Innovation Navigation (innovation management)

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."


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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12/13/16 - Playstation and Virtual Reality

The evolution of gaming.  Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Richard Marks, Sony's Senior Researcher and Head of Playstation's Magic Lab, who talks about what went into Playstation's entrance into virtual reality.  Hear how one of the leaders in gaming thinks about developing the future of virtual reality.

In the second half of the show Dave speaks with Mick Simonelli, who leads the consulting firm Simonelli Innovation LLC and is the former Senior Innovation Executive for USAA. He talks about helping larger businesses develop that next big idea.


Host Dave Robertson is joined first by New York Times journalist Rob Walker, who discusses his piece for the magazine called "Makeover Mania: Inside the 21st-Century Craze for Redesigning Everything." From updating the wine glass to re-imagining a brand's logo, they talk about the failures, successes, and processes of questioning the status quo.

In the second half of the show Dave welcomes Jules Ehrhardt, Co-Owner at UsTwo, a digital product studio, who talks about how the process of designing products for clients has evolved.


11/29/16 - Fighting Cancer with AI; American Innovators

First, using artificial intelligence to fight cancer. Host Dave Robertson is joined by Niven Narain, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Berg, a Boston pharma startup that is re-imagining the scientific method to attempt to solve some of health care's biggest questions sooner rather than later, using the latest technology.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Kevin Baker, author of "America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World," which is full of untold stories of American innovation.


Host Dave Robertson first welcomes George Guastello, President and CEO of Union Station Kansas City, who talks about the transformation of the historic landmark into a hub of culture, entertainment, and education.

His second guest is Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and author of "Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup."


First, a story of successful American manufacturing. Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel Wire Products, joins host Dave Robertson to discuss the transformation his business underwent to survive in the competitive manufacturing space. When Drew bought the business it was a Brooklyn-based company responsible for making the baskets you might find in a bagel shop. He took that business and completely re-imagined it to become an innovative small manufacturer.

In the second half of the program Dave talks to David Sax, author of "The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter," who explains why he believes the tangible is here to stay.


The first guest is Otto Berkes, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of CA Technologies and the former CTO of HBO, and one of the founders of Xbox. He and host Dave Robertson discuss his new book, "Digitally Remastered: Building Software into Your Business DNA," in which he shares his first-hand experiences on what it takes to overcome corporate hurdles, reshape business models and develop a culture that can thrive in the digital world.

In the second half of the show Robertson's guest is Dave Wright, CEO of CFM and Creator of MyZone, who talks about the wearable technology market and how it's becoming a very crowded field of competitors.

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Innovating for Halloween!

Host Dave Robertson celebrates the holiday by talking with the Creative Director for Eastern State Penitentiary's "Terror Behind the Walls," Amy Hollaman, who takes us behind-the-scenes on the process for creating a haunted house. Hear how a prison that was home to some of America's most notorious criminals is transformed into cell blocks of zombies, ghosts and ghouls.

Plus, the process of chocolate making. Brad Kintzer, Chief Chocolate Officer for TCHO, explains how he is building a development process to reinvent chocolate. From sourcing cocoa to taste testing, discover all the work behind a bar of chocolate.

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How can a business avoid the hit and miss of product development?

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Taddy Hall, Principal of the Cambridge Group and Co-Author of "Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice." Learn the theory behind understanding customer jobs and find out how to apply it for real-world company success.

Plus Vijay Govindarajan, Professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and author of "The Three Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation," discusses how organizations can handle they day-to-day demands and simultaneously plan for the future.


10/4/16 - Virtual Reality, Keeping it Simple

The future of virtual reality. Host Dave Robertson is joined by Joel Breton, VP of VR Content at HTC Vive. Hear the process for designing a virtual reality experience and what role VR could play across industries.

Plus, Brad Barbera, author of "Keep Innovation Simple - Lead With Clarity and Focus in a World of Constant Change," discusses the systematic way top brands are able to develop new products - even if it involves "shooting puppies!"

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First up, the Maker Movement; Ten years ago Dale Daugherty, CEO and Founder of Maker Media, launched his first MakerFaire. Since then, the Maker Movement has grown immensely, promoting the idea of creating, inventing, and designing. Host Dave Robertson talks to Dale about his new book, "Free to Make: How the Maker Movement is Changing our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds."

In the second half of the show Dave is joined by Volvo's Chief Engineer of Vehicle Architecture, Peter Adreasson. Hear how car engineering is adapting for the future of self-driving technology and learn how effective collaboration, across departments and across companies, is working to push the envelope on the next generation of car services.

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9/20/16 - Innovations in Healthcare

The future of health care.

Host Dave Robertson is joined by Stephen Klasko, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, and they discuss the disruptive solutions that could revolutionize the healthcare industry within the United States. Hear how new ideas can effectively overcome the complexities and advance the field.

Plus, Keller Rinaudio, Founder of Zipline, is seeing drone delivery as a pivotal piece in the future of healthcare. Learn how his business is utilizing cargo drones to fly life-saving medical supplies across Africa.

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9/13/16 - IKEA Design, "Corporate Theory"

First, a behind-the-scenes look at designing IKEA products, from inspiration to execution. Host Dave Robertson is joined by Marcus Engman, Head of Design for IKEA, and he walks us through the process of developing furniture for the masses. Hear how one of the creative minds behind the iconic Swedish brand envisions the furnishings of the future.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Todd Zenger, Professor of Strategy and Strategic Leadership at the University of Utah and author of "Beyond Competitive Advantage: How to Solve the Puzzle of Sustaining Growth While Creating Value."

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Teaching Innovation.

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Peter Boatwright, Professor of Marketing and New Product Development at Carnegie Mellon University, who talks about whether the path to great ideas can be taught -- or is it based on natural ability?

Plus, Pam Henderson, CEO of NewEdge and author of "You Can Kill an Idea, But You Can't Kill an Opportunity! - How to Discover New Sources of Growth for Your Organization," discusses the process of identifying great ideas and having your business see a greater return on creativity.


8/30/16 - Augmented Versus Virtual Reality

On this show host Dave Robertson explores the innovation around virtual and augmented reality.  His first guest is Ron Padzensky, Founder of Augmera.com.  They talk about the success of Pokemon Go and the future of augmented reality in light of its popularity -- Can we anticipate the return of Google Glass, and how could AR influence future businesses and product development?

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Adam Draper and Jeff Wassen of Boost VC, a seed-stage accelerator that chose to diversify its portfolio by entering the virtual reality space.

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8/23/16 -  Innovation in the Art World

This week's theme is "Innovation in the Art World."

First, Dave talks with Julia Kaganskiy, director of the New Museum’s art, technology and design incubator.  They discuss how artists can also become entrepreneurs, and what resources and techniques can help them to do that.

Dave's second guest is Amy Whitaker, author of "Art Thinking," and the holder of both an MBA and an MFA degree.  She explains how the creative thinking of the art world can be applied to more aspects of business than one might think.

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8/16/16 - Reinvention

The theme of the week's show is reinvention.

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Eric Villency, CEO of Villency Design Group. As the man behind projects that vary from the iconic SoulCycle bike to a Delta airport terminal, Eric talks about how he thinks about design.

In the second half of the show Dave is joined by Tommy Stadlen, Co-Founder of Polaroid Swing, who talks about how the company plans to reimagine the photograph.

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8/9/16 - IDEO (Full Show)

How do we unleash the power of creativity? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Tim Brown, CEO and President of one of the world's top design companies, IDEO.

Brown has written a book called "Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation." Hear how the approach for great design has evolved and what it takes to develop the next breakthrough idea. From reinventing the Temper-Pedic Mattress to creating the Apple mouse, hear the process that has led to the thousands of ideas that IDEO has helped create with its clients. Find out how to approach design thinking and what organizations can do to build an innovative culture.

 

(This episode originally aired on November 3, 2015, but was not previously released in its entirety on this podcast.)

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7/19/16 - Connected Innovation Trends and More

Connected Innovation - the technology that will shape our future.

Host Dave Robertson is first joined by the Co-Founder of Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly, and they discuss the inevitable trends of the future and how businesses can best prepare to embrace new advancements in tech.

Dave's second guest is Doug Collins, an innovation management consultant who helps organizations such as The Estee Lauder Companies, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson navigate the fuzzy end of innovation.


7/12/16 - "Art and Fear"

Can you teach someone to be a great artist, or is it a natural talent? Host Dave Robertson is joined by David Bayles and Ted Orland, co-authors of "Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking."  Discover how artists find inspiration when they sit down at the easel. Plus, they talk about how executives and business leaders can learn from artists on what it takes to inspire creativity.

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6/28/16 - Being an Innovative Leader

What does it take to be an innovative leader?

Host Dave Robertson discusses that question with two guests. First, he speaks with Keith Wilmot, President and CEO of Leadercast, which recently launched a new technology platform, Leadercast Now, uniquely designed for time-starved leaders to strengthen leadership insights to action.

Dave's second guest is Kat Cole, Group President of Focus Brands, who talks about her move up to this role from her former position as Cinnabon's president, and how she tries to mentor emerging, retail, education and tech startups.

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6/21/16 - Noah Basketball, networked markets

Technology that can help you become a better basketball player?

Host Dave Robertson is joined by John Carter, CEO of Pillar Vision, Inc., and they discuss the development process behind Noah Basketball.  By calculating shot arc and shot depth, hear how this device is working with youth, college, and professional athletes to help build muscle memory for the perfect shot.  Find out the keys to great design and product testing when looking to enter the sports industry.

Plus, Dave talked to Boston University Professor Marshall W. Van Alstyne, author of "Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy — and How to Make Them Work for You," who explains what businesses like Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, and PayPal all have in common.  Hear how traditional companies should adapt to this new market.

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6/14/16 - Thinking Flaws, Category Thinking

Dave first is joined by Matthew E. May, Innovation Strategist and author of many books, including his latest: "Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking."

Next what do Amazon, Uber and IKEA all have in common? The fall under the notion of being leaders in "Category Design." Dave talks about this concept with Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson Co-Founding Partners at Play Bigger Advisors, and co authors of "Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets."

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Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Sidney Levy, Director of Design for Construction Equipment at Volvo, who talks about how his branch of the auto company has embraced the digital landscape to revolutionize an industry.

Next, nearly three quarters of new products and services miss the mark when it comes to raising revenue and profit. How can breakthrough ideas effectively make money? Dave talks with Madhavan Ramanujam, Board Member and Partner at Simon-Kucher & Partners, and the co-author of "Monetizing Innovation: How Smart Companies Design the Product Around the Price."


Innovating to protect us against biological and chemical dangers -- as a spin-off from its parent company, Sabre Companies, the newly launched BioWALL is working to help private and public companies prepare for the threats of biological and chemical contamination.

Host Rahul Kapoor speaks to Steve Oesterle, CEO and Director of BioWALL, who has served as the CEO and Director of the Sabre Companies since 2009; and John Mason, Chief Science Officer of the Sabre Companies and its affiliates.

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Former Apple and Pepsi CEO John Sculley talks with host Dave Robertson for the hour. He discusses his career and his book, "Moonshot: Game Changing Strategies to Build Billion Dollar Businesses." From the influence of new technology to the evolving role of customer experience, hear how businesses can effectively adapt to change and align themselves for long-term success.


What does "innovation" mean for executives? Host Dave Robertson explores "innovation at the edges" as he first welcomes Geoff Tuff, Principal at Doblin (Deloitte's Design and Innovation Arm), and they discuss the latest research exploring the confidence levels that executives have around key business issues. Hear the myths that managers believe about innovation, and find out why companies are struggling to discover long-term breakthroughs for their business.

Plus, Managing Director of the IOT Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corp's IOT Group, Bridget Karlin, explains how the Internet-of-Things is transforming businesses.

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What does "innovation" mean for executives? Host Dave Robertson explores "innovation at the edges" as he first welcomes Geoff Tuff, Principal at Doblin (Deloitte's Design and Innovation Arm), and they discuss the latest research exploring the confidence levels that executives have around key business issues. Hear the myths that managers believe about innovation, and find out why companies are struggling to discover long-term breakthroughs for their business.

Plus, Managing Director of the IOT Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corp's IOT Group, Bridget Karlin, explains how the Internet-of-Things is transforming businesses.

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5/3/16 - Innovative practices, Ideas (originally aired 6/3/14)

Host Dave Robertson talks with two guests about innovation. The first is Dean Schroeder, consultant, scholar, and author of "The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas."

The second is Drew Marshall, Founder and Principal of Primed Associates.

This show first aired on June 3, 2014.


4/26/16 - Innovation In Education

Dave talks to Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and author or co-author 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.

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4/19/16 - Innovation in China; Haier, Alibaba

This show focuses on innovation in China. The first guest is Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management at IMD and author of "Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier has Changed the Way that Big Companies Transform."

The second guest is Duncan Clark, author of "Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built."

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4/12/16 - Open Innovation, Business of Play

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes back Bill Nottingham, Principal at the innovation firm Nottingham Spirk, who is attending the Marcus Evan Open Innovation Conference in Philadelphia. From designing new products to finding new market segments, they discuss open innovation and learn how big businesses can build a framework to source great ideas.

In the second half of the program Bill and Dave are joined by Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus, and the trio talk about the business of play. With Brent's father being the man behind Chuck E. Cheese and Pong, the Bushnell name is one that is associated with fun.

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Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Shu Hattori, author of "The McKinsey Edge: Success Principles from the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm." With MKinsey & Company serving eight percent of the world's largest corporations, hear what strategies are used to help one of the world's most powerful consulting firms flourish.

In the second half of the show Dave's guest is Serguei Netessine, Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD and author of "The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that will Define Your Company."

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3/29/16 - Designing Lego Toys; Disruption

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Dave Psiaki, Senior Designer for the LEGO Group. Piece by Piece and set by set, hear the incredible process for developing and designing LEGO toys. Plus as the designer of the LEGO Ferrari F40 set, Mike explains how two brands can effectively collaborate to develop one product.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto and author of "The Disruption Dilemma," who explains how companies can successfully manage the different types of disruption.

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Dave first talks to Nathan Eagle, co-founder and CEO of Jana, the largest provider of free unrestricted internet access in emerging markets.  They discuss how Nathan's experiences in Kenya led to the development of a service that can provide free internet access.

Dave's second guest is  Dr. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, who explains his theory of Social Identity, and how diverse ideas can be encouraged in business teams.

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Reinventing the education system.

Host Rahul Kapoor is joined by Bobbi Kushan, Executive Director of Academic Innovation and Senior Fellow in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. How is technology changing out approach to education? Plus, from higher education to primary school hear how entrepreneurs think about disrupting a student's approach to learning.

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3/2/16 - Lion Brothers and Hippie Inc.

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Suzy Ganz, the CEO of Lion Brothers, a business that dates back to the 1800's that has certainly earned its badge of honor as a company that can withstand the test of time. Suzy talks about how a business can embrace new ideas and technology to stay relevant over many years.

In the second half of the show Dave's guest is Michael Klassen, Marketing Professor at the University of Northern Iowa and author of "Hippie Inc.: The Misunderstood Subculture That Changed the Way We Live and Generated Billions of Dollars in the Process."

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2/16/16 - Christian Gansch and Daniel Levitin

Host Dave Robertson focuses on music in this show that aired the day after the Grammy Awards were presented. His first guest is Christian Gansch, a Grammy Award-winner and international conductor, producer and consultant. He is the author of the book "From Solo to Symphony: What Businesses can Learn From Orchestras."

Dave's second guest is Daniel Levitin, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University, who wrote the books "This is Your Brain on Music" and "The Organized Mind." Levity is a former session musician and record producer. He talks about using music to evoke emotion and stir creativity.


2/9/16 - Diverse Workforces, and a "Fish Cannon"

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes David Livermore, author of "Driven By Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity". He explains what he feels is a diverse workforce and what some of the challenges are in creating diverse teams.

In the second half of the show Dave's guest is Vincent Bryan III, CEO of Whooshh Innovations, who explains how his team has developed a fish cannon that helps them navigate through natural barriers like waterfalls and dams.


2/2/16 - Live Events, Product Development

With Super Bowl 50 approaching on Sunday, Feb. 5, host Dave Robertson first goes backstage to see what it takes to put together a live event that captures audiences from around the world. He talks to Adam Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Tait Towers, about his work on stage design, architecture and scenery for some of music's top talents.

In the second half of the program Dave speaks with father and son team John and Bill Nottingham, of the firm Nottingham Spirk about the development of billion dollar ideas. Whether it's improving the Swiffer or packaging for mouthwash, Nottingham Spirk are the minds behind some of the products we use every day.

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1/26/16 - Books: Eureka Factor, Deep Smarts

Host Dave Robertson's first guest is John Kounios, Professor of Psychology and Director of Drexel University's Doctoral program in Applied Cognitive. He is Co-Author of "The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain," and he talks to Dave about how our brain responds to moments of brilliance.

Dave's second guest is Dorothy Leonard, Harvard Professor of Business Administration and author of "Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom." She explains how the critical knowledge that your employees develop through their experience does not have to leave when your employees decide to retire.

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1/19/16 - Part 2 with Ford at the Detroit Auto Show

This is part 2 of Innovation Navigation's special broadcast from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Host Dave Robertson talks with two Ford Motor Company executives: Moray Callum, Vice President of Design; and Jim Buczkowski, Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems, Research and Advanced Engineering.

Dave talks to both about the future of the auto industry - how to design driver-friendly cars without overwhelming people with too much technology, and how Ford has opened a Silicon Valley operation to foster innovation.


1/12/16 - Ford Execs at 2016 Auto Show

In celebration of the SiriusXM-Ford partnership and the exciting North American International Auto Show, this edition of the show was recorded directly from the Ford Booth at the event in Detroit, Michigan. From the design process to technology integration, host Dave Robertson takes you behind the scenes with Ford Motor Company's top executives to explore the process towards innovation and the future of the industry. His guests are Bill Ford, Executive Chairman; Joe Hinrichs, EVP and President, The Americas; and Dr. Ken Washington, VP, Research and Advanced Engineering.

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Host Dave Robertson first talks about developing products for our pets! His guest is Kyle Hansen, Chief Woof Officer and Founder of Outward Hound, who discusses the dog toy market and how he fetches up new ideas for man's best friend.

Then, from an online eye exam to a toilet addressing our water crisis, Tom Kuczmarski, President and Founder of Kuczmarski Innovation, takes Dave inside the revolutionary ideas coming out of Chicago. Kuczmarski is the author of books such as "Innovating Chicago Style: How Local Innovators are Building the National Economy," and "Apples are Squares: Thinking Differently About Leadership."

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12/15/15 - Disruptive Innovation, Star Wars

Host Dave Robertson first discusses the phrase "disruptive innovation" with Michael Raynor, Director at Deloitte Services LP, who explains why it's important to have a proper understanding about what it means to be truly disruptive in order to properly apply it to your business.

Then, from a Darth Vader toaster to a lightsaber selfie stick, Dave looks at the product development surrounding the Star Wars franchise. His second guest is Ty Liotta, VP of Geek Labs at ThinkGeek, who discusses how to think outside the box in product development and develop new merchandise for the highly anticipated film.

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12/18/15 - Innovation In The Food Industry

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Karel Zimmermann, Markets Director for the Americas of the Puratos Corporation. From finding ways to improve texture to creating convenience through frozen products, Karel takes Dave behind the scenes in the making of baked goods.

Plus, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of "Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat," talks to Dave about the history of processed foods. Hear the entertaining take of how the food in your pantry links to military research and the diet of a soldier.

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Host Dave Robertson is first joined by Whitney Johnson, author of "Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work." She talks about how to apply the disruptive theory to your career path. Learn how to play to your strengths and uncover new opportunities for your business and career.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Nolan Bushnell, the Founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese. In addition to Nolan's entrepreneurial success, he is also known for being the first boss of Apple's Steve Jobs. Hear from this innovator the secrets to finding and nurturing creative talent within an organization.


11/17/15 - The Disrupted and the Disruptor

Dave first welcomes Jeffrey Hayzlett, CEO of The Hayzlett Group and former CMO of Kodak, who talks about his book "Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless," and shares his insight on how executives can promote innovation. He also talks about Kodak and why this former Fortune 100 business was unable to adapt to the digital disruptors.

In the second half of the show, Dave is joined by Birchbox's cofounder and CEO, Katia Beauchamp. Recognized as one of the leaders in the subscription-based model, hear how this cosmetic business is discovering new ideas to remain ahead of the competition.

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11/10/15 - Innovation In Established Industries

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Joe McSwiney, President of Cascade Designs, Inc., who talks about product development in the outdoor adventure industry and how innovators can approach reinventing some of our most basic products... like the sleeping bag.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Steve Ellis, Head of the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo. Hear how this 100-plus year old business thinks about the next step in the financial industry.

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11/3/15 - Tim Brown, President and CEO of IDEO

How do we unleash the power of creativity? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Tim Brown, CEO and President of one of the world's top design companies, IDEO.

Brown has written a book called "Change By Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation." Hear how the approach for great design has evolved and what it takes to develop the next breakthrough idea. From reinventing the Tempur-Pedic Mattress to creating the Apple Mouse, hear the process that has led to the thousands of ideas that IDEO has helped create with its clients. Find out how to approach design thinking and what organizations can do to build an innovative culture.

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10/27/15 - Halloween Special: Candy, Hauntings

In this Halloween-themed episode, host Dave Robertson is joined first by The Hershey Company's SVP and Chief R&D Officer, Will Papa.  Hear how one of the world's biggest candy brands thinks about creating new products; from 3-D printing candy to reinventing the classic chocolate bar, learn the process that occurs in candy-making.

In the second half of the program, former iHeart Media Executive and current CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions, Melissa Carbone, walks Dave and his listeners through the development of a haunted experience.  From zombies to demons an everything in between, learn the art of designing a haunting horror attraction.

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10/20/15 - Innovation News, Disruption

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Richard Milne, Nordic Correspondent for the Financial Times, who discusses the latest stories in innovation management, from the successes at LEGO to the struggles at Volkswagen.

In the second half Dave talks to Andrew King, Professor of Business Administration at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, about his latest research on disruptive innovation. For those unaware, Clay Christensen's Theory of Disruptive Innovation is the foundation for defining disruptive companies. Dave and Andrew talk about how well this theory can be practiced in the real world.

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10/13/15 - The Irish Pub Concept, Guinness

From the artwork to the interior architecture, what does it take to design an authentic Irish Pub? Host Dave Robertson is joined by two of the official partners of Guinness's Irish Pub Concept: Donal Balance of Balance Hospitality, and Darren Fagan, the Business Developer for the Irish Pub Company.  Working with Guinness, hear how these two have helped create the benchmark standard for Irish pubs, and hear the unique history behind developing this food and hospitality genre across the globe.

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10/6/15 - Denys Resnick, Open Innovation

Host Dave Robertson welcomes Denys Resnick, Executive Vice President, Strategic Programs, at NineSigma. She's responsible for incubating and launching new products and services, and talks to Dave about the concept of open innovation.

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Host Dave Robertson first speaks with Jonathan Gosling, Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter in London, who describes how multinational companies have transformed their strategies in order to successfully innovate in China and beyond. This includes the adoption of sustainable/responsible business practices.

In the second half of the show, Dave's guest is Tony Ulwick, the Founder and CEO of Strategy, who talks about his Jobs-to-be-Done theory of what data needs to be collected about your customers. Find out how to become a customer-centric organization, developing your ideas around the needs of your consumers.

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9/22/15 - HelloTractor, "Endless Encores" (Jehiel Oliver and Ken Goldstein)

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Jehiel Oliver, Founder and CEO of HelloTractor, which has been called the "Uber for tractors." He talks to Dave about working to disrupt farming practices across Africa: making a profit AND a social impact.

Then, how do you repeat success? Dave's second guest is Ken Goldstein, Former Chairman and CEO of Shop.com, former VP and Managing Director of Disney Online, and author of the new book "Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits," who explains how to align yourself and your company for endless innovation.


Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Jay Samit, digital media expert and CEO of SeaChange International. He's also the author of "Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation," and they discuss how to discover new markets and expand the potential of existing businesses.

Dave's second guest is Jill Dyché, VP of Best Practices at SAS and author of "The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age." She talks about how to create a physical work environment to promote innovation.


In this extended interview originally airing August 18, Host Dave Robertson speaks with Dan Ward, Author of "The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse," who explains how we can find the balance between simplicity and complexity.

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Host Dave Robertson spends this episode talking to Robbie Bach, Microsoft's Former Chief Xbox Officer and the author of "Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal."  He talks to Dave about his time at Microsoft and how the Xbox System became one fo the most powerful gaming sysems in the world.

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Episode 44 - Mark Payne, "How to Kill a Unicorn"

This week we have Dave's full, extended interview with Mark Payne, President and Founder of Fahrenheit212 and author of "How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas that Make It to Market." Mark talks about how his firm has helped innovators from big organizations to startups transform the odds of success.

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8/18/15 - Keeping it Simple; Pinnacle Vodka (Dan Ward, Marguerite Allolding, Jason Dolenga)

Host Dave Robertson first speaks with Dan Ward, Author of "The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse," who explains how we can find the balance between simplicity and complexity.

In the second half, his guests are Marguerite Allolding, Brand Innovation Director at Beam Suntory, and Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory. They take Dave behind the scenes into the Making of Pinnacle Vodka, which is experimenting with flavors like cookie dough, red licorice and even Cinnabon.


8/11/15 - Organizing for Innovation (Mark Payne & Rich Karlgaard)

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Mark Payne, President and Founder of Fahrenheit212 and author of "How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas that Make It to Market." Mark talks about how his firm has helped innovators from big organizations to startups transform the odds of success.

Dave's second guest is Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine and Co-author of "Team Genius: The Science of High Performing Organizations," who talks about team building.


Host Dave Robertson first explores how to re-imagine retail with Rachel Shechtman, Founder of STORY. STORY is a NYC boutique with a shopping experience that has captured the attention of numerous Fortune 500 executives. From merchandise to store design to theme, this shop completely reinvents itself every few weeks. What's behind this creative process?

In the second half of the show, the focus switches to the health care industry. Dave talks to Mohan Giridharadas, CEO and Founder of LeanTaas Inc., who talks about how analytics and data can be used to improve the operations of a business and transform the health care space.


Host Rahul Kapoor first welcomes Alan Kelly, Founder and Chief Executive of Playmaker Systems and author of "The Elements of Influence: The New Essential System for Managing Competition," and he talks about his scientific approach to understanding influence and its use on competitors and customers.

The second guest is Scott Morrison, 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. He talks to Rahul about API and API security, basically what's called 'the cloud" and how it uses and safeguards your data.


7/14/15 - Jonathan Woetzel and Jake Barton

Host Dave Robertson first talks with jonathan Woetzel, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute and co-author of "No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends." They discuss the woldwide shifts we're seeing in the economy and how they will influence management.

His second guest is Jake Barton, Founder of Local Projects. Jake has been involved in a variety of projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. he talks about how he has tried to reinvent the museum experience and how using design to tell a story can be applied to the corporate world.

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Episode 38 - Eric Bernstein, VP of Marketing and Product Development for the Ames Company

In this extended version of our earlier interview from the Fourth of July, Eric Bernstein, VP of Marketing and Product Development for the Ames Company, describes his work helping keep a company older than the United States itself (since 1774!) not only relevant, but innovative as well.

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7/7/15 - Gever Tulley and Barefoot Wine Founders

Host Dave Robertson first talks to Gever Tulley, Co-Founder of the Tinkering School and author of "50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)", who discusses his unique approach to helping kids learn, make, and ultimately become more innovative.

In the second half of the show, Dave talks to Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, Co-Founders of Barefoot Wine, who explain how they started a wine business with little know-how and were able to grow into a nationwide success.

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6/30/15 - A Look at American Innovation (Eric Bernstein, Don Dorsey, Mark Schwartz, Victor Margolin)

Host Dave Robertson goes "All American" for the Fourth of July. His first guest is Eric Bernstein, VP of Marketing and Product Development for the Ames Company, which has been able to keep its shovel business relevant since 1774.

Next, it wouldn't be a Fourth of July discussion without fireworks - Dave's second guest is a man behind some of America's most amazing nighttime productions, Don Dorsey, who has spent his career creating shows like Disney's "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth."

After that, Dave looks at how the American Government thinks about innovating. His guest is Mark Schwartz, CIO of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, who discusses how to create an innovative culture in the public sector.

The final segment features a look at design. Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Victor Margolin, joins Dave to discuss how the American culture has influenced design throughout the years.


Episode 35 - Mark Randall, Chief Strategist VP of Creativity at Adobe

In this extended version of our earlier interview from April, Mark Randall of Adobe explains how his efforts, including a surprisingly powerful red box, have helped drive innovation within an established company.

 

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.


6/16/15 - Future of Money (Kabir Sehgal, Arkadi Kuhlmann, Mick Simonelli, Nathaniel Popper)

Host Dave Robertson focuses this show on money and its future. His first guest is Kabir Sehgal, author of "Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us." Next, he talks with one of the great disruptors in the financial space, Arkadi Kuhlmann, Founder and CEO of ZenBanx, Inc. who shares his secrets to how technology can be effectively intertwined into the financial sector.

After that, Dave speaks with Mick Simonelli, Former Lead Innovation Exectutive for USAA, who talks about what it takes to develop an effective innovation strategy in an established business. The final guest is Nathaniel Popper, author of "Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money," who talks about the complexities surrounding Bitcoin and what it takes to reinvent our currency.


Host Dave Robertson first talks to Luis Sanz, COO and Co-Founder of Olapic. With pictures posted every second on social media, Luis explains how brands can capitalize on the pool of photos that exist and convert pictures into sales. The second guest is Sharon Klapka, Director of Business and Brand Development for Adore Me. She discusses her data-driven approach in selecting models, creating photo shoots and developing products to drive sales.

Next up, Dave speaks with Brian Quinn, Principal at Dobline (part of Deloitte Consulting) and co-author of "Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs." Dave's last guest is Tina Seelig, author of "Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World."


6/2/15 - John Edson, Kyle Nel, Jay Walker, Chris Surdak

Host Dave Robertson first talks to John Edson, President of Lunar, a major design firm. Lunar was recently acquired by consulting giant McKinsey and Dave talks to Edson about how this new relationship will impact the company's approach to design as well as what this business move suggests about the future of design.

Then, are robots and virtual reality the future of retail or is that an idea that should remain in the world of science fiction? Dave talks to Kyle Nel, Executive Director of Lowe's Innovation Labs, who shares his approach known as science fiction prototyping.

After that, Dave welcomes the Executive Chairman of Patent Properties and Founder of Priceline.com, Jay Walker, who breaks down the issues surrounding our patent system. They discuss how companies can best utilize the pool of ideas and inventions that already exist.

The final guest is Chris Surdak, author of "Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities," who explains what steps you can take to best use big data to develop the next big idea.

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5/26/15 - David Butler, Ann Gottlieb, Kevin McKenzie, Henry Doss

Host Dave Robertson first talks to David Butler, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company, who talks about how one of the world's largest and most successful brands thinks about design, and why the big player Coke is showing an interest in young startups.  Next, Dave finds out what goes into making a bottle of perfume – from extracting smells to combining fragrances – from Ann Gottlieb, founder of Ann Gottlieb Associates, who explains the experimental process in making scents for brands like Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Victoria's Secret and Axe.

In the second half of the show, Dave looks at the future of malls with Kevin McKenzie, Chief Digital Officer at Westfield Labs, who explains how he is bridging the digital with the physical to revolutionize the in-store shopping experience.  In the final segment, Dave talks to Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive in Residence with T2VC (a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm), who explains how the education world can do a better job in creating and evaluating an innovative culture.