On Air: August 15, 2017

Nelo Lucich,

Nelo Lucich
CEO, Skyrocket
 With more than 20 years of tech and toy experience under his belt, Nelo wants everyone to think bigger about entertainment and ‘play.’ He began as an interactive producer at Mattel, eventually ascending to Senior Vice President of Interactive & Operations at JAKKS Pacific, Inc. Heeding his vision – and needing the freedom to make it happen – Nelo set out with a band of merrymakers to co-found Skyrocket in 2010. As Chief Executive Officer, Nelo is guiding Skyrocket to an entire new level of possibility.

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

On Air: August 15, 2017

Derek Belch,

In this clip, Derek explains why STRIVR Labs chose to avoid computer-generated imagery in their VR training system for football players:

Derek Belch

CEO, STRIVR Labs, Inc.
Derek developed STRIVR while he was a graduate assistant coach with the Stanford football team. He played football for Stanford as an undergraduate, attended business school at USC, and returned to Stanford to coach and get his Masters degree in Virtual Reality. This unique background gives Derek tremendous credibility across both the sports and VR worlds, which has allowed STRIVR to quickly grow into a VR business with real-world applicability.

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

On Air: August 8, 2017

Andy Cruz,

In this clip, Andy tells the story a particularly engaged and knowledgeable client:  Jimmy Kimmel!


Andy Cruz
Founder, House Industries 
Known throughout the world for its eclectic font collections and far-reaching creative exploits, House Industries has been a standard-bearer for American graphic design for 25 years. House has worked with a diverse list of collaborators including Jimmy Kimmel, Hermès, The New Yorker, John Mayer, Muji, the Estate of Charles and Ray Eames, and Heath Ceramics. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and will be the subject of a major exhibition at The Henry Ford museum in the summer of 2017.

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

On Air: August 8, 2017

Adam Lashinsky,

Adam Lashinsky
Executive Editor,  FORTUNE
Adam Lashinsky is executive editor of FORTUNE, where he oversees all live events and technology-industry coverage. In addition to writing features for the magazine, Lashinsky is editorial director of FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech, an annual conference in Aspen, Colo.; co-chair of the annual FORTUNE Global Forum; and columnist for the daily newsletter Data Sheet. Having joined FORTUNE in 2001, his coverage has ranged from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, including feature stories on diverse topics including venture capital, private equity, oil exploration and the economic recovery of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The subjects of his multiple cover stories have included Apple, Google, Amazon, Nike, Dell, Facebook and Alibaba.

Lashinsky is the author of Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, released in May, 2017, as well as the 2012 New York Times bestseller Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works. He is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel. A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lashinsky was based in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Tokyo before moving to California 20 years ago. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

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

On Air: August 1, 2017

Jim Koch,

In this clip, Jim explains the “string theory” he developed about innovating with constrained resources:

Jim Koch 

CEO, Boston Beer Company 
Jim Koch is the founder of The Boston Beer Company and brewer of Samuel Adams. He founded the company in 1984 using his great-great grandfather’s recipe and set to the task of revolutionizing American beer. Samuel Adams Boston Lager has been an important catalyst in the American Craft Beer Revolution for more than thirty years, bringing full-flavored, award-winning beer to the American beer landscape. The Boston Beer Company has become one of the leading American craft breweries and now accounts for just over one percent of the U.S. beer market.

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

On Air: August 1, 2017

Bart Weetjens,

Bart Weetjens
Founder, APOPO
Bart Weetjens is a Zen priest and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of APOPO, an international humanitarian organisation that trains rats to save human lives by detecting landmines and disease. His work was recognised by Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation to the World Economic Forum and he won a Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship. Based on a vision that wellbeing inspires well-doing, he joined The Wellbeing Project, to help shift the culture in the field of social change to a more caring and compassionate one, with more support for the inner wellbeing of social change leaders. After 12 years of working in Tanzania, Africa, Bart moved back to his birth place Antwerp, Belgium, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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

On Air: July 18, 2017

Yves Karcher,

In this clip, Yves explains how deep research into the needs and problems of people giving presentations in front of an audience led to the development of a deceptively simple (and highly patentable) feature in the Logitech wireless presenter:

Yves Karcher

Founder, InnoExec
Yves Karcher is a former Engineering VP of Logitech. He has lead Logitech mice and Keyboard business which included retail, OEM, Gaming and tablet-related accessories as well as future categories. He has lead up to 400 engineers, managed innovation processes and labs in 6 different sites globally. He also setup the innovation center in Switzerland, within the EFPL campus.

He is now giving back his experience in innovation and execution to students and companies through his company InnoExec.

Yves can be contacted at

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On Air: July 18, 2017

Jack Ewing,

Jack Ewing
Author, Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal

Jack Ewing is European economics correspondent for The New York Times, based in Frankfurt, Germany. He has spent more than twenty years covering German business and economics, including a decade at BusinessWeek magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, and a master’s degree in history from Trinity College.

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On Air: July 11, 2017

Anupam Pathak,

Anupam Pathak
Founder and CEO, Liftware

Liftware’s selection of stabilizing and leveling handles and attachments are designed to help people with hand tremor or limited hand and arm mobility retain dignity, confidence, and independence.

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

On Air: July 11, 2017

Rob Naylor,

In this clip, Rob tells how his team was able to rescue one almost-failure of an experimental beer flavor:


Rob Naylor
Brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch
Rob Naylor is a brewmaster at the research pilot brewery of beer giant Anheuser -Busch.

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