Season 1

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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All ideas and opinions are Matteo’s own and do not express the views or opinions of his employer.

How to Create a Culture of Innovation | Ep. 006

In Episode 6:

Heidi Brown the Director of Strategy and Innovation at OMI Industries gives us some insight into the odor industry and how to cultivate a culture of innovation within the workplace.

Being a department of one, Heidi is creating an innovative culture from the ground up. She shares with us that empowering employees and giving them the tools to win hearts and minds is key to innovation and that creating new products isn’t necessarily innovative.

Find out how OMI is breaking into the cannabis space, why you should take people with you as you innovate and how to create processes but move fast within a small organization.

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How to Innovate Legacy Systems | Ep. 005

In Episode 5:

Gibran Hadj-Chikh the VP of Strategic Transformation and Innovation at Parsons talks with us about how to innovate within cities.

We talk about the importance of framing innovation around adjectives instead of nouns, explore smart mobility and smart cities and how cities are trying to operate more like start ups.

Find out why it’s hard to innovate in the public sector, why transportation is always a problem and how we can start to think differently about connected and autonomous vehicles.

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How to Make Education Innovative | Ep. 004

In Episode 4:

John Rumery of Grand Circus discusses how a company can be innovative in the education sector. How can you change a conventional institution such as education? Enter the Grand Circus method, bootcamps that can teach you a coding language in 10-12 weeks.

Believing that anyone can learn to code, Grand Circus is marketed to those that want to transition their careers. The curriculum can be much more agile and new coding languages are added all the time.

John talks to us about his thoughts on a traditional liberal arts education, why accountability is key and why local talent remains relevant.

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How to Create Innovation Opportunities Internally & Externally | Ep. 003

In Episode 3 we interview Josh Stauffer, the CEO of Blue Flame Thinking. BFT helps manufacturing and financial clients that are in a certain arc of digital transformation solve their toughest marketing challenges.

This episode explores innovating with companies who are behind their competitors, how failing is inevitable and how voice will be the wave of the future for marketing.

We also dig into innovating within one’s own organization and Josh shares how they continue to innovate in an unexpected way.

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This episode was sponsored by: City Innovation Labs

How to Innovate in Publishing | Ep. 002

In episode #002 Josh Barker interviews Tom Klausing the Director of Digital Media at Amos Media. Founded in 1876, Amos Media is the leading resource for coin and stamp collecting and investing.

Josh talks with Tom about how a small niche publisher can innovate in the digital space and how to transition customers from print to digital in a seamless way.

They discuss pivoting in business, how to provide the best value to customers and how innovation means not falling victim to urgencies.

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How to Innovate Using Building Information Modeling | Ep. 001

In this episode Josh Barker interviews Ian McGaw the VP of Technology and Innovation at ENGworks. ENGworks is a leader in the building technology space.

Josh chats with Ian on how to innovate using Building Information Modeling (BIM), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). We discover why data is the future and how ENGworks is utilizing data to create more value for building owners and operators.

The discussion includes forays into lean methodologies, sustainability, cross-functional learning, empowering employees and how there is not a singular path to innovation.

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This episode was sponsored by:  City Innovation Labs