Photos from our Seattle Field Study: Starbucks, Microsoft and more

We spent an amazing two days on foot, in Ubers, and in luxury buses exploring Seattle last month with a great group of innovation execs. We’re sharing some of the photos below, but all the content and conversation from our Field Study gatherings remain off-the-record, to promote maximum candor.

At this Field Study, we visited Starbucks HQ and their new Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room; Cambia Health’s Cambia Grove healthcare collaboration space; the WeWork startup workspace in South Lake Union; Staples’ Seattle Development Lab, and Microsoft Research. Thanks to all who hosted us, and to the Field Guides who made the event possible: Mindjet and Imaginatik.

Next stop: New York, on June 23 and 24.

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Innovation Leader co-founders Scott Cohen & Scott Kirsner welcome the group to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room on Day One of the Field Study.

Innovation Leader co-founders Scott Cohen & Scott Kirsner welcome the group to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room on Day One of the Field Study.

Liz Muller, Starbucks VP of Creative and Global Design, talked about the thinking behind the Roastery, and working with CEO Howard Schulz to make it a reality.

Liz Muller, Starbucks VP of Creative and Global Design, talked about the thinking behind the Roastery, and working with CEO Howard Schulz to make it a reality.

Marius Grigoriu, Innovation Lab Manager, Nordstrom.

Marius Grigoriu, Innovation Lab Manager, Nordstrom.

Ralph Welborn, CEO of Imaginatik, with Rachel Antalek, VP of Concept Innovation at Starbucks.

Ralph Welborn, CEO of Imaginatik, with Rachel Antalek, VP of Concept Innovation at Starbucks.

Walking over to the new Cambia Grove healthcare collaboration space, created by Cambia Health Solutions.

Walking over to the new Cambia Grove healthcare collaboration space, created by Cambia Health Solutions.

Group introductions at Cambia Grove, with Dennis McGrath of Starbucks and Jessica Stokes of Ernst & Young.

Group introductions at Cambia Grove, with Dennis McGrath of Starbucks and Jessica Stokes of Ernst & Young.

Rob Coppedge, SVP of Strategic Investments at Cambia Health and Nicole Bell, Executive Director of the Cambia Grove, answer questions about Cambia's investing and innovation strategy.

Rob Coppedge, SVP of Strategic Investments at Cambia Health and Nicole Bell, Executive Director of the Cambia Grove, answer questions about Cambia’s investing and innovation strategy.

Jon Osborne of Nike leads a whiteboard session on the company's innovation framework.

Jon Osborne of Nike leads a whiteboard session on the company’s innovation framework.

Notes posted to the wall during a whiteboard session on metrics, run by Sandra Stelling and Jerry Tolzman of Alaska Airlines.

Notes posted to the wall during a whiteboard session on metrics, run by Sandra Stelling and Jerry Tolzman of Alaska Airlines.

James Tillman of NRG Energy and Edoardo Manitto of Groupe Galeries Lafayette.

James Tillman of NRG Energy and Edoardo Manitto of Groupe Galeries Lafayette at the WeWork coworking space.

Scott Kirsner of Innovation Leader talks with Chris DeVore, Managing Director of the TechStars Seattle program.

Scott Kirsner of Innovation Leader talks with Chris DeVore, Managing Director of the TechStars Seattle program.

We ended Day One with drinks, hors d'ouevres and dinner at Osteria Rigoletto in Seattle's booming South Lake Union neighborhood.

We ended Day One with drinks, hors d’ouevres and dinner at Osteria Rigoletto in Seattle’s booming South Lake Union neighborhood.

Day Two began with coffee and breakfast at the Staples Development Lab. Our hosts were Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Global E-Commerce Faisal Masud and Prat Vemana, VP of E-commerce.

Day Two began with coffee and breakfast at the Staples Development Lab. Our hosts were Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Global E-Commerce Faisal Masud and Prat Vemana, VP of E-commerce.

Jon Osborne of Nike and Gerry Block of Mindjet.

Jon Osborne of Nike and Gerry Block of Mindjet.

At the Mothership: Starbucks World Headquarters.

At the Mothership: Starbucks World Headquarters.

Every meeting at Starbucks begins with a coffee tasting — and sniffing — and ours was no exception.

Every meeting at Starbucks begins with a coffee tasting — and sniffing — and ours was no exception.

Tackling some of Starbucks' challenges in group ideation exercises. Chip Blaufuss of HCA, Janelle Dziuk of USAA, and Jill Brandt of NRG Energy.

Tackling some of Starbucks’ challenges in group ideation exercises. Chip Blaufuss of HCA, Janelle Dziuk of USAA, and Jill Brandt of NRG Energy.

Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation at Reliant, presents his group's solution.

Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation at Reliant, presents his group’s solution.

Jill Brandt of NRG Energy with Kyle Hermans of Gap Inc.

Jill Brandt of NRG Energy with Kyle Hermans of Gap Inc.

Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, discussed what the company's CEO expects from his group and how they're structured.

Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, discussed what the company’s CEO expects from his group and how they’re structured.

Saurabh Prabhat of Xerox PARC winning a Microsoft sticker with a correct answer.

Saurabh Prabhat of Xerox PARC winning a Microsoft sticker with a correct answer.

Boarding buses for the return to Seattle at the conclusion of the Field Study.

Boarding buses for the return to Seattle at the conclusion of the Field Study.

Our next Field Study happens in New York City on June 23 and 24, 2015. We hope you can join us!

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