Nakiso Maodza and Mike Grandinetti discuss what Innovation is and more importantly what Disruptive Innovation is. Using examples from a variety of sources, they talk about who’s doing it right and who’s about to get disrupted!
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Episode 15: The Current State Of Entrepreneurship Education At Top Global MBA Programs
In this episode, part 3 of a 3 part “mini-series” on Entrepreneurship, we discuss two very effective & unique co-curricular entrepreneurial programs affiliated with major universities. The first is open to any UC Berkeley affiliate from current undergraduate and graduate students ( first priority) to faculty and alumni and to select international companies with high potential. The second program is open only to Babson College undergrads. The discussion focused on the Berkeley Skydeck Incubator is a conversation with Caroline Winnett the Executive Drirector and Hayoung Park, an entrepreneur who shares his story about in the Babson eTower. Join us for a very interesting conversation!
In this episode, we continue the discuss we began in Episode 14, on Entrepreneurship. Except, we shift the conversation to a discussion about the state of entrepreneurship education at 27 top global MBA programs, based on a credible, recently available new data source that is available for the first time.
This data is combined with Mike’s own observations & experiences as an award winning Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship / Senior Lecturer for over 20 years in the US & Europe at schools as diverse as MIT, Rutgers, the Technical University of Denmark & Hult, & as a guest lecturer at Babson College, Boston College, ESADE(Barcelona), and in Olin College of Engineering’s entrepreneurship courses.
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In the Episode, we discuss the connection between age and success and the misconception that it’s only the young 20 and 30 years old Entrepreneurs who are destined to build the most disruptive companies. In fact, a newly released definitive study, co-led by the MIT Sloan School Professor Pierre Azoulay, Northwestern Kellogg Business School Professor Benjamin Jones and US Census Bureau, Principal Economist Javier Miranda, makes it irrefutably clear- the most successful founders are middle age – ranging from 42 to 46 years old +.
While there are certainly notable exceptions, and Zuckerberg starting Facebook at age 24 is certainly one, the numbers bear out the fact that founder-entrepreneurs between 20 and 25 fail at an alarming rate, and that there is a plateau between ages 25 and 35. Starting at age 35, the probability of success increases. Join us for this interesting discussion about age and entrepreurship!
If you’ve ever wondered about who is helping automaker’s reimagine the environment impact of their products, to focus on 100% EV luxury automobiles with zero tailpipe emissions, then this is the episode for you!
Join us for a fantastic episode, as we take a deep-dive into this topic with pioneer AutomobiliPininfarina Founder & CEO Michael Perschke. APF is the global pace-setter as the creator of the world’s first sustainable, 100% EV luxury automobile with zero tailpipe emissions!
If you’ve ever worn the Max +1, the Pegasys, the Tailwind, and the lace-less Kukini, which is on display at the Smithsonian Museum, then you wore the inspirations of Sean McDowell. He’s an award winning designer, who served as Director of Design, Innovation & Sustainability at Nike and then most recently at Converse. At Converse, the recently released Converse Chuck Taylor Renee Canvas, made from 100% recycled P.E.T. bottles, shows us how the future of design can be much less environmentally impactful and still profitable.
In this episode we explore these ideas and the stories behind this iconic brand, and this iconic contributor to global sustainability. Join us for this incredible discussion!
In this episode of we talk about the historic news that Xerox is trying to acquire HP. This is remarkable on many levels, because HP, founded in 1939, is considered to be the “grand-daddy” of Silicon Valley. The HP garage, located in Palo Alto, considered the birthplace of Silicon Valley, is listed in the “National Register of Historic US Places Countless successful startups, also launched in garages from San Jose to San Francisco, were also created by entrepreneurs who worked at HP, including Apple.
Xerox, 3X smaller than HP in terms of market capitalization and with 5X less revenue in comparison to HP, is making a truly remarkable play. Join us for this incredible story!
In this episode of we focus exclusively on enabling boundless female entrepreneurship, along with the formation of female - friendly angel capital & venture capital funds. The progress in this domain has been extraordinary over the past few years and it deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.
We start off highlighting female entrepreneurial role models, specifically the founders of Eventbrite, Rent the Runway, 23&Me, Stitch Fix & Glossier as beacons to a new generation of female founders, and female investing partners in VC Funds, including Forerunner Ventures, Cowboy Ventures and Backstage Capital.
This episode is a reflection on what has transpired to date in the world of innovation & entrepreneurship in 2019 year-to-date. The year started off with great optimism. It was the “Year of the Unicorn” and a large number of blockbuster IPOs were eagerly anticipated. Many, including Uber, Lyft, & WeWork had some of the highest valuations of private tech companies in history.
However, most recently we’ve seen that has gone sideways for a number of these companies! Tune in to the discussion.
In this episode, we do a deep dive into a focused branch of FinTech, InsuranceTech. Our guest is Alex Shyr, who leads the Data Science & analytics team at disruptor, Next Insurance, based in Silicon Valley. There are now hundreds of InsureTech companies that have been funded, often by large insurance company incumbents, and they are disrupting every imaginable sector of the market. Join us for this interesting conversation.
Mike recently organized and led the first of MIT's four "Innovation Series" events for this academic year, "Preparing For and Competing with the Tech Titans of China", in collaboration with the MIT Enterprise Forum. In this bonus episode, Mike share’s his 15 minute opening keynote talk, and conducts a 10 minute fireside chat with author and Forbes and MSNBC contributor Rebecca Fannin.
In this episode, Mike and Nakiso speak with #PatrickMullane, Executive Director of Harvard Business School Online. HBS Online, which offers non-degree certificate programs, is at the forefront of online learning and the “MOOC” movement that is now part of many of the world’s best educational institutions. Often talked about as EdTech, the disruption caused by programs like HBS online, also includes corporations like 2U, who in 2017 spent $103 million to purchase GetSmarter.com. What does this mean for the future of learning? Take a listen.
In this episode, we invited David Rosenberg, Founder & CEO of AeroFarms, the leading US vertical farm, and a certified B Corporation to discuss what is happening in the world of sustainable agriculture. AeroFarms was named one of the world's most Innovative companies by FastCompany Magazine.
In this episode, we invited WinterLight Labs Co-Founder & CEO Liam Kaufman to join us to discuss what is happening in next generation Health Tech. We look at a new class of solutions known as “Digital Therapeutics” which are mobile apps being used by doctors to diagnose illnesses. We also discuss how #MachineLearning & statistical learning are being used in diagnosing and managing a wide range of chronic illnesses & diseases. WinterLight is using voice recording data to predict the onset of mental & cognitive illnesses.
In Episode 4, we build on discussions in previous episodes about massive sociable change caused by disruptive innovation, and Industry 4 technology enablers like AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Autonomous Vehicles, and VR. Featured Guest: Lee Edwards, Partner with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Root Ventures joined us for an extended discussion on “ Hard Technology”.
Nakiso and Mike do a deep dive on China. Chinese “entrepreneurs” are no longer copying leading US platforms, and instead are building dominant juggernauts that one day, if US companies are not paying attention, will become the leaders. Baidu (Google knock-off), Alibaba (Amazon knock-off), early Xiaomi (Apple iPhone knock-off), pay close attention. China has emerged into an innovation powerhouse over the past decade. Under President Xi, China has made clear their intention to become a technological powerhouse superior to the US. Many government policies have supported this.
Mike & Nakiso discuss the unprecedented disruptive power of industry 4 technologies like AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, VR / AR and others, and their already significant effect on a multitude of industries from Financial Services, Insurance, Mobility and Transportation, Health Care, Food and Urban Farming to Gaming, Music, Movies and Professional Sports. In addition, we discuss how AI & ML are totally changing the game for sales, marketing and customer service and support professionals.
In Episode 1, Nakiso and Mike set the context for their new podcast series on Disruptive Innovation. In today’s increasingly fast-paced digital economy, both the life-span of organizations and the average tenure of C-Suite executives has collapsed. Why? Simply because the majority of leadership teams are ill-prepared to keep their core businesses competitive while simultaneously redefining and reinventing their business models and offerings to remain relevant. There are a number of fundamental reasons, which are covered. Distinctions between invention, innovation and disruptive, societal changing innovations are drawn. The discussion centers on best practices in future-proofing your organization, regardless of industry, size of organization, sector or country of origin, by diving into specific “role models” from the US, China and Australia. In addition, cultural norms, behaviors and practices to be avoided that are obstacles to innovation are also reviewed.