Shut up and listen! Brian Ardinger gives you his top 10 innovation leaders to follow in 2019

Ramesha Perera
Thu 22 Nov

Whether serving as a technology consultant, international innovation specialist, economic developer or researcher, Brian Ardinger has been working on exciting projects with amazing people for years. A guru in the field of idea generation, check out his top picks for innovation leaderthat you should know! 


  1. Eric Ries wrote the 2011 bestseller “The Lean Startup,” but may be even more relevant in 2019 with his most recent follow-up “The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth.” This book is quickly becoming this year’s go-to-book for people wrestling with corporate innovation. @ericries 


  1. Michael Docherty is leading the creation of a new corporate/startup co-innovation platform as part of Innovation Works. Also Managing Partner of NextBig, creating and commercializing new digital and IoT-enabled ventures in partnership with leading corporations. He wrote, “Collective Disruption: How Corporations and Startups Can Co-create Transformative New Businesses.” @medocherty 


  1. Andi Platenberg is the founder of FutureTight where she works with teams to evolve their product design practices, reduce business risk, and make quick headway towards problem solution fit. Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2018 [VIDEO]@andisf 


  1. Sunayna Tuteja is leading change and innovation at the nexus of social, mobile, digital and FinTech. She is TD Ameritrade’s Lead on Digital Strategy, Experience & Innovation. Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2018 [VIDEO] 


  1. Aaron Proietti’s new book is “Today’s Innovator,” a coaching guide for anyone who innovates. He is founder of Adaptivity Enterprises and previously with Transamerica’s Innovation Lab. @aproietti 


  1. Janice Fraser founded LUXr, the first Lean Startup coaching firm for early-stage companies. She is currently the Senior Vice President at Bionic and has coached, taught, and worked with thousands of startup founders inside and outside corporations. @clevergirl 


  1. Brant Cooper co-wrote “The Lean Entrepreneur: How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate With New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets.” His firm Moves The Needle helps organizations with lean innovation, helping them move from theory to practice. @brantcooper 


  1. Megan Elliott is a creative, visionary and agile leader in the digital, creative, emerging media, and education sectors. She is Founding Director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. She also co-created X Media Lab. Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2018 [VIDEO] 


  1. Peter Gardner is founder of Startgridan SaaS platform used by enterprises to dramatically accelerate their discovery and delivery of external innovation. Inside Outside Innovation Summit 2018 [VIDEO] 


  1. Diana Kander’s latest book, “The Curiosity Muscle,” is a novel tackling the rise and plateau of a gym franchise and why most companies reaching the peak of their potential lose their curiosity and crash into irrelevance. It’s a great follow-up to her New York Time’s bestseller “All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything Is On The Line.” @dianakander 


Needing more inspiration and leaders to follow? LinkedIn has Brian Ardinger extensive list of 2019 innovation leaders.