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12/15/15 - Disruptive Innovation, Star Wars

Host Dave Robertson first discusses the phrase "disruptive innovation" with Michael Raynor, Director at Deloitte Services LP, who explains why it's important to have a proper understanding about what it means to be truly disruptive in order to properly apply it to your business.

Then, from a Darth Vader toaster to a lightsaber selfie stick, Dave looks at the product development surrounding the Star Wars franchise. His second guest is Ty Liotta, VP of Geek Labs at ThinkGeek, who discusses how to think outside the box in product development and develop new merchandise for the highly anticipated film.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

12/18/15 - Innovation In The Food Industry

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Karel Zimmermann, Markets Director for the Americas of the Puratos Corporation. From finding ways to improve texture to creating convenience through frozen products, Karel takes Dave behind the scenes in the making of baked goods.

Plus, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of "Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat," talks to Dave about the history of processed foods. Hear the entertaining take of how the food in your pantry links to military research and the diet of a soldier.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Host Dave Robertson is first joined by Whitney Johnson, author of "Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work." She talks about how to apply the disruptive theory to your career path. Learn how to play to your strengths and uncover new opportunities for your business and career.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Nolan Bushnell, the Founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese. In addition to Nolan's entrepreneurial success, he is also known for being the first boss of Apple's Steve Jobs. Hear from this innovator the secrets to finding and nurturing creative talent within an organization.

11/17/15 - The Disrupted and the Disruptor

Dave first welcomes Jeffrey Hayzlett, CEO of The Hayzlett Group and former CMO of Kodak, who talks about his book "Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless," and shares his insight on how executives can promote innovation. He also talks about Kodak and why this former Fortune 100 business was unable to adapt to the digital disruptors.

In the second half of the show, Dave is joined by Birchbox's cofounder and CEO, Katia Beauchamp. Recognized as one of the leaders in the subscription-based model, hear how this cosmetic business is discovering new ideas to remain ahead of the competition.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

11/10/15 - Innovation In Established Industries

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Joe McSwiney, President of Cascade Designs, Inc., who talks about product development in the outdoor adventure industry and how innovators can approach reinventing some of our most basic products... like the sleeping bag.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Steve Ellis, Head of the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo. Hear how this 100-plus year old business thinks about the next step in the financial industry.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

11/3/15 - Tim Brown, President and CEO of IDEO

How do we unleash the power of creativity? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Tim Brown, CEO and President of one of the world's top design companies, IDEO.

Brown has written a book called "Change By Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation." Hear how the approach for great design has evolved and what it takes to develop the next breakthrough idea. From reinventing the Tempur-Pedic Mattress to creating the Apple Mouse, hear the process that has led to the thousands of ideas that IDEO has helped create with its clients. Find out how to approach design thinking and what organizations can do to build an innovative culture.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

10/27/15 - Halloween Special: Candy, Hauntings

In this Halloween-themed episode, host Dave Robertson is joined first by The Hershey Company's SVP and Chief R&D Officer, Will Papa.  Hear how one of the world's biggest candy brands thinks about creating new products; from 3-D printing candy to reinventing the classic chocolate bar, learn the process that occurs in candy-making.

In the second half of the program, former iHeart Media Executive and current CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions, Melissa Carbone, walks Dave and his listeners through the development of a haunted experience.  From zombies to demons an everything in between, learn the art of designing a haunting horror attraction.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

10/20/15 - Innovation News, Disruption

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Richard Milne, Nordic Correspondent for the Financial Times, who discusses the latest stories in innovation management, from the successes at LEGO to the struggles at Volkswagen.

In the second half Dave talks to Andrew King, Professor of Business Administration at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, about his latest research on disruptive innovation. For those unaware, Clay Christensen's Theory of Disruptive Innovation is the foundation for defining disruptive companies. Dave and Andrew talk about how well this theory can be practiced in the real world.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

10/13/15 - The Irish Pub Concept, Guinness

From the artwork to the interior architecture, what does it take to design an authentic Irish Pub? Host Dave Robertson is joined by two of the official partners of Guinness's Irish Pub Concept: Donal Balance of Balance Hospitality, and Darren Fagan, the Business Developer for the Irish Pub Company.  Working with Guinness, hear how these two have helped create the benchmark standard for Irish pubs, and hear the unique history behind developing this food and hospitality genre across the globe.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:02am EDT

10/6/15 - Denys Resnick, Open Innovation

Host Dave Robertson welcomes Denys Resnick, Executive Vice President, Strategic Programs, at NineSigma. She's responsible for incubating and launching new products and services, and talks to Dave about the concept of open innovation.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Host Dave Robertson first speaks with Jonathan Gosling, Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter in London, who describes how multinational companies have transformed their strategies in order to successfully innovate in China and beyond. This includes the adoption of sustainable/responsible business practices.

In the second half of the show, Dave's guest is Tony Ulwick, the Founder and CEO of Strategy, who talks about his Jobs-to-be-Done theory of what data needs to be collected about your customers. Find out how to become a customer-centric organization, developing your ideas around the needs of your consumers.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

9/22/15 - HelloTractor, "Endless Encores" (Jehiel Oliver and Ken Goldstein)

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Jehiel Oliver, Founder and CEO of HelloTractor, which has been called the "Uber for tractors." He talks to Dave about working to disrupt farming practices across Africa: making a profit AND a social impact.

Then, how do you repeat success? Dave's second guest is Ken Goldstein, Former Chairman and CEO of, former VP and Managing Director of Disney Online, and author of the new book "Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits," who explains how to align yourself and your company for endless innovation.

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Jay Samit, digital media expert and CEO of SeaChange International. He's also the author of "Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation," and they discuss how to discover new markets and expand the potential of existing businesses.

Dave's second guest is Jill Dyché, VP of Best Practices at SAS and author of "The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age." She talks about how to create a physical work environment to promote innovation.

In this extended interview originally airing August 18, Host Dave Robertson speaks with Dan Ward, Author of "The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse," who explains how we can find the balance between simplicity and complexity.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Host Dave Robertson spends this episode talking to Robbie Bach, Microsoft's Former Chief Xbox Officer and the author of "Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal."  He talks to Dave about his time at Microsoft and how the Xbox System became one fo the most powerful gaming sysems in the world.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Episode 44 - Mark Payne, "How to Kill a Unicorn"

This week we have Dave's full, extended interview with Mark Payne, President and Founder of Fahrenheit212 and author of "How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas that Make It to Market." Mark talks about how his firm has helped innovators from big organizations to startups transform the odds of success.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

8/18/15 - Keeping it Simple; Pinnacle Vodka (Dan Ward, Marguerite Allolding, Jason Dolenga)

Host Dave Robertson first speaks with Dan Ward, Author of "The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse," who explains how we can find the balance between simplicity and complexity.

In the second half, his guests are Marguerite Allolding, Brand Innovation Director at Beam Suntory, and Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory. They take Dave behind the scenes into the Making of Pinnacle Vodka, which is experimenting with flavors like cookie dough, red licorice and even Cinnabon.

8/11/15 - Organizing for Innovation (Mark Payne & Rich Karlgaard)

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Mark Payne, President and Founder of Fahrenheit212 and author of "How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas that Make It to Market." Mark talks about how his firm has helped innovators from big organizations to startups transform the odds of success.

Dave's second guest is Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine and Co-author of "Team Genius: The Science of High Performing Organizations," who talks about team building.

Host Dave Robertson first explores how to re-imagine retail with Rachel Shechtman, Founder of STORY. STORY is a NYC boutique with a shopping experience that has captured the attention of numerous Fortune 500 executives. From merchandise to store design to theme, this shop completely reinvents itself every few weeks. What's behind this creative process?

In the second half of the show, the focus switches to the health care industry. Dave talks to Mohan Giridharadas, CEO and Founder of LeanTaas Inc., who talks about how analytics and data can be used to improve the operations of a business and transform the health care space.

Host Rahul Kapoor first welcomes Alan Kelly, Founder and Chief Executive of Playmaker Systems and author of "The Elements of Influence: The New Essential System for Managing Competition," and he talks about his scientific approach to understanding influence and its use on competitors and customers.

The second guest is Scott Morrison, Senior Vice President and a Distinguished Engineer at CA Technologies. He joined CA as part of its acquisition of Layer 7 Technologies, where he was CTO. He talks to Rahul about API and API security, basically what's called 'the cloud" and how it uses and safeguards your data.

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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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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.

5/12/15 - Company Structure and Transformations (John Kotter, Joel Gurin, Philip Evans, Brian Robertson)

Host Dave Robertson is first joined by John Kotter, NYT Best-selling author, Harvard Professor, and Founder of Kotter International, who explains how you can create a volunteer army of employees that will help transform your business. Next, Dave talks to Joel Gurin, President and Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprises, (a new Washington-based nonprofit that promotes the use of open data for social and economic impact), who talks about how you can best utilize the available resources of information to harness the next great idea.

After that, we hear from Philip Evans, Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group, who discusses what it takes to become a digital disruptor, and how you can know if your company is prepared for the next wave of changes.  Dave's final guest is Brian Robertson, Founder of the operating system for companies known as Holacracy; he's the author of the upcoming book "Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World."

5/5/15 - Mobile Medical & Payment Technologies (Greg Levey, Alix Murphy, Leonard Speiser, Danny Shader)

Host Rahul Kapoor first welcomes Greg Level, Co-Founder of Figure1, who talks about the use of social media and apps in the medical space. His second guest is Alix Murphy, Senior Mobile Analyst, WorldRemit, who talks about the increasing use of mobile money/payments internationally and what role her company plays there.

After that, Rahul speaks with Leonard Speiser, CEO of Clover, who discusses his company's modern version of a cash register. The final guest on the show is Danny Shader, Founder and CEO of PayNearMe, another company in the growing mobile payment space.

4/28/15 - Internet of Things (Emanuele Angelidis, Josh Corman, Thomas Worley, Santiago Merea)

Host Rahul Kapoor focuses this program on the Internet of Things. His first guest is Emanuele Angelidis, CEO of Breed Reply, an incubator that focuses on startups. Next up is Josh Corman, Founder of I Am The Cavalry, a company focused on cyber security.



After that, Rahul speaks to Thomas Worley, Founding Member and CEO of DADO labs, which works to help established brands stay relevant.  The final guest is Santiago Merea, Founder and CEO of Orange Chef, who talks about his company and the online category of “connected kitchens” in general.

4/21/15 - Mitch Cohen & John Sviokla, Eamon Kelly, Gavin Kelly

Many of today's self-made billionaires worked for other companies before they made their riches. Why couldn't their employers hold on to them and capitalize on that great talent? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Vice Chairman at PWC, Mitch Cohen, and head of Global Thought Leadership at PWC, Dr. John Sviolkla, who talk about their latest work, "The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value," on what lessons organizations can learn about attracting high-value talent.

Dave's second guest is Eamonn Kelly, Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and CMO of Strategy & Operations at Deloitte, who explains one of their latest reports, "Business Ecosystems Come of Age." They discuss how the rules for managing are quickly changing and why traditional business practices may no longer be effective  Dave's last guest is the Co-Founder of Artefact, Gavin Kelly, who explains what companies should value in a start-up mentality.

4/14/15 - Mark Randall, David Yoffie, Alex Algard, Mick Ebeling

Host Dave Robertson talks first to Mark Randall, Chief Strategist and VP of Creativity at Adobe, who explains how a little red box is bringing innovation to Adobe - and how other companies are using his idea to spark creativity in their own teams.

Then - Steve Jobs, Andy Grove and Bill Gates all had their unique paths to success in the tech sector, but what business strategy did they all share? David Yoffie, Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School, discusses his book "Strategy Rules," and explains the commonalities that these innovative giants all practiced.

In the second half, Whitepages CEO and Founder Alex Algard explains how his 18-year-old business has been able to adapt to the changing times, introduce new products, manage a growing staff, and still not lose sight of its start-up mentality.

Finally, from 3D-printed prostetics to helping those with paralysis communicate, Mick Ebeling, CEO of Not Impossible Labs, explains how he is using technology to improve humanity.

Episode 25 - Innovation Navigation at the New York International Auto Show

Dave Robertson hosts a special edition of Innovation Navigation from the New York International Auto Show.  He talks with Nissan executives who are unveiling some new products at the show.  The guests are:


Roel de Vries, Corporate VP and Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy for Nissan Motor Co.

Shiro Nakamura, Senior VP and Chief Creative Officer for Nissan

Fred Diaz, Senior VP of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America

Pierre Loing, VP of Product Planning for Nissan North America

Mike Drongowski, Chief Product Specialist for Nissan's Maxima

3/31/15 Extra - John Venhuizen (Full Interview)

Hear Dave's full, uncut interview with the CEO of ACE Hardware Corp., John Venhuizen.  They discuss how the company has stayed competitive over the years against bigger rivals like Home Depot and Lowes.

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3/31/15 - Josh Stein, Rowan Gibson, Ty Liotta, John Venhuizen

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Josh Stein, the CEO and Co-founder of AdhereTech, who describes the process of developing his "smart" pill bottles and the growing field of digital health. Next, Rowan Gibson, the Co-founder of, joins Dave to talk about his book "The Four Lenses of Innovation."

In the second half, Dave starts with the business of April Fools. From 5-star meals out of Keurig K-Cups to unicorn drinking horns, Ty Liotta, VP of Product Development for ThinkGeek, gives Dave an inside look at the development of prank products.  In the final segment Dave talks to the CEO of ACE Hardware Corp., John Venhuizen, about how the company has stayed competitive over the years against bigger rivals like Home Depot and Lowes.

3/24/15 - Steven Krupp, Paul Paetz, Rob Burns

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Steven Krupp, Senior Managing Partner at Decision Strategies International and author of "Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future," who discusses the essential skills that are needed to be a great strategic leader and how you can break through the uncertainty that lies ahead for your organization.

Next, he talks with Paul Paetz, CEO of Innovative Disruption and author of "Disruption by Design," who explains how you can identify the products and ideas that will allow you to break through and become a market leader.

Finally, Dave welcomes Rob Burns, CEO of, who is working with the United Nations to use analytics as he tries to predict human behavior.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

3/10/15 - Dan DiMicco, Jeremy Gutsche, Ellen Lupton, Adam Crystal

Host Dave Robertson first speaks to Dan DiMicco, the former CEO of Nucor and author of "American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness."  DiMicco discusses how we can improve manufacturing in this country and what lessons we can learn by studying the U.S. steel industry.  Next, Dave talks with Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of and author of "Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas."

After that, Dave welcomes Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, who discusses what it means to be a designer for the people, and the evolving field of great design.  The final guest is Adam Crystal, Co-CEO of Silver Crystal Sports, who talks about how his business model is shaking up the sports merchandise industry.

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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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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, 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 an 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
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Episode 12 - Joshua Wolf Shenk, Nancy Tennant, Jean-Phillipe Deschamps, Carla Diana

In this show, which originally aired on September 16, 2014, Dave Robertson talks first with Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation In Pairs."  His second guest is Nancy Tennant, the Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, who talks about the company's successful turnaround plan.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Jean-Phillippe Deschamps, Professor Emeritus at IMD, who is the author of "Innovation Governance: How Top Management Organizes and Mobilizes for Innovation."  Finally, Dave speaks with Carla Diana, a product designer and creative consultant who is the author of "Leo the Maker Prince."