- In your opinion, what makes a company innovative?
Innovation in a company can come about in many ways – through technology, through procedure, through culture. Then most innovative companies instill innovation in every aspect of the company. One may ask why a company should strive for innovation. The world changes and evolves through innovation.
- What makes your company innovative?
Aperiomics strives to ingrain innovation in all aspects of the company, in everything from technology to culture. As a startup company, we have a unique ability to think outside of typical company norms and to adapt rapidly as needed. Our technology is at the cutting edge and will transform the way infections are identified. Our culture is dynamic and small, yet flexible. As a young company, we have the ability to offer exceptional opportunities for staff to try on many different roles within the company. And having limited resources (space, talent, funding), we are constantly challenging the way things are accomplished.
- What or who are some innovative companies or people that inspire you and your team?
The obvious inspirations are Craig Venter (genomics pioneer) and Apple. Inspiration happens in many different ways for Aperiomics, and can be as simple as walls painted with dry-erase paint or as big as new ways to construct massive databases.
- What are some publications, print or digital, you read daily or have read that help you stay on top of your game?
These could be books, magazine, blogs, e-newsletters, etc. LinkedIn is the most efficient and effective way I keep up to date on technology and business news. LinkedIn groups facilitate interesting discussion among peers, competitor/collaborators news appears in the news feed, and articles from publications like Forbes and visionaries like Richard Branson. Efficiency is crucial when leading a startup!
- What advice would you give to up-and-coming leaders striving to be innovative in today’s business environment? My best advice to all leaders (even the most experienced leaders have much to learn) is to soak in and learn from all sources available to you. Approaching the world from a multidisciplinary vantage is key. Look to others’ successes and see how their lessons learned can be applied to your environment. Look at the failures of others and learn from them, lest you will learn the hard way. And know that leading is a perpetual process of learning, adjusting, and blazing the trail.