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Episode 19: Training Students for the Workforce

We're back with part two of our chat with Larry Frank, president of LA Trade-Tech College. In this episode, we discuss the similarity in nomenclature between LATTC and incubators and accelerators in the early stage venture world. Larry also shares what it means to train students for the workforce, plus, a lot more about the role of community colleges. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Cover and header image from Flickr...


Episode 18: Innovation in Education

We are honored to kickoff three episodes with a very special guest--Larry Frank, president of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, part of the largest community college district in the country. Larry notes that LATTC, with innovative pathways and programs, is at the center of lifting students into the middle class. Larry has a storied career in business, politics, law, and education. We have a broad-ranging discussion about the role of education, innovation, and business. This is essential...


Episode 17: More on Innovations in Elder Tech

Kai Stinchcombe is back with us to delve more into elder tech. We hear about the True Link business model, how True Link also helps people with disabilities, the size of the market, and lots more. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Cover and header image from 123rf (|&mediapopup=48864735). Special Guest: Kai Stinchcombe.


Episode 16: Elder Tech and More, Part 1

Kai Stinchcombe, founder and CEO of True Link Financial, joins us to discuss elder tech, blockchain and surviving in Silicon Valley. He came to our attention because of the focus of True Link--mainly helping older adults remain independent while protecting them from scams, then people with special needs, and those recovering from addiction. We had a great, wide-ranging discussion, covered (or uncovered) stupid venture capitalists, and might have dissed companies and VCs that are chasing...


Episode 15: Rebel Innovation

We're talking with Francesca Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She has been honored as one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. And she has a new book out called Rebel Talent—Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and In Life. What do rebels have to do with innovation? Lots! From the dust jacket of Rebel Talent: "Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and...


Episode 14: Innovation at Ultimate Guitar

How do you create, bootstrap, innovate and keep going at a startup based in Kaliningrad, Russia? We were curious, so we talked with Daniel Ray, director of the innovation labs at Ultimate Guitar and MuseScore. Daniel has a fascinating background in music that led him from playing bassoon and contra bassoon in symphonies, to rocking out with bands, then into the tech world, and finally combining his love of tech and music at Ultimate Guitar. Join Garnet and Mark to hear the story behind it...


Episode 13: The Politics of Opportunity Zones

Back with Lane Jost of PwC’s national Responsible Business Leadership team. Garnet and Mark probe more about the investment possibilities in opportunity zones, and the political, social and economic effects. Plus, we confuse litigation and legislation, which might have been subconscious. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Cover and header image from Flickr...


Episode 12: Beyond the Redline: Opportunity Zones Up Close

We're focused again on Opportunity Zones--this time with Lane Jost. Lane is an expert in both corporate social responsibility and corporate sustainability, having held leadership roles over the last 10 years in the consulting, financial services and food service sectors. He currently serves as part of PwC’s national Responsible Business Leadership team, helping the firm and its clients leverage human capital capacity to drive social and environmental impact. This is the first of two-parts,...


Episode 11: Opportunity Zones, Part 2

This week, Garnet and I continue our chat with Peter Stuart of Outlier Capital about Opportunity Zones -- we learn the three most important things to know about them, how Peter is capitalizing on them at Outlier Capital, some common mistakes, and we get a broader understanding of opportunity zones in general. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Special Guest: Peter Stuart.


Episode 10: Opportunity Zones, Part 1

Opportunity Zones were legislated into existence in 2017 as part of the tax overhaul. The intention is to revitalize economically distressed parts of the country with private investments. We were really interested in learning more, so we called on Peter Stuart (, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at outlier Realty Capital ( Peter has been on the leading edge of Opportunity Zones, and has an interesting background...


Episode 9: InnoNation - Houston

We have a short but sweet episode of #theipod this week as a way to introduce you to a new feature we’ll have occasionally: We call it InnoNation. It’ll be brief profiles of the innovation and entrepreneurship environment in cities and regions. Today, we start with Houston--introduced to us by last week's guest, Panos Moutafis ( Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Cover and header image from Flickr...


Episode 8: Facial Recognition

Facial recognition is taking the world by storm. So we found the most innovative mind in the business--Panos Moutafis, who founded Zenus Biometrics in Houston--to tell us what he and his company have been up to. Zenus has a unique technology, which Panos describes in our chat, focused on facial recognition for event check ins. The company heralds it as the world's fastest checkin, which requires no ticket scanning or wearables. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most...


Episode 7: Opportunity Zones and E-Sports (Don't Worry, It All Makes Sense)

Garnet and Mark chat about two things that have been on their minds: opportunity zones and e-sports. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Cover and header image from Flickr...


Episode 6: AnytownUSA and the Future

We're back with Geralyn Breig (, founder of AnytownUSA ( In the first part, we talked about Geralyn’s back ground and career. In this episode, we get into her new venture—something Garnet knows well, and then we take a peek at the future. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Special Guest: Geralyn Breig.


Episode 5: A Made-In-America Success Story

In this episode, the first of two parts, we interview Geralyn Breig, founder and CEO of, which launched in June 2018. Geralyn has a storied career. She was President of Clarks, Americas from 2014 to 2016. Geralyn's career in consumer products spans 35 years in executive, marketing and omnichannel business development roles. In this part of our discussion, Garnet explores the early days of Geralyn's career and all the stops along the way to her current venture. Subscribe to us...


Episode 4: The Future of Experiences

In the second part of our chat about experiential marketing, we get into the future with James Kern and Chris Clegg. Garnet noted something he read in Ad Age recently about companies, in the wake of the data backlash, deemphasizing digital marketing and focusing on real-time face-to-face experiences. No people better than Chris and James to chat with about the implications of such a trend. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service (we're on most of them). Special Guests: Chris Clegg...


Episode 3: Experiential Marketing

In this episode, we chat with James Kern of XISM and Chris Clegg of Portma about experiential marketing. It's the first part of a two-part chat. 2018 was the year of experiential marketing and the notion of engaging through experiences. Garnet frames the discussion with a quote ( from Stacy Martinet (, VP of marketing strategy and communications...


Episode 2: CES Day Three

We visit again with Laura Haykel ( of Language Line, in a chat recorded at the Connected Home, Transport Innovation Space. Garnet asked Laura what she really liked at CES this year. Then Garnet reconnected with CES Insider James Kern (, Founder and CEO of XISM, to see what the highlights were for him. James and Garnet strolled over to chat with Bart Jacobcz Rosier...


Episode 1: CES Day One

Garnet goes on location to CES and chats with with Flo Miniscloux ( from Extraordinary Events in Los Angeles, the company that designed the Indiegogo Space about what she liked and what she expected from CES this year. Then, he moves to the Medialink opening night party, that legendary event that hosts dealmaking between old media giants from Hollywood, Inc. and new tech from Silicon Valley. He was joined there by Bill Westcott...


Special Preview Episode

Garnet and Mark share their plans for the Innovation Podcast--the subjects, the guests and the discussions to come.