Innovation Navigation
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.

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3/31/15 - Josh Stein, Rowan Gibson, Ty Liotta, John Venhuizen

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Josh Stein, the CEO and Co-founder of AdhereTech, who describes the process of developing his "smart" pill bottles and the growing field of digital health. Next, Rowan Gibson, the Co-founder of InnovationExcellence.com, joins Dave to talk about his book "The Four Lenses of Innovation."

In the second half, Dave starts with the business of April Fools. From 5-star meals out of Keurig K-Cups to unicorn drinking horns, Ty Liotta, VP of Product Development for ThinkGeek, gives Dave an inside look at the development of prank products.  In the final segment Dave talks to the CEO of ACE Hardware Corp., John Venhuizen, about how the company has stayed competitive over the years against bigger rivals like Home Depot and Lowes.


3/24/15 - Steven Krupp, Paul Paetz, Rob Burns

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Steven Krupp, Senior Managing Partner at Decision Strategies International and author of "Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future," who discusses the essential skills that are needed to be a great strategic leader and how you can break through the uncertainty that lies ahead for your organization.

Next, he talks with Paul Paetz, CEO of Innovative Disruption and author of "Disruption by Design," who explains how you can identify the products and ideas that will allow you to break through and become a market leader.

Finally, Dave welcomes Rob Burns, CEO of Predictify.me, who is working with the United Nations to use analytics as he tries to predict human behavior.

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3/10/15 - Dan DiMicco, Jeremy Gutsche, Ellen Lupton, Adam Crystal

Host Dave Robertson first speaks to Dan DiMicco, the former CEO of Nucor and author of "American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness."  DiMicco discusses how we can improve manufacturing in this country and what lessons we can learn by studying the U.S. steel industry.  Next, Dave talks with Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of Trendhunter.com and author of "Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas."

After that, Dave welcomes Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, who discusses what it means to be a designer for the people, and the evolving field of great design.  The final guest is Adam Crystal, Co-CEO of Silver Crystal Sports, who talks about how his business model is shaking up the sports merchandise industry.


3/3/15 - The LEGO Episode - Peter Espersen, Mitchel Resnick, Jonathan Ringen, Angus MacLane

Host Dave Robertson focues on LEGO for the entire program. His first guest is Peter Espersen, head of Community Co-Creation at LEGO. Peter leads the charge for LEGO's crowdsourcing program to develop the next great LEGO design.

Next, Dave covers the academic perspective of this story with Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, who explains why LEGO toys succeed.

After that, we hear from Fast Company's Jonathan Ringen, who recently wrote a piexe where he described LEGO as the Apple of the toy industry.

Finally, it's a look from a company outsider and innovator himself. Dave speaks with Pixar's Angus MacLane, who most recently directed the Finding Nemo sequel, "Finding Dory," but he also has a connection with LEGO. Angus is one of the most recent winners of LEGO Ideas, a crowdsourcing platform for new LEGO designs. His Wall-E model will soon hit the shelves.


 2/24/15 - Mark Barden, Tim Leberecht, Boris Sofman

Dave Robertson talks Mark Barden, who encourages business leaders to celebrate limits and work through the challenges of reduced resources in the book he co-wrote, A Beautiful Constraint. We get a view of using less data and more heart from Tim Leberecht, author of The Business Romantic.

 

Dave finishes with a playful look at robotics with Boris Sofman, Co-founder and CEO of Anki, an entertainment robotics company. Its first product Anki DRIVE, had a very successful launch, bringing entertainment robots into everyday life. 

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2/17/15 - Andy Christensen, Terry Wohlers, Ariel Michaeli, Dr. Simon Lorenz

Host Rahul Kapoor focuses on 3D Printing in the first half of this episode, speaking first with Andy Christensen, Vice President of Personalized Surgery and Medical Devices at 3D Systems, who talks about the use of such technology in medicine.  Next up is Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, who talks about trends in the 3D printing industry.

In the second half, Rahul focuses on app development.  His guests are Ariel Michaeli, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of appFigures, who talks about trends; and Dr. Simon Lorenz, Founder and Managing Director of Klara, a medical app that focuses on dermatology.


Episode 19 - Steve Nedvidek, Andy Didorosi, Karan Girotra, Nir Eyal

In this episode, originally airing on Sirius Channel 111 on January 20th, host Dave Robertson first explores the innovation that occurs at a larger brand.  He talks with Steve Nedvidek, Innovator in Residence for Chick-fil-A.  Credited with inventing the chicken sandwich, Nedvidek talks about how this brand innovates today.  Then Dave speaks to Andy Didorosi, Founder of the Detroit Bus Company, who talks about his efforts to start the transportation company in the economically depressed environment of Detroit, and how he hopes that the city will turn around.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Karan Girotra, Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD and author of "The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company."  Dave's Final guest is Nir Eyal, author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products" (which includes mobile apps).


2/10/15 - Russ Wilcox, Dick Brass, Guy Pross

This week's host, Rahul Kapoor, first welcomes Russ Wilcox, the founder of E Ink Corporation, who talks about his career as an investor and entrepreneur.  As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Business School's Innovation Lab, Russ works with start-ups in software, hardware, science, printing, imaging, robotics, and energy.

The second Guest is Dick Brass, former Microsoft Vice-President and Co-Founder of Volt Boats.  He also discusses his career, including his time at Microsoft where he was part of a team that developed a tablet-like product.

The final guest is Guy Pross, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of 31 Degrees North Innovation Exchange; he's also the fomer Head of Business Development for Better Place.

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