51 episodes

Fundamentally, a startup within a company is the same as one inside the proverbial garage: a group of entrepreneurs trying to make the world a better place using new ideas and inventions. Each week, join Sean Ammirati, Co-Founder & Director of the Carnegie Mellon Corporate Startup Lab, as he interviews guests who are doing the important work creating startups inside large corporations. If you already are a corporate entrepreneur, want to become one or are just looking for some advice around commercializing transformative innovation, this podcast is for you.

Agile Giants: Lessons from Corporate Innovators Sean Ammirati

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

Fundamentally, a startup within a company is the same as one inside the proverbial garage: a group of entrepreneurs trying to make the world a better place using new ideas and inventions. Each week, join Sean Ammirati, Co-Founder & Director of the Carnegie Mellon Corporate Startup Lab, as he interviews guests who are doing the important work creating startups inside large corporations. If you already are a corporate entrepreneur, want to become one or are just looking for some advice around commercializing transformative innovation, this podcast is for you.

    Open Innovation Challenges with Josh Gould, Head of Duquesne Light Innovation Center

    Open Innovation Challenges with Josh Gould, Head of Duquesne Light Innovation Center

    Josh Gould is the Director of Innovation at the Duquesne Light Company. He & his team have kicked off a $750k open innovation challenge around monitoring underground electrical cables. He talks a little bit more about this on the episode. The submissions are due March 15th so we wanted to get this out there, make you aware of it in case it fits any of your startups. I also think for anybody listening to this, it’s really a great perspective around how to do outside in kind of external innovation.
    Show Links:
     
    https://www.herox.com/DLCCableChallenge
    https://www.herox.com/TreeOfLights
     

    • 28 min
    David Schonthal author of The Human Element

    David Schonthal author of The Human Element

    We'll be back later this fall with another full season of Agile Giants, but I wanted to interrupt our break to share a conversation I had with David Schonthal. David is the Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business, and the reason I'm interrupting this is he's got a book that came out on October 5th called The Human Element
    It looks at how resistance to innovation and change can be overcome using some really interesting techniques. I think there are applications obviously, for introducing new products and services, but there are also a ton of applications around how you just create change in many of your larger established organizations, and really drive towards transformation. 
    Get the book here: humanelementbook.com

    • 28 min
    Testing Business Ideas with David Bland, CEO & Founder of Precoil

    Testing Business Ideas with David Bland, CEO & Founder of Precoil

    David is probably best known as the co-author of Testing Business Ideas which he co-authored with Alexander Osterwalder. However, he’s had an incredible impact on innovation both at startups and large companies. He helped GE develop their infamous FastWorks program in partnership with Eric Ries. He also coached emerging product teams at Adobe and even helped Toyota apply the Lean Startup practices to their innovation groups. Before his transition into consulting, David spent over 10 years of his career at technology startups, and he stays connected to the startup scene today through his work at several Silicon Valley accelerators.
    Show Links Precoil (David’s consulting firm) Testing Business Ideas (Amazon) David’s Twitter Account David’s Instagram Account

    • 30 min
    Optimizing Your Team for Innovation Impact with Stefano Mastrogiacomo

    Optimizing Your Team for Innovation Impact with Stefano Mastrogiacomo

    There may be no more important topic in 2021 to innovation leaders than how to think about managing and organizing your team.
    On this week's episode of Agile Giants, I sit down with Stefano Mastrogiacomo to talk about his new book High-Impact Tools for Teams.
    Show Links:
    High Impact Tools for Teams (Amazon) Stefano on Twitter Team Alignment website

    • 35 min
    Operationalizing an Innovation Mandate with Tendayi Viki

    Operationalizing an Innovation Mandate with Tendayi Viki

    How do you truly operationalize a mandate to become more innovative? There are plenty of resources that talk about the importance of innovation, but over the year's I've really grown to appreciate author & innovation consultant Tendayi Viki's pragmatic advice.

    On this week's episode, we talk about his work and walk through companies at different points in their innovation evolution and Tendayi offers practical advice he'd offer their leadership teams.

    • 33 min
    Applying the Lean Startup Methodology to the Military with Peter Newell - Retired US Army Colonel & CEO of BMNT

    Applying the Lean Startup Methodology to the Military with Peter Newell - Retired US Army Colonel & CEO of BMNT

    How do you apply the lean startup methodology to the military? Well, that's the subject of this week's episode of Agile Giants. Pete Newell, whose name may sound familiar because Steve Blank mentioned him at the Corporate Entrepreneurship Forum as the co-author of his upcoming book, Innovation Doctrine.

    Pete is the CEO of BMNT Inc., a Silicon Valley based innovation consultancy and early stage tech accelerator. He's a retired US Army colonel and the former director of the US Army Rapid Equipping Force. You'll hear on this week's episode a little bit about what Pete's been doing both with BMNT and in the classroom with Steve Blank. And again, just like we did on Steve's episode, teasing this book coming out that I know so many of you are excited about, Innovation Doctrine.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

husniAM ,

Great insightful podcast on corporate innovation

Sean Ammirati is “the” person to follow in the corporate entrepreneurship space. I would definitely recommend this podcast if you’re interested in hearing from corporate entrepreneurship leaders and learning more about how innovation is growing in major companies by looking at actual examples of corporate entrepreneurship at a variety of industries and companies.

Mike Smith26 ,

Interviews with corporate superstars.

Today it feels like the same 50 folks do all the podcasts and tell the same story over and over again. Agile Giants is the opposite Sean gets leaders of the corporate world who rarely do interviews and they share behind the scenes of how corporate innovation really works.

Greg4579 ,

Really insightful

Working in product management for a large corporation, I find this topic to be extremely relevant and timely. The interviews in the first couple of episodes I have listened to have all provided me with valuable insights. Keep them coming!

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