To accelerate in an accelerating world, your business needs to run on a different kind of fuel. Your ability to find new solutions and embrace creative strategies is what drives growth. You will learn actionable strategies from the most successful corporate visionaries and venture capitalists as well as discover breakthrough startups. This is a podcast for innovators at large companies and disruptive founders - the intrapreneurs and the entrepreneurs. This is for the doers that ask what’s next? Because what’s next is now.
The C******a Factor – C******a Founding Partner Samara Hernandez
C******a translates to a woman who is intelligent, fearless, and can get things done. Founding Partner of C******a Ventures, Samara Hernandez is as C******a as it gets. Samara launched the Chicago based early stage VC fund in 2019 and has made 18 investments and received part of a $50m investment from PayPal Ventures. She is focused on investing in overlooked, massive and growing markets. We talk about spotting opportunities, diversity as an accelerant to outsized returns and why cultivating different networks improves your chances of success.
Corporate Storytelling - Pass It Down CEO & Founder Chris Cummings
Company history, the founding story, and the why of your organization can anchor your decisions and make clear where to innovate. Often you need to go back before you go forward. Chris Cummings, CEO & Founder of Pass it Down, helps institutions transform their archives and history into interactive digital storytelling experiences. We chat about the importance of history, the future of museums and why the future often begins in the past.
Now Normal – GK Digital Ventures Founder Greg Kahn
The Internet of Things (IoT) industry has quickly transformed from a futuristic idea to the next massive evolution (McKinsey predicts IoT will deliver $6 trillion in economic impact by 2025). Greg Kahn is the President and CEO of the Internet of Things Consortium, a trade association focused on frontier technologies across IoT including home automation, smart cities, connected healthcare/wellness, connected cars and connected retail. Greg is also the CEO of GK Digital Ventures, which provides investor strategies, marketplace development and executive experiences, and data & technology support. He has been awarded the Business Role Model of the Year in 2020 by CEO World. Named one of the Top IoT influencers by Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and The Internet of Business. We talk about the future of IoT, its impact on startups and corporations and why the future is not in some Jetsonian future but is the Now Normal.
Storyteaching - Encantos Co-Founder Steven Wolfe Pereira
Steven Wolfe Pereira, the CEO and Co-Founder of Encantos, and award-winning bi-lingual edtech company (which I invested in). Encantos is rethinking education through a mix of physical and digital tools grounded in play. Steven is one of the top rated voices on LinkedIn, named by Adweek as one of the "50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech". He has served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Neustar (acquired by Golden Gate Capital) and Quantcast. We talk about storyteaching, inclusion, innovation as well as how to unscale and subscribe.
3 Flywheels of Growth – Gannett Chief Growth and Strategy Officer Mayur Gupta
Mayur Gupta, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Gannett, has an incredibly strong track record as a growth and content marketer at big CPGs like Kimberly Clark, as well as disruptive start-ups like Spotify and Freshly that re-shaped their categories. 40 under 40, Forbes’ Top 50 CMO, profiled in Harvard Business Review and the Economist, Mayur is the real deal. We talk about comfort in chaos, day 1 thinking, marketing’s marketing problem, innovation in legacy companies and his 3 flywheels of growth.
Cowffee & Karviva – Founder Doug Young & Founder Angela Zeng
2 of the 4 finalists for the upcoming NY MilkLaunch share their origin stories and how they have accelerated their breakthrough products. Meet Pursue Happiness Cold Brew Cowffee an innovative dairy-based, shelf-stable coffee drink with high protein, low sugar and added CLA Plus for increased health benefits. Meet Karviva Gold Sage: Inspired by ancient wisdom, backed by modern science, this wellness beverage infuses functional ingredients like turmeric and other minerals into NY milk to deliver a full range of health benefits.
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So much wisdom
First off - Fred is amazing and curious so he trails into great places with guests. People from all unique backgrounds that make this a must subscribe for marketers.
Quality guests with practical and intelligent discussion!
Great roster of companies being represented in a down-to-earth, easy-to-follow conversation. I always look forward to the conversation and feedback.
Great Questions for Innovative Minds
This is a great podcast asking powerful questions that dig for insight. Appreciate Fred’s determination to uncover of the mindset of innovators that have done remarkable things.