Innovation Navigation
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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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.