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The IDEO Futures podcast: where entrepreneurship meets design. We love the art and science of bringing cool stuff to life. We are designers dedicated to the notion of building to think. Our motto is always, "Don't get ready, get started!"In that spirit, we focus on getting better with each episode … read more

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Episode 49: Steve Vassallo + The Way to Design

August 18th, 2017


Steve Vassallo is a General Partner at Foundation Capital and works at the intersection of business, technology, and design—all things close to our …

Episode 48: Gerber tokens, ICOs, umbrellas + a whole lot of VDTBOM

August 3rd, 2017


Joe Gerber is BACK for a full episode of VDTBOM. Diego and Joe get nerdy pretty fast, but hang in there — mind blowing venture design awaits. They …

Episode 47: Michael Dearing on lessons from a life of designing + building remarkable ventures

June 20th, 2017


If you don't already follow Michael Dearing on Twitter (, you'll want to after hearing this conversation with Diego …

Episode 46: #primalnumbers with JR Hildebrand, Reilly Brennan + Clay Dean

May 25th, 2017


As we approach the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, three of our favorite (and renowned) automotive design geeks join Diego to …

Episode 45: Lifelong learning, leading organizations, and finding your wings with Bonny Simi

April 26th, 2017


Our guest on episode 45 is a truly remarkable individual. Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures, joins Diego to discuss everything …

Episode 44: Bob Sutton on leadership + organizational life

April 10th, 2017


Bob Sutton is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering, and a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University. He's also quite a …

Episode 43: The importance of questions with David Aycan + Katherine Londergan

March 10th, 2017


Episode 43 is all about asking questions to learn your way to a better place. Ace IDEO business designers David Aycan and Katherine Londergan join Diego to talk about the importance of questions, whether you're just …

Episode 42: The wisdom of Peter Drucker with Zach First

January 27th, 2017


"What will you do Monday that's different?"

Zach First, executive director of the Drucker Institute, joins Diego + guest host Susan O'Malley for a packed extended episode. Whether you're new to Peter Drucker or a versed …

Episode 41: Submarines + Startups with Nick Edwards

December 16th, 2016


Nick Edwards is the founder and CEO of GradientOne, Inc. He also spent five years as a Submarine Officer on Los Angeles Class fast attack submarines. His insights around leadership are sharp and invaluable. He graduated …

Episode 40: Rob Pardo from Bonfire Studios

September 29th, 2016


Rob Pardo is on a mission to create game experiences that build and deepen friendships. Formerly the Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard Entertainment—where he led the design of World of Warcraft—Rob and a small team of …

Episode 39: Jane Chen of Embrace Innovations on optimism, entrepreneurship and surfing

August 31st, 2016


Jane Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace Innovations, a social enterprise startup creating technologically innovative products for a global …

Episode 38: Brittany Ammerman + the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League

August 9th, 2016


Brittany Ammerman founded the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League in Kenya while she was a student and star hockey player at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Whether you are a soccer fan or not, her journey and her …

Episode 37: Kevin Kelly + The Inevitable

July 26th, 2016


Kevin Kelly talks with Diego and Joe about his juicy new book, "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our …

Episode 36: an entire episode of Venture Design That Blows Our Minds (VDTBOM)

July 12th, 2016


You're in for a treat this week: a full episode of Venture Design that Blows our Minds. VDTBOM XL. We talk Indy car racing, the DAO, simulations, …

Episode 35: Mindset of a Champion with Patrick Dempsey + Patrick Long (live from the Revs Program)

June 10th, 2016


Earlier this year, Diego hosted a fascinating conversation with drivers Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long as part of the Open Garage Talk series at the Revs Program at Stanford.

Titled "Mindset of a Champion", the …

Episode 34: Creativity, inspiration + entrepreneurship with Suzanne Howard + Coe Leta Stafford

May 25th, 2016


Suzanne Gibbs Howard and Coe Leta Stafford join us to talk about the process of bringing IDEO U ( to life. Both Suzanne and Coe are design researchers and have incredibly sharp insights about the …

Episode 33: John Lilly on Blitzscaling, productivity tools + design in VC

April 29th, 2016


John Lilly is back on the pod, this time to talk about Blitzscaling (a course he co-taught last fall at Stanford with Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue and …

Episode 32: Kanyi Maqubela from Collaborative Fund

April 14th, 2016


Kanyi Maqubela, partner at Collaborative Fund, joins us in episode 32 to talk about everything from the power of gratitude to intentionally …

Episode 31: Dan Sinker + VDTBOM with Carl Fudge

March 25th, 2016


Our guest on episode 31 is Dan Sinker, an internet legend whose creative exploits have inspired us over and over and over. Dan heads up the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, was the author of the legendary @MayorEmanuel …

Episode 30: Bruce Hellman from uMotif + Matt Cooper-Wright from IDEO London

February 26th, 2016


Can a smartphone improve your health? Bruce Hellman, founder and CEO of uMotif and Matt Cooper-Wright from IDEO London join Diego and Joe to talk about their experience with the IDEO Startup in Residence program. uMotif …

Episode 29: Jake Knapp + John Zeratsky from GV (extended episode!)

February 11th, 2016


Our conversation with GV's Jake Knapp + John Zeratsky was packed with so much goodness that we bring you an extra special, slightly longer episode this week. Their book, "Sprint" (, gives teams a …

Episode 28: Rocky vs. the LA Lakers? Kris + Nat Woyzbun from MYTABLO

January 29th, 2016


Kris + Nat Woyzbun from MYTABLO on the value of print magazines, on being Rocky vs. the LA Lakers, on creative process, on staying focused in the chaos of running a startup, and much, much more.

And VDTBOM? We talk …

Episode 27: An update from Gordon Jones + a rip-roaring VDTBOM with Colin Raney

January 15th, 2016


We have all kinds of guests to kick off the first episode of the new year! Gordon Jones talks with Diego about his new role as the Founding Dean of …

Episode 26: Bryce Roberts from OATV +, plus a look back at 2015

December 21st, 2015


What happens when you take your own path and stay true to yourself? Good things happen. Managing director + co-founder of OATV and the creative mind behind, Bryce Roberts joins us for the last episode of 2015. …

Episode 25: Kiran Gandhi on music, business, and the creative process

October 21st, 2015


Musician, artist, feminist and Harvard Business School graduate Kiran Gandhi (a.k.a. Madame Gandhi) joins Joe to discuss everything from the future …

Episode 24: Shoshana Berger + Meija Jacobs talk Women + Entrepreneurship

October 5th, 2015


IDEO Designers Meija Jacobs and Shoshana Berger join us to talk about women and entrepreneurship. They hosted a lunch at TED Women this year and asked, "How might we create the conditions for confidence along the …

Episode 23: Patrick Adams from Secret Weapon Marketing + a good dose of VDTBOM

September 29th, 2015


Patrick Adams, managing director at Secret Weapon Marketing, joins Diego to talk about the unique process behind their brilliant campaigns (notably Jack in the Box and the Happy Honda Dealer), the journey from …

Episode 22: the Interval at Long Now + an update from Girls Driving for a Difference

September 1st, 2015


In episode 22, Joe and Diego tell us about a mind blowing morning at the Interval at Long Now, and then jump into an update from Girls Driving for a Difference. Diego chatted with Rachel and Natalya while they were …

Episode 21.5: the full interview with Andreas Antonopoulos

August 20th, 2015


It was a true honor to have Andreas Antonopoulos speak to our design entrepreneurs as part of our Bits + Blocks Lab, and we took some time with him …

Episode 21: Dr. Schon + the Foo Fighters, your Bits + Blocks Byte and Andreas Antonopoulos

August 12th, 2015


A lot has happened since we last met during Episode No. 20! The Bits + Blocks Lab at Harvard had its finale at the end of July, IDEO U shipped its …

Episode 20: Colin Raney + #bitsblocks + a digital edition of VDTBOM

June 29th, 2015


We have an action packed episode 20 (!!!!) for you this week, chock full of goodness. It’s officially summer, which means the Bits + Blocks Lab is in …

Episode 19: robots + Bitcoin + music you can only hear in the woods

June 5th, 2015


We have a lot of things on our minds, but as is ever the case, the Dude abides.

This week Piper (our Chief-of-Staff + Editorial Director + Marketing Lead) joined us for an edition of Venture Design that Blows Our Mind …

Episode 18: Susan O'Malley + the future of fermented beverage production

May 11th, 2015


Hard to believe it's been three weeks since we released Episode 17. Joe and I were on a long patrol North of the Wall, but we're now back safe and …

Episode 17: the future of media + a conversation about Holacracy with Gabe Kleinman

April 18th, 2015


We're back from Spring Break, feeling centered, serene, and mellow. Because what you create reflects what you feel, we hope you get a sense of that state of mind while listening to this podcast. As always, we're super …

Episode 16: Hacking creativity & design with John Lilly. VDTBOM and a "How Might We?" on Meerkat

April 2nd, 2015


In Episode 16 we focus on our IDEO Futures design theme of "Hacking Creativity and Design". Specifically, we took Episode 16 on a mission to explore the future of a broad spectrum of digital media: the media we listen …

Episode 15: Girls Driving for a Difference + Diego's update from TED

March 23rd, 2015


This week, we’re excited to talk to Katie Kirsch and Jenna Leonardo, co-founders of Girls Driving for a Difference. Jenna, Katie and their teammates Rachel Chung and Natalya Thakur are embarking on a journey to empower …

Episode 14: David Kelley, serial entrepreneur + an update on our 2015 design themes

March 13th, 2015


On Episode 14 of the IDEO Futures Podcast we are honored to welcome David Kelley as our guest. David is the founder of IDEO and also the visionary …

Episode 13.5: the full conversation with's Adam Ludwin

March 5th, 2015


Here's a special edition of the IDEO Futures Podcast, our full-length interview with founder Adam Ludwin.

A few days after we taped this …

Episode 13: thoughts on Radio Shack, a conversation with Adam Ludwin, and a fresh serving of VDTBOM

March 5th, 2015


Episode 13. Is this our unlucky episode? Are you superstitious? Should we have just skipped to old 1-3 and gone directly to trusty Mr. 14?

Certainly …

Episode 12: A new sound, Rob Poel, cricket flour, and Chipotle

February 24th, 2015


Pull your ears out and get 'em ready for 35 minutes of mind-blowing discussion of design, innovation, and making it happen.

In all seriousness, we …

Episode XI: Super Bowl XLIX and how to explain bitcoin to your grandma

February 10th, 2015


Continuing the conversation we began last week, in Episode XI (aka "11") we dive into our Tools for Trust design theme.

For this edition of the IDEO …

Episode 10: Design Themes for 2015, from IDEO Futures

January 28th, 2015


In Episode 10, we look ahead to some design themes we'll be exploring at IDEO Futures in 2015. We'd like to invite you to a conversation about four design themes we consider important and inspiring.

We believe that …

Episode 9: An entire episode dedicated to Venture Design that blew our minds.

January 22nd, 2015


Where entrepreneurship meets design.

Episode 9 is a heaping serving of VDTBOM — Venture Design That Blows our Mind! Enjoy!

And Chewbacca.

Episode 8: Venture Learning Plans, Refried Beans, & the Most Interesting Man in the World

November 26th, 2014


In this episode of the pod, Joe and Diego return to the theme of Discovery Driven Planning (DDP) and the Taco Truck. For a refresher on DDP, please give a listen to Episode 3.

Along the way, there's a veritable six-pack …

Episode 7: venture design insights on Justin Bieber + OK Go + performance coaching

November 11th, 2014


It's our lucky pod! Number seven is here! This one has a heavy and roll + pop star theme running through it, as well as an Oprah Winfrey reference …

Episode 6: Futures in Cambridge + Gordon Jones & the Harvard iLab

October 29th, 2014


This week the King Ship pod journeys to Boston for an innovation frenzy!

First, Diego was at Harvard Business School for the unveiling of the new IDEO …

Episode 5: IDEO Startup In Residence Program + Iain Roberts

October 14th, 2014


This week's pod is one of our best yet, and certainly ranks in our Top 10 ever!

Think of this pod as a sandwich: the middle part of it with all the yummy goodies is our interview with Iain Roberts regarding IDEO's global …

Episode 4: Cory Kidd interview + Design in Startups

September 30th, 2014


Welcome to Episode 4 of the IDEO Futures podscast!

This week Joe and Diego welcome their first guest, Cory Kidd, to talk about the future of Health Tech.

First, Diego ponders the return of the Good Wife and reads some …

Episode 3 (a prototype): Discovery Driven Planning and the Taco Truck

September 17th, 2014


In Episode 3 we discuss a foundational technique for making innovation happen... DDP!

Otherwise known as Discovery Driven Planning, or its more recent …

Episode 2 (a prototype): IDEO's Startup in Residence Program + 6 Ways to Design a Business

September 8th, 2014


In Episode 2, we discuss IDEO's Startup in Residence Program and a startup named, which recently went through the program.

Venture Design That Blew Our Mind: we discuss "Six Ways to Design a Business" by Kerry …

Episode 1 (a prototype): the Harvard + Fidelity + IDEO Intrapreneur Lab, & our new website

August 26th, 2014


Here we go... Episode 1! Let's go jump off the roof together.

First, we talk about the recent Intrapreneur Lab, a collaboration between Fidelity …

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