Show Archive

This page contains a summary of all of the past shows in the form of an archive. They are presented in date order starting with the newest. If you are looking for a specific topic, I would suggest you use the search function to the right.


The Innovation Nursery: Technology Growth in the Midwest S14 Ep15

What brought a successful Wall Street investor and a lauded entrepreneur to Central Ohio?  Flavio Lobato and John D’Orazio, Ikove Capital Co-Founders, saw amazing innovation where few were looking.  To cultivate technology growth in the Midwest, Ikove Capital developed the Innovation Nursery. Nurturing the Startup Ikove means “growth” in the Brazilian indigenous language Tupi-Guarani.  This […]Read More »

Look in New Directions to Create the Unexpected and Spark Innovation S14 Ep14

At the Innovation Boot Camp, I had a chance to talk with Kym McNicholas.  We’ve both been traveling.  Kym’s made stops in Europe and Asia to promote medical innovations.  I’ve driven 12,000 miles in four months in the Mobile Studio. On the road, we’ve found innovation in non-obvious locations.  Here’s a recap of what we’ve […]Read More »

Non-Obvious Innovation, Non-Obvious Location S14 Ep13

Take a look in an unexpected direction and discover non-obvious innovation.  One entrepreneur is building solutions to meet basic needs in rural and urban slums of India.  Hasit Ganatra is founder of ReMaterials.  His company designs and produces the ModRoof, roofing for the developing world.  ReMaterials solves a serious problem in a non-obvious location. Microchips […]Read More »

Copycat Innovation and the Ethical Innovator S14 Ep12

This year at South by Southwest (SXSW), I facilitated a discussion on neurodiversity hiring.  This is part of my work with Hacking Autism.  SXSW is a multi-week event, part music festival, part innovation reveal.  It’s where big names like Twitter first launched. However, I noticed at this year’s SXSW, as with CES, a shocking lack […]Read More »

Being Content is the Enemy of Innovation S14 Ep11

Being content may be a positive emotion in some senses.  Not so with innovation. If you are ready to rest on your laurels after a triumph or a stressful circumstance, get ready.  Major change could be looming around the corner. Let me explain why I believe being content can be the enemy of innovation. First, […]Read More »

Discovering the Roadmap to a Better Future S14 Ep10

Ever wish you could travel the world discovering better ways of doing things?  The next best thing – read the book. Author Mark Stevenson is an innovation explorer.  He’s visited remote parts and populous cities worldwide. This ‘reluctant futurist’ searches for people whose innovations are making a positive impact.  In the process, he’s discovering the […]Read More »

Startup meets BigCo - the Confluence of Innovation in Cincinnati S14 Ep9

When civic and business leaders have a meeting of the minds, amazing things can happen.  Cincinnati is home to several major corporations and health care organizations. The demand is high for tech innovation.  This midwestern city has created a unique approach to draw in the best talent.  Cintrifuse is the confluence of innovation in Cincinnati. […]Read More »

Small Spaces Inspiring Student Innovation S14 Ep8

Exploring rural innovation, I stopped in Paducah, Kentucky.  Drs. Lula Luu and John Crilly, founders of FIn Gourmet Foods, joined the mobile studio.  Word got around town. Monica Bilak contacted me through The Innovator’s Community.  I’m pleased to welcome Monica and Jimi Gwinn.  They share how Sprocket is inspiring student innovation in Paducah. Sprocket is […]Read More »

7 Rules to Live by: Creating Personal and Professional Success S14 Ep7

Every so often we should pause and reflect.  On the way to the airport after hosting a South by Southwest meet up on neural diversity hiring, traffic was slow.  This allowed an engaging conversation with the taxi driver.  He asked me what led to success in my life. This prompted me to write down my […]Read More »

Creating Safe Transportation in Urban Africa S14 Ep6

Creating safe transportation on the African continent takes a unique approach.  The solutions of the Western world and Silicon Valley simply won’t work.  Colonial cities have grown into major urban environments. The infrastructure doesn’t sustain the growth.  Traffic jams, broken-down vehicles, bad road conditions are endemic.  But there are individuals making a difference in creating […]Read More »

Innovation KPIs: Six Categories to Measure Success S14 Ep5

Today’s show addresses questions from listeners on innovation KPIs.  I’m back in Colorado after clocking 12,000 miles in the mobile Innovators Studio.  On the road, I talked with interesting innovators and analysts.  Taking a break from interviews, I’d like to answer your questions on measuring innovation success. There are hundreds of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) […]Read More »

Retail Innovation for the Impatient Shopper S14 Ep4

Delays at the grocery checkout line set William Chomley on a retail innovation course.  Like most of us who are short on time, a quick stop at the supermarket took longer than he liked.  He began ideating on a better way to shop – reinventing the checkout process. William Chomley, Founder and CEO of IMAGR, […]Read More »

PLATO: The Creation of the Online Community and the Orange Glow S14 Ep3

If we were to trace the roots of what we do online, what would we assume about the creation of the online community?  Whether it’s taking college courses or Facebooking, when did it start. The 1990s with the internet. Was that the start of online video games, chat rooms, blogging, online courses? Most of us […]Read More »

Emerging Solutions: Service Innovation S14 Ep2

For large companies, does innovation happen tucked away in a lab?  How does a professional services company innovate?  I delve into these questions with Michael Whitaker (“Whit”) of ICF.  He dispels misguided concepts about service innovation. The unique challenges of this industry demand a unique process.  Whit shares his process for innovation at ICF. A […]Read More »

Real Innovation in Artificial Intelligence S14 Ep1

I’m searching for real innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI).  A surfeit of AI products leaves me skeptical. Not to rain on anybody’s parade, but the term appears on countless products.  Even so, some companies do the work of real innovation in AI. Charting AI Territory DeviceBits is one such company.  This start-up charts a unique […]Read More »

Refocusing the Innovation for the Future S13 Ep53

Are VR/AR (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality) glasses the future?  It might bring to mind an awkward image. People lumbering with bulky headgear.  Besides intense gaming, what are the practical uses for VR/AR technology? By refocusing the innovation and having the courage to pivot, GridRaster Inc. reveals that VR/AR technology is not reserved for gaming enthusiasts.  This […]Read More »

No Entrepreneur is an Island: Mentoring, Networking, Sharing S13 Ep52

Walt Disney said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”  Marco Carvalho would like to share this lesson with a fellow entrepreneur and innovator. As Marco travelled the world, he discovered the need to reach out to others […]Read More »

In Real Time - Live Streaming Innovation S13 Ep51

Imagine a major sporting event that you can’t sit at home with friends to watch on TV.  Maybe you’ve had to work late or you’re a student returning from classes on the subway.  You do the next best thing.  You take out your mobile device to live stream it.  To add to the excitement, you […]Read More »

Gaming and Beyond: Accessible Innovation S13 Ep50

A video game competition between siblings is one of those simple joys of childhood.  But it is no simple thing when one of those children has physical limitations that have kept him from that joy.  His smile when at last he can play a virtual soccer match against his sister speaks volumes.  Xogo is an […]Read More »

Innovation Through Collaboration S13 Ep49

Innovation can spring out of ideating beyond your own needs.  Look to others’ challenges to shine a light on prime areas for innovation.  Innovation can also come from dire need.  Both cases push innovators to ask questions.  What can I do to make this better?  Can innovation through collaboration improve or accelerate the process? Overdue […]Read More »

Three Perspectives on the Innovation Standouts from CES 2018 S13 Ep48

Among the emerging technologies, gadgets and hype, what innovation standouts were at CES 2018?  What trends have staying power?   With almost every startup claiming AI, I’m having flashbacks to the dot com era when every business changed its name to get in on the buzzword bandwagon.  Is there something behind the AI buzzword that […]Read More »

What Technologies Are On The Innovation Horizon For 2018? S13 Ep47

What technologies are on the innovation horizon for this year? I had a chance to sit down with acclaimed Silicon Valley tech analyst, Bob O’Donnell, at the The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), to discuss the highlights of the show and where tech innovation is headed. Bob shared that many of the products on view […]Read More »

An Innovative Parking Solution That Predicts Where You Can Park S13 Ep46

Have you ever circled around a busy city block searching for parking? You know how frustrating it can be. If you run a business that depends on drivers finding a parking space, parking becomes mission critical. Is there an innovative parking solution that addresses this problem? This weeks guest, Jeremy Leval, discusses the parking challenge and how Parknav addresses it. He shares his journey […]Read More »

Non-Obvious Innovation From Unexpected Places Like Paducah Kentucky S13 Ep45

Innovation is not something restricted to Silicon Valley or other Silicon Valley like location (e.g. Austin, Boston, etc). Innovation can happen anywhere. If you are willing to invest some time and little effort, you can find non-obvious innovation happening in some very unusual locations. This week, we take the new mobile studio to Paducah, Kentucky […]Read More »

4 Reasons Every CEO Needs An Innovation Coach S13 Ep44

Lets face it. Innovation is hard work and requires leadership support if an organization is going to be successful at it. Thus every CEO needs an innovation coach who can come alongside and help the CEO achieve innovation success. Why does an organization success with innovation fall in the lap of the CEO? Because the […]Read More »

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