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Start-ups and Corporate Collaboration @Neil Soni and @Pritish Sanyal

Asian Digital SuperMovers

Neil Soni is the author of "The Startup Gold Mine" and an Innovation/ Growth consultant. Neil’s book "The Startup Gold Mine" is a playbook for corporates partnering with startups and curator of In this AMA, we talk him about:How founders should think about corporate partnerships & M&AHow to navigate through the corporate landscape in an effect wayLandmines to avoid while presenting and negotiating with cooperatesOpen Innovation Newsletter

59mins

27 May 2021

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200. Neil Soni: Author of The Startup Gold Mine - The Startup Playbook For Partnering With Big Business

The Marketplace: Online Business | Marketing | Finance| Lifestyle

Neil Soni is the author of The Startup Gold Mine: How to Tap the Hidden Innovation Agendas of Large Companies to Fund and Grow Your Business. Neil spent years with startups, focusing on the sales and marketing side, trying to sell into large organizations. He then moved to Estee Lauder, where he specialized in external innovation. After seeing both sides, Neil wanted to create a resource to help startups understand the corporate side and corporations to understand the startup side. Brian Ardinger, Inside Outside Innovation Founder, spoke with Neil about how to succeed through corporate/startup collaboration. Previously, Neil led the growth team at MomTrusted.com, a social marketplace for early education with over 3 million users. Prior to MomTrusted, Neil founded CollegeZen, a social platform for high school students, peer mentors, and colleges. This effort caught the attention of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which named CollegeZen one of the worldwide winners of the College Knowledge Challenge. Neil was named a Finalist for Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work at CollegeZen. Neil works with a variety of groups in the innovation ecosystem, including startups, venture funds, accelerators, and large brands. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Chemical Engineering program. Music Used: A Journey Through The Universe - Lesion X https://soundcloud.com/lesionxbeats Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/a-j-t-t-u Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/YQCeqy0mleg

1hr 34mins

16 Jan 2021

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Corporation Innovation for Personal Growth with Neil Soni

Portfolio Career Podcast

Neil Soni has built, grown, and created new ventures – both within the world’s largest brands and as an independent entrepreneur. Neil is currently the Founder & CEO of Unlimited Brewing Company, the world’s first platform for customizing and personalizing beer. He also runs a growth and innovation consulting practice, which helps startups and Fortune 500 companies partner and invest in cross-industry technology and commercial opportunities. Neil is the author of The Startup Gold Mine: How to Tap the Hidden Innovation Agendas of Large Companies to Fund and Grow Your Business.In this episode, you will learn:-how unexpected email breaks led to new ventures-how taking notes after a new job ending up starting an unexpected book launch-how companies are increasingly wanting to work with freelancers-the importance of also creating products, in addition to your freelance workAs always, this episode with time-stamp notes is available on my website

35mins

25 Jun 2020

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BBS Episode 9 with Neil Soni of The Startup Gold Mine

Beauty Business School

In this episode, Beauty Business School host & Poshly.com founder Doreen Bloch speaks with Neil Soni, author of The Startup Gold Mine. Neil speaks about his background in the cosmetics industry, his entrepreneurial journey and his advice for startup founders, especially related to M&A activities. "This is the best time ever to be a beauty entrepreneur..." - Neil Soni

48mins

21 Dec 2019

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Ep. 142 - Neil Soni, Author of The Startup Gold Mine and Estee Lauder Innovator

Inside Outside

Neil Soni is the author of The Startup Gold Mine: How to Tap the Hidden Innovation Agendas of Large Companies to Fund and Grow Your Business. Neil spent years with startups, focusing on the sales and marketing side, trying to sell into large organizations. He then moved to Estee Lauder, where he specialized in external innovation. After seeing both sides, Neil wanted to create a resource to help startups understand the corporate side and corporations to understand the startup side. Brian Ardinger, Inside Outside Innovation Founder, spoke with Neil about how to succeed through corporate/startup collaboration. Pitfalls of Corporate and Startup collaboration - Different timeframes - Size of deals    Incentive structures for partnerships - How comfortable is the corporate team in innovating? If comfortable, they’ll have a higher tolerance for misses. Look at the entire portfolio. - Companies that allow intrapreneurship, give employees new outlets to thrive.  Should you expose corporates to startups? - Inside large companies (10,000+) it’s an echo chamber. They only see direct competitors. - Need someone looking outside at competition. Expose the corporate team to new ways of startup thinking.  - Startups also get exposure to see how their tech can apply to different domains. In The Startup Gold Mine Book - Understand what is going on behind the scenes. What is your corporate counterpart doing?  - How is your colleague rewarded or punished? Are they paid for the home run? Are they new to the company?  - Corporations have been very interested in the book to shed light on the startup side.  - Reduce the language barrier between corporates and startups.  To connect with Neil go to neilsoni.com or on Twitter at @therealneils. You can also get his book, The Startup Gold Mine on Amazon.  If you enjoyed this podcast, you might also enjoy:   - Ep. 98 – Sean Ammirati with Birchmere Ventures & Author of The Science of Growth - Ep. 96 – Chris Shipley at the Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2017 - Ep. 63 – Dave Knox with The Brandery and Ep. 64 – Dave Knox part 2 - Ep. 45 – Michael Docherty, Author of The Lone Wolf Innovator Find this episode of Inside Outside Innovation at insideoutside.io. You can also listen on Acast, iTunes, Sticher, Spotify, and Google Play.   FREE INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Get the latest episodes of the Inside Outside Innovation podcast, in addition to thought leadership in the form of blogs, innovation resources, videos, and invitations to exclusive events. SUBSCRIBE HERE For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21mins

9 Apr 2019

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Ep. 142 - Neil Soni, Author of The Startup Gold Mine and Estee Lauder Innovator

Inside Outside Innovation

Neil Soni is the author of The Startup Gold Mine: How to Tap the Hidden Innovation Agendas of Large Companies to Fund and Grow Your Business. Neil spent years with startups, focusing on the sales and marketing side, trying to sell into large organizations. He then moved to Estee Lauder, where he specialized in external innovation. After seeing both sides, Neil wanted to create a resource to help startups understand the corporate side and corporations to understand the startup side. Brian Ardinger, Inside Outside Innovation Founder, spoke with Neil about how to succeed through corporate/startup collaboration.Pitfalls of Corporate and Startup collaboration - Different timeframes - Size of deals  Incentive structures for partnerships - How comfortable is the corporate team in innovating? If comfortable, they’ll have a higher tolerance for misses. Look at the entire portfolio. - Companies that allow intrapreneurship, give employees new outlets to thrive. Should you expose corporates to startups? - Inside large companies (10,000+) it’s an echo chamber. They only see direct competitors. - Need someone looking outside at competition. Expose the corporate team to new ways of startup thinking.  - Startups also get exposure to see how their tech can apply to different domains.In The Startup Gold Mine Book - Understand what is going on behind the scenes. What is your corporate counterpart doing?  - How is your colleague rewarded or punished? Are they paid for the home run? Are they new to the company?  - Corporations have been very interested in the book to shed light on the startup side.  - Reduce the language barrier between corporates and startups. To connect with Neil go to neilsoni.com or on Twitter at @therealneils. You can also get his book, The Startup Gold Mine on Amazon. If you enjoyed this podcast, you might also enjoy:  - Ep. 98 – Sean Ammirati with Birchmere Ventures & Author of The Science of Growth - Ep. 96 – Chris Shipley at the Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2017 - Ep. 63 – Dave Knox with The Brandery and Ep. 64 – Dave Knox part 2 - Ep. 45 – Michael Docherty, Author of The Lone Wolf InnovatorFind this episode of Inside Outside Innovation at insideoutside.io. You can also listen on Acast, iTunes, Sticher, Spotify, and Google Play.FREE INNOVATION NEWSLETTERGet the latest episodes of the Inside Outside Innovation podcast, in addition to thought leadership in the form of blogs, innovation resources, videos, and invitations to exclusive events. SUBSCRIBE HERE For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21mins

9 Apr 2019

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Ep. 142 - Neil Soni, Author of The Startup Gold Mine and Estee Lauder Innovator

Inside Outside

Neil Soni is the author of The Startup Gold Mine: How to Tap the Hidden Innovation Agendas of Large Companies to Fund and Grow Your Business. Neil spent years with startups, focusing on the sales and marketing side, trying to sell into large organizations. He then moved to Estee Lauder, where he specialized in external innovation. After seeing both sides, Neil wanted to create a resource to help startups understand the corporate side and corporations to understand the startup side. Brian Ardinger, Inside Outside Innovation Founder, spoke with Neil about how to succeed through corporate/startup collaboration.Pitfalls of Corporate and Startup collaborationDifferent timeframesSize of deals Incentive structures for partnershipsHow comfortable is the corporate team in innovating? If comfortable, they’ll have a higher tolerance for misses. Look at the entire portfolio.Companies that allow intrapreneurship, give employees new outlets to thrive. Should you expose corporates to startups?Inside large companies (10,000+) it’s an echo chamber. They only see direct competitors.Need someone looking outside at competition. Expose the corporate team to new ways of startup thinking. Startups also get exposure to see how their tech can apply to different domains.In The Startup Gold Mine BookUnderstand what is going on behind the scenes. What is your corporate counterpart doing? How is your colleague rewarded or punished? Are they paid for the home run? Are they new to the company? Corporations have been very interested in the book to shed light on the startup side. Reduce the language barrier between corporates and startups. To connect with Neil go to neilsoni.com or on Twitter at @therealneils. You can also get his book, The Startup Gold Mine on Amazon. If you enjoyed this podcast, you might also enjoy:  Ep. 98 – Sean Ammirati with Birchmere Ventures & Author of The Science of GrowthEp. 96 – Chris Shipley at the Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2017Ep. 63 – Dave Knox with The Brandery and Ep. 64 – Dave Knox part 2Ep. 45 – Michael Docherty, Author of The Lone Wolf InnovatorFind this episode of Inside Outside Innovation at insideoutside.io. You can also listen on Acast, iTunes, Sticher, Spotify, and Google Play. FREE INNOVATION NEWSLETTERGet the latest episodes of the Inside Outside Innovation... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21mins

9 Apr 2019

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Episode 1: Neil Soni - Author, The Startup Goldmine

Agile Giants: Lessons from Corporate Innovators

The premiere episode of Agile Giants. Host Sean Ammirati, Co-Founder and Director of the Carnegie Mellon Corporate Startup Lab, sits down with author and entrepreneur Neil Soni.     Author of the book "The Startup Goldmine," Neil and Sean discuss the hidden innovation agendas of large companies to grow your business and how Neil's insights apply to both startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.  Show Links:   Carnegie Mellon Corporate Startup Lab https://www.corporatestartuplab.com/   The Startup Gold Mine: How to Tap the Hidden Innovation Agendas of Large Companies to Fund and Grow Your Business on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Gold-Mine-Innovation-Companies-ebook/dp/B07C622VRY   Learn more about Neil http://www.neilsoni.com/   Learn more about Sean https://www.seanammirati.com/ 

36mins

4 Feb 2019

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095 - Personalized Beer Side Hustle Takes Off | Neil Soni

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In this episode, I am chatting with Neil Soni about how he took a pain point that he found in the beer industry and brought to market an innovative solution. We are going to go into how he discovered this opportunity, how he validated the solution, and how he is growing this startup in the highly regulated space of alcohol distribution. You can learn more about Neil's by visiting his personal site at neilsoni.com Other Links: Unlimited Brewing: www.unlimitedbrewing.com His book, The Startup Goldmine: https://amzn.to/2DrBQcA Some other things discussed in this episode: www.airtable.com #Four ways you can support this podcast: Take a screenshot of this podcast and send it to a friend who may like it I am doing a drawing for a free hard copy of The Side Hustle Journal for every 5 iTunes reviews. So if you want a chance to win, leave a rating and review on iTunes or Apple podcasts and send me an email at hello@gritandhustle.co. Detailed instructions on how to do this are at www.gritandhustle.co/review Take your side hustle to the next level by implementing a sales funnel to turn your passive website visitors into paying customer with ClickFunnels, the #1 sales funnel software in the world. You can get a free trial by going to www.gritandhustle.co/profit If you are interested in podcasting, which is the fastest growing content medium in the world, head over to www.gritandhustle.co/podcastingmadeeasy to enroll in my course now. If you have an awesome side hustle that you would like to share with the world, I'd love to have you on my podcast. You can schedule a podcast interview by going to calendly.com/gritandhustleco/guest

50mins

4 Feb 2019

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7. The Marathon of Beer, Books, Philosophy, and More with Neil Soni

Nat Chat

“Trust the process, follow your curiosity, and don’t get to wrapped up in what other people are doing.” - Neil Soni In this episode of Nat Chat we have Neil Soni. Neil and I originally connected over Twitter a few years ago as members of a startup incubator alumni network. While Neil was an undergrad, he started a company called “College Zen” to help prospective students get matched up with current students to get a real feel for the school. That startup didn’t work out, but the people he met and the experience he got from it turned into his next few roles, including his most recent work, as an “innovation consultant” for Estee Lauder. I wanted to talk to Neil for a few reasons: He’s had an extremely varied career during and after college, from starting that first company, to leading growth at another, to doing this innovation consulting, and now starting a beer company of all things. He is one of the more well read people I know, and draws deeply from history, philosophy, and science in his discussions. These can lead to really wide ranging discussions on anything when we talk, and our catch ups tend to run about as long as this interview. And he’s also great at testing ideas while maintaining safe alternatives. He was able to try out a number of startup ideas while doing his consulting work, giving him the best of both worlds. A steady income he could rely on, but also the flexible hours he needed to test startup ideas. Now that one’s working, he’s able to leave with much more security than he would if he were jumping in blind. We cover a wide range of topics, including: Optimizing for learning versus wealth Testing startup and business ideas How Neil has landed such interesting work roles, and what an “innovation consultant” is Developing skills on your own, marketing or otherwise How Neil chooses what to read, and how he learns from the books he reads What Neil did and would have done differently with his college education Philosophy, psychology, books, podcasts, blogs… you name it Please enjoy, and reach out to Neil on Twitter! Find Neil Online: Twitter Instagram Neil’s website LinkedIn Mentioned in the show: Estee Lauder AlphaLab Mom Trusted No Wait Y Combinator University of Pennsylvania Carnegie Mellon University Unlimited Brewing Company Ideo Amway Neil’s article on commodity versus luxury Procter and Gamble Booz Allen Dangers of Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS Gen Next People Naval Ravikant Tim Ferriss John Keay Books Mentioned 33 Strategies of War 48 Laws of Power The Secret Count of Monte Cristo Infinite Jest The Book of Five Rings Everything is Obvious The Image Complete Joy of Homebrewing Happy Accidents Meditations Letters from the Stoic Discourses Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Atlas Shrugged Fight Club (Neil’s recommendation for students) Antifragile Podcasts Mentioned Jocko Joe Rogan Hardcore History Sam Harris Tim Ferriss 2:12 - Intro to Neil, what he currently does in the cosmetic industry, and how he got his job. 11:53 - How Neil started his first company, College Zen. 23:36 - Neil moving on from his startup onto working with Mom Trusted and what he ended up doing afterwards. 26:10 - How Neil learned to test his company College Zen and his first experience with entrepreneurship. 30:48 - Neil speaking on himself currently starting up Unlimited Brewing Company and it’s mission. 34:33 - What Neil learned about companies while working for Estee Lauder. 44:03 - Neil on optimizing for learning and optimizing for wealth. 48:04 - Neil speaking on the importance of networking and providing some tips for reaching out to people. 56:41 - Neil on commodity versus luxury and why it’s important. Neil’s article on this here. 1:05:00 - Neil speaking on the habit of reading, thoughts on books, and some book recommendations. 1:19:59 - How Neil chooses which books to read and his perspective on learning things from books. 1:30:15 - Neil speaking about spending time on grades in school versus learning skills. 1:36:12 -  Neil speaking on “safe” volatile jobs versus spending time on learning valuable skills that translate well to numerous companies. 1:44:08 - Neil’s experience with his parents on making the choice to focus more on skills and projects rather than getting better grades. Also continuing to speak on learning valuable skills that you can be more versatile job-wise with. 1:51:23 - Neil’s experience with depression while being a student and as a post-grad. Also speaking on the importance of being open while connecting to people. 2:01:07 - Neil and Nat speaking on the power and value of stoicism. 2:10:20 - Neil’s learning experience with the use of crowdsourcing projects and having people invest in companies going bankrupt. 2:17:10 - What Neil would have done differently in college knowing what he currently knows and on how what you learn in college can translate loosely into real world field work. 2:31:19 - Which podcasts Neil thoroughly listens to and some of his favorites. 2:34:40 - Neil’s favorite failures and what he learned from them. 2:40:27 - Neil’s one book recommendation to incoming freshmen at Carnegie Mellon University. 2:48:12 - Neil’s last thoughts and some advice he wished he had as a student. 2:50:30 - Wrap up, where to find Neil online, and a last piece of wisdom on Neil. If you enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to subscribe at https://nateliason.com/podcast “In college, you’re paying other people to teach you, but in the real world you can get paid to be taught.” - Neil Soni

2hr 56mins

25 May 2017

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