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The Innovation Engine is a bi-weekly podcast that features interviews with best-selling authors and innovation experts from around the world. We focus on corporate innovation through the lenses of leadership, company culture, and emerging trends and technologies. The Innovation Engine is recorded and produced by 3Pillar Global, a product lifecycle management and software development company based in Fairfax, VA with offices around the world.


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Ep. 156 - Leading & Managing Innovation - with Taylor Ryan
We discuss whether to view innovation as a top-down or bottom-up function, why innovation measurement is a mirage, and why places like Google X believe that rewarding failure is a way to fuel future successes.   Joining us to talk about all of that and more is Taylor Ryan, the CMO of, which helps corporations, accelerators, and investors find high-potential startups that specifically fit the corporation's strategic innovation requirements. In order to achieve this, Valuer has developed a platform that uses crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to detect, predict, evaluate, and select startups that are particularly relevant to large companies.   Resources: Learn more at LinkedIn: Watch: “Astro Teller: The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure | TED Talk” Learn more and get the full show notes at:
Ep. 155 - The Growing Importance of the Chief Product Officer Role + How to Know if You Need One - with Ben Foster
On this episode, we’ll be talking about the growing importance of the role of the Chief Product Officer at driving innovation in many companies. Among the topics we’ll discuss are the most important functions the CPO should perform, what kinds of companies are best suited to hire CPOs, and how you’ll know if your company is ready for one. Joining us to talk about all that and more is Ben Foster. Ben is the Chief Product Officer at GoCanvas and an Executive Product Advisor to more than 50 product companies. His career includes 4 years in product positions at eBay, as well as VP level product positions at companies like AdChemy and OPower. Among the more than 50 product companies he has advised since his days in the Bay Area are well-known innovative software companies like Contactually, Aquicore, StoryBlocks, and many more. Resources: Visit the GoCanvas website: Connect with Ben on LinkedIn: Learn more and get the full show notes at:
Ep. 154 - Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries - with Safi Bahcall
In this episode, we'll be looking at Loonshots and how to nurture the crazy ideas that win wars, cure diseases, and most importantly here on The Innovation Engine, transform industries. Among the topics we'll discuss are why structure eats culture for breakfast, how and why phase transitions make the perfect environment for innovation to flourish, and the difference between P-type and S-type Loonshots. Joining us for this episode to talk those topics and more is Safi Bahcall. Safi is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases,and Transform Industries, which published the very same day this episode airs. The Washington Post named Loonshots one of the 10 Leadership Books to Watch in 2019 and Business Insider called it one of the 14 Books Everyone will be Reading this Year. Resources: Read: Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries Learn more at Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: Learn more and get the full show notes at:
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Feb 4th, 2014
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Apr 17th, 2019
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