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Innovators on Tap is a podcast that encourages you to challenge the status quo, think about what’s possible, and pursue the impossible.

Innovators on Tap Chuck Swoboda

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 69 Ratings

Innovators on Tap is a podcast that encourages you to challenge the status quo, think about what’s possible, and pursue the impossible.

    The Finale: Innovators on Tap!

    The Finale: Innovators on Tap!

    Host of the show, Chuck Swoboda, sits down with producer of the show, Kyle Hagge, to discuss the origin story of Innovators on Tap and the lessons learned along the way.

    You can follow the podcast, Chuck, and Kyle on Twitter for further exploration and discussion on innovation.

    The episode is also available wherever else you listen to podcasts. Enjoy!

    • 37 min
    BONUS: The Power of Principles w/ Leif Abraham

    BONUS: The Power of Principles w/ Leif Abraham

    This episode is a replay of the previously released interview with Leif Abraham, Co-CEO at Public.com.
    Honesty kills b******t. You’re an owner, act like one. Enable, don’t direct.
    No — this isn’t unsolicited advice from me - although it could be. These are actually 3 of the 9 core culture principles for Public.com, an investing app that is making the stock market social.
    Today’s guest, Leif Abraham, is the author of these principles and the Co-Founder and CEO of Public.com.
    Leif developed these principles through a successful career as a creative director before founding his first two companies, And.Co & PayWithATweet, both of which went on to be acquired. 
    He believes that for any company to be successful, the values have to be more than simple sayings, but the principles that guide your behavior and approach to work each and every day. As Leif says:
    “Autonomy without principles creates anarchy.”
    We also discuss why Leif thinks real innovation doesn’t rely on consultants, the importance of building an inclusive community around a product, and why he looks for the right values, over the right skills, in new hires.
    To put it in his words: “It’s easier to teach skills than it is to teach values”
    You can follow the podcast and host Chuck Swoboda on Twitter for further exploration and discussion on innovation.
    The episode is also available wherever else you listen to podcasts. Enjoy!

    • 36 min
    BONUS: The Future of AI w/ Danny Lange

    BONUS: The Future of AI w/ Danny Lange

    This episode is a replay of the previously released interview with Danny Lange, SVP of AI at Unity. Enjoy!
    Did you ever wonder how a computer can be trained to beat a human at chess?  Or how Amazon seems to anticipate what you’re looking for, before typing your request in the search bar?  Or how it is that the Uber app always seems to know the faster route to your destination?  
    All of these technologies rely on the same thing - Artificial Intelligence, or more specifically Machine Learning, where computers are able to not only use past information, but to also test future possibilities to find the best way.
    To some people this topic can be a bit unnerving as they struggle with the idea that machines are taking over our world, but to me this is an incredible opportunity to make our world a better place. 
    One of the people that sees a better future is Danny Lange, who has led AI research at some of the world’s most well known companies: IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, and Uber - and now is applying his expertise at Unity, where they are leveraging the complexity of video games to push the technology even further.
    In our conversation, we explore the difference between artificial and human intelligence, if AI can make the leap from curiosity to creativity, and some lessons learned working at some of the biggest technology companies in the world.  
    We had an incredible conversation, but I was most struck by Danny’s insight that  “When it comes to AI, the real skill of the future is to understand consequences, to understand the impact of what we're doing”. 
    While AI engineers will need to still be technically talented, they will also need to have a deep understanding of the human impact of their decision, and the biases that are a part of our decisions both past and present, so we can make the world how we want it to be, not just re-create the way it has always been.
    As Danny says, one of the benefits of AI is that “It allows us humans to focus more on what it means to be human”
    You can follow the podcast and host Chuck Swoboda on Twitter for further exploration and discussion on innovation.
    The episode is also available wherever else you listen to podcasts. Enjoy!

    • 38 min
    Do Things For The Right Reason w/ Todd Adams

    Do Things For The Right Reason w/ Todd Adams

    Gears. Bearings. Conveyors. Drainage systems. Plumbing fixtures. Not what you first think of when it comes to innovation - but areas that maybe even more affected by innovation that all those tech companies that we normally think about.  
    Why? Because while we often associate coming up with a new idea as the hard part of innovation, transforming existing industries can be even harder.  
    It’s the real world for most of us.
    Today’s guest, Todd Adams, is the CEO of Rexnord, one of the real world companies driving innovation across several different industries.  But like many successful leaders, he never imagined himself in that role.  As he revealed during our conversation: 
    “I never aspired to be CEO. I wanted to contribute to the success of an organization and learn along the way”
    Whether you want to be a CEO or not, Todd has some great advice about how you should go about any opportunity.  
    “Make sure you want to do things for the right reason. People sometimes aspire to roles because they want the title, the recognition, the money...but you actually have to love the job”
    If you take away one piece of career advice from all the episodes we’ve done so far, that might just be the best.
    You can follow the podcast and host Chuck Swoboda on Twitter for further exploration and discussion on innovation.
    The episode is also available wherever else you listen to podcasts. Enjoy!!

    • 32 min
    It's All About People w/ Peggy Troy

    It's All About People w/ Peggy Troy

    Arguably no industry has been impacted by COVID more than healthcare. And because of this disruption, no industry has probably moved as fast to embrace innovation - whether they wanted to or not. 
    For example, telemedicine, which has been around for more than a decade, has suddenly become not only a mainstream option, but also a way to create access that wasn’t possible before.  
    On today’s episode, we speak with someone with intimate knowledge of the healthcare industry: Peggy Troy, who is the President and CEO of Children’s Wisconsin — a hospital system with over 5,000 employees and more than a billion dollars in revenue.
    In our conversation, we discuss how to innovate inside a heavily regulated industry, the importance of having passion for your work, and being a servant leader.
    We also talk about Peggy’s unique career path to CEO - going from a degree in nursing to running an entire healthcare system.  Her background has given her a different perspective than your typical business leader. As she says:
    “If you want to be CEO, you need to understand the value of your workforce. It’s about the people. I don’t care what business you’re in, it’s about the people”
    You can follow the podcast and host Chuck Swoboda on Twitter for further exploration and discussion on innovation.
    The episode is also available wherever else you listen to podcasts. Enjoy!

    • 24 min
    Passion, Problem-solving, & Pixar w/ Jim Murphy

    Passion, Problem-solving, & Pixar w/ Jim Murphy

    Have you ever turned down an opportunity because you thought it was too risky?  What would you do if you got a second chance?  
    On today’s episode, we talk with Jim Murphy, who has had an over two decade career at Pixar -  even though he originally turned them down.  
    That’s right. As a budding animator, he was offered the chance to work for Pixar, but it was only a 6 month contract with no guarantees. He decided that was too risky and so he said no…... and then something incredible happened: Toy Story.
    Jim spent the next week watching the movie every day and realizing he needed to work at Pixar. Eventually, he got a second chance and has been involved in Pixar's tremendous success ever since: working on films such as The Incredibles, Monsters Inc, Ratatouille, and then even directing his own hit short film Lava.
    But this episode isn’t about filmmaking: it’s a lesson in creativity, culture, and making the most out of the opportunities that present themselves:
    As Jim described the early days at Pixar:
    “The art form was new, we were just a ragtag bunch of artists from all different mediums. And we all had something to prove. That’s the lightning in the bottle — nobody really believes you can do it and you have this surprise for the world”
    You can follow the podcast and host Chuck Swoboda on Twitter for further exploration and discussion on innovation.
    The episode is also available wherever else you listen to podcasts. Enjoy!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Chuck, host of the Innovators on Ta‪p‬ podcast, highlights all aspects of technology and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

BrianB311 ,

Real life innovation

This is a fantastic podcast on innovation. This isn’t theoretical for Chuck. He’s lived it and has the scar tissue to prove it. All the advice and information is proven, practical, and on point. There’s no fluff here. And the production quality is top notch, Chuck’s voice is smooth and easy to listen to, and he is very encouraging. After listening I do feel like I can change the world!

Raiford G ,

Innovators On Tap

This podcast is a great listen! Host Chuck Swoboda utilizes his unique experience as innovator, disrupter and leader to produce a stimulating, insightful and conversational discussion. Looking forward to the next episode!

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