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    How a $19 Billion Truck Maker Scouts Relevant Startups in Silicon Valley


    Paul Konasewich is a key player at the PACCAR Silicon Valley Innovation Center, which helps the $19 billion truck maker connect to relevant startups. ”You need to get honest about whether [your startup scouting activity is about] cultural enrichment,” he says, “or actually creating new products.” More of Konasewich’s advice inside…

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    Why the San Francisco Giants Have a Fan Council — and Ambassadors


    October is big for baseball fans and all eyes are on the SF Giants, leading the playoffs after a five-year hiatus. For Faham Zakariaei, who directs the team’s special events, the busiest part of the season means Nike partnerships, fan groups, and influencer marketing.

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    How Consumer Goods Companies Can Turn Everyday Users into Influencers


    Jos Harrison, Global Head of Brand Experience and Design at the consumer packaged goods firm Reckitt, outlines how brands can leverage building positive relationships with the everyday consumer to grow a strong brand recognition and experience.

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    4 Pieces of Advice for Corporates and Startups on ‘Baking the Cake’ Together


    ”From the corporate side, a lot of times, a [startup engagement] program gets started, but the people who have to do the physical work of integrating the startup’s technology view the startup as just any other vendor, and they don’t understand that it’s a three-person company,” says Ken Durand, a former emerging tech exec at Ericsson and Dover Corp. who is now running a startup accelerator on behalf of Comcast NBCUniversal. More of Durand’s advice inside…

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    How the NHL’s Florida Panthers are Using Data More Strategically


    COVID-19 has accelerated the digitization of entire industries, changing everything from where we work to how we watch sports. NHL Florida Panthers’ Chief Strategy Officer is leading the organization’s transformation with data-centered marketing and creative strategies to build a larger fan base.

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    Dole’s Sustainability Promises Depend on Fresh Innovation


    Dole, one of world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable producers, is taking action to combat food inequality, climate change, and human rights issues. Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, and Barbara Guerpillon, Global Head of Ventures, share how they are driving the company’s sustainability initiatives through open innovation.

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    Inside ESPN’s New Virtual Innovation Center


    In its 42-year history, ESPN has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation and technology in the sports realm — from cable television to TikTok. Here’s what they’re hoping to achieve with a new virtual innovation center.

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    The Biggest Acquisitions in Wearables and Home Fitness Tech


    Apple and Peloton are leading the home fitness boom, leaving the largest companies in tech, retail, and apparel racing to build up their own muscles — largely through acquisitions. Here are the biggest deals made recently in wearables and home fitness.

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    2021 Impact Awards: Finalists and Judging Panel


    We’re excited to announce the 18 finalists for our 2021 Impact Awards, which celebrate teams, initiatives, and individuals making a difference inside large companies — and for their customers.

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    Why Digital Transformation Programs are Not About Technology


    “If you’re a leader expecting a technological silver bullet, a software panacea to all your business problems, without touching your people and processes,” writes Ger Perdisatt of Microsoft, “you’re going to struggle to derive value from a digital transformation program.” Here’s his advice on digital transformation, excerpted from the new book “60 Leaders on Innovation.”

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    ExxonMobil Exec on the Three Questions Startups Should Be Asking Corporate Partners


    Xinjin Zhao of ExxonMobil shares the top three questions he wishes startup leaders asked corporates during meetings, and other tips for successful relationships. 

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    What’s Changing in the Wine Business? Gallo’s Innovation Director Explains


    Michele Sandoval, Director of Innovation at the winemaker E. & J. Gallo, says the past 18 months have been an interesting time for the wine and spirits industry, with consumers spending less time at social gatherings and in restaurants, more time at home, and unable to visit some of Gallo’s vineyards for in-person tastings of its higher-end brands. We pose five questions to Sandoval about her role and how the California company is staying ahead of recent trends in wine and spirits.

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    Why Well-Run Companies Continue to Fail


    In the 24 years since Clay Christensen’s book The Innovator’s Dilemma was published, Christensen and many others uncovered a long list of reasons for why well-run companies can flounder. Despite these insights, leading companies now lose their leadership positions more quickly than ever before. The key question we must now answer is: “Why?”

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    FM Global VP Shares Tips for Nailing a Startup Partnership


    Sujata Mehta, Assistant Vice President of Innovation at FM Global, shares insights on how to avoid common mistakes corporates tend to make when beginning a partnership with a startup.

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    How Chinese Retailer Suning Group is Deploying AI and Other New Tech


    Melody Jia, General Manager of Chinese retailer Suning International, shares shifts she’s seen with pandemic-era shoppers and how her team meets their needs. 

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    Sumitomo: Why Respect is Necessary for Corporate-Startup Relationships


    Sumitomo Chemical is one of the largest chemical companies in Japan. And in its US branch — which has a small office in California and in Cambridge, Mass. — managers have a mission: creating next-generation products through corporate venturing and collaborations. 

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    How Transparent Timelines Can Improve Startup Collaborations


    Mori, a startup focused on extending the shelf life of products, hopes to use science to reduce food waste. CEO Adam Behren shares the factors that fuel constructive corporate-startup partnerships. 

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    Member Spotlight: Elaine Chen, Tufts University


    Elaine Chen is the Cummings Family Professor of Practice and the Director of the Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts University. We spoke with Chen as part of our IL Member Spotlight series, which profiles our members.

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    Former Techstars GM on the Importance of ‘Skin in the Game’


    Notes Claudia Reuter, former General Manager at Techstars, sheds light on how to best marry startups and corporates, the best practices for startups looking to show their worth.

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    Inside athenahealth’s Interactive Telehealth Dashboard


    athenahealth’s Vice President of Research and Editorial Strategy shares why her team created an interactive telehealth dashboard that helps to collect and analyze consumer insights…