The Disruptors

Innovation in Financial Services

An episode of The Disruptors

By Sean Johnson
Ideas, tools, techniques and advice from the people and organizations who are transforming our world.
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Innovation in residential real estate
Welcome to Season 2 of the Disruptors Podcast. How is technology going to transform the way we choose where to live?  Chad Curry is currently the Director of Technology Partnerships for eXp Realty, and formerly the Managing Director of CRT Labs, the think tank for the National Association of REALTORS.  In this episode we discuss:   - How autonomous vehicles will dramatically alter the places people choose to live and work.  - What will happen when homeowners become net producers of energy.  - How blockchain, augmented reality and other technologies will impact the home purchasing and living process.  - How agents are taking advantage of all these technologies to reposition themselves in the marketplace. It's a fascinating discussion, one that will impact every one of us in the next 10 years. I hope you find it interesting. --- To learn more about how DI can help you transform your business, visit
April 12, 2019
How to scale 10x and then scale 10x again - Elan Mosbacher from SpotHero
How do you scale something 10x and then scale it again? The answer is surprisingly simple, and yet very few organizations have the discipline to do it. My guest today is Elan Mosbacher, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Spothero. In this conversation we talk about how Elan and his team made went about growing SpotHero to the largest mobile parking platform in the country. Elan has a ton of experience around building marketplace businesses, pursuing strategic partnerships and more. He’s also very thoughtful about the future of mobility in general, and we get into a pretty fascinating conversation around autonomous vehicles and where things are headed.
December 13, 2018
How to get 1,617,418 customers: Mike Rome's crash course on building a growth team
One thing many startups have in common is the growth team - a multi-disciplinary group tasked with moving bottom line product metrics. Unlike traditional marketers that focus on acquisition, they are tasked with iterating on the product to improve things like retention, referral, and average revenue per user. Mike Rome leads growth at Eat Street, and in his career Mike has helped acquire millions of users for a number of startups. In this discussion Mike shares how he approaches growth, his methodology for prioritizing experiments, the components of a good growth team and more. For show notes, visit And if you leave a review, be sure to enter the contest to win a pair of custom DI sneakers at Thanks for listening!
November 19, 2018
Innovation in Financial Services
The financial services industry impacts us in broad sweeping ways, perhaps more than any other industry. And technology is forcing legacy institutions to adapt while juggling massive compliance, security, and legacy platform concerns. In this discussion with Jason Henrichs we talk about how financial services companies can adapt more successfully, leveraging unique frameworks that keep the existing business moving while enabling rapid tests and decision making. We also discuss how various emerging technologies are going to impact financial services going forward. Get show notes and more at If you enjoy the podcast, would love a quick review on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks for Listening! IN THIS EPISODE: - Innovation and Regulation in Financial Services - Bimodal IT in Financial Services - Using Innovation Accounting - Innovation sandboxes in financial services - Measuring the success of innovation initiatives - Unbundling in financial services - The rise of robo-advisors - Leveraging data for financial services innovation - Blockchain in financial services - AI in financial services - Basic income - The opportunity for fintech to create social good
October 9, 2018
How Amazon Builds Remarkable Products
Amazon has developed a unique culture that allows them to execute across a variety of industries. My guest today is Chris Durbin, as a product designer for Amazon she's seen first hand what makes Amazon's approach unique. In this episode we discuss what she learned leading the design for the Apple Watch app, why Amazon's culture of writing is the key to its success, and why Amazon believes the phrase "Minimum Viable Product" should be outlawed. Get show notes and more at If you enjoy the podcast, would love a quick review on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks for Listening!
September 4, 2018
Technology trends in the hotel industry
The hotel industry is full of opportunities to leverage innovative new technologies. My guest today has made it his mission to help hotels navigate the hundreds of solutions out there and provide objective, unbiased advice. His name is Jordan Hollander and he’s the cofounder of Hotel Tech Report In this episode we talk about the unique operating structure of hotels and the challenges that presents to innovation. We discuss how one hotel in particular is navigating those challenges and doing some very novel things, and we get into dozens of solutions smart hotels are using to make their teams more effective and improve the guest experience. For more advice on how to become a disruptor for your own organization, visit us at If you enjoy the podcast, would love a quick review on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks for Listening!
August 3, 2018
Using data science to transform the social sector
Data science has infiltrated most enterprise organizations. But it’s also being used to improve the efficacy of organizations in the social sector. My guest today is Andrew Means. Founder of Data Analysts for Social Good and Big Elephant Studios. Co-founder of BrightHive. Previously he was the founding executive director of and Associate Director at the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy. Andrew is an internationally recognized speaker on issues of data and philanthropy. On this episode we talk about how smart non-profits are taking advantage of data science to improve transparency and impact, how they’re overcoming issues around lack of data through unique collaborative models, and how organizations can grow a data competency in house. For more advice on how to become a disruptor for your own organization, visit us at If you enjoy the podcast, would love a quick review on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks for Listening!
July 10, 2018
The Politics of Innovation
In this episode, DI partner Sean Johnson discusses why politics often get a bad wrap inside of organizations, and why they're vital to making your innovation initiatives happen. He then discusses 20 specific strategies you can leverage to build influence, break logjams and move ideas through your organization. We'd love to hear what you think about these ideas or the podcast in general - please leave a review! If you'd like to learn more about how amazing organizations are transforming themselves with digital innovation, visit us at
June 26, 2018
The 11 Laws of Product Development
Welcome to the Disruptors podcast. In this episode, DI partner Sean Johnson explains why so many digital products fail, and outlines 11 specific, actionable ways you can make smarter product decisions to maximize the likelihood of success.
June 6, 2018
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