Innovation Navigation
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, 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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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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.

5/19/15 - Making Great Ideas Happen, Drones (Scott Belsky, Bill Haney, Dr. Ernest Earon, Matthew McCreight)

How do we make great ideas happen? Host Dave Robertson is first joined by Founder and CEO of Behance and Adobe's VP of Mobile Products, Scott Belsky. Learn how to overcome the obstacles to bring a concept from vision to reality. Then, a behind-the-scenes look at one company that is trying to revolutionize the housing industry. Bill Haney, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Blu Homes, Inc., joins Dave to discuss how his factory-made homes could be the answer to construction nightmares.

After that, Dave explores the potential of drones. His guest is Dr. Earnest Earon, President and Co-Founder of PrecisionHawk, who discusses how to introduce aerial technology into a variety of industries. The final guest is Matthew McCreight, Senior Partner at Schaffer Consulting, who explains how to restructure a business model to create a competitive advantage.

5/12/15 - Company Structure and Transformations (John Kotter, Joel Gurin, Philip Evans, Brian Robertson)

Host Dave Robertson is first joined by John Kotter, NYT Best-selling author, Harvard Professor, and Founder of Kotter International, who explains how you can create a volunteer army of employees that will help transform your business. Next, Dave talks to Joel Gurin, President and Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprises, (a new Washington-based nonprofit that promotes the use of open data for social and economic impact), who talks about how you can best utilize the available resources of information to harness the next great idea.

After that, we hear from Philip Evans, Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group, who discusses what it takes to become a digital disruptor, and how you can know if your company is prepared for the next wave of changes.  Dave's final guest is Brian Robertson, Founder of the operating system for companies known as Holacracy; he's the author of the upcoming book "Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World."

5/5/15 - Mobile Medical & Payment Technologies (Greg Levey, Alix Murphy, Leonard Speiser, Danny Shader)

Host Rahul Kapoor first welcomes Greg Level, Co-Founder of Figure1, who talks about the use of social media and apps in the medical space. His second guest is Alix Murphy, Senior Mobile Analyst, WorldRemit, who talks about the increasing use of mobile money/payments internationally and what role her company plays there.

After that, Rahul speaks with Leonard Speiser, CEO of Clover, who discusses his company's modern version of a cash register. The final guest on the show is Danny Shader, Founder and CEO of PayNearMe, another company in the growing mobile payment space.

4/28/15 - Internet of Things (Emanuele Angelidis, Josh Corman, Thomas Worley, Santiago Merea)

Host Rahul Kapoor focuses this program on the Internet of Things. His first guest is Emanuele Angelidis, CEO of Breed Reply, an incubator that focuses on startups. Next up is Josh Corman, Founder of I Am The Cavalry, a company focused on cyber security.



After that, Rahul speaks to Thomas Worley, Founding Member and CEO of DADO labs, which works to help established brands stay relevant.  The final guest is Santiago Merea, Founder and CEO of Orange Chef, who talks about his company and the online category of “connected kitchens” in general.

4/21/15 - Mitch Cohen & John Sviokla, Eamon Kelly, Gavin Kelly

Many of today's self-made billionaires worked for other companies before they made their riches. Why couldn't their employers hold on to them and capitalize on that great talent? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Vice Chairman at PWC, Mitch Cohen, and head of Global Thought Leadership at PWC, Dr. John Sviolkla, who talk about their latest work, "The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value," on what lessons organizations can learn about attracting high-value talent.

Dave's second guest is Eamonn Kelly, Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and CMO of Strategy & Operations at Deloitte, who explains one of their latest reports, "Business Ecosystems Come of Age." They discuss how the rules for managing are quickly changing and why traditional business practices may no longer be effective  Dave's last guest is the Co-Founder of Artefact, Gavin Kelly, who explains what companies should value in a start-up mentality.

4/14/15 - Mark Randall, David Yoffie, Alex Algard, Mick Ebeling

Host Dave Robertson talks first to Mark Randall, Chief Strategist and VP of Creativity at Adobe, who explains how a little red box is bringing innovation to Adobe - and how other companies are using his idea to spark creativity in their own teams.

Then - Steve Jobs, Andy Grove and Bill Gates all had their unique paths to success in the tech sector, but what business strategy did they all share? David Yoffie, Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School, discusses his book "Strategy Rules," and explains the commonalities that these innovative giants all practiced.

In the second half, Whitepages CEO and Founder Alex Algard explains how his 18-year-old business has been able to adapt to the changing times, introduce new products, manage a growing staff, and still not lose sight of its start-up mentality.

Finally, from 3D-printed prostetics to helping those with paralysis communicate, Mick Ebeling, CEO of Not Impossible Labs, explains how he is using technology to improve humanity.

Episode 25 - Innovation Navigation at the New York International Auto Show

Dave Robertson hosts a special edition of Innovation Navigation from the New York International Auto Show.  He talks with Nissan executives who are unveiling some new products at the show.  The guests are:


Roel de Vries, Corporate VP and Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy for Nissan Motor Co.

Shiro Nakamura, Senior VP and Chief Creative Officer for Nissan

Fred Diaz, Senior VP of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America

Pierre Loing, VP of Product Planning for Nissan North America

Mike Drongowski, Chief Product Specialist for Nissan's Maxima

3/31/15 Extra - John Venhuizen (Full Interview)

Hear Dave's full, uncut interview with the CEO of ACE Hardware Corp., John Venhuizen.  They discuss how the company has stayed competitive over the years against bigger rivals like Home Depot and Lowes.

Direct download: 3-31-15_-_Bonus_-_John_Venhuizen-MP3_File.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT