The Innovation Ecosystem: changing perspectives, one podcast at a time

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Apr 26, 2016

Larry Cunningham has written a dozen books, including The Essays of Warren Buffet, Berkshire Beyond Buffett, and Quality Investing. Today, he talks about what the Berkshire subsidiaries are doing correctly and why Warren Buffett is unique as a leader. Larry also shares insightful stories of various CEOs of companies behind Berkshire and how they're able to make their investments profitable.

  • 02:30 - Why did Larry study Warren Buffett and Berkshire?
  • 04:00 - What surprised Larry the most as he was interviewing executives from Berkshire?
  • 05:40 - Berkshire has shifted from being an investment company to a holding company.
  • 06:00 - 20 years ago Berkshire was a 5-10 billion company, but 80% of its assets were in investments.
  • 09:35 - Larry talks about Warren's strategy.
  • 12:40 - The way Warren treats his team makes them feel like they're investing with their own personal money.
  • 14:35 - What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?
  • 17:15 - Berkshire doesn't insist that their subsidiaries have any sort of government or management style.16:45 - The CEO of the Marmon Group told Larry that his company has always been highly decentralized.
  • 18:10 - Out of the 50 acquisitions Berkshire has made in the last 25 years, 40 of them have been private.17:35 - Berkshire relies on and trusts the team to make the best financial decisions.
  • 21:25 - Larry talks about the Berkshire acquisitions that aren't bringing in profit.
  • 27:30 - Larry shares a story about when Berkshire acquired Benjamin Moore Paint.
  • 30:20 - What advice would Larry give to the audience about how to think about disruption?
  • 33:15 - Many of the principles that Berkshire stands for are proven and can be replicated.
  • 36:10 - Larry talks about the Berkshire and 3G Capital acquisition and why it's different than the others.
  • 42:00 - What has Larry changed his mind about recently?40:50 - What are Larry's morning rituals?
  • 43:05 - What advice would Larry have for his 25-year-old self?



Apr 19, 2016

Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve, a company that offers innovative and disruptive solutions to their clients' problems. Marc has a genuinely unique perspective on the changes taking place in various industries and offers a lot of advice, for leaders as well as those working for more traditional and regulated firms, on how they can successfully navigate through these disruptive waters.  

  • 02:50 - Why did Marc leave McKinsey to become an entrepreneur?
  • 04:05 - What does Evalueserve do?
  • 05:00 - How has the analytics marketplace developed over the last 15 years?
  • 08:35 - Marc had two to three fundamental shifts in his business model.
  • 09:00 - How has Marc been able to manage client expectation while at the same time growing his business?
  • 10:05 - Evalueserve helps clients find creative and innovative ways to stand out in their market.
  • 10:40 - How would Marc approach a new client in the financial service industry?
  • 13:15 - Banks want to discover new ways they can save money.
  • 15:15 - How are the best leaders thinking about new changes?
  • 21:00 - How can people currently in these disruptive environments properly prepare for the future?
  • 22:20 - MBA graduates are leaving traditional companies to join a startup.
  • 24:00 - Marc suggests instead of running to a startup, stick to more traditional companies because you will see lots of opportunities for growth as everyone else moves away.
  • 27:25 - As Marc has taken his company through this transformation, what challenges has he faced as a leader.
  • 33:30 - Marc works with about 200 Forbes 1000 companies.
  • 35:20 - Marc talks about his book, Mind+Machine.
  • 38:30 - What are Marc's morning rituals?
  • 39:15 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?
  • 40:45 - What advice does Marc have for his 25-year-old self?


Apr 12, 2016

Christoph Goppelsroeder is the Chief Executive Officer and President at DSM Nutritional Products. Christoph talks on how a large organization can create the right space for innovation and sustainability. He believes in order to create impactful and disruptive innovation, you must understand precisely what it is that your company lives for.

  • 01:50 - What is DSM?

  • 03:15 - How does Christoph develop a long term plan in an ever-changing environment?

  • 04:35 - What does the company live for? How do people see DSM?

  • 05:10 - The three things that the company lives for are: safety, growing children, and sustainability. 

  • 13:25 - Do not delegate innovation. Don't push it down to your team.

  • 14:15 - What kind of disruptive innovation has Christoph seen in his company?

  • 18:05 - Christoph talks about project 'Clean Cow'.

  • 22:15 - Who are the drivers of innovation in your country?

  • 24:15 - How does Christoph encourage your team to be more innovative and creative?

  • 30:15 - Collaborating with third parties was key to the growth of the organization.

  • 30:35 - How does Christoph and his team reach out to third parties and collaborate with them?

  • 34:15 - Celebrate your successes.

  • 37:25 - Does Christoph have any daily rituals?

  • 39:45 - What has Christoph changed his mind about recently?

  • 41:00 - What advice would Christoph give his 25-year-old self?


Apr 5, 2016

Steven P. MacGregor is an expert in executive health and performance. He has a PhD in Engineering Design and has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France riders, and Ironman champions. Steven has five elements to his framework – Move, Recover, Focus, Fuel, and Train. Steven explains to Roddy how he uses this foundation to help executives’ health and improve the overall workforce of an enterprise. 

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