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With Independence Day approaching host Dave Robertson explores the business stories that have defined America's history. Benjamin Waterhouse, historian and author of "The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States" talks with Dave about what led to the rise and fall of some of this country's top companies.

Also on the show: the evolution of fast-food in America with the first and oldest restaurant chain in the country.  Kevin Bazner, President and CEO of A&W Restaurants, discusses the brand's 98-year history. With changing restaurant trends and a split from YUM! Brands, hear what's in store in building the future of this American brand.

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Host Dave Robertson talks first to Suhail Algosaibi, business leader in Bahrain and the CEO and Founder of Falak Consulting, who discusses how a nation can support an innovative culture.

Dave also talks to Greg Satell, author of "Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age."


Whether it's Adidas, Coca-Cola, Mattel, Samsung, or Marriott, Dave Robertson's guest has helped some of the world's most established brands find ways to innovate.  Todd Rovak, Managing Partner and CEO at the innovation and design firm Fahrenheit 212 and CEO of Capgemini Consulting North America, talks to Dave about the method and model behind developing new products, services, and experiences that allow businesses to grow.


Host Dave Robertson is joined by the former CIO of Walgreens, Abhi Dhar.  Hear how the innovation lessons from working in the big business of Walgreens are helping him in the development of his new startup, Packyge.

Plus, the 3-D printer that could revolutionize manufacturing.  Ricin's Flop, CEO of Desktop Metal, discusses the recent launch of its 3D metal printing system.

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Host Dave Robertson's first guest is journalist Duff McDonald, who talks about his latest book, "The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite."  Do we need more innovative ideas at the leading business schools?

In the second half of the program Dave welcomes back Robbie Bach, Former Chief Xbox Officer and President at Microsoft, who tells the story of Xbox's development.


A low-risk, high-reward approach to innovation.

To mark the release of host Dave Robertson's new book, "The Power of Little Ideas," Dave takes us into the stories and speaks to some of the inspirational figures who discovered how to effectively innovate around a product to make it more competitive and appealing.

Hear Donal Ballance and Darren Fagan discuss their journey in working with Guinness to build authentic Irish pubs around the world and ultimately bring business to the iconic dry stout.  You'll also find out about the cannabis industry, and innovation at Victoria's Secret, from reporter Debra Borchardt.

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How do you become an innovation leader? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Sarah Robb O'Hagan, former President of Gatorade, Former President of Equinox Fitness and Current CEO of Flywheel Sports to discuss the process of innovating your life to not only reach your own full potential but also discovering the greatest potential for your business. Learn how to accept risk and embrace failure. Her new book is called "Extreme YOU: Step Up. Step Out. Kick Ass. Repeat."


First, how can your business be ready for the threat of disruption?  Host Dave Robertson talks with Scott Anthony, Managing Partner of Insight and author of "Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future," who explains how to create the next version of your business.

Then Dave welcomes Dan Widmaier, CEO and Co-Founder of Bolt Threads, who is looking towards nature to spin up the future of fashion.

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The history of artificial intelligence.  Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Luke Dormehl, tech journalist and author of "Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence - And Where It's Taking Us Next."  Hear how AI began and what advanced technology's historical past can teach us about the future.

Plus, Dollar Tree Co-Founder Macon Brock talks to Dave about his book "One Buck at a Time."  Hear how this business is able to maintain its founding principle and stick with a one-dollar price point.


Host Dave Robertson is first joined by Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute and author of "Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," who discusses strategies that promote creative thinking.

Plus, the evolution of play.  Game Designer Rob Daviau discusses designing board games for the modern era.

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