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Inside Outside Innovation explores the ins and outs of innovation with raw stories, real insights, and tactical advice from the best and brightest in startups & innovation. Each week we’ll bring you the latest thinking in Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Corporate Venture Capital and more.

Inside Outside Innovation explores the ins and outs of innovation with raw stories, real insights, and tactical advice from the best and brightest in startups & innovation. Each week we’ll bring you the latest thinking in Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Corporate Venture Capital and more.
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Inside Outside Innovation explores the ins and outs of innovation with raw stories, real insights, and tactical advice from the best and brightest in startups & innovation. Each week we’ll bring you the latest thinking in Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Corporate Venture Capital and more.




Ep. 110 - Shaina Stigler w/ Betwixt

Shaina Stigler is chief empathy officer at the startup, Betwixt that’s focused on enhancing communication and trust between coworkers. She shared some insight they’ve gained on how to jumpstart and measure this growth as well as how improvisation is integral to startups.


Ep. 109 - Greg Larkin w/ "This Might Get Me Fired"

Greg Larkin is the author of "This Might Get Me Fired: A Manual for Surviving" in the Corporate Entrepreneurial Underground. He talked with Brian about the impetus for his book as well as practical tactics and bits of advice for people forging ahead in new innovation waters.


Ep. 109 - Taylor Dawson w/ GE FirstBuild

Taylor Dawson is a founding member of GE Appliances’ FirstBuild Microfactory. In addition to his conversation with Brian, he spoke at the Inside Outside Innovation Summit in May. He had some great stories to tell about FirstBuild’s origins and the obstacles they’ve conquered the challenges they’re still solving.


Ep. 107 - Azeem Azhar w/ "Exponential View"

Azeem Azhar is the author of Exponential View, a weekly newsletter about innovation. He talked with Brian about broad perspectives, geography of innovation, corporate venture capital, and why you shouldn’t take a golf club to a tennis match.


Ep. 106 - Amy Jo Kim w/ "Game Thinking"

Amy Jo Kim is a longtime innovation consultant and author of “Game Thinking.” With a wealth of knowledge that she is eager to share, she talked to Brian about the concept of superfans, mainstream majority and early majority, and why identifying these demographics is crucial for success.


Ep. 105 - Randy Komisar

Randy Komisar is on Inside/Outside Innovation this week to talk about his new book "Straight Talk for Startups," why experience is so valuable now, and why startups can stop worrying about scaling.


Ep. 104 - Shane Snow w/ "Dream Teams"

Shane Snow has background as both a journalist and entrepreneur. He talked with Brian about his new book, “Dream Teams: Working Together without Falling Apart,” which is all about how to form a successful combination of familiarity and uncomfortability that gets things done that haven't’ been done before. Find out more at


Ep. 103 - Andi Plantenberg, innovation consultant

Andi Plantenberg is an innovation consultant with about as much experience as one can have in such a new market. Her history includes large organizations, small startups, and starting her own business all on the path toward working now to expand entrepreneurial capabilities in teams. Her conversation with Brian addressed among many things: how teachable is innovation, and what’s the most effective incentive? Reach out to her on Twitter @andisf.


Ep. 102 - Sunayna Tuteja w/ TD Ameritrade

Sunayna Tuteja is a lead in TD Ameritrade’s innovation department and a speaker at the I/O Innovation summit happening this week. In her conversation with Brian, she shared a preview of what’s to come during her dialogue including the four pillars of their approach to innovation at TD Ameritrade, up-and-coming trends for startups and corporations to keep their eyes on, and why FinTech is in a unique position when it comes to innovation. Find her on Twitter @Sunayna and on LinkedIn.


Ep. 101 - Daniel Fozzati w/ Idea London

Daniel Fozzati describes himself as a product engineer who always found himself frustrated by on the ground constraints of innovation systems. So he took a 30,000 foot view perspective and decided to work on innovating the systems themselves to help facilitate both visionary and nitty-gritty innovation. He talked with Brian about Idea London, China’s involvement in European innovation, and up and coming trends Daniel is witnessing in the UK. Reach out to him on Twitter @fuzzydaniel. Get...


Ep. 100 - Tom Bianculli w/ Zebra

Tom Bianculli is the Chief Technology Officer at Zebra Technologies. Before Brian and Tom'sconversation, Tom took part in a panel about the Internet of Things. In this episode, we pulled a clip from the panel discussion and then we transition into their converstion. Key takeaway: there’s still so much more to develop with IOT but you don’t have to know where you’ll end up to get started.


Ep. 99 - Ryan Jacoby w/ Machine

Ryan Jacoby started in systems engineering doing consulting but when he went to grad school he stumbled upon a class that changed his trajectory fundamentally just as design thinking and development has changed the business and innovation world. Now Ryan, with a ton of experience behind him is eager to tell others about what’s different now and how to take full advantage of these massive improvements. His new book, "Making Progress: The 7 Responsibilities of the Innovation Leader" is out...


Ep. 98 - Sean Ammirati w/ Birchmere Ventures

Sean Ammirati really knows both sides of the table. He’s gone from founding multiple companies to being a partner at Birchmere Ventures and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He’s written numerous books including “The Science of Growth: How Facebook Beat Friendster” and will be speaking at the Inside Outside Innovation Summit happening May 29th-31st. In his conversation with Brian, Sean talked about his unique journey, big versus small, and tools that have helped him help others.


Ep. 97 - China Gorman & UNLEASH

China Gorman has spent over 20 years in the HR consulting world including as CEO of The Great Place To Work Institute and Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She came on our show to talk about her upcoming conference called UNLEASH taking place in Las Vegas on May 15-16 and to address some of the questions about technology and humanity that everyone in innovation must wrestle with. For more information about the China's conference,...


Ep. 96 - Chris Shipley @ 2017 I/O Innovation Summit

Chris Shipley is a long-time innovation consultant who's worked with many organizations including Guidewire. At the 2017 Inside/Outside Innovation Summit, she talked about some key learnings about dancing with elephants. To hear more content like this in person, register for your ticket to the 2018 Summit at


Ep. 95 - Steve Glaveski w/ Collective Campus

Steve Glaveski, who will be speaking at the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit, is the chief executive officer of Collective Campus based in Melbourne. Steve shared what the innovation ecosystem is like in the Asian Pacific part of the world as well as some common pitfalls that corporations can fall into when asking their employees to innovate. He capped it off by telling Brian about important innovation in the legal services sphere, which his company is involved with. You can catch Steve at...


Ep. 94 - Andy Cars w/ Lean Ventures

Andy Cars is the founder of Lean Ventures based in Stockholm, Sweden. Brian and Andy talked about what is most important for a corporation to decide before they begin innovation in a meaningful manner.


Ep. 93 - Natalie Fratto w/ SVB

Natalie Fratto is Vice President of Early Stage Practice at Silicon Valley Bank. She also was involved with a startup that went through Y Combinator and was eventually acquired by a larger organization in the beauty tech space. She talked with our host Brian about what it’s like to sit on both sides of the table and what sort of intelligence will be the most important for teenagers when they seek jobs in a few years.


Ep. 92 - Doug Durham @ I/O Innovation Summit

Doug Durham has over 30 years of experience in software and software related fields. In his talk he shared best practices and lessons learned from working with product development teams with a focus on agile methodology. The last day to get an earlybird discount for the 2018 summit is March 15th. Visit for more information and to buy your ticket.


Ep. 91 - Paul Singh @ I/O Innovation Summit

The 2018 Inside/Outside Innovation Summit is taking place May 29th-31st in the hub of the Silicon Prairie: Lincoln, Nebraska. With a 100K pitch contest and hundreds of corporate and startup attendees, this summit is the perfect opportunity for you to come together with like-minded individuals and get inspired and connected. As a taste of what's to come, today's show features a clip from Paul Singh's talk at the 2017 Summit where he talks about simultaneously living out of a trailer and...