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Interviewees from the book

Unleashing the Innovators

David S. Rose

David S. Rose, founder of New York Angels and CEO of Gust, an online platform that connects investors with startups. An entrepreneur since adolescence, Rose believes legacy companies are headed to annihilation unless they enact radical changes.

Unleashing the Innovators

Kevin Colleran

Kevin Colleran, managing director of Slow Ventures, a venture capital firm. As an early employee at Facebook, Colleran was instrumental in overseeing partnerships with giants such as P&G.

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Rick Dalzell

Rick Dalzell, former CIO of Walmart and then of Amazon, where he promoted the Just Do It Award, which highlighted well-intentioned, independent projects that never succeeded but pushed employees to keep trying new things.

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Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong, CEO of Oath, a Verizon division that includes AOL and Yahoo brands, and former president of Google America’s operations. Having served at small and large companies and been on both sides of acquisitions, Tim has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly at startups and enterprise companies.

Aaron Levie

Aaron Levie

Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box, which allows users to store, manipulate, and share digital files. Partnering with giants like IBM and Procter & Gamble, Levie has found a new role beyond technical services: helping these companies rethink their processes.

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Rick Morrison

Rick Morrison, cofounder and CEO of Comprehend Systems, a plat- form that helps Big Pharma monitor, analyze, and share data from multiple clinical trials, patient enrollments, and compliance information.

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Aarif Aziz

Aarif Aziz, HR leader for India, ASEAN and Africa at GE Health- care. Aziz instituted the DARE Award, which recognizes failed efforts and encourages employees to discuss and share stories of near misses.

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Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock, vice chair of GE, who oversees GE Business Innovations. More entrepreneur than executive, Beth has helped reinvent the industrial giant by embracing the lean-startup practices of Eric Ries and partnering with dozens of startups.

Viv Goldstein

Viv Goldstein

Viv Goldstein, global director of innovation acceleration at GE. As cofounder of FastWorks, a multiyear effort to make the industrial giant leaner, faster, and smarter, she has overseen the FastWorks engagement with thousands and thousands of employees.

Unleashing the Innovators

Jeff Immelt

Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE. While he’s held the office since 2001, Immelt has lately behaved much more like an outsider than a long-serving insider. He has spearheaded FastWorks and given active support to partnerships with startups.

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Ben Kaufman

Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of the defunct Quirky, a startup that crowdsourced new products and teamed up with GE in a venture that tried to do too much, too fast.

David Kidder

David Kidder

David Kidder, cofounder and CEO of Bionic, a New York firm whose Growth OS helps create a startup ecosystem within large enterprises, delivering the methods and tools of lean entrepreneurship and the portfolio outlook of venture capitalists. His work inside GE is helping to drive its reinvention.

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Deborah Kilpatrick

Deborah Kilpatrick, CEO of Evidation Health, a startup hatched by Stanford Health Care and GE Ventures that quantifies product impact in the digital era of medicine.

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Janice Semper

Janice Semper, leader, GE Culture. Few people know the people who work at the digital industrial giant as well as she. An HR specialist, Semper has been an indispensable player in making GE’s epic make-over, FastWorks, meaningful to executives and the rank and file.

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Sue Siegel

Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures and healthymagination. A seasoned venture capitalist and corporate executive, Siegel oversees GE’s expanding portfolio of investments and partnerships with startups.

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John Haugen

John Haugen, VP and general manager of 301 INC and Brian Tock- man’s boss. A long-serving veteran of General Mills, John now spends his time with progressive, young food companies.

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Scott Jensen

Scott Jensen, founder and CEO of Rhythm Superfoods. Can kale and BBQ really coexist? Jensen is at the frontier of new flavors, and he helps General Mills’s 301 INC prospect for new partnerships.

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Brian Tockman

Brian Tockman, principal at 301 INC, the venture group at General Mills, tasked with finding new companies that can vault the old food company into exciting new areas.

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Will Papa

Will Papa, chief R&D officer, The Hershey Co. Another Procter & Gamble alumnus, Papa is leading the storied chocolatier into new artisanal confections and healthy snacks, often by partnering with startups. His work has inured him to the likelihood of having far more failures than breakthroughs.

IBM

Stephen Gold

Stephen Gold, CMO of IBM Watson. Having worked as an entrepreneur, Gold knows what’s involved in dealing with startups when they partner with Big Blue’s mighty artificial intelligence engine, Watson.

John Phelan

John Phelan

John Phelan, practice leader, and Sarah Plantenberg, senior designer, IBM Bluemix Garage, San Francisco. This duo leads a dynamic consultancy that deals with outside clients and stirs up processes and products within IBM itself.

IBM

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM. Rometty has long championed new businesses at IBM and is a strong supporter of Watson, putting big money and resources behind it.

Arthur Tisi

Arthur Tisi

Arthur Tisi, cofounder and CEO at Connectidy. A musician by love and training, Tisi is teaming up with IBM Watson for an “emotion- ally intelligent” online dating service.

Don White

Don White

Don White, cofounder of Satisfi Labs, a mobile shopping assistant that is partnering with IBM Watson to enrich the brick-and-mortar experience in chains such as Macy’s.

Levi's

Chip Bergh

Chip Bergh, president and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co. A twenty-eight- year veteran of Procter & Gamble, Chip arrived at the old denim maker in 2011 to shake things up and jump-start sales. He opened the Eureka Lab and exhorted his team to test new limits for apparel with unlikely partners.

Levi's

James “J.C.” Curleigh

James “J.C.” Curleigh, executive vice president at Levi Strauss & Co. and president of the Levi’s brand, helped kick off the denim maker’s Project Jacquard partnership after a chance encounter with a Google executive.

Paul, Kayrin, Bart, Kris

Paul Dillinger

Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levi Strauss. As Bart Sights’s colleague, Dillinger was the point guy on Project Jacquard and has witnessed all the highs and lows of the partnership.

Levi's

Stacy Flynn and Christopher Stanev

Stacy Flynn and Christopher Stanev, cofounders of Evrnu, a startup that is developing fabric from 100 percent recycled cotton, using 80 percent less energy. Evrnu and Levi’s have been working on a partnership.

Paul, Kayrin, Bart, Kris

Karyn Hillman

Karyn Hillman, chief product officer at Levi Strauss.

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Ivan Poupyrev

Ivan Poupyrev, technical program lead at Google ATAP (advanced technology and projects), an in-house tech incubator. The Russian- born computer scientist worked at Sony and Disney before joining Google. Among other things, he oversees Project Jacquard, a partnership with Levi’s that produced the “smart” Commuter jacket.

Paul, Kayrin, Bart, Kris

Bart Sights

Bart Sights, senior director for technical innovation at Levi Strauss. Sights grew up in his family denim business. Now he’s testing all kinds of new fabrics and held up the Levi’s side of the Project Jacquard partnership with Google.

Paul, Kayrin, Bart, Kris

Kris Tulin-Roberts

Kris Tulin-Roberts, senior director of innovation at Levi Strauss.

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Greg Brown

Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions. Brown has embraced the ideas and approaches of outsiders, from shareholder activists like Carl Icahn to promising startups from the United States and Israel. He says his biggest takeaway over the last decade is becoming a better listener.

Eduardo Conrado

Eduardo Conrado

Eduardo Conrado, chief innovation and strategy officer at Motorola Solutions. No one has worked more assiduously to keep the company in the forefront of exciting new challenges. Conrado helps settle on Motorola’s “hunting grounds”—the areas where it seeks radically new approaches to business challenges.

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Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins, founder of Orion Labs. Its main offering is Onyx, a smart walkie-talkie that has grabbed the attention of Motorola Solutions.

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Reese Schroeder

Reese Schroeder, investment principal at Motorola Solutions Ven- ture Capital. Betting on more than two hundred startups over two decades, Schroeder has achieved a great ROI by focusing less on money than on how investments can help Motorola.

Paul Steinberg

Paul Steinberg

Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer at Motorola Solutions. If you want to know what the “first responder of the future” might look like, talk to Steinberg, who oversees Motorola’s investments and partnerships with imaginative young companies.

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Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor, senior strategy manager, Motorola Solutions. Part of Reese Schroeder’s liaison team, Taylor manages day-to-day doings at startups in partnership with Motorola.

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Durk Jager

Durk Jager, former CEO of Procter & Gamble. A dynamic and creative leader, Jager aggressively drove changes throughout P&G in the 1990s.

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Tina Sharkey

Tina Sharkey, a Bay Area entrepreneur and venture capitalist who has a long history of putting together startups and large enterprises, helping to sort out and reconcile their differences, and putting them on a path to growth.

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Flemming Ørnskov

Flemming Ørnskov, CEO of Shire, a biotechnology company that specializes in rare diseases. A Danish-born physician, Ørnskov has more than doubled sales by partnering with startups of various sizes, some of which he’s acquired.

Target

Ryan Broshar

Ryan Broshar, a managing director at Techstars. He is overseeing an accelerator program for Target in Minneapolis.

Target

Carlos Moncayo Castillo

Carlos Moncayo Castillo (along with brothers Luis and Fernando), cofounders of Inspectorio, a global supply chain platform providing real-time information to retailers and brands. Carlos is a Techstars alum now partnering with Target.

Target

Brian Cornell

Brian Cornell, CEO of Target. Coming in soon after the failure of the Canadian expansion, the hacking of credit cards, and a slow embrace of the digital age, Cornell has pushed innovative practices and partnerships on many fronts.

Gene Han

Gene Han

Gene Han, head of the San Francisco innovation office for Target. Arriving in the United States as a boy from South Korea, Han has harnessed his engineering and business smarts to Target’s embrace of the Internet of Things. Han oversees its Open House, where walk-ins can try out new gizmos.

Target

Naomi Kelman

Naomi Kelman, founder and CEO of Willow. A veteran healthcare executive, Kelman has produced a radically different kind of breast pump that’s quiet, can be tucked into a bra, and is easily cleaned in a dishwasher.

Target

Kristin Nielson

Kristin Nielson, director of innovation at Target. She oversees the Techstars accelerator program from the Target side.

Target

Jacqueline Ros

Jacqueline Ros, CEO and cofounder of Revolar, which produces a wearable alert system that helps women ward off assaults. Ros is an- other alum of the Target Techstars.

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Zackery Hicks

Zackery Hicks, CIO of Toyota Motor North America and CEO of Toyota Connected. Hicks is not just studying human behavior to transform the automobile but also trying to push the limits of mobility into completely new areas with the help of partnerships with startups.

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Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis, executive vice president and head of the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo, oversees the bank’s partnerships with startups.

Braden More

Braden More

Braden More, head of partnerships and industry relations for Wells Fargo’s payments business. Reporting to innovation guru Steve Ellis, More created an accelerator that works with just a handful of targeted startups each year.

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Toby Rush

Toby Rush, founder and CEO of EyeVerify, a biometric and security startup that partnered with Wells Fargo before being acquired by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

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Alex Hertel

Alex Hertel, cofounder and CEO of Xperiel, which helps sports franchises such as the Sacramento Kings and New York Jets enrich fan engagement via an easily programmed platform that connects digital devices, from smartphones and Jumbotrons to team apps and cash registers.

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