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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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Host Dave Robertson's first guest is Jim Gilmore, Co-Founder of Strategic Horizons, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. He's also the author of many books including the latest, "Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills."

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Carla Diana, author, designer and faculty member in the Integrated Product Design program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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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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