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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."