Released periodically, Unpacking Impact explores how rapid digital transformation shapes economics, culture, jobs, and public policy.
Raj De Datta: “What Isn’t E-commerce?”
In this episode, Navin is joined by Raj De Datta, founder, and CEO of Bloomreach, a leading software platform for digital commerce experience. They discuss the importance of meaningful e-commerce moments, how businesses can be “seeker-centric,” and the future of small businesses.
Raj De Datta is a multiple-time entrepreneur and best-selling author of “The Digital Seeker.” Before launching Bloomreach, Raj was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Mohr-Davidow Ventures, served as Cisco’s director of product marketing, and was on the founding team of telecom company FirstMark Communications. Raj serves on the Council for Player Development for the US Tennis Association, as a Founder Partner at seed-stage venture capital firm Founder Collective, and an individual investor in over 20 start-ups.
In this episode, Andrew and Navin are joined by Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. They discuss the impact of digital transformation on the defense industry, COVID-19, and the importance of improved education for the future of STEM.
Wes Kremer is an electrical engineer and a US Air Force Veteran with extensive experience in defense and aerospace. He previously served as president of the Raytheon Missile Systems and the Integrated Defense Systems businesses.
“Insurmountable Opportunity” with Inventor Dean Kamen
In this episode, Andrew and Navin are joined by Dean Kamen, a technology luminary, legendary inventor (e.g., the Segway), and prolific entrepreneur. They discuss Dean's experience as an inventor, his friendship with Steve Jobs, and the importance of reforming early childhood education.
Dean holds more than 1,000 U.S. and foreign patents, for innumerable innovative technologies, to ground-breaking medical devices, such as the iBOT mobility device. He is the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. Dean was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000 by President Clinton in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide and for his role in advancing the fields of science and technology in the U.S.
In this episode, Andrew and Navin speak with X Shore CEO Jenny Keisu. They discuss environmentalism and pollution in the boating industry, the intersection of capitalism and environmental sustainability, and the impact of Covid-19 on emissions and business trends.
Jenny Keisu is the CEO of X Shore, a Swedish company that manufactures electric leisure boats. She previously founded Summa Equity, a private equity firm focusing on companies that pursue the United Nations' 17 goals for sustainable development. She also holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and an LLM from Uppsala University, where she was previously a senior lecturer at the faculty of law.
Chris Young: “Everyone is a Target for a Cyber Attack”
In this episode, Andrew and Navin are joined by Chris Young, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President for Business Development. They discuss the SolarWinds attack, U.S. vulnerability to cyberattacks, the role of corporate leadership in cybersecurity, and more.
Before his current role at Microsoft, where he is responsible for the company’s global business development strategy, Mr. Young was the CEO of McAfee, where he led their spin-off from Intel. A career cybersecurity expert, he serves on the board of directors of American Express, the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and was formerly on the board of Snap Inc.
David McCormick: “The Opportunity Gap”
In this episode, Andrew and Navin sit down with Bridgewater CEO, David McCormick. They discuss the crisis at the Capitol, addressing the opportunity gap, and our vulnerability to cyberattacks.
David McCormick is the CEO of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, founded by Ray Dalio, that today manages $150 billion. He is a graduate of West Point, previously served as Under Secretary of the Treasury, and as an Army Ranger in Operation Desert Storm.