Ideas Elevated

Ideas Elevated

From Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs, it's Ideas Elevated: the podcast that elevates innovative products to their full potential.Join host Danielle Cohn as she explores the tools and tactics that successful entrepreneurs, industry experts, and up-and-coming CEOs use to take their ideas, products, and startups to the next level.Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs gives talented entrepreneurs access to Comcast NBCUniversal’s renowned network of partners, brands and mentors to foster rapid breakthroughs in connectivity, media, and entertainment.

Episodes

June 9, 2021 33 min
Marlin Williams is the vice president of diversity and inclusion at StockX, where she’s responsible for driving the development, execution, and maintenance of a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Tani Brown is Jopwell’s head of community. In her role, she leads marketing and growth, while creating spaces for the community of Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals to learn, connect and ad...
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Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is a professor at the University of Colorado who studies how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders, and Andrea Perdomo is the network catalyst of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs at Techstars. In this episode, Stefanie and Andrea chat with Juan Otero about how both founders and employees can foster a more inclusive company culture. They’ll also share steps that you can take right now to...
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March 31, 2021 31 min
Rashaad Lambert is an award-winning marketing architect, philanthropist, and community builder. In his role as director of culture and community for Forbes, he's establishing the media brand as a preeminent community for black and brown entrepreneurs. Chris Anderson is the director of community learning and love, and Alicia Agnew is the people operations manager at Guru, one of the fastest-growing startups in Philadelphia. Chri...
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Nir Bashan is a creativity expert and the CEO and founder of The Creator Mindset Consulting. Through his business, Nir has taught thousands of people how to harness the power of creativity to improve profitability, increase sales, and ultimately create more meaning in their work. His clients have included big-name companies like AT&T, JetBlue, and Ace Hardware, but most recently, he's made his expertise available to everybo...
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Chip Conley began his career as a hotel entrepreneur when, at age 26, he founded some of the first boutique hotels in the industry. Chip sold his business at 52 and was recruited by Airbnb to serve as its head of global hospitality and strategy while also mentoring its CEO, Brian Chesky. His experience led him to open the Modern Elder Academy in Baja, Mexico, offering a roadmap for entrepreneurs and others to make the most of midli...
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Emily Heyward is a ground-breaking entrepreneur and branding expert that has helped companies like Casper and Allbirds become household names. She was named as one of the Most Important Entrepreneurs of the Decade by Inc. Magazine and was selected as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Most Powerful Women of 2019. In this episode, Emily and Danielle will discuss the questions that entrepreneurs should ask themselves when they build thei...
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Shanel Fields is the dynamic Founder and CEO of telemedicine service MD Ally. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Techstars, a startup accelerator. Throughout Shanel’s career, she has combined her technology expertise and passion for healthcare equality to bring innovation to the public safety space. In this episode, Shanel and Danielle will discuss how Shanel obtained the funding and partnerships she needed to grow ...
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Yancey Strickler cofounded Kickstarter, the global crowdfunding platform for founders. Kickstarter went on to become the number one network in the world for supporting and growing new creative ideas. More recently, he has written a book called This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World. In this episode, Yancey chats with Comcast's SVP of Community Impact, Dalila Wilson-Scott. They’ll relive moments that cha...
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Alex Kantrowitz is the founder of Big Technology, a independent newsletter and podcast that focuses on the tech giants. He’s the author of Always Day One: How The Tech Titans Plan To Stay On Top Forever, a book that explores how even the most successful companies still operate like startups. In this episode, Alex and Danielle chat about the Always Day One concept, and how companies can adopt this mentality in order to succeed. They...
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Cal Fussman is a New York Times bestselling author, longtime Esquire writer, corporate consultant, and host of the Big Questions podcast. He’s best known for his column in Esquire magazine, where he’s interviewed leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Jeff Bezos, Muhammad Ali, and so many more. In this episode, Cal chats with Luke Butler, Senior Director of LIFT Labs, about taking the lessons he’s learned from world icons and sharing t...
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Natalie W. Nixon is a PHD, strategist, and a regular contributor to INC online magazine. Her latest book The Creativity Leap, provides a fresh look into how to cultivate creativity in the workplace. In this episode, Keenan Corrigan chats with Natalie about her wide-ranging background in cultural anthropology, fashion, and service design. You’ll learn the difference between wonder and rigor, and how the secret to creativity is balan...
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Shauna Griffiths is a dynamic, hybrid-marketer who has successfully worked and led remotely for the last 5 years. She was named a 2017 Game Changer by SportsBusiness Journal, and was selected as one of the 2017 HATCH 100. In this episode, Shauna and Danielle will chat about ways you can not only work from home, but LEAD from home during the COVID crisis or anytime when leading a team remotely. She’ll emphasize the importance of sel...
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Rohit Bhargava is an innovation and marketing expert and the founder of the Non-Obvious Company.  He spent 15 years as a marketing strategist for Ogilvy and Leo Burnett, is a Wall Street Journal best selling author of six business books, and a professor of marketing and innovation at Georgetown University. In this episode, Rohit will map out ways companies can pivot to make money now, to maintain cashflow during economic turbulence...
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David Marquet is a retired U.S. Naval Captain who spent years managing nuclear submarines. Now, decades later, he’s using the skills he learned 800 feet underwater to maneuver leadership in the workplace. In 2013, he published “Turn this Ship Around!”, his first in a series of books that explore effective, empowering leadership. In this episode, Luke Butler sits down with David to talk about his newest book, Leadership is Language....
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Kelly Hoey is a networking expert, and the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World. Kelly has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider, and just this year EBW included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. In this episode, Kelly and Danielle Talk about how you can build and strengthen your network from home,...
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Steven Levy is the editor-at-large at WIRED Magazine and has written multiple books about technology, cryptography, the internet, cybersecurity, and privacy. He was named as America’s Premier Technology Journalist by The Washington Post. His Latest book, Facebook: The Inside Story digs deep into the story of the once-in-a-generation unicorn company that has changed the way we communicate. Steven had years of unprecedented access to...
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Bob Moore is Co-Founder and CEO of Crossbeam, a data platform that helps companies discover which customers and leads they have in common. Before Crossbeam, Bob cofounded and sold two other successful companies, and his writing about technology, startups, and data has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and numerous other publications. In today’s episode, Bob and Danielle chat about how his first compan...
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Sumorwuo Zaza is the CEO and Co-Founder of NICKL, a software company focused on making it easy to access quality news and information.  Prior to this he was Director of the International division at HuffPost. In that role he defined product strategy across content creation, distribution, and monetization for 17 international properties, and oversaw site launches in new markets. In this episode, Zaza will share tips for any entrepre...
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Howard Gray is a startup advisor, leadership coach, and podcast host. He has founded and exited two companies, managed the tours of performing artists, and even has been a DJ himself. And while he was finding success across his many different skill sets, he started to recognize another skill he had: executive coaching. He’s crafted programs for execs at IBM, Mastercard, and General Electric. In this episode, Howard dives into one o...
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David is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur, advisor, and author of several bestselling books. He and his daughter, Reiko, collaborated to write David’s latest book: “Fanocracy: Turning Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans.” In this episode, David chats about the importance of turning your customers into fans. You’ll also hear some tips and tricks on audience engagement, strategic branding, and the best way to interact wit...
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