Category Archives: Interviews

The Business of Chatbots with Maximiliano Contieri

The Business of Chatbots with Maximiliano Contieri

Though chatbots have existed for some time, everything changed once Facebook opened their platform a few years ago and has now made chatbots buzz around artificial intelligence.

Chatbots are little more advanced today but it’s safe to say that we’re in the experimental phase of chatbot development and adoption. And companies that want to approach artificial intelligence will have to experiment to drive innovation or be left behind. It’s how Conversa Lab approaches projects with prospects that are interested in developing a chatbot for their business.

The State of Chatbots in Spain and Europe with Patricia Durán

The State of Chatbots in Spain and Europe with Patricia Durán

Are chatbots a fad or the future? Over the last two or three years chatbots have become the defacto application of artificial intelligence. Adoption of chatbots varies depending on where in the planet you are located in but one thing is certain: this sector is growing very fast.

Blockchain in Government, Venture Capital and Cryptocurrency Outlook with Mohit Mamoria

Blockchain in Government, Venture Capital and Cryptocurrency Outlook with Mohit Mamoria

Blockchain is one of ten key technologies that will drive the Next Economy, and there isn’t a day that goes by where a new advance is made in its application towards something interesting in banking, government, insurance, transportation as well as other domains. Blockchain will change the face of business and society, so it’s an important topic to discuss and understand.

Babak Forutanpour on how to start a grass roots innovation program in a big company

babak forutanpourHow do you start a grassroots innovation program within your company?

On this episode of the Big Bang Podcast we interview Babak Forutanpour, Founder of Qualcomm’s FLUX employee-run open innovation program and creator of @TheAryaBall.

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to interview Babak to find out the story behind FLUX.

Arnold Beekes On Being A Generalist

the rise of the generalistOn this week’s episode we chat with my friend, and fellow Generalist, Arnold Beekes about being a Generalist and how to thrive in a society full of specialists. We need to cultivate more curiosity in people!

I came to use the word “Generalist” after knowing Arnold, and have previously written about it at length (here, here, here, here).

The benefit of cultivating a Generalist mindset is huge, and is widely considered a trait of innovators because new problems require new perspectives and approaches. The best leaders are pattern thinkers because they are always learning, that is what a Generalist brings to the table: an ability to connect the dots in new ways.

How to cultivate the Generalist within

The Creative GeneralistAs a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones that connect that dots. For that very reason, as a generalist, I know it’s hard to get us to pay attention to anything uninteresting; much less get inspired. We need to be challenged; constantly. We also need to be unleashed; not managed.

But for an organization that is willing to change, as your own, you can turn yourself into a generalist, create the conditions for great ideas to emerge and spark the innovation mindset in your business.

How?

Simple: broaden yourself.

Here are a few ways how I do it:

Q&A: Changing Mexico from cheap labor provider to a global engineering powerhouse

alfonso aramburoThe following interview is about Alfonso Arámburo, CEO of Brecher Mfg, a product design company in Tijuana, Mexico that specializes in engineering development and mechatronic prototyping.

Alfonso is an entrepreneur and engineer with 6 years of experience. Alfonso has Bachelors in Mechatronic Engineering, in addition a Masters in Business Administration. Alfonso has worked for companies such as Turbotec, a Caterpillar company, Rockwell Automation, TECO GmbH in the city of Munich, Germany leading projects for companies such as Continental, BMW, Renault, Land Rover and Chrysler.

You can contact Alfonso at a.aramburo@brechermfg.com or on LinkedIn