Elite Experts Conferences Podcast: it is always the people who make a technology exciting, who make a brand attractive, who fill a company with corporate culture, a higher sense and vision. It's exactly these brilliant personalities from the tech world that we will present to you in our new digital format.
We want to actively involve you as our appreciated community. Therefore we will always introduce the invited guests on LinkedIn first. You can ask the questions you are interested in in the comments and we will take them into account.
You can expect the following: super brains of the technical world, innovative lateral thinkers, charismatic techies, modern leaders, courageous people who pursue their visions with passion, promising startups as well as cool global players.
The Future of Electric Propulsion
„The Future of Electric Propulsion“ - the next Elite Experts Conferences’ podcast episode is online! What an atmosphere! We don’t want to promise too much, but this has become the most heartfelt, entertaining and personal episode yet. Our guests this time are Nick Grewal - CEO and President at ePropelled and David Hudson - Head of EV Strategy at ePropelled. Anyone who has been in the EEC network for a while knows how important collaborations are to us and how much we care about creating the most exciting connections in the industry. In this episode, two worlds meet, two great personalities that couldn't have complemented each other better. One world is the corporate world which is based on David Hudson's rich experience, shaped by many years of working at Jaguar Cars and most recently at Tata Motors. The other world comes from the life experience of Nick Grewal, who instead knows the startup world so well, having been involved in 40 (yes, 40!) tech startups as an entrepreneur and investor. It was brilliant to learn from both worlds, from both guests. And it's great that these learnings are now combined to make ePropelled a success.
Now, what will we learn in this episode?
- What is special about ePropelled and their vision.
- How to be strategically aligned and focused
- The guests' wise, motivational and inspirational life mottos - which are now printed out and hanging in Ludmilla Derr’s office - no kidding!
- Motivation and energy levels are not a matter of age
- Nick and Dave reveal their best approaches on how collaborations between startups and global players become a success
- Nick shares some breathtaking stories from his pilot experience and what he learned from it for business - these are by far the scariest stories in the history of this podcast.
- Dave shares his experience on how to work best in multicultural projects
- And much much more.
This episode will also give you an insight behind the scenes of EEC Podcast, because the atmosphere during the recording of the podcast comes across incredibly well - we had a lot of fun and that is so obvious in this episode.
More about the background of our great guests:
Nick Grewal is an experienced technology entrepreneur and investor in over 40 high-tech companies and he has led engineering, business development, and operational teams at many companies. In the 90s, he started Onlake Investments, a successful investment company. Prior to Onlake, he was the founder and CEO of Nashoba Networks, which was acquired by Cisco Systems for $100 million. Nick remained there as vice president. However, after a while, he felt an urge to start a startup again, and that at an age when others are retiring. What an energy level - but listen for yourself!
Our second guest is David Hudson who has over 40 years of experience in engineering and professional services. David spent over 15 years at Jaguar Cars before moving into automotive consultancy, working with leading powertrain companies in Europe, Asia, and North America. For the past decade, he worked at the Tata Motors European Technical Centre as Head of Propulsion and Head of Vehicle & Powertrain Engineering. And now David has been with ePropelled for 2 months as Head of EV Strategy. It's great that David has a sense of both sides - from the OEM and from a tech startup.
Innovating Together With Freudenberg Performance Materials
Today it is our special pleasure to present to you the latest episode of the Elite Experts Conferences' podcast: „Innovating Together With Freudenberg Performance Materials“. Our guests in this episode are John McNabb, CTO & Tobias Speth, Application Engineer at Freudenberg Performance Materials.
Freudenberg Performance Materials is a global player known for excellent products in such diverse areas. Examples include EMI shielding, battery pack liquid absorbers, gas diffusion layers for fuel cells, underbody shields, and interior applications like acoustic pads, cargo screens, carpet backings and headliner facings - all kind of solutions that make vehicles more cost-efficient, climate-friendly and comfortable. In this episode, however, we have focused specifically on the automotive industry and one of the latest innovations: friction enhancement materials, namely Friction Inserts.
Dive into this new exciting episode and find out together with us what properties friction enhancement materials have, where they are used, what the typical projects for the use of this technology look like and of course what the most unusual projects look like. Furthermore, we focused on the lightweight effect of this technology and John and Tobias answered a lot of questions and gave real-life examples of how measurable the effect of Friction Inserts is.
Anyone who has to deal with lightweight construction challenges in the field of e mobility and micromobility, or who wants to achieve greater force transmission by increasing the coefficients of friction in other mechanical areas, should definitely listen in - it's worth it.
Of course, as always, we also discovered the exciting personalities behind the job titles, and it is brilliant how well John and Tobias complemented each other in conversation. We also highlighted the outstanding story of how this innovation Friction Inserts is entangled with a startup. We don't want to reveal too much, but we'll go ahead and say that it will be of interest to the startup world as well as global players. An example of the innovative mindset par excellence.
Have more questions about this technology? Feel free to email us at email@example.com and we'll provide you with the answers.
Join our Free Live Workshop „3 Best Strategies for Startups How to Collaborate with Established Companies“
Free registration: https://eliteexpertsconferences.lpages.co/eec_free-workshop_2021_06_10/
This is not a regular podcast episode because today I would like to invite you to our Free Live Workshop "3 Best Strategies for Startups How to Collaborate with Established Companies". This workshop will take place on the 10th of June 2021 at 3pm CET and you are welcome to attend.
Collaborations between startups and established companies bring very clear benefits to both sides. The startups provide the innovations, a fresh vision of the future and the speed of implementation. The established companies provide visibility and credibility and a great opportunity for startups to scale. Despite the obvious advantages for both sides, the road to long-lasting win-win collaborations is sometimes very rocky. This does not necessarily have to be the case.
Because we work with both sides, startups and global players, when it comes to finding the right cooperation partners, we know directly from practice what leads to success and which mistakes are better to be avoided.
This workshop will not be about the theory, but we will speak from real world experience and lift the curtain a bit on what it's like to work at Elite Experts Conferences.
This Free Live Workshop is the beginning of a larger program that we are developing to help companies that want to grow with the help of collaborations. Of course, the content is very helpful especially for the startups, but in the end it is useful for everyone who is responsible for business development and where the human factor is very big.
So, sign up for the Free Live Workshop and be excited to see what we develop to help you. We want more companies to benefit and thrive from the knowledge and insights of what works and what doesn't when it comes to collaborations. For more visibility, more recognition, more projects and collaborations at eye level, and finally more technological progress for all of us!
Registration link can be found in the show notes of this episode and of course on our website www.eliteexpertsconferences.com. So, see you very soon in the live workshop and of course also very soon in the next episode with two super exciting guests.
Future mobility - defined by the outstanding creative design minds of the automotive industry
This is a special edition of our Elite Experts Conferences podcast on the subject "The Future of Automotive Design". It is our honor to introduce our next guests: Anders Warming, Frank Wu and Albert-Johann Kirzinger. Let's discover together how automotive design will transform as we look to the mobility of the future - connected, autonomous, shared and electric.
Anders Warming is the founder of Warming Design company. Anders was head of exterior design at BMW, at Mini and most recently at Borgward before founding his own company.
Frank Wu is director of design at Beijing Automotive Group. Previously, Frank was lead exterior designer at Cadillac in the US and due to his background as an Asian-American he has an excellent understanding of both worlds.
Albert-Johann Kirzinger has been head of design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VCV) and MAN Latin America since 2012. He has worked on designs for Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and VW. At VCV, many vehicles bear his signature: Caddy 4 and 5, Bulli T6, Crafter, MOIA and many more.
Automotive Cells Company - accelerating sustainable mobility for all
In this episode we had the honor to welcome the next outstanding guest in the Elite Experts Conferences podcast: Yann Vincent, CEO at Automotive Cells Company. ACC is one of Europe’s newest high-tech companies. Backed by Saft -Total and Groupe PSA-Opel, ACC’s goal is to power the future of the automotive industry by innovating in battery technology. The ACC aim to produce sustainable, affordable, high-capacity, longer-life batteries. An R&D center, new state-of-the art facility in France and gigafactories in France and in Germany will be build. It takes a lot of leadership skills and experience to meet the high expectations. Well, Yann Vincent has immense experience in the automotive industry, which he demonstrated most recently in his position as Executive Vice President and Industrial Director for over 6 years at PSA.
We talked about highly relevant topics like:
⁃ increasing demand for batteries in the course of electrification
⁃ sustainability and transparency in battery production
⁃ positioning as European manufacturer of battery cells
⁃ challenges and vision of ACC
⁃ why it is important to stay a startup company even though it also offers clear financial benefits to have corporate heritage and many more.
„Set yourself very demanding targets - that’s the best way to respect yourself“ Yann Vincent replied when asked about his best lessons in leadership.
EEC Podcast would be by far not the same if we didn't ask some questions about the personal development, challenges, and lessons learned of some of the greatest personalities in the tech industry, in addition to strategic and technical questions.
Find out in this episode:
- what Yann Vincent’s lessons learned are
- who was a kind of mentor for him
- how he defines private success
- where he still learns the most new things
- how highly he values trust when it comes to leadership and much more.
We wish you enjoyable listening!
Augmenta - building AI-powered design & engineering tools beyond human imagination
Are you curious to learn about a new technology that lets us think beyond the limits of human imagination?
Design, automation, AI, advanced computational science - it's all there in this episode! This time our podcast guests are: Dr. Francesco Iorio - CEO at Augmenta, and Dr. Massimiliano Moruzzi - Head of Business Development & Cognitive Engineering at Augmenta.
Massimiliano previously led research and development of substantial innovations in intelligent robotics and advanced materials. Francesco was the Director of Computational Science Research at Autodesk, where he spearheaded the creation of generative design.
Augmenta has developed a revolutionary form of generative design that combines AI and computational techniques to change the way we engineer solutions to complex problems.
Imagine what this means:
Rather than simply representing the user's design intent, as all traditional design software does, Augmenta’s generative design systems use AI to learn from both real and simulated worlds, generating extremely novel and high performing designs and then empowering users to explore a wide range of possible solutions.
This new way of working augments human beings’ abilities, helping them be more creative, and freeing them from their own limitations, biases and constraints.