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Ep. 110 – Shaina Stigler w/ Betwixt

Shaina Stigler is chief empathy officer at the startup, Betwixt that’s focused on enhancing communication and trust between coworkers. She shared some insight they’ve gained on how to jumpstart and measure this growth as well as how improvisation is i…

Ep. 109 – Greg Larkin w/ “This Might Get Me Fired”

Greg Larkin is the author of “This Might Get Me Fired: A Manual for Surviving” in the Corporate Entrepreneurial Underground. He talked with Brian about the impetus for his book as well as practical tactics and bits of advice for people forging ahead in…

Ep. 108 – Taylor Dawson w/ GE FirstBuild

Taylor Dawson is a founding member of GE Appliances’ FirstBuild Microfactory. In addition to his conversation with Brian, he spoke at the Inside Outside Innovation Summit in May. He had some great stories to tell about FirstBuild’s origins and the obst…

Ep. 107 – Azeem Azhar w/ “Exponential View”

Azeem Azhar is the author of Exponential View, a weekly newsletter about innovation. He talked with Brian about broad perspectives, geography of innovation, corporate venture capital, and why you shouldn’t take a golf club to a tennis match.

Ep. 106 – Amy Jo Kim w/ “Game Thinking”

Amy Jo Kim is a longtime innovation consultant and author of “Game Thinking.” With a wealth of knowledge that she is eager to share, she talked to Brian about the concept of superfans, mainstream majority and early majority, and why identifying these d…

Ep. 105 – Randy Komisar

Randy Komisar is on Inside/Outside Innovation this week to talk about his new book “Straight Talk for Startups,” why experience is so valuable now, and why startups can stop worrying about scaling.

Ep. 104 – Shane Snow w/ “Dream Teams”

Shane Snow has background as both a journalist and entrepreneur. He talked with Brian about his new book, “Dream Teams: Working Together without Falling Apart,” which is all about how to form a successful combination of familiarity and uncomfortab…

Ep. 103 – Andi Plantenberg, innovation consultant

Andi Plantenberg is an innovation consultant with about as much experience as one can have in such a new market. Her history includes large organizations, small startups, and starting her own business all on the path toward working now to expand entrep…

Ep. 102 – Sunayna Tuteja w/ TD Ameritrade

Sunayna Tuteja is a lead in TD Ameritrade’s innovation department and a speaker at the I/O Innovation summit happening this week. In her conversation with Brian, she shared a preview of what’s to come during her dialogue including the four pillars of t…

Midwest Next: Why The Heartland is The Best Place to Build & Grow an Innovative Company

It used to be that if you mentioned “startup” and “Midwest” in the same sentence, you’d be met with one of those long, sympathetic stares. Whoever you were talking to would give you a pat on the back and a slow nod as they slowly inched away to exit the conversation. No doubt, they would […]