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Ideas, tools, techniques and advice from the people and organizations who are transforming our world.

The Disruptors - Innovation, Startups and Growth Sean Johnson @ Digital Intent

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Ideas, tools, techniques and advice from the people and organizations who are transforming our world.

    Subscription Box Models and Community-Driven Marketing with Ross Gordon

    Subscription Box Models and Community-Driven Marketing with Ross Gordon

    Ross Gordon is the founder of Catch Co, creating amazing fishing brands, products, & shopping experiences for the modern angler. It originally started as Mystery Tackle Box, a subscription service sending lures and other gear to fishing enthusiasts. But he has since grown it into something much larger. He designs and manufactures his own fishing products, has retail distribution all over the country and has built a fantastic profitable business.

    In this episode, we discuss how he came up with the idea, his unique approach to starting with a community first, how he managed to overcome some of the more common challenges that can plague subscription model businesses, how he learned to navigate the world of manufacturing and retail, and much more.

    For more information on how to build and grow new products inside your own organization, visit us at www.digintent.com. If you enjoyed the episode, would love a review!

    • 1 hr
    Why Your Eyes Will Soon Have Superpowers, with Mojo Vision

    Why Your Eyes Will Soon Have Superpowers, with Mojo Vision

    Welcome back to season 3 of the disruptors podcast.

    Steve Sinclair is the Senior Vice President of Product at Mojo Vision, a company that is absolutely on the bleeding edge of augmented reality. And for the last several years they’ve been working on a contact lens equipped with a display that is no larger than a grain of sand. It sounds straight out of science fiction, but in the not too distant future it’s going to be a reality.

    In this episode we discuss the origins of Mojo Vision, the unique technical hurdles they’ve had to overcome to make it reality, the variety of use cases that it could enable, and much more.

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    To learn more about how to change the world with your own organization, visit us at www.digintent.com.

    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review!

    • 53 min
    How video games are transforming healthcare, with Sam Glassenberg

    How video games are transforming healthcare, with Sam Glassenberg

    Video games have obviously taken the world by storm. But when most people think of video games they think of something folks do as purely entertainment, with little practical value to their lives. But the promise of games goes way beyond mere distraction - the modalities and mechanics of games can actually be used to develop skills in ways that would be impossible to acquire otherwise.

    My guest today is Sam Glassenberg, and after earning his stripes as a game developer at LucasArts and Microsoft, he stumbled almost by accident upon an opportunity to help doctors become much better at their jobs. The result was Level Ex, a gaming company that helps surgeons and other physicians improve through simulations of real world medical situations. Today he has over 500,000 medical professionals playing his games regularly.

    In this episode we discuss the origins of Level Ex, how Sam things about game mechanics to drive user adoption, why these types of games offer unique advantages in terms of user adoption and monetization, the future of VR and much more.

    For more ideas on how to transform your organization through growth-based innovation, visit us at www.digintent.com. And if you enjoyed this episode we'd love a review!

    • 52 min
    The Future of Professional Services, with Fiona Grandi

    The Future of Professional Services, with Fiona Grandi

    Professional services firms have undergone dramatic shifts in the last 10 years, and many are predicting complete disruption in the next 20. As automation, broader access to information and other trends converge, smart professional service firms are looking to aggressively transform themselves.

    Perhaps one of the more ambitious firms in this regard is KPMG. My guest day is Fiona Grandi, National Managing Partner for Innovation & Enterprise Solutions at KPMG, and in this fascinating conversation we discuss how KPMG organizes itself internally to pursue innovation initiatives, how they embrace a bottoms-up approach to surfacing and executing on ideas, the impact things like automation will have on professional services in the future, and much more. 

    Full disclosure, KPMG has been a client of Digital Intent, and we’ve been able to see first-hand how Fiona’s team thinks about enabling consultants to use technology to deliver better work. After seeing our team interact with theirs, it was fun for me to hear directly from Fiona on the why behind what they do and where she sees them heading. It was a fascinating conversation and I think you’ll get a ton of practical value of out it.

    For more ideas on how to disrupt your own organization visit us at www.digintent.com. And if you enjoy the episode please leave a review!

    • 41 min
    Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO of Policygenius on managed marketplaces and taking the startup plunge

    Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO of Policygenius on managed marketplaces and taking the startup plunge

    Many of the students in my class at Kellogg come from the world of big consulting, but have been bitten by the startup bug. But how do you successfully leave the relatively stable, comfortable, prestigious walls of corporate America and successfully launch your new venture?

    My guest is Jennifer Fitzgerald, and after helping financial services organizations as a consultant at McKinsey, she are her colleague took the plunge to start Policygenius, an online managed marketplace for insurance.

    In this episode we discuss the genesis of Policygenius, how she systematically de-risked the idea early on, how she managed to build both sides of her marketplace business without heavy reliance on paid acquisition, and much more. We also get into her advice for folks lookin to take the plunge themselves, strategies for executing at a high level, for recruiting early team members, and for leveling up yourself as your organization starts to scale.

    For more ideas on how to disrupt your own industry, visit us at www.digintent.com. And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review!

    • 31 min
    The future of healthcare, with Dr. Stephen Klasko

    The future of healthcare, with Dr. Stephen Klasko

    Nearly everyone is in agreement that healthcare is an industry that desperately needs transformative change. But the legacy technologies, interrelationships between providers and mayors, and other systemic issues typically keep such transformation from happening. 

    One exception is Jefferson Health, which has transformed itself dramatically in dozens of ways in an extremely brief period of time, embracing various emerging technologies and reinventing the way they approach training clinicians and delivering care. 

    My guest today is Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of Jefferson Health and one of Fast Company's most creative people. In this discussion we dig into how he went about transforming Jefferson into a nimble, tech enabled organization, how he managed to drive culture change so quickly to make these initiatives stick, and get into a number of fascinating, counter-intuitive initiatives he’s spearheaded to facilitate that change.

    For more ideas on how to transform your own organization visit us at digintent.com. And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review!

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

Romemike ,

A go-to for all-things startups, innovation, and growth

Sean's one of the most curious and forward-thinkng people I know. When it comes to learning, he's never satisfied and instead always pushing to be better. There's so much noise when it comes to startups, innovation, and growth these days, but Sean's content is no doubt one of the easiest ways to cut through it and build the habits that drive success in business. Thanks for staying curious Sean, excited to continue to watch this podcast unfold!

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Great stuff

Great content. Always learn something from Sean

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The Disruptors podcast has been my favorite, by far - I love how Sean and his guests have genuine, engaging, easygoing conversations that touch on how they’ve thought about or approached product challenges in a way that shows thoughtfulness.

Huge fan, keep doing good work, can’t wait for the future episodes.

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