Kym McNicholas On Innovation

All of us have the power to create change. The advances in technology are now such that if you have an idea, it’s easier than ever to execute on it. “Kym McNicholas On Innovation” shares the journeys of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors from around the world who will inspire you to create your own financial independence. The show also features some of the most advanced technologies you’ve never heard of that could be have an impact on your life, your business, and your career. Regular featured segments include “The Edge” which highlights businesses that are game-changing in the enterprise. Plus, each week in “HealthTech”, you’ll hear about a company that’s creating better, safer, faster, and cheaper technologies that will improve patient care and lower costs. And in our “Female Seeking Startup” series hear the success stories of some of the most powerful women who are creating game-changing technologies.
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Mar 4, 2017
In our health tech series, we feature better, safer, faster, and cheaper technologies that are changing the game of healthcare. Our first guest, LiteSprite Founder/CEO Swatee Surve, is gamifying the management of chronic diseases to increase patient adherence and improve patient outcomes. Her first product, SinaSprite, targets people with stress, anxiety, and depression. It is the first video game to receive a US Surgeon General System for Health award and the only one being recommended/prescribed in medical clinics today, including the U.S. Army. Clinicians look at this game as a more proactive approach to resolving stress, anxiety, and depression because it inspires patients, through what they believe is a fun game, to choose a path to feeling better versus focusing on the issues bringing them down. At 20 minutes into the show, Rich Camapgna, Senior Vice President of Marketing and product for security company, Bitglass, shares the scary part of this digital age in medicine, not only the hacking of a person’s personal information, but the hacking of life-saving devices such as pacemakers, and how his company’s trying to keep the bad guys out of your business and your body. Protected health information (PHI) -- which includes sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, medical record data, and date of birth -- has incredible value on the black market. A recent Ponemon Institute report on the cost of breaches found the average cost per lost or stolen record to be $154. That number skyrockets to $363 on average for healthcare organizations. Latisha Taylor, Founder/CEO, of HealthMeasured shares one secret to the Golden State Warriors’ Championship. She says it has to do with a technology that measures oxidation and inflammation levels, which are key to future disease prevention. She left a successful career in pharmaceutical sales five years ago to start HCPN Alliance, which has become a multi-million dollar healthcare practice management firm. Her clients include the Golden State Warriors. And now she’s also started Health Measured to fill a gap in employee health awareness and disease prevention, In both cases, she is 100% committed to putting an end to diseases which she believes could be preventable if the inflammatory culprit was caught early on"
Feb 24, 2017
I would argue that with Bill Schlough at the helm of technology implementation for the San Francisco Giants, I would never count them out when it comes to a run for the World Series Championship! His IT team has put into play a number of proprietary analytic tools that are credited for helping the team earn three world series trophies in five years. The MLB implementing a new tracking system in all 30 major ballparks, called Statcast, that can rank defensive powerhouses as well as star batters using cameras, radar, and sensors, may have leveled the playing field starting in 2015, but Bill always has a few technical tricks up his sleeve. Hear more of what he is measuring now and how his IT Team is helping players to improve performance in the 2017 season. Plus, he talks about improving the fan experience both in the stadium at home. Bill played a pioneering role in the world of HD video, mobile content, ticketing, and payment systems since starting with the SF Giants in 1999. And under his leadership, AT&T Park became the first sports facility to provide free Wi-Fi to all fans in 2004. Bill talks about the challenges he's faced in deploying access points throughout the stadium to get around the lack of penetration through people and cement, including the outcry when antennas were placed under stadium seats, and how he was able to overcome that and continue to roll out effective, seamless connectivity for all of the fans. Phil McKinney, CEO of CableLabs, the R&D arm for cable companies across America, joins Bill in talking about improving the couch experience for fans with the rollout of 4k in 2017. Phil explains why it's great that Bill and his team have waited to roll out cables to support 4k, because the next generation is already here. He talks about that and how that will impact the fan experience at-home in the last ten minutes.
Feb 24, 2017
Phil McKinney has released a new card deck that helps entrepreneurial teams dig deep into their minds, their hearts, and their souls to really think through not only their product, but their customer, as well as their overall business strategy. His "Killer Questions" is a great tool for both individuals and teams when ... • You are stuck and need that thing that will cause you to look at the opportunity differently. • As the starting point for a brainstorm/ideation session. • A tool for your personal creativity exercise sessions. • .. and many more! This card deck has helped me to even help entrepreneurs I've interviewed on my show share a little bit more about the thinking behind their product. Check out the interview with Phil where he explains how to use them to help your company flourish.
Feb 17, 2017
Today’s show is all about healthcare innovation. The first guest is the best healthcare activist for women. Mark my words: Sophia Yen will get the new Administration to realize the value in providing no-cost birth control to women. It’s not an emotional argument. She says she can talk to the numbers that will speak the language I believe has the power to convince President Trump to see things her way, and continue with what she says the “Affordable Care Act” has offered women. Sophia is the founder/CEO of Pandia Health, which is a telemedicine company that provides prescriptions and regular home delivery of birth control to women. She has a lot of passion for her work, which began as a Physician, then to becoming a Clinical Professor at Stanford University, and ultimately founder/CEO of Pandia Health, which won the prestigious Girls In Tech “Amplify” Pitch Night, which was a competition against other female entrepreneurs. Her business is what she calls “recession proof”. You’ll hear about her innovative ways of changing the healthcare landscape for women. In the second half of the show, Sam Abidir, CEO Of Aspire Ventures discusses how AI, mobile and cloud technologies are helping the healthcare industry provide more patient-centric care than ever before – with this patient-centric care often referred to as “precision medicine”. He talks specifically about how technologies such as artificial intelligence are having a hugely positive impact on research for chronic diseases, including Diabetes. One of its portfolio companies, Tempo Health is using Aspire Ventures’ Artificial Intelligence platform to develop a product for diabetes management. The product just went through a test trial for diabetes management, with the results suggesting that the technology can help patients more accurately monitor and manage their diabetes condition than ever before. The results of the trial indicated that Tempo Health’s Rhythm system – based on A2I – was found to considerably increase the patient participants’ time in range and decrease time in hypoglycemia compared to results obtained by an experienced team of doctors. The future of healthcare is here and Sam has the pulse!
Feb 10, 2017
MainTool,, Breathometer - February 10, 2017 by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Feb 3, 2017
Tech entrepreneur, founder and CEO of GOPuck, and electric racing pioneer Blake Fuller, proved on July 1st 2016, that the Tesla zero emission four-door is capable of matching its fuel guzzling counterparts on the track. He smashed the Pikes Peak Hill Climb record by more than a minute. It’s a historic 12.42 mile challenge that features 156 turns a huge climb of just more than 14,000 feet before drivers reach the snow-covered summit. Blake Fuller had won the race before in a gas guzzler. But Blake, who helped build the first hybrid race car in North America, and has also designed the lithium ion technology used in every motorsports category from IndyCar to F1, set a new production electric vehicle record of 11 minutes 48 seconds. He did his first test drive in his modified Tesla Model S at Sonoma Raceway. Sonoma Raceway Steve Page talks about that record-setting test drive and ideas for potential racing opportunities for Tesla’s in the NASCAR circuit and beyond. Also, the Director of Performance for the winningest team of the Daytona 500, Joe Gibbs Racing, talks about the secrets to getting the drivers and pit crew to reach peak performance including mindset. Michael Lepp has a few tricks up his sleeve and takes advantage of the latest in innovation to monitor not only the typical heartrate, but also sleep, and more to train the ultimate athletes in the sport of NASCAR.
Feb 3, 2017
Lisa Dolev, founder & CEO of Qylur Intelligent Systems explains how her time in the Israeli military led to her latest innovation, which is transforming the entry experience for anyone attending large events, including the Super Bowl.
Jan 27, 2017
January 27, 2016 by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Jan 21, 2017
Female Seeking Startup - 1-20-17 by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Jan 20, 2017
1-20-17 - St Francis Riding Club, StorageCraft, True Hollywood Talk by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Jan 13, 2017
1-13-16 - Female Seeking Startup by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Jan 13, 2017
The future of servicing the tech within your homes may soon be in the hands of your savvy neighbor. Coresystems has created software that will allow major telecom, cable companies, and more to empower their tech-savvy users to set-up their technology and services. The goal is to increase the human touch and decrease the time customers typically spend talking to call-centers or automated services, as well as decrease the wait time to have problems fixed. Coresystems CEO Manuel Grenacher explains how he’s taken his successful software from Europe and hoping for adoption in the U.S. Also, Curt von Badinski, co-founder and CTO of Motiv, talks about why his health tracking ring won the hearts of attendees and press at the world’s largest consumer technology show in Las Vegas, CES.
Jan 6, 2017
We’re off campus this week! Kym and Fran met at The Modernist, a private club in San Francisco and enjoyed “mocktails” made by the owner and expert mixolisgist Carlo Spendorini who shares what makes a good club and cocktail! We are then joined by Sarika Batra, creator of natural beauty product site, Lavish Life. Over “Mocktails” Sakira reflects on her journey as an entrepreneur (from tech recruiter to media to maven and now leading Lavish Life) and reminds us to pay attention to what we put on our body, not just in our body, can make a difference to our health and well-being.
Jan 6, 2017
1-6-17 - Hacking Your Life with Brian Wong, Kaazing CEO Bob Miller by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Dec 31, 2016
Fran shares with Kym some of the ways it is easier to be an entrepreneur now compared to 20 years ago when Fran co-founded Key differences include the many accelerators or incubators available to entrepreneurs, the emergence of angel investing and Angel groups, and the low cost now with cloud services (no longer have to buy servers!). We then interview technology leader Sandy Carter about a new survey that is trying to get at why female entrepreneur are less likely to get funding even though they are more likely to have successful companies. We end the talk on things we can do to help more women succeed and make that our joint resolution for 2017!
Dec 31, 2016
We talk to cPacket CEO Brendan O’Flaherty about their technology, which monitors critical networks such as those proided by Verizon or AT&T. They ensure these networks are working properly so that for example, people can buy Holiday gifts online on Cyber Monday, or make sure massive stock purchases/sales go off without a hitch. They also help service providers in the UK to help identify cyber criminals and terrorists. He explains how during the show. Also, if you’ve broken the screen on your phone, have no fear! ICracked is here! We talk to the CEO about not only how this company makes getting your phone fixed quick and easy, but how he’s helping people to become entrepreneurs and create their own business out of fixing phones.
Dec 16, 2016
OUR FEMALE SEEKING STARTUP SERIES COHOST FRAN MAIER, COFOUNDER AND CEO OF BABY GEAR RENTAL COMPANY BABIERGE, COFOUNDER OF MATCH.COM AS WELL AS THE COFOUNDER OF TRUST-E, joins us in a conversation with Lindsay Holden, cofounder and CEO of savings lottery Long Game. She talks about how you get a shot at winning money simply by investing in your future. Before starting Long Game, Lindsay Holden co-founded the Applicant Auction, the primary auction for Top Level Domain names which held over $500M in auctions and over $1B in escrow before being acquired.
Dec 16, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump visits Silicon Valley to meet with some of the biggest names in technology and that got me to thinking… what will come of the expanded White House Smart Cities Initiative that was announced in September, which allocates more than $80 million in new federal investment and a doubling of the participating cities and communities to more than 70. The initiative makes it easier for cities, federal agencies, universities, and the private sector to all work collaboratively to research, develop, deploy, and testbed, new technologies designed to help make our cities more inhabitable, cleaner, as well as more equitable. For example – developing new data and analytics tools to help buildings reduce their energy footprint. Creating an entire urban network of connected and autonomous vehicles that can automatically cooperate to improve safety and travel efficiency, such as the one being funded in Chattanooga. And most importantly, implementing more effective warning systems to help first responders act more rapidly to save lives. It’s all about connectivity! One of the companies at the heart of the Smart City is Silver Spring Networks. This company has deployed nearly 25 million ‘smart’ enabled devices across five continents – deployments of which are enabling smart cities, smart utilities, iOT, and industrial internet of things applications. To tell us what this means, who better than the Chief Technology Officer, or CTO of Silver Spring Networks, Don Reeves, who joins us to talk about why our cities are behind the times in implementing new technologies and what's being done to expedite adoption and impact.
Dec 9, 2016
From SpaceX Director of Recruiting to developing the next big breakthrough in women’s shoes, Dolly Singh has founded Thesis Couture. She talks about how she's using space age theories, technology, and materials to create the ultimate stiletto. Also on the show… Are you prepared for success? In other words, do you think you deserve it? If you had unconscious beliefs keeping you from success wouldn’t you want to know what they are and how to address them? Susan Davis with talks about how you can get into the right mindset to finish off 2016 and start fresh in 2017.
Dec 9, 2016
Gaurav Dhillon, Founder/CEO SnapLogic - Two decades after starting a company which went public then sold to a group of investors including Microsoft, Salesforce Ventures for more than $5 billion, Gaurav Dhillon embarked on a new entrepreneurial adventure, SnapLogic, which focuses on seamlessly integrating business applications. We had him on our show this past summer to share his journey transitioning from a business suit to a hoodie…and starting a business in a very new day and age of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. He talks about landing a $40M round of funding to help SnapLogic disrupt the integration market. Also on the show, Nicki Klein talks about revolutionizing the job recruitment industry with Betagig, the world's first and only digital platform to streamline job shadowing. Her innovative idea won the Launch Festival of 2016, and has since influenced Fortune 500 companies such as Transamerica to remodel the hiring process. And Alex Petrov, founder and CEO of YesHealth talks about his innovative way to help people with diabetes get on a healthier track. He'll also explain how his disruptive platform can expand into helping people with other chronic diseases.
Dec 2, 2016
We talk to the founders of some of the companies competing in the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a global startup competition where the ultimate prize is to pitch Virgin brands billionaire Sir Richard Branson on his private island in the British Virgin Islands. The companies featured in today's show include LISNR, which sends data over audio, sending packets of data every second between any device with a speaker and microphone. The WTFast Gamers Private Network makes online game traffic faster and smoother to help you win. ActiveProtective is smart belt that protects the hips of older adults using 3D motion sensors and wearable airbags. They aim to make hip fractures a preventable condition. Praiseworthy is the Yelp for employees. The XTC top ten is being selected December 3, 2016 at a non-profit event held by XTC's parent organization, MaiTai Global. The event is called the Ocean Gala and one of the organizers explain how you can win a trip to play on the island as well. Our Guest Co-host for the day is Grieg Coppee. He is an independent advisor and early stage investor for many established and newly formed businesses. He has served on the board of directors or advisors of several companies, including Accuvant, Fuhu, Xero, as well as, numerous start-ups that he has invested in. As an advisor, he has provided strategy and corporate development services to several private equity, Fortune 500, and VC portfolio companies. Most recently, Grieg Coppe was the Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer for Intuit, the financial management software and service provider. There he led a team setting strategy for the company’s $4B business and overseeing the acquisition of several key assets.
Dec 2, 2016
Jumio's CEO Stephen Stuut talks about how biometric facial recognition is helping to combat identity fraud by making sure you are who you say you are when opening a bank account, for example. This means that on a mobile phone, you could use a “selfie” to help prove that you’re a real person on the other end of the phone.
Nov 25, 2016
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Nov 18, 2016
We have eight of the top 25 startups from around the world vying for a chance to present live on stage at the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, CES, for the ultimate prize of pitching Virgin brands billionaire sir Richard Branson on his private island. They include a company that allows you to create the materials used for 3D printing and recycle the scraps to use again, a new gel technology that stops traumatic bleeding on contact, and an intellegent Electric Vehicle charging system designed for multi-tenant facilities.
Nov 18, 2016
While companies throughout Silicon Valley boast about their big raise of Venture Capital to fund their startups, Colin Earl, CEO of Agiloft, which creates business applications that don’t require you to code in order to implement, touts his bootstrapping roots. He and his co-founder and wife, have taken the road less traveled these days, building a company organically with NO VENTURE CAPITAL support…and get this…. Operating the business off of its own revenue to this day with 2.5 million users worldwide. He also shares the secret to employee retention during a time when developers are always looking for the next bigger, better deal. Also, get ready to break the sound barrier once again as you travel overseas as Boom is poised and ready to send you to London, Tokyo, and Australia in a supersonic jet much more efficient and cost-effective than the Concorde. Boom founder/CEO Blake Scholl talks about how new developments in technology and materials have paved the way for “affordable” supersonic travel, while key investor Peter Truwit with Seraph Group, talks about the potential for innovation in aviation.
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