Richard DeVaul Talks Innovation Consulting, Deep Fakes, and Building a Better World
Richard DeVaul, an innovation thought leader, consulting CTO, and founder of HyperSolve joins Enterprise Radio to discuss innovation consulting, deep fakes, and building a better world.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Richard DeVaul discuss the following:
- How would you define innovation?
- What would you say separates organizations that successfully innovate from those that do not?
- You’ve written about the dangers of deep fakes. Can you please elaborate on this topic?
- Cryptocurrency has made a resurgence over the last few years. How would you compare the rise of cryptocurrency to that of the dot-com era?
- You’ve worked on problems to build a better world, such as climate change and closing the digital divide. What’s a current problem you’re working on to continue to build a better world?
Conclusion: Before you design a product, you need to design the org. And without genuine, visionary leadership in each product team, you won’t inspire greatness. And C-level/VP leadership needs to defend the independence of product team leaders so that real innovation isn’t stifled by org politics and empire-building.
Richard DeVaul is an innovation thought leader, consulting CTO, and founder of HyperSolve. Previously he oversaw early stage innovation activities at X, the Moonshot Factory (formerly Google [X]), starting and leading projects that created billions of dollars of enterprise value, including Project Loon. He was also an early leader of the Foghorn investigation into carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, and the Calcifer investigation into next-generation airships. He has worked on topics ranging from providing low-cost clean water and food in the developing world to grid-scale thermal energy storage to robotics, advanced machine learning, and climate change. Rich was part of X’s executive leadership team and also dealt with issues of X governance, strategy, and organizational change. Rich is listed as an inventor on 73 issued US patents.
Prior to joining X in 2011, he worked in technology advancement at Apple, leading Apple’s Technology Advancement Team, investigating new technologies, features and approaches.
Rich holds M.S. and Ph.D degree from MIT, and a B.A. in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.
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