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Episode 29-Amko Leenarts, Design Director Ford Europe

Today’s guest is Amko Leenarts. He is the Director of Design for FORD Europe where he is responsible for the exterior and interior design of all models for global markets. Amko leads a team of more than 275 Ford employees at Ford Design Studios in Germany and the Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K. Previously he was the director of Global Interior Design at Ford leading interior design strategy and implementation for both the Ford and Lincoln brands worldwide. Leenarts graduated from the...


Perception Chief Creative John LePore chats with Maxon President & CEO Paul Babb

On this episode of the Perception Podcast, our very own Chief Creative Officer John LePore speaks with Paul Babb. Paul is President and CEO of Maxon - the creators of Cinema 4D. We've known Paul for a very long time and have been using C4D for a very long time. In the famous words of Ed McMahon - "Heeere's Johnny!"


Episode 27-Chris Pfaff, CEO, Chris Pfaff Tech Media LLC

Our guest today is Chris Pfaff, Founder and CEO of Chris Pfaff Tech Media. Chris graduated form Northwestern in 1987 and since then has been a purveyor of tech for companies like Sharp, Sony, AT&T, Lucent, Nokia and a host of other industry giants. At his firm he performs business development, marketing, and public relations services for early-to-mid-stage technology and new media companies, concentrating on North America and Europe. He is a regular at CES and often gives guided tech tours...


Episode 26 - James McQuivey VP, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

On this episode of the Perception Podcast we welcome James McQuivey, VICE PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL ANALYST at FORRESTER RESEARCH James serves CMOs. He is the foremost analyst tracking and defining the power and impact of digital disruption on traditional businesses. His consumer models identify the ways consumers have embraced digital experiences and platforms, and his strategy models help companies prepare to serve those consumers. He applies this knowledge to a wide variety of industries,...


Episode 25 - Paul Armstrong Founder of HERE/FORTH & Author of Disruptive Technologies

Today on the Perception Podcast we welcome Paul Armstrong. Paul is a leading strategist, author and speaker on the future of technology, disruption, retail innovation, media industry, social technologies, consumer technology, mobile innovation, IoT, Martech/Adtech, start-ups and the start-up ecosystem. He runs the technology advisory HERE/FORTH where he helps clients including PwC, Coca-Cola, O2, P&G, jkrGlobal and MEC understand trends and how to sensibly apply emerging technologies...


Episode 24 - Felix Holst, Chief Product Officer & Co Founder HACKROD

Our guest today is Felixt Holst. Felix has spent most of his career at Hot Wheels. He was head of creative for Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Tyco. After 11 years at Mattel he decided to flex his entrepreneurial muscle to cofound HackRod. HACKROD IS A DIGITAL INDUSTRIAL COMPANY DEVELOPING A DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING PIPELINE THAT WILL DRIVE THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. ENABLING EVERYONE WITH THE POWER TO DESIGN, INNOVATE AND PRODUCE UTILIZING distributed manufacturing and local...


Episode 23-Klaus Busse, Head of Design FCA Italy - Fiat, Abarth, Lancia, Alfa Romeo & Maserati

Our guest today is Klaus Busse (Bussay). Klaus has spent his entire career with Chrysler, first as Daimler then Chrysler and now FCA. He moved up the ranks over 22 years - from Design manager, Chief designer, VP of interior design for the brands Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM and the heart pounding SRT and now, he is currently the VP of Design for Fiat, Abarth, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and the beautiful Maserati for FCA in Turin, Italy. He was an integral part of creating and improving the...


Episode 22-John Absmeier, SVP Autonomous Business Unit Harman, VP Smart Machines, Samsung

Our guest today is John Absmeier. John has an interesting background, starting with his career with Delphi (the automotive technology company) where he worked his way up for over 17 years. While at Delphi he spent over 8 years in Shanghai, China. After his time overseas he came back to Silicon Valley for another 4 years at Delphi. Toward the end of 2015 he became VP of Smart Machines at Samsung. Thats about the time I met John. About 2 years after he joined Samsung they acquired Harman...


Episode 21-Chris Bangle, Design Visionary and Managing Director of Chris Bangle Associates

This week we have a special treat, legendary car designer Chris Bangle. One only needs to look down the street for evidence of Chris Bangle’s ingenuity and far-reaching influence. A daring designer whose work has provoked endless discussion, Bangle is best known for his tenure as Chief of Design for the BMW group, where he was responsible for bringing the designs of BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce into the twenty-first century. The New York Times has said “Bangle is arguably the most...


Episode 20-Jack Cole, Creator of The Six Million Dollar Man title sequence

Our guest today is Jack Cole. You may have not heard of him but trust me, you’ve seen his work. Jack is best known for the Six Million Dollar Man title sequence that opens the show. He has also designed sequences for great shows like the Rockford Files, Ellery Queen, Ironside, Bionic Woman and a host of others. Whats unique about his work is how he told the story of the show through his design of these title sequences. It was 1974 when he created the Six Million Dollar Man sequence. Lets...


Episode 19-Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO at Fisker Inc

This week, we are thrilled to welcome visionary entrepreneur and car designer extraordinaire, Henrik Fisker. Henrik is a world renowned designer of beautiful automobiles like the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, the Fisker Karma, Mustang Rocket and his latest innovation the Emotion. Other then automobiles he has also worked on the Lauge Jensen Viking motorcycle and collaborated with yacht builder Benetti on a 164 foot super yacht concept which when converted equals 50 meters called...


Episode 18-Brian Greene, Professor of Mathematics & Physics at Columbia University

Our special guest today is Brian Greene. Brian is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and, is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and of spatial topology change. He is known to the public through his books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, which have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 2 million copies...


Episode 17-Phil Gilbert, Manager of IBM Design

This week we had the honor to speak with Phil Gilbert, General Manager of IBM Design, where he leads strategy and transformation of product design at IBM. He came aboard IBM in 2010 when his company Lombardi Software was acquired. In addition to leading three successful start-ups, he is a respected thought leader who regularly shares his expertise on topics of portfolio and software design, design governance, strategy and culture with clients and organizations around the world. This wide...


Episode 15-VFX Director Doug Appleton, That Damn Thing Podcast

Catch Perception VFX Director Doug Appleton answer questions from the crew at THAT DAMN THING PODCAST and get some interesting insights about Perception. Please send any questions or suggestions to


Episode 14-Hugh Jackman works out with Danny while training for Wolverine

Finally, listen as Jeremy gets the full story of the time Danny trained with Hugh Jackman in 2011 as he was bulking up and ripping up, to prepare The Wolverine Please send any questions or suggestions to


Episode 13-Business Rockstars Interview with Jeremy Lasky & Danny Gonzalez

Check out the UNEDITED Business Rockstars interview of co-founders Jeremy Lasky and Danny Gonzalez. You will get interesting insights on how Perception started, stories about the first clients Perception collaborated with and how those collaborations influenced the path of Perception. Learn more about how the goals were set and achieved by the Co-founders on wanting to work with top brands across the globe. More episodes dropping every Wednesday. The video version of this interview can be...


Episode 12-Michael Palma, President and Founder, The Palma Group

This week, we talk to the brilliant rain maker and new business strategist Michael Palma, Founder/Chairman of The Palma Group. We have known Mike for over 10 years and his business insight is spot on! The video version of this interview can be found here: Enjoy! Please send any questions or suggestions to


Episode 11-EXECUTIVE QA Interview with Jeremy Lasky and Danny Gonzalez

Listen to the EXECUTIVE QA podcast interview of co-founders Jeremy Lasky and Danny Gonzalez. The interview gives some interesting insights on starting Perception, how they first met and what keeps them motivated. Enjoy! Send questions to


Episode 10-A Conversation with Paolo Malabuyo, Director Of Design For Netflix

In this episode of our ongoing series of conversations between Perception co-founders Jeremy Lasky and Danny Gonzalez and an incredible line-up of design heroes, inspirational leaders, creative partners and friends is the brilliant and wise Paolo Malabuyo, Director of Design for Netflix. Send questions to Enjoy!


Episode 7 - The Perception Brand and Identity

Listen as co-founders Jeremy Lasky and Danny Gonzalez give insight into creating the Perception identity. This episode breaks down why we picked the word Perception for the company and what the logo represents. Stay tuned! Send questions to


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