On Air: June 14, 2016

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.

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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 7, 2016

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 7, 2016

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:

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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, Directors of BioWALL

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

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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: May 17, 2016

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.

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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

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.

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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: May 10, 2016

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.

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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: April 26, 2016

Michael Horn, Author and Education Expert

Michael Horn on innovation and education.

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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: April 19, 2016

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

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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 19, 2016

Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management at IMD

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

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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.