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

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Sep 27, 2016

David Bruno is the co-founder of YNOME, a transparent marketplace that rates your financial management providers and helps you assemble your own private bank. David is innovating the fintech industry and discusses how he builds trust and transparency in an industry that's notoriously very hush-hush and filled with regulations. Tune in for more on this week's episode!

  • 01:55 - Who is David Bruno?
  • 03:45 - What are some of David's current goals?
  • 06:25 - David currently has a staff of around 12-15 people.
  • 07:25 - How does David find new opportunities?
  • 08:30 - How does David build trust among his peers and clients?
  • 09:25 - The client's reputation, family and health is much more important than their bank account.
  • 10:20 - All passwords are hackable.
  • 14:30 - What does YNOME do?
  • 15:35 - How does David work with millennials to innovate for the millennial market?
  • 17:10 - How does David keep his board members engaged with the younger generation?
  • 19:10 - David talks on how he attracts and retains talent.
  • 20:50 - How does David properly educate and train his team?
  • 22:35 - Banking managers have to hire in a different way based on the current marketplace.
  • 25:10 - You have to motivate people from the heart.
  • 28:20 - Millennials want to be able to compare financial institutions and choose the best option for them.
  • 31:40 - What has David changed his mind about recently?
  • 33:00 - What does David do to remain creative?
  • 34:15 - To what does David contribute his success in life?


Sep 20, 2016

Amantha Imber is the Founder of Inventium, a company that uses science-based innovation to help organizations unlock their growth. Amantha has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Coca-Cola and Disney, and is the author of The Creativity Formula: 50 Scientifically-proven Creativity Boosters for Work and for Life. On this episode, Amantha discusses how to encourage a risk-taking company culture that isn't afraid to fail in the name of innovation, as well as what she personally looks for in a new hire.

  • 03:20 - Who is Amantha and how did she get started?
  • 04:45 - What is Amantha's book about?
  • 05:20 - Amantha discusses some of the innovation taking place in Australian companies.
  • 08:05 - How Amantha and her team have helped big-names like Coca-Cola and Disney with their innovation.
  • 09:45 - When you're working on creative ways to disrupt the industry, you have to apply a long-term game plan.
  • 11:15 - How does Amantha effectively measure the before and after of a company's innovation?
  • 11:25 - It's difficult to foster a risk-taking company culture.
  • 13:00 - How did Tata successfully build a company culture where it was okay to fail in the name of innovation?
  • 15:20 - What would a typical day at Inventium look like?
  • 16:50 - Unfortunately, companies do not give enough autonomy and control to their employees.
  • 17:50 - If managers are simply telling staff what to do, they are also killing creativity.
  • 21:00 - When people feel challenged, they produce more innovative outcomes.
  • 23:55 - What does Amantha look for when hiring new talent?
  • 27:15 - How important is purpose in a company?
  • 29:15 - How to use the innovation audit/self-assessment quiz that's in The Creativity Formula book.
  • 31:25 - The Creativity Formula caters to both the individual at the employee level looking to make a difference as well as senior leaders.
  • 32:15 - What has Amantha changed her mind about recently?
  • 33:30 - What does Amantha do to remain creative?
  • 34:45 - What Amantha contributes her life’s success to.


Sep 13, 2016

James Breiding is the author of Swiss Made, a book on why Switzerland -a tiny country with few natural advantages- has become so successful in the world of banking, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and more. James discusses innovation in Switzerland and makes the point that when an entrepreneur comes up with a new and innovative method or product, there will be resistance from those who have accepted the status quo. Entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs need to have thick skin if they wish to disrupt the market.

  • 03:55 - Why did James write the book, Swiss Made?
  • 05:30 - This book is now used by Swiss diplomats, although it was not originally intended to be that way.
  • 07:20 - What are some of the factors that have contributed to Switzerland's economic strength?
  • 09:55 - Switzerland and other small countries tend to be more modest. James explains further.
  • 11:25 - The average age of an S&P 500 company is 15 years.
  • 14:10 - As James investigated further into the longevity of Swiss companies, was there a particular story that surprised him?
  • 15:10 - About 11% of Swiss citizens live overseas.
  • 19:30 - James discusses Swatch's story.
  • 20:40 - Nobody has been able to replicate the Swatch.
  • 24:40 - Apple isn't the only company who was able to create absolute raving fans over their products.
  • 24:55 - Nestle's senior management was completely against the idea of Espresso.
  • 26:35 - People underestimate how costly innovation is. You need to have a high tolerance for failure.
  • 27:05 - We see the successes, but we very rarely see the failed attempts that don't make the history books.
  • 29:15 - Successful founders like Steve Jobs tend not to be people you want to have a beer with.
  • 29:45 - Innovators will get resistance from people who are used to doing things the tried and true way.
  • 31:10 - Why do multinationals love Switzerland?
  • 34:50 - Is there a connection between the success of small companies being located in countries with conscription?
  • 38:05 - How does James think about innovation and does he adapt his investment approach when dealing with an innovative company?
  • 42:50 - What are James's morning rituals?
  • 44:00 - What has James changed his mind about recently?
  • 45:30 - What advice does James have for his 25-year-old self?
  • 50:55 - Look out for James's new book, Too Small to Fail, set to be released in 2017.