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The IDEO Futures podcast: where entrepreneurship meets design. We love the art and science of bringing cool stuff to life. We are designers dedicated to the notion of building to think. Our motto is always, "Don't get ready, get started!"In that spirit, we focus on getting better with each episode we make. For the best listening experience, we recommend starting with our latest episode. Or Episode 10.We love to hear from you. You can find us on Twitter @ideofutures

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Episode 19: robots + Bitcoin + music you can only hear in the woods

We have a lot of things on our minds, but as is ever the case, the Dude abides.This week Piper (our Chief-of-Staff + Editorial Director + Marketing Lead) joined us for an edition of Venture Design that Blows Our Mind (VDTBOM) that might change the way you see things. Along the way we talked about robots and that music you can only hear in the woods.All the rest this week is questions and more questions:How about "Uber for Robots"? Why not, indeed? We're sure someone out there is already working on it. Let us know if you are. In the meantime, don't pick a fight with a robot... ask Joe why.What's the significance of the number string 123456789? It's not obvious to you, it will be after a few minutes of listening to us discuss number theory. We're also interested in another number: $123,456,789,101,112. Please call us if you know how to make that one happen.Have you ever bought anything with Bitcoin? We discuss that topic with some lack of depth, as well as where this entire Bitcoin + blockchain thing might be going. I (Diego) am not adept at catching baseballs, so that was a chance to talk about Joe's recent article on sports and block chain. WATCH OUT - DUCK!Want to keep in touch? Follow us on Twitter, @ideofutures, send us a tweet or send us an email at futures@ideo.com. We read every one of them. You can also sign up for our King Ship newsletter at www.ideofutur.es. As always, the IDEO Futures podcast is available on iTunes. if you want to forever lower the IQ of your smart phone, please subscribe here.In the parlance of our times, thank you for listening, dudes!#kingship #dontgetreadygetstarted #peace


5 Jun 2015

Rank #1

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Episode 20: Colin Raney + #bitsblocks + a digital edition of VDTBOM

We have an action packed episode 20 (!!!!) for you this week, chock full of goodness. It’s officially summer, which means the Bits + Blocks Lab is in full swing at the Harvard Innovation Lab. We’ll introduce you to two of our student design entrepreneurs, Eric + Shuya, in a new segment we’re calling the Bits + Blocks Bite. We’ll continue to share stories over the next few months, attempting to bottle up a little of the excitement and energy happening there. If you’d like to read more about the Lab and our exploration into bitcoin + blockchain, visit our Humans + Bits + Blocks publication on Medium (https://medium.com/humanizing-bitcoin-blockchain).Our guest this week is our dear friend, IDEO alum and all-around awesome person, Colin Raney. Colin is currently the global marketing lead at Formlabs, doing groundbreaking work in the 3D printing space. Colin and Diego chat about everything from World of Warcraft to 3D printed instruments to how and why to stay inspired everyday. If you’d like to see the 3D printed film Colin mentions, you can find it here: www.chasemefilm.com.And what about VDTBOM, you ask? We’re living in a digital world and our Venture Design That Blew Our Mind reflects that this week. First up, the massive one article coding issue of Bloomberg Businessweek (http://www.bloomberg.com/company/announcements/bloomberg-businessweek-releases-code-issue-special-multi-platform-package-demystifying-code/). Joe rolls that into a conversation about this recipe list on IFTTT (https://ifttt.com/recipes/collections/161-recipes-for-your-car?utm_avenue=june).You might also notice that Diego sounds a lot like Piper in this episode. Oh, wait, that IS Piper! But don’t fret. Diego will be back in time for Episode 21. We promise.Want to keep in touch? Follow us on Twitter, @ideofutures, send us a tweet or send us an email at futures@ideo.com. You can also sign up for our King Ship newsletter at www.ideofutur.es. As always, the IDEO Futures podcast is available on iTunes. Please subscribe here: http://ideo.is/1arKzKT


29 Jun 2015

Rank #2

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Episode 21: Dr. Schon + the Foo Fighters, your Bits + Blocks Byte and Andreas Antonopoulos

A lot has happened since we last met during Episode No. 20! The Bits + Blocks Lab at Harvard had its finale at the end of July, IDEO U shipped its second course, and we've been working on a lot of soon-to-be-announced Futures things, too. Plus, during one of our July visits to Boston, the last dregs of 2015 Winter snow officially melted. Closure is a wonderful thing, no?21! It's such an evocative number. If visions of casinos and gambling are floating through your head right now, keep on going with it. This podcast — as with all 20 of those which came before it — is such a big gamble on so many fronts for both you the listener, and for us, the podders: will we ever find the "Perfect 10" VDTBOM? Will an interview guest finally walk out on us after one too many Bitcoin-related questions? Will Joe ever not wear shorts? Should we publish a book about the Bitcoin Diet? Might our pod sound quality ever approach that of NPR? Actually, on that last front, in celebration of our XXI milestone, with this episode we mark the debut of our super phat new microphone arrangement. Enhanced for your listening pleasure. We think you'll agree that it's a big step forward over our last ten pods, certainly over our first ten. Who knows, maybe Ice Cube will get wind of our sound quality and want to join us for an episode or two? We're game.Speaking of the wearing of short pants, Episode 21 is also a celebration of Bartholomew Jojo Simpson, also know as "Bart". But, you ask, "what's the connection between Bart and Bitcoin?". Listen and ye shall be enlightened.Someone with a much more self-evident tie to Bitcoin is Andreas M. Antonopoulos, who joins us for an interview here in Episode 21. It was a true honor to have Andreas speak to our design entrepreneurs as part of our Bits + Blocks Lab, and we took some time with him afterward to go even deeper into the world of Bitcoin and the blockchain. We'll be posting our full interview with Andreas in a separate podcast, so in this one you'll hear some highlights along with commentary from Bart, we mean, Joe. Andreas wrote the book on Bitcoin, and we heartily recommend adding it to your library. It's a keeper.By the way, can we mention how much we love skeuomorphism as a design topic?But wait, Bitcoin lovers, there's more! At the risk of morphing into the "Today in Bitcoin" podcast (if we haven't already), Pod 21 also features another installation of our "Bits + Blocks Byte" series. Super interesting stuff coming out of Cambridge (Our Fair City), Massachusetts, as always.To round out our score to 21, let's talk Foo Fighters. We're lucky to count among our colleagues Ian Schon. By day he's an ingenious engineer working out of IDEO Boston. By night he's a meticulous designer of inventive horology. His father is Dr. Lew C. Schon, who happens to hang out with the Foo Fighters. Was there ever a better ode to creative confidence than this (https://youtu.be/mmbSka35F7I)? Dr. Schon, you are indeed a total badass.


12 Aug 2015

Rank #3

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Episode 44: Bob Sutton on leadership + organizational life

Bob Sutton is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering, and a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University. He's also quite a prolific author, and his books have a prominent place on our bookshelves. Bob and Diego cover everything from scaling to Bob's first time at IDEO, team dynamics to Bob's list of "12 things I believe".For more about Bob (including his "12 things I believe list") visit his website : www.bobsutton.netThis episode is brought to you by Creative Difference (ideo.to/cd).As always, we love hearing from you: futures@ideo.com or @ideofutures.


10 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 43: The importance of questions with David Aycan + Katherine Londergan

Episode 43 is all about asking questions to learn your way to a better place. Ace IDEO business designers David Aycan and Katherine Londergan join Diego to talk about the importance of questions, whether you're just getting started or figuring out what's next for your business. And, with three business designers in the room, we had to do a little VDTBOM (Venture Design That Blows Our Minds). This episode is brought to you by Creative Difference (ideo.to/cd).As always, we love hearing from you: futures@ideo.com or @ideofutures.


10 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 42: The wisdom of Peter Drucker with Zach First

"What will you do Monday that's different?"Zach First, executive director of the Drucker Institute, joins Diego + guest host Susan O'Malley for a packed extended episode. Whether you're new to Peter Drucker or a versed student, this is a conversation that will make you think differently about management, leadership and life. Zach, Susan and Diego answer questions from our extended community about everything from how AI will influence management, to distinguishing between an opportunity and a distraction. There are a few gems toward the end of the conversation—including an original recording from the Drucker archives. We highly recommend listening all the way through!For more information about Zach and the Drucker Institute, visit www.drucker.institute. You can find both on Twitter, as well: @drzfirst + @druckerinst. Subscribe to their digital magazine, Monday, here: http://www.drucker.institute/monday-index/As always, we love hearing from you: futures@ideo.com or @ideofutures.

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27 Jan 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 41: Submarines + Startups with Nick Edwards

Nick Edwards is the founder and CEO of GradientOne, Inc. He also spent five years as a Submarine Officer on Los Angeles Class fast attack submarines. His insights around leadership are sharp and invaluable. He graduated with a BS in Control Systems Engineering from the US Naval Academy and holds an MBA from Harvard Business school, where he and Diego first met. Thank you all for listening and making 2016 such a phenomenal year. As always, we love hearing from you. Drop us a line on Twitter @ideofutures or email us futures@ideo.com.And remember: don't get ready, get started.


16 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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Episode 40: Rob Pardo from Bonfire Studios

Rob Pardo is on a mission to create game experiences that build and deepen friendships. Formerly the Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard Entertainment—where he led the design of World of Warcraft—Rob and a small team of game designers recently founded Bonfire Studios.Rob stopped by IDEO San Francisco to talk with Diego about everything from serendipity in game design to turning bugs into crucial game elements.Find more on Rob + Bonfire Studios here: http://www.bonfirestudios.com/Drop us a line. We love hearing from you: @ideofutures on Twitter or futures@ideo.com via email.


29 Sep 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 39: Jane Chen of Embrace Innovations on optimism, entrepreneurship and surfing

Jane Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace Innovations, a social enterprise startup creating technologically innovative products for a global community of mothers and babies. Embrace Innovations recently launched Little Lotus Baby, a new line of baby products using NASA-inspired technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature so they can sleep better. Through a 1:1 model, each product sold helps a baby in a developing country with the Embrace infant warmer.Jane joins Diego and Piper to talk about how the infant warmer came to be, the challenges she's faced, how she has adjusted the business model over time, what surfing has taught her about entrepreneurship and risk, how she stays optimistic, and so much more. To find out more, dive into the links below:Embrace Innovations: http://www.embraceinnovations.com/Little Lotus Baby: http://littlelotusbaby.com/Hanging Zen: https://hangingzen.wordpress.com/Jane's column on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/janechen/As always, thanks for listening. You can drop us a line on Twitter (@ideofutures) or via email (futures@ideo.com). And don't forget to subscribe on iTunes: http://ideo.to/aMycSQ


31 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 38: Brittany Ammerman + the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League

Brittany Ammerman founded the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League in Kenya while she was a student and star hockey player at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Whether you are a soccer fan or not, her journey and her passion are an inspiration. She truly emulates the "don't get ready, get started" motto. The Nikumbuke fundraising page is now LIVE and up through the end of September. To donate, visit: http://ideo.to/tpuFzYFor more on Brittany and the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League, watch the ESPN profile video with Julie Foudy: http://ideo.to/vSXurK (it's AWESOME).As always, thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter, @ideofutures, or send over an email, futures@ideo.com.


9 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 37: Kevin Kelly + The Inevitable

Kevin Kelly talks with Diego and Joe about his juicy new book, "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future". From AI and VR, to the idea that Kevin's next book probably won't be a book, the conversation is wide-ranging and rich. Find more about Kevin and what he's up to, visit www.kk.org.And, as always, we love hearing from you. Shoot us a note on Twitter, @ideofutures, or via email, futures@ideo.com.


26 Jul 2016

Rank #11

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Episode 36: an entire episode of Venture Design That Blows Our Minds (VDTBOM)

You're in for a treat this week: a full episode of Venture Design that Blows our Minds. VDTBOM XL. We talk Indy car racing, the DAO, simulations, electric cars in Spain, ridesharing in Austin, and much more. Plus, a few surprise guests to spice things up. As always, we love hearing from you: futures@ideo.com or @ideofutures.


12 Jul 2016

Rank #12

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Episode 35: Mindset of a Champion with Patrick Dempsey + Patrick Long (live from the Revs Program)

Earlier this year, Diego hosted a fascinating conversation with drivers Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long as part of the Open Garage Talk series at the Revs Program at Stanford. Titled "Mindset of a Champion", the conversation focused on what it takes to perform at your very best, even under the most challenging of circumstances. Many thanks to Reilly Brennan and the Revs Program at Stanford for allowing us to share the audio from their Open Garage Talk on the IDEO Futures podcast. And, of course, thank you to Patrick and Patrick for inspiring us all!Good luck at Le Mans!Cover image: Patrick Beaudouin


10 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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Episode 34: Creativity, inspiration + entrepreneurship with Suzanne Howard + Coe Leta Stafford

Suzanne Gibbs Howard and Coe Leta Stafford join us to talk about the process of bringing IDEO U (ideou.com) to life. Both Suzanne and Coe are design researchers and have incredibly sharp insights about the entrepreneurial journey. To build on the idea of creative confidence and creative leadership, we also have a segment about creativity and inspiration from a recent gathering of the kyu collective (kyu.com).As always, we love hearing from you: futures@ideo.com or @ideofutures.


25 May 2016

Rank #14

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Episode 33: John Lilly on Blitzscaling, productivity tools + design in VC

John Lilly is back on the pod, this time to talk about Blitzscaling (a course he co-taught last fall at Stanford with Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue and Chris Yeh), what's catching his eye these days, productivity tools, our transition from web to mobile, and much, much more.Interested in learning more about CS183: Technology-enabled Blitzscaling? Find class notes on Medium: http://ideo.to/WGdC6UAnd if you missed John's first appearance on the podcast, you can find it here (episode 16): http://ideo.to/atp5ppAs always, we love hearing from you: futures@ideo.com or @ideofutures.


29 Apr 2016

Rank #15

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Episode 32: Kanyi Maqubela from Collaborative Fund

Kanyi Maqubela, partner at Collaborative Fund, joins us in episode 32 to talk about everything from the power of gratitude to intentionally experimenting in venture capital to Pharrell and everything in between. And in honor of Twitter's 10-year anniversary, we'll hear Diego and Joe's very first tweets. Plus a little VDTBOM to round out the episode.


14 Apr 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 31: Dan Sinker + VDTBOM with Carl Fudge

Our guest on episode 31 is Dan Sinker, an internet legend whose creative exploits have inspired us over and over and over. Dan heads up the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, was the author of the legendary @MayorEmanuel twitter account, and was the founding editor of the influential underground culture magazine Punk Planet. Dan talks to Joe and Diego about "Someone with tiny hands", how open systems enable experimentation, what it means to be entrepreneurial, and how to (like we always say) get started.In addition to Dan, we have a bonus guest this week! IDEO business designer, Carl Fudge, joins for a little Venture Design That Blows Our Minds (VDTBOM).


25 Mar 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 30: Bruce Hellman from uMotif + Matt Cooper-Wright from IDEO London

Can a smartphone improve your health? Bruce Hellman, founder and CEO of uMotif and Matt Cooper-Wright from IDEO London join Diego and Joe to talk about their experience with the IDEO Startup in Residence program. uMotif is a health-tracking app — a set of digital tools that help people understand their symptoms to better manage their health. More about uMotif on their website: www.umotif.com. And if you'd like to participate in the 100 for Parkinson's study mentioned, you can do so here: http://www.100forparkinsons.com/This week's VDTBOM features mustaches, money, Kanye and live prototyping. Get in touch! Send us a Tweet: @ideofutures Or an email: futures@ideo.com.


26 Feb 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 29: Jake Knapp + John Zeratsky from GV (extended episode!)

Our conversation with GV's Jake Knapp + John Zeratsky was packed with so much goodness that we bring you an extra special, slightly longer episode this week. Their book, "Sprint" (www.gv.com/sprint), gives teams a process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas. Also on tap: SB50 (we prefer Superbowl L), opinionated products, Land Rovers and Grove Labs.Get in touch! futures@ideo.com or @ideofutures on Twitter.


11 Feb 2016

Rank #19

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Episode 28: Rocky vs. the LA Lakers? Kris + Nat Woyzbun from MYTABLO

Kris + Nat Woyzbun from MYTABLO on the value of print magazines, on being Rocky vs. the LA Lakers, on creative process, on staying focused in the chaos of running a startup, and much, much more.And VDTBOM? We talk Hollywood and rumination. Plus, listener mail and thoughts on the recent bitcoin developments.


29 Jan 2016

Rank #20