The Disruptors

The Disruptors

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Ideas, tools, techniques and advice from the people and organizations who are transforming our world.


Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO of Policygenius on managed marketplaces and taking the startup plunge
Oct 15 • 31 min
Many of the students in my class at Kellogg come from the world of big consulting, but have been bitten by the startup bug. But how do you successfully leave the relatively stable, comfortable, prestigious walls of corporate America and successfully…
The future of healthcare, with Dr. Stephen Klasko
Sep 25 • 47 min
Nearly everyone is in agreement that healthcare is an industry that desperately needs transformative change. But the legacy technologies, interrelationships between providers and mayors, and other systemic issues typically keep such transformation from…
How X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, pursues innovations and the future of energy, with Kathy Hannun
Sep 12 • 47 min
For most organizations working on innovation, their emphasis is on incremental, horizon one types of initiatives. Far less common are truly disruptive, moonshot initiatives that can transform industries if successful. My guest today is Kathy Hannun, and…
How to hack Kickstarter, build a hardware company, and stop companies from spying on you, with Richard Stokes
Aug 29 • 43 min
Privacy is a hot topic these days, as people for the first time are starting to realize the extent and magnitude of the data companies are gathering on them. And not everyone is okay with it. My guest today is Richard Stokes, founder of Winston Privacy.…
The future of book publishing, with Maja Thomas
Aug 1 • 48 min
How do you innovate inside a company with decades of rich history, with business models that are firmly entrenched, delivering on a product people have consumed effectively the same way for centuries? My guest today is Maja Thomas, Chief Innovation…
Why your organization sucks at change, and what to do about it.
Jul 18 • 51 min
One of the most consistent issues with organizations looking to innovate is the idea of change management. How do I get an organization that’s used to doing things a certain way to embrace change and bake innovation into its DNA? My guest today is Jillian…
How Salesforce helps clients jumpstart their innovation initiatives
Jul 1 • 33 min
One of the largest trends in enterprise innovation has been the adoption of large platforms like SAP and Salesforce. But many organizations don’t realize the full potential of what these platforms are capable of, and don’t know how to extract that value.…
IoT at Scale: The creator of Disney MagicBands, FastPass Plus, and Carnival’s Ocean Medallion
Jun 17 • 42 min
Many organizations talk about improving customer experience as one of their primary innovation initiatives. But what does it look like to create a truly transformative experience that is orders of magnitude better than anything else out there, and to do…
The Creator of the Design Sprint, with John Zeratsky
Jun 3 • 70 min
The Design Sprint methodology has spread like wildfire, both in the startup community and the world of enterprise innovation. My guest today is John Zeratsky, one of the creators of the Design Sprint methodology and coauthor of The Sprint Book and Make…
How Uber, Twitch and Cameo grew marketplace businesses with Jessica Messinger
May 20 • 62 min
The common wisdom around creating a marketplace business is to start with supply. The logic is that without the supply side you can’t capture the demand side, which is typically how a marketplace business monetizes. Jessica Messinger is the head of growth…
Community Building - How LEGO built an empire with the help of its fans
May 6 • 60 min
The LEGO Ideas initiative is perhaps the most famous example of successful community building and open innovation. In this episode we talk with Tim Courtney, who helped run the LEGO Ideas community for over 7 years. We discuss the history of the LEGO…
Innovation in residential real estate
Apr 12 • 54 min
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…
How to scale 10x and then scale 10x again - Elan Mosbacher from SpotHero
Dec 13, 2018 • 56 min
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…
How to get 1,617,418 customers: Mike Rome’s crash course on building a growth team
Nov 19, 2018 • 58 min
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…
Innovation in Financial Services
Oct 9, 2018 • 54 min
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…
How Amazon Builds Remarkable Products
Sep 4, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Technology trends in the hotel industry
Aug 3, 2018 • 32 min
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…
Using data science to transform the social sector
Jul 10, 2018 • 36 min
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.…
The Politics of Innovation
Jun 26, 2018 • 33 min
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,…
The 11 Laws of Product Development
Jun 6, 2018 • 33 min
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.