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Innovation Crush smashes convention to bits by profiling some of the world's most daring projects and the people behind them. From marketing ideas to technology innovations, disruptive business models, personal development, and everything between, IC is a one stop shop for all the "who-to-know" and "what-to-know" you'll ever need to know. Hosted by long-time idea maker, Chris Denson, the show serves up a giant helping of some of the best minds around the world, all with a heaping side of occasional bad jokes.






#169: Ann Hand - League of Extraordinary Gamers

What do BP, McDonald's, architecture, and eSports have in common? The genius of Ann Hand. As Chairman and CEO of Super League, Ann is quite literally changing the game. What the NFL is to football, or MLB to baseball, Super League is becoming for gaming. With professional team franchises, and sold out competitions popping up all over the country, Super League is now at the forefront of this $90 billion industry. On this episode, Ann breaks down her spirited fearlessness, her leadership...

Duration: 00:42:58

#168: Louis Ziskin - Game of Drones

After serving 12 consecutive years in federal prison for the largest MDMA bust in history, Louis Ziskin decided to take the world by swarm... of drones that is. His company, DropIn, Inc pairs on-demand drone pilots with insurance companies, enabling customers to leverage streaming video and high-res photos and achieve better insight into auto and property damage. A first of its kind, Ziskin recently closed over $2M in funding, a handful of major insurance providers as clients, and close to...

Duration: 00:08:31

#167: Simon T. Bailey - Unlocking Your Brilliance

Recently inducted into the speaker hall of fame, Simon T. Bailey has worked with the likes of AT&T, Microsoft, Chevron, Marriott and more to help individuals and leadership teams achieve new levels of brilliance. With most companies facing what he's dubbed "VUCA" (Volatility Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), the best selling author has become a master at navigating the age of reinvention. On this episode of Innovation Crush - in partnership with Success Magazine - Simon talks us...

Duration: 00:44:42

#166: Michael Gervais - The Psychology of High Performance

For Dr. Michael Gervais, getting your head in the game is more than a motivational catch phrase, it's what his entire life's work has been about. The high performance psychologist - who once trained Felix Baumgartner for the Red Bull space jump - is one of the world's best when it comes to training your mind for success under pressure. From CEO's to athletes to the military and even a partnership with legendary NFL coach Pete Carroll, Michael helps others reach their highest performance...

Duration: 00:50:27

#165: Emily Chang - Taking On The Unknown

As the newly appointed CMO of Starbucks China, Emily Chang is on a mission. With a stint heading Apple retail in the region, and another at the helm of marketing the Intercontinental Hotel Group under her belt, Emily is prepared to take on the company's deepest dive into China since it began. While most US companies are pulling out of the region, Starbucks is projecting the creation of over 10,000 jobs a year, and more than 5000 locations (doubling the current number) in the next 4 years....

Duration: 00:51:39

#164: Bassem Youssef - How to Risk Everything

With over 30 million viewers each week, heart surgeon turned political satirist, Bassem Youssef quickly became dubbed "the Egyptian Jon Stewart." His show-- and his very existence as television host-- challenged the powers that be, made people laugh, empowered viewers to take take action, and put himself and his team in constant danger. Like many entrepreneurs, the odds are typically never in your favor, yet through his challenges, Bassem became an important voice and brand within the...

Duration: 00:43:27

#163: Jason Mayden - Becoming Heroic

As the former global head of design for the Jordan brand, Jason Mayden is no stranger to the world of icons and heroes. In his role, he worked with world class athletes to refine their performance, and define their brand. Over the past 3 years, Jason has put himself through the entrepreneurial school of hard knocks, teaching at Stanford, working for startups, learning the ropes of finance, and then some; all in effort to launch, a brand built to re-engineer play and...

Duration: 00:56:53

#162: Brent Bushnell - The Ringmaster of Creativity

Courtesy of Combining technology, engineering, circus antics, play, robots, and big business entrepreneurialism, Brent Bushnell is no stranger to creating wonder. Throughout his career, the big kid turned CEO has helmed creative projects alongside the likes of The White House, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, The CW, OK Go, to name a few. in 2018, his company, Two Bit Circus, will open the first of a series "mini amusement parks," a phrase that describes an arcade hopped up on Two...

Duration: 00:24:34

#161: Troy Carter - An Empire Built on Empathy (Rebroadcast)

Troy Carter doesn't mind being known as "the VC formerly known as Lady Gaga's manager." The bets he made to move the iconic artist from obscurity to super-stardom are the same bets he's made for organizations like Lyft, Uber, Spotify, Warby Parker, and countless others. His ability to spot winners in both entertainment and business is uncanny, fueled by his one true skill--empathy. It's this empathy that gives him the wherewithal to think like a consumer, feel like an artist, move like...

Duration: 00:58:33

#160: Ryan Cummins - Once in a Lifetime

Courtesy of With a roster of celebrity talent like Katy Perry, Robert Downey Jr., Eminem, and Arnold Schwarzenegger to name a few, Omaze has set a new precedent for those seeking to do good in the world. The organization creates once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences that range from playing dodgeball with Ben Stiller to being a cast member in STAR WARS and pairs them with charitable causes and brands to accelerate change. To date they've raised 100's of millions of dollars for...

Duration: 00:50:56

#159: JT McCormick - The Beginner's Mindset

Probably one of the nicest guys to ever fired by, JT McCormick is the consummate CEO. A master of scale, JT recently made the transition from CEO of a software company, to heart-wrenching autobiography writer, to CEO of the company that helped him write his book. As he states, "I'm not your zero to one guy. I'm your one to a billion guy." On this installment of the Crush, JT walks us through building a culture of service, his beginner's mindset philosophy, his less-than-humble childhood,...

Duration: 00:47:24

#158: Joanna Angel - Punk, Power, and Porn

The adult industry is one of the most oversaturated and simultaneously innovative industries in the world. For 10 years, punk genre pioneer and Burning Angel CEO, Joanna Angel has mastered the art of calculated risks, evolving her company's brand and her business acumen slowly and carefully. From virtual reality to sub genres to custom products, Joanna continues to find ways to reinvent her presence in the industry, keep fans engaged, and retain a position of category leadership. On...

Duration: 00:56:43

#157: Adam Conover - Always Question Everything

Comedian, intellectual, television host and cultural challenger, Adam Conover has mastered the art of getting down the why's behind societal beliefs. Whether debunking the jewelry industry, staring death in its many faces, fighting the idea of generational marketing, or uncovering the origins of jay-walking, the host of Tru TV's Adam Ruins Everything is adept at questioning our so-called realities, and searching for universal truths. On the cusp of his third season, Adam stops by...

Duration: 00:51:22

#156: James Lanman - 100 Days of Innovation

Very few musicians have mastered the art of reinvention. In a hyper digitally connected world where everyone's vying to get the most followers, subscribers, and likes, James Lanman has sent himself out on a 100-day tour across the United States-- playing backyards and living rooms of perfect strangers. With his "action trumps perfection" motto, The former graphic and web designer turned musician/entrpreneur has mastered a new art of connection... through simple intimate performances with...

Duration: 00:55:15

#155: Digital Jam Session - Advanced Soldiers and Solutions

"It's all about operation preparedness. It's about training, it's about rehearsing." -Afzal Ali, UK Defence Solutions Centre. During a recent visit to London, Innovation Crush host Chris Denson stops by Digital Jam Sessions podcast to chat with host Tanya Laird and Afzal Ali from the UK Defence Solutions Centre about collaborative thinking, advanced technology, and borrowing ideas from the private sector and vice versa. Recorded during the UK's first Virtual Reality Show held at the...

Duration: 00:17:04

#154: DJ Skee - Fresh Out of the Box

As one of the nicest guys on the planet, Scott Keeney (aka DJ SKee)is a music artist, television host, radio personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur. As the host of Skee TV, Scott saw over 3 BILLION views on content the network created. Fresh off a partnership with Amazon Alexa, his startup music listening platform, Dash Radio has amassed millions of listeners and celebrity curated stations from the likes of Snoop, Lil Wayne, David Faustino, White Owl and dozens of others. On...

Duration: 00:38:47

#153: J.F. Bouchard - The Multidisciplinary Mindset

Chairman and co-founder of Sid Lee, founding partner of C2 Montreal, founding Member of the Kyu Collective, award-winning photographer, and long standing partner of Cirque Du Soleil, J.F. Bouchard is no stranger to what it takes to develop some of the most inventive experiences on the planet. Over the years, he has broken his skill for creative alchemy down to the a simple mechanic -- bring different points of view to the table. On this installment of the Crush, J.F. breaks down several...

Duration: 00:47:37

#152: Ben Parr - The Art in Artificial Intelligence

Ben Parr is no stranger to capturing attention. As the former editor-at-large of Mashable, he wrote close 2500 articles on technology and innovation and oversaw thousands more. A few years later, he wrote a book on the subject, Captivology: The Science of Capturing Attention. He is a sought after adviser and investor for startups, and recently launched Octane.AI, a chat bot company that uses artificial intelligence to create conversational personalities for individuals and brands. Recorded...

Duration: 00:46:18

#151: Jean Case - Being Fearless

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Case Foundation, one of the world's top philanthropic organizations, led by technology pioneer, Jean Case (along with her husband and AOL co-founder, Steve Case). Recorded live during SXSW 2017 at Walmart's Spark VIP Lounge, Jean joins Innovation Crush to discuss closing the vast divides in entrepreneurship, her own humble beginnings, her new role as chairman of the National Geographic Foundation, and the emotional intelligence it takes to achieve...

Duration: 00:43:57

#150: Orlando Jones - We're All Storytellers

Every brand, entrepreneur, product, and movement has a story -- and across many talents and crafts, Orlando Jones is a master storyteller. The actor, musician, designer, and marketer has entertained audiences by the millions, whether in notable roles in series like Sleepy Hollow and the highly anticipated Starz series, American Gods, or helming marketing initiatives for brands like King's Hawaiian, Mountain Dew, or Ghost Recon Wildlands. On this 150th episode of the show, Orlando walks us...

Duration: 01:01:25

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