Webster's Dictionary and many people will tell you that a company is innovative when it does something new, but newness or novelty is insufficient. Using birds to power wind farms would be new; detonating nuclear weapons to create cheap glass would be new; cloning human beings for their parts would be new. Innovation is more than new for the sake of the new. There is a reason innovation inspires us, moves us, motivates us, and gives us hope. Apple, and before them Boeing and before them Ford, did not just bring something new to the world around us, they brought something better, something to elevate the human experience. Innovation is the new which furthers the reality of what it means to be human; it feeds us, connects us, helps us understand each other and the world around us. It furthers us.
2. What makes your company innovative?
InGo has not only created a new way to grow events, it does so by recognizing that humans are social and allowing them to connect to each other in and around an event. Events are the gatherings of communities. They are where friendships develop and grow through a shared love for an experience of music, wine, a team, a technology, etc. Events are where visions are built, teams are grown, partners are discovered, and missions are furthered.
3. What or who are some innovative companies or people that inspire you and your team?
Everyone on the InGo team loves Apple. We also all have a deep respect for the companies and men of our Board of Directors, who have achieved impressive professional and personal accomplishments, loving families, and global corporate leadership.
I am also personally inspired by the Founding Fathers of the United States who fought against incredible odds. We respect entrepreneurs for risking their time and money, but the founders of our nation risked their treasure, lives and sacred honor for our independence from tyranny and oppressive government.
Given my love for flying, I also love the Wright brothers, and Skunk Works. Who doesn’t sit in awe every time they lift magically off the ground? If you have not heard it, listen to Louis CK’s comments on flying.
Most importantly, John’s Hopkins University in Maryland has a memorial of Christ in their lobby as the greatest healer. I am inspired by Christ for many reasons, one of which is as a founder who saw a need for love in the world, inspired a team to give their lives to fulfill that need, and gave his life in that effort.
4. 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.
1. The Hard Thing about Hard Things
2. Profit from the Core
3. Zero to One
4. The Economist
5. Harvard Business Review
7. Chaotic Flow
8. Both Sides
5. What advice would you give to up-and-coming leaders striving to be innovative in today’s business environment?
1. Find good people.
2. Spread bad news and challenges quickly.
3. Sacrifice for and coach those good people to overcome challenges.