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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 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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Why Innovation Must Provide Value | Ep. 018

Just in time for the end of August – we have one more episode for you this month. Dominique Betancourt joins us today! At the time of the interview, she was the Open Innovation Manager at Carlson Wagonlit Travel. She is now the Senior Innovation Program Manager at Equity Lifestyle Properties.

This week, we learn about all things corporate travel. Dominique teaches us the importance of keeping our eye on the problem, why we should make sure the solution adds value and always know the value that we’re delivering to clients, customers and the company.

We learn Dominique’s thoughts on how corporate travel will change in the next ten years, why a distinct separation between innovation and iteration is important and why a fluid corporate structure can help facilitate innovation.

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All ideas and opinions are Dominique’s own and do not necessarily express the views or opinions of her employer.

Innovation through Incremental Change | Ep. 017

Let’s have a big AAI welcome for Max Juster this week. Max is a Brand Director at Anheuser-Busch. Let’s get into it.

We sit down with Max and talk about all things beer. We learn how making small changes to packaging is innovative but also changes brand perception for the consumer. Learn how market research and consumer data is used to influence what changes a brand needs to make.

Find out why we should never fall in love with an idea, why communication with your team AND the consumer is key to innovation and why you should always be focused on adding value for the consumer.

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