Jeff Roster (the analyst) and Brian Sathianathan (the VC) will explore the retail sector startup community. We will discuss the trends driving the retail industry and examine the technologies being built to take advantage of them.

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This Week in Innovation

A Conversation with Michelle Pacynski, VP, Digital Innovation at Ulta Beauty

Michelle Pacynski, VP, Digital Innovation at Ulta Beauty joins Brian and I for a discussion about Ulta's #innovation culture. We talk about the two tech #startup acquisitions Ulta made in the last 3 years and how that helped fuel in innovation culture. GlamST  allows guests, using augmented reality to try on makeup virtually in mobile, web and in-store. QM Scientific is an #AI retail platform that continuously learns individual shopping habits and preferences by mining data from point of sale, loyalty systems, the web and partner IoT devices. We get into an interesting discussion about where the innovation team should sit and the type of person that should staff it. Contact info This Week In Innovation Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR] Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision https://www.iterate.ai Podcast Website https://jeffroster.podbean.com https://thisweekininnovation.com Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN Launchpadone https://www.launchpadone.com/episode/This-Week-In-Innovation #Startup #Retailers #innovation  #Founders, #VC's  #IoT #retail,#futureofretail , #retailtrends ,#clubhouse, #unifiedcommerce, #data ,#computervision
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Jonathan Abrams Co-founder and General Partner at 8-Bit Capital and Co-founder & Managing Partner, Founders Den joins Brian and I for a discussion about life as an #entrepreneur, #founder and a #VC . Jonathan shares insights and stories from his days Friendster and Nuzzel. Give it a listen and let us know what you think? Contact info This Week In Innovation Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://jeffroster.podbean.com https://thisweekininnovation.com Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN Launchpadone https://www.launchpadone.com/episode/This-Week-In-Innovation #Startup #Retailers #innovation  #retail  #thisweekininnovation
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#digitaltransformation #Microcommunities #SocialCommerce    Shiv Dutt, VP Customer Experience & Innovation, Pamper Chef joined Brian and I for a discussion on how Pampered Chef is building and monetizing #microcommunities.  They have just launched Table, , digital platform that enables its consultants to host customized virtual cooking parties that deliver content designed to improve a consumer's mealtime journey. It was built quickly using #lowcode on Interplay that allows for rapid integration of additional functionality.  I believe this is an early peek at what many retailers will be doing with their own communities within a few years.  Give it a listen and let us know what you think? This Week In Innovation Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://jeffroster.podbean.com https://thisweekininnovation.com Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN Launchpadone https://www.launchpadone.com/episode/This-Week-In-Innovation #Startup #Retailers #innovation #Analysts, #professors, #reporters, #economists #Founders, #VC's #blockchain #IoT #retail #ai
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#Innovation, #ARChat, #AnalystRelations This week on  #ThisWeekInInnovation #podcast we discuss the 5 pieces of advice every Founder needs to know.  I'm joined by Wendy Shlensky, Principal/Owner and AR Maven, Canopy Communications and Beth Torrie, Owner, Torrie Communications for a wide-ranging discussion on the art and science of analyst relations.  Beth and Wendy explain why each of the below 5 points are so important.  For the record I agree with all their points.  Analyst Relations is really expensive. You need to know what your AR goals are Analyst Relations is slow. Timing is important. It's your job to properly educate the analysts about your company, your products, your vision, and your differentiators Wendy's contact info canopycommunication.com https://twitter.com/WLS26 https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendyshlensky/ Beth's contact info: https://www.torriecommunications.com/ https://twitter.com/bethtorrie https://www.linkedin.com/in/workingmom/ This week In Innovation Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://www.podbean.com/pu/pbblog-f8asf-af2782 Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN
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#Robots #ArtificalIntelligence #MachineLearning Chris Chib, VP of Global, Strategic Accounts, Ripcord joins us to discuss his company and its role in digitizing analog data. Ripcord was started at NASA in 2014 with a goal to make the world paperless. Ripcord uses vision-guided #robots, #artificialintelligence and #machinelearning to capture and organize information living on paper. They estimate there's 5 billion bankers boxes of paper in the US just asking to be digitized and used.  It's a fascinating conversation join us , give it a listen and let us know what you think Today's Guest Chris Chib, VP of Global, Strategic Accounts https://www.ripcord.com/ Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://jeffroster.podbean.com Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN Listen Notes https://lnns.co/2QPSfnizE5K
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#ai   #innovation  #recommendations  Sandeep Mittal, Cofounder of Solus.ai joins Brian and I on #ThisWeekInInnovation for a discussion on how AI can power hyper personalized customer engagement.  SOLUS was launched in mid 2019 and is now going global with both B2C and B2B use cases. AI is one of our #5ForcesOfInnovation and is a subject we will really be focusing on. We use the #5ForcesOfInnovation to frame our pod.  As a reminder they include: #ArtificialIntelligence #IoT #Blockchain #Startups #Data Our guest today Sandeep Mittal smittal@solus.ai SOLUS AI (https://www.solus.ai ) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solusai/ Twitter: @solus_ai Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://jeffroster.podbean.com Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN Listen Notes https://lnns.co/2QPSfnizE5K
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#SocialAudio #Retail #Innovation Dr. Gautham Vadakkepatt, Assistant Professor of Marketing joined me to give an overview of the Center and discuss the evolution of social audio.  We both share our thoughts on #Clubhouse, #TwitterSpaces, #SpotifyGreenroom and the newcomer, #Callin. If you haven't heard of Callin yet it's because it's in private beta.  I got a tester invite and have been giving it a spin. .  We recorded this conversation in Callin.  My audio is a little wonky but Gautham's is strong so I decided to go with what we had. Today's Guest Dr. Gautham Vadakkepatt Assistant Professor of Marketing  Founding Director, Center for Retail Transformation, George Mason U https://twitter.com/GopalGautham Center for Retail Transformation, George Mason University https://business.gmu.edu/retail/ https://twitter.com/georgemasonbiz This Week In Innovation Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://jeffroster.podbean.com Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN
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#Founders #AnalystRelations #Innovation   Paula Rosenblum, Managing Partner at RSR Research joined me on  #ThisWeekInInnovation #podcast for a discussion of the job of an analyst.  We get into detail about what analysts want to see in a briefing and how to avoid the classic mistakes.  The RSR team wrote a very nice overview of how to do a briefing "How To Give The Best Briefing Ever", https://www.rsrresearch.com/research/the-best-briefings-ever  I highly recommend giving it a read. We also discuss strategies Founders can use to develop relationships with the analyst community and field some very interesting questions from the #Clubhouse room. Paula's contact info Paula Rosenblum Managing Partner, RSR Research https://www.rsrresearch.com/ Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://jeffroster.podbean.com Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN Listen Notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/this-week-in-innovation-jeff-roster-7nNA0DJf5Lt/
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#SyntheticData #Retail #Innovation Today on the #podcast we discuss the role synthetic data can play in retail.  In an earlier podcast we discussed the problem of bias in #AI.  The problem essentially is not enough data or not enough clean data. Synthetic data is a methodology of generating data using  #ArtificialIntelligence and neural networks to create data to fill in the gaps in a retailers existing data.
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Today's "This Week In Innovation" #podcast features a recent #Clubhouse room I did with Scott Phillips, Founder and President of Scott Phillips + Associates PR firm.  It was a wide ranging conversation full of great ideas founders can use to raise their profiles in the analyst and press worlds. Scott also provides insights on what to look for in a public relations firm. We even dive into the "pigeonhole" question.   Scott can be found at http://www.sphillips.com Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://www.podbean.com/pu/pbblog-f8asf-af2782 Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN
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Guy Yehiav, a founder with two successful exits to his credit joined me on the #podcast for a conversation on life in a startup.  His first company, Demantra, was acquired by Oracle.  Most recently Profitect was acquired by Zebra Technologies. We discuss the importance of relationships in building a startup and how to think through the age old question of going horizontal vs. vertical initially. Podcast Hosts Jeff Roster https://twitter.com/JeffPR Brian Sathianathan https://twitter.com/BrianVision Iterate.ai Podcast Website https://www.podbean.com/pu/pbblog-f8asf-af2782 Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-innovation/id1562068014 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2QDqTUnt6jebdRHbRzSTJN
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