissa, and spends more time than he probably should in the city’s many fine restaurants and bars.


On Air: June 2, 2015

Chris Surdak

Chris Surdak, Author of Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business


On Air: June 2, 2015

Kyle Nel

Kyle Nel, Executive Director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs

Kyle Nel is the executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, part of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., where he is responsible for driving retail innovation through disruptive technologies. Through Lowe’s Innovation Labs, Nel brings together uncommon partners to imagine the impossible and provide scalable solutions for problems that customers and employees face every day. (more…)


On Air: June 2, 2015

John Edson

John Edson, President of Lunar

John’s primary role is to build new programs for clients with the right innovation processes led by the right creative team to make a real difference for clients.  His experience includes managing the birth of successful products for Philips, Motorola, InFocus, and several startups.     Products developed under John’s management have been honored with accolades from the ID Magazine Design Annual, the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, iF Hannover, PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, and IDSA’s Industrial Design Excellence Award.

Born of an engineer and a mathematician, John is a natural problem solver, teacher and regular guest lecturer at Stanford University, where he earned a master’s degree from the Joint Program in Design. Previously, John completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. With a voracious visual appetite, love of art and innate curiosity, John reflects 25-year-old LUNAR’s own trademark, “creativity that makes a difference.” He is also host of the industry podcast, “Icon-o-Cast,” and, in 2008, John and his team launched “Elements,” a sustainable design initiative to reduce the company’s environmental footprint both internally and for clients. On his own time, John can often be found at the helm of a sailboat on San Francisco Bay or pedaling up King’s Mountain Road.


On Air: May 26, 2015

Henry Doss

Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer, T2 Venture Creation

Henry H. Doss has over thirty years of business experience in banking and venture capital, as well as life-long work in non-profits as a volunteer. His primary business background is in the financial services area, with a concentration in sales leadership, sales automation, data mining, TQM and consumer research. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer with T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Henry’s work is primarily in the area of innovation ecosystem consulting, the merger of theory and practice in innovation culture work and the study of innovation leadership. In particular he focuses on the correlations between culture and performance in organizations and has an abiding interest in how individuals grow and learn.

As a volunteer, Henry currently serves as the Executive in Residence for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC – Charlotte. In this role he coaches and mentor students, contributes to curriculum improvements, works to expand the global reach of International Studies, and supports faculty in special projects. He has also served his community in other roles: UNC – Charlotte: Dean’s Advisory Council and Past President, Alumni Board of Governors; Habitat for Humanity; Hospice; Olivet College (Trustee); The Charlotte, NC, Chamber of Commerce; The United Negro College Fund; Project Head Start; Board Chair, The National Committee for the New River; Board Member, AdvantageWest (The Western North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission).

Henry writes extensively on innovation, the impact of humanities studies on personal growth, and innovation leadership. He is a contributor to Forbes, and his blog can be read at: His book, The Rainforest Scorecard ( provides a tool to measure the innovation potential in organizations.

In his spare time, he is a musician/singer-songwriter.



On Air: May 26, 2015

Ann Gottlieb

Ann Gottlieb, Founder of Ann Gottlieb Associates

Ann Gottlieb learned the art, science and business of fragrance under the personal tutelage of her mentor, Mrs. Estee Lauder. Ann founded her company, Ann Gottlieb Associates, in 1983, and has developed top-selling fragrances for every market category. She translates the vocabulary of fashion houses into the language spoken at essential oil houses, so everyone works in concert. It’s about listening and endless experimentation. It’s about being fine-tuned to brands, olfactive trends and markets. A client list of marquee names attests to her experience. The fragrances and their sustainable success are proof of her vision.


On Air: May 26, 2015

David Butler

David Butler, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Coca-Cola Company

David Butler is a designer, seed-stage investor, and results-oriented leader. In his role, David leads a venturing platform called Coca-Cola Founders, designed to create seed-stage startups by opening up Coca-Cola’s assets to a global network of rock-star founders.

David joined Coca-Cola in 2004 as the Company’s first VP, Global Design. He established a cross-functional, systems-based approach to design across more than 200 countries. Prior to Coca-Cola, David founded, consulted Gucci, United and Caterpillar, taught systems theory and designed large-scale systems for UPS, Delta, and CNN.

David was named, “Master of Design” by Fast Company Magazine and Forbes’ “Executive Dream Team.” He is the co-author of, Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too), publishing in 25+ countries.


On Air: June 16, 2015

Nathaniel Popper

Nathaniel Popper, Author, Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

Nathaniel Popper is a reporter at The New York Times, where he has covered the intersections between Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Before joining the Times, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Forward. Popper grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Harvard College. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.


On Air: June 2, 2015

Jay Walker

Jay Walker, Executive Chairman and Lead Inventor, Patent Properties

Jay Walker, one of America’s best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs, serves as Executive Chairman of Patent Properties. He has founded multiple successful startup companies that today serve more than tens of millions of customers in multiple industries. He is best known as the founder of, which brought a new level of value to the travel industry. Today, Priceline is a Fortune 500 company with millions of active customers and a market cap of $40B.

Jay has won numerous accolades for his leadership in business innovation. He has twice been named by the editors of TIME magazine as one of the “50 most influential business leaders in the digital age.” Businessweek selected him as one of its 25 Internet pioneers most responsible for “changing the competitive landscape of almost every industry in the world.” Newsweek cited him as one of three executives at the forefront of the Internet commerce revolution.

Jay is one of the world’s most prolific inventors, ranking 11th on the list of the world’s most patented living inventors. He is named on more than 700 issued and pending U.S. and international patents.

Jay is also Chairman of TEDMED, LLC and a partner in the company, which runs an annual innovation summit for healthcare. TEDMED brings together leading thinkers from the many fields of technology, medicine and business to exchange ideas and work on difficult medical problems. Concurrently, Jay is a member of several organizations that promote innovative solutions to global problems, including The President’s Circle of the National Academies (comprising the National Academy of Science; the National Academy of Engineering; the Institute of Medicine; and the National Research Council); and the Atlantic Council as a member of the Board of Directors.

Jay is also curator of a private library on the History of Human Imagination and is actively involved with Cornell University as the co-chairman of its Library Campaign. Jay received his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations, Cornell University, New York, in 1978 and an Honorary Doctor of Science, Cazenovia College, New York in 2011.


On Air: May 26, 2015

Kevin McKenzie

Kevin McKenzie, Chief Digital Officer of Westfield Labs

Kevin McKenzie is the Chief Digital Officer of Westfield Labs, an entity of Westfield Corporation dedicated to innovating the retail ecosystem by leveraging the social, mobile and digital market opportunities that converge the digital shopper with the physical world. Kevin oversees the development of all online and digital media strategy, leading the integration of Westfield’s shopping centres around the world with emerging digital technology as well as examines new business development opportunities. In June 2014, Kevin was awarded with a Retail Innovator Award from Retail TouchPoints for his work on recent retail innovations for Westfield Labs, including Digital Storefronts, same-day delivery service, and searchable mall. He is a digital media entrepreneur, with more than 20 years’ experience in internet, mobile and product development.

Prior to joining Westfield Corporation, Kevin was the Founder and President of NinthDecimal (previously JiWire Inc), a digital location-based media channel composed of more than 40,000 public WiFi locations through partnerships with more than 30 leading wireless broadband providers and 200 location-based mobile applications. Prior to founding JiWire in 2003 Kevin was Senior Vice President, Shopping Services, with CNET Networks Inc.


On Air: May 19, 2015

Dr. Ernest Earon

Dr. Ernest Earon, President and Co-Founder of PrecisionHawk

Dr. Earon is PrecisionHawk’s President and Co-founder. He has been working in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and intelligent, autonomous vehicle control for over 10 years with a particular emphasis on the design, development, and control of unique and novel unmanned aircraft. Previously, Dr. Earon has served as technical manager at the University of Toronto for UAV architecture for civil applications. He also led the design, development and implementation of the sensor package and vehicle control for a team of intelligent lunar robots for a Canadian Space Agency project culminating in a successful mission deployment on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. As Systems Group Manager at Quanser Consulting in Markham, Canada, he led several unmanned vehicle development programs which included the development of a novel aircraft design now a commercial product and the development of coordinated heterogeneous teams of unmanned aircraft and ground vehicles, leading to an autonomous UAV flight missions demonstration for Defence R & D Canada. He managed these projects from a vehicle design, flight and ground operations and control development perspective, including ensuring that all regulatory and certification qualifications from the Civil Aviation Authorities were met. Dr. Earon earned his doctorate from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2004.


On Air: May 19, 2015

Bill Haney

Bill Haney, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Blu Homes, Inc

An inventor, entrepreneur and committed environmentalist, Bill Haney has started more than a dozen technology companies with a strong focus on addressing environmental issues. His latest venture, Blu Homes, uses advanced technology to improve the health, economics, design experience and environmental effect of housing for American families. Bill has received numerous awards and recognitions for his critical work in the areas of environmentalism and humanitarianism. Bill is also a writer, director and producer of narrative and documentary films. Most recently, Bill directed the critically acclaimed documentary The Last Mountain. Bill is the Founder and Chairman of World Connect, a non-profit which works to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children in underserved and under-resourced communities worldwide.


On Air: May 19, 2015

Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky, Founder of Behance, VP of Adobe's Mobile Products

Founder of Behance, VP of Adobe’s Mobile Products, Author of Making Ideas Happen
Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to help organize creative people, teams, and networks. Scott is Adobe’s Vice President of Mobile Products and leads Behance, the online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Scott is also the Publisher of 99U, a think tank and annual conference for creative leaders focused on the execution of ideas. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations including General Electric, Proctor & Gamble, and Facebook to enhance productivity and organizational design. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Scott is the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, Penguin Books). He serves on Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He is also a product advisor and investor for several early-stage companies. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.


On Air: 5/5/2015

Danny Shader

Danny Shader, Founder and CEO of PayNearMe

Danny Shader founded PayNearMe and serves as CEO. Prior to PayNearMe, he was tapped to lead Good Technology, a struggling company that made MP3 players. He scrapped the hardware plan, built a corporate messaging service to run on devices competing with BlackBerry, and by 2004, had Good’s software running on Palm Treo, RIM’s main competitor. Three years later, Motorola bought Good for $500 million. Before Good Technology, Danny co-founded, the first consumer-to-consumer payment services company, which he sold to Amazon in 1999 for $175 million. A University of California Berkeley engineering grad and Stanford University MBA, he learned the value of cold hard cash when it was the primary form of tips he received in his high school job delivering singing telegrams in full-body bear suit. Follow him on Twitter at @dshader.


On Air: 5/5/2015

Leonard Speiser

Leonard Speiser, CEO of Clover

Leonard is the founder or co-founder of numerous ventures. He has also previously worked Yahoo, eBay, Intuit, and CSFB Technology Group. Today he is CEO and co-founder of Clover.


On Air: 5/5/2015

Alix Murphy

Alix Murphy, Senior Mobile Analyst, WorldRemit

Alix Murphy as Senior Mobile Analyst at online money transfer service WorldRemit. Alix supports the company’s commercial relationships with telecoms operators around the world, as well as helping to educate people about the Mobile Money revolution.

Prior to WorldRemit, Alix was Market Intelligence analyst for the GSMA, where she analysed trends in Mobile Money and digital identity, and consulted mobile operators on revenue opportunities.  Alix co-authored the State of the Industry Report 2014: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked.

Alix has built up on-the-ground expertise of the telecoms sector in regions as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, North America, East Asia and South East Asia. In her early career, Alix spent several years in international development, including at the Grameen Foundation and Aga Khan Foundation.


On Air: 5/5/2015

Greg Levey

Greg Levey, Co-Founder of Figure1

Greg is the author of Shut Up, I’m Talking and How To Make Peace in the Middle East in Six Months or Less Without Leaving Your Apartment, an associate professor at Ryerson University, and the co-founder of Figure1.


On Air: 4/28/2015

Santiago Merea

Santiago Merea, Founder and CEO, Orange Chef

Originally from Argentina, Santiago has worked in many different types of organizations: for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, senatorial political campaigns and the US State Department. Santiago is very passionate about product and customer development and he believes that design thinking is changing the way we create products and services. Equally passionate about food, his favorite dish to make is Asado Criollo. Santiago’s studies centered around behavioral economics and public opinion research. Santiago is part of Fast Company’s 2013 “Who’s Next” list of entrepreneurs.


On Air: 4/28/2015

Thomas Worley

Thomas Worley, Founding Member and CEO of DADO Labs

A founding member and CEO of DADO Labs, Thomas Worley specializes in developing innovative consumer electronics. Thomas previously worked at Digital Blue Inc. where he was Director of Technology and Research focusing on new product development for online and retail consumer sales. Before Digital Blue, Thomas worked 12 years for the Intel Corporation, where he became Technology Development Manager, researching next-generation chipsets, processors, and systems technologies.


On Air: 4/28/2015

Joshua Corman

Joshua Corman, Founder of I am The Cavalry

Joshua Corman is the Chief Technology Officer for Sonatype. Previously, Corman served as a security researcher and strategist at Akamai Technologies, The 451 Group, and IBM Internet Security Systems. A respected innovator, he co-founded Rugged Software and IamTheCavalry to encourage new security approaches in response to the world’s increasing dependence on digital infrastructure. Josh’s unique approach to security in the context of human factors, adversary motivations and social impact has helped position him as one of the most trusted names in security. He is also an adjunct faculty for Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College, IANS Research, and a Fellow at the Ponemon Institute.

Josh received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire.



On Air: 4/28/2015

Emanuele Angelidis

Emanuele Angelidis, CEO of Breed Reply

Born in 1964, Emanuele Angelidis holds a BSc. in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan and subsequently achieved a diploma in Business Management from SDA Bocconi and an Advanced Management Program from Kellogg School of Management of Chicago.

After having started his career in Italtel Telecomunicazioni, in 1994 he took part in the start-up and development of Omnitel, latterly Vodafone Italy. In 1999 he co-founded and participated in the development of Fastweb as CEO.

In 2004 he started focussing on international projects, initially in London as CEO of Bulldog Communications and later as an investor, CEO and Board Member of several initiatives including Erenis in Paris, On Telecoms in Athens, SyQic in Singapore, and Viacloud in London.

In June 2014 he became the CEO at Breed Reply Ltd, an advanced incubator focussed on accelerating the growth of start-up businesses that develop products and innovative services in the Internet of Things market.



On Air: 4/21/2015

Gavin Kelly

Gavin Kelly, Co-Founder of Artefact

Gavin Kelly is the co-founder of Artefact, an award-winning digital, technology and innovation studio based in Seattle. He is a proven design leader, strategist, and patent holder with 20 years of international experience with industry-leading organizations. Gavin began his career in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather in Sydney and later as an art director with Maxwell Publishing in London. During his ten years at Microsoft, he led design efforts for key strategic initiatives such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft’s MSN division and defined the vision for the Windows Live experience.

Artefact’s growth and success as a design consultancy are a testament to Gavin’s vision and commitment to excellence and innovation; qualities that he brings to all strategic projects he is involved in.​


On Air: 4/21/2015

Eamonn Kelly

Eamonn Kelly, Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and CMO of Strategy & Operations

Eamonn is a director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and CMO of its Strategy & Operations practice. He helps senior leaders navigate an increasingly disruptive environment to succeed in a complex and uncertain future. Prior to Deloitte, ­­Eamonn was a partner at Monitor Group, and CEO of Global Business Network. A widely published writer, he is the author of Powerful Times: Rising to the Challenge of Our Uncertain World and co-author of What’s Next: Exploring the New Terrain for Business.



On Air: 4/21/2015

Dr. John Sviokla

Dr. John Sviokla, Principal, Head of Global Thought Leadership at PWC; Co-Author of The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value

Dr. Sviokla has explored extreme value creation, industry disruption, and digital transformation of industry and society. His most recent project is the book The Self Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value (with Mitch Cohen) which is the first ever study of self-made billionaires and the lessons for corporate executives Dec 2014, Penguin Portfolio. (

Dr. Sviokla created some of the very first thought leadership on the coming world of digital competition (Managing in the Marketspace, Harvard Business Review (HBR) 1994, Exploiting the Virtual Value Chain, HBR 1995) and has been extensively published in many journals including Sloan Management Review, WSJ, Financial Times and appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg , and Fox News. He serves a variety of clients and is a frequent speaker on topics of disruption, growth, and emerging customer behavior.

Main areas of expertise

  • Strategy, leadership & innovation. He has wide ranging knowledge of many industries and businesses, deep understanding of leading practice and research into industry disruption, customer behavior, economics, business design & leadership.

Relevant, recent, client experience:

  • Ongoing consulting on new business models, customer behavior and innovation in financial services, consumer products and industrial products.
  • Strategic analysis of compensation, enrollment and technology for a global insurance carrier.
  • Global strategy for leading services company.

John Sviokla is a Principal with PwC Advisory in the US. He heads up the firm’s global thought leadership efforts. He serves on the firm’s Advisory leadership council, and he runs The Exchange – an ongoing think tank for clients and world class business leaders.

  • Bachelors (1979) Harvard College.
  • Masters (1983) and Doctorate (1986) Harvard Business School.
  • Harvard Business School Faculty 1986-1998.

Vice Chairman of the Board & Chief Innovation Officer Diamond Management Consultants (NASDAQ DTPI): 1998-2010.



On Air: 4/21/2015

Mitch Cohen

Mitch Cohen, Vice Chairman at PWC; Co-Author of The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value

Mitch Cohen is the firm’s Vice Chairman, responsible for the New York Metro Region, as well as the firm’s Network Alignment Leader.

Mitch has been with PwC for 33 years — the last 22 as a partner. During this time he served a number of Fortune 500 telecom and technology clients. He has held a variety of industry leadership roles.

In 2005, Mitch became the Global Leader for the TICE practice and served on the Global Leadership Team. He then became the Strategy Leader for the US Assurance practice in 2007, and assumed the role of US Strategy Leader in 2009, joining the US Leadership Team. In 2012, Mitch was named the New York Metro Regional Vice Chair, and became the US firm’s Network Alignment Leader in 2013.

Mitch is co-author of The Self-made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value.

Mitch graduated from Penn State University with a degree in accounting. He is actively involved at Penn State where he serves on the Advisory Board for the Smeal College of Business. He also serves on the Advisory Board of DonorsChoose. Mitch and his wife Carri have two children and live in Manhattan.



On Air: 4/14/2015

Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling, CEO of Not Impossible Lab

Recently honored as one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014 and the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, Mick Ebeling is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. Ebeling is CEO of Not Impossible Labs, an organization that develops creative solutions to address real-world problems.

Not Impossible Labs was founded on Mick’s firm belief that nothing is impossible. With no technical background in ocular recognition technology, Ebeling created Not Impossible’s first project: The Eyewriter. An open source, low-cost, DIY device, The Eyewriter enables individuals with paralysis to create art using only the movement of their eyes. Time Magazine named The Eyewriter one of the “Top 50 Inventions of 2010,” and the device is now part of MoMA’s permanent collection.

Not Impossible followed The EyeWriter with Project Daniel, now celebrating its one-year anniversary. The subject of Intel’s “Look Inside” campaign, Project Daniel enabled Ebeling to fly to Sudan to 3-D-print prosthetic limbs and fit them for children of the war-torn region. He then left the equipment behind with trained locals to continue his work, thus creating the world’s first 3-D printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Arms are printed within hours and cost $100. Time Magazine said, “It’s hard to imagine any other device doing more to make the world a better place.”

Project Daniel earned many awards, including the Titanium Cannes Lion, along with 3 Bronze Lions (Branded Content, Film, & Cyber), and 1 Gold (Product Design). Project Daniel has also won AICP’s Next Cause Marketing Award, the 2014 One Show Gold Pencil (Design and Intellectual Property & Products, tied for “Best in Show”), the 2014 Silver and Bronze Telly Award, and the 2014 Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon (Creativity, Ingenuity and Innovation), and was among The Nominet Trust 100, and was nominated at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards (Innovative 3-DIY). The work has been entered into the MoMA’s permanent film archives.

On January 6, Ebeling’s first book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, hit shelves. The book recounts his life experiences, the Eyewriter, and Project Daniel. Deepak Chopra calls it “the template for a new science of consciousness,” and Jillian Michaels refers to it as, “a road map to changing your life by changing the lives of others.”

Not Impossible’s latest endeavor, Don’s Voice, was released on February 11th, 2015. Don’s Voice is a heart-warming look at the true story of Don and Lorraine Moir. In 1995, Don was diagnosed with ALS. On May 21, 1999, Don was fitted with a ventilator. He hasn’t spoken since. With his communication limited to a letter board, a sheet of paper with the alphabet divided into quadrants, Don’s disease forced him to communicate silently through others for over a decade. The Not Impossible team utilized its know-how to develop a simple interface that replicated Don’s paper letter board. Don is now able to access a new world of technology and communication for the first time since being diagnosed. Through this simple technology, Don independently wrote a love letter to his wife and was able to audibly say, “I Love You, Lorraine” for the first time in 15 years. With over 400 thousand views, Don’s Voice has been featured in GOOD Magazine, Upworthy, and the Huffington Post.



On Air: 4/14/2015

Alex Algard

Alex Algard, Founder and CEO of Whitepages

Alex Algard is Founder and CEO of Whitepages, the leading source for personal and business contact information in North America with more than 600 million phone numbers in their database. Whitepages helps people to find, be found and connect with each other. Alex founded Whitepages in his Stanford dorm room in 1997; at present, the company has several product lines – (1) an identity directory at, (2) mobile products, including the widely popular Whitepages Caller ID app which protects against scam and spam calls, and (3) Whitepages Pro a B2B offering that helps businesses identify and verify with whom they are doing business.

On the show, Alex talked about how to keep Whitepages operating in the mindset of a startup after twenty years of operations. They continue to innovate and improve the delivery of the product to the customers, despite having a relatively mature product. Alex also discussed the decision to buy out their investors. Since the 2013 buyout, Whitepages has focused improving their products and services and building the company through innovation and within 18 months, Whitepages had doubled its profits.


On Air: 4/14/2015

David Yoffie

David Yoffie, Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Author of Strategy Rules: 5 Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs

Professor David B. Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has also written extensively for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.


On Air: 4/14/2015

Mark Randall

Mark Randall, Chief Strategist VP of Creativity at Adobe

As a serial entrepreneur, Mark’s career conceiving, designing and marketing innovative technology spans nearly twenty years and three successful high-tech start-ups. He has fielded over a dozen products which combined have sold over a million units, generated over $100 million in sales and won a total of 15 Product of the Year, 12 Best of NAB, 7 Best of Comdex, 2 PC Magazine Technical Excellence awards, and two Emmy awards.

Products that Mark’s startups developed are used by half the Fortune 500,
all branches of the U.S. government, and thousands of schools around the world. His products have been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, Wired, Rolling Stone, USA Today and NY Times. As an innovator Mark has ten U.S. patents, he’s been named to Digital Media Magazine’s “Digital Media 100″ and he is one of Streaming Magazine’s “50 Most Influential People”. As an entrepreneur he’s won a national Addy award, a DemoGod award and Advertising Age’s Corporate Video of the Year.

Mark speaks and teaches frequently on entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy and has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC and CNBC. He sold his most recent startup, Serious Magic, to Adobe Systems where he is now Chief Strategist, VP Creativity. Mark also collects exceedingly rare but mostly worthless old computers and can do two cool magic tricks.



On Air: 4/7/2015

Pierre Loing

Pierre Loing, VP Product Planning, Nissan North America

Pierre Loing is Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc., a position to which he was appointed in January 2012. In this role, Loing reports Fred M. Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Aftersales, U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. and is responsible for advanced and product planning for all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles throughout the region.

Most recently, Loing was vice president, Product Strategy and Planning for Nissan Europe. In this role he was responsible for all near-future Nissan products. In addition to the Qashqai, Loing played key roles in the development of other high-profile vehicles including the Nissan LEAF.

Loing joined Nissan in 1999. Prior to taking on his role at Nissan Europe in 2006, Loing was general manager, Advanced Product Planning, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and based in Tokyo with responsibility for projects ranging from six to eight years into the future. In 2002, he joined Nissan from Renault-Nissan Alliance partner Renault where he was general manager of Product Strategy in Paris and a prominent contributor to the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Loing holds a degree from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen in northern France and has completed the Executive Development Program INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools. He is based at Nissan North America, Inc. in Franklin, Tenn.



On Air: 4/7/2015

Fred Diaz

Fred Diaz, SVP, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America, Inc.

Fred M. Diaz is senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America, Inc., a position to which he was appointed in January 2014. In this role, Diaz reports to José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America. Diaz is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Nissan Division including all sales, marketing communications, model line brand management, parts and service, product planning, light commercial vehicles, customer quality, dealer network development functions and all regional offices in the U.S. Diaz joined Nissan in April 2013 as divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Parts & Service, U.S.

Previously Diaz was CEO of Chrysler’s Ram Truck and Ram Commercial Division. He also served as CEO of Chrysler de México, responsible for all the Chrysler Group brands there. In 2011, Diaz was ranked number two among the 25 most influential Hispanic business leaders in America by the editors of Hispanic Business magazine. Diaz holds a bachelor’s degree in management with an emphasis in psychology from Texas Lutheran University and an MBA from Central Michigan University. He is based in Franklin, Tenn.


On Air: 4/7/2015

Shiro Nakamura

Shiro Nakamura, Senior VP and Chief Creative Officer, Nissan Motor Company

Who is Shiro Nakamura?

Shiro Nakamura has been the Senior Vice President of Design since 2001, and assigned to the Chief Creative Officer in April 2006. In his current role, he is responsible for presiding over the design studios around the world, overseeing the brand strategies and the design of Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun products, but also motor show booth design, retail environment and graphic direction of brand communication.

He joined Nissan in 1999 and has beenresponsible for many notable vehicles, including Nissan 350/370Z, Altima, Cube, Murano, Qashqai, Juke and the GT-R, as well as Infiniti M, G, FX, and Q50. His recent concepts include Nissan Resonance, Sport Sedan Concept, Friend-ME Concept, Kicks Concept, Infiniti Essence, Emerg-e, Q30 Concept, Q80 Inspiration and Datsun Redi-Go Concept.Before joining Nissan, Shiro Nakamura spent 25 years of his career at Isuzu Motors, working all over the world in senior level positions ofthe designdepartment. He also spent time workingatGeneral Motors, and has been based in the United States, UK, Belgium, and Japan.

Career History

Shiro Nakamura was born in Japan’s second largest city, Osaka. He studied Industrial Design at Musashino Art College in Tokyo before joining Isuzu Motors. Shortly after joining Isuzu, Shiro Nakamura went to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California to study Transportation Design.He returned to Japan for four years before moving to General Motor’s Advanced Design Studio in Detroit. From there, he travelled briefly back to Japanbefore heading to Europe to launch a design studio. He stayed in the UK for five years before returning to Japan.

He went back to California to be the head of product planning and design. When he returned to Japan in 1997 he was promoted to be the head of design for Isuzu, a position he held for two years before moving to Nissan.

Achievements at Nissan

Shiro Nakamura says that he is pleased to have elevated the importance of the Nissan design function.The Juke is one of the vehicles that he is particularly proud of –describing it as having a very unique design but one that is very successful.

Personal Memory

His memorable moment, Shiro Nakamura says, is when he joined Nissan. He said: “It was such a surprise to be called and to be asked to be the design leader. Carlos Ghosn wanted Nissan’s design to change and it really has gone in a new direction. We now have a strong voice, one that has made a large contribution to the success of the company.”

Why is Nissan Different?

Shiro Nakamura describes Nissan as a company with a strong Japanese ethos, but one that also has great free-thinking and flexibility. He believes that the Nissan-Renault Alliance has been so successful, for example, because of Nissan’s diversity and ability to accept outside influence.

Future Predictions

Shiro Nakamura says that cars will continue to evolve at pace and will become increasingly more diverse. He says: “Driving is not just about transportation, it’s an experience -the customer wants more choice and that will never stop.”

Education and Awards

Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, Musashino Art University, Tokyo

Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design, Art Centre College of Design, California

Eyes On Design Lifetime Achievement Award 2010; 100 Most Creative People 2010–4thPlace (Fast Company, USA); Art Center’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award 2014

Winner of the Grand Prix du Design2015

In Shiro Nakamura’s Personal Time

Shiro Nakamura plays the bass and the cello, and leadinga band that performs in various jazz clubs around Tokyo. He is also interestedin vintage cars and making violins.

Shiro Nakamura’s Current Ride

Shiro Nakamura has a 1965 1st generation Nissan Silvia sport coupe and a high-performance version of the original Z sports car -a 1969 Z 432.He currently drives a black Q50.



On Air: 4/7/2015

Roel de Vries

Roel de Vries, Corporate VP, Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Nissan Motor Co.

As Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Marketing, and BrandStrategy, Roel is focused on further strengthening Nissan’s brands value. There are two key elements to this: firstly ensuring internally Nissan is doing everything needed to develop leading brands; and secondly making sure this is then communicated effectively and consistently in today’s increasingly complex world of marketing.

Career History

Born and growing up in the Netherlands, Roel always wanted to work in the automotive industry, inspired by a belief that purchasing a car is one of the most emotive investments a person will ever make in their lives.He first joined Nissan in 1994 at the European head-office in Amsterdam, having qualified with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from Hogeschool Eindhoven,anda Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen.   Then in 1998, Roel took a role based in South Africa responsible for marketing. During his time inSouth Africa Roel became Director of Marketing and Sales and experienced incredibly fascinating and challenging times when the country went through significant political and financial changes.

Following his time in South Africa, Roel worked in a number of global roles including General Manager Product Planning General Overseas Markets (2008 -2009), Program Director for Nissan’s all rear wheel drive vehicles (2009 –2010), before being appointed to his current role asCorporate Vice President, Global Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy in November 2010.

Achievements at Nissan

Roel has enjoyed many happy memories and achievements during his career at Nissan. ”I’m grateful of having had the opportunity to look at so many different aspects and geographies of the Nissan business during my time with the company”,he said. What makes Roel particularly proud in his current role is enjoying Nissan’s brand leadership grow, and seeing how brand and marketing management is playing an increasingly bigger and important role within the organization.

Why is Nissan Different

Roel enjoys working for an organization that is as diverse as Nissan. “The integration of cultures combined with the solid foundation of being a Japanese company is truly exciting and powerful”, he said. “At Nissan, if you are ambitious and you work hard you can really succeed and have the opportunity to work in a variety of roles and countries across the world.”

Future Predictions

Roel predicts Nissan will enjoy a strong growth path in all markets globally in the coming years. This is as a result of the solid foundations it has laid worldwide, and the brand image and leadership improving across the globe. Roel also predicts the automotive industry will remain resilient in the future –“a car will always be one of the most emotional purchases of your life.”

Education and Awards

Bachelor Industrial Engineering, Hogeschool Eindhoven, Netherlands

Master Business Administration, University of Groningen, Netherlands

In Role’s Personal Time

Roel likes to spend as much time as possible enjoying all aspects of life, from travel, to sports, to good food and wine -all enjoyed with family and friends. His favourite sports are field hockey, running, skiing and golf.

Roel’s Current Ride

In Japan Roel drives a Nissan Elgrand –MPV –to get around at the weekend and explore Japan.


On Air: 3/31/2015

John Venhuizen

John Venhuizen, President & CEO of ACE Hardware

John Venhuizen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ace Hardware Corporation. Venhuizen, 45, is a 22-year veteran of Ace. Prior to this role, Venhuizen most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Venhuizen joined Ace within the marketing department in 1992. After serving a number of roles both in corporate and the field within marketing, category management and merchandising, Venhuizen was promoted to Manager of Marketing in 2000, where he oversaw Ace’s brand strategy, customer relationship management initiative, e-commerce and consumer research, among other duties. In 2004, Venhuizen became Director of Business Development where he led Ace’s aggressive growth strategy and implementation. In 2006, Venhuizen was promoted to Vice President of Business Development. In 2008, Venhuizen served as Vice President, Business Development, Retail Training and International as Ace launched Ace International Holdings to expand brand licensees around the globe. In 2010, he was promoted to Executive Vice President where he oversaw Ace’s supply chain, IT, international and strategy.

Venhuizen currently serves as a Director on a number of boards including the Mark Morton Memorial Foundation, Ace International Holdings and Ace Retail Holdings. He is a graduate of Trinity Christian College. Venhuizen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.



On Air: December 15, 2015

Ty Liotta

Ty Liotta, VP of GeekLabs at ThinkGeek

Ty Liotta works for ThinkGeek, a company with humble origins in providing geeky goods for sale. He was a merchandiser, meaning he helped the company acquire new products for sale originally, and now he he VP of GreekLabs. This unit is tasked with product development for funny, cute, and otherwise geeky products. Some examples of their products include canned unicorn meat and the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag, re-creating the scene from Star Wars: Episode V.


On Air: 3/31/2015

Rowan Gibson

Rowan Gibson, Co-Founder of; Author of The 4 Lenses of Innovation

Co–founder of the popular innovation website and an in-demand public speaker, Rowan teaches organizations how to seize new growth opportunities, create new markets, and even transform entire industries by recalibrating their management systems around the paradigm of innovation.  In his new book, The 4 Lenses of Innovation:  A Power Tool For Creative Thinking (press release below), Gibson says that with the proper guidance, tools, and a little practice, anyone can improve their creative thinking skills.


On Air: 3/31/2015

Josh Stein

Josh Stein, CEO of Adhere Tech

Josh Stein is the CEO and Cofounder of AdhereTech (, a health-tech company that makes patented smart pill bottles to track and improve medication adherence. These innovative devices are currently being used by top healthcare companies to increase adherence for commercial specialty medications and clinical trials. AdhereTech has won numerous innovation awards, and Josh has been a featured speaker at TEDMED (for each the past two years), The Wharton Health Care Business Conference, SXSW, Stanford Medicine X, Health 2.0, and many more.

Josh has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He founded AdhereTech during his MBA studies, and he has been pursuing the venture full-time ever since. He credits Wharton with much of AdhereTech’s success to date, because his day-to-day role requires deep knowledge of healthcare, entrepreneurship, finance, product design, and general business acumen. 


On Air: 3/24/2015

Rob Burns

Rob Burns, CEO of

Prior to founding, Rob Burns served as Senior Vice President at Harris & Harris Group, a publicly traded venture capital firm based in New York, since 2012. Before joining Harris & Harris Group, Mr. Burns was part of the founding team and Senior Vice President of Lux Research, a firm that performs technology scouting and market assessments for emerging technology. During his time there, the firm grew from the initial 3 employees to over 100, with 7 offices around the world. The firm now has over 200 multi-national clients in 14 countries. Rob serves as a Director at The North Carolina Center of Innovation. In 2011, he was selected as one of seven executives to receive an Eisenhower Fellowship. During his Fellowship, he studied emerging technology development in China and Southeast Asia. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from The University of Maryland, College Park and an International Business (M.B.A.) from The George Washington University.

On the show, Rob spoke about using data analytics to make predictions for clients. These can be useful to the United Nations as they make predictions on when the chances of bombings increase, for example, or for business, when they find that Republican households tend to give out Snickers and Democratic households lollypops on Halloween in the US. They also work in such topics as trying to predict fraud before an insurance claim or a patient ever comes in, as well as when a drug will be in short supply. Prediction is vital to innovation, both as innovation itself, and as an enabler for further innovation in the fields it supports.


On Air: 3/24/2015

Paul Paetz

Paul Paetz, CEO of Innovative Disruption, Author of Disruption by Design: How to Create Products that Disrupt and then Dominate Markets

Paul Paetz is the CEO of Innovative Disruption, a boutique consultancy that works with innovators to bring disruptive products to fruition and market success. His deep knowledge of disruptive innovation was first acquired the hard way back in the 1980s, when he began his career with a highly innovative software company that could have, but didn’t, disrupt the market — something that he remained curious about, and continued trying to discern why some companies with superior technology never had breakout success, while others with unlikely products scored big. Clay Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma resonated strongly with Paetz’s earlier experiences, and he found his true calling when he joined The Disruption Group, a consultancy that specialized in providing advisory services concerning market disruption. In 2008, he started his second company, Innovative Disruption, focused specifically on advising and helping startups with disruptive potential, and providing insights for larger companies whose markets were being disrupted. Paetz is the creator of the Disruption Report Card, a tool that scores disruptive potential, and is the author of the popular blog Disrupt This.

On Innovation Navigation, Paul spoke about what disruption is and how it’s identified. The traditional idea of offering a lower quality product to an underserved market segment at a lower price point is not actually that useful for identification – that could also just describe a bad product! He identifies disruptive products by their effects, looking for “ripples, not stones.” These come about from disruptions in supply and demand curves, as products’ price drop to zero, as a smartphone makes a watch needless for many people, for example.


On Air: 3/24/2015

Steven Krupp

Steven Krupp, Senior Managing Partner at Decision Strategies International and Author of Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future

Steven Krupp is a Senior Managing Partner at Decision Strategies International (DSI), a firm devoted to help leaders become more strategic and organizations more adaptive. DSI provides executive development, strategy consulting, and organization transformation to the world’s largest organizations in six continents. DSI offers solutions that equip executives to implement dynamic strategies for an uncertain world, and designs adaptive organizations that flex to rapidly-changing demands.

Dr. Krupp is a renowned thought leader on strategic thinking and agility. His new book, Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future, provides a leadership roadmap to navigate today’s volatile environment. He has also published a number of articles including: “Strategic Leadership: The Essential Skills” in Harvard Business Review, “The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions” in MIT Sloan Management Review, “Competitive Anticipation: How To Enhance Leadership By Sharpening Your Competitive Edge” in Leadership Excellence; “How To Rally Your Team Around A Strategy” in; and “Women as Strategic Leaders: The Need and the Critical Skills” in American Management Association’s MWorld. Other publications Steve has been published in are: Harvard Management Update, CLO Magazine, Talent Management Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Philadelphia Business Journal.

Dr. Krupp and his DSI colleagues help build capabilities for strategic thinking, change, decision-making, collaboration, customer centricity, and innovation required to shape the future for global organizations. Clients include AIG, Asta Zeneca, Bank of America, BlackRock, British Petroleum, CEMEX, Comcast, Deutsche Bank, Genentech, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, L’Oreal, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sanofi Aventis, Thomson Reuters, Total, and Transocean.

Before joining DSI, Dr. Krupp was a Senior Partner at Oliver Wyman and the Senior Managing Vice President at Right Management Consultants, where he led the human capital consulting business for the Americas. He holds a Ph.D. from Temple University in Organizational Development.

On the show, Steven spoke about innovating in the current world, which is faster moving, and faster changing, than ever before. He discussed innovation using the example of Tesla, the electric car company that released its patents to anyone who wants them in pursuit of building an ecosystem for electric vehicles, which founder Elon Musk believes Tesla will be able to dominate. Krupp said that in an uncertain world, a company need to takes bets like an electric car, some of which may fail, but some of which may redefine industries, and smart companies are defined by learning from the bets they take and having an excellent feedback cycle. An example he used is the rise of the company Spanx, founded by Sara Blakely.


On Air: 3/10/2015

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of, Author of Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas

Jeremy Gutsche, MBA, CFA, is an innovation expert, award-winning author, “one of the most sought-after keynote speakers on the planet,” and the founder of, the world’s largest trend website, with roughly 2 billion total views and 3 million fans. Prior to Trend Hunter, Jeremy grew a $1 billion portfolio for a bank, and today, over 350 brands, billionaires and CEOs rely on his innovation expertise and management consulting, including Victoria Secret, Coca-Cola, Sony, IBM, NBC, Wells Fargo and Hughes Aerospace.

Routinely sourced by the media, Jeremy’s broad appeal ranges from The Economist and CNN to Entertainment Tonight and The New York Times. He has been described as “a new breed of trend spotter” by The Guardian, “an eagle eye” by Global TV, an “Oracle” by the Globe and Mail, an “intellectual can of Red Bull” by Association Week, “the rockstar of keynote speakers” by Meetings Professional International and “on the forefront of cool” by MTV.

Before his dot-com success and work as an innovation keynote speaker,Jeremy studied innovation at Stanford, completed an MBA from Queen’s University, became a Chartered Financial Analyst, and graduated as a Chancellor Scholar from The University of Calgary, where he was later awarded Graduate of the Decade. He was one of Capital One’s youngest Business Directors and innovation leads. Prior to Capital One, Jeremy spent several years as a Management Consultant at the Monitor Group.

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On Innovation Navigation, Jeremy spoke about the difference between ‘farming’ and ‘hunting,’ meaning between constantly gaining revenue from incremental improvements to a profitable core product versus being a hungry hunter, not knowing where your next meal will come from, and accordingly being risky and iconoclastic in pursuit of innovation and success. This sounds like a simple idea but it’s incredibly difficult – he spoke about the example of Kodak, who had invented the digital camera in the late ’70s, but film was making roughly 95% margins at the time, it’s not easy to decide to disrupt that profitable a business! But if a firm fails to do so when it has the opportunity, it will be too late by the time the core ‘farm’ loses profitability.


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Dan DiMicco

Dan DiMicco, Former CEO of Nucor and Author of American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness

Dan joined Nucor Corporation in November 1982 as Plant Metallurgist and Manager of Quality Control for Nucor Steel in Plymouth, Utah. In March 1991, Dan became General Manager of the Nucor-Yamato joint venture in Blytheville, Arkansas and became Vice President in January 1992. Dan became Executive Vice President of Nucor Corporation in September 1999, and in September 2000 he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer. Dan was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in June 2001, and Chairman of the Board in 2006. From January 2013-January 2014 he served as Executive Chairman. He presently serves as Chairman Emeritus (effective January 2014.) Dan served as Nucor’s CEO longer than anyone since company founder, Ken Iverson. Under Dan’s leadership, Nucor delivered dramatic growth in profits and shareholder returns. From September 2000 through the end of 2012, Nucor completed over 50 acquisitions for a total investment of $6.5 billion, and Nucor’s total shareholder return growth was 720%, which is almost four times greater than the total return of the S&P Steel Group Index and twenty-eight times greater than the S&P 500’s total return. In addition to this impressive record of profitable growth, Dan proved himself an effective champion for domestic manufacturing and rules-based, rules-enforced free trade.

Dan was appointed to the United States Manufacturing Council in 2008 by then-U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, and served on the board until 2011. Dan also served on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers and the World Steel Association on the Executive Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Duke Energy Corporation and continues to represent Nucor on the US Council on Competitiveness and the Coalition for a Prosperous America(CPA)

Many of the nation’s leading business authorities recognized Nucor’s exceptional performance under Dan’s leadership. In 2005, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Nucor the nation’s No. 1 Company, based on sales growth and return on investment. In the coming years, Nucor made three additional appearances on the BusinessWeek 50 list. In 2008, Dan received theCharlotte Business Journal’s sixth annual “Business Person of the Year” award. The Harvard Business Review included Dan in its 2010 top 100 list of The Best Performing CEOs in the World. Institutional Investor named Dan to the 2012 All-America Executive Team and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in January 2012 awarded Dan the prestigious Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence, noting that “[The award] gives special recognition to individuals who have provided unparalleled leadership in the steel construction industry. Recently Dan received the prestigious 2013 “Citizens of the Carolinas” award by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Dan was named to IndustryWeek magazine’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2011 where he was one of ten members selected for the year. In describing the inductees for 2011, IndustryWeek said, “This year’s inductees have made names for themselves by challenging the established norms of their organizations, their industries and their world.” In selecting Dan IndustryWeek cited the return to shareholders during his time as CEO, his commitment to Nucor employees, his “shepherding the company through a period of unprecedented growth as well as the harrowing recession of the late 2000s (during which Nucor hewed to its no-layoff philosophy),” and his work to keep trade issues at the forefront of U.S. public policy. The magazine described DiMicco as “a leading voice for U.S. manufacturing and the nation’s steel industry,” especially for his criticism of China’s trade practices.

Dan is always quick to note that “None of these honors would have been possible without the tremendous work of my thousands of Nucor teammates.”

Dan graduated from Brown University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science. He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.

On the show, Dan spoke about the history of Nucor in investing heavily electric arc furnace “minimill” steel production, as opposed to massive integrated mills operating blast furnaces – this was a radical change at the time, only able to produce low margin, lower quality products. Through constant innovation, Nucor was able to constantly improve their ability to produce higher and higher quality steel and steel products and rapidly decreasing cost, leading them to become the largest steel and steel products producer in the U.S. by volume.

In addition, he discussed his new book American Made, and the way he sees the future of the United States as a resurgence of manufacturing. He feels that a nation must have a strong manufacturing component of GDP in order to sustain wealth creation. The loss in U.S. share of world manufacturing comes primarily from illegal trading practices and currency manipulation from other nations that the U.S. government did not actively pursue, according to DiMicco. His book is harshly critical of U.S. government policy with regard to trade policy.


On Air: 3/3/2015

Jonathan Ringen

Jonathan Ringen, Contributor to Fast Company

Jonathan Ringen is a regular contributor to Rolling StoneBillboardFast CompanyMen’s JournalDetails and other magazines. From 2004 until 2013 he was a music editor at Rolling Stone, where he was responsible for everything from cover stories and special issues (including the annual Hot List) to the music news section at the front of the magazine. During his time at Rolling Stone he wrote every kind of music story there is, from record reviews and front-of-book news items to major Q&As and feature profiles. Before arriving at RS he was an editor at the architecture and design magazine Metropolis.

On the show, Jonathan spoke primarily about LEGO’s Future Group, which is basically the LEGO-wide research & development organization, focused upon creating next generation play experiences and markets for LEGO to enter. This group works with deep ethnographic research and other methods to identify ways of coming up with new products, in addition to new products themselves. With new areas – like working to make an online community product experience – come new challenges, such as making sure that the community corresponds to the strict values the company holds. It’s a fascinating process to watch, because the company is determined to produce the next great play experience, taking advantage of their key partners, research, and expertise, but this is a truly monumental task.


On Air: 3/3/2015

Mitch Resnick

Mitch Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab

Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences. Resnick’s research group developed the “programmable brick” technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, a worldwide network of after-school centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Resnick’s group also developed Scratch, an online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations. He earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978), and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983, and he has consulted throughout the world on creative uses of computers in education. He is author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), and co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001). In 2011, Resnick was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education.

Mitch is the LEGO Professor at MIT’s Media Lab, and he’s working on new technologies that will hopefully be used by LEGO in the future – it’s his job to re-invent the brick. One of his strongest beliefs is that kids ought to be learning to code, because just as LEGO is about kids creatively making something with their bricks, coding allows kids to creatively design something on a computer (or other digital device). He also spoke about the way he reconciles MIT’s open research process and LEGO’s proprietary process (as a for-profit company). Finally, Mitch gave advice on how some companies work well with academic research centers – relationships become long-lasting and productive when there is a truly shared vision between the company and the academics. This vision involves shared values, and these will sustain the relationship even when specific prototypes and projects don’t work perfectly on one end or the other, and thus these are absolutely vital.


On Air: 3/3/2015

Angus MacLane

Angus MacLane, Director at Pixar

Angus MacLane was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He studied 2D animation in school and received a bachelor of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Initially he wanted to be a comic book artist but midway through school switched to animation. He joined Pixar in 1997 and his first assignment was as an animator on Geri’s Game. Angus has the distinction of working on every Pixar feature film except the original Toy Story. This included animation on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, For the Birds and Finding Nemo.  In addition to his regular animation duties, he also helped with character development on Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles. For his animation work on The Incredibles, he was awarded the Annie for Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation. Angus served as the Supervising Animator on Academy Award nominated One Man Band, but then switched gears to work on the story team for Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E. After animating a small scene in the film for an ancillary character named BURN-E, Angus wanted to know what might happen to the character, he eventually developed it into a short. BURN-E (written and directed by MacLane) debuted alongside the WALL-E DVD/Blu-ray.


  • Geri’s Game (1997) (animator)
  • A Bug’s Life (1998) (additional animator)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999) (animator, additional storyboard artist)
  • For the Birds (2000) (animator)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001) (animator, character developer, additional storyboarding)
  • Finding Nemo (2003) (animator)
  • The Incredibles (2004) (animator, character developer)
  • One Man Band (2005) (supervising animator)
  • Cars (2006) (additional animator)
  • Ratatouille (2007) (additional animator)
  • WALL-E (2008) (directing animator, storyboard artist)
  • BURN-E (2008) (director, story, voice of BURN-E)
  • Up (2009) (animator)
  • Toy Story 3 (2011) (animator)
  • Small Fry (2011) (writer,director)

Angus MacLane spoke on the show about being a part of the co-innovation efforts discussed with other guests on today’s show, but from the other side – he is one of the co-innovators that designed a kit ultimately produced by LEGO. As a director at Pixar, he is intimately familiar with WALL-E, and he designed a kit so that people can now build the lovable robot! Angus told us how difficult a process is – not just in terms of creating a very accurate model but also the very long and difficult process of accruing the necessary 10,000 votes for a design to be reviewed by LEGO.


On Air: 3/3/2015

Peter Espersen

Peter Espersen, Head of Community Crowd-sourcing at The LEGO Group

Peter Espersen is the head of Community Co-creation for the LEGO Group, focusing on the 13+ age group. Peter spearheads Digital Community, engaging teen and adult fans of LEGO to create unique products and experiences, and also works closely with a wide range of business units across the company. Among the initiatives Peter has worked on are the social media amplification project, ReBrick, and the LEGO Mindstorms co-creation, LEGO CUUSOO. Previously, Peter was the country manager for Sulake in Denmark and Norway. Sulake runs Habbo Hotel, which has almost 12 million users worldwide Before that, Peter was the development manager of all digital platforms at Danish TV2, where he was responsible for developing commercial possibilities. Peter is a regular speaker at conferences within communities, social media, and gaming around the world, and guest lectures at The University of Copenhagen and the ESCP Masters Program in London and Paris.

On the show, Peter spoke at length about his experience helping to manage co-innovation efforts at LEGO Group. LEGO has a vast community of users, and many contribute to efforts to design new sets, in fact there is an established process by which fans can design a set online, and if the set meets a threshold of community votes, LEGO reviews it for possible production. If it does go into production, the net sales are shared with the designer!

Additionally, Peter discussed what it’s like to manage these efforts, requiring openness and transparency, very clear rules and expectations, respecting the value and talent of your user community, start small, experiment, and improve as you go, and finally to clearly lay out what parts of operations the community can be a part of, and just as importantly, which it cannot. An important lesson talked about was putting hierarchy on the community – clubs and co-innovation groups are organized around community leaders. These individuals can communicate directly with LEGO. This is so important because it allows LEGO to effectively communicate with thousands, and it also provides excellent incentive for community members to become that leader.


On Air: 2/24/2015

Boris Sofman

Boris Sofman, Co-Founder and CEO of Anki

Boris Sofman is a co-founder and CEO of Anki, an entertainment robotics company. As an engineer and researcher, Sofman has extensive experience in building diverse robotic systems from off-road autonomous vehicles to bomb-disposal robots. Sofman is making it his life’s mission to push the boundaries of entertainment to create consumer products that people would not expect to be possible, all powered by robotics and artificial intelligence. He earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.


Anki is dedicated to bringing entertainment robotics into everyday life, building on decades of scientific research to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone. Founded in 2010 by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute graduates, Anki creates consumer entertainment experiences using technology that once was confined to robotics labs and research institutes. Its first product, Anki DRIVE, is now on sale in the United States, Canada and the UK.


On Air: 2/24/2015

Tim Leberecht

Tim Leberecht, Author of The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself; Founder of The Business Romantic Society; CMO of NBBJ

Tim is the author of the book The Business Romantic(HarperCollins, 2015) and the founder of The Business Romantic Society. He is the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm that helps organizations such as Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Google, Samsung, Starbucks, and Tencent create meaningful experiences. Previously, he was the chief marketing officer of product design and strategy firm Frog Design, acclaimed for its work with Apple and many other Fortune 500 brands. His writing has appeared in publications such as Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Psychology Today, and Wired. He has spoken at venues including TEDGlobal, The Economist Big Rethink, DLD, the Silicon Valley CEO Summit, Commonwealth Club, Remix, and the World Economic Forum. His TED Talk “3 Ways to (Usefully) Lose Control of Your Brand” has been viewed by almost a million people to date. Leberecht is the co-founder of the 15 Toasts dinner series and an advisor to The Human Agency, a collective of social change-makers. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Values and on the board of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation consultancy. He was born and raised in Germany and lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.


On Air: 2/24/2015

Mark Barden

Mark Barden, Partner at the consultancy EatBigFish, Co-Author of A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages and Why It’s Everyone’s Business

Mark Barden runs the west coast business for eatbigfish in the US. Over his career he’s won the Platinum Award for direct response marketing, taken a dot com public, warmed up a crowd for Ellen De Generes, and played a Buddhist monk in a Kleenex commercial. His advice on how to create breakthrough thinking with outsize results is much sought after. He is a popular speaker, world class facilitator and occasional coach.


On Air: 2/17/2015

Dr. Simon Lorenz

Dr. Simon Lorenz, Founder, Klara

Klara is the future of dermatology. Klara enables a secure communication between patients and dermatologists – before, during, and after treatment. Patients photograph their skin problems, answer a short questionnaire (developed in collaboration with university hospitals and dermatologists), and submit their case securely via our app. Board-certified dermatologists diagnose cases within 48 hours. Klara was co-founded by Dr. Simon Lorenz, who studied at ESCP Europe, a prestigious business school with campuses throughout Europe.

On Innovation Navigation, Dr. Lorenz spoke about how the medical sector is moving into apps, and specifically why his company chose to focus upon dermatology. He discussed the future trends likely to influence the growing app market for health applications as well, and the challenge of creating new apps when a customer likely wants a single health app involving all their doctors eventually.


On Air: 2/17/2015

Ariel Michaeli

Ariel Michaeli, Co-Founder and CEO, appFigures

Ariel Michaeli is the Founder and CEO, appFigures. Before founding appFigures with his brother Oz, they ran an interactive agency responsible for the creation of web-based video games for leading brands. In 2008, Ariel and Oz were experimenting with the new iOS SDK and found app development was a huge potential for business growth. Because the industry lacked business intelligence tools at that time, they built an app store intelligence platform. In 2009, appFigures was launched and later that year, Ariel moved all of his focus to appFigures.

Ariel has been building platforms and turning them into companies since graduating high school in 2002. From online dating to real-estate site management and an ecommerce platform, Ariel has been involved in a variety of different industries. appFigures is the 9th start-up founded with his brother, and he’s been CEO for all companies.

Ariel studied at the Baruch, Zicklin School of Business, earning a BA in marketing management with a minor in philosophy. When not in the office strategizing over the startup’s next move, Ariel enjoys tinkering with technology, playing the guitar, and occasionally flying model airplanes.

On the show, Ariel spoke about value creation in app markets and the participation of developers. One of the key discussion points was the evolving competition between iOS and Android platforms, as well as trends for different types of applications among developers and adopters.


On Air: 2/17/2015

Terry Wohlers

Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant & President, Wohlers Associates

Industry consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers is president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 27 years ago. The company provides technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing. Through this company, Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more than 240 organizations in 24 countries. Also, he has provided advice to 150+ companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors that represent mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity valued at billions of dollars.

Wohlers has authored nearly 400 books, magazine articles, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. He has given 120 keynote presentations on five continents. In May 2004, Wohlers received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Mechanical Engineering from Central University of Technology, Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). In 2005, Wohlers became a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

In 1992, Wohlers led a group of 14 individuals from industry and academia to form the first association dedicated to rapid prototyping. In 1993, the association joined the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to become the Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA) of SME. Today, it is known as the Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Community of SME. In 1998, Wohlers co-founded the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) involving 22 member nations around the world. Today, GARPA serves as a catalyst for the exchange of information on additive manufacturing technologies and applications across international borders. Wohlers earned a master’s degree in industrial sciences from Colorado State University (1982) and a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (1980).

On the show, Terry discussed about trends in 3-D printing today and how he sees this changing into the near-future. One of his insights was in industries that will change rapidly from 3-D printing, such as jewelry, due to certain characteristics such as their regulatory situations. In addition, he spoke about the tradeoffs in different business models that may become common as 3-D printing continues to grow across industries.


On Air: 2/17/2015

Andy Christensen

Andy Christensen, Vice President of Personalized Surgery & Medical Devices, 3D Systems

Andy has been active in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry since the early 1990’s. From 2000 to 2014 he was the President and Owner of Medical Modeling Inc., a world-leading medical device AM service bureau based in Golden, Colorado. On April 2, 2014 Medical Modeling was acquired by 3D Systems Corporation. Mr. Christensen is also a current board member of the World Craniofacial Foundation and has been involved with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers RTAM (Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing) technical community for many years. He has authored three book chapters and a number of articles on the use of AM technology for medical device applications. He is also a recipient of the SME/RTAM Industry Achievement Award, a prestigious award given for groundbreaking work in the AM industry.

On the show, Andy spoke about how his firm came to offer 3-D printing to medicine and specifically to personalized surgery in addition to device manufacturing. He discussed how medical treatment can be changed for the better through distributed manufacturing but also how surgery is becoming personalized, especially orthopedic surgery, as a result of the problems 3D Systems is able to offer.


On Air: 2/1/2015

Russell Wilcox

Russell Wilcox, Experienced Founder and CEO; Founder of E Ink Corporation

Russ is an experienced founder and CEO who has lived the entire venture cycle:  seed formation, research, product development, and expansion from $0 to $200 million in revenue, and sale of the company.  His first start-up, E Ink Corporation, brought the invention of electronic paper into commercialization for products such as the Amazon Kindle.  He also co-founded Transatomic Power which is working to convert nuclear waste into a source of clean energy.  As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Business School’s Innovation Lab, Russ works with start-ups in software, hardware, science, printing, imaging, robotics, and energy.  Russ has closed numerous financings, including angel, venture, offshore, and strategic investments; and signed and lived with many kinds of partnerships and alliances.

Russ loves foreign cultures and traveled around the world with his family in 2010-2011.  He is fascinated by international relations, economics and education.

On Innovation Navigation, Russell spoke about what he learned from the boldness of his efforts with E Ink Corporation, based in strong collaboration and communication with scientists and other stakeholders, as well as an ability to take risks in a wholly new technology. He then discussed bringing these lessons forward to a new, and perhaps even bolder step – Transatomic Power. Russell became interested in combating pollution when he visited China, and saw what he believes is the answer in a group of scientists in nuclear physics at MIT – today he is working to bring new nuclear technology to the fore of the evolving energy market in the U.S. and abroad.


On Air: 2/3/2015

Thomas Thurston

Thomas Thurston, Data Scientist, Venture Capitalist, and CEO

Thomas Thurston is CEO of Growth Science, a research firm in Portland that uses algorithms to predict if businesses will survive or fail. Growth Science works with Fortune 500 firms and has helped guide billions of dollars in growth investments spanning private equity, venture capital, organic growth and acquisitions.

Formerly, Thomas used data science to guide growth investments and innovation at Intel. He ran a hedge fund that used data science to invest in disruptive opportunities, and also helped found a supercomputing business that was later acquired. As a result of his work in data science Thomas was invited to the Harvard Business School by Professor Clayton Christensen to collaborate as a resident Fellow. Thomas and his early research were the subject of book The Innovator’s Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth by bestselling author Michael Raynor.

Growing up in Honduras, Bolivia, India, Nepal and Indonesia, Thomas believes good business can be the key to social well-being.

Thomas is a member of the Harvard Business School Forum for Growth and Innovation, and a Fellow at the Disruptor Foundation. In addition to his fellowship at Harvard, he holds a BA, MBA and Juris Doctor. While no longer practicing law, he’s a licensed attorney and previously practiced corporate law. He’s a Board Member and former Executive Director of the Revenue Capital Association, and an Advisory Board Member of the Washington State University College of Business.

On the show, Thomas spoke about his personal background, and the development of a quantitative approach to predicting innovation success. This is both a problem of considering an innovation’s external success and internal life, as a whole separate model was needed to predict when a company would kill its own projects. A major aspect of developing these models is taking mission statements and corporate culture and breaking these down into little parts that become quantitative, and this is at the heart of creating the quantitative models that Growth Science uses.


On Air: 2/3/2015

Todd Henry

Todd Henry, Founder, Accidental Creative

Todd is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas.  He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance, and his work has been featured by numerous major media outlets. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks internationally on creativity, productivity, leadership, and passion for work.

Todd’s first book, The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice offers strategies for how to thrive in the creative marketplace and has been called “one of the best books to date on how to structure your ideas, and manage the creative process and work that comes out of it” by Jack Covert, author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time and founder of 800-CEO-READ

His latest book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, unlocks the forces that cause even the brightest, most skilled people to become stagnant in their life and career, and introduces practices that help them build a body of work they can be proud of. It was named by the editors at as one of the best books of 2013.

On Innovation Navigation, Todd focused upon so many people in the world feel that they are going through the motions and accomplishing goals, but not thriving and not feeling like they are being creative – and how to stay creative and get past that trap. Interestingly, he spoke about the difference between firing bullets and cannonballs. Really successful companies often do not prepare a huge cannonball of innovation and fire it in one go, rather they fire a lot of small bullets to calibrate their innovation efforts and take affordable risks to learn as much as they can, so that when they fire the cannon, they’re as ready as possible. He also highlighted his idea of ‘meshing,’ meaning thinking about all the little interactions and aspects of culture that happen in between the more measurable parts of innovation and creation, and how they keep people not only be motivated but also be focused upon objectives and understanding of real goals that they’re going after.


On Air: 2/3/2015

Kevin Ashton

Kevin Ashton, Technology Pioneer & Author

Kevin Ashton led pioneering work on RFID (radio frequency identification) networks, for which he coined the term “the Internet of Things,” and co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT. His writing about innovation and technology has appeared in Quartz, Medium, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. Kevin pioneered the sensor-based technology that powers smart energy grids and advanced metering — the systems at the heart of clean tech today. He even invented the name for this field, “The Internet of Things”, which has become one of technology’s hottest ideas.

Kevin has a long history as a tech innovator and as an entrepreneur. His new book, How To Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery is an inspiring and empowering look at behind the scenes of humanity’s greatest creations, revealing the surprising way we make something new.

On the show, Kevin discussed his personal story of being a lipstick marketer, realizing his problem of always finding the shelves empty of his most marketed problems, which eventually led him to become a researcher at MIT and the leader of the effort that resulted in the RFID chip.He also spoke on findings from his books, such as the story of Mozart simply hearing a symphony in his head and writing it down is a fiction, and dangerous to the management of actual innovation.

Additionally, Kevin talked about how the process of brainstorming – everyone sitting together, saying ideas, all of which are written on a whiteboard and none criticized – is demonstrably a poor idea that does not work, people do not listen, they wait for their turn to speak. He used the example of South Park for successful innovation. At South Park, there is a writer’s room where the writers will discuss ideas and help one another, but the only people allowed in there are experts responsible for actually creating, and it functions more as a support group than as a brainstorm. The writer’s work alone, come to the group for help when they stumble, and then go back to work. The key idea is that discussion should happen by and between those responsible for creating, so that it is constantly tied to putting ideas to action.

Finally, Kevin mentioned Skunk Works, the legendary Lockheed Martin group that was founded to rapidly design a jet engine to help the allies win the Second World War. The group’s ethos are summarized in the statement, “Show Me,” meaning the team was very good at prototyping, experimenting, and quickly putting ideas to action quickly and iteratively. An example he provides is “Marshmallow Challenge,” pitting MBA students against kindergartners to build a tower of marshmallows in a short period of time. The experiment finds over and over again that the MBA students spend too much time talking about how to do it, and that the kindergartners win, by trying repeatedly, and thus finding that marshmallows are heavier than they look!


On Air: 2/3/2014

James Kerr

James Kerr, Management Consultant, Organizational Behaviorist and Weekly Columnist for Inc. Magazine Online

James M. Kerr is a management consultant and organizational behaviorist. He specializes in strategic planning, corporate transformation and project and program development. For over 20 years, Jim has forged a different type of consulting practice—one that does its engagements “with” its clients, instead of “to” them.

Whether helping larger organizations, like The Home Depot, re-imagine its store operations, or advising smaller firms, like specialty insurer Jewelers Mutual, open up new markets, Jim has a reputation of making a difference.

A recognized thought leader, Jim continues to provide cutting edge solutions to his clients through a strong dedication to research and study. As an Inc. columnist, he writes about strategy, leadership and business transformation. His most recent book, The Executive Checklist (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), is his fourth on business strategy. It is a testament to his commitment to helping leaders improve the ways in which they guide and shape their organizations.

On the show, James discussed key points from his book, The Executive Checklist, and how a business leader works to foster continued innovation in the company. James contrasted JCPenny and DreamWorks as an example of differing cultures drawn from his book. He focused on differences in management structures – hierarchical versus new flat models at W.L. Gore and Valve Software – and operational models, meaning how to keep the company operating within the values and missions it holds.


On Air: 1/27/2015

Matt Homann

Matt Homann, CEO of Kendeo, Founder of Filament and LexThink, Co-Founder of

Matt Homann’s passion is helping people collaborate, think differently and do amazing things. He’s the CEO of Kendeo, founder of Filament and LexThink and co-founder of Though Matt suffers from a self-diagnosed case of “Idea Surplus Disorder,” his ventures share one thing in common: a focus on creative ways to solve difficult problems. For example: Kendeo draws pictures of hard-to-understand things for smart companies, and uses those pictures to build visual tools, facilitate engaging meetings and design creative workshops that help people think, meet & learn together better. and are online services that provide credible virtual and real-world social proof to help people avoid the societal stigma of living their lives relationship-free. Filament (launching in early 2015) will deliver the country’s most creative and collaborative in-person trainings, meetings and workshops by merging innovative facilitation techniques, great design and a killer space in downtown St. Louis. LexThink was the world’s first legal innovation consultancy, and continues to help lawyers and firms move outside their comfort zones to become more profitable and serve clients better. A recovering lawyer, Matt continues to author the award-winning legal blog “the [non]billable hour.” In 2009, Matt was named a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association Journal. In 2012, he was elected a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and also named one of the fifty most innovative thinkers in the legal industry by FastCase. Matt grew up in Highland, Illinois, but now lives in St. Louis with his wife, Jessica and daughter, Grace.

Matt came on the show just a week after making the beta version of his service available – and tens of thousands of accounts had already been made! On the show, he spoke about how there are very real uses for a virtual significant other in today’s society, from family members not accepting of sexual identity to divorcees who are tired of questions. His discussion centered on the very early stages of founding a new app, and how to not just make a good product, but learn rapidly from customers and from people displeased with the service to improve. For example, a major change was that InvisibleGirlfriend began with an algorithm responding to text messages, but it just didn’t seem real, and they took a big step to take technology out of the equation to an extent, and put a real person at the other end – teams of people respond to the messages constantly such that it feels like a conversation with a real person, because it is! It’s vital to understand that a start-up isn’t just about being the best with technology, it’s about solving problems in clever new ways.


On Air: 8/29/2015

Ron Padzensky

Ron Padzensky, Founder,

In this excerpt from the show on August 30, 2016, Ron describes how the Microsoft Hololens could be helpful in the classroom:

Hear this story and many more in the Innovation Navigation Podcast!

Ron has a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After a stint in the textile industry, he re-invented himself as an information technology professional where he has pursued a career in data warehousing and business intelligence. Ron has held a number of roles at Fortune 500 companies, mid-size enterprises and consulting and contracting positions. He is married, has two sons and lives in Chicago’s northern suburbs. He enjoys road cycling, downhill and cross country skiing, kayaking and racket sports.


On Air: 1/27/2015

Tom Andrews

Tom Andrews, President, SYPartners

Tom has spent nearly 15 years at SYPartners helping great leaders build great companies. He advises CEOs and executives on the work necessary for long-term change to take root, and leads SYPartners’ consulting business. Tom has worked with the CEOs and executive teams of many clients, including American Express, Ann Inc., AT&T, Blackstone, Brown Shoe, Celgene, Citigroup, Deloitte, eBay, GE, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Target, and Under Armour. His work involves helping executives come up with their personal stories and frames for transformation—so they can find a path forward in uncertain times and set a vision for their companies.

Tom began his career in writing and communications in Asia, then followed his curiosity for business and economics by becoming a business strategist, first at Siegel and Gale in New York, then at Sapient. He has traveled extensively and written for business magazines including The Economist, Wired, andTime. A native Brit, Tom holds an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University in England.

On the show, Tom spoke about his work with innovative companies – why are some more so than others, and what holds back some companies from being more innovative? One topic Tom discussed was how work with the physical environment of work can help with improving work itself. With their clients, SYPartners try to create certain feelings and types of action with settings that subtly cue expectations for yourself and others in order to improve workflow, meetings, and so on. They find that work in the physical environment can significantly improve collaboration and creativity.


On Air: 1/20/2015

Andy Didorosi

Andy Didorosi, Founder, The Detroit Bus Company

Andy Didorosi, a 26-year old Detroit native, is the president and founder of The Detroit Bus Company. A Crain’s 20 in their 20’s winner, he also ownsPaper Street, the arts and business campus; The Thunderdrome!, a local racing series; Wireless Ferndale, a free community wifi project; and BuildingMinder, a property maintenance, management and asset liquidation company. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, if you like.

On the show, Andy spoke about starting businesses in Detroit, a city where few think of starting up a successful business. One of his recent and successful ventures is the Detroit Bus Company – a company he founded by buying some buses and using them at first to meet bus routes that Andy noted were underserved or abandoned entirely by the municipal bus lines. Now, they’ve expanded to provided very popular tours and charters around the city, to such themes as prohibition and the Purple Gang from the early 20th century. Fundamentally, he spoke about how his success in innovation is about meeting a real and unique need for the community, and he thinks that similar problems will be manifesting in Rust Belt cities in the near future, which represent opportunities for motivated entrepreneurs.


On Air: 1/20/2015

Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal, Author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.

Nir is also an advisor to several Bay Area start-ups , venture capitalists, and incubators. In addition to blogging at, Nir is a contributing writer for Forbes, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. 

Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

On the show, Nir spoke about how companies make habit-forming products, by using the framework of motivation, ability, and trigger. Thinking about motivating a customer to use your product, then making it easy to do so, and then providing triggers to use the product, and then to use it again and again. Seeing that a product has the elements of the psychology of habit forming can be a good predictor of potential success, and so Nir uses the framework both to help companies improve their products and to think about potential investments in new products.


On Air: 1/20/2015

Karan Girotra

Karan Girotra, Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD

Karan Girotra is Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development and a professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD and author of the bestseller “The Risk Driven Business Model”. Karan’s research has examined how new business models are disrupting centuries-old ways of doing things in a variety of industries while creating game changing opportunities for business, society and governments. He has looked extensively at new business models in clean transportation, retailing, urban living and sustainable sourcing.

Karan is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and a frequent TV and radio guest having appeared on CNBC, First Business News and many widely syndicated radio shows. His research has appeared in top academic journals and has been featured extensively in the business press including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, etc. He has given Keynote addresses at the World Knowledge Forum and for corporations such as McKinsey, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, ABB, Bayer, amongst others.

In addition to his academic work, Karan was one of the founders of Terrapass Inc., which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005.

Karan blogs about business model innovation at and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review bloggers network. He is represented by theBrighSight group for speaking engagements.

On Innovation Navigation, Karan spoke about how business model innovation is truly distinct from product or service innovation – it isn’t using an electric-arc furnace instead of a blast furnace to make lower-cost steel, because you’re still making steel and selling it to the same customers, business model innovation is about rethinking where revenues come from and costs are, and thereby what margins can be. He gave the example of Dell, who redefined the computer business by making computers on-demand, it may have similar revenues and perhaps somewhat higher costs, but it changed forever the risks of doing business. Dell gained a working capital advantage because customers paid up-front, but they paid their suppliers to build those computers as much as two months later, giving them ‘free’ capital for two months at a time, a tremendous advantage! One innovation style he discusses is to change decision responsibility, such as moving from a traditional model of the manager deciding what an employee decides to do with his or her time to one in which an employee decides what to do with a certain percentage of their time, such as how Google has its employees do whatever they’d like to work on for 20% of their time.


On Air: 1/20/2015

Steve Nedvidek

Steve Nedvidek, Innovation & Design Specialist for Chick-fil-A

For more than twenty years, Steve Nedvidek has been the Innovator in Residence for Chick-fil-A. He is responsible for helping to build the innovation muscle within the organization, and his primary duties are geared toward creating a culture of and competency for innovation at Chick-fil-A. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Nedvidek received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wingate University and a Master of Arts in Theater from Wake Forest University.

On the show, Steve spoke about the way that S. Truett Cathy founded Chick-fil-A as a highly innovative business – inventing the chicken sandwich, redefining the business model to a new franchise model, and more. Today, the company has a huge need for innovation – it is in a fiercely competitive market, with not only McDonald’s but also Chipotle and others – and this innovation is really quite difficult, especially given the decentralized nature of a franchised business. Chick-fil-A responded to the challenge by founding an 80,000 square-foot innovation center called Hatch. This is a place for the most innovative minds at Chick-fil-A to constantly work on innovating at all levels of the restaurant and company, using such high-technology tools as a virtual-reality restaurant simulator so highly detailed as to even have virtual gum beneath the tables!


On Air: 1/13/2015

Raj Nair

Raj Nair, Group Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Global Product Development

Raj Nair was named Ford Motor Company’s group vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development, effective April 1, 2012. Nair has overall responsibility for all aspects of Ford Motor Company’s product development system. Prior to this role, Nair served for two years as vice president, Operations, of Ford Motor Company’s Asia Pacific and Africa region. In this position, he was responsible for Product Development, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Quality and Information Technology within the Asia Pacific and Africa region. Nair has held a number of senior positions in Manufacturing, Product Development and Purchasing. He previously was executive director, Commodity Business Planning, where he led a cross-functional team responsible for improving Ford’s material cost competitiveness. Prior to that, Nair was executive director, North American Product Development, responsible for the engineering and development for all truck and SUV programs including the Ford F-Series, Explorer and Expedition.

Nair joined Ford Motor Company in 1987 as a Body and Assembly Operations launch engineer and held various positions on more than 11 vehicle programs in 13 assembly plants. On assignment to Europe, Nair was the Vehicle Operations launch manager for the1996 European Fiesta. He then became responsible for all Ford of Europe launches including the Focus, Transit and Mondeo. Nair, born in December 1964, holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an automotive specialty from Kettering University in Flint, Mich., and was named the recipient of the 2007 Kettering Alumni Achievement Award in Engineering.

On the show, Raj spoke on his role at Ford in developing the ways to bring new Ford vehicles to wholly new markets, markets with some previous Ford presence, and others. This involves more than simply designing the right vehicle, it is also about developing and maintaining the engineering centers around the world, as well as with supplies and partners around the world in order to develop, produce, and actually get to market these vehicles. He also discussed the way that Ford has made aspects of its development more nimble, the technology specifically, while also balancing consumer demands for even more robustness than the customers would demand from the same technology in a tablet or other consumer electronics device. The development of Ford is all about improving how well the company learns from failures as well as successes, while also keeping in mind that as automotive engineers, the safety of customers must always be primary in their minds.


On Air: 1/12/2016

William Clay Ford, Jr.

William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company

William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, speaks to us live from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show!

As Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, William Clay Ford Jr. is leading the company that put the world on wheels into the 21st century. Mr. Ford joined the Board of Directors in 1988 and has been its chairman since January 1999. He serves as chairman of the board’s Finance Committee and as a member of the Sustainability Committee. He also served as chief executive officer of the company from October 2001 to September 2006, when he was named executive chairman.

Mr. Ford was born in Detroit in May 1957. He is an avid fly fisherman and car enthusiast, enjoys playing hockey and tennis, and is a black belt in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master of science degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an honorary Doctor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering degree from Koc University, an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Michigan and an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Bradley University.

A lifelong environmentalist, Mr. Ford is committed to increasing shareholder value by developing products that please customers and benefit society. Under his leadership, in 2000 Ford Motor Company published its first corporate citizenship report outlining the economic, environmental and social impact of company products and operations around the world. In 2004, the company completed the world’s largest brownfield reclamation project, the restoration of its Ford Rouge Center in metropolitan Detroit. Mr. Ford also championed the Ford Escape Hybrid, the world’s first hybrid-electric sport utility vehicle, which was named North American Truck of the Year in 2005.–jr-.html

On the show, Ford spoke about how innovation at the company has in many ways followed the old Henry Ford quote about anticipating customer needs, “if I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me they wanted a faster horse.” He gave the example of the EcoBoost engine, a 6-cylinder engine achieving superior fuel economy compared to 8-cylinder engines common at the time, while providing plenty of power. He also discussed the process of bringing an environmental focus to Ford, making cars more fuel efficient, partnering with ZipCar to get Ford vehicles into those spots on college campuses, and more. Finally, he spoke about the rising technology in vehicles. He sees it as key to continuing to provide the vehicles people want, but technology must be implemented in a thoughtful way, and while technologies like increasingly autonomous operation are coming, the challenge of the car company is to thoroughly test and understand the technologies are they’re phased in safely.


On Air: 1/13/2014

Mark Fields

Mark Fields, President & CEO, Ford Motor Company

Mark Fields is president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company, effective July 1, 2014. He also is a member of the company’s board of directors.

Formerly, Fields served as chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company, a position to which he was named in December 2012. Prior to this, Fields served as executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and president, The Americas, a position to which he was named in October 2005. He led the development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America, and was responsible for the transformation of the company’s North America operations and record profitability. Previously, Fields served as executive vice president, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group, where he led all activities for Ford’s premium vehicle business group, and for Ford brand vehicles manufactured and sold in European countries. Prior to that, Fields was chairman and chief executive officer, Premier Automotive Group.

Fields joined Ford Motor Company in July 1989. From 2000 to 2002, he was president and CEO, Mazda Motor Company, leading the company through a period of significant transformation. He held a number of positions in both South America and North America, including managing director, Ford Argentina. Fields was named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000 and CNBC’s Asian Business Leader – Innovator of the Year for 2001. Born January 1961, Fields holds an economics degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

On Innovation Navigation, Fields spoke about Ford’s efforts to understand vast global trends and conduct global experiments to become the car company for the future growth markets, a real challenge while also trying to execute on a daily basis. In addition, he spoke about how the company continues to implement technology to make some semi-autonomous features, but keeps the driver at the center of control, in order to keep the driver feeling comfortable and in an active role in the process of driving. Finally, he spoke on the importance of innovation in a large company, and how it is vital to not only encourage and celebrate innovation successes, but also failures, such that trying is not only okay but part of the company’s continued identity.


On Air: 1/13/2014

Don Butler

Don Butler, Executive Director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company

Don Butler is executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He reports to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development. In this role, Butler is responsible for Ford’s global integrated connectivity vision and strategy. He leads the development of a near-, mid- and long-term plan for implementation with the goals of delivering a best-in-class customer experience inside and outside of the vehicle.

Butler most recently was vice president, Cadillac Global Strategy for General Motors, where he led the development of the strategy for Cadillac’s global expansion. Butler began his 30-year career with GM, as an engineer, and went on to hold a variety of executive roles, including vice president, Global and OEM business for OnStar, GM’s telematics business, and chairman and managing director of General Motors Egypt. He left GM in 2009 to become vice president, Marketing and Product Planning for INRIX, a vehicle traffic and data services start up. He returned to GM in 2010 as vice president of Cadillac Marketing. Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the then-General Motors Institute, now Kettering University. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He is based in Dearborn, Mich.

On the show, Don spoke about how Ford thinks about, and improve, connectivity in its vehicles. Ford thinks about connectivity in terms of content that is: “beamed in,” such as satellite radio, “brought in,” like the smartphones that interface with vehicle entertainment systems, and “built in,” when the vehicle itself is a node for communication. He also discussed how Ford has learned from its experience operating as a technology company and improving the Sync technology. In addition, he brought his significant experience from working in Egypt, which helps him make technology accessible to future populations that will be buying their first cars in the near future.


On Air: 1/13/2014

Sheryl Connelly

Sheryl Connelly, Manager, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring, Ford Motor Company

Sheryl Connelly has been serving as the in-house Futurist for Ford Motor Company for almost a decade. In this role, she tracks global consumer trends to aide in the discussion of long-term planning and strategy across the entire company, including design, product development and corporate strategy. Prior to joining the trends team, Connelly spent eight years of her 18-year career with Ford in a variety of field positions in Marketing, Sales and Service roles. Before working for Ford, she practiced law.

In addition to a Juris Doctorate, she holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. She teaches design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Connelly has been a guest lecturer at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, University of Michigan and Wharton School of Business and a featured speaker at TED Global. Her strategic viewpoints have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Financial Times and BBC, and she has been profiled in Automotive News, Forbes and Edmunds. Fast Company magazine named her the 24th Most Creative Person in Business in 2013.

Sheryl spoke about how the longer, 3-year cycle from a concept to a product, process of Ford’s business creates a need for a futurist at the company in order to observe and interpret trends to act upon. One important trend she mentioned was the increasing technology of the car, with the Sync system out now and much more coming, and that being a reason that Ford is becoming such a strong voice at the Consumer Electronics Show. She also talked about how scenario planning in futurism happens, which is when futurists write multiple stories that are effectively predictions for possible futures that can be used to plan responses.


On Air: 1/6/2014

Jack Zenger

Jack Zenger, Co-Founder and CEO, Zenger Folkman

John H. “Jack” Zenger is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Zenger Folkman, a professional services firm providing consulting, leadership development programs and implementation software for organizational effectiveness initiatives. Jack is considered a world expert in the field of leadership development, and is a highly respected and sought after speaker, consultant and executive coach. His career has combined entrepreneurial, corporate and academic activities. In 1977, he co-founded Zenger-Miller and served as its president and CEO until 1991. The Wall St. Journal named it one of the 10 best suppliers of executive development. He later became the president of Provant, a publicly traded combination of 21 companies in the training industry. From 1966 to 1977, Jack was vice president of human resources for Syntex Corporation, and from 1992 to 1996, was a group vice president of the Times Mirror Corporation. Jack’s academic experience includes serving on the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) and later teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2011, Jack was honored with the American Society of Training and Development’s Lifetime Achievement in Workplace Learning and Performance Award, given to one recipient per year. Because of his contributions to the field of leadership development and training, Jack was inducted into the Human Resources Development Hall of Fame. His colleagues in the training industry awarded him the “Thought Leadership Award” in 2007. He and his wife Holly both received honorary doctoral degrees from Utah Valley University. He received a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California, an MBA from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University. Jack served as the chairman of the board of trustees of Utah Valley University and currently is a regent for the higher education system in the State of Utah. Jack has authored or co-authored 50 articles on leadership, productivity, e-learning, training and measurement. He is the co-author of five books on leadership, Results-Based Leadership, (Harvard Business School Press, 1999) voted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as the Best Business Book in the year 2000, the best selling The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders (McGraw-Hill, 2002), Handbook for Leaders (McGraw-Hill 2004), The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate (McGraw-Hill 2009) and The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow (McGraw-Hill 2010). He is the author of two books on productivity improvement: Not just for CEO’s – Sure-Fire Success Secrets for the Leader in Each of Us (Irwin Professional Publishing, 1996) and Making 2 + 2 = 5: 22 Action Steps to Boost Productivity (Irwin, 1997). He is a co-author of three books on teams, including the best selling, Self-Directed Work Teams: The New American Challenge (Irwin Professional Publishing, 1990), Leading Teams (Irwin Professional Publishing, 1993) and Keeping Teams on Track (Irwin Professional Publishing, 1996).

On the show, Jack spoke about Zenger Folkman recently completed a large project to identify those individuals who are truly great at innovation and what distinguishes those people. In addition to having a long-term, customer-focused vision and a lot of trust from their colleagues, these people tend to have real reciprocal trust, in the sense that highly innovative individuals are often wonderful to work with, and members of innovative companies can trust that being moved around isn’t a sign to leave the company, it’s normal and the employees trust in being moved and restructured. In addition, he spoke about complement skill sets – just as runners also bike, swim, lift weights and so on, it’s good to recognize that some traits complement one another. The connection doesn’t need to be clear, just the statistical connection. Jack connected this to his pharmaceutical experience, wherein he saw drugs connected to outcomes without mechanisms being entirely clear, and this makes him comfortable identifying complementary skill sets that can cross-trained to make innovators even more effective.


On Air: 1/6/2014

Max Wessel

Max Wessel, Vice President of Innovation Strategy, SAP

Max is the Vice President of Innovation Strategy at SAP, the world’s leader in enterprise applications.  In addition to his responsibilities at SAP, Max serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, where he applies his research to understanding the future of consumer industries. Max frequently collaborates with the Forum for Growth and Innovation, Clayton Christensen’s think thank, where he served as a senior research fellow.  Max often writes and speaks on the subject of innovation theory. His work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Bloomberg Business Week, and Business Insider. He maintains an online column with the Harvard Business Review where you can see what he is  currently focused. He also frequently tweets important pieces he sees on Twitter@Maxwellelliot.

It’s hard to overstate just how complex SAP’s product is, and furthermore it’s implemented differently everywhere it’s used! On the show, Max discussed innovation in an environment like this. The process focuses, he says, on simplicity – innovation means putting something on top of the incredibly complex product, such that more and smaller customers can implement the core product simply and easily, and configure it to their needs, making the same results delivered to Fortune 500 companies available to small businesses. He spoke about how while it may seem that SAP’s innovation strategy is the opposite of the “deliver slightly less, for less, with rapidly developing capability” mentality of disruption, they don’t see it as such. SAP is all about entering new markets and disrupting the incumbents by leveraging some core capability of SAP in order to do the task better and cheaper.


On Air: 1/6/2014

Nick Bayer

Nick Bayer, Founder & CEO, Saxbys Coffee

Nick Bayer originally went to school with the intent of becoming a lawyer. He wanted to go out on his own in business, though, so he went into consulting to learn business skills. Feeling ready to get started, though, Nick entered the coffee business in 2005, knowing nothing about the industry per se, but sees the industry more as a hospitality one, with the coffee as the vehicle for that hospitality and customer service, and his business is thriving today.

On the show, Nick discussed entering a viscously competitive market with little specific coffee experience and succeeding by seeing the business differently. He saw the industry as one of hospitality, and hired employees accordingly, then saw the movement of coffee consumption away from just in the morning, and began offering more variety and better, fresher food. Interestingly, he spoke about how they learned lessons in transparency from Chipotle and others, and remade the pumpkin spice latte, by listing the fresh ingredients used right on the cups, and it was tremendously successful. A new initiative of the company is a completely student run Saxbys location to come at Drexel University. The concept is of experiential learning to supplement entrepreneurship education in classrooms, and while it’s highly risky, the upside for its potential to benefit students is enormous, while also giving the opportunity for Saxby’s to learn about teaching new and inexperienced franchisees successful, along with how to stay contemporary with college students.


On Air: 1/6/2015

Rita Gunther McGrath

Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School

Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, is a globally recognized expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile environments. Her thinking is highly regarded by readers and clients who include Pearson, Covidien, Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Electric, Alliance Boots, and the World Economic Forum. She is a popular instructor, a sought-after speaker, and a consultant to senior leadership teams. She was recognized as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50 in 2013, and won the award for outstanding achievement in the strategy category.

She’s also been recognized as one of the top ten business school professors to follow on Twitter, and was named one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company magazine. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, an honor accorded those who have had a significant impact on the field. She serves as Dean of the Fellows. McGrath is the co-author of three books in addition to her brand new book The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast As Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press).

On the show, Rita began by discussing her new book, The End of Competitive Advantage. In addition, she talked about companies that tend to continue to grow their bottom lines for ten years straight and how these companies aren’t really making fundamental business changes all the time, so much as they are continuously reconfiguring and deftly (re)allocating resources, with such examples as Infosys and Gore. These companies maintain stability in culture and trust while moving around internal elements of their companies. Finally, she advised managers to look for smart ways to fail, such that you can learn from it, and then make sure you have the time and resources to actually do so.


On Air: 12/16/2014

Joey Neal

Joey Neal, VP of Digital Products, MakerBot

Joey Neal is vice president of Digital Products at MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry. He is responsible for overseeing the user experience and strategy for the MakerBot® Replicator® 3D Platform, which includes MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile, MakerBot Thingiverse™, MakerBot PrintShop and the integration with MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and the MakerBot Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner.

Upon joining MakerBot, Joey originally held the position as the company’s Thingiverse evangelist, responsible for growing, best known for being one of the largest global 3D design communities for viewing, 3D printing and sharing 3D designs and models. In June of 2013 he was promoted to the director of Internet Products and User Experience and was instrumental in developing apps for Thingiverse and creating a roadmap to grow the MakerBot Ecosystem. He took over as vice president of Marketing in September 2013, and launched MakerBot’s award winning MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. Following the launch of the MakerBot Digitizer, he oversaw the launch of the Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show including spearheading the show booth design, a redesign of, and the launch of the Digital Store.

Prior to MakerBot, Joey spent time at R/GA as a group director of Production. He also ran his own web/app development company, Suburban Industries. His experience also spans time in the advertising industry as a graphic designer with Foote, Cone & Belding and Clarion Marketing and Advertising.

On the show, Joey and Professor Robertson discussed building an ecosystem as a firm: MakerBot operates in a crowded space today, with new entrants sometimes offering improvements in some features and sometimes offering a product cheaper. MakerBot works in the space by cultivating the ecosystem of its product – not just a 3D printer, but new and better printers, along with the digital store, the Thingiverse community, and more to offer a complete product to the customer. This relates strongly to a previous guest from today’s show, Ron Adner, on his theory of the wide lens in business, and innovating around a central product.


On Air: 12/16/2014

Jesse Schell

Jesse Schell, Author and CEO of Schell Games

Since starting Schell Games in 2002, Jesse has grown it into the largest and most successful game development company in Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, Schell Games has produced an amazing array of innovative, family-friendly entertainment experiences including the Disney Fairies MMO, Pixie Hollow, the award-winning Toy Story Mania TV Game, and some of the most popular interactive theme park attractions in the world.

Jesse also currently holds a faculty position as Professor at the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches classes in Game Design and serves as advisor on a multitude of innovative projects. Since 2006, Professor Schell has taught the Building Virtual Worlds class, created by ETC Co-Founder and The Last Lecture author, Randy Pausch.

Jesse authored the critically acclaimed book The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses. The book captured Game Developer magazine’s coveted “Front Line Award” for 2008.

Prior to starting Schell Games, Jesse was the Creative Director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio, where he worked and played for seven years as designer, programmer, and manager on numerous projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest.

With numerous awards to his name, Jesse is perhaps best known as the developer of Toontown Online, the first massively multiplayer online game designed for kids.

On the show, Jesse spoke about how he thinks about using different lenses to conceive of and design games. Interestingly, he talked about how barriers of entry have fallen in the industry and there is really a red ocean market out there now – differentiation is more important than ever and it can’t just come from “making a better game,” it’s got to be the whole product. The designer should be concerned not with the game but with the experience.


On Air: 12/9/2014

Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero, Game Designer

Brenda Romero is an award-winning game designer, artist, writer and creative director who entered the video game industry in 1981 at the age of 15. She is the longest continuously serving woman in the video game industry. Brenda worked with a variety of digital game companies as a game designer or creative director, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts and numerous companies in the social and mobile space. She is presently the Game Designer in Residence at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer of Loot Drop, a social and mobile game company.

In recent years, Brenda has become known for an award-winning series of non-digital games titled The Mechanic is the Message. So far, Train, Síochán Leat, the New World and Pre-Conception have been released. In 2009, her game Train won the coveted Vanguard Award at IndieCade for “pushing the boundaries of game design and showing us what games can do.”

Brenda serves on the advisory board of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong Museum of Play. She also works with John Romero and The Romero Archives to record game designers discussing their game design process for historical archiving. Brenda served on the board of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and presently chairs the IGDA’s Women in Games Special Interest group.

From 2006-2009, Romero was Chair of the Interactive Design and Game Development department at the Savannah College of Art and Design. While there, she overhauled the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, created many new courses, and led the school to a spot in the Los Angeles Times’ list of the Top 10 game design schools in the world.

She is the recipient of the 2013 Women in Games Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by Microsoft and previously was a nominee in Microsoft’s 2010 Women in Games game design award. Romero was also named one of Forbes “12 Women in Gaming to Watch” in 2013 and Woman of the Year by Charisma+2 Magazine in 2010, one of the top 20 most influential women in the game industry by in 2008 and one of the 100 most influential women in the game industry by Next Generation magazine in 2007. Nerve magazine also called her one of the 50 artists, actors, authors, activists and icons who are making the world a more stimulating place.

On the show, Brenda discussed what working in the gaming industry looks like today. Specifically, she discussed melding gaming and global history, as well as how developing a game is quite a bit like developing a brand, and the challenges associated with that. Finally, she spoke about how developing games around establish brands like The Walking Dead differs, and the future of gaming.


On Air: 12/9/2014

Leslie Scott

Leslie Scott, Inventor of Jenga

One of the world’s few professional game designers, she is the creator of the blockbuster game Jenga and the co-founder of Oxford Games Ltd. Scott lives in the Oxfordshire countryside and the African plains with her zoologist husband and their two children.

Scott is one of the few professional game designers in the world, and her long list of games include: Anagram, Bookworm, Cloister Games, Auction, Jammie Dodg’ ems, Ex Libris, Flummoxed, Garden Maze, Inns and Taverns, Inspiration, Ludus Romanus, Old Money, Playing Shakespeare, Retro, Tabula, The Great Game of Commette, Rune Stone, Sailor’s Know, The Bodleian Game, The Celtic Game, The Game of the Raj, The Great Western Railway Game, The Hieroglyphs Game, The Islip Game, Tudor Joust.

Scott is best-known as the creator of Jenga. The game’s name is based on a Swahili verb meaning “to build.” Jenga is the second best-selling game in the world.

Jenga consists of 54 identical, rectangular blocks that are first stacked in layers of three blocks to build a tower. Players then take turns removing blocks from anywhere under the top layer. The block is then placed on the top layer. The game continues until the tower (or any portion thereof) falls. The last player who successfully moved a block before the tower fell is the winner.

On the show, Leslie spoke about how she developed the idea for Jenga, and then interestingly, how she brought that idea to market. The story of her developing the basic game while living in Ghana is fascinating, as is her story of getting a trademark on the name Jenga and the copyright on the rules, as well as why she does not have a patent on the game itself. She gave a terrific account of a very different path to intellectual property protection.


On Air: 12/2/2014

Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight

Keith Ferrazzi is one of the rare individuals to discover the essential formula for reaching the top – a powerful combination of marketing acumen and a remarkable ability to connect with others. Both Forbes and Inc. have designated him one of the world’s most “connected” individuals.

Ferrazzi grew up in Pittsburgh; his father a steelworker, his mother a cleaning lady. His father worked double shifts to send him to the very best prep schools – and ultimately to Yale undergrad and Harvard Business School – imbuing in Ferrazzi a sense of gratitude that has deeply influenced his message: Generosity in relationships as the cornerstone of success.

Thanks to that remarkable insight, Ferrazzi has developed a network of relationships that stretches from Washington’s corridors of power, to America’s top corporate leaders, to Hollywood’s A-list.

As Founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, he provides market leaders with strategic consulting and training services to increase company sales and enhance personal careers. Ferrazzi Greenlight strategically leverages the insight of its executive team, whose careers span the highest echelons of corporate America, along with principles from Ferrazzi’s best-selling book, Never Eat Alone. Never Eat Alone has been recognized as one of the best business books of 2005, 2006, and 2007. His recent book, Who’s Got Your Back?, guides readers to develop an intimate inner circle, a handful of people who they trust completely to hold them accountable to ever higher levels of achievement.

Ferrazzi is a frequent contributor to CNN and CNBC. He has authored numerous articles for leading business and consumer publications, including Forbes, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and Reader’s Digest. He has been named a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, one of the top “40 Under 40″ business leaders by Crain’s Business, one of the most distinguished young Californians by the Jaycees, and one of the most creative Americans in Richard Wurman’s Who’s Really Who. Ferrazzi’s extraordinary rise to prominence, which includes a stint as the youngest Chief Marketing Officer in the Fortune 500, has even inspired a Stanford Business School case study.

As CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, he draws upon a rich professional history to guide organizations and business leaders worldwide. Ferrazzi was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Starwood Hotels, where he oversaw marketing activities for global brands including Sheraton, Westin, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, and W Hotels. Ferrazzi also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Deloitte Consulting, a leading global management consulting firm, where he developed and managed the industry’s first globally integrated marketing organization. His creative marketing strategy drove the ascent of Deloitte’s “Consulting” brand recognition from the lowest in the industry to a primary position and spurred the highest featured growth rate in the industry.

Ferrazzi actively supports numerous civic, charitable, and educational organizations. He serves on the Yale University Board of Alumni Governors and the Board of Trustees of the Kiski School, and is also a Fellow of the Berkeley College at Yale. Additionally, Ferrazzi founded Big Task Weekend, an annual executive roundtable focused on how businesses can help contribute to America’s health and wellness. Ferrazzi’s interests also include an examination of the relationship between leadership success and spirituality.

Keith spoke about how to be innovative and successful from great distance, and that is in large part about bridging the distance from an affinity standpoint. Lack of affinity – actually caring about one another’s success – is a huge component of what Keith and his company have found to make virtual teams struggle. Keith works to curate more affinity among teams, virtually setting up settings for individuals to tell stories to one another before beginning the virtual meeting’s actual agenda.


On Air: 12/2/2014

Andrew Brentano

Andrew Brentano, Co-Founder of Tiny Farms

Andrew Brentano wants Americans to eat bugs. As a co-founder of Tiny Bugs, he is working to make sustainable, urban farms for edible insects, seeking to supply high-end restaurants and inquisitive foodies. This is both an old and a new idea: insects have been a part of the human diet for pretty much forever, and only recently were removed from the western diet – Brentano is trying to bring that back.

On the show, Andrew spoke about the project that is producing food quality insects. For example, it’s not just a matter of finding inexpensive land to use (though that is a challenge) but also the vast amount of record-keeping required by the FDA and raising insects in such a way as to keep produce very clean and healthy insects. They see the price of meat as continuing to rise, and want to introduce a commodity-price protein, not necessarily in a product for the butcher, but to start off with, in products like protein bars and so on.


On Air: 12/2/2014

Orkan Telhan

Orkan Telhan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.

Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts – Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He holds a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT’s Department of Architecture. He was part of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and the Mobile Experience Lab at the MIT Design Laboratory. He studied Media Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo and theories of media and representation, visual studies and Graphic Design at Bilkent University, Ankara.

Telhan’s individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in venues including the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Istanbul Design Biennial, Ars Electronica, ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, the Architectural League of New York, MIT Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. In addition, Telhan is part of the xLAB.

On the show, Orkan discussed how he is using his interdisciplinary design experience to bring a concept for a new educational toy to market via Kickstarter. He is working at making toys and experiences that teach STEM subjects in interesting ways, and is also working to design tools that let budding students experiences science and technology in new settings, such that they will begin to conceive of using the subjects in new ways.


On Air: 12/2/2014

David Burkus

David Burkus, Professor, Oral Roberts University

David is passionate about leadership, innovation, and strategy. He has made it his purpose to facilitate the transfer of good ideas. Toward that end, he is focused on filling that gap between what science knows and what we most often do.

He is the author The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas. He writes regularly for Harvard Business ReviewForbes,PsychologyToday and 99U. He has written articles in the past for Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and an assortment of author publications. You can check out some of favorite writings here. He is also the founder and host of LDRLB (pronounced “leader lab”…long story), a podcast that shares insights on leadership, innovation, and strategy.

He has been privileged to bring great ideas to a variety of audiences. He has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and Stryker, in-demand conferences such as SXSW and TEDx event, and governmental leaders and future leaders at the US Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School.

When he is not speaking or waiting in an airport lounge, he is in the classroom. He is an assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on organizational behavior, creativity and innovation, and strategic leadership.

On the show, David spoke about how some myths persist about innovation – such as the lone innovator, brainstorming, and others. He spoke about how companies that innovate well build networks for teams that aren’t just all new people or all old buddies, but on a 1-5 scale, on which 1 is new meeting and 5 is an old friend, good teams tend to average a 2.5. In addition, he spoke about incentives around innovation, and how moving away from “if, then” type incentives and towards incentives similar to MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants” and other innovative aways of providing incentives with fewer perverse incentives.


On Air: 11/25/2014

Michael Schrage

Michael Schrage, Author, Fellow at MIT Center for Digital Business

Michael Schrage examines the various roles of models, prototypes, and simulations as collaborative media for innovation risk management. He has served as an advisor on innovation issues and investments to major firms, including Mars, Procter & Gamble, Google, Intel, BT, Siemens, NASDAQ, IBM, and Alcoa.

In addition, Schrage has advised segments of the national security community on cyberconflict and cybersecurity issues. He has presented workshops on design experimentation and innovation risk for businesses, organizations, and executive education programs worldwide. Along with running summer workshops on future technologies for the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, he has served on the technical advisory committee of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. In collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Schrage helped launch a series of workshops sponsored by the Department of Defense on federal complex systems procurement. In 2007, he served as a judge for the Industrial Designers Society of America’s global International Design Excellence Awards.

Schrage authored the lead chapter on governance in complex systems acquisition in Organizing for a Complex World (CSIS 2009). He has been a contributor to such prestigious publications as the Harvard Business ReviewSloan Management Reviewthe Financial TimesThe Wall Street Journal,strategy+business, IEEE Software, and the Design Management Journal. In his best-selling book,Serious Play (Harvard Business School Press, 2000), Schrage explores the culture, economics, and future of prototyping. His next book, Getting Beyond Ideas (Wiley), is forthcoming in 2010.

On the show, Michael spoke on how a good idea really isn’t worth all that much. An idea is abstract and unmeasurable – what makes one idea better than another after all? Is it that the better idea works? Perhaps, and that’s the point. Michael discussed how it’s a better idea to pursue good experiments to actually see which experimental conditions work, in order to decide how to move forward. Great companies, to Schrage, foster cultures of experimentation, and great managers ask for design themes they can rapidly explore. Don’t experiment just to validate your hypotheses, do experiments to challenge them, and to challenge assumptions.


On Air: 11/25/2014

Saikat Chaudhuri

Saikat Chaudhuri, Professor and Executive Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management

Saikat Chaudhuri has served on the Wharton School faculty since 2004, where his research encompasses high-technology mergers and acquisitions, high-end outsourcing, and technological innovation in dynamic environments. He teaches MBA, undergraduate, and executive education courses on corporate development and M&A as well as innovation management. His publications span scholarly and managerial outlets, and he has received several teaching awards from the Wharton School, besides recognition from professional associations such as the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society. His work has been cited by leading media, and he is often interviewed or quoted by the press on contemporary business affairs. Professor Chaudhuri has been invited to speak at corporate forums, industry events, and academic conferences across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Based on his research and experience, he has provided consulting on developing and implementing acquisition, innovation management, and corporate growth strategies for a range of technology-based companies, besides providing expert legal testimony and advising the Indian government on IT-based economic development opportunities.

Saikat discussed the Mack Institute’s work, as exemplified in the recent fall conference. At it, all different industry representatives and academics brought problems and research to the table for discussion and dissemination. One of his great examples was how he hates having a smartphone, tablet, and laptop on his person. Really, they’re not needed, only one access point to the technology and computing power is needed, but so too are the ability to type, the monitor, and the ability to fold it up and transport it. In essence, this is a materials science problem, to create the materials that will allow innovation to happen in this space.


On Air: 11/25/2014

Ty Montague

Ty Montague, Author and CEO of Co: Collective

After 20+ years in traditional advertising, Ty and his partner Rosemarie Ryan joined together with two other seasoned experts from outside advertising, Neil Parker (business strategy) and Richard Schatzberger (technology experience) to launch co:collective in September of 2010. Co:collective is a growth and innovation accelerator that specializes in inventing and re-inventing products, businesses and brands. Co: has been engaged by YouTube, Google, Microsoft, GE and Kohl’s among others. Ty is happiest when things are under construction, which is why he has spent his career as an innovator and agent of change.

As Co-President, Chief Creative Officer, JWT North America Ty and his partner Rosemarie Ryan helped lead a 5-year transformation of the agency. This effort culminated with JWT being named Adweek magazine’s 2009 Global Agency of the Year—the first award of its kind for JWT and parent company WPP.

Prior to that Ty launched and helped build the New York office of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, ran the New York office of Wieden + Kennedy and worked at the New York office of Chiat Day.

On the show, Ty talked at length about the importance of telling a story as a business. Success businesses will ultimately being telling a coherent story around their product, the way they do business, and the way their company is structured, and this is vital to its success. In addition, a successful company has an “enemy,” something or someone that the company is working against, as Elon Musk and Tesla is working against their “enemy” of the hydrocarbon economy.


On Air: 11/25/2014

Jim Brenner

Jim Brenner, Founder & CEO, Broad Cove, CEO EcohomesLiberia

Jim Brenner is Broad Cove’s founder and CEO is equally at home in a rural villages learning about artisanal construction methods as he is in bank boardrooms discussing the risk-management requirements of Basel II.  After Wesleyan University—where he built his first solar-house – Jim traveled through Asia as a Watson Fellow visiting small-scale village development projects.  Then, after earning a degree in public policy from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government, he found himself a senior advisor to newly-elected U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, responsible for shaping legislation in international trade, banking and taxation. Later, Jim move into the investment industry, as an asset management executive in State Street’s Global Alliance unit, and at AEW Capital Management, where he was a Senior Vice President.  Broad Cove allows Jim to utilize his public and private-sector finance skills while pursuing passion for sustainable, grass-roots development.  Jim is currently a director of the GSE-listed CAL Bank Limited, of privately-held Ghana Home Loans Ltd, and Ecohomes Liberia Inc., and of the non-profit Overseas Vote Foundation.

On the show, Jim spoke about the challenges and opportunities associated with working in Africa, a very different marketplace from the U.S. Also, he discussed how he approaches traditional investors and seeks to get them involved in impact investing, and finally how local partnerships are formed and how success is tracked and measured.


On Air: 11/18/2014

Ulrik Christensen

Ulrik Christensen, CEO and Founding Partner of Area 9

Dr. Christensen is the Chief Executive Officer and founding partner of Area9. Growing up in a family of educators, Dr. Christensen has long had an affinity for both teaching and learning. Since founding his first company in 1997, Dr. Christensen has continued to devote his professional life to advancing an improved, highly individualized way of learning, and is the visionary behind Area9’s adaptive learning platforms. His first company, Sophus Medical, was sold to Laerdal Medical in 2002 where the technologies became the basis for Laerdal Medical’s dominant role in emergency medicine computer simulation which works with customers like HealthStream and the American Heart Association among others. He has given numerous keynote lectures and is widely recognized as one of the leading learning technology experts in the world, having pioneered advancements in adaptive learning, computer simulation, and debriefing technologies.

On the show, Dr. Christensen talked about how Area 9 is working to help make learning more customized to individual students; it’s smart books are more than just an e-book, they adapt to the speed of reading learners and challenge each student appropriately. He also spoke about moving from practice as an MD to an innovator, which came from his interest in why his colleagues made mistakes under pressure. Christensen found that people who performed when you need them to the most were the best educated going all the way back, and this led him to want to come up with better simulators and better adaptive learning all the way through the educational path.


On Air: 11/18/2014

Steve Schoettler

Steve Schoettler, Founder of Junyo

Founded in 2011, by Zynga’s co-founder and first employee, Junyo develops tools and platforms that leverage the enormous power of big-data analytics. We’re developing a broad foundational database that supports multiple applications within education for both B2B and B2C markets. Early investors include angel investors, Learn Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Kapor Capital.

On the show, Schoettler spoke at length about how the current model of education relies on top-down rigidity and attempting to essentially lecture to the center of the bell curve. This model, however, effectively fails for a great number of students. Based on his personal experiences with his son’s education, Steve was inspired to work to disrupt this model and use big-data analytics to change this landscape for the better of all students. Education needs much more than any one company can do, however, and so Schoettler also spoke about the partnerships Junyo is forming, as well as how to manage a productive and innovative collaboration.


On Air: 11/18/2014

Ariel Diaz

Ariel Diaz, Founder and CEO of Boundless

Ariel Diaz is an experienced entrepreneur with an incredible passion for improving the educational landscape for generations to come. Before Boundless, Ariel co-founded YouCastr, an online video platform that enabled hundreds of high schools to broadcast and sell live sports and other events to parents and the community. In addition, Ariel founded a consumer web consulting company and worked in management consulting in Boston, MA. Ariel holds a A.B., B.E., and Masters of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College, speaks three languages, and loves all things orange.


Boundless is an organization that uses the cloud to power education, and that means inexpensive textbooks online in more than twenty subjects so far, along with teaching resources like editable PowerPoints, and collaboration and evaluation tools for students to use. This is a very promising start-up in that it is disrupting the education space. It enables students and educators to have access to more content at less cost, and also to better contribute to the learning experience and be engaged.


On Air: 11/18/2014

Charles Best

Charles Best, Founder and CEO of

Charles Best leads, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization twelve years ago out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was named by Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” the first time a charity has received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”

On the show, Charles spoke significantly about the ways that grew and developed out of his classroom. His innovation non-profit charitable organization helps make it extraordinarily easy to give targeted gifts to schools, but also for teachers to request the help they need in plain language, and to receive it easily – DonorsChoose purchases the items and delivers them, so there’s no need for a teacher to pay taxes, deal with cash or checks, or even go and purchase their items. In addition, he spoke about his long-term goal of not only helping more schools and teachers, but also to open up the data the firm is building on where and what needs are to genuinely help change schools for the better before they need charitable help.


On Air: 11/11/14

Gordon Hui

Gordon Hui, Director of Business Design & Strategy for SmartDesign

Gordon is the Director of Business Design & Strategy at Smart Design. He focuses on leveraging design and business skill sets to create breakthrough new businesses, strategies, and technology-based experiences.

Before he came to Smart Design, Gordon was an assistant vice president in the innovation and corporate venture capital group at The Hartford Financial Services Group. In his role, Gordon led cross-functional teams on new business and new technology explorations, bridging the gap between the front end and the back end of innovation. Gordon began his career at the innovation consulting firm Peer Insight, where he applied left-brained analysis and right-brained techniques for some of America’s most innovative companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and Microsoft.

Gordon holds an M.B.A from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2010, Gordon won the IDSA-Fast Company IDEA Gold Award for Design Strategy.

On the show, Gordon discussed the meaning of the Internet of Things and how it is already and likely to influence the world and economy in the future, focusing on which areas were most open to, and most likely going to be improved by, the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, he spoke about challenges in implementation and the characteristics of established companies finding success in implementing the IoT.


On Air: 11/11/2014

Zach Supalla

Zach Supalla, Founder and CEO of Spark IO

Zach Supalla is an engineer, a businessman, and a designer. His education includes Dartmouth College and Northwestern’s Kellogg School. Professionally, he has worked for McKinsey & Co. and Groupon, and has started the companies Hex Goods and Spark. Spark works to empower individuals to build devices connected to the Internet of Things. He and his companies have been featured in CNN, WIRED, the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, Engadget, and Mashable.

On the show, Zach discussed his company, Spark, which provides essentially an open-source operating system for devices. They allow anybody to become a “maker” and to add devices to the Internet of Things. He spoke about his experiences crowdfunding as well as the decision and process of helping people make their own Internet-connected devices, rather than simply selling them such devices.


On Air: 11/11/2014

Jay Rosan

Jay Rosan, Former VP of Health Innovation for Walgreens

Dr. Rosan is the Former Vice President of Health Innovation for Walgreens and is a member of the Walgreens Innovation Network. The original innovation team was established in 2009 to help Walgreens develop a clear path in introducing successful innovative products and healthcare services, and to establish new partnerships with companies interested in building innovative growth businesses with Walgreens.

Prior to this he was the Senior VP of Health Innovation at the Walgreens Health and Wellness Division that acquired CHD Meridian Healthcare in May 2008. This Division, Take Care, provides medical care at over 360 health centers in 38 states to some of the most recognizable Fortune 500 companies and also provides readily assessable and affordable medical care at 380 retail clinics in Walgreens stores. In 2005 he joined CHD as the Senior VP of Health Innovation to help further develop programs and services of that company.

Dr. Rosan is a family physician and serial entrepreneur with extensive leadership experience in various industries including medicine, health insurance, the Internet, and broadband delivery. He was the managing partner in a model family practice that grew from one to eight physicians. The practice became and still is one of the most successful in the Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania because of its strong values, respect for patients and holistic approach to medicine.

In 1977, he was one of the first medical directors at HMO of Pennsylvania, which grew to become US Healthcare. While there he held many senior corporate leadership positions and developed the industry’s first and most innovative physician compensation system. This system rewarded physicians for improving the quality of care that they provided to their patients. He also developed one of the first and largest breast and colorectal cancer screening programs in the U.S. screening millions of people. In 1992, he recognized the importance of electronic data transmission and helped to form a subsidiary that encouraged doctors and hospitals to transmit claims, referrals and other data electronically.

In 1994, realizing that the interactive aspects of the Internet would provide extensive value in improving medical care by allowing consumers to take responsibility for their health, he co-founded InteliHealth. This was and still is an online consumer health web site originally created by US Healthcare and Johns Hopkins Medical Center. This became the most visited health site on the Internet with over 2 million pages of content and was featured on AOL, AltaVista,, Discovery Health and hundreds of other major newspapers sites. Dr. Rosan helped to launch InteliHealth Healthy Home®, a print and online catalog of health related products mailed to million of homes each month. In 1999, InteliHealth won the Webby Award for the Best Health web site out of 15,000 other health sites, the Newsweek Award for the Best Health site and the Business Week’s Best of 1999. He was an integral part of the team that developed the concept into a viable “real” company with 70 employees, tens of millions of dollars in revenue and an extremely high estimated valuation.

In 2000, he joined The Network Connection where he provided leadership to the sales and marketing teams of the company. This company developed unique broadband systems for the away-from-home market (hotels, trains, cruise ships, and education) by providing video on demand, high-speed connectivity, and e-commerce engines.

As the Executive VP, Dr. Rosan then helped to set direction at DoctorQuality, a startup whose mission was to improve the quality of medical care: (1) at major employers, such as GE, for their employees by providing web-based solutions that rate hospitals and physicians on medical quality, and (2) in hospitals by providing risk prevention database systems.

He then joined Robin Hood Ventures prior to joining CHD Meridian. Robin Hood is an angel group that provides both financial and mentoring help to startup companies in the Philadelphia Metro area.

On the show, Dr. Rosan spoke on a variety of topics, including the way that Internet connectivity and the Internet of Things plays a role in the future of healthcare, as well as how innovation can take place and thrive in a large company in an established industry such as Walgreens. He shared insight from his expertise on how smart technology can help doctors and patient outcomes, but also about the challenges these technologies face before they’re ready for mass adoption.


On Air: 11/11/2014

Hugo Fiennes

Hugo Fiennes, CEO & Co-Founder of Electric Imp

Hugo began building hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s, and he has been making useful and successful things ever since. Prior to co-founding Electric Imp, Hugo led Apple’s hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking Apple iPhone. Early in his career, Hugo founded empeg, creator of the first in-car MP3 digital audio player. He then worked on many more MP3 players at Rio before moving to the US from his native England to work for Apple in 2006.

On the show, Hugo spoke about his time both at Apple and at Nest, and how these experiences have translated to running a start-up. In addition, he discussed how the Internet of Things is relevant, but also how to make it into a valuable business world contribution, and not just a trend.


On Air: 10/28/2014

Joe Alves

Joe Alves, Art Director, Production Designer and Director

Joe Alves was born on May 21, 1936 in San Leandro, California, USA as Joseph Manuel Alves. He is an art director and production designer, known for Night Gallery (1969),The Sugarland Express (1974) and Jaws (1975). He has been married to Jerri Lauridsensince April 29, 1990. They have two children. Joe has worked on such classic films as Forbidden PlanetWalt Disney’s Sleeping BeautyTorn CurtainThe Sugarland ExpressJawsJaws 2Jaws 3DClose Encounters of The Third Kind, and Escape From New York.

On Innovation Navigation, Alves spoke about how he worked to build up a team in a very different mold than was the Hollywood norm in order to do what many in the industry did not think could be done. He pulled together diverse people with extensive talent in disparate fields to make the fearsome shark that made Jaws so successful a reality.


On Air: 10/28/2014

Carl Potts

Carl Potts, Former Editor-in-Chief at Marvel and Author of The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics

For most of his 13 years at Marvel Comics, Carl was an Executive Editor, overseeing 1/3 of Marvel’s publications. Carl’s duties included spearheading Epic, Marvel’s imprint of diverse creator-owned titles. Carl discovered and/or mentored many the top comics creators including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Larry Stroman, Jon Bogdanove, June Brigman, Mike Mignola and Art Adams.At Marvel, Carl edited and developed a diverse slate of characters including The Punisher, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Power Pack, Alpha Flight, Cloak & Dagger and Rocket Raccoon. Carl had a celebrated run as writer/layout artist on Punisher War Journal. He created the Alien Legion and Shadowmasters comics series. Characters Carl scripted included Spider-Man, Venom and Prowler. A few years ago, Carl’s Alien Legion screenplay was bought by Jerry Bruckheimer Productions. The Last of the Dragons graphic novel Carl created is currently in development as a TV series. Last year, Carl worked for Ogilvy & Mather on an interactive graphic novel for Coke/Fanta. The project was nominated for a 2013 Cannes Lions award. He has given seminars on visual storytelling at The Society of Illustrators, Parsons, Savannah College of Art & Design, SUNY Purchase, NYU, Academy of Art University, R/GA and LucasArts. He teaches a senior illustration/comics course at School of Visual Arts in NYC. In October 2013, Carl’s book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling was published by Watson-Guptill (Random House). The 4th issues of the new Alien Legion comics series is now out from Titan Comics.

Carl Potts spoke extensively about the innovation efforts taking place, and that need to take place, in an industry that is seeing it’s entire business model turned on its head somewhat. In addition, Potts talked about his experiences with co-innovation in the process of making comics. It’s immensely difficult to balance reading pitches and ideas from thousands of fans and trying to offer constructive criticism to all, while looking for those that could help the company, all while avoiding becoming swamped under the weight of submissions.


On Air: 10/28/2014

Glen Berger

Glen Berger, Playwright

Glen Berger cut his teeth at Seattle’s Annex Theatre back in the ‘90s. His plays since then include Underneath the Lintel, which has been staged more than two hundred times worldwide, been translated into eight languages, and won several Best Play awards; and O Lovely Glowworm, a 2005 Portland Drammy Award for Best Script. He is a New Dramatists alumnus. In television, Glen has won two Emmys (out of twelve nominations) and has written more than 150 episodes for children’s television series, including Arthur (PBS), Peep (Discovery / The Learning Channel), Big and Small (BBC), and Fetch (PBS), for which he was the head writer for all five years of its run. Glen spent six years co-writing the script of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

On the show, Berger discussed his experience co-writing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which was the most expensive, longest review period, most ridiculed pre-show, and had the greatest one-week ticket sales of any Broadway production. He talked about how difficult it is to foster and maintain important collaborations, while remaining both focused and completely flexible. His story of working through a six-year production process is one of a completely different kind of innovation.



On Air: 10/21/2014

Ed Hess

Ed Hess, Author and Professor at University of Virginia

Professor Edward D. Hess spent more than 30 years in the business world. He began his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and was a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He is the author of eleven books, over 60 practitioner articles, and over 60 Darden cases, etc. dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. His books include Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, (Columbia Business School Publishing, September 2014); Hess and Liedtka, The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes (Stanford University Press, 2012); Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses (Stanford University Press, 2012); Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases (Stanford University Press, February, 2011); Smart Growth: Building Enduring Businesses by Managing the Risks of Growth(Columbia Business School Publishing, 2010); Hess and Goetz, So You Want to Start A Business (FT Press, 2008); The Road To Organic Growth (McGraw-Hill, 2007); Hess and Cameron, eds., Leading with Values: Virtue, Positivity & High Performance(Cambridge University Press, 2006); Hess and Kazanjian, eds., The Search for Organic Growth(Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Smart Growth was named a Top 25 2010 business book for business owners by Inc. Magazine and was awarded the Wachovia Award for Research Excellence.

His current research focuses on applying the science of learning in a business environment: learning cultures, systems and processes.

Hess has taught in Executive Education programs for Harris Corporation, Cigna, Timken, United Technologies, Genworth Financial, Pitney Bowes, Unilever Russia, Marriott International, Westinghouse Nuclear, Alpha Natural Resources, Alegco-Scotsman, FTI Consulting, Dover Corporation, Glen Raven Corporation as well as IESE (Barcelona) and the Indian School of Business.

Hess’s work has appeared in Fortune magazine, JiJi Press, Washington Post, the Financial Times,Investor’s Business Daily, CFO ReviewMoneymagazine and in more than 300 other media publications as well as on CNBC,, Fox Business News,, Big Think,,, WSJ Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Dow Jones, MSNBC Radio, Huffington, Business and Chief Learning

Prior to joining the faculty at Darden, he was Adjunct Professor and the Founder and Executive Director of both the Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth and the Values-Based Leadership Institute at Goizueta Business School, Emory University.

On the show, Professor Hess discussed how the way an organization learns can affect how successful it is. Specifically, he discussed how innovation is fostered by making a company learn better. Management can maximize the learning culture for innovation at their firms by (1) being role models of correct behavior and (2) cultivate an environment in which it is safe to make mistakes. Firms will basically become better learners and better innovators by putting the correct processes in place – processes that encourage experimentation, but also protect the firm from ruin with financial guidelines and so on.


On Air: 10/21/2014

George Westerman

George Westerman, Research Scientist: MIT Center for Digital Business

George Westerman (@gwesterman) is a Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy.  His research and teaching focus on digital technology leadership and innovation.

George has written numerous contributions for publications ranging from Sloan Management Review to Organization Science to The Wall Street Journal.  He is co-author of two respected books:  The Real Business of IT:  How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, named the #1 Book of 2009 in its field, and IT Risk:  Turning Business Threats Into Competitive Advantage, named one of the top five books of 2007.  He is coauthor of a new book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation, which will be published in October.

George regularly conducts keynote presentations and senior executive workshops with companies around the world.  Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, George gained more than 13 years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles.

On the show, George talked about how “Digital Masters” are already using the power of digital technology to improve their companies. In contrast to many books, Westerman’s doesn’t center on the Amazons, Apples, and other immediately obvious examples of technology-utilizing firms, instead he talks about how paint, mining, and gambling companies use it. For example, a Chilean mining company uses digital technology to get the best engineers by letting them control the technology from Santiago instead of at the mine, and is working to fully automate the actual mine. A prominent casino uses digital technology to better serve its best customers, but also to give better service to all its customers, in order to raise satisfaction a lot.


On Air: 10/21/2014

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Sarah Robb O’Hagan, President of Equinox

Sarah Robb O’Hagan joined Equinox in September 2012 as President of the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, comprising the Equinox, Soul Cycle, Blink Fitness and Pure Yoga brands. Under her leadership Equinox is undertaking an aggressive expansion strategy to grow its family of brands around the world and into additional lines of business, leveraging new digital technologies.

Prior to joining Equinox, Robb O’Hagan served as Global President of one of the world’s most iconic sports brands, Gatorade. Under Sarah’s leadership, Gatorade embarked on a transformational journey from sports drink company, to sports performance innovator led by the launch of the G Series.

Robb O’Hagan joined Gatorade after nearly six years at Nike where she held marketing and general management roles. She was a member of the team that launched Nike Plus in collaboration with Apple. Prior to Nike she worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Megastores and Air New Zealand.

Beyond the interests of Equinox, Robb O’Hagan supports the advancement of women’s leadership worldwide and has a particular interest in helping underserved girls get access to sports. She has served on Hillary Clinton’s US State Department Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports, and is also a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Throughout her career Robb O’Hagan has been recognized for some of her achievements. Her most recent honors include being named one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine (2012), being named to the top 40 Under 40 lists by the Sports Business Journal (2009, 2011 and 2012) being named among Forbes Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” (2009) and Ad Age magazine’s Women to Watch (2010).

On Innovation Navigation, Sarah spoke at length about her time at Gatorade, and her project in taking a company struggling in the Great Recession to new heights by refocusing the product line and changing the way the firm advertised. Her most important lesson for the audience was on having the courage to know who your true customers are and not being afraid to not sell to those who aren’t. A firm must have the courage to abandon people who may be customers today, but aren’t going to drive the health and future of the company going forward.


On Air: 10/21/2014

Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro, Author of "Best Practices are Stupid"

Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them.

The first innovation opportunity Stephen spotted was the opportunity to innovate within his own life. Halfway through his 15-year tenure at Accenture, while leading the company’s business process reengineering practice, he realized he no longer wanted to be responsible for people losing their jobs. So he did exactly the opposite by building Accenture’s thriving 20,000-person process and innovation practice focused on growth and job creation.

In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, Stephen left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor to clients around the world. Since then he has published four books – Goal-Free Living (2006), The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas(2007), Personality Poker (2010) and Best Practices are Stupid  (2011) — and spoken to audiences in over 40 different countries.

Today, Stephen continues to focus on transforming the way businesses like 3M, P&G, Marriott, Nike, and Microsoft to improve their innovation practices through customized and keynote speeches, advisory engagements and other services. Passionate and captivating, Stephen’s high-energy approach to innovation gets audiences out of their seats and into new ways of thinking about their business challenges.

Stephen is currently on the Board of Directors of National Speakers Association (NSA) and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, NSA’s highest earned designation.Stephen is based in Boston, Massachusetts and loves traveling to meet his clients around the world.

On the show, Stephen spoke about the danger of following “best practices,” in that they are the result of studying successes and potentially missing the examples of companies who followed the practices and failed, and even in the best circumstances, “best practices” are already the old news of the companies that pioneered them. In addition, he discussed how to make innovation tournaments more effective within a company, and how firms need partnerships to get the outside perspective needed to foster genuinely breakthrough innovation for long-term success.


On Air: 10/21/14

George Westerman

George Westerman, MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy

George Westerman (@gwesterman) is a Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy.  His research and teaching focus on digital technology leadership and innovation.

George has written numerous contributions for publications ranging from Sloan Management Review to Organization Science to The Wall Street Journal.  He is co-author of two respected books:  The Real Business of IT:  How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, named the #1 Book of 2009 in its field, and IT Risk:  Turning Business Threats Into Competitive Advantage, named one of the top five books of 2007.  He is coauthor of a new book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation, which will be published in October.



On Air: 10/14/2014

Nicole Clemens

Nicole Clemens, Senior VP of Programming, FX

Nicole Clemens is a former television executive at Spelling Television, former head of Rod Holcomb Productions at NBC/WB, and a former partner and head of the motion picture literary department at the prestigious agency ICM Partners. Nicole represented clients from Sons of Anarchy, The Karate Kid, Death at a Funeral, Modern Family, 1600 Penn, True Blood, The Office, The Pianist, and more. She moved to FX in August, 2012, and is now the Senior VP of Programming at the network.

On the show, Nicole discussed the unique challenges of managing highly creative people, how FX does such an excellent job of consistently channeling creativity, and why many network channels seem to fail at this. Importantly, she spoke about the importance of being supportive, but making it clear to creative people, through experience and reputation, that the firm will not hijack or distort the creator’s vision. This trust causes creative people to gravitate towards FX and produce their best work.


On Air: 10/14/2014

Gary Smith

Gary Smith, CEO of Polartec

Mr. Gary S. Smith is an Executive Affiliate and Industry Advisor at Kilmer Capital Partners. He focuses on consumer products at the firm and helps to source and evaluate opportunities in the branded consumer apparel, footwear, and gear industry as well as undermanaged industrial manufacturing opportunities. Mr. Smith has been the Chief Executive Officer of Polartec, LLC since November 1, 2012. He is the owner of two companies in the cycling industry. Mr. Smith served as the President of Outdoor Group & Enterprise Portfolio at The Timberland Company. He served as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Timberland LLC from February 2002 to December 2007. Mr. Smith was a Partner of McKinsey & Company’s from August 1994 to February 2002. He was on the board of McGregor Hosiery.

On Innovation Navigation, Gary Smith discussed what it was like to help create the first successful synthetic fleece, and then how Polartec has continued to succeed in a competitive marketplace without patent protection. Keys to the firm’s success were noted to be constant innovation and offering a portfolio product to customers – often a fabric is so innovative that Polartec needs to teach firm’s how to manufacture it, but also how to design garments that best take advantage of its innovative characteristics.


On Air: 10/14/2014

John Hunter

John Hunter, Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University

John Hunter was educated at Toronto (BA) and Duke (PhD) and began his career teaching early modern literature at the University of Toronto. His early publications were on memory as an epistemological category in early modern culture, and he also edited Renaissance Literature: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), a standard classroom text in the field. Since joining the Comparative Humanities Program at Bucknell, his teaching and research have moved on to analyze the intersections between the humanities and neuroscience and the transformations of memory in digital culture. He is also helping to start a digital humanities initiative at Bucknell and was a Faculty Fellow in the Bucknell Innovation Group, which seeks to create and encourage teaching and research opportunities that fall outside the conventional silos of the academy.

On the air, John explained in detail how the term innovation has evolved – from an insult hurled by the likes of Shakespeare, innovator has become a highly valued title. This innovation movement really is good for society, in Hunter’s opinion. It is puzzling not that more innovation is taking place with more technology, but it is puzzling that willingness to try out innovation does not seem to exist in the general population with regards to systems of government and justice in the same amount as exists with regard to iPhone apps and so on.


On Air: 10/14/2014

Dave Gray

Dave Gray, Founder, XPLANE, Co-Founder Boardthing

Dave Gray is the founder of the business design consultancy XPLANE. His primary focus is the complex problem of unlocking new capabilities to help drive innovation and change in large organizations. Dave has authored two books on design, change and innovation. He also serves as a strategic adviser to a select group of clients. His current project is Boardthing, a collaboration platform for distributed teams. Dave delivers keynotes and hands-on workshops on topics related to innovation, culture and change.

Dave spoke at length about the looseness an organization requires in order to really achieve innovation. Many American firms have succeeded by being rigid in order to increase efficiency, however this needs to be scaled back and reevaluated somewhat as firm success is today tied to how well employees are allowed and incentivized to create and try new processes and ideas. Innovation requires room to function and blossom.


On Air: 10/7/2014

Ryan Carson

Ryan Carson, CEO and Co-Founder of Treehouse

Ryan Carson is the CEO & Co – Founder of Treehouse Island Inc.

Ryan is an entrepreneur and father. He moved to the UK in 2000, after graduating from Colorado State University with a Computer Science degree. He has now moved to Portland Oregon with his family in 2012.

He has successfully built and sold two businesses and is now working on his third, Treehouse (


On Air: 10/7/2014

Joni Fedders

Joni Fedders, President of Aileron (Associated with book, Run Your Business, Don’t Let it Run You)

As a past business owner, Joni understands the risks, rewards and challenges that ownership and professional management bring.  She had the opportunity at Iams as a Brand Manager to live in a professionally managed organization where she saw first hand how strategy, strong leadership and culture can fuel a company to do great things.

After Iams, Joni co-founded a technology services company and became an Aileron client herself, taking the Course for Presidents, establishing an outside Board of Directors and utilizing strategic planning.  The company grew from 2 to 100 employees in five years, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Cincinnati Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of the 25 fastest growing companies in the region.  After selling this business, she and her husband bought a second business in decorative packaging that they operated for seven years before successfully selling.

In her role as President, Joni oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture and operational activities. Her leadership and energy inspire and motivate the Aileron team and the community as we strive to raise the quality of life, one private business at a time.

Joni was honored with the “Forty Under Forty” award and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (the real one, in Ohio).  She obtained her MBA from Xavier University.  As college sweethearts, Joni and her husband Jim have been married for 27 years; they have three great children, a golden retriever and a small mutt who thinks he’s a cross between a mastiff and a pit bull.  Joni and her family enjoy skiing, tubing, running, fishing, sports, eating Chipotle, family events and vacations.


On Air: 10/7/2014

Claudia Kotchka

Claudia Kotchka, Led Innovation at P&G

Claudia Kotchka is a senior executive and change agent who successfully led an innovation culture transformation at Procter & Gamble. A pioneer in innovation practices, she is acknowledged for strategic thinking, organization development, and financial acumen. Currently, Claudia advises Fortune 500 companies on innovation, design, and culture change. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Research in Motion, the maker of BlackBerry, and serves on the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee. Claudia retired from P&G in 2009, completing a milestone-filled 31-year career. While at P&G, she led the growth of the Design Organization from 30 to more than 300, creating world-class design capability.

In recognition of her leadership, innovation, and management expertise, Claudia has received numerous awards, including her selection by BusinessWeek as one of the 25 most innovative global business leaders in 2006 and as one of five executives selected by Fast Company as a Master of Design in 2005. Her success as an innovator and change agent has been featured in The Game-Changer by A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan,The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley, The Design of Business by Roger Martin, and Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown. Her accomplishments have also been reported in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Fast Company, AdWeek,Business Management, Design Management Review, Epoca Negocios Magazíne, The Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, The Journal of Business & Design, La Tribune, Women’s Wear Daily, and on the TODAY SHOW.

Claudia is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Smithsonian Design Museum at the Cooper-Hewitt in New York City. She is an advisor to the Stanford University Institute of Design (the and served as a juror for the 2009 International Design Excellence Awards sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America.


On Air: 10/7/2014

Ron Ashkenas

Ron Ashkenas, Managing Partner of Schaffer Consulting, Author of Simply Effective

Ron Ashkenas is a Senior Partner of Schaffer Consulting and an internationally recognized consultant, executive coach, and speaker on organizational transformation, post-merger integration, and simplification. He also holds an appointment as an “Executive in Residence” at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Ron’s clients have included many of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as prominent financial, governmental, and non-profit organizations such as Cisco Systems, Bausch + Lomb, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Merck, Pfizer, The World Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Zurich Financial Services, Lloyds TSB, Thomson Reuters, and ConAgra Foods. Ron was part of the original team that collaborated with then-CEO Jack Welch to develop GE’s Work-Out approach for creating a faster, simpler, and more nimble organization. He also helped to develop GE Capital’s approach to acquisition integration.

Ron is the author of Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done, as well as the co-author of Rapid Results!The GE Work-OutThe Boundaryless Organization, and The Boundaryless Organization Field Guide. In addition to his books, Ron’s publications include dozens of articles. He is also a regular blogger for Harvard Business Review and Forbes.

Ron received his BA from Wesleyan University, his Ed.M from Harvard University, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, where he has also held several teaching assignments. He has conducted executive education programs at Case Western Reserve, the Kellogg School of Northwestern, Stanford University School of Business, and the University of Michigan – and has lectured in Israel, South Korea, Canada, Germany, the U.K., and many other countries around the world.


On Air: 9/30/2014

Doug Sundheim

Doug Sundheim, President, Clarity Consulting

Doug Sundheim is a leadership and organizational consultant with over 20 years of experience in growing businesses and helping others do the same. He works with leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial firms to help them maximize their effectiveness. His clients include Morgan Stanley, Harvard Management Company, The Chubb Corporation, Citigroup, University of Chicago, and Procter & Gamble among others. Prior to his work in leadership and organizational consulting, Doug spent several years in the Internet strategy field and started a 100-person catering company. Doug holds a BS from Cornell University and an MA in Adult Learning & Leadership from Columbia University. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and three sons. Doug’s second book Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes Are High was published in January 2013 by McGraw-Hill.

On the show, Sundheim discussed how companies and managers can do a better job of taking smart risks in order to promote innovation. One group of people that tend to do an excellent job of taking smart risks are those with something worth fighting for. For Sundheim, these people are distinct from those with mere passions, and they will do just about anything to accomplish their career and life goals. Interestingly, he also introduced the idea that when a firm has a process in place for innovation, but innovation still isn’t happening quite right – the problem may be in the quality of the dialogue. CEOs and other managers must lead the way during check-in meetings with project teams to ask a lot of questions and not worry about sounding dumb. It’s important that the manager is asking when the leap from data analysis to conclusion or product idea isn’t entirely clear, or any reasoning isn’t so clear. This focus can help make any innovation management process significantly more effective.


On Air: 9/30/2014

Nathan Furr

Nathan Furr, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, BYU Marriott School

Nathan Furr is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at BYU’s Marriott School, in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy. He received his Ph.D from Stanford University in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations, and has written numerous articles and is co-author of Nail It Then Scale It. He is also the author of The New Entrepreneur, a blog on At BYU’s Marriott School, he teaches as part of the Crocker Innovation Fellowship, an interdisciplinary course on entrepreneurship, as well as award-winning new ventures and entrepreneurship courses.

On the show, Professor Furr began by discussing the dichotomy between design thinking and the lean start-up movement – or lack thereof – as he explained that the two only refer to different starting points in solving customer problems effectively and efficiently. Dr. Furr also spoke about the example of Inuit as a firm that recognized stagnant growth and rebounded by finding a way to integrate design thinking and a lean start-up process to gain the nimbleness of start-up in a large and successful company. Finally, he introduced his concept of “painstorming,” which refers to a method of plotting and visualizing the problems and/or pains that a (potential) customer is actually facing. This provides a much better visualization of the problem.


On Air: 9/30/2014

Marc Levinson

Marc Levinson, Economist, Historian, and Journalist

Marc Levinson’s professional life has centered on making complex economic issues understandable to the general public. Much of his work has been international in focus, dealing with international trade and globalization, international finance and financial regulation, and energy and environmental issues that cross international borders.

He has written five books that merge economics and business strategy with historical research. He has also written many articles for leading publications, such as Harvard Business Review and Foreign Affairs, and contributed historical pieces to Echoes, the former economic history blog at He frequently reviews books for The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Marc Levinson’s career began as a journalist, reporting on business for Time magazine and the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) and serving as editorial director of the daily Journal of Commerce in New York. After several years writing about business and economics for Newsweek, he became finance and economics editor of The Economist in London. In 1999, Levinson joined the predecessor to JP Morgan Chase, where he created a unique industry economics function that married economic research with stock and bond analysis and developed a line of environmental research products for institutional investor clients. He has advised Congress on transportation and industry issues and serving as senior fellow for international business at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has consulted for a number of businesses and public agencies.

Levinson received his bachelor’s degree from Antioch College, master’s degrees from Georgia State University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a doctorate from the City University of New York.

On Innovation Navigation, Marc Levinson discussed his recent book, detailing the history of A&P, a former paragon of American retail. From humble origins, A&P redefined the very concept of the grocer – being the first to utilize tin cans, cardboard boxes, and product branding to radically change the shopping experience. The store introduced the chain grocery store model, providing standardized experiences that customers could trust, including clear brand-name products that they could handle before purchasing. A&P was innovative in ways that would make a modern manager or consultant proud – it improved its core product, the retail experience, while broadening innovation in categories like more business, as it added butchers, bakers, and more, supply chain management, and more to out-innovate and out-compete the marketplace. Ultimately, A&P is instructive not just for its success, but for its failure. After the founders passed away, company insiders tried to run the company by their model, but the lack of innovation took a toll on A&P’s competitiveness in an increasingly crowded market, and this coupled to the pressures of being a public company ultimately resulted in the company’s bankruptcy.


On Air: 9_30_2014

Barry Libert

Barry Libert, Board Member, Angel Investor

Barry Libert is a digital board member, technology (angel) investor, and strategic advisor to boards and their leaders seeking to benefit from the digital revolution. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Libert specializes in social, mobile and big data company investing and advising larger organizations on the impact of these technologies on their business. Libert is the chairman and founder of OpenMatters, a technology (growth) investor and strategic advisory firm. He has spent the last ten years investing in and founding social, mobile, and big data technology companies. In 2001, he founded Mzinga, a social software and e-learning company. His boards include (present and past): Innocentive, a crowd sourcing software company; Activate Networks (ANI), a big data analytics and services company; Zyncd a crowdsharing company, The Pulse Network, an social video company, Sonicbids, a social music marketing company, Parametric Dining, a mobile payment company, The SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Networked Organizations at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Us Against Alzheimer’s Network, an advocacy network seeking to end Alzheimer’s by 2020 using today’s technologies. He is also a strategic advisor to a number of large enterprises seeking to leverage social, mobile and cloud technologies to drive revenues and reduce costs. Libert has co-authored five books on the value of social networks, crowdsourcing and big data in business, healthcare and government. His fifth book, Social Nation, was published in the fall of 2010 by John Wiley & Sons. Barry Libert has authored 1,100 articles on the importance of digital technologies in organizations. His articles have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Baron’s, Institutional Investor, CIO Magazine and Mckinsey Quarterly.

On the show, Libert discussed the oft-forgotten role of the board of directors in cultivating and sustaining innovation in a firm. At its core, the board of directors is responsible for capital allocation and planning, and that is vitally important to innovation. Libert believes that there’s a lot of capital tied up in assets today – as many firms as essentially asset builders. But this is low value in his mind, as they may innovate in being more efficient, but their innovations are ultimately not scalable. Service providers also aren’t all that scalable, since they are ultimately limited by the number of hours a person can work in a year. Technology firms are a great, in Libert’s thinking, because their innovation is so scalable, and thus growth potential is large, raising value. A responsible board of directors, then, ought to allocating capital to where the value lies, while promoting concepts like open-source and open-innovation to allow the development of high-value innovations.


On Air: 9/23/2014

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, Co-Author - Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is the co-author of Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life, a Harvard Business Review Press book on the art of driving innovation in regular organizations. As Partner at the advisory firm The Innovation Architects, he has worked with managers in nearly all parts of the globe, including China, India, Russia, Singapore, Britain, France, the United States and his native country, Denmark. He is a frequent corporate speaker and has delivered keynotes at events such as Time Warner’s Senior Leadership Series, HP’s European Executive Partner Summit, Johnson & Johnson’s HCS Fall Leadership Meeting, and The Economist’s Talent Management Conference. Mr. Wedell-Wedellsborg holds an MA in Media Science from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from IESE Business School. His research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, BBC Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Financial Times. He has founded two startups: the Danish non-profit knowledge sharing platform Akademisk Opgavebank and 13 MBAs, a private professional network for Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and ten other top-ranked business schools. He currently serves as an advisor to two startup incubators, namely the BBC WorldWide Labs in London and the venture development firm Prehype. Prior to his business career, Mr. Wedell-Wedellsborg served for four years as an officer and infantry platoon commander with the Danish Royal Guards.

Wedell-Wedellsborg discussed the process of coming up with and moving new ideas up in the corporate ladder. He advocated “stealth storming,” am alternative to flamboyant brainstorming sessions that result in lots of ideas that go nowhere, which ought to be done by professionals at navigating corporate politics to bring a few great ideas to life. Also, he talked about how many ideas will come up in a firm, and the reality is that many will be bad ideas, so there is vital importance to having a systematic process that can handle these ideas and not only kill the bad ones, but select and encourage the good ideas that are generated alongside.


On Air: 9/23/2014

Michael Karnjanaprakorn

Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO and Co-Founder, Skillshare

Michael founded Skillshare in 2011. Previously, he was an early employee at Behance (acquired by Adobe) and Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook). Michael is a TED Fellow and listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

On the show, Michael discussed how Skillshare began by trying to create the “perfect pedagogy online,” including very strict formatting and so on, but ultimately changed from that view. They realized that what they needed to do was trust teachers and students as co-innovators, allow flexibility and for people to vote with their feet on what actually worked. For the company, this meant supporting and communicating successes across course designers, while trying to bring more great teachers to the platform, and that has been tremendously successful for them. Building a community of experts is, for Karnjanaprakorn, all about building trust; the outside experts need to trust that the company has their best interests at heart.


On Air: 9/23/2014

Ben Waber

Ben Waber, President and CEO, Sociometric Solutions

Ben Waber is President and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, a management services firm. His new book People Analytics, from the Financial Times Press, will be released in May. He is also a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he received his PhD in the Human Dynamics Group working with Prof. Alex (Sandy) Pentland. He was previously a Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School in the Organizational Behavior group. His work centers around using real time data flows to rethink management of people, physical architecture, corporate planning, and training, among other things. Previously, he received his BA and MA in Computer Science in four years from Boston University in 2006. During this time, he was a member of the Image and Video Computation Group. Waber has also worked at various research labs in Japan, including Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory and Ricoh’s Central Research Laboratory. Waber has also consulted for industry leaders such as LG, McKinsey & Company, and Gartner on technology trends, social networks, and organizational design. His current research interests include dynamic organizational design, organizational behavior, social networks, sensor networks, prediction mechanisms, and information flow.

On the show, Waber discussed how the physical layout of an office can play a role in how innovative the firm’s employees are. Specifically, he cites research showing that despite the best intentions, people actually do talk far more frequently with those they sit near in the office, and far less with those they sit far from. In addition, he discussed what an office designed to stifle innovation would look like, as a counter example. It would include the closing off of functions from one another, different teams in different floors or even buildings, lots of small coffee and snack places so that no one has to meet in the middle and bump into one another, no central cafe so that employees eat their lunch at their large, isolated desks, and plenty of corners and turns in the corridors, such that individuals don’t see people coming and interact with them. Essentially, Waber advocated the planning of new office space to cause more interaction between people who have no need to, in order to spur serendipitous conversations that will lead to ideation and innovation.


On Air: 9/23/2014

Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail, Speaker, Strategist, and Entrepreneur

Salim Ismail is a sought-after speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries. Salim has spent the last four years building Singularity University based at NASA Ames and before that built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has a unique perspective and track record on how to innovate, how to turn cutting edge ideas into thriving startups and how to apply leading edge thinking to invigorate entire industries.

On the show, Salim talked about his new book, Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (and what to do about it). His thinking is about how nimble companies essentially outsource parts of their operations in order to scale so much and so quickly as to quickly dominate marketplaces. These companies may “outsource” traditionally, by having a partner manufacture goods for them, or they may do so by having people not in the organization help the effort in other ways, such as TED showing talks online for free and starting TEDx and having people run shows on their own, thereby increasing their brand massively. A company decides what to keep locked down inside its organization by bearing in mind what it’s “massive transformative process,” or MTP, really is. 


On Air: 9/16/2014

Carla Diana

Carla Diana, Designer

Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. In addition to her industry experience at some of the world’s top design firms such as Smart Design and frog design, Carla maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and a faculty member at SVA and in the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program where she developed the first course on Smart Objects. She is Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices and continues work as a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab. Her recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She has just completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.

On the show, Carla Diana discussed her role in a new product design course at UPenn, focusing upon the design of new products for play and learning for small children. She also offered significant insight into how designers think about gender and design together. When a designer identifies a small demographic that is underserved, the designer ought to think about how to serve that specific group, and oftentimes, serving that group results in a product that is applicable to a broader population and is successful. She calls this approach “universal design.”


On Air: 9/16/2014

Nancy Tennant

Nancy Tennant, Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President for Margin Realization, Whirlpool Corporation

Nancy Tennant is the Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President for Margin Realization for Whirlpool Corporation, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. In addition to leading Whirlpool’s innovation arm, she is one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners (theoretic practitioner) in transforming businesses and non-profit environments to achieve innovation from everyone and everywhere. Bloomburg Businessweek named Dr. Tennant one of the 25 Innovation Champions (IN25) in the world. She has been an adjunct faculty member of both the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business since 2003. In 2013 she co-founded the Certification Program for Innovation Mentors (CIMp) at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Tennant is the author of numerous articles and the co-author of two best-selling books on innovation: Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry (Tennant Snyder & Duarte; Jossey-Bass, Wiley, 2008), and Strategic Innovation: Embedding Innovation as a Core Competency in Your Organization (Tennant Snyder & Duarte; Jossey-Bass, 2003). She is presently working on a new book about innovation to simplify how to get started in innovation, with a publication goal of 2015. She is the co-author of the best selling Mastering Virtual Teams (Duarte & Snyder; Jossey-Bass, 2006, 3rd edition), ranked by Amazon as one of the 50 best selling team books of all time. She is a frequent public speaker on the topic of innovation and organization change to “C” level audiences around the world including United Arab Emirates, China, Brazil, Peru, India, Italy and the UK. Dr. Tennant holds a doctorate in organizational behavior from The George Washington University. She is the President of the Board for the First Tee of Benton Harbor, a non-profit organization that offers character development and life skills to youth-at-risk through golf.

On Innovation Navigation, Tennant spoke about her time at Whirlpool, and how she helped transform the industrial stalwart into one of the most innovative firms in the world today. It is a story of a remarkable corporate turnaround and an immense success. Among other specifics, she dove into problems of the management of innovation – how a whole firm has to be retooled to become an innovative powerhouse. The right people must be found and trained, and the “invisible systems” like financing have to be shaped to allow experimentation and innovation, and the firm must eventually define for itself what innovation actually is and consists of, so that innovation can become a solvable business problem.


On Air: 9/16/2014

Jean-Philippe Deschamps

Jean-Philippe Deschamps, Professor of Technology & Innovation, IMD

Jean-Philippe Deschamps graduated with a degree in marketing and business management from École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris; from the European Institute of Business Administration, INSEAD in Fontainebleau, and from the Harvard Business School. He began his career as a commercial attaché in the New York City office of the French Embassy in the United States. Prior to joining IMD, Professor Deschamps was based in Brussels as a corporate vice-president with Arthur D. Little, and chairman of the firm’s technology and innovation management practice, which he created in 1981. Before that, he was Arthur D. Little’s first European practice leader for strategy and organization. He has thirty years of international management consulting experience throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle-East. Deschamps is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and co-author of Product Juggernauts: How Companies Mobilize to Generate Streams of Market Winners, which has been translated into six languages and long featured in the best-selling list of the Harvard Business School Press. His new book, Innovation Leaders: How Senior Executives Promote, Steer and Sustain Innovation was published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass in April 2008. He was recognized by The Economist as one of Europe’s influential innovation management thinkers and has given conferences and lectures throughout the world, including twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

On the show, Jean-Philippe Deschamps detailed his idea of “innovation governance.” Innovation management, he said, is quite tactical, project and process focused, and for a firm to truly be successful and innovative, it ought to have a broader guidance up to and including the C-suite and Board of Directors. These people need to set the firm on a grand path towards being innovative, to govern resource allocation, firm-wide values, human resources and more.


On Air: 9/9/2014

Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater, Author and Management Strategist

Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.
We-think was the latest in a string of acclaimed books: Living on Thin Air, a guide to living and working in the new economy; Up the Down Escalator, an attack on the culture of public pessimism accompanying globalization and In Search of Work, published in the 1980’s, which was one of the first books to predict the rise of more flexible and networked forms of employment.

In 2005 Charles was ranked by Accenture, the management consultancy, as one of the top management thinkers in the world. A past winner of the prestigious David Watt prize for journalism, Charles was profiled by the New York Times in 2004 for generating one of the best ideas of the year, the rise of the activist amateur, outlined in his report The Pro-Am Revolution.

As well as advising a wide range of organizations on innovation including the BBC, Vodafone, Microsoft, Ericsson, Channel Four Television and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Charles has been an ideas generator in his own right. As an associate editor of the Independent he helped Helen Fielding devise Bridget Jones’s diary. He wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship, which has since become a global movement. His report on the potential for the web to generate social change led to the creation of the Social Innovation Camp movement.
Charles has worked extensively as a senior adviser to the governments, advising the 10 Downing St policy unit, the Department for Trade and Industry and the European Commission on the rise of the knowledge driven economy and the Internet, as well as the government of Shanghai. He is an advisor to the Department for Education’s Innovation Unit on future strategies for more networked and personalized approaches to learning and education. He is a co-founder of the public service design agency Participle.

A visiting senior fellow at the British National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, he is also a longstanding senior research associate with the influential London think-tank Demos and a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School and the Young Foundation. He is co-founder of Participle, the public service innovation agency, which is working with central and local government to devise new approaches to intractable social challenges.

Charles spent ten years working for the Financial Times where he was Labour Editor, Industrial Editor and Tokyo Bureau Chief before becoming the paper’s Features Editor. In 1994 he moved to the Independent as assistant editor in charge of features and became an independent author and advisor in 1996.


On the show, Leadbeater discussed his theory of lean innovation and how it not only applies to small, cash-strapped enterprises (though it certainly does), but also to the very biggest corporations. For example, General Electric practiced lean innovation when it sought to provide a low-cost heart monitor for use in India. Lean innovation isn’t simply about removing features from products so that lower-cost versions of them may be released, it is a fundamental rethinking of the product in order to conceive of a design that is lower cost by its very nature. One thought experiment Leadbeater spoke about was the consideration of building Chinese restaurants versus building McDonald’s restaurants. A McDonald’s is essentially a kit sold to a franchise owner, such that it is very much the same everywhere, but requires a lot of capital for a franchise owner to open. In contrast, a lean innovator pursues a Chinese restaurant approach – Chinese restaurants look more or less the same everywhere, and offer similar products, but they aren’t sold as kits, don’t require as much capital to open as a result, and are tailored to their specific environments in such a way as to appeal more strongly to locals.


On Air: 9/16/2014

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Author, Essayist, and Curator

Joshua Wold Shenk a writer of numerous successful piece and books, a curator who has worked with multiple fine institutions, and has taught at The New School, New York University,  Washington College, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Power of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs and numerous articles, including cover stories for Harper’sTime, and The Atlantic. He has also written for SlateThe New YorkerThe New York Times, and others. His book Lincoln’s Melancholy was named one of the best books of 2005 by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Norman Mailer Center; a Rosalynn Carter fellowship in mental health journalism at the Carter Center; a Japan Society Media Fellowship; and the Frank Whiting scholarship at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Josh was a 2005-06 fellow in non-fiction literature at the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is the father of one son.

On the show, Shenk discussed his idea of the power of creative pairs and how they’ve been incredibly influential in the history of successful innovators and firms. Specific examples discussed include Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, and Steve Jobs and his series of partners including Steve Wozniak, Tim Cook, and Sir Jonathan Ive. Interestingly, Shenk spoke on how a manager, who is often going to be “arranging marriages,” so to speak, ought to seek to bring together partnerships of people that will challenge one another and probably even come from different backgrounds. Successful partnerships often have an element of tension between them. However, it’s important to make sure that there is time and space for solitude for both sides, because “cooling off” is just as important for long-term success.


On Air: 9/9/2014

David A. Owens

David A. Owens, Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation Faculty Director, VU Accelerator-Summer Business Institute

David A. Owens is professor of the practice of management at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management where he also directs the Executive Development Institute. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He provides consulting services for a wide range of clients around the world, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Guardian and San Jose Mercury News, as well as on NPR’s Marketplace. Owens has consulted for NASA, The Smithsonian, Nissan LEAF, Gibson Music, American Conservatory Theater, Alcatel, Tetra Pak, Tennessee Valley Authority, Cisco, LEGO, The Henry Ford Museum and many other organizations. He has done product design work for well-known firms including Daimler Benz, Apple Computer, Dell Computer, Coleman Camping, Corning World Kitchen, Steelcase and IDEO Product Development. He has also served as CEO of Griffin Technology, a global company that specializes in iPod, iPhone, and iPad accessories. Owens earned his Ph.D. in management science and engineering through a joint fellowship program between Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and its School of Engineering. He holds an M.S. in engineering product design and is a registered professional electrical engineer (P.E). In his current work, Owens focuses on concrete strategies for creating positive change in all types of organizations. Dave was born in Germany and is fluent in German. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters.

Professor Owens spoke at length about how companies and co-workers really do so much to stop innovation. Oftentimes, a firm ought not ask “how can we have more innovative people?” but rather “how are preventing innovation from happening right now?” He related a personal anecdote of a group of employees telling him that their manager came to brainstorming sessions and said all the ideas were bad right there, and the manager later agreed, saying that he feared if those ideas (many of which were indeed bad!) left the room, they’d be made into expensive projects. Owens discussed at length how innovation is often stopped by a failure in process – especially when ideas are being nixed at the brainstorming level. It’s important for a firm to develop and continually improve its strategy for brainstorming creative ideas, and then carrying them forward through constant evaluation, such that only smart bets are actually taken by the firm, but creativity isn’t stifled at the source. One interesting point Professor Owens made was on how Steve Jobs was so great at cultivating innovation – he removed roadblocks. When managers would ask for resources from one another, if the would-be-giver hesitated to give up resources, the would-be-taker needed only mention that Jobs wanted to see the project done, and the other manager would give up resources immediately, fearing to incur Jobs’ wrath for holding back innovation.


On Air: 9/2/2014

Warren Berger

Warren Berger, Author and Speaker

Warren Berger is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications, and the author of both A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas and Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, and Maybe Even the World, both of which drew critical praise. Berger also writes for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and has previously written extensively for Wired. He has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC World News, CNN, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, and has lectured at the University of Virginia, University of Oregon, University of Texas, New York’s School of Visual Arts, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an expert on design thinking and innovation.

As a guest on Innovation Navigation, Berger spoke in depth about the manner and power of correctly questioning. As children, we question everything around us, but we start to question less and less as we grow older. Successful innovation necessarily involves asking not just ‘why’ but also ‘what-if’ and then finally, ‘how?’. This is not simply a matter for individual entrepreneurs, however. Berger spoke about how successful companies are and will continue to be those that cultivate an environment of questioning, in which employees feel comfortables asking management why things are as they are, but also feel comfortable doing so even when they do not have an answer to their own question. On a more personal note, he discussed how individuals ask themselves questions to help understand themselves, their motivations, and their plans for the future.


On Air: 9/2/2014

Faisal Hoque

Faisal Hoque, CEO, Entrepreneur, and Author

Born in Bangladesh, Faisal Hoque emigrated to the United States after beginning his entrepreneurially career at age 14. He has since been CEO, Chairman of the Board, advisor to the boards and management of Fortune 500 companies, and has worked closely with such brands as GE, MasterCard, American Express, Northrop Grumman, PepsiCo, IBM, Home Depot, Netscape, Infosys, French Social Security Services, Gartner, Cambridge Technology Partners, JP Morgan Chase, CSC, and more. Hoque has written seven books on management, of which his most recent is Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability. Hoque has also contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BusinessInsider, Huffington Post, BusinessWeek, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forbes, Leadership Excellence, and other fine publications.

During Innovation Navigation, Hoque discussed the notion of innovation as a Matryoshka doll, with a variety of theories and approaches from the innermost personal psychological approach, to broader and broader influences and thoughts. In addition, he spoke the different clusters of innovative people surrounding any effort at innovation. He brought to the show the very interesting idea that successful entrepreneurship and innovation relies enormously on clusters of people who aren’t and never will be direct employees of the innovator. For successful innovation, the manager must work to incentivize and captivate those individuals who do not work for him or her, but are necessary for success, and therein lies one of the most difficult challenges of the innovator.


On Air: 9/2/2014

Andrew Hargadon

Andrew Hargadon, Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis

Andrew Hargadon received his B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University, in the mechanical engineering department’s product design program. He received his Ph.D. from the Management Science and Engineering department of Stanford’s School of Engineering, at which time he was named a Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. Prior to his work in academia, he worked in product design at Apple Computer and taught product design at Stanford University. Today, Hargadon is the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. He is founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis, and has written extensively in numerous journals and is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth about how Companies Innovate.

On the show, Professor Hargadon discussed in detail how his research into famed innovators Henry Ford and Thomas Edison informs not only the work of global consultancy IDEO, but also the innovative work of the most successful entrepreneurs. He spoke on how the greatest and most revolutionary breakthroughs are often, very surprisingly, the result of finding what has worked in other fields and other times, and creatively recombining them and retooling them to a new problem for a unique solution. It is not a flash of genius, but the process of immersion in history and many different cultures that builds the toolkit for the successful innovator to draw upon when confronted with ostensibly intractable problems.


On Air: 08/19/2014

Michelle Kreger

Michelle Kreger, Executive Director of Potential Energy

 Michelle comes to Potential Energy after 7 years at Kiva, a nonprofit organization connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. At Kiva, Michelle spent 5 years building their network of microfinance partners across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, and 2 years as Senior Director of Kiva’s Strategic Initiatives group, where she was responsible for overseeing their expansion into new impact areas including clean energy, water and sanitation, innovative agriculture and higher education. In 2012, Michelle served as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a prestigious program for social entrepreneurs with particularly promising solutions to the big problems in health, poverty, and conservation in developing countries. Prior to joining Kiva, Michelle founded a nonprofit organization in Costa Rica, NatureKids, which focuses on English literacy and environmental sustainability in burgeoning tourist hubs. She also worked at various organizations dedicated to financial inclusion, including ACCION International. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Economics.

On the show, Michelle Kreger talked about Potential Engergy and its innovation practices. 3 billion people across the world prepare their meals over an open cooking fire. This smoke is one of the leading causes of death in the devloping world. Working with improved cooking stoves can drastically improve the amount of smoke in the home and can have an effect on not only the health of the women preparing the food, but also the children in the home. Potential Energy produces low-tech stoves, made of steel that have internal combustion chambers that burn wood. The structure drastically improves the efficiency of the burn, reducing the  amount of smoke and wood needed by half. They have been able to produce these stoves under 20$ to get it in the hands of the user.


On Air: 08/19/2014

Dr. Matthew Silver

Dr. Matthew Silver, Founder and CEO of Cambrian Innovation

Dr. Silver is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cambrian Innovation Inc., a water and bio-energy technology provider headquartered in Boston, MA. Founded at MIT in 2006, Cambrian Innovation develops advanced environmental solutions for corporate, government, and agricultural clients. Cambrian has been supported by NASA, EPA, DOD, NSF, and USDA, won the Clean Tech Open in 2009, and was selected as a top 50 global emerging water company by the Artemis Project in 2012. Matt has published over 15 academic publications and in 2011 testified before the United States Senate on the government’s role in early stage innovation. Prior to founding Cambrian Innovation, he co-founded Intelligent Action Inc., an MIT spin-out using patented algorithms developed during his masters work. Matt worked previously in the aerospace sector with primary focus on technology strategy and systems architecture. He was a Research Scientist at the MIT Space Systems Lab and System Engineer at the Canadian Space Agency, during which he participated in two field expeditions to the High Canadian Arctic to operate and test exploration systems in extreme environments. He was a finalist candidate for the NASA Astronaut Corp (final 48 out of 6,300+ applicants). Matt received a Doctorate in Engineering Systems and two Master’s degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has a Bachelors Degree, cum laude and with honors, from Williams College. Matt was previously a national ski patroller and also enjoys surfing, snowboarding, sailing, golf, and guitar.

On Innovation Navigation, Dr. Silver discussed revolutionising water treatment in the US. Cambrian Innovation offers the world’s first bio-electrically enhanced waste-water system.  They primarily work in food and beverage , primarily doing biotech to eliminate the organics in waste-water, reducing water risk while also cutting operating costs. 


On Air: 08/19/2014

Simon Bransfield-Garth

Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri Technology: Solar

Simon has 25 years global experience building rapid growth, technology-based businesses including 7 years at Symbian, the phone OS maker, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing. He was founder of Myriad Solutions Ltd was formerly an Industrial Fellow at the London based Royal Society.  He holds a BA and Ph.D in Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK and was named a Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

On Tuesday’s show, Simon Bransfield-Garth discussed Azuri Technology. Azuri is pioneering bringing solar power to rural areas. 20% of the worlds population still do not have access to main electricity. Azuri finds ways to bring power to these people. Since mobile technology is universal, they combine this technology with solar energy, to reach these off-the grid populations. They avoid the upfront costs associated with solar, by having users pay as they use it, they way they pay for mobile.



On Air: 08/19/2014

Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman, Author “What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of the Collaborative Consumption”, Co-Founder of the Collaborative Lab

Rachel Botsman is a global thought leader on the power of collaboration through technology to transform the way we live, work and consume. She has inspired a new economy with her influential book What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live. TIME Magazine recently called Collaborative Consumption one of the ’10 Ideas That Will Change The World’. Rachel is the founder of Collaborative Lab, the leading source of expertise for companies and governments that want to embrace the collaborative economy to revolutionize business and society. Rachel was recently named a 2013 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, which recognises individuals for their commitment to improving the state of the world. In 2014, she was named by Fast Company as one of the ‘Most Creative People in Business,’ Rachel has presented at high profile events including The Clinton Global Initiative, TED, HP, Google, and No.10 Downing Street and was named by Monocle as one of the top 20 speakers in the world to have at your conference. Her thought leadership and writings have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, Fast Company and other publications. Rachel has a monthly future tech trends column in the Australian Financial Review and is a contributing editor to WIRED UK. Rachel was a founding partner in the Collaborative Fund, an early stage investor in disruptive ventures, and a former director at President Clinton’s Foundation. She received her BFA (Honors) from the University of Oxford, and undertook her postgraduate studies at Harvard University. Her work has taken her to every continent, except Antarctica.

On Tuesday, Rachel Botsman discussed Collaborative Economy with Rahul Kapoor. Botsman explained that the Collaborative Economy identifies unused life assets and puts them into marketplaces for collaborative or shared use for greater efficiency or shared access. According to Botsman, this idea has been around for 40 years, and has been evolving over time.


On Air: 8/12/2014

Jeff DeGraff

Jeff DeGraff, Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Jeff DeGraff is Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. His research and writing focuses on leading innovation. He is co-author of several books including Creativity at WorkLeading Innovation and Competing Values Leadership. His PBS programInnovation You introduces his ideas about innovation to viewers across America. Jeff’s opinions on contemporary business matters are covered byNPRCNN and Forbes just to name a few. He writes a syndicated blog forPsychology Today, the Huffington Post and Big Think.  He has consulted with hundreds of the world’s most prominent firms and has developed a broad array of widely used creativity and innovation methodologies and tools. Professor DeGraff founded a leading innovation institute, Innovatrium, with labs in Ann Arbor and Atlanta. Jeff got his nickname, the Dean of Innovation, while he was a member of the executive team at Domino’s Pizza when it was one of the fastest growing businesses in the world in the 1980’s. To learn more about Jeff and his work on innovation please visit You can follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffDeGraff and Facebook.

On Innovation Navigation, Jeff DeGraff discussed his book, Making Stone Soup: How to Jump-start Innovation Teams.  The book is based on the stone soup parable, how innovation works when people contribute very small but very different things. According to DeGraff, there are 4 different ingredients to innovation: a Create Type, Control Type, Compete Position, and Collaborate position.





On Air: 8/12/2014

Michael Gelb

Michael Gelb, Author and Creativity and Innovation Expert

Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon and YPO.He brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. Michael Gelb is the author of 14 books on creativity and innovation including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. (1998)How to Think Like Leonardo has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post,, and the New York Times best seller lists. In 2007 Gelb released Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison. As Professor Vijay Govindarajan, author of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators noted, “This book is a must have for anyone who wants to turn creative ideas into profitable reality.” In 1999, Michael Gelb won the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award; other honorees include Prof. Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Garry Kasparov and Gene Rodenberry. In 2003, Michael was awarded a Batten Fellowship by the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Michael co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson. From 2008 to 2012, Michael Gelb also served as the Director of Creativity and Innovation Leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute. A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success. A fourth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind. Michael Gelb is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Julliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), and the author of the classic work:Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique. Michael’s 1988 release Present Yourself! Captivate Your Audience with Great Presentation Skills guides readers to develop the communication strategies they need to generate support for their innovative ideas. Michael has also created many best selling audio programs, include: Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius,Work Like Da Vinci: Gaining the Creative Advantage in Your Business and Career and The Spirit of LeonardoMichael Gelb’s passion for applying genius thinking to personal and organizational development is also expressed in his Harper Collins release (2002) Discover Your Genius: How To Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary MindsPublished in 2010, Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices, offers a unique, original and very enjoyable approach to team building. In January 2012 Michael released Brain Power: Improve Your Mind As You Age, (New World Library). His new book Creativity On Demand: Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius is published by Sounds True.

On Tuesday, Michael Gelb discussed the importance of your body and energy in relation to relaxation, balance, and creativity. According to Gelb, “Managing energy,not time, is the key to enduring high performance, health, happiness and life balance. Gelb used Cloud Hands as an example. It is a specific set of movements to help get creative energy flowing within the body. The body is where we live every day, so when you move your body in a rhythmic balanced harmonious way, you are evoking balanced qualities. Cloud hands is an ancient practice, an efficient way to feel more relaxed, centered and balanced,but also can be used in martial arts to block a punch.


On Air: 8/12/2014

Steve Blank

Steve Blank, Author of The Startup Owner's Manual

A retired eight-time serial entrepreneur-turned-educator and author, Steve Blank has changed how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught around the globe. He is author of the bestselling The Startup Owner’s Manual, and his earlier seminal work, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, credited with launching the Lean Startup movement. His May 2013 Harvard BusinessReview article on the Lean Startup defined the movement. Steve is widely recognized as a thought leader on startups and innovation. His books and blog have redefined how to build successful startups; his Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford, Berkeley and Columbia has redefined how entrepreneurship is taught; and his Innovation Corps class for the National Science Foundation forever changed how the U.S. commercializes science. His articles regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes,Fortune, The Atlantic and Huffington Post. Blank’s first book, The Four Steps to the Epiphany (2003), offered the insight that startups are not small versions of large companies – large companies execute business models, but startups search for them – and led him to realize that startups need their own tools, different from those used to manage existing companies. In 2011, Blank developed the Lean LaunchPad, a hands—on class that integrates Business Model design and Customer Development into practice through rapid, real—world customer interaction and business model iteration. In 2011, the National Science Foundation adopted Blank’s class for its Innovation Corps (I—Corps), training teams of the nation’s top scientists and engineers to take their ideas out of the university lab and into the commercial marketplace. In 2009, he earned the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in Management Science and Engineering. In 2010, he earned the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. The San Jose Mercury News listed him as one of the 10 Influencers in Silicon Valley. Harvard Business Review named him one of 12 Masters of Innovation.

On Innovation Navigation, Blank discussed the Lean Startup Movement. He talked about his personal experiences that led to defining the Lean Startup Approach. He explained that startups are looking for business models that are repeatable and scalable, and in order to find these, they must treat their assumptions about the business plan as hypotheses and  follow the “4 steps to the discovery:”  Customer discovery, customer validation, customer creation, and finally, comany building.




On Air: 8/12/2014

Mark Bonchek

Mark Bonchek, Founder and Chief Catalyst of thinkORBIT

Mark Bonchek is the founder and Chief Catalyst of thinkORBIT, a designer of digital business strategies that pull employees, customers and partners into orbit around a brand.  Mark has been a pioneer and guide to the digital revolution since receiving Harvard University’s first doctorate on digital media and social networks in 1997. Mark has launched new businesses and advised global leaders for such organizations as McKinsey & Company, The Economist, IBM, and the American Heart Association.  He is a regular columnist for Harvard Business Review and was recently named to the Agenda Digital 50.  Mark is also the founder of the ORBIT Club for 21st Century Explorers and the SHIFT Academy, updating mental models for a digital age. 

On the show, Mark Bonchek discussed the importance of principles in innovation, instead of processes. In order to innovate, a company needs to develop a shared purpose and platform,  a narrative or story for who you are and what your future is,and  data collection and leverage. These are sources of attraction to generate pull.  According to Bonchek, “innovation managers can learn from flocks of birds.” Some flocks have no leaders, yet are  incredibly coordinated. They follow these rules: move to the center, follow your neighbor, and dont bump into your neighbor or a threat.




On Air: 7/29/2014

Mike Malone

Mike Malone, The Intel Trinity

Michael S. Malone is an author, journalist and television host. After earning two degrees from Santa Clara University, he joined the San Jose Mercury-News as the world’s first daily high tech reporter. There, he was nominated twice for Pulitzer Prizes in investigative reporting. Malone has been a columnist for the New York Times, ABCNews and Forbes. At Forbes, he was editor-in-chief of the nation’s largest circulation high tech business magazine, Forbes ASAP. Malone is the author or co-author of nearly twenty books of business, history and biography, including several best-sellers. The host of four PBS interview series, he was co-producer and writer of the Emmy-nominated PBS primetime miniseries The New Heroes. A founding shareholder of several successful Silicon Valley start-ups, including eBay, in 2010 Malone was among the first to receive SCU’s Leader’s Legacy Award. For creating the Silicon Valley comes to Oxford program, now the largest event for entrepreneurs in Europe, Malone was named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford and Associate Fellow at Said business school. A regular op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Malone has three books slated for publication in the next year. He and his wife Carol live in the oldest frame house in Santa Clara Valley, and they are currently restoring a historic Oklahoma Land Rush homestead and farm. Malone now re-joins the faculty of the Department of English, where he will teach upper-division courses in Nonfiction Writing to help students learn about publishing in both print and digital media.

On the Show, Malone discussed his book, The Intel Trinity. “Often hailed the “most important company in the world,” Intel remains, more than four decades after its inception, a defining company of the global digital economy. The legendary inventors of the microprocessor-the single most important product in the modern world-Intel today builds the tiny “engines” that power almost every intelligent electronic device on the planet. (” One the segment with dave, Malone told the story of the beginnings of Intel, and how Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove passed through multiple other companies before forming Intel.


On Air: 7/29/2014

Ann Hand

Ann Hand, CEO, Project Frog

Ann Hand is CEO of Project Frog, a manufacturer of smart building systems. She was recently ranked No. 32 in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” list. Before joining Project Frog in 2009, Hand was senior vice president of global brand marketing and innovation for BP, where she was responsible for developing new ways for consumers to engage with the BP brand and oversaw $300 million annually in marketing initiatives worldwide. Hand has also held marketing, finance and operation positions at Mobil Oil and McDonald’s Corp. She is now is putting her marketing and operational expertise to work at Project Frog, growing markets, developing products and increasing brand awareness for its smart buildings. Her goal is to make the construction industry – the largest consumer of energy, natural resources and landfill space – a great deal greener. Hand received a B.A. in economics from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

On Tuesday, Ann Hand discussed her company, Project Frog, with Dave on Innovation Navigation. Project Frog is a company that is disrupting the construction business. Founded in 2007, their mission revolves around a group of people who they care a lot about- education. The occupiers of public schools are our future, and the proliferation of portables in schools throughout the country provides poor learning conditions. Frog looked to the outside to solve this problem. There are other industries that have gone through industrial revolutions. They put together a unique team with builders, architects, product designers, energy and manufacturing, to create a unique innovation engine to design an optimal building from the users perspective. Once Frog has designed the product, they break it down into components (flat-pack) and deliver the “kit” to job site that is built in half the time and 20-30% cheaper than traditional construction.


On Air: 7/29/2014

Paul Nunes

Paul Nunes, Global Managing Director at Accenture Institute for High Performance and Co-Author of Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation

Paul Nunes is the Global Managing Director of Research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance, and the Senior Contributing Editor at Outlook, Accenture’s journal of thought leadership. His most recent book is “Jumping the S-Curve.” His research findings have been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Forbes. He lives in Boston, MA.

On Innovation Navigation, Paul Nunes discussed his new book, Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation. He explained that, in today’s world, new products are better, cheaper, and more customized. An example is GPS systems.Google Navigaation is cheaper (on the customer’s phone), better (realtime updated), and more customer intimate- interoperates with data on the user’s phone, more integrated. New products are changing the product lifecycle curve from a bell-curve to a sharkfin. Because there is so much near-perfect market info now, the bell curve shortens and gets much higher.The market moves faster and saturates very quickly.





On Air: 12/16/2014

Chris Trimble

Chris Trimble, Dartmouth Professor

Chris Trimble has dedicated more than ten years to studying a single challenge that vexes even the best-managed organizations: how to execute an innovation initiative. In September 2010, a decade of research came to fruition with the publication of Chris’s landmark book, The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge, with Vijay Govindarajan. More recently, in April 2012, Chris and Vijay published Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, which applied their research to the specific challenge of innovating to propel growth in emerging markets. Notable articles include “Stop the Innovation Wars,” with Vijay Govindarajan, in the July-August 2010 Harvard Business Review, which won a McKinsey Award, second place, for the magazine’s best articles of the year, and “How GE is Disrupting Itself” in the October 2009 Harvard Business Review, with Jeff Immelt and Vijay Govindarajan. Chris first broke into the forefront of executive consciousness with his December 2005 book Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators – from Idea to Execution. In June 2006, the Wall Street Journal published a Top Ten Recommended Reading list that included Ten Rules alongside Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, and Blink. Strategy & Business magazine recognized Ten Rules as the best strategy book of the year. Chris’s career mixes rigorous academic research with hard-nosed practical experience. His interest in innovation within large organizations developed early in his career, when he was a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Chris is currently on the faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and at The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. He is currently immersed in a multi-year effort to apply his work to the specific challenge of innovation in health care delivery. Chris is a frequent keynote speaker and has spoken all over the world. He has also published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company and The Financial Times. He holds an MBA degree with distinction from the Tuck School, and a bachelor of science degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia.

On today’s show, Chris Trimble discussed the importance of execution in big innovation. He explained that organizations need to both execute on their core business and innovation initiatives. The hard part is that innovation is non-routine for most organizations. In order to balance these operations, Trimble advises that an organization should add a small partnership group, focused solely on innovation. This way, the company can still focus on core operations, and reorganize the innovation team as needed, without disrupting the core business.

Returning to Innovation Navigation, Chris spoke about the three possible models of innovation: model S (for small projects, everyone can be involved in innovation in some way), model R (innovation can be managed like anything else: discrete steps, experts at each step, repeated), and model C (small group of people, working full time on just the innovation) innovation. It’s difficult to manage the dedicated team when practicing model C innovation, however. Management has to set the correct tone and provide the correct resource levels for the team, so that ongoing process parts of the company aren’t expected to be donating resources to the innovation team, which can breed resentment.


On Air: 7/8/2014

Brian Watkins

Brian Watkins, President of

As the president of Ritani, Brian Watkins is disrupting the luxury-shopping world by creating the first ever Clicks-and-Bricks Omni-Channel retail experience in bridal and designer jewelry.  Since launching in 2012, Ritani has grown rapidly, shipping to more than 65 countries and featured in over 150 jewelry stores through a robust partner network. Brian began his career with Bain Consulting before entering the diamond business at Blue Nile with positions including VP of Corporate Planning and VP of Merchandising.  Prior to Ritani – Brian held the CFO role at WetPaint and Director of Strategy at Nordstrom. Brian is an angel investor in a number of e-commerce companies and a frequent conference speaker about Omni-Channel retailing and the diamond industry. A graduate from the Walter A Haas School of Business at Berkeley, Brian makes his home in Seattle with his wife and two children.

On the show, Watkins duscussed Ritani’s innovation practices. He explained their “clicks and bricks” business model: customers can create and buytheir rings online, but have the choice of actually purchasing online or waiting and examining the piece once it is shipped to a local retailer. By partnering with local jewelers, they benefit from the jewelers’ trusted brand reputation, and the jewelers benefit from being able to adopt new technologies and innovation practices that they otherwise wouldnt be able to do.


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Luis F. Solis

Luis F. Solis, Author of Innovation Alchemists:What Every CEO Needs to Know to Hire the Right CIO

Luis Solis is President of Imaginatik plc, a global innovation software and consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Born to Guatemalan pioneers, Luis is both entrepreneur and intrapreneur.  He has applied his critical thinking, business development and leadership skills at McCown De Leeuw & Co. (private equity), GE Capital (global service roll-ups), Symbius (supply chain start-up), GroupSystems and Imaginatik (business software turnarounds), in addition to non-profit Boards.  Author of “Innovation Alchemists: What every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer,” Luis is an in-demand speaker on corporate innovation leadership.  In Malcom Gladwell’s terminology, he is two parts Connector, one part Maven and two parts Salesman.  Believing in the inherent value of a liberal arts education, Luis majored in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, then completed Business and Law degrees at Stanford University. Residing in Boulder, Colorado, he and his sons are avid skiers nine months of the year.

On the Tuesday, Solis talked about the role of the Chief Innovation Officer. The CIO needs to be the persistent voice at executive commitee meetings that is keeping innovation as a hot topic for funding, resource allocation, and enterprise. He gives an organization a better chance at getting more results out of innovation. It is the fastest growing C-level title around, representing a growing awareness that merely adopting a strategy is insufficient to get sustained outcomes. Solis discussed how to go about hiring a good CIO,how they should battle the HIPPO effect (highets paid person’s opinion), and he also explained why some CIOs fail.



On Air: 7/8/2014

Tony Davila

Tony Davila, Author of The Innovation Paradox

Professor Tony Davila heads the Entrepreneurship department as well as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at IESE Business School. He is also a professor in the accounting and control department. He was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School during 2013 as well as in this 2014 second semester. He teaches courses in innovation management, entrepreneurship, management accounting and control, and sports management at the master, doctoral, and executive education levels. Before coming to IESE, he was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University after receiving his doctorate from the Harvard Business School. He has taught innovation and entrepreneurship around the world including Oxford University in England, HEC Lausanne in Switzerland, and CEIBS in China. His work has been published in journals such as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, or Research Policy. He has received IESE’s research award three times and his dissertation was distinguished by the American Accounting Association. His latest article in California Management Review received the Accenture Best Paper Award, 2010. The Spanish government awarded him the Ramon y Cajal scholarship that recognizes his work. He was also finalist for the McKinsey Best Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society. He has recently published The Innovation Paradox: How Good Business Kill Breakthroughs and How They can Change, the book pushes forward some of the ideas outlined in his previous book Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It In addition, he has published Malea Fashion District: How Successful Managers Use Financial Information to Grow Organizations, a book that makes management accounting ideas relevant to anybody involved in organizations. He has also edited The Creative Enterprise. In addition to his research and teaching work, Tony is a prolific writer of teaching cases and works with companies from startups to large multinationals.

On Innovation Navigation, Tony Davila discussed breakthrough innovation, which he describes as efforts that try to invent something new in business model, strategy, technology, etc. Some examples of breakthough innovation Dave asked him to talk about are the Egg McMuffin and Netflix’s switch to streaming video. Solis also talked about the benefits of startups and how larger companies should adopt hybrid practices he calls “startup corporations” in order to better implement experimentation, flexibility and discovery. He also gave techniques for generating breakthough innovation in other companies.



On Air: December 15, 2015

Michael Raynor

Michael Raynor, Director at Deloitte Services LP

Michael E. Raynor is a Director at Deloitte Services LP and leads the firm’s Theme Program within Deloitte’s Brand & Eminence division.  Raynor’s work explores the challenges of performance, innovation and growth.  Raynor shares his research and findings with executives and management teams through keynote lectures, workshops, and consulting projects in a wide range of industries and around the world. Raynor’s most recent book, The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think (Portfolio), is an investigation into the drivers of long-term superior corporate performance.  On the topic of innovation, Raynor was co-author with Professor Clayton M. Christensen of The Innovator’s Solution(2003), which was on The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times bestseller lists, and sole author of the best-selling The Innovator’s Manifesto, released in 2011.  On growth, Raynor’s The Strategy Paradox (2007) was named by Strategy + Business as one of its top five picks in strategy, and BusinessWeek named it one of that year’s 10 Best Business Books. In addition, Michael has taught in the MBA and Executive Education programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (Ivey) in London, Canada and at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Michael has a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in business administration from Ivey and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Harvard University. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

In his July appearance, Michael and Dave discussed the debate on disruption theory. Michael discussed how the theory has evolved and gave examples of products that are called disruptive, but really aren’t. For example, Uber is not actually disruptive because they target the same customers that other car services are already using. He also explained that the iPod was not disruptive, because customers were already in the market for portable music players. The product was transformative, but not disruptive in the sense of the theory.

In his September appearance Raynor talked about his new book:  The Three Rules.  It’s an in-depth look at how successful companies innovate, boiled down into three simple rules.  He spoke about how the rules are such that they apply in nearly all situations, and there are many other strategies to innovation, but these additional strategies are situation-dependent. Professor Robertson noted a special value of this book during the segment – it’s unique blend of rigor and applicability is truly rare, and make it a must-read for practitioners, consultants, and academics alike.


On Air: 7/1/2014

Rod Pyle

Rod Pyle, Author/Producer/Educator

Rod Pyle writes on NASA and space exploration history.  His science books have been published by Prometheus/Random House, Smithsonian, HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill and Carlton Books, and are part of the permanent collection of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “Destination Moon” was cited as a “Top Ten Science Book of 2005” by, and has been published in three editions. His “Destination Mars” was published in 2013 and has received rave reviews, been selected by Scientific American as a book club publication, and was recommended for classroom use by the National Science Teachers Association. “Missions to the Moon,” published in 2009 and 2010, continues in press with robust sales, and his 2004 “In Their Own words: The Space Race” audiobook is a classroom staple. Two new books, “Innovation the NASA Way” and “Curiosity” were released in 2014 to high praise.Rod is a space journalist, making regular written and video contributions to, LiveScience and other science news outlets.  His frequent radio interviews can be heard on WGN/Chicago, KFI, BBC and NPR. In 2010-2011, Rod developed and presented leadership training for NASA at the Johnson Space Center. This program presents the history of leadership during the Apollo lunar program to the top executives of Conoco-Phillips, Michelin USA, and a number of other Fortune 100 companies. As a producer-writer, Rod has created non-fiction programming for The History Channel, Veria TV, Discovery Communications and other clients. He worked for seven years in visual effects for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and the new “Battlestar Galactica” for Paramount Television. Rod also worked in the TV commercial industry, with such clients as IBM, Ford, Xerox, Dr. Pepper and Coors. He taught communication and media production at the university level for 10 years, and was an assistant professor at the University of La Verne through 2005.

On the show, Rod Pyle talked about innovation practices at NASA. He discussed the Mars missions and their innovation challenges. He also explained the differences between the processes at privately owned companies, and governement-run NASA. According to Pyle, some keys to successful NASA projects include: being very clever with money, giving design teams goal mandates, thinking outside the box and trying to accomplish something wild. Ideas are developed, pared down, further developed, then one is chosen. It is important to give people an ownership in the process,  set big aggressive, impossible goals and give the team resources to attack those goals.



On Air: 7/1/2014

Stuart Read

Stuart Read, Professor of Strategic Management at Williamette University

Professor Read’s research is focused on effectuation. Derived from practices employed by expert entrepreneurs, effectuation is a set of heuristics that describe how people make decisions and take action in situations of true uncertainty. As uncertainty is pervasive across all aspects of firms, markets and organizations, his work on effectuation applies to, and has been published in a variety of disciplinary areas such as strategy, Marketing, new ventures, innnovation, finance, organizational behavior, policy and economics.
Professor Read has nearly twenty years of industry experience, having participated in the creation of six high technology start-up firms. Four of those firms were acquired by industry leaders including Sun Microsystems and Lotus Development Corporation. Two are publicly traded. He also spent six years with enterprise database software provider, Oracle Corporation. Read holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and an A.B. from Harvard University.
On Tuesday’s show, Stuart Read discussed a recent study he performed. He compared experienced entrepreneurs to novices in the way they approach starting a new business and their though processes. Novices woudl try to find a market and target it, but the product was completely new, so there was no existing market. Experienced entrepreneurs would find a way to create a new market. The study found 9 different opportunity generation techniques used by these experienced entrepreneurs.  Read discussed, specifically, “deleting and supplementing” and “composing and decomposing” techniques. He finished his segment with 4 pieces of advice for novice entrepreneurs.


On Air: 7/1/2014

Drew Boyd

Drew Boyd, Co-author of Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results

Drew Boyd is co-author of Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results. He is a recognized authority, thought leader, educator, and practitioner in the fields of innovation, persuasion, and social media. He is the Executive Director of the Master of Science in Marketing Program and Assistant Professor of Marketing and Innovation at the University of Cincinnati.Drew spent seventeen years with Johnson & Johnson in marketing, mergers & acquisitions, and international development. He founded and directed J&J’s Marketing Mastery Program, an internal “marketing university” benchmarked by companies such as GE, P&G, Kraft, and Merck. Drew’s focus was on raising competencies in the areas of strategic marketing, market management, and new product innovation. Of particular focus was teaching employees how to systematically invent new medical products and integrate the inventions into long-range strategic plans. Drew is an inventor himself, earning his first patent for a device that makes spine surgery easier.Before Johnson & Johnson, Drew spent ten years with United Airlines, in sales, marketing, and strategic planning. He was one of the early pioneers of strategic partnerships between carriers that led to the creation of the Star Alliance.Drew served as an officer in the United States Air Force and completed a distinguished tour of duty as a crew commander in the Nuclear Missile Force and a war planning officer of the Strategic Air Command. He won the ICBM version of the “Top Gun” competition in 1980.Drew graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management Science and Operations Research. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Drew Boyd discussed his book: Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results. He talked with Dave about why thinking inside the box is better. According to Boyd, “When you tell someone to think outside the box, you send them on a wild goose chase… better thinking happens with constraints, using a set of ideation tools.” The method in the book allows you to extract patterns from innovation and apply them to your own products and services. Boyd explained the division technique, where you divide a problem and rearrange it in space or time and re-evaluate the results.



On Air: 7/1/2014

Derek Lidow

Derek Lidow, Global CEO, Enrepreneur, and Professor

Derek Lidow is a longtime global CEO, innovator and startup coach. He is widely-known as one of the world’s top experts on the electronics industry; his contributions range from patents to value chain applications that have forever improved companies as diverse as Sony, Samsung, Philips, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Among his many accomplishments, Derek a successful entrepreneur who built iSuppli, a leading market research firm. In 2010 he sold his company for $100 million to global information leader IHS.Today, Derek is giving back by teaching; Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creativity, Innovation and Design at Princeton and by working with young companies and aspiring entrepreneurs. He is a media commentator; Lidow’s coverage to date includes The New York TimesWall Street Journal,BusinessWeekForbesBloombergThe EconomistNikkeiReuters, and Taipei Times as well as many top bloggers. Derek’s degrees come from Princeton and Stanford where he earned a PhD in applied physics as a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He is based in New York City and Princeton, NJ.

On Innovation Navigation, Lidow started by explaining warm-up exercises he uses in his innovation class at Princeton, to get his students in the creative mindset.  He then discussed entrepreneurial leadership and and to lead innovation. Start-Up success is similar to innovation “…in youre trying to impact the world.”  According to Lidow, getting people to change in order to accomodate your ideas is key; however, leading change is a skill many are scared to tackle. Observation and understanding your customer is the key to successful change. He talked about the benefits of traditional bootstrapping in start-ups and innovation. At the end of his segment, Lidow talked about Apple’s innovation techniques in developing the iPad and the iPod Touch.


On Air: 6/24/14

Hugh Molotsi

Hugh Molotsi, Intuit Labs, VP Intuit Labs Incubator

Hugh Molotsi is the Vice President of the Intuit Labs Incubator at Intuit.  Hugh joined Intuit in 1993 and in his tenure has worked on QuickBooks and several other small business offerings.  Hugh has a passion for innovation and has helped launch several new businesses at Intuit including Intuit Payments.  Hugh’s current responsibilities involve incubating nascent offerings that develop out of Intuit’s grassroots innovation programs including strategic new businesses like Brainstorm. Hugh is also the president of the Board of Directors of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, a nonprofit agency that runs programs for at-risk youth. Hugh holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Hugh is married to Michelle and is the proud father of two daughters.  For more about Hugh, check out his blog.

On the show, Hugh Molotsi discussed Intuit’s innovation stragies, the Intuit Labs incubator, and how Intuit encourages its employees to innovate themselves. Intuit provides “unstructured time” into the workweek for their employees. This is time and freedom for them to work on the projects they are passionate about. Intuit’s Incubator has an Incubation week, where groups get one week to turn an idea into a minimum viable product to test and experiment with; and Intuit provides coaching and help. Hugh explained the “D for D” process, Intuit’s version of design thinking and way to get the best ideas.


On Air: 6/24/14

Linda Hill

Linda Hill, Professor of Business Administration, Co-Author of The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents’ Organization Presidents’ Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program. Hill’s consulting and executive education activities have been in the areas of leadership development, talent management, leading change and innovation, implementing global strategies, and managing cross-organizational relationships. She has worked with organizations worldwide, including General Electric, Reed Elsevier, Accenture, Pfizer, IBM, MasterCard, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, the National Bank of Kuwait, AREVA, and the Economist. Hill is the coauthor, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader, which the Wall Street Journal named one of “Five Best Business Books to Read for Your Career in 2011.” Hill is also the author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership (2nd Edition), as well as course modules, award-winning multimedia management development programs, and numerous HBR articles. In 2013 she was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world.  Hill is currently a member of the boards of State Street Corporation, Eaton Corporation, and Harvard Business Publishing. She is a trustee of The Bridgespan Group and the Art Center College of Design, an advisor for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA, and a special representative to the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College. She is also on the advisory board of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. Hill holds a PhD in behavioral sciences and an MA in educational psychology, both from the University of Chicago. She received a BA summa cum laude in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.

On Innovation Navigation, Linda Hill discussed the book she co-authored, The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation.  She talked with Dave about how to successfully create an organization that can innovate. Being a leader who can create this type of organization requires both the ability to make a group willing to innovate and making a group able to innovate. She gave advice for someone who has just taken a leadership position. The new leader must first, take a step back and look at what innovation in his organization really takes, and he must be a stage setter: more back stage, than front stage.


On Air: 6/4/14

Greg Brandeau

Greg Brandeau, Former President and COO of Maker Media

Greg Brandeau is the former President and COO of MakerMedia. Previously he served as the Chief
Technology Officer for The Walt Disney Studios. Prior to that, Brandeau held the post of Senior Vice President of Technology for Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. He joined Pixar in 1996 as the Studio’s director of Technology. After five successful
years, during which he was promoted to Vice President, he left the studio to broaden his expertise within
other areas of technology. He returned to Pixar in 2004 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2006.
In that role, Brandeau was responsible for providing, maintaining, and continually adapting the systems and
technology used in creating computer animated feature films that allowed Pixar to continually be on the
cutting edge of filmmaking. Among his other career milestones, Brandeau served as chief information officer for the biotechnology
startup company, Perlegen Sciences. His resume also includes a variety of senior level positions in Silicon
Valley, including director of Operations at NeXT. Brandeau is co-authoring a book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation to be published by Harvard Press. Brandeau earned BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from MIT . After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he continued his education at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, where he received an

On the show, Greg discussed his experiences working with Pixar and Disney and their creative processes. He explained the early challenges for Pixar, when initially creating Toy Story, and the computer animated films that were created right after. There was a give and take between the technology engineers, who would show the artists what was possible, and the artists, who would give the engineers graphic goals to strive for. This created the perfect marraige of creating technology that was highly optimized for what the artists wanted to create. Greg says, “Art challenges technology, and technology inspires art.”  Greg also talked about how Pixar was able to keep their core beliefs as they scaled. Finally, he talked about the ways creativity and culture was incorporated into both the Pixar and Disney animation studios.


On Air: 6/10/2014

Lisa Kay Solomon

Lisa Kay Solomon, Author of Moments of Impact

Innovation strategist Lisa Kay Solomon works with leaders to solve their high-stakes issues with new frameworks and practices. Her method helps leaders not only address today’s most vexing business challenges, but also accelerate progress on their greatest opportunities. Lisa is a sought after advisor to many Fortune 1000 companies. She has worked with such companies as ING, Andreesen Horowitz, Nestle, PBS, Toyota Financial Services, and Citrix, among others. She frequently keynotes at leading business schools across the country including Stanford University, University of California- Berkeley, University of Virginia, and Cornell University as well as at numerous innovation and leadership conferences.She recently delivered a TEDx talk on her passion for innovation as a leadership practice and was co-host at the international Business Design Summit in Berlin. Lisa also teaches Innovation in the ground-breaking MBA in Design Strategy program at the California College of the Arts.Lisa coauthored the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change (Simon & Schuster, Feb. 2014)and her work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, Business Week, and more. Lisa earned a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University-Stern School of Business.


On Air: 6/10/2014

Saul Kaplan

Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst for Business Innovation Factory, Author of The Business Model Innovation Factory

Saul Kaplan is the founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory and author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant when the World Is Changing.Kaplan started BIF in 2005 with a mission to enable collaborative innovation. The non-profit is creating a real world laboratory for innovators to explore and test new business models and system level solutions in areas of high social importance including health care, education, entrepreneurship, and energy independence. Prior to the Business Innovation Factory Kaplan served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and as the Executive Counselor to the Governor on Economic and Community Development. Kaplan created Rhode Island’s unique innovation @ scale economic development strategy aimed at increasing the state’s capacity to grow and support an innovation economy, including an effort to turn the state’s compact geography and close knit public and private sector networks into a competitive advantage. Prior to his state leadership role in economic development Kaplan served as a Senior Strategy Partner in Accenture’s Health & Life-Science practice and worked broadly throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products, and biotechnology industry. Kaplan also spent eight years working for the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company. As a Marketing Plans Manager, Kaplan assisted in developing the launch strategy and successful introduction of Prozac into the U.S. market.Kaplan shares his innovation musings on Twitter (@skap5), his blog (It’s Saul Connected) and as regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg Business Week. Kaplan holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on the strategic management of technology and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.


On Air: 6/10/2014

Daniel Lamarre

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque Du Soleil

As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Lamarre is in charge of developing strategies related to both business development and operations. He is also responsible for ensuring the financial sustainability of the company and for perpetuating its culture and values.Before joining Guy Laliberté’s team in January 2001, he served as president and CEO of TVA Group, Quebec’s largest private television broadcaster, for nearly four years. In addition to his day-to-day management duties, he was also responsible for strategic planning and business development.  While holding a seat on the TVA Group board of directors, he also served as an administrator for McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, and the Montreal Heart Institute Research Fund. From 1984 to 1997, Daniel Lamarre worked with National Public Relations, the largest private public relations firm in Canada, first as executive vice-president and senior partner, then as president starting in 1995. He became president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller in 1981, and opened a first Montreal branch for this, the world’s largest PR firm.  In 1977, he served as public relations director for the cable operator Cogeco.  Before that, he was communications director for the Fédération des Caisses Populaires du Centre du Québec. Before taking up his management duties in the world of communications, Daniel Lamarre worked as a journalist for over 10 years.


On Air: 6/3/2014

Lindon Leader

Lindon Leader, Founder of Leader Creative

Over a thirty-year career in corporate identity, Lindon has earned significant recognition worldwide, testimony to the merit of his two-word design philosophy:  simplicity and clarity.  His work has appeared in numerous publications and his FedEx logo was cited by Rolling Stone magazine’s twenty-fifth anniversary issue as one of the eight best American identities of the preceding twenty-five years.  Lindon’s comprehensive strategic branding and identity design program for São Paulo’s Banco Bradesco has assisted the bank in gaining recognition in 2014 as one of the top ten most valuable brands in all of Latin America.  Since 2001, Lindon has built a successful strategic design consultancy, Leader Creative, in Park City, Utah where he continues to serve the branding needs of clients around the world.  In April 2014, Lindon was an honoree at the 5th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in New York City.  He has also been named a Fellow of the Disruptor Foundation. Previously, Lindon served as executive creative director for Addison and senior design director for Landor Associates.  After receiving degrees in Political Science from Stanford University and Advertising Design from the Art Center College of Design, Lindon began his career with the legendary designer Saul Bass.

On Innovation Navigation, Lindon Leader first explained how he got into the advertising and logo design business. He then went on to talk about his creative process, which is always very client-dependent.  Lindon Leader told the story of the creation of the Fed-Ex rebranding. Leader Creative performs research, market analyses, and management interviews to get a rounded idea of the company’s strategic marketing objectives, and they work to develop a logo for each client.  A logo should be a company’s signature: “a sense of the company and its endeavor.”


On Air: 6/3/2014

Roger Dooley

Roger Dooley, Author of Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing, Founder of Dooley Direct

Roger Dooley is the author of Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing, and writes the popular blog Neuromarketing as well as Brainy Marketing at  He is the founder of Dooley Direct, a marketing consultancy, and co-founded College Confidential, the leading college-bound website.  That business was acquired by Hobsons, a unit of UK-based DMGT, where Dooley served as VP Digital Marketing and continues in a consulting role. Dooley spent years in direct marketing as the co-founder of a successful catalog firm and also was director of corporate planning for a Fortune 1000 company.  He has an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. Dooley is currently focused on spreading his ideas through writing and speaking, with limited engagements for training, coaching, and facilitation.

On Tuesday’s show, Roger Dooley discussed the role neuroscience plays in product design and marketing. A great example can be seen in the way the relationships between people and pets is changing the pet-food industry. 85% of owners refer to pets in child terms. There has been a growth of pet foods that require preparation by the owner. This growth results from the owner’s appreciation for the “happy moment” when the pet realizes it is about to be fed and the desire to prolong this moment. Dooley talked about all the different ways neuroscience influences consumer decision making. According to Dooley, “95% of decision making processes are non-conscious.”


On Air: 6/3/2014

Drew Marshall

Drew Marshall, CEO and Principal of Primed Associates, LLC

Andrew C. Marshall [Drew] is the Principal of Primed Associates, LLC, an innovation consultancy. He lives in central NJ and works with clients across the USA and around the world. Prior to founding Primed Associates, LLC, Drew spent ten years with Princeton-based management consulting firm Kepner-Tregoe where he rose to become a Partner and the Chief Innovation Officer. He is a co-host of the weekly innovation-focused Twitter chat, #innochat, the founder, host and producer of Ignite Princeton, a contributor to the Innovation Excellence and BrightHub sites and numerous other blogs, and the presenter of the recently launched innovation podcast “Hooray for Failure!” He is also providing support for the implementation of the Design Thinking for Scholars model with the Network of Leadership Scholars (a network within the Academy of Management).

During his segment, Drew Marshall discussed how he helps clients pursue breakthrough innovation. Marshall says breakthrough is tougher than incremental innovation to pursue in most companies because it requires trying something new. Companies should strategically invest 70% in incremental innovation and another 10-30% in breakthrough innovation. Marshall says innovating on multiple fronts is the best way to get to breakthrough innovations. He coaches clients in human-centric design thinking to design for something that does not exist.


On Air: 6/3/2014

Dean M. Schroeder

Dean M. Schroeder, Author of The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-up Ideas

Dean M. Schroeder is an award winning author, consultant and scholar. His work focuses on creating high-performing organizations and improving people’s work lives through the application of better management. Dr. Schroeder is the author of The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking The Power in Bottom-up Ideas and his best-selling book, Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations (co-authored with Alan Robinson). Dean shares the “Author of the Year – 2010” award from the Swedish Standards Institute with co-authors Louise Östberg and Alan Robinson for SMÅ IDÉER – STORA RESULTAT (Small Ideas – Huge Results). As a consultant and speaker, Dr. Schroeder has worked with many types of companies and organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has personally led organizational turn around and transformation initiatives, and served on the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for five years. Dr. Schroeder is the Herbert and Agnes Schulz Professor of Management at Valparaiso University and has taught at the University of Massachusetts, St. Petersburg Technical University in Russia and at ALBA in Greece. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, his M.B.A. from the University of Montana, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota.

On the show, Dr. Schroeder discussed the importance of bottom-up ideas in business. 80% of growth ideas and improvement potential come from companies’ front lines. He gave an example of the success of these ideas by using Stockholm, Sweden’s Coca-Cola bottling plant, which implemented a solution from their line worker that saved the plant $17,000 per year. Dr. Schroeder talked about how to encourage bottom-up ideas in company culture, and how to coach employees to develop a common language for innovation. At the end of the segment, he explained the importance of collecting ideas from the customer and how to successfully filter the information from these customers.


On Air: 5/20/14

Andrew Laffoon

Andrew Laffoon, CEO and Co-Founder of Mixbook

Andrew Laffoon is the co-founder and CEO of Mixbook, a venture-backed startup founded in 2006.  Mixbook  is  a  free  online  service  for creating  and  sharing  personalized  photo  books  that  has  rapidly grown to  over  3  million  users. Mixbook’s award-winning app, Mosaic, allows users to create a photo book from their Apple/Android device in just a few minutes. Previously, Andrew worked for two years in marketing, development and support for a venture-backed software startup. At age 15, Andrew founded his first startup – a web consulting business which he ran for 8 years. Andrew received a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and a certificate from the Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Laffoon’s segment began with an introduction to Mixbook, Mosaic, and Montage, the three product offerings from Mixbook Inc. He discussed the company’s growth and innovation timeline so far, including pivots and how they have been able to scale. He talked about how Mixbook Inc. is growing into the next phase of growing the company and described building out the management team. In addition, Laffoon described how he approaches managing different types of employees and how Mixbook Inc. strives to maintain a culture of innovation by focusing on user interaction, design, and producing the best product on the market.


On Air: 5/20/2014

Scott Anthony

Scott Anthony, Managing Partner of Innosight

Scott D. Anthony is the Managing Partner of Innosight. He  received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Scott has written extensively about innovation, authoring books and writing for Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. He is the author of the forthcoming book The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market (Harvard Business Review Press, May 2014). Scott is a featured speaker on topics of innovation and growth, delivering keynote addresses on five continents, and appearing on Good Morning America, Channel News Asia, CNBC, and FOX Business. He served on the Board of Directors of Media General (NYSE: MEG) and MediCorp. Scott chairs the investment committee for IDEAS Ventures. Prior to joining Innosight, Scott was a senior researcher with Clayton Christensen.

On Innovation Navigation, Anthony discussed his latest book, The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market, and how to get ventures through the “first mile” of innovation: taking a plan from paper to realizing a proven, scaleable business model. He described the first mile of The Village Laundry Service, a mobile laundry service in India, and the problems that prevented its initial scalability. Anthony also compared different schools of thought surrounding innovation techniques and what is best for different circumstances. He talked about DEFT, a framework for bringing structure to management uncertainty which includes comprehensive documentation, evaluation, focus on the biggest risks in ideas, and vigorous testing.

Listen to Scott talk about his DEFT framework:

Back on the show for Dave’s Favorite Books of 2014, Scott talked about The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas to Market. With respect to the book Anthony discussed identifying and managing risk, especially as an entrepreneur, along with how to plan both for the short- and long-term when setting out with a new idea.


On Air: 5/20/2014

Dr. Simone Ahuja

Dr. Simone Ahuja, Founder of Blood Orange, Author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough

Dr. Simone Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, a marketing and strategy consultancy with special expertise in emerging markets and innovation, and content production capabilities. Blood Orange uses an agile, cost efficient content production process built on principles learned through extensive work in India, including jugaad. Simone recently developed, produced, and directed the television series Indique—Big Ideas from Emerging India, for which she explored how innovation in India drives socioeconomic development.

On the show, Dr. Ahuja discussed Jugaad innovation and what it is: “being resourceful and leveraging ingenuity… the idea that when you run into a problem, it can be solved by leveraging whatever you have on hand.”  She gave examples of Jugaad Innovation from her work in India and other grassroots examples, including a man who created a bike that converted shock from bumps on the wheels into power for the bike. Dr. Ahuja then discussed how Jugaad can be seen in the US, using GE health as an example. She answered questions on how to overcome and understand obstacles involved with Jugaad innovation, and how to adjust Jugaad Innovation to work in the US.


On Air: 5/20/2014

George Day

George Day, Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania

George S. Day is the Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor, Professor of Marketing and co-Director of the Mack Institute For Innovation Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He was previously the Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute. He has been a consultant to numerous corporations such as General Electric, IBM, Metropolitan Life, Unilever, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, W.L. Gore and Associates, Coca-Cola, Boeing, LG Corp., Best Buy, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic.  He is the past chairman of the American Marketing Association. Dr. Day has authored eighteen books in the areas of marketing and strategic management and won ten best article award and one best book award. Two of his articles were among the top 25 most influential articles in marketing science in the past 25 years. He was honored with the Charles Coolidge Parlin Award in 1994, the Paul D. Converse Award in 1996, the Sheth Foundation award in 2003, and the Mahajan Award for career contributions to strategy in 2001. In 2003 he received the AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award.  In 2011 he was chosen as one of eleven “Legends in Marketing.”

On the Show, Day talked about growth and innovation. He explained that “growth prowess” is the game changer for growth leaders. “Growth Prowess” relies on the following inate abilities: strategic growth-seeking discipline, the ability to execute, and the ability to identify opportunities and threats. Day gave examples of companies that have these abilities, such as Lego and Samsung. He discussed disciplines of peripheral vision and “outside-in” thinking- being customer focused and understanding how to innovate for their needs. Day also talked about “Small I,” incremental, innovation, and ways to manage “Big I,” Blue Ocean, innovation. He explained that there are risks involved with both types of innovation, and leaders should look for the best balance between risk and reward.


On Air: 5/13/2014

Eben Upton

Eben Upton, Founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Eben Upton is the founder of Raspberry Pi foundation and Technical Director and ASIC architect for Broadcom. He received his BA in physics and engineering at the University of Cambridge, his PhD at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and his executive MBA from the Cambridge Judge Business School. He was the Director of Studies in Computer Science at St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he invented the Raspberry Pi computer.

On Innovation Navigation, Upton introduced his product – the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer designed for students and children to learn computer science on, using the open source operating system Linux. He had originally designed the product with the goal of putting 1,000 units in students’ hands, but has already sold millions. He talked about the challenges of innovating on the product while maintaining the community of users and contributors to the open source, not-for-profit project. It is a careful process, but a lot of focus is upon improving the product while not alienated the thousands of core users that make the community fantastic.


On Air: 5/13/2014

Beth Kowitt

Beth Kowitt, Writer for FORTUNE

Beth Kowitt is a writer for FORTUNE. She has a B.A. in sociology and English from Bowdoin College and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to working for FORTUNE, she wrote for Platts Oilgram News. Now, she focuses upon careers and consumer goods and services, while covering a broad range of topics. She has received a Sidney Award from New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks and her 2010 story “Inside Trader Joe’s” was named one of the best business stories of the year by 

On the show, she focused upon her latest work, a series of stories investigating Whole Foods Markets, their success, and how the recent stock price drop is overblown. She talked about how the store is unique in that it is a firm unafraid of taking a stance on topics – for instance it has a list of ingredients that it simply won’t sell – but it also faces pressure from hard-line vegans that believe the store should be strictly vegan itself. Whole Foods faces challenges, as more and more traditional grocers are offering organic products, while smaller health foods stores offer higher-priced products but more purely cater to a health food crowd. Ms. Kowitt discussed how Whole Foods is up to this challenge, as it has made itself into a store that is more affordable that many health stores, though it hasn’t significantly advertised this yet, while also offering better quality food, a different shopping and eating experience, and locally unique stores, all of which appeals to customers more.


On Air: 5/13/2014

Marla Capozzi

Marla Capozzi, Leader at McKinsey & Company's Strategy and Global Innovation Practices

Marla Capozzi is the leader of McKinsey’s Strategy and Global Innovation Practice, and is also an adjunct lecturer at Babson College. She received her MBA with honors from Babson. She led product development at the Lotus/IBM Innovation Center, as well as worked as a change management consultant and communications specialist for a defense contractor prior to joining McKinsey. Ms. Capozzi has written in Fortune/CNNMcKinsey Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, Strategic Finance, and Banking Strategies. She lectures at NYU Stern, MIT, Emory, London Business School, and Babson, and has been named to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Council for Innovation.

On Tuesday, Ms. Capozzi discussed innovation at scale in great depth. She talked about how a firm can succeed through the strategy and vision of its senior management, who must set clear goals for the entire organization to follow, so that the governance team can hold individuals accountable and ensure success. In addition, Ms. Capozzi spoke about her successful strategy of “war gaming” at firms, meaning that managers should insist on considering the external world – reviewers, distributors, consumers, etc – early and often in the innovation process, to make sure that the ultimate product is the one that will be most successful.


On Air: 5/13/2014

Edwin Keh

Edwin Keh, Former COO and Senior VP at Wal-Mart

Edwin Keh is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He received his BA from Whittier College and attended graduate school at Claremont College’s Drucker School. He has worked with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Payless Shoesource International, Donna Karan International, Country Road Australia, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Structure. He managed a consulting group for supply chain, manufacturing, and product design. He has done extensive humanitarian group with NGOs in Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos, and China. Until 2010, Mr. Keh was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Wal-Mart Global Procurement.

On the show, Mr. Keh talked a lot about his course at Wharton, bringing students to China to see a variety of companies and how they operate. In addition to a great cultural experience and introduction to how business is done in China, this experience is excellent for returning visitors, as certain companies remain dominant while others do not. He discussed how China is no long a place of simple cheap labor with a direct pipeline of manufactured goods to the American marketplace. Now, China has become more expensive, successful firms there are becoming “fuzzy’ and adding design capabilities as well as selling in the growing internal market in China. Today, the former China-US pipeline has become a complex spiderweb with goods, capital, and ideas flowing in many directions and to many markets.


On Air: 5/6/2014

Philip Krim

Philip Krim, Co-Founder and CEO of Casper

Philip Krim started his company, the Merrick Group, out his dorm room at the University of Texas. Today, he is CEO and a Co-Founder of Casper Sleep, a company that seeks to change the way individuals buy mattresses. The firm sells their own mattress directly to customers in a box the size of a set of golf clubs and delivers an outstanding sleep experience on the same day as the order in New York City with five-day delivery worldwide.

Discussing the origin and development of Casper Sleep, Krim explained that his innovation came from evaluating the market for not just a mattress, but a better night’s sleep, and reaching out to the large, relatively untapped segment of young people who don’t have back problems so won’t spend thousands on a new mattress, but do appreciate a quality product, and whose loyalty can be cultivated for years of future purchases. Krim said Casper plans to sustain its advantage by continuing to improve those customers’ comprehensive mattress-buying experiences, including plans to eliminate those exasperating four-hour delivery windows with 90-minute same-day delivery.


On Air: 5/6/2014

Andrew Zolli

Andrew Zolli, Strategic Advisor, PopTech

Andrew Zolli is a futurist and foresight and global trends consultant. His firm is called Z Plus Partners and he is also a Strategic Advisor with PopTech, a global community of innovators working to increase the interdisciplinary nature and pace of innovation, especially around the world’s greatest challenges. He is the author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. Mr. Zolli has been honored with inclusion in the Fast Company Fast 50, as well as Red Herring’s Top 20 Under 35. He is a fellow of the National Geographic Society, a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and holds many other positions and honors. He studies and analyzes the most critical trends at the intersection of culture, technology, and global society.

Zolli offered insight into the value of resilient response to innovators – we hear often that the ability to fail fast is critical for successful innovators and innovative organizations, but equally necessary is the ability to bounce back from failure. Zolli points to improvisation as a key ingredient to resilience, and said resilient organizations have developed capacities to anticipate, reflect on, and quickly learn from failure.


On Air: 5/6/2014

Ron Adner

Ron Adner, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Tuck School of Business

Ron Adner has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a PhD and an MA from the Wharton School. He was the Akzo-Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management at INSEAD prior to joining the faculty at the Tuck School. Mr. Adner has written extensively; he is the author of the groundbreaking book The Wide Lens, has written articles in numerous academic journals such as Management ScienceOrganization Science and others, and has published articles in Harvard Business Review, MIT/Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Forbes, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been honored with awards both for his research and his teaching, and his work centers on the ‘innovation ecosystems’ and value-creating interactions and relationships. Adner highlighted the importance of an innovation ecosystem in his conversation with Dave Robertson – innovators, he said, must ask themselves about both co-innovation (“Does anyone else in the value chain need to innovate in order for my innovation to matter?”) and adoption risk (“Who must buy into my innovation’s proposition before my end consumer can use it, and what incentives do they need to participate?”) He advised mapping the ecosystem thoroughly and thinking carefully about the proof of concept metric that makes the most sense, which may vary from organization to organization. Electric cars and education reform, he said, are great examples of areas where innovation has to consider the ecosystem before new products and services can take off.

Ron returned to Innovation Navigation in December as part of the Dave’s Favorite Authors series, to discuss his book The Wide Lens. He spoke about co-innovators as a management problem: manager’s need to be thinking not just “how to make a product that delights customers,” which is what Sony does so well, but “who else needs to buy into this product to make the ecosystem work,” which is what Apple asked, and why the iPod was successful and Sony’s MP3 player did not take off. Another key issue is whether a company wants to be first or late, which is really a question of whether co-innovators need to come onboard before the product can succeed.


On Air: 5/6/2014

Neena Paul

Neena Paul, Director, U.S. Business Leader at ?What If! Innovation Partners

Neena Paul is a Director and U.S. Business Leader at ?What If!. She has previously worked with Merkley & Partners. At ?What If!, Ms. Paul works to help firms achieve disruptive breakthroughs through human passion as well as provocative thinking and process agility. Her diversity of experience includes work with healthcare and food companies, as well as with the United Nations Development Program.

On their visit to Innovation Navigation, Paul and Gibbins called innovation a “contact sport,” designed to change behavior and motivate growth. They illuminated differences in innovation challenges in developed markets – which are called to reinvent existing business models – and developing markets – which are still creating brands and approaches from scratch (which may in turn be carried back to developed markets for additional advantage). They advised managers of innovation to ask for the right rigor at the right time – recognize that a five-year P&L isn’t necessary the first time an idea is pitched, and a more flexible, nimble approach will allow more high-potential ideas to flourish.



On Air: 5/6/2014

Geoff Gibbins

Geoff Gibbins, Lead Innovator at ?What If! Innovation Partners

Geoff Gibbins is Lead Inventor at ?What If!. He attended the University of London and the University of Oxford, and has previously worked in strategy consulting. At ?What If! he works with pharmaceutical, travel, financial services, and other companies, helping to discover new perspectives on commercial strategies.

On their visit to Innovation Navigation, Paul and Gibbins called innovation a “contact sport,” designed to change behavior and motivate growth. They illuminated differences in innovation challenges in developed markets – which are called to reinvent existing business models – and developing markets – which are still creating brands and approaches from scratch (which may in turn be carried back to developed markets for additional advantage). They advised managers of innovation to ask for the right rigor at the right time – recognize that a five-year P&L isn’t necessary the first time an idea is pitched, and a more flexible, nimble approach will allow more high-potential ideas to flourish.


On Air: 4/29/2014

Amber MacArthur

Amber MacArthur, Entrepreneur, Author, Blogger, Speaker, and TV Host

Amber MacArthur began her career at Razorfish in San Francisco during the dot-com boom. She later worked for Microsoft in Canada, was a co-host on G4TechTV, a reporter for CityTV in Toronto, and she co-founded Konnekt, a digital marketing company. Today, she is the bestselling author of Power Friending, works with Konnekt, has written in numerous publications, has been the keynote speaker at more than 250 events, regularly appears on numerous television programs.

On Innovation Navigation, MacArthur outlined social media as a tool for innovators and young organizations. She recommends that individuals and companies new to social media resist the hype on every new platform in favor of choosing one or two platforms to use well and consistently, and to go into social media engagement with a specific goal and a clear idea of how it fits the organization’s or product’s strategy. She shared a prediction that social media is trending away from today’s thousands-of-friends broad and shallow networks toward niche, private networks of small groups of close and trusted connections; in MacArthur’s view, this specialization in social media presents a great opportunity for marketers and brands which are able to engage in newly targeted ways.


On Air: 4/29/2014

Damon D’Amore

Damon D’Amore, Founder and CEO of WayFounder

Damon D’Amore founded WayFounder after spending three years founding two start-up ventures. He has more than 15 years of experience in online and television multimillion dollar marketing integrations, has worked closely with hundreds of influential CEOs, and has managed brand integrations for Fortune 500 firms into television shows such as Undercover Boss. Prior to founding WayFounder, he was Vice President of Promotion and Development at the independent film and television studio The Shooting Gallery, and was previously a Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald.

D’Amore advised Innovation Navigation listeners considering developing an innovative idea to find a mentor as soon as possible – mentors in your community (either an intellectual community around your idea or a geographic community), he said, provide much more than step-by-step hard assets like funding when they’re involved from the start and committed to mentees’ success on the basis of the idea rather than the eventual payout.


On Air: 4/29/2014

Chunka Mui

Chunka Mui, Managing Director, Devil's Advocate Group

Chunka Mui is the managing director for Devil’s Advocate Group, a consultancy focused upon helping firms stress test innovation strategies. He was previously a managing director and chief innovation officer at Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, a cofounder and director at Vanguard, and Andersen Consulting, a precursor to Accenture. He has written numerous award-winning and bestselling books, most recently including The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Start-Ups, and has written articles in Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive, Directors and Boards, and is a regular contributor at Forbes. He holds a B.S in computer science and engineering from MIT.

Mui built on an Innovation Navigation theme as he considered driverless cars as an example of the knock-on effects of truly disruptive innovations outside their own industry. In particular, he pointed to the ways disruptive technologies create openings for new entrants – witness Google’s leading development of the driverless car, not any major auto manufacturer – and positioned driverless cars as a kind of app, in that they provide a platform for a range of new information services that will change insurance, personal injury law, and repairs along with car manufacturing and the driving experience.


On Air: 4/29/2014

Robin Chase

Robin Chase, Founder of ZipCar & Founder and CEO of Buzzcar

Robin chase is an entrepreneur who has founded numerous successful ventures, such as Zipcar, the world’s largest carsharing company, GoLoco, an online ridesharing company, and Buzzcar, a service to bring together car owners and drivers in an online community. Her work has centered on cars and rides, and especially on collaborative sharing of resources to get people where they are need to go most efficiently. She has been featured on numerous media outlets such as The Today Show, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, Newsweek, Time, BusinessWeek, as well as numerous books on entrepreneurship. She has been honored with numerous awards for both entrepreneurship and environmentalism, from government and private bodies.

On her visit to Innovation Navigation, Chase reflected on Zipcar’s development and emphasized a point heard from many successful entrepreneurs – to reach the target customer base with a minimum viable product as quickly as possible to test the concept, and iterate to a final product based on their feedback. She went on to envision a world in the coming 15-20 years in which most vehicles are shared, so perhaps as few as 12% of the vehicles on the road today are necessary, enabling a new kind of cooperation between individuals and between individuals and companies.


On Air: 4/22/2014

Larry Popelka

Larry Popelka, Founder & CEO of GameChanger

Larry Popelka received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He was formerly the Vice President of Marketing, Global Development, and New Ventures at Clorox, where he led corporate innovation, strategy, and acquisitions, and was involved in developing Green Works Cleaners, Clorox Toilet Wand, Armor All, and the acquisition of Glad for $2 billion. He writes a regular innovation column for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He does innovation consulting for consumer products companies interested in producing new products.

On the show, Mr. Popelka discussed issues facing companies seeking to optimize their innovation processes today. In particular, he spoke about how many corporations over-prepare and over-pay for their innovation efforts. In the past, large companies dominated the landscape of innovation, but today, it is startups and small companies leading the way. In part, this is attributable to their nimbleness in the global marketplace, but it is also because they approach innovation in a different way. These companies do, and larger companies can, quickly push out minimum viable products to consumers, gain deep insight into what consumers want, and they improve and iterate until they have an outstanding product, and they then gradually grow the scale of the operation. Specifically, Popelka discussed how he cautions companies to avoid “big bang launches,” nationwide, including huge marketing efforts. These all too often are far more expensive than their high risk would justify, and it is more reasonable to gradually grow a product as you move it through iterations with customers, improving it each time. To all companies, big and small, Mr. Popelka advised leaders to iterate not just as a strategy for growth, but as a barrier against competitors. The best such defense, he said, is a deep knowledge of consumer needs and desires that is reflected in your product.


On Air: 4/22/2014

William H. Kelley

William H. Kelley, Executive Vice President of Jelly Belly

Bill Kelley graduated from Xavier University and served as an officer in the U.S. Army in both the United States and Korea. He began his career with Goelitz Confectionary Co. as president, the same role his father and grandfather held. In 2001, he merged the company with Herman Goelitz Candy Co. to form Jelly Belly. He has been honored by numerous professional organization, and has been inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in Hershey, PA.

On InnovationNavigation, Bill Kelley talked about the story of Jelly Belly’s origins in two family companies merging, and how they gained wide popularity after future President (then Governor of California) Ronald Reagan took a liking to the jelly beans and used them frequently in cabinet meetings as talking points. Interestingly, he also discussed the process of innovation for the beans. The beans themselves are quite an innovation – previous beans had a flavorless center and flavored coating, this meant that the flavor was weak and the beans big – Jelly Bell’s beans have their flavor in the center, allowing them to be smaller and, famously, to have distinct and true-to-reality flavors. The flavors themselves come from ideas from customers, employees, and other sources. They’re then perfected by competing flavor science firms, tested in house, and then used. Finally, Kelley talked about the value of co-branding and marketing in making products a success.


On Air: 4/22/2014

Erin Leitch

Erin Leitch, Project Director and Design Specialist at Biomimicry 3.8

Erin has supported over 30 environmental projects in a variety of roles to help build opportunities for resilient and abundant operations sustainably on Earth. Erin is a LEED AP with a specialty in Building Design and Construction and a Certified Biomimicry Professional, and she is a biomimicry instructor for adult learners. She develops holistic methodologies to drive innovation and ecosystem regeneration and conservation. She has experience in biomimicry, living building challenge, the natural step, and LEED.
On the show, Ms. Leitch discussed how biomimicry enters into design thinking especially, and how this can meaningfully firm operations. She enumerated multiple examples, including carpeting companies building carpet tiles that are replaceable within the pattern and without needing the correct tile for the place. Additionally, she discussed how the principles of the Scotch pine tree’s double helix fibrous structure in its trunk can be applied to a water bottle – the same structure that allows the tree to be stronger without needing more material allows the water bottle to be light and use less plastic, yet remain every bit as strong.


On Air: 4/22/2014

Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith, Director of AskNature at the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

Ethan Smith’s background includes product design and development, web design and development, graphic design, photography, writing, business strategy, expedition planning, and creative direction. He has worked with Nau, Eddie Bauer, and XPLANE. Today, he works for the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, where he is the Director of AskNature. He seeks to train innovators to emulate the 3.8 billion years of design and strategy of nature in a sustainable way.

On the show, Ethan talked a lot about how firms can apply biomimetic thinking to their problems. This has certainly taken root in design firms and architects, but it is also quite applicable in other industries. The basic, universal takeaway is that innovators should consider taking a step back from their problems, and instead of asking “how would nature build an engine?” for example, an innovator can ask “how would nature create movement?” The process of applying biomimicry to innovation, according to Mr. Smith, is all about framing questions in terms of function, and then seeing how nature accomplishes those goals. To this end, Biomimicry 3.8 teaches the skills of applying biomimicry, but also compiles a large database of functions that nature accomplishes, from the microbe level to the organism level, in order to make this process available to all, even those without a background in biology or natural sciences.


On Air: 4/22/2014

Elisabeth Sperling & Trish Dalton

Elisabeth Sperling & Trish Dalton, Directors, One Night Stand

Elisabeth Sperling has a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Columbia Teachers College, held an endowed chair in the history department at the Horace Mann School in New York, and was awarded a Klingenstein Fellowship for a year’s study at Columbia University and a Fulbright Fellowship to China. She has been working in documentary filmmaking since 2005, and has worked on such films as The WitnessesPerfect DisastersJewish-Americans for Obama, and Scapegoat on Trial, prior to One Night Stand, which will be her first as director. 

Trish Dalton has directed and produced pieces for Amazon, Kashi, Danskin,, Beiersdorf, Pepsi, Cossette, IDEO, illy, Cole Haan, and National Geographic. Recently, she directed and produced Bordering on Treason, Southmost U.S.A, and One Night Stand. She was also involved in various roles with Keras & ManisWhy Are We In AfghanistanFarm Sanctuary, and Tiffany’s Story. Her films have been been featured at a variety of festivals and have won numerous awards. Today, she is traveling the nation to create documentaries of small businesses.

Elisabeth and Trish introduced the project that One Night Stand catalogs, the 24 hour musical, and how it comes together. They discussed how a group of successful and well-known writers, composers, actors, and others comes together for a 24 hour period, and envisions, writes, practices, and puts on a musical in New York to benefit charity. These people have usually never worked together either. Clearly, there are myriad challenges involved in this process, as creativity and then production must be accomplished in a very condensed timeframe. There are a great many lessons for all innovators in this show, and Ms. Sperling and Ms. Dalton particularly stressed the necessity of coming up with new ideas in the same way that improv works – nobody every says “that’s a bad idea,” they always say “yes, and also…” and in this way, everyone’s ideas come out and are developed by the group.

One Night Stand is available through iTunes at the following link and the film’s Facebook page is at


On Air: 4/15/2014

Orly Lobel

Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law, University of San Diego School of Law

Orly Lobel attended Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law for he LL.B, Harvard Law School for her LL.M, and Harvard Law School for her S.J.D. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a teaching fellow at Tel-Aviv University Law School, a law clerk at the Israeli Supreme Court, the Clark Byse Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, a Visiting Professor at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, and has been a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego since 2009. She is the author of Talent Wants to be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free Riding, among numerous other publications, and her research focuses upon innovation policy and intellectual policy.

On the show, Professor Lobel talked about Silicon Valley’s talent wars, the fight to get the best employees and then retain them. In the discussion, she raised the point of the human capital cartel between firms like Google and Apple, an illegal agreement that kept these massive firms from hiring one another’s employees. Her discussion centered on the theme that managers ought to like the flow of talent around different companies, and that this is good for firms and for the economy. It is also important, in her opinion, that firms get better at allowing employees to come up with new ideas themselves and feel that the idea will be welcomed and compensated for as the firm moves forward with it.


On Air: 4/15/2014

Steve Ressler

Steve Ressler, Founder and President of

Steve Ressler holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Department of Homeland Security Fellowship. For six years, he worked in the Social Security Administration, Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, and DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has received numerous awards, including the 2010 GovTech Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Award, the 2007 and 2009 Federal 100 Award, and the 2009 AFCEA Bethesda Social Media Award. He has also been featured in numerous publications and conferences including The Washington Post, Harvard’s Kennedy School, the World Economic Forum, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Huffington Post, and more. He is the Founder and President of, a network of more than 100,000 government employees allowing interaction, collaboration, and more to improve their practices and the operation of the government.

On the show, Mr. Ressler talked about the foundation of, and how the site was born out of the idea that there are so many people in government, and all are on the same team, so it must be true that the can help each other in their innovation efforts. Innovation has special challenges to face in government, in large part, because the central product usually cannot be changed, and flexibility is constrained by accountability to entities such as Congress. Nonetheless, innovation is happening, as the TSA outsources the management of its plastic bins in exchange for advertising rights, and GovLoop is helping, with its core product connecting innovators and its events like the virtual conferences.


On Air: 5/27/2014

Jon Schaeffer

Jon Schaeffer, Director of New Media, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Jon Schaeffer is the Director of New Media for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. He is responsible for the innovative urinal gaming system at Coca-Cola Park, which combines games that improve bathroom cleanliness while allowing marketing efforts to reach consumers. The effort also aims to promote messages of screening for prostate cancer to bathroom users. Schaeffer is also a broadcaster for the IronPigs radio play-by-play.

Mr. Schaeffer talked about the unique challenges of innovation in minor league baseball: baseball is baseball, so the core product cannot be changed, and furthermore, the goal of minor league ball isn’t even winning baseball games, it’s about an affordable, family-friendly experience. He talked about how in the IronPigs organization, innovation is about coming up with a lot of new ideas and hoping to come up with a big success, like his free funeral giveaway or the urinal games. The culture he helps build to cultivate this innovation relies on openness, and everyone’s understanding that all ideas should be shared, whether they appear to be good or bad, because all are welcome. Original Airdate: 4/15/2014


On Air: 4/15/2014

James L. McQuivey, Ph.D

James L. McQuivey, Ph.D, Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CMO Professionals, Forrester Research

James McQuivey received his Ph.D from Syracuse University and also holds an MBA concentrating in marketing. He has been a graduate fellow at Syracuse University, research director at WGBH in Boston, and he taught marketing research and media management at Boston University’s College of Communication. At Forrester, Dr. McQuivey was a senior analyst and founding member of the online retail strategies practice, vice president and director of Consumer Technographics North America, Forrester’s consumer research effort, and he now focuses upon digital disruption of traditional businesses, primarily working with Chief Marketing Officers, and often working with companies in consumer media and consumer electronics. He is the author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation, and has appeared in numerous keynotes, publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on both NPR and CNBC.

Dr. McQuivey talked about the way digital disruption is changing the face of the innovation landscape. With 10 times more people seeking to bring their products to market and all doing so at 1/10th the cost, innovation is 100 times more powerful. He discussed how innovative firms have reshaped the paradigm of engineers producing what they can and handing the product off to marketers to sell it; now, successful firms are figuring out what the customer wants first, and then thinking about what the firm can reasonably produce to fit those customer wants. A lot of this innovation will take place in adjacent spheres, not the immediate ones that firms might think of, but that is the key to success in digital innovation.


On Air: 4/8/2014

B. Joseph Pine II

B. Joseph Pine II, Co-Founder of Strategic Horizons LLP

B. Joseph Pine II received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and his S.M. in Management of Technology from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has worked at the IBM Corporation, MIT’s Design Lab, he helped found Starizon Studio, a consulting company, and has worked closely with Stone Mantel as a Strategic Thought Leader. He is the Co-Founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, and has written numerous groundbreaking books, including Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business OrganizationThe Experience Economy: Work is Theater & Every Business a Stage, and Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want, and advises numerous Fortune 500 firms, in addition to his speaking roles.

Pine explained the relationship between his early work evaluating the role of mass customization and the significance of innovation in customer experience in today’s economy this way: mass customization turns a good into a service, and a service into an experience. Winners in innovation, he said, have been (and will be) those who move from a product or service to a wholly engaging user experience; witness LEGO’s move from manufacturer of blocks to interactive retail experiences, movies, and theme parks. To get there, he recommends looking for the intersection of the four E’s for inspiration – Entertainment, Education, Escapism, and Esthetics – and adopting a philosophy that “work is theater” – whenever any member of the organization engages with a customer, that employee is on stage, and has an opportunity to become a story-teller about the brand and product.


On Air: 4/8/2014

Jennifer Reingold

Jennifer Reingold, Senior Editor at FORTUNE

Jennifer Reingold received her B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in international affairs and economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. She has been a news assistant at The Wall Street Journal, a reporter, staff writer, and associate editor at Financial World, an associate editor at BusinessWeek, a senior writer at Fast Company, and joined FORTUNE in 2007, where she is a senior editor. She has co-written “Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst,” “Final Accounting: Ambition, Greed, and the Fall of Arthur Andersen,” and numerous pieces. Reingold has been honored with numerous awards, and has recently written a series of pieces on JCPenney and former CEO Ron Johnson.

On Innovation Navigation, Reingold shared new insights behind her analysis of Ron Johnson’s failed tenure at CEO of J.C. Penney for Fortune Magazine. She highlighted Johnson’s fundamental failure to understand the company’s existing customer base’s behaviors and preferences in favor of radical change and a “we know better” attitude without a product to back it up (retail manufacturing and buying cycles are long enough that Johnson couldn’t introduce new product until after he introduced a new brand). Reingold described this as a lesson to other would-be creators of an Apple-like retail experience for other brands – Johnson’s revolution threw the valuable parts of J.C. Penney’s culture and strategy out with the proverbial brand bathwater – and suggested that leaders pursuing transformative innovation be sure they have mentors and a team willing to point out mistakes close by.


On Air: 12/9/2014

Mikkel B. Rasmussen

Mikkel B. Rasmussen, Director of European Division

Mikkel Rasmussen holds his Master of Public Administration and Economics from the University of Roskilde and a Masters in Innovation Management at the Limburg University in Maastricht. He founded the first Danish innnovation lab for the public sector, sits on numerous boards, and has written numerous articles and given hundreds of keynotes. He is the Director of ReD’s European Division.

4/1/2014: Mikkel Rasmussen talked about how he aims to apply the best of the social and human sciences to business, as this is not being done nearly enough today. He recommends that clients immerse themselves in cultures and environments. Rasmussen’s process is threefold: (1) reframe the business question as a human question so that you see dimensions you otherwise wouldn’t, (2) gather the right data, using the methods of anthropology and sociology, and (3) interpret your data and your observations; this part is about sophisticated pattern recognition, similar to poetry or literature analysis. Rasmussen calls his process “sensemaking,” and his anecdotes included LEGO toys.

12/9/2014: As one of Dave’s Favorite Author’s of 2014, Mikkel returned to discuss his book The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve your Toughest Business Problems. He spoke at length about how LEGO “figured out” kids and play, studying them in order to understand just how to provide children with the play experience they really want. Interestingly, they tried to get lots of children to tell them about their “perfect room,” and found that a lot of kids kept coming back to describing elaborate traps and doors keeping other people out. The message was that children feel a desire to escape their parents’ control and oversight, and LEGO realized it could provide its toy as an escape experience.


On Air: 4/1/2014

John Hagel III

John Hagel III, Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge

John Hagel III is one of the foremost thought leaders in business and consulting today. He has attended Wesleyan University, Oxford University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School. His career has included the Boston Consulting Group, Sequoia Group, Atari, McKinsey & Co., 12 Entrepreneuring Inc., and Deloitte Touche USA. Mr. Hagel has written seven books, most recently including The Power of Pull: How Small Moves Smartly Made Can Set Big Things in Motion, articles in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and more, and has been honored with numerous awards.

On the show, Mr. Hagel introduced the mission of the Center for the Edge, and discussed the concept of explorers in detail. These explorers are individuals with (1) a long-term commitment to a particular domain, in terms of knowing and contributing to it, (2) a disposition towards questing for new challenges as a means of getting to the next level, and (3) a constant effort to connect to relevant people. The challenge for business, Hagel says, is to cultivate the sort of environment in which explorers can thrive and help the business grow. This is non-traditional, and not easy for companies to do. Citing multiple examples, Hagel talked about how a lot of companies do not allow a particularly passionate workplace, how managers can help explorers bring their passion to the real problems the company faces, and how to select teams for passion that will help develop exploration.


On Air: 5/27/2014

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen, Founder & Chairman of Planet Jockey

Kevin Allen is the Founder & Chairman of Planet Jockey and best-selling author of The Hidden Agenda: A Proven Way to Win Business and Create a Following. He worked for McCann Erickson, where he led the pitch for the famous MasterCard “priceless” campaign, and has since founded his own firm, KevinAllenPartners. He has worked with Google, Microsoft, Burberry, and many others, along with being featured in AdWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and has given lectures at Columbia University and Regent’s College London.

Mr. Allen spoke about coming up with the MasterCard “priceless” campaign, and how it was a fundamentally human process of showing people that were buying things that really mattered. It was about recognizing the shift in attitudes from the outgoing 1990s to the directed, personal, meaningful early twenty-first century. He spoke about how innovation means coming up with a specific, but seemingly impossible statement, similar to Kennedy’s “we choose to go to the Moon,” and often in the form of a “we will…” statement. His process to pitching strong, innovative ideas to the company centers on identifying the people in the audience. “Catalysts” must be parsed out from “Followers,” “Observers,” and “Resistors.” Tune in to learn more about who these people are and how they can be won over. Original AirdateL 4/1/2014


On Air: 4/1/2014

Steve Gundrum

Steve Gundrum, CEO of Mattson

Steve Gundrum is the CEO of Mattson, the country’s largest independent developer of new food and drink products. He is a professional inventor and joined Gundrum in 1987. He focuses upon using innovative technology and business techniques to quicken the process of generating new products and to increase the business potential of new ideas. Gundrum fosters collaborative spaces for innovation to improve client-consumer-innovator contact and improve the innovation output.

On the show, Gundrum spoke a lot about building a organizational structure for innovation. He famously ran an experiment, pitting three different organizational structures against one another to see which would result in a more innovative cookie design. He set up a traditional hierarchical team led by an experienced manager, an “XP,” or extreme programming team of two, and a large, flat open-source team, all with the mission of creating a healthier and better tasting cookie. Mr. Gundrum discussed the details of these results, as well as other lessons, such as how companies with traditional strengths can end up with a very narrow skill set based entirely on that strength, making disruptive innovation harder and harder. His experiences at Mattson are invaluable for understanding the application of innovative thought to all areas, not just technology, like food innovation and others.


On Air: 03/25/2014

Arkadi Kuhlmann

Arkadi Kuhlmann, Entrepreneur, CEO/ING Direct and CEO/ZenBanx

Arkadi has built a career on transforming financial services to serve ordinary people. Arkadi is CEO of ZenBanx and was previously  Chairman and CEO of ING Direct, a radical concept in banking that helped Main Street customers save their money. He created the first ING Direct in Canada in 1997, and the United States in 2000, and grew their enterprise value to $3.2 billion and $9.3 billion, respectively.

Prior to this, Arkadi served as President of North American Trust and as CEO of Deak International, then a global leader in foreign exchange. Arkadi is an educator, an advocate of financial education, a speaker on finance and culture driven leadership, and is the author of two books on the latter

Arkadi described the genesis of ING Direct’s revolution in banking as a shift from supply-driven financial services, with banks dictating how things are done based on what’s easiest for them, to demand-driven, where consumer needs and preferences determine services. ING Direct was famously willing to “break up” with some customers who needed more support than the low-fee, basic services model ING Direct offered – a testament, he says, to understanding the consumer they set out to target and sticking to that consumer’s needs. ING Direct was a sea-change innovation born inside a large parent company, The ING Group; Arkadi advised innovators in similar situations to be willing to turn down help from the larger organization when it doesn’t fit the innovative idea (for ING Direct, that meant resisting an IT system that would have added unnecessary features) and to maintain a company culture that fits the innovative product (in his case, bare-bones headquarters in line with the simplified model ING Direct provides).


On Air: 03/25/2014

Brian Scudamore

Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Starting with just one truck, Brian Scudamore has grown 1-800-Got-Junk into one of Canada’s most successful companies.  Scudamore and his company have received wide recognition in the media and business community, making appearances on Dr. Drew’s Clutter Cleaners, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, CNN, ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The View. Scudamore was also a guest on the Oprahshow in 2003. His impressive story has been told in Fortune Magazine, Business Week, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few.

Brian’s conversation on Innovation Navigation highlighted the difference between an entrepreneur and an innovator, and the importance of the on-the-ground user experience in identifying innovative ideas. His first business, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, took a common, long-standing entrepreneurial idea – trash hauling – and innovated across the spectrum in branding, internal processes, and customer relationships to turn it into an international franchise. His later companies – You Move Me, for full-service local moving, and Wow 1 Day Painting, for one-day house and commercial painting – leverage those capabilities in other settings where Brian himself had frustrating customer experiences and believed it could be done better. Brian believes that “people buy brands,” so suggests service and trust as the first places to start for any consumer-facing business.


On Air: 03/25/2014

Bill Fischer

Bill Fischer, Innovation Management Thought Leader

Bill Fischer is a Professor of Innovation Management at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he co-founded and co-directs the program on Driving Strategic Innovation in cooperation with MIT’s Sloan School of Management. An engineer by training, Bill spent ten years in China, where he became the President of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and received the Silver Magnolia award, Shanghai’s highest award for foreigners contributing to the city’s development. His research and writing addresses innovation and talent development and expression in a variety of organizational settings; his most recent books include Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier Has Changed the Way Big Companies Transform and The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen.

Bill was recognized by as a top innovation blogger in 2012 for his “The Idea Business” <> blog on, and a top innovation Twitter sharer in 2013, @bill_fischer <> .

Bill Fischer’s visit to Innovation Navigation encouraged everyone to become what he calls an “idea hunter.” Fischer specializes in the processes – available to everyone – that lead to good ideas, and talked listeners through his IDEA framework: be Interested, get Diverse input, Exercise your brain, and stay Agile. Bill recommends that every idea hunter also focus on meaningful conversations with customers and value chain partners to stay connected with the user experience, which drives great innovation.


On Air: 03/25/2014

Matthew E. May

Matthew E. May, Innovation/Design Strategist

Matthew E. May believes he has the best job in the world: part creativity coach, part innovation catalyst. Matt works with creative teams all over the world, helping them track down elegant solutions to complex problems. On matters of innovation and design strategy he is a close advisor to senior management of companies such as Amgen, Toyota, ADP, Intuit, and

He is the author of four critically acclaimed, award-winning, books on business innovation and a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review blogs, Fast Company Design, OPEN Forum Idea Hub, and University of Toronto’s The Rotman Magazine. His articles have appeared in frog design’s Design MindThinkers50.comMIT/Sloan Management Review, Strategy+BusinessQuartz, and USAToday.

Matt’s work has been featured or mentioned in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, USA Today, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, Forbes, INC magazine, Fast Company, Wharton Leadership Digest, CIO Insight, American Enterprise Institute, The Miami Herald, and The Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on numerous radio shows, television, and online shows, including MSNBC, NPR, and ESPN.

Matt received his training in design thinking from the Stanford d school, holds an MBA in Marketing and Organization Design from The Wharton School, as well as a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University,  but he considers winning the The New Yorker cartoon caption contest as one of his proudest and most creative achievements.

Matt encouraged Innovation Navigation listeners to start focusing on one of the most important but most forgotten parts of the creative process – subtraction, or what to ignore and leave out. He pointed to examples of the power of simplification like Sudoku, the rules to which can be explained in a single sentence, and Apple’s ecosystem – for all its parts, developed to enable consumers to buy just one song instead of an entire album. He recommends that people and organizations trying to simplify ask those who receive their work – managers, supply chain partners, and so on – what they can stop doing or adding, and thinks we’ll be surprised by what we can start leaving out.


On Air: 03/18/2014

Yukari Iwatani Kane

Yukari Iwatani Kane, Author, Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs

In her appearance on the show, Yukari Kane discussed her book, just then released, and how she views Apple today. Among other topics, Ms. Kane discussed the specter of Steve Jobs, what the benefit to Apple of Steve Jobs’ presence was, and Tim Cook today. The discussion touched upon how Tim Cook today would manage a young Steve Jobs and delved into the nature of the young and innovative Jobs.

Ms. Kane graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and worked at Reuters and U.S. News and World Report prior to joining the Wall Street Journal. She joined WSJ as the Tokyo correspondent and covered Sony originally. In the United States, she is in the San Francisco Bureau and covered Apple during the end of Steve Jobs’ reign at the company.


On Air: 03/11/2014

Devin Liddell

Devin Liddell, Principal Brand Strategist, Teague

Topic: Co-making and innovation collaboration between companies

Devin Liddell’s visited Innovation Navigation to share his vision of the next big thing in innovation: co-making, the arrangements under which two companies collaborate from the earliest design stages to create a product together (as opposed to simply co-branding a product one or the other made independently). Liddell believes this approach is responsible for some of the most original products to hit the market in recent years, including Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos and the Fiat 500 by Gucci; he hopes tech companies will overcome their focus on patents and IP protection to enter co-making relationships more readily, and imagines such examples as a driverless car by iRobot and a car manufacturer. Liddell outlined the keys to successful co-making, including beginning with two independently strong brands, focusing on iterative prototyping rather than iterative talking and brief-writing – many believe a tenet of any good innovation process – and relationship touchpoints to keep the partnership healthy.

Devin Liddell leads the brand strategy offer for design consultancy Teague, working collaboratively with clients such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, The Boeing Company, Intel, JW Marriott, Microsoft, and SC Johnson to create research-driven brand strategies and consumer experiences. With more than a decade of experience in brand strategy and design, Liddell has worked across a broad spectrum of industries: aerospace, higher education, software/technology, food and beverage, and retail. His work has been featured in Brandweek and Brand Strategy, and he teaches regularly at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, Washington.


On Air: 03/11/2014

Anna Jen

Anna Jen, Director of New Business Development, Epson America

Topic: Wearable technology and challenges to managing innovation in established companies

Anna Jen joined Innovation Navigation from SXSW in Austin, where she was presenting and participating in panels on Epson’s latest in wearable technology, Moverio BT-200 smart glasses and Pulsense activity monitors. Epson is best known for printing and imaging tools, and the innovation process for each of these new products, she explained, is an example of identifying new applications for Epson’s existing technology (the smart glasses are essentially “the world’s smallest LCD screens,” and Pulsense operates using green LED light) for a new market segment – in contrast to Google Glass and Fitbit, both focused on consumer opportunities, Epson’s devices are designed for enterprise applications. Innovation ecosystems were a theme of the day, and Jen highlighted that engaging with software and app developers early to understand the use case and user experience was key to Epson’s progress with both Moverio and Pulsense.

Anna Jen has over a decade of experience in technology strategy and marketing. Before her current role at Epson, she had leading roles in its photo imaging and photo-ware products, and in technology and retail marketing for Polaroid and mobile device strategy for Motorola. She holds a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.


On Air: 03/11/2014

Hetal Pandya

Hetal Pandya, Co-Founder, Easilydo

Topic: Innovating in an ecosystem

Pandya and her co-founder developed their award-winning app,, with it in mind that it would exist in an ecosystem, integrated with the many other social, work, and task-management apps in the marketplace; the founding team saw this opportunity after experience integrating other kinds of data on the back end of consumer hotline systems. As with most apps,’s design was driven by the consumer experience (the app is still guided by the mantra “one or two clicks should get stuff done”), but so was its business model – doesn’t run on ads because “its purpose is to help you know and do what’s important, and a personal assistant wouldn’t come to work and tell you a bunch of things you could buy downstairs on the street.” Pandya acknowledged the “app gold rush” playing out in the marketplace, but said sees value in the app economy and plans to stay there and stay relevant by including users in every stage of the development process in order to fully understand their needs.

HetalPandya is committed to building mobile applications and solutions to help simplify life. She over 15 years of experience building and promoting mobile products, and she founded EasilyDo to enable consumers to be able to use their smartphones to actually do smart things for them. Most recently, she ran the Mobile Care Product and Marketing Division at Nuance Communications, where she built a $30+M revenue mobile care product portfolio from concept. She has also built many thought leading mobile applications and solutions at Microsoft (Tellme Networks) and Nortel Networks. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Dallas and MBA from Duke University.


On Air: 03/04/2014

Carlos Cordon

Carlos Cordon, LEGO Professor of Supply Chain Management

Carlos Cordon brought a new perspective on innovation to the show with his work in innovation of the supply and demand chains. It is a difficult idea to bring innovation to bear on the supply chain, but CEOs have said that this is a major area they see themselves and their companies working on in the twenty-first century, as it is central to success today. Cordon introduced his work and discussed “Big Data” and other concepts relevant to supply chain innovation.

Professor Cordon is the LEGO Professor of Supply Chain Management at IMD. Prior to this role, he was trained as a civil engineer at EscuelaPolitecnica de Barcelona, received his Ph.D in management at INSEAD, and worked for Accenture and GrupoEspañol General Cable.


On Air: 03/04/2014

Bill Jensen

Bill Jensen, President of The Jensen Group and author of Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic.

Bill Jensen’s book, Disrupt!invites readers to pick a chapter or two that interests them and read those and try to apply its lessons; it’s a book designed for people to read out of order, in order, or in whatever way they want to take away advice using it. On the show, he discussed some of these important ideas further, such as thinking not only about the customers, but also the workforce in order to innovate, thinking like a child and asking “dumb” questions, and applying the lean startup methodology to everyday life.

Bill Jensen attended Rochester Institute of Technology and worked for Ziff-Davis Publishing before founding The Jensen Group, a management consultancy.


On Air: 03/04/2014

Eshan Ponnadurai

Eshan Ponnadurai, Brand Marketing, Google Asia-Pacific

Eshan talked about the innovation methods behind the wildly successful Chrome browser. In particular, he discussed the process behind the creation of Build with Chrome, a web experience in Chrome that allows users to build anything they’d like with LEGO bricks online.

Eshan Ponnadurai attended Monash University, and worked at Procter & Gamble and Ford Motor Company prior to working for Google. He is based in Singapore.


On Air: 05/27/2014

Dan Lin

Dan Lin, CEO of Lin Pictures and Producer of The LEGO Movie

On the show, Dan discusses a variety of topics with Professor Robertson. These include the challenges and rewards in producing a highly innovative movie, creating an innovative atmosphere in the office, creating and recreating a story for the movie, and cultivating a successful partnership with LEGO. Dan Lin was born in Taiwan and attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard Business School. He began his career at Warner Bros., eventually becoming a Senior Vice President during his eight years there. He started Lin Pictures in 2008, based at Warner Bros. He is married with two children, and his credits as a producer include Terminator Salvation, Shorts, The Invention of Lying, The Box, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Gangster Squad, and The LEGO Movie. Original Airdate: 3/24/2014


On Air: 5/27/2014

Austin Ligon, Former CEO/Co-Founder, CarMax

Austin Ligon worked with the CEO of Circuit City, Richard Sharp, to develop the CarMax idea  in 1991 and launched the first CarMax store in Richmond, Virginia, in 1993. Austin became president of CarMax in 1995. He led the company through a decade and a half of rapid growth, and added the title of CEO upon the company’s spin off from Circuit City in 2002.  Ligon came to Circuit City from Marriott Corporation where he had been senior vice president of strategic planning for Marriott Hotels and Resorts. He joined Marriott in 1984 as director of corporate planning, and served as vice president of both marketing and concept general management in the family restaurant division.

During his visit to Innovation Navigation, Liggon gave credit to rapid-testing for Carmax’s early success – he and his team went to market as soon as they felt they had the basics of their product, always expecting and embracing ways to improve it. He emphasizes the importance of being an expert in your organization’s consumers first and foremost, and structuring systems, incentives, and roles to stay attuned to consumers’ experiences and measure their real behaviors rather than profiling their demographics, as the traditional car sales competitors to Carmax famously do. Original Airdate: 4/8/2014