Innovation Navigation
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.

Direct download: 2-10-15_-_Russ_Wilcox_Dick_Brass_Guy_Pross.mp3
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2/3/15 - James Kerr, Kevin Ashton, Todd Henry, Thomas Thurston

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes James Kerr, a Partner at BlumShapiro Consulting and the author of "The Executive Checklist: A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change."  His second guest is Kevin Ashton, author of "How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Inventon, and Discovery," who discusses whether some people are born creative and others are not. Ashton is recognized as the person who coined the phrase, "The Internet of Things."

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Todd Henry, Founder of Accidental Creative and author of "Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day."  The final guest is Thomas Thurston, CEO of Growth Science, a research firm that uses algorithms to predict the success or failure of innovations.


1/27/15 - Martin Bruncko, Ron Padzensky, Matt Homann, Tom Andrews

Host Dave Robertson speaks first to Martin Bruncko, Chief Strategy Officer at Aeromobil, which has designed a flying car. What are the practical applications of this technology and are we facing a future of all flying cars? Then Dave talks to Ron Padzensky, author at Augmera.com, which is exploring augmented reality. They talk about what that means and how augmented reality is being utilized by companies now, and in the future.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Matt Homann, a serial entrepreneur whis is the Co-Founder of InvisibleGirlfriend.com an InvisibleBoyfriend.com. He talks about the interest the site is generating and who he and his team are targeting with this venture. The final guest is Tom Andrews, President of SYPartners, a consulting firm. He talks to Dave about bringing new ideas to a business.


Episode 15 - Innovation Navigation at the Detroit Auto Show

Last week, we heard from Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company.

In Part Two of Innovation Navigation's special on Ford Motor Company, host Dave Robertson talks with several more Ford executives at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  The guests are Don Butler, Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services;  Mark Fields, CEO and President;  Raj Nair, Group VP and Chief Technical Officer, Global Product Development;  and Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Consumer Trends and Futuring.

Direct download: Ford_Special_-_Part_2_-_Detroit_Auto_Show.mp3
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Episode 14 - Interview with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company

Innovation Navigation visits the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan to bring you a deep dive into one of the most recognized brands in the United States: the Ford Motor Company.

In Part One, Dave speaks with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company and the great-grandson of Henry Ford himself.  They discuss the ways Ford approaches innovation, the struggle to bring environmental considerations to the fore in the company's leadership, and how ongoing changes in global society are affecting the ways people seek mobility from their automobiles.

Stay tuned for Part Two, where our special coverage from the North American Auto Show continues!

Direct download: Ford_Special_-_Part_1_-_Bill_Ford.mp3
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1/6/15 - Rita Gunther McGrath, Nick Bayer, Max Wessel, Jack Zenger

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor at Columbia Business School, who talks about the changing nature of competitive advantage and how this affects the need for innovation. Next, Nick bayer, CEO and Founder of Saxby's Coffee, talks about how experimentation is playing a vital role in his company's success.

In the second half, Dave looks at successful innovative leaders. First, Mawell Wessel, VP of Innovation Strategy at SAP, discusses the evolving ways his company is bringing innovation to other businesses. Finally, Jack Zenger, Co-Founder and CEO of Zenger Folkman, recently studied the traits that make a great innovative leader. He talks to Dave about the necessary skills to become a role model of innovation.

Direct download: InnovationNavigation_1-6-15.mp3
Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EST