Susan Stibal and Brian Ardinger

Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Thought Leaders, Speakers

For over 25 years, Brian Ardinger and Susan Stibal have been helping entrepreneurs and enterprises navigate and compete in a world of change and disruption. They have led efforts with startups and corporations to engage the latest trends, tools, and tactics to accelerate innovation, launch new ideas, and build better products.

Before Inside Outside, Brian founded the seed-stage accelerator NMotion and co-founded the corporate innovation consultancy Econic. Brian has worked in Silicon Valley and Asia and served as Chief Marketing Officer at Nanonation working with some of the best brands in the world including Apple, Pepsi, Target, Nike, and Harley-Davidson. He is currently involved in driving the Midwest’s innovation ecosystem through initiatives such as the Rise of the Rest, StartupWeek, Lean Startup Circle, PIPELINE Entrepreneurs, and the JumpStart Challenge. Brian is a regular contributor to industry publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Fortune Asia. He’s also a public speaker and quoted industry expert, with over two decades of experience in digital media, marketing, consulting, and research.

Before joining Inside Outside, Susan founded Stibal Marketing, a communication consultancy, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communication for Wesleyan University. She also co-founded Hear to Learn, an award-winning innovative classroom technology initiative. Susan has a long history working with the Midwest’s business community, including projects focused on community development, affordable housing, small business growth, building business networks, and economic policy development. She is a global advocate, business mentor, and public speaker, both locally and in Asia, with over two decades of experience in marketing communication and business development.  

Here are a few ways you can connect with the IO Team:

Innovation Newsletter.  Sign up for our free weekly innovation newsletter.  Each Thursday, you’ll receive the latest news, podcast feature, trends, and tactics in the world of startup and corporate innovation. Recent Reader Comments – “I read it every week. Great Insights.  Thank you Brian and team. #bangthedrum”- “I always enjoy these newsletters.  Keep up the great work!” – “Good stuff in this one!  Always enjoy seeing your email come through.”

Innovation Podcast.  Inside Outside Innovation produces the weekly Inside Outside Innovation podcast, featuring more than 185 episodes of corporate and startup innovators.  The podcast was featured by Inc. Magazine as one of the “10 Best Design and Innovation Podcasts You Can’t Live Without” and on Silicon Prairie News as an A List Regional Leader. Listen to the podcast here on or on Acast, iTunes, Sticher, Spotify, and Google Play. We’re always looking for great guests.  Let us know if there is someone you want to hear from.

Brian has also been featured on a number of podcast including:  The Commenwealth: Brian Ardinger, promoting innovation from Hong Kong to Nebraska, Future Squared with Steve GlaveskiHealthy Under Pressure with Amber Pankonin, and  Daniel Stillman of The Conversation Factory talks with Brian Ardinger.

Events. We host a variety of events throughout the year.  Check out Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2019, No Code Meetup, Intersect – The Monthly Meetup for Innovators & Entrepreneurs, and other great events.

Speaker.  Brian frequently speaks at conferences, corporations, and events including Inside Outside Innovation Summits (2017, 2018 and 2019 – The IO Imperative: Putting Innovation into Context & Forward Faster: Keeping Pace in an Era of Endless Innovation), Gallup’s Future Builder’s Challenge, HomeServices, SXSW, Innov8rs, InfoTech, Lean Startup Circle, Angel Summit (Dallas, Chattanooga), Entrefest, Startup Week (Seattle, Chattanooga, Omaha, Lincoln), 1 Million Cups (Des Moines, Sioux Falls, Omaha, Lincoln), NMotion Demo Days, TedXLincoln, NebraskaProduct UX MeetUp, University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska Wesleyan, Rotary #14, Nebraska Chamber Manufacturing Summit, LPED Innovation Roundtable, Customer Experience World, GlobalShop, and TREX (Total Retail Experience).

Innovation Coach and Consulting. Inside Outside Innovation offers corporate and startup coaching and trainings. Limited spots available.

Sponsorship. If you are looking to reach corporate, startup and community innovators, let’s talk.  We have sponsorship opportunities through our innovation podcasts, immersive events, and newsletter.


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