17145: Building a Staff for a Tech Company – Bits & People

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It’s like a blind date. Only worse. With a date you have the presence of hope shackled only by the vaguest of required qualifications. But like a date, a tech company staff has to be created today with the changing future ever in mind. And the results are not always pretty.

Maddie is hiring the staff for her startup with Vinny receiving, but not approving, her ideas. Steps are tentative. Plans are in process. Perhaps the worse part of it is that she is trying to launch a new service and isn’t completely clear about how that service will organize her customers – or her community, if you wish to take an idealist view of things.

In the process, Maddie has to face her old nemesis and ask “How does a real CEO behave?”

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sean with a Resume: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17122: Jugaad Innovation – We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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We Read It So You Don’t Have To. We regularly look at new books on technology or organization. Today, we look at an Indian book on Jugaad Innovation and ask “How is it really different from an American book?” Jameela, our Bangalore Office Manager, as always, has ideas. Lots of ideas.

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Cast:

Jameela from Bangalore: Sonam Powar

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17140: Real Foresight

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Can we really foresee the future? How can we plan for new ideas, new innovations, new disruptions? Founding co-host Tamara Carleton to explain her system of Foresight while Anna and Rohit try to understand, as best as they can, what she is saying.

And then, there is that problem with the Gummy Bears. Artisanal Gummy Bears.

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Expert:

Tamara Carleton, Founding Cohost

Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit-from-IT: Noah Masur

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The Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation: An Introduction

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We started it as a joke and then it became more and more important to our approach to teaching agility, governance and innovation.  In our podcast, the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation is the neighborhood school for our Silicon Valley Office.  But what a neighborhood school is.  The Gilbreth School takes our youngest entrepreneurs and turns them into disruptive technology leaders. If economic innovation is our national credo, then the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School is the fount of that belief.  It allows us to ask how we conceive technological progress and consider the costs we pay as we pursue that goal.

The Principle of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School, explains the curricula.

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Cast:

Penelope Othmar the Principle: Debbon Ayer

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