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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."

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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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.