Between Worlds

Between Worlds

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Between Worlds is a technology podcast that takes…


Nick Walton on AI and the future of gaming
Aug 6 • 28 min
Nick Walton is CTO and Co-Founder at Latitude, and creator of AI Dungeon. He has been working on deep learning technology for the last several years, working at autonomous vehicle companies and in a deep learning research lab at Brigham Young University.…
Adam Fraser on how to design a culture of transformation
Jul 30 • 33 min
Workplace transformation has never been more important than now, in this time of crisis. So what does it take to build and sustain a culture that is not only innovative and creative, but capable handling constant reinvention? Is the fact that it is…
Austin Grossman on XR, the future of experiences and a world without screens
Jul 24 • 27 min
Austin Grossman is one of my favorite authors. His books (including my personal recommendation, ‘Crooked’) typically reveal an alternate version of the reality you thought you were living in. Given that, his side gig as a design consultant to the video…
Wade Foster on how to run a remote company
Jul 16 • 29 min
While for many of us ‘working from home’ has been a new and unexpected challenge, for some companies, remote is how they were designed from the beginning. Zapier, a leading software automation platform, is one such of these. However, what makes Zapier a…
Raffaella Camera on the coming XR revolution
Jul 9 • 25 min
Our experience of reality is about to change. XR, which incorporates augmented and virtual reality, has shifted from a niche technology to consumer prime time. Now the question is how do we start to design compelling experiences, commercial partnerships…
Sandeep Dadlani on how to increase the internal clock speed of your organization
Jun 25 • 28 min
Mars, Incorporated was already well advanced in their plans for digital transformation before the crisis hit. However, when I spoke to Sandeep Dadlani, the company’s Chief Digital Officer, he explained that the pandemic led Mars to embrace a new internal…
Didier Elzinga on how to build a culture of distributed work
Jun 18 • 29 min
Now that the pandemic has plunged us into the world’s largest remote work experiment, what are we learning about the kind of culture that supports distributed organizations? And how do leaders build a cultural operating system for a time of crisis and…
Dr Roman Marchant on why AI is the key to reimagining the social sciences
Feb 3 • 31 min
Regardless of your profession, one of the most important steps to becoming a better decision maker is knowing how to quantify uncertainty. That applies if you are a scientist, a poker player or a business leader. And while it is not unusual to apply…
Danila Medvedev on frozen heads, multidimensional interfaces and the challenges of immortality
Jan 20 • 32 min
If freezing your severed head is part of your plan to live forever, then Danila Medvedev is one of the few people on the planet who may be able to help you. In 2005, he founded KrioRus, a cryonics company, and has also worked as Vice-President of the…
Flynn Coleman on why we need more human algorithms
Jan 12 • 29 min
Flynn Coleman has led a fascinating life. An author, international human rights attorney, professor, social justice activist and a former competitive athlete she has spoken and written on a wide range of issues from war crimes to behavioral economics. Her…
Enass Abo-Hamed on why the energy revolution begins with smarter storage
Nov 18, 2019 • 28 min
Dr Enass Abo-Hamed is working on one of the most challenging and intriguing energy problems today: efficiently and safely storing clean energy. While on a trip to Africa when studying for her PhD, Enass realised how much of a luxury electricity was, with…
Piotr Spaczyński on building the algorithmic law firm of tomorrow
Oct 14, 2019 • 30 min
If you were to start a law firm today, leveraging all available technology and new ways of thinking - how would you do it? That, among other questions, is what I asked Piotr Spaczyński, managing partner of SSW, the only independent law firm from Poland,…
Ben Pring on the future of jobs
Oct 7, 2019 • 31 min
So finally some good news: according to Cognizant’s Jobs of the Future index, since early 2017, the index’s jobs of the future have been growing faster than all jobs. I strongly believe that the Algorithmic Age will create as many interesting jobs as it…
Richard Culatta on the future of education in an age of smart machines
Sep 30, 2019 • 31 min
When people ask me what our best insurance is against being made irrelevant by AI, I always reply: rethink education. On this week’s show, I spoke to someone doing just that. Richard Culatta is the CEO of the International Society for Technology in…
Simon Lock on the future of fashion
Aug 18, 2019 • 30 min
I met Simon in the late nineties in Sydney when he had just started Australian Fashion Week. After the huge success of that event, he sold the business to IMG International, and went on to found Ordre, a business-to-business online wholesale marketplace…
Christine Day on how to lead a successful digital transformation
Aug 11, 2019 • 29 min
Christine is one of the most talented and thoughtful technology leaders around today. Currently CIO at Questrade, she was recognized in 2017 as a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. We met at a Gartner event where I was presenting on an…
Jamie Metzl on the future of humanity
Aug 5, 2019 • 30 min
Will AI-assisted IVF be the new normal when it comes to having smarter and healthier children? This, and other provocative questions are at the heart of Jamie Metzl’s brilliant new book, ‘Hacking Darwin’, which argues that we are at the dawn of a new…
Karthik Ramakrishnan and the coming age of AI products
May 14, 2019 • 30 min
As AI moves out of research labs and into the real world of commercial applications, we will increasingly see the rise of AI products. Whether it be detecting fraud in financial transactions or optimizing supply chains, while you won’t need a detailed…
Jason Hosking on building the retail AI stack
May 6, 2019 • 29 min
I met Jason in Las Vegas while speaking at the National Automatic Merchandising Association show. The vending industry is uniquely placed to be a testing ground for the intersection of data, consumer behavior and autonomous retail solutions. Jason, who is…
George Kaczmarskyj on avoiding the steampunk automation trap
Apr 28, 2019 • 29 min
Robotic process automation is a tempting proposition for many leaders: who wouldn’t want the ability to replace your processes with cheap algorithms that can run 24/7? However, the real benefit of automation is not efficiency or cost-savings, but the…
Rob Tercek on the unexpected economics of the data-driven future
Mar 26, 2019 • 33 min
Rob Tercek is a fascinating thinker and futurist. His most recent book, VAPORIZED: Solid Strategies for Success In A Dematerialized World, was selected as a winner for the 2016 International Book of the Year by GetAbstract. I met Rob a number of years ago…
Phil Armstrong on ethical AI and the digitally transformed insurance company of the future.
Mar 19, 2019 • 29 min
Despite being one most traditional and conservative sectors in the world, insurance is a sector primed for digital transformation and reinvention through AI. I met Phil Armstrong, the Global Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice-President at The…
Tiffani Bova on finding your pathway to growth
Mar 5, 2019 • 30 min
I met Tiffani a number of years ago when we were both speaking to an audience of business leaders focused on digital transformation. I was struck by her pragmatic message around navigating the difficult choices that surround achieving sustainable growth,…
Mark Pesce on life in 2030
Feb 11, 2019 • 30 min
Mark Pesce has been living in the future for longer than just about anyone I know. He was one of the original pioneers of virtual reality, having invented VRML, the standard for 3D on the Web and a core component of MPEG-4. He is the author of 6 books,…
Kshira Saagar on how to create a culture of data-driven decision making
Feb 3, 2019 • 29 min
For retailers, being data-driven in the 21st century is not a luxury but a matter of survival. Everything is measurable: from engagement to purchase patterns, and that creates the need for leaders who are capable of being both creative and analytical when…
Dr. Simon Longstaff on ethics for an age of smart machines
Jan 28, 2019 • 33 min
We are at a pivotal moment in our society where the forces of accelerating technology are starting to collide with our personal values, social priorities and legal systems. With the rise of AI and automation, knowing how to identify what is right or good…
Mike Walsh on how to be smart, when machines are smarter than you
Jan 19, 2019 • 41 min
To kick off a new season of Between Worlds, I’m turning the camera and the microphone on myself! What you are about to hear is the first chapter of my brand new audiobook, ‘The Algorithmic Leader: How to be smart, when machines are smarter than you.’ In…
Andreas Ekstrom on speaking to truth and power in the algorithmic age
Nov 19, 2018 • 29 min
The algorithmic age raises new difficult questions about truth and objectivity. For leaders of companies and countries alike, reconciling accountability and transparency, with freedom and privacy have never been more difficult. To debate these issues, I…
Aleksandro Grabulov on how to unleash disruptive innovation in traditional organizations
Nov 12, 2018 • 30 min
I met Aleksandro Grabulov almost a decade ago, when he invited me to speak to the global innovation team at Philips in Amsterdam. Back then, Philips was at a turning point. Shortly after I spoke to the group, they divested a number of their consumer…
Sherif Elsayed-Ali on defending human rights in an age of AI
Oct 29, 2018 • 31 min
Sherif Elsayed-Ali leads Amnesty International’s global technology and human rights program. Sherif previously established Amnesty’s technology and human rights program and the organization’s artificial intelligence and human rights initiative. We met up…
Manish Singh on how AI will force us to find new jobs, inside our old ones
Oct 22, 2018 • 26 min
When AI platforms are not busy beating us at Go or showing us how to drive cars properly, they are also changing the way that companies spend and track money. Talking with Manish Singh, an EVP at Oversight Systems, I learned how machine learning is both…
Steve Cronan on what Marvel can teach us about digital transformation
Sep 24, 2018 • 31 min
Steve Cronan started out as the digital asset manager on the Matrix movies in the early 2000s. The experience inspired him to start a company that helped Hollywood Studios and global brands manage vast amounts of content and digital assets across…
Katz Kiely on designing a culture for transformation
Sep 17, 2018 • 33 min
For big organizations, the biggest roadblock to transformation is not technology but culture. How do you design an environment conducive to rapid, constant and often disruptive change? Katz Kiely has spend her career working on such questions. She built…
Calum Chace on surviving the post-AI economy
Aug 27, 2018 • 30 min
One of the most interesting and controversial topics today is the potential impact of AI on employment, economics and politics. Calum Chace has written a number of bestselling books on these topics including ‘Surviving AI’ and ‘The Economic Singularity’.…
Lucie Greene on the power and politics of Big Tech
Aug 20, 2018 • 29 min
The platforms and devices provided by Big Tech pervade every aspect of our private and public lives. They promise a more efficient, social and entertaining world, but how far should we trust this new algorithmic oligarchy with our future? Author and…
Hugh Harvey on whether AI means the end of the radiologist
Aug 13, 2018 • 30 min
Geoffrey Hinton, one of the world’s most renowned computer scientists has argued that ‘we should stop training radiologists right now’, and that as a result of AI, most would be out of a job within 5 years. But is this really true? Dr Hugh Harvey has a…
Martin Raymond on anticipating the future consumer
Aug 6, 2018 • 31 min
Martin Raymond is one of the world’s most respected consumer forecasters. He is the co-founder of The Future Laboratory, is editor-in-chief of Viewpoint magazine and LS:N Global, the online lifestyle news and consumer insight portal. Author of a number of…
Ali Parsa on the algorithmic healthcare revolution
Jul 30, 2018 • 37 min
Ali Parsa is a fascinating leader and entrepreneur. Founder of Babylon Health, a company that is working with algorithms and AI to reinvent the healthcare industry, Ali has been both an influential and provocative figure at the intersection of medicine,…
Daniel Hulme on designing organizations for AI
Jun 18, 2018 • 31 min
Daniel, a British expert in AI and machine learning, founded Satalia, one of the world’s first companies that brought algorithms from the academic world, into practical application at organizations. He has a Masters and Doctorate in Artificial…
Adam Raeburn-James on transforming big pharma
Jun 5, 2018 • 29 min
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, is in the midst of a fascinating digital transformation. To accelerate their process, they recently created a new chief digital and technology officer role, and brought on the former…
Ganesh Padmanabhan on augmenting human beings
May 29, 2018 • 31 min
Right before he joined the AI company, Cognitive Scale, Ganesh Padmanabhan was working on his own AI startup aimed at trying to make systems that were able to explain how they reach their conclusions. The real threat of AI is not killer robots or rogue…
Keith Schaub on AI, baseball and the future of semiconductors
May 22, 2018 • 28 min
A topic that has fascinated me recently is how the semiconductor industry is changing with the advent of AI and machine learning. We have already seen the stellar rise of NVIDIA, a company previously known for making video gaming cards, once AI developers…
Rasmus Andersen on what leaders can learn from great gamblers
May 15, 2018 • 32 min
Applying the logic of professional gambling to leadership might not strike you as obvious, but Rasmus Andersen is no ordinary thinker. Currently running two football teams with the assistance of data and machine learning, he is also a provocative thinker…
Manoj Narang on the future of algorithmic investing
May 8, 2018 • 34 min
Manoj Narang is one of the world’s leading thinkers, and provocateurs, when it comes to the future of investing. A proponent of high frequency trading, he previously founded Tradeworx before setting up electronic trading and asset manager Mana Partners,…
Chris White on legal tradition vs digital transformation
Apr 30, 2018 • 32 min
Chris White is Global CIO of international law firm Clyde & Co, one of the world’s leading legal firms particularly known for their work in the insurance sector. The legal world, deeply conservative and based in tradition, has been under growing pressure…
Ramya Joseph on how to build an AI financial advisor
Apr 22, 2018 • 32 min
Recently named Founder of the Year by Benzinga, Ramya Joseph is a former banker that combined her knowledge of investment management and machine learning, to create Pefin, the world’s first AI financial advisor. Pefin, which won the People’s Choice Award…
Melissa Schilling on what it takes to be a genius
Apr 15, 2018 • 32 min
If you have ever been fascinated by the lives of brilliant people like Einstein, Tesla, Curie or Musk - you might have wondered how exactly they were able to do what they do. And, more to the point, what drove them to such impressive achievements? That is…
Tim Denley on digital transformation in Japan
Apr 9, 2018 • 28 min
I got to spend some time with Tim on a recent trip to Tokyo, when he and his colleagues at KPMG Advisory hosted me for a week of talks and research meetings. Tim is a partner in the Japan practice, where he leads the digital innovation team, and has…
Yossi Ghinsberg on the magic of getting lost
Apr 2, 2018 • 28 min
Yossi Ghinsberg is a true adventurer. Although best known for his story of survival when he was lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon jungle for three weeks in 1981, he has since led a life of inspiration, motivation and raising awareness for…
Bala Mahadevan on building smart cities in India
Mar 26, 2018 • 25 min
If by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities - how do we reimagine our infrastructure, resources and services to cope? Bala Mahavaden is one of the thought leaders involved in planning the next generation of super cities in India,…
Dr. Kent Moors on why the future of energy is not what you think
Mar 18, 2018 • 31 min
It would be easy to imagine in this age of Teslas, Powerwalls, and Nest thermostats, that we are somehow on the brink of escaping traditional energy sources forever. Yet, oil, gas and coal persist - and continues to shape economies, nations and industrial…
Frederik Janssen on preparing for Industry 4.0
Mar 12, 2018 • 30 min
Industry 4.0, or the digitization of the world’s manufacturing and logistics ecosystems, represents an incredible opportunity to profoundly reinvent very traditional organizations and processes. In this podcast Frederik Janssen, who is the director…
Jason Collins on why humans should stop making making so many decisions
Mar 5, 2018 • 31 min
One of the hardest things for any algorithmic leader is knowing when do nothing at all. This is not an entirely new dilemma. Test pilots in the early days of the space program, struggled with the idea of not having manual controls - even when their own…
Gautam Thakkar on reinventing life insurance
Feb 25, 2018 • 29 min
The Life Insurance industry is a fascinating case study in the challenges, and the potential rewards of digital transformation. Traditional insurance carriers have been largely slow to transform themselves, with many policies hosted on a multitude of…
Mark Van Rijmenam on how to build a business on Blockchain
Feb 19, 2018 • 30 min
Mark van Rijmenam is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Blockchain, and its potential impact on the future of the firm. Named as one of the top 10 global big data influencers by Onalytica, he is the author of the book Think Bigger – Developing a…
Rusty Young on the unexpected economics of the global drug trade
Feb 12, 2018 • 30 min
Rusty Young has spent his life living, and writing about things that most of us would feel uncomfortable thinking about, let alone actually experiencing. Strangely enough, he and I first met at law school many years ago. But while after graduation, I left…
Vince Frost on how to think like a designer
Feb 5, 2018 • 30 min
Vince Frost is a world renown designer, author, creative impresario, and one of the most brilliant thinkers on human centered design that I know. He is the founder and Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, Sydney. We met almost a decade ago,…
Paul Greenwood on how AI will transform the legal industry
Jan 29, 2018 • 30 min
Artificial intelligence and automation are disrupting the business of law, leading to faster, more accurate decision making and improved access to justice. But what exactly will this mean for the future of lawyers, and law firms? To find out I spoke with…
Molly Flatt on whether there is a future for reading in a digital world
Jan 22, 2018 • 30 min
I first met the writer Molly Flatt in Bogota, Colombia a number of years ago, but to continue our discussion on the future of books and publishing, we arranged to meet in an equally interesting, although somewhat less exotic, bar in Fitzrovia, London. A…
Peter Sheahan on how big companies can reinvent themselves for the future
Jan 14, 2018 • 32 min
Peter Sheahan is one of the smartest people I know, and the perfect choice for our first podcast guest of 2018. An expert on business transformation, he runs Karrikins Group with staff in more than 23 cities across seven countries. He is the author of…
Mohamed Marfouk on how LVMH is reimagining luxury for the digital age
Dec 6, 2017 • 32 min
The new luxury consumer has never been more different. They’re younger. They’re more connected. They’re more global, and more demanding of brands than at any time in history. To understand the significance of digital for the future of luxury, I caught up…
Bruce Turkel on how to find the authentic truth of your brand
Nov 20, 2017 • 30 min
In an age of multiplying devices, platforms and social media channels - it can be tempting to forget the classic lessons of marketing and branding. On a recent trip to Miami, I caught up with Bruce Turkel, an author and marketing guru who has helped some…
Michael Bungay Stanier on how to ask better questions
Nov 12, 2017 • 31 min
Sometimes the hardest thing for any leader to do, is to actually do nothing and just listen. For Michael Bungay Stanier, a bestselling author and a world-leading expert on coaching - the best way to engage someone in a meaningful conversation is to know…
Peter Clines on transformation, teleportation and the secret history of America
Nov 6, 2017 • 31 min
I was in LA over Halloween, and so took the opportunity to look up one of my favorite genre-bending, sci-fi authors - Peter Clines. Peter has a number of brilliant books including ’14’, ‘The Fold’, and his latest, ‘Paradox Bound’, which he originally…
Alex Capecelatro on AI, smart homes, and the new battle for the living room
Oct 30, 2017 • 30 min
The war for the living room used to be simple: influence whoever was in charge of the family TV’s remote control. With the rise of the Internet of Things, smart speakers, and AI-enabled home automation systems - the home itself has become the next…
Dr Jason Fox on empathy, curiosity and the persistently human future of work
Oct 22, 2017 • 30 min
If, at first, you are unconvinced of Dr Fox’s biographical assertion that he is a ‘modern day wizard-rogue’, you will certainly, when presented in the flesh, be assured by his impressive beard. Bestselling author of ‘The Game Changer’ and ‘How to Lead a…
D. Sahay and Rohan Fernando on data, decision-making and the algorithmic healthcare revolution
Oct 16, 2017 • 30 min
Healthcare is on the brink of a profound transformation, enabled by data, analytics and algorithms. As the health ecosystem moves from providing ‘sick care’, to an integrated, human-centric approach to helping people manage wellness - providers, payers…
Natalie Panek on Mars, the space race and how to inspire a new generation of young explorers
Oct 9, 2017 • 30 min
Natalie Panek is an inspiring young innovator, with dreams of playing a dynamic role in the future of space exploration. A rocket scientist, she was recently named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, a Forbes 30…
Rob van Egmond on complexity, agility and the future of the supply chain
Oct 1, 2017 • 29 min
I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about logistics. Supply chains might not strike you as a particularly interesting topic, but if you think about it, one of the first industries to be disrupted by our obsession with ordering everything and anything…
Jay Guilford on Cirque du Soleil, creativity and the secrets of 21st century team performance
Sep 25, 2017 • 31 min
From humble beginnings as street performance in a small Quebec town in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has grown to become the world’s most diverse, and dynamic brand of creative performances. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, which is home to seven permanent Cirque…
JS Cournoyer on deep-learning, empathy and what it takes to build an AI-first company
Sep 17, 2017 • 31 min
Montreal, it turns out, is ground zero for some of the best and brightest in the emergent AI community. Look closely at the newly hired AI ranks at Google, Uber or Facebook and you will lots of expat Canadians. Now, a new company called Element AI, is…
Andy Harries on making TV for Netflix, the royal family, and why bad weather drives creative genius
Sep 10, 2017 • 31 min
Andy Harries runs Left Bank Pictures - which, if you happen to love shows like the Crown, Outlander, Strike Back, Cold Feet or Prime Suspect - is probably responsible for much of your time spent staring blankly a screen. Andy and I met when I was running…
Rick Willett on analytical decision making, citizen development and the no-code revolution
Sep 3, 2017 • 28 min
Starting work in the nineties, I quickly discovered that professional mastery had a lot to do with your ability to manipulate complex Excel spreadsheets. Analysts crunched numbers, programmers cracked code. These days, 21st century companies are trying to…
Jamie Metzl on North Korea, biotech and the promise and peril of extreme longevity
Aug 27, 2017 • 31 min
I caught up with Jamie Metzl for a coffee in Bryant Park, New York. A fellow futurist, geopolitical expert and sci-fi novelist - suffice to say, we had lots to chat about. Jamie is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, serves on the Advisory Council to…
Garrett Lord on data, talent and how to recruit smart millennials
Aug 20, 2017 • 30 min
With more than 200 inches of snow each year, and a good eight hour drive from a major city, Michigan Tech didn’t see many recruiters from outside of the Midwest. That didn’t seem right to Garrett Lord. Why should talent be located just in geographies…
Magnus Lindkvist on creative friction, Depeche Mode and why the future loves small ideas
Aug 14, 2017 • 33 min
Magnus is a cool guy. As a fellow futurist, speaker and writer, we had met another times professionally over the years, in a variety of cities - but most recently in Kuala Lumpur, we got to properly hang out, and talk about a wide range of seemingly…
Arthur Hayes on the Bitcoin civil war, crypto-banking, and the power of algorithmic thinking
Aug 5, 2017 • 30 min
Arthur Hayes has a big idea. He wants to build the Goldman Sachs of Bitcoin. Starting life as an equity derivatives trader, on his first day of trading, Lehman Brothers collapsed. A few years ago, he formed BitMEX, the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange. BitMEX…
William Bao Bean on messaging, chatbots and other secrets of the Chinese digital ecosystem
Jun 18, 2017 • 31 min
I met William almost ten years ago when he was a technology analyst in Hong Kong, and I was consulting for Star TV. The Chinese Internet was already rapidly evolving then, and now, a decade later, the combination of a sophisticated technology, a…
David Mattin on global change, truthful consumerism and thriving in an age of uncertainty
Jun 10, 2017 • 33 min
Whether it be Brexit, terrorism or a tumultous general election - the UK seems to be a crucible for many of the global forces that threaten to overturn the status quo. To get a better sense of what all that might mean for 21st century companies - I caught…
Chris Van Noy on media, content and the escalating war for attention
Jun 4, 2017 • 31 min
Chris is a thought leader in the media industry. He previously ran strategy for the global content infrastructure business known as Akamai, and over the last 12 years, has sourced, negotiated and closed high level media and technology deals and…
Ted Persson on Swedish startups, data-driven brands and how AI will AI will impact creativity
May 28, 2017 • 31 min
Ted Persson is one of the most interesting and creative thinkers in the Nordic tech scene. Currently a Design Partner with Swedish private equity group, EQT, he previously founded digital agency Great Works, as well as Our/Vodka, a global vodka made by…
Juan Senor on fake news, paid content and the enduring appeal of newsprint
May 21, 2017 • 32 min
Juan Senor is somewhat of an international man of mystery. We met in Guayaquil in Ecuador, but it was in the more salubrious settings of the Oxford and Cambridge Club in London that we re-connected most recently. A former foreign affairs reporter and…
Jeremy Philips on competitive advantage, platforms and the power of network effects
May 14, 2017 • 31 min
Jeremy Philips is the epitome of smart money. He is currently a General Partner of Spark Capital, which is behind disruptive innovators like Slack and Wealthfront, but many would know him from his provocative columns in the New York Times. Prior to Spark,…
Nikolaj Nyholm on gaming and what the rise of professional eSports means for 21st century brands
May 6, 2017 • 31 min
Nikolaj Nyholm is one of the most prolific European entrepreneurs and investors. When I first met him many years ago, he was on the verge of selling his pioneering image recognition company, Polar Rose, to Apple. Previously, he also founded…
Kjell Nordström on cities, women and the rise of the multi-urban corporation
Apr 30, 2017 • 30 min
I met Kjell Nordström a number of years ago in Oslo. He and his colleague Jonas Ridderstrale, who had written the international bestselling book, ‘Funky Business’, were the equally bald, brilliant rockstars of Swedish innovation. Fortunately, I was able…
Matt Pearson on nanosatellites, global networks and the new race for space
Apr 23, 2017 • 29 min
Matt Pearson, along with Fleet’s other two co-founders, saw an opportunity to use nanosatellites to enable the world’s next industrial revolution, the connection of the estimated 75 billion devices set to come online over the next decade. Beginning in…
David Jay on courage, resilience and photographing humanity
Apr 10, 2017 • 32 min
I met David, many years ago, at a cafe on Bondi Beach. Originally from California, he had moved to Australia for work, and for the last 20 or so years, had made a name for himself as a fashion photographer, whose work had been featured in international…
Dan Anthony And Sean McKeever on algorithmic design and the future of the office
Apr 1, 2017 • 30 min
Dan Anthony and Sean McKeever are architects and leaders of NBBJ’s design computation team. NBBJ is the go-to architecture firm for when the world’s biggest technology brands – Google and Amazon in the US, and Alipay and Tencent in China - want to build…
Bradley Trevor Grieve on wildlife, freedom and the secret joys of idleness
Mar 25, 2017 • 31 min
Bradly Trevor Greive is an extraordinary person. He has written 25 books, which have sold over 30 million copies in 115 different countries, several of which have appeared in the New York Times bestseller list, including his classic title, ‘The Blue Day…
Ross Dawson on algorithms, human-centered design and the future of work
Mar 19, 2017 • 30 min
I caught up with Ross Dawson, a fellow futurist and an Australian native, on a recent trip back home to Bondi Beach. Ross is a futurist, and the author of four books including the Amazon.com bestseller ‘Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships’,…
Brady Forrest on talking short, manufacturing smart and the art of the hardware startup
Mar 12, 2017 • 31 min
For as long as I’ve known him, Brady Forrest has been at the very epicenter of whatever the West Coast alpha geeks think is going to be the next big thing. I met him around 2008 when he was running the brilliant ETech conference for O’Reilly Media - which…
Jeff Ma on blackjack, bias and what it takes to become a data-driven leader
Mar 5, 2017 • 31 min
A member of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team, Jeff Ma was the inspiration for the best-selling book ‘Bringing Down the House’ and the hit movie, ’21’. A successful entrepreneur and expert on analytics, he is also a pioneer in the ‘Moneyball’ movement…
Daniel Kraft on data, machine learning and the future of healthcare
Feb 26, 2017 • 32 min
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. I met him some years ago at the Singularity University, where he was chair of the Medicine Track. Daniel is also the Executive Director of…
Carl Richards on uncertainty, wealth and the future of financial advice
Feb 19, 2017 • 31 min
If you have ever picked up a copy of the New York Times, you have probably come across one of Carl Richards and his insightful, back-of-the-napkin drawings and posts that illuminate the basics of money. A financial planner, and author of The One-Page…
Richard Holden on inequality, network capital and the future of the firm
Feb 12, 2017 • 31 min
Richard Holden, a Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School, is one of the world’s leading experts on contract theory. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Economics at the MIT Department of Economics and Visiting Professor of Law at the…
Tamer Nakisci on undesign, emotion and the wonderfully strange, non-specified future of objects
Feb 4, 2017 • 26 min
Tamer Nakisci is an award-winning Turkish designer with a strong vision and fascination for the future. He started his career at Fiat Advanced Design Concept Lab – Milan in 2004. His design for a flexible, wearable “Nokia 888” concept phone over a decade…
Peter Xing on automation, the blockchain and the race to build the cognitive enterprise
Jan 30, 2017 • 31 min
While in Sydney, I caught up with Peter Xing, a key figure in the Australian transhumanism movement, and an expert on business automation. We spoke about the road to building cognitive enterprises, why we need to shift from thinking about digitizing…
Art Morales on data, the placebo effect and the future of clinical trials
Nov 26, 2016 • 29 min
Art Morales is the CTO at Analgesic Solutions, a clinical research company focused on the conduct of clinical trials in pain. I caught up with Art to try and understand how emerging technologies like data, AI and algorithms will impact the way we both…
Perry Oosting on Hasselblad, post-luxury and the rise of Chinese consumer electronics
Nov 20, 2016 • 32 min
Perry Oosting, who started his life as a gold and silversmith, is now the CEO of famed Swedish camera manufacturer, Hasselblad. It is hard to overstate the significance of Hasselblad in the world of imaging. Most famously, the iconic camera was used…
Mark Bowden on body language, communication and the challenge of creating an emotional machine
Nov 14, 2016 • 32 min
Mark Bowden is an expert in human behaviour and body language. His bestselling books include the bestselling Winning Body Language; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals ; and Tame the Primitive Brain – 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most…
Ken Rutkowski on the future of media, hyperloops and life extension technology
Nov 6, 2016 • 31 min
Ken Rutkowski is, hands down, one of the most connected people I’ve ever met. And not in that very East Coast, I know everyone, sort of way, But rather, in a friendly West Coast, I know just the person who can help you, manner. Many years ago I spoke at…
Ali Parsa on affordable healthcare, machine learning and the future of data-driven wellness
Oct 30, 2016 • 32 min
Ali Parsa, founder of Babylon Health, has created an extraordinary platform — an app-based service that cost-effectively connects top GPs with patients via their smartphones, and is the UK’s leading digital healthcare service. Babylon allows its users to…
Ron Tite on creativity, comedy and why everyone is an artist, or at least should be
Oct 23, 2016 • 32 min
Ron Tite is a very funny guy - not to mention, a very creative one. Named one of the ‘Top 10 Creative Canadians’ by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands,…
Eric Schoenberg on tech bubbles, status anxiety and the dynamics of wealthy families
Oct 16, 2016 • 33 min
I had an interesting coffee with Eric Schoenberg in New York recently. He is an adjunct professor who teaches about family wealth at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and also a member of a group known as the Patriotic Millionaires,…
Memory hacking, algorithmic cruelty and why AI systems are better with imperfection
Oct 8, 2016 • 31 min
Memory has also fascinated me - from the stories of the memory palaces of famous classical orators and artists, to the vast armada of 21st century tools that allow us to capture, process and share moments in our lives. In London for a few days, I met up…
Natasha Schull on addiction, ludic loops and why smartphones are mobile ‘Skinner boxes’
Oct 2, 2016 • 32 min
With every new connected device, messaging application or digital service that enters our lives - it becomes increasingly difficult to resist the seductive lure of technology on our attention. For Natasha Schull, a cultural anthropologist and associate…
Mike Reiss on comedy, the Simpsons and the globalization of entertainment
Sep 25, 2016 • 30 min
If you are a fan of animated comedy, chances are you have laughed at a joke written by Mike Reiss. Mike Reiss is the four-time Emmy award-winning producer, a 28 year veteran of ‘The Simpsons’ and has contributed to more than two dozen animated films —…
Seth Porges on virtual reality, the history of pinball and why sex robots won’t save the Singularity
Sep 17, 2016 • 32 min
I met Seth at this secret, underground gathering of thinkers in New York, known as ‘The Influencers’ where he was giving a disturbingly funny talk entitled ‘you can tell a lot about a man by the sex bot he makes for himself.’ Seth Porges is a journalist…
Roy Horan on mindfulness, martial arts and hacking creativity
Sep 11, 2016 • 34 min
When Roy walked into my apartment in Hong Kong. it felt like I was about to get a spirited lesson from the blind sensei Stick, from the comic series Daredevil. I had grown up watching Roy as a kid, playing characters in the Bruce Lee and Jackie Chain Kung…
Robyn Benincasa on performance, synergy and what it takes to be a world champion adventure racer
Sep 4, 2016 • 31 min
Talking to Robyn Benincasa about performance - a world champion adventure racer, a CNN hero and a full time firefighter - was a bit like interviewing Sarah O’Connor about her thoughts on Judgement Day. Robyn is the ultimate adventure addict. She holds…
Ted C. Fishman on aging populations, Chinese urbanization and the dynamic potential of Indonesia
Aug 27, 2016 • 32 min
Ted C. Fishman is a global expert on populations, demographics and emerging markets. When we met up in Chicago, he slipped through the crowded hotel lobby to greet me, in a wonderful Indonesian batik shirt - like a covert character from a Graham Greene…
Sage Brennan on WeChat, travel and the value of stalking Chinese tourists
Aug 21, 2016 • 31 min
Sage and I used to hang out in Shanghai years ago, when he was an analyst covering the Chinese market. Since then, he has returned to the US where he now runs China Luxury Advisors, a consultancy that helps brands and destinations prepare for the next…
Jeremy Heimans on digital activism, new power and what it takes to start a revolution
Aug 13, 2016 • 31 min
You might say Jeremy always had activism in his blood. At the tender age of 8, he pressed his family’s fax machine into service to lobby leaders on issues like children’s rights and nuclear non-proliferation. Since then, he has founded GetUp, an…
Chetan Dube on AI, neural networks and the future of the cognitive enterprise
Aug 5, 2016 • 31 min
Chetan Dube is the cool math professor you always wished you had at college. Impeccably attired and capable of switching between anecdotes about a childhood spent in New Delhi, Paris and London with deep dive explanations of probabilistic vs deterministic…
Valerio Cometti on wit, surprise and the essence of Italian design
Jul 30, 2016 • 31 min
Valerio Cometti is one of the world’s foremost industrial designers. Founder of V12 Design and based in Milan, he and his team have created product designs for some of the world’s leading furniture, fashion and luxury automotive brands. Having originally…
Andy Stalman on brands, Latin America and the secrets of Spanish creativity
Jul 23, 2016 • 31 min
Andy Stalman is an expert in launching and nurturing brands in Latin America. Author of “Brandoffon. Branding the Future” and CEO of Cato Partners Europe & LatAm, he also lectures as a visiting professor at a number of business schools and companies…
Porter Erisman on Jack Ma, Alibaba and the e-commerce revolution in China
Jul 17, 2016 • 28 min
Alibaba is one of the world’s most dynamic and powerful digital brands today, and yet it originates not from Silicon Valley but from China. As a former Vice President at the business, Porter Erisman had front-row seats to the development of Alibaba from…
Bryan Kramer on sharing, authenticity and the art of staying human
Jul 8, 2016 • 32 min
Bryan Kramer is one of the most social people around - not only in person, but with over 300,000 fans and followers, a maven in the personal branding and marketing space. His latest book, “Shareology: How Sharing is Powering the Human Economy”, explores…
Adam Alter on decision-making, influence and the seductive allure of technology
Jul 2, 2016 • 32 min
Adam Alter is the author of the New York Times bestseller ‘Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave’, which examines how the world shape our thoughts and feelings beyond our control. I met up with him at NYU…
Cindy Gallop on sex, diversity and re-inventing advertising
Jun 24, 2016 • 33 min
Cindy Gallop is one of the most brilliant and controversial minds in advertising today. Starting as a theatre publicist in the UK, she went on to forge a 30 years career in brandbuilding, marketing and entrepreneurialism, as well as launching a number of…
Alex Rosson on head-fi, the emotional impact of analogue music and the birth of Shinola Audio
Jun 17, 2016 • 30 min
Alex Rosson is a legend in the music business, having founded one of the world’s best headphone brands, Audeze, and is now responsible for starting up a new audio division for Detroit based watch and lifestyle brand, Shinola. I met up with Alex at the…
Gordon Watson on luxury tech, data-driven concierge and the future of mobile
Jun 9, 2016 • 28 min
Gordon Watson has taken over the reins at luxury phone brand Vertu at a crucial junction for the company. I previously encountered the brand, famous for its high end communications devices, when I presented at EQT’s annual conference, a Swedish private…
Ankur Kothari on robots, automation and the virtual workforce of the future
Jun 3, 2016 • 30 min
Ankur Kothari is a pioneer in the area of robotic process automation and the design of digital back offices. A co-founder of Automation Anywhere, he has been working over the last decade on transforming entire industries by introducing them to a digital…
Rob Lilwall on cycling through Siberia, walking home from Mongolia and finding moments of adventure
May 27, 2016 • 32 min
One day Rob Lilwall, an ordinary geography high-school teacher, decided to drop everything to cycle from Siberia to London via China, Australia and Afghanistan. The journey took 3 years, covering over 50,000 km. He didn’t stop there. Soon after, he…
Ian Goldin on global transformation, complexity and why we are living through a new Renaissance
May 20, 2016 • 29 min
Professor Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Previously he was Vice President of the World Bank, and also served as an adviser to President Nelson Mandela on…
Eileen Gittins on the future of books, female entrepreneurs and why more kids should play Minecraft
May 13, 2016 • 34 min
When I wrote my last book, ‘The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas’, I wanted to find a platform that represented the future, rather than the dusty past of publishing. That brought me to Blurb, and many years later to their offices in San Francisco where I met…
Philippe Schaus on global luxury, Chinese consumers and the future of travel retail
May 8, 2016 • 32 min
This week, I had coffee in Hong Kong with Philippe Schaus, the CEO of the DFS Group. DFS, owned by LVMH, is one of the world’s leading travel retail brands and has been a key player in the globalization of luxury, driven initially by the rise of the…
Light Watkins on mindfulness, mental agility and the future of wellness
Apr 29, 2016 • 31 min
Author of ‘The Inner Gym’, Light Watkins is a renowned expert in Vedic meditation who has personally coached over 2,000 people, from bankers and artists, to comedians and rockstars. He recently founded The Shine, a community event centered around…
Siimon Reynolds on hacking failure, Chinese fortune tellers and mastering the success mindset
Apr 24, 2016 • 31 min
Siimon Reynolds - a successful entrepreneur, an award winning author and speaker and now a leading high performance coach for CEO’s and entrepreneurs, is also one of my good friends. After becoming a Creative Director of a top advertising agency at just…
Kristen Ashburn on photographing pandemics, the faces of teenage martyrs and the power of the image
Apr 15, 2016 • 35 min
Kristen Ashburn is an award-winning documentary photographer and humanitarian, whose photographs and stories from the Middle East, Europe, and Africa have appeared in many publications worldwide. She began photographing the impact of HIV/AIDS in southern…
Vinh Giang on sleight of hand, showmanship and the secret books of magic
Apr 10, 2016 • 29 min
An Australian Entrepreneur of the Year and magician, Vinh Giang is a renown stage performer and also the brains behind the online learning platform, Encyclopedia of Magic. Coming from the humble beginnings of a Vietnamese refugee family saved by a boat…
Gemma O’Brien on typography, design and the cult of the handmade
Apr 2, 2016 • 28 min
Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. Known for her hand lettering skills, she has worked for everyone from QANTAS to The New York Times. If you were a fan of my recent book, ‘The…
Peter Baines on crisis, leadership without authority and why the future of charity is profit
Mar 25, 2016 • 29 min
Peter Baines is an extraordinary individual. A former forensic investigator, he led international identification teams into Indonesia and Thailand following acts of terrorism and the South East Asian Tsunami. It was his experience of meeting youth left…
Henry Mason on spotting trends, why experiences are viral and the algorithms that run Swedish rail
Mar 19, 2016 • 31 min
Henry Mason spends his days trying to figure out what consumers might want next. Author of the book ‘Trend-Driven Innovation’ and head of the research firm, Trendwatching, he and his team scour the world for new ideas, business model innovation and the…
Geoff Colvin on culture, leadership and how to prepare for the robot uprising
Mar 12, 2016 • 30 min
Geoff Colvin is the author of the bestselling book, ‘Humans Are Underrated’, which outlines the capabilities that will keep human beings from being made utterly obsolete by tomorrow’s robots, algorithms and machine intelligences. A longtime editor and…
Matt McFadyen on mental resilience, high performance teams and surviving polar bears
Mar 4, 2016 • 34 min
Matt McFadyen was youngest Australian to ever reach the North Pole. Since then, he has become a seasoned sailor and polar adventurer - leading a number of record-breaking expeditions both on some of the most extreme environments on the planet, as well as…
Rama Allen on room-scale VR, immersive world building and biometric art
Feb 28, 2016 • 28 min
Rama Allen is one of the handful of people on the planet who are not only thinking about virtual reality, but are actually creating and designing content for those platforms today. He is an executive creative director at The Mill, where he also leads the…
Melanie Perkins on disrupting design, jigsaw puzzles and the magic of small empowered teams
Feb 18, 2016 • 28 min
Melanie Perkins is one of Australia’s most successful digital entrepreneurs. CEO and co-founder of Canva, an online platform which makes graphic design simple for anyone, Melanie and her team have grown the business to over 9 million users worldwide. I…
Dan Gregory on reptilian brains, behavioural design and cognitive agility
Feb 11, 2016 • 28 min
Dan Gregory, a behavioural researcher & strategist, is the author of ‘Selfish, Scared and Stupid: Stop Fighting Human Nature And Increase Your Performance, Engagement And Influence’. He studies behaviour and belief systems, in other words, the things that…
Emile Sherman on emotional truth, managing creative talent and the future of film
Feb 4, 2016 • 31 min
Emile Sherman, the Academy Award-winning producer of ‘The King’s Speech’, is one of the world’s most prolific independent film makers. His other credits include ‘Top Of The Lake’, ‘Tracks’, ‘Shame’, ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ and ‘Macbeth’. I caught up with…
Martin Lindstrom on small data, brands and why leaders should sleep with their customers
Jan 28, 2016 • 30 min
Martin Lindstrom is one of the world’s foremost experts on building brands. Author of six best-selling books, and acclaimed by Time Magazine as one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People”, Martin’s expertise is in the areas of consumer psychology,…
Paul Husband on luxury retail, Chinese consumers and embryonic markets
Jan 21, 2016 • 29 min
Paul Husband is one of the world’s leading experts on luxury and retail in Asia. Co-author of the book, ‘The Cult of The Luxury Brand’, Paul helps brands understand the scale and dynamics of the Asian luxury goods market. If you have ever been to a luxury…
Rodolfo Saccoman on sensors, people tracking and the internet of things
Jan 15, 2016 • 28 min
Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things, but just what does it take to merge the physical and digital world? Brazilian entrepreneur Rodolfo Saccoman has been working on designing hardware and platforms for the coming explosion of connected…
Niki Scevak on going global, idea mazes, and designing cities for self driving cars
Jan 7, 2016 • 31 min
Niki Scevak is one of the smartest people I know. He and I worked together at Jupiter Research, over a decade ago. Now he runs Blackbird Ventures, Australia’s largest VC fund with nearly a quarter of a billion dollars under management. When I visited him…
German Montoya on Miami startups, kidnap insurance and emerging market innovation
Dec 6, 2015 • 31 min
This weekend marks the start of the Miami high season, with Art Basel and the attendant influx of well-heeled collectors, bored oligarchs, and international jetset in search of fun, sun and an excuse for a good party. But that’s not the only reason why…
Adam Fraser on struggle, mastery and the workers of the future
Nov 28, 2015 • 29 min
What is it that makes us happy, motivated, and full of purpose? Dr Adam Fraser has been studying, writing and speaking about human performance for the last 18 years. We caught up in Sydney to chat about his latest research on what he calls, ‘Human 2.0’,…
Matthew Waldman on telling time, wearables and the power of universal language
Nov 22, 2015 • 29 min
Matthew Waldman is a New York based designer, best known for his iconic watch brand, Nooka. Like many of Matthew’s creative projects, Nooka timepieces defy traditional interfaces, whether they be ’telling time’ or other, everyday interactions that we…
Erik Qualman on reputation, digital leadership and why what happens in Vegas stays on YouTube
Nov 13, 2015 • 28 min
Chance are, if you have attended a business event anytime in the last ten years, you will have watched someone play the ‘Did You Know?’ video full of astonishing facts about the digital world. The man behind that video, the most viewed social media clip…
Tim Sanders on dealstorming, emotional talent and the sales driven company of the future
Nov 6, 2015 • 28 min
For bestselling author Tim Sanders, the biggest problem with the game of sales today is that it has become less like playing Pong, and more like a round of Halo. Selling in the 21st century is incredibly challenging. Sales professionals face multiple…
Harper Reed on Norwegian death metal, the art of tending robots and re-inventing mobile commerce
Nov 1, 2015 • 35 min
Harper Reed is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on data and digital innovation. He served as the CTO of Obama’s re-election campaign and was also one of the founders of Threadless.com. His latest company, Modest, inc, was recently acquired by Paypal,…
Marco Tempest on magic, engineered interactivity and the future of storytelling
Oct 23, 2015 • 29 min
Technology and science may seem the natural enemies of magic, but for Marco Tempest, who describes himself as a cyber-illusionist, they are his daily tools of trade. Magicians have a long history of deploying advanced technology to be ahead of the reality…
Hikari Yokoyama on art and brands in the age of Instagram
Oct 15, 2015 • 28 min
Art and fashion maven Hikari Yokoyama, is one of the world’s leading thinkers on the intersection of the art world and technology. A curator and art consultant, she was part of the founding team at online auction house Paddle8, the news platform Art…
Luke Williams on disruptive leaders, personality cults and unconventional ideas
Oct 10, 2015 • 30 min
Luke Williams is the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and the founder of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab at NYU Stern. He is also a fellow Australian. We met some years ago when we were both speaking at a digital conference in Norway where he was…
Sean Bonner on citizen science, geiger counters, and the secret mailing lists of the tech elite
Oct 3, 2015 • 32 min
Sean Bonner is someone that defies easy classification. His Twitter account describes him as a ‘misanthropologist’, while his LinkedIn profile simply states that he ‘ likes working on things that empower people to take care of themselves.’ As the…
Christian Hernandez on AI startups, disrupting health with data, and 3D printing your lost keys
Sep 28, 2015 • 30 min
I met up with Christian Hernandez at his offices located at Second Home, the eclectic co-working space that has become ground zero for all things creative and entrepreneurial in London. Christian is the managing partner, and co-founder of White Star…
Maria Konnikova on con artists, counting steps, and thinking like Sherlock Holmes
Sep 18, 2015 • 32 min
Maria Konnikova is the New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, a brilliant book that draws on the adventures of the fictional detective to illustrate the power of observation and critical thinking. Her latest…
Jack Myers on media, emotion-tech and the future of men
Sep 12, 2015 • 32 min
I’ve hung out with Jack Myers in a bunch of strange places, from Mexico City to Oslo, and even on the outskirts of Las Vegas. He is one of the most original thinkers in the media space, and for many years, has provided the data and insights that US…
Gideon Stein on data, adaptive learning and the future of education
Sep 4, 2015 • 27 min
When I was growing up, my parents despaired about my refusal to open a book. They sought out doctors and teachers, convinced I had some kind of learning disability. Finally, someone worked out that the problem was not reading, but rather what they were…
Ari Popper on science fiction prototyping, storytelling and how to 3D print a candybar
Aug 30, 2015 • 28 min
What if the best way to come up with a brilliant plan for the future of your company was to hire a sci-fi writer? Ari Popper does just that. He connects companies with storytellers to create visions and prototypes of what the future of their products and…
Tim Kring on Heroes Reborn, YouTube celebrities, and starting a conspiracy to save the world
Aug 22, 2015 • 30 min
‘Walk with me’, said Tim Kring, gesturing for me to follow him into the edit suite, where he and his team were busy putting the final touches on his new show, Heroes Reborn. If you were one of the 76 million people watched the original Heroes series…
Michael Keferl on Astro Boy, Bitcoin and the art of keeping a ramen notebook
Aug 15, 2015 • 31 min
Michael Keferl runs the Tokyo office of the global innovation consultancy, Mandalah. But I knew him from the early 2000s, when he was the genius behind one of my favourite, and in fact, one of the most popular blogs in the world at that time - CScout…
Robert Richman on culture hacking, understanding Zappos and why NBA All-Star games are boring
Aug 8, 2015 • 28 min
What does it take to create a great culture? If anyone knows, it is Robert Richman. He wrote the book on it, The Culture Blueprint, and after embedding himself at Zappos, co-founded Zappos Insights, the program that helps leaders learn the secrets behind…
Refik Anadol on sculpting with data, earthquakes as art and the hidden algorithms of emotion
Aug 2, 2015 • 30 min
Refik Anadol sculpts with data, not stone. When he frets about permanence, he is not concerned about the effects of wind and rain on his structures, but whether his algorithms and data sources will continue to be relevant as things change around them.…
Brett King on breaking banks, contextual credit and why CEOs should be geeks
Jul 26, 2015 • 24 min
Brett King has made a career of terrifying bankers. He has written numerous bestselling books on financial innovation; was voted American Banker Innovator of the Year in 2012; hosts a radio show on Fintech with millions of listeners; and if that wasn’t…
David Epstein on genetics, Kenyan marathon runners and the art of finding fighter pilots
Jul 18, 2015 • 28 min
David Epstein is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene, an investigative journalist, and a long time contributor for Sports Illustrated where he co-authored the report that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. He has…
Serkan Toto on mobile gaming, galapagos phones and the rise of LINE
Jul 12, 2015 • 28 min
Visiting Tokyo is like stepping off a subway station into a parallel universe of strange technologies, animated characters and perfectly wrapped pieces of fruit. Long before the iPhone existed, Japan led the world in smartphone technology and gaming. To…
Sean Gourley on the mathematics of war, chess playing centaurs and augmented intelligence
Jul 4, 2015 • 30 min
I met Sean when we both in Tokyo speaking at an intimate summit for banking executives. As an information junkie myself, I was fascinated by the company he co-founded, Quid, which offered analysts and decision makers a visual platform for seeing patterns…
Efe Cakarel on Kubrick, the economics of streaming, and why Arabs love Turkish TV shows
Jun 19, 2015 • 32 min
Despite being the founder of arthouse movie streaming platform, Efe Cakarel, is not what you might call a conventional cinephile. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, got an MBA at Stanford and then worked at Goldman Sachs -…
Aaron Dignan on wicked problems, clever ants and re-inventing organizations
Jun 19, 2015 • 28 min
I caught up with Aaron Dignan for breakfast at the Soho Grand Hotel in New York. Aaron is the CEO of digital transformation firm, The Ready. Aaron is, however, no ordinary consultant. The first line of his bio explains that he “dressed up like a super…
Tariq Krim on French innovation and the Slow Tech Movement
Jun 19, 2015 • 27 min
Tariq Krim describes himself as a dreamer and a doer. He is founder and CEO of Jolicloud, a pioneer in personal cloud computing. Prior to Jolicloud, Tariq founded Netvibes, the personal startpage used by millions around the world. Sitting in a beautiful…