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Luis Perez-Breva, the author of "Innovating: A Doer's Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch", shares how innovation is the subject of countless books and courses, but there's very little out there about how you actually innovate. He and host Dave Robertson will also discuss how innovation and entrepreneurship are not one and the same, although aspiring innovators often think of them that way. Dave's second guest is Hugh Molotsi, the CEO of Ujama, who talks about the concept of "lean" startups and his work as a consultant to other entrepreneurs.

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Dave Robertson's first guest is Brian Blum, the author of the new book "Totaled: The Billion-Dollar Crash of the Startup that Took on Big Auto, Big Oil, and the World."

In the second half of the show, Dave talks to Blake Irving, the CEO of GoDaddy, who discusses his career before GoDaddy as well as how he's worked to keep GoDaddy innovative since he took over four years ago.

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Host Dave Robertson sits down with Terrence Curtin, the CEO of TE Connectivity, to discuss innovation within an existing company and how to cultivate creativity among employees.

Innovation Thought Leader Tony Ulwick will also stop by to give an update on the what he says are the next big things that are coming to market.

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LEGO had been fighting off the digital revolution successfully until their most recent quarterly earnings showed a dip in profits. Now after cutting 1,400 jobs, the business is looking to innovate. Host Dave Robertson talks with two guests about these developments: Richard Milne of the Financial Times, who has covered the company extensively; and Jay Peters, managing director of LEGO’s preferred design and Innovation management partner, PARK USA.

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Host Dave Robertson is joined by “The Dean of Innovation,” Jeff Degraff. The two discuss his new book “The Innovation Code,” why harmony is deadly for innovation, and how the best way to create hybrid solutions is to clash. Later Dave is joined by Walter De Brouwer and they dive into his work at Doc.AI, the company with a quest to create the first robotic doctor.


Dave Robertson's first guest is Nelo Lucich, who is the co-founder of the innovative, forward-thinking tech-entertainment company Skyrocket.  They take a deep dive into making it in the toy industry.

Dave's second guest is former Stanford football player and founder of STRIVR Labs, Derek Belch. STRIVR Labs is a cutting edge virtual reality company, and they talk about the new applications of that technology.


Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Andy Cruz, the Co-Founder of the type factory and design studio House Industries, which has been a standard bearer for American graphic design for 25 years. House's 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.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Adam Lashinsky, Executive Editor for Fortune Magazine and a best-selling author, about his new book "Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination."

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Host Dave Robertson is joined first by entrepreneur Bart Weetjens, who trained rats to sniff out land mines in Africa - and how he went from detecting land mines to detecting Tuberculosis, also using rats.

In the second half of the show Dave speaks with Jim Koch, the founder of Boston Brewing Company, the maker of Sam Adams beer. Jim has often been called the father of the craft beer movement.

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It was in 2015 that the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms – and in 2017, the company is still working to repair its reputation. Host Dave Robertson talks to Jack Ewing, author of a new book about the scandal, called "Faster, Higher, Farther." Learn how a succeed-at-all-costs mentality about innovation can really backfire.

In the second half of the show Dave's guest is Yves Karcher, CEO, InnoExec and former Engineering VP of Logitech, who discusses the birth and development of the Logitech presenter.

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Meet  guy who spends all his time trying to come up with new flavors of beer!  Host Dave Robertson talks to Rob Naylor, Manager of Anheuser-Busch's Research Pilot Brewery, who will explain how innovative technologies are the key to his job.

Dave also talks to any-am Pathak, who developed a computerized, motion-stabilizing spoon that can be used by people living with movement disorders like Parkinson's.

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With Independence Day approaching host Dave Robertson explores the business stories that have defined America's history. Benjamin Waterhouse, historian and author of "The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States" talks with Dave about what led to the rise and fall of some of this country's top companies.

Also on the show: the evolution of fast-food in America with the first and oldest restaurant chain in the country.  Kevin Bazner, President and CEO of A&W Restaurants, discusses the brand's 98-year history. With changing restaurant trends and a split from YUM! Brands, hear what's in store in building the future of this American brand.

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Host Dave Robertson talks first to Suhail Algosaibi, business leader in Bahrain and the CEO and Founder of Falak Consulting, who discusses how a nation can support an innovative culture.

Dave also talks to Greg Satell, author of "Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age."


Whether it's Adidas, Coca-Cola, Mattel, Samsung, or Marriott, Dave Robertson's guest has helped some of the world's most established brands find ways to innovate.  Todd Rovak, Managing Partner and CEO at the innovation and design firm Fahrenheit 212 and CEO of Capgemini Consulting North America, talks to Dave about the method and model behind developing new products, services, and experiences that allow businesses to grow.


Host Dave Robertson is joined by the former CIO of Walgreens, Abhi Dhar.  Hear how the innovation lessons from working in the big business of Walgreens are helping him in the development of his new startup, Packyge.

Plus, the 3-D printer that could revolutionize manufacturing.  Ricin's Flop, CEO of Desktop Metal, discusses the recent launch of its 3D metal printing system.

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Host Dave Robertson's first guest is journalist Duff McDonald, who talks about his latest book, "The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite."  Do we need more innovative ideas at the leading business schools?

In the second half of the program Dave welcomes back Robbie Bach, Former Chief Xbox Officer and President at Microsoft, who tells the story of Xbox's development.


A low-risk, high-reward approach to innovation.

To mark the release of host Dave Robertson's new book, "The Power of Little Ideas," Dave takes us into the stories and speaks to some of the inspirational figures who discovered how to effectively innovate around a product to make it more competitive and appealing.

Hear Donal Ballance and Darren Fagan discuss their journey in working with Guinness to build authentic Irish pubs around the world and ultimately bring business to the iconic dry stout.  You'll also find out about the cannabis industry, and innovation at Victoria's Secret, from reporter Debra Borchardt.

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How do you become an innovation leader? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Sarah Robb O'Hagan, former President of Gatorade, Former President of Equinox Fitness and Current CEO of Flywheel Sports to discuss the process of innovating your life to not only reach your own full potential but also discovering the greatest potential for your business. Learn how to accept risk and embrace failure. Her new book is called "Extreme YOU: Step Up. Step Out. Kick Ass. Repeat."


First, how can your business be ready for the threat of disruption?  Host Dave Robertson talks with Scott Anthony, Managing Partner of Insight and author of "Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future," who explains how to create the next version of your business.

Then Dave welcomes Dan Widmaier, CEO and Co-Founder of Bolt Threads, who is looking towards nature to spin up the future of fashion.

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The history of artificial intelligence.  Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Luke Dormehl, tech journalist and author of "Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence - And Where It's Taking Us Next."  Hear how AI began and what advanced technology's historical past can teach us about the future.

Plus, Dollar Tree Co-Founder Macon Brock talks to Dave about his book "One Buck at a Time."  Hear how this business is able to maintain its founding principle and stick with a one-dollar price point.


Host Dave Robertson is first joined by Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute and author of "Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," who discusses strategies that promote creative thinking.

Plus, the evolution of play.  Game Designer Rob Daviau discusses designing board games for the modern era.

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A house built by 3-D printing.

Host Dave Robertson is joined by Larry Haines, Founder of Sunconomy.com and the entrepreneur bringing 3D printed housed to the US.  Hear how new technology is transforming the field of construction and providing more sustainable solutions for future housing.

Plus, Erik Wahl, author of "The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity," discusses the journey to discover a great idea.  Do breakthroughs happen as "AHA" moments or do they prevail in a process of trial and error?

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Host Dave Robertson is joined by Dr. Dan Skovronsky, SVP of Clinical and Product Development for Eli Lilly and Company, as they discuss the process of trying to solve some of the world's most complicated diseases.  From experimentation to cross-field collaboration, learn the work that goes into life-saving drugs.

Plus, Dr. Stanley B. Burns takes us on a journey through medicine's past. Discover the revolutionary ideas that transformed our healthcare system and find out how medicine's history continues to shape the industry's future.

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Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg writer and author of "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future." Hear the incredible story of how Elon became one of the most influential and striking figures in American business. How is he changing industries and what does his success have in common with inventors like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs?

In the second half of the show Dave welcomes Fran Maier, the Co-Founder and first General Manager of Match.com. She's now using the insight from that earlier venture to manage and run Babierge, a baby equipment rental marketplace.

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2/14/17 - Innovative Scents; Lingerie

Fragrances are a popular gift on Valentine's Day, but could smell help you actually fall in love with a brand?  Host Dave Robertson is joined by Mark Schmidt, ScentAir's VP of Marketing and Fragrances Development, and Ed Burke, VP of Customer Strategy and Communications, as they discuss the process of building a brand's scent.  From retail stores to hotel lobbies, hear how smells are created to build a customer base and develop a brand identity. Dave also learns about how data is being used to design better-fitting lingerie.

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Bill Taylor is the guest for the full hour.  Taylor is the co-founder and founding editor of media outlet Fast Company, a business that has gone on to win countless awards and become recognized as one of the leading publications within the business world.  He talks to host Dave Robertson about his latest book "Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways."

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Reinventing an age-old sport. Having just completed the PGA Merchandise Show, hear the latest insight on how companies are attempting to disrupt an industry when host Dave Robertson is joined by Sal Syed, CEO of Arccos Golf. He explains how artificial intelligence is finding its way onto the golf course.

Then, Amy Webb, Founder and CEO of The Future Today Institute, discusses the systematic way to identify the future trends in an industry. Learn how to pursue and forecast ideas with long-term value and avoid the concepts that are merely trendy.


First up is Steve Lehto, author of "Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow."  With a dream to shake up the auto industry, hear the story of what went wrong and why the production of such an innovative car got killed.

In the second half of the show host Dave Robertson talks to Tom Cochran, Chief Digital Strategist at Acquia, who previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State and Director of Digital Technology at the White House.  They discuss how easy (or difficult) it is to innovate at the government level.


How do we bridge design thinking with the thinking of an entrepreneur? Host Dave Robertson's first guest is Shana Dressler, Executive Director of Google's 30 Weeks, who works with designers on conceiving ideas to efficient prototyping, and talks about what it could mean for not only the next phase in design but also the evolution of business.

Dave's second guest is Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer for Nokia, who discusses the future of technology. Is it a high R&D budget or a startup mentality that will bring us into the new era?


First up is Traci Morris, CEO of BGRS (Brookfield Global Relocation Services), a company that develops and implements comprehensive talent mobility solutions for corporate and government clients worldwide. Traci took her "old" company out to Silicon Valley to learn from Google.

In the second half of the show Dave is joined by Alan Boehme, Global CTO, Chief Innovation Officer, and Chief Enterprise Architect for Coca-Cola. Hear why one of the largest brands in the world is not only looking towards startups for the next breakthrough idea, but also helping them with the knowledge and experience only a large company can provide.

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