Season 1

Innovation is Persistence | Ep. 016

Bill Smith is the Founder and CEO at GDI International. Bill’s interested in how we can turn waste into usable energy.

We chat with Bill about gasification and the impact of this technology on the environment. Listen in as Bill walks us through the tech that promises to help clean up the world’s oceans.

Bill’s key takeaway is to keep persisting even when an idea isn’t validated by others. He urges us that pursuing the idea through to completion is the best way to be innovative.

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How Metrics Spark Innovation | Ep. 015

Adam Bratt is the CTO at Indio Technologies. At Indio they simplify the insurance application process for brokers and their clients.

We chat with Adam about metrics: why they’re important, when to start using them and how they can influence your business.

We learn how to assess the market we’re trying to get into, why iteration is necessary to find the right fit and how metrics play into those iterations.

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Building an Innovation Community | Ep. 014

Bill Fienup is the Co-Founder & Director of Innovation Services at mHUB, a manufacturing innovation hub and co-working space for hardware entrepreneurs.

We learn about the origins of mHUB, companies that are creating hardware as a service and the importance of community in innovation and collaboration.

Bill’s explains the benefits and risks of working in a collaborative environment and that while the idea is important, execution is the key to success.

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Innovation and Wellness | Ep. 013

This week our guest is Alana Sandel, the Mindful Marketing Ambassador at Marketing for Wellness. Alana believes that brands have the power to create positive or negative lifestyle habits. She leads teams to unleash the power of marketing to help brands that prioritize customer well being above all else to create compelling stories and drive engagement with their best customers.

In this episode we explore the unique impact of innovation on health and wellness.

This is our first foray into wellness and we learn what customers are looking for in the brands they choose, why technology doesn’t matter if you aren’t targeting the right customer and why being lovable is a key to success.

We find out how marketing will be instrumental in the push towards wellness and how small companies are pushing the envelope for more innovation.

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Innovation Through Consumer Insights | Ep. 012

We interview Colette Matthews, the VP of Innovation and Marketing at Alpha Guardian.

We talk with Colette about how consumer’s unarticulated needs provide the most insight and opportunity for innovation.

Find out how to pinpoint the correct insights to drive innovation for consumers and how foresights and environmental scanning are important to get a glimpse into what consumer’s future needs will be.

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Innovation is Solving Problems Differently | Ep. 011

We interview John Florek, the Director of Creative Innovation at ARC Worldwide about how innovation means solving problems differently.

John talks about how brands need to create an ecosystem and connect with customers on their level, providing a greater sense of empathy and understanding.

Learn how to create value for brands within your own team, where big data can provide an integral role in brand strategy and why we should all embrace being uncomfortable.

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Invention is Not Innovation | Ep. 010

Our TENTH episode is here!

In this Ask an Innovator we interview Stacy Scopano the CTO at Skender about innovations in the construction industry.

We talk with Stacy about developing full-scale room templates that offer a product mentality more so than a project mentality and how to prototype a module to gain customer feedback.

We learn about the best ways to optimize in the construction industry. We discover how to step back and ask the right questions to make sure the right things are being built and why technology should be the last piece of the process considered.

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How to Innovate Using Old Ideas | Ep. 009

Episode 9:

Rachel Morgan is our guest this week. She is the Product & Marketing Development Director at Accurate Perforating

We discuss why we should not underestimate the value of revisiting old ideas, how the metal industry hasn’t changed much – but combining two legacy ideas brings potential for new products and innovation.

We chat about the importance of increasing the sustainability of products in an age where consumers want to throw less away and how metal fits into this “green” culture.

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How SpotHero is Innovating the Parking Industry | Ep. 008

Episode 8 is here:

This week we interview Greg Svitak, the head of SpotHero labs about how the heck they are disrupting the parking industry.

We talk about SpotHero’s roots, how they’re using IoT to develop “mobility hubs” and how creating partnerships has been an integral part of their business model.

Learn why Greg believes that momentum is key in growing a business, what the future is for parking and mobility in general and how SpotHero is really a software company.

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How to Create an Innovation Framework | Ep. 007

In Episode 7:

Matteo Dariol, the Lead Innovation Strategist at Bosch Rexroth leads us through how to create an innovation framework that inspires employees.

We learn why it’s important to step out of the building and your comfort zone to meet new people, how embracing failure leads to better ideas and why it is necessary to measure everything.

Matteo reminds us that innovation can happen within your team even on a small budget and urges us to, “BE CURIOUS, learn different things. Get out of your comfort zone. Embrace creativity.”

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