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S2 E6

Why innovation starts with I

with Saleema Vellani

08 Sep 2021 11:00 am

Content creation doesn't make someone a thought leader. And talking about some cool technology or ideas doesn't make someone an innovator. I strongly believe that technology is not innovation, and innovation is not all about technology.

Innovation is a very different ball game. It doesn't start with technology. It starts with you. Your purpose, your strengths, and the change you want to make in fellow human's lives.

So, in today's episode, I have Saleema Vellani joining me from Washington DC.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • About the overlap between innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • What is hybridpreneur?
  • Why is the technology associated with innovation than real innovation?
  • What is your definition of innovation?
  • What does innovation have to do with connecting dots?
  • Associative thinking and innovation.
  • Why you must start with "what" and not with "why?"
  • Future-proofing capabilities.

Saleema is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, an adjunct professor, and the author of Innovation Starts With “I”. At the age of 21, Saleema co-founded and launched Brazil’s top-rated language school to finance an orphanage and social development programs. Shortly after, she co-founded and ran a leading online translation agency in Italy to help companies expand their digital presence globally. For over 12 years, Saleema has led 100+ international organizations, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies to their next stage of growth and innovation.

Currently, Saleema is the Founder and CEO of Ripple Impact, which is an accelerator and community that helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses and platforms. She also consults as an innovation strategist to the World Bank, teaches Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University, and is a frequent guest lecturer at business schools.

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