Ideas, tools, techniques and advice from the people and organizations who are transforming our world.
A New Chapter: Introducing Manifold
Today is a big day for us, because today we’re unveiling our new company. It’s called Manifold, and it combines our advisory practice, formerly known as Digital Intent, our venture investing activity, and new incubation studio.
This reorganization is several years in the making, and the goal is to create what we call a perpetual machine for value creation.
I thought it would make sense to bring in one of my partners Joe Dwyer to talk about the rationale behind the change, as well as how we got here. Joe is a fellow professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Northwestern, and is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. The conversational is in-depth, perhaps somewhat controversial in places, but I think you’ll find his perspective super interesting.
For more information about how to create value in your own organizations, visit us at https://manifold.group. And as always, if you enjoyed this episode, would love a review. Thanks for listening!
Stop Punishing the Innovators
Digital Intent partner and former Harvard Business School professor John Sviokla recently held the first of a series of workshops on growth and innovation in 2021. His guest was Robert Spivey, Director of Research at Valens Research, and the discussion was around how to stop punishing innovators.
Most breakthrough innovations take five years to achieve anything resembling scale. But most business cases are 3 years or less, and most corporate tenures are 5 years or less. Not necessarily a recipe for success. So John and Robert discuss a couple approaches to fix this, drawing on insights from a 25,000 company global database on financial performance.
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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!
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.
To learn more about how to change the world with your own organization, visit us at www.digintent.com.
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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.
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!
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!
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Great content. Always learn something from Sean
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.