Season 1

Innovation In Food | Ep. 028

Episode Notes:

What’s up? Aram Karapetian is on Ask an Innovator today. Aram is the President at Woodland Foods. Woodland Foods is a company dedicated to helping people experience the world through culinary exploration. You can learn more about them here. Today the topic is innovation in food, so let’s get after it.

Aram impresses that innovation is imagination. He teaches us how Woodland Foods empowers every team member to be an innovator and why that’s valuable. Furthermore, he tells us why companies need to be diligent about providing education for their employees so they have every resource at their disposal.

Obviously, food is also a huge part of the discussion. How is Aram driving innovation in food?

First and foremost, sourcing new ingredients is key. Supporting that with a sound supply chain infrastructure is also essential.

Secondly, Aram talks about how the mindset around food and health is changing. He and Josh discuss how consumers are becoming more conscious. Not only of their impact on the world but also the impact that food has on their bodies. Furthermore, they chat about how getting the consumer to experience the world through food is the end goal.

Finally, Aram divulges his secret on how to avoid salad fatigue and where he believes the future of food is headed.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this episode and we’ll catch you next week!

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Innovation is Learning | EP. 027
INNOVATION IN COLLABORATION | EP. 026
Innovation Through Entrepreneurship | EP. 025

Innovation is Learning | Ep. 027

Episode Notes:

Josh interviews Tim Kelley this week. He’s the CEO of Nautilus Medical and we sit down with him to discuss why innovation is learning. Tim has spent his career in the healthcare world and developed Nautilus because of things he learned and pain points he saw along the way.

In this one, Tim and Josh talk about how innovation is learning, why it needs to create an impact and why you need to prioritize the customer. However, Tim explains, the customer is not always right, but listening carefully to them is essential for any business.

Furthermore, Tim digs into how the same business model won’t work for everyone. Similarly, we talk about why pivoting and adapting your business is essential to make sure you’re solving the right problem. Also, Tim talks about how they’ve continued to pivot at Nautilus Medical and what that has looked like.

Finally, we talk about the future of healthcare. We discuss how patients will want to control their data, how everything will become digital and why telehealth is growing at a rapid rate.

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INNOVATION IN COLLABORATION | EP. 026
Innovation Through Entrepreneurship | EP. 025
Innovation through Transparency in Healthcare | EP. 024
Innovation Starts With Empathy | EP. 023
Innovation Through Relationships | EP. 022

Innovation in Collaboration | EP. 026

Episode Notes:

The intersection between the enterprise and start-up worlds can seem vast. Matt Kammerait, the Director of Digital and Emerging Technology at AAR sits down with Josh this week to discuss innovation in collaboration. Matt has spent his career split between the riskier, more agile start-up environment and the slower moving enterprise world.

In this one, Matt and Josh talk about how innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. For this reason, it takes multiple people with different skills and different talents to create change. In addition, they discuss the aviation industry and the beginning of the digital journey for AAR.

Matt relays the would-be benefits of more collaboration between the start-up and enterprise world. Moreover, the opportunities it would create could be endless and it would provide huge value to each side.

To finish, we delve into the creation of process and how much that can change depending on the organization you work for. Matt also shares his 4-step guide for the greatest chance of innovation. Listen in to learn more!

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Innovation Through Entrepreneurship | EP. 025

Finding the perfect work-life balance can be hard and throwing in a side hustle in the mix can make it even more challenging. Melissa Byrn is on AAI today teaching us about innovation through entrepreneurship.

Melissa is the founder of FORESEEaBILL and the Director of Innovation Programs at the Polsky Center. Not an entrepreneur by nature, she discusses the balance between teaching entrepreneurship to others and learning how to be an entrepreneur herself.

Josh and Melissa discuss why she believes that innovation is pushing through barriers and she opens up about the beginning of her venture, FORESEEaBILL.

Tune in to learn why customer discovery was the most important part when starting her company. Stay to learn why building a network is important and why talking about what we’re doing helps us find people that share our passion.

Thanks so much, Melissa!

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Innovation through Transparency in Healthcare | EP. 024

Alex Rozenbaum joins us this week. He is the Director of Product Management at the American Hospital Association. Josh sits down with Alex and talks about all things healthcare. They dive into why the medical field needs to be more transparent.

Alex and Josh discuss the use of data and how it will affect patient care, they discuss the next major technology players in the industry and what other innovative ideas the medical field could see in the next few years.

They talk about empathy for a patient or a customer and how companies need to constantly hear the voice of the consumer to gain new perspectives.

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Innovation Starts With Empathy | EP. 023

This week we talk about all things e-commerce, innovation and empathy with Jyll Rademacher. Jyll is the Head of E-Commerce and Marketing at NorthShore Care Supply.

Josh talks to Jyll about how to use marketing when your product has a stigma surrounding it, why technology and innovation should only be used when necessary and why product education is so vital.

Jyll lets us in on the most important core value they have at Northshore, why sustainability is top of mind for her going into the future and why innovation starts with empathy.

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Innovation Through Relationships | EP. 022

Saim Salahuddin is here this week. He is the VP of Development at Level Construction. Josh and Saim sit down and discuss what innovation means in the construction industry.

Saim talks about efficiency, transparency and safety and how they spark innovation in his industry. They chat about all the new technology that is allowing them to do these things more effectively.

Listen in for tips on how to innovate even when you’re in a constrained industry and the greatest thing Saim has ever learned.

Thanks again Saim!

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Innovation as a Discipline | EP. 021

Nicolette de Guia joins us on Ask an Innovator this week. She is the Managing Director at N7 Momentum and she is an expert on all things innovation and digital transformation.

Nicolette teaches us why innovation is a discipline, why marketing should be involved from the very beginning and why we should start talking about the problem from the beginning to validate our idea and reduce risk.

Listen in to hear Nicolette’s triad approach to innovation, why multi-modal omnichannel experiences are the future and why chatbots make her cringe.

This is a super insightful episode, enjoy it!

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Innovation Through Acceptable Failure | EP. 020

We dive into all things construction with Dan Smolilo this week. He is the Director of Process and Innovation at the Walsh Group. Here we go!

We talk with Dan about the balance between analog and digital innovations in the construction industry. We dig into what projects need technology and which are better suited for a pen to paper approach.

We learn why we should give our employees some freedom to explore new technologies, how big data is going to drive the future of the industry and the difference between acceptable and unacceptable failure.

*Note: [20:12 on the subject of smart glazing, Dan went on to say, “When using smart glazing, designers are able to do run an analysis on their model to eliminate the need for expensive smart glazing systems.”

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Innovation is Creativity | Ep. 019

Ben Brenton, the Chief Innovation Officer at Snap-On Tools sits down with us this week and we discuss what innovation means to him.

We learn that innovation is creativity put to practice and that creativity outside of innovation becomes art. Ben tells us that innovation is a journey and we discuss Snap-On Tool’s Open Innovation Program.

Find out how software will play a bigger role in the manufacturing industry, why we should develop prototypes as quickly as possible and what the number one characteristic all companies should employ is.

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