Innovation Evolution

1. Tesla: The Man, The Myths, The Truth

Who was Nikola Tesla, really? What did he invent? What are some of the popular misconceptions about Tesla and his work? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore Nikola Tesla: the man, the myths and the truth.

2. The GE Story, Part 1

How did General Electric get started? How was Thomas Edison involved? When was GE’s research and development laboratory founded? Listen in as the guys recount the electrifying (get it?) origin story of General Electric.

3. The GE Story, Part 2

How did GE contribute to the American war effort during World War II? Who was GE’s first female scientist and what did she invent? What were some of GE’s first consumer products? Listen in and learn more in the second part of our GE series.

4. The GE Story, Part 3

What contributions did General Electric make to the space race? How did GE reclaim RCA and NBC? What are some of GE’s most recent contributions to medical equipment? Join Chris and Jonathan for the conclusion of their series on General Electric.

5. The History of IBM: Part 1

While most computer users have heard of IBM, many don't know the company's history -- and it's a long story. So long, in fact, that Chris and Jonathan can't cover it in one show. Tune in and learn about IBM in the first part of this series.

6. The History of IBM: Part 2

What products did IBM introduce to the market, and how was IBM involved with the space race? In the second episode of this continuing series on IBM, Jonathan and Chris explore IBM's evolution through the fifties to the present day. Tune in and learn more.

7. The Fairchild Semiconductor Story Part 1

How was Fairchild Semiconductor started? Who were the Fairchildren? Why were the founders called the traitorous eight?

8. The Fairchild Semiconductor Story Part 2

Why do some people say Fairchild Semiconductor went through a period of mismanagement? Who were the Hogan's Heroes? What is Fairchild doing today?

9. The History of Texas Instruments - Part One

In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris explore the history of Texas Instruments, from the story of its founder to its core business. Tune in to learn how Texas Instruments pioneered transistor research and development in the first part of this series.

10. The History of Texas Instruments - Part Two

Did Texas Instruments invent the first handheld calculator? What were some of the consumer products released by Texas Instruments? In the second installment of this two-part series, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the company's evolution.

11. The HP Story: Part One

Who were Hewlett and Packard? When did they form the company? What was their first product? Join your favorite tech gurus as they look back at the origin of Hewlett-Packard in the first segment of this two-part episode.

12. The HP Story: Part Two

How did HP transition into new kinds of electronics? What was HP’s first computer? Did HP invent the term personal computer? Tune in for the second part of TechStuff's HP episode.

13. The HP Story: Part Three

When did HP get into the business of making personal computers? Who were the executives in charge when HP started to have trouble? What exactly happened to HP in 2011? Listen in and learn more in the third part of Chris and Jonathan's HP episode.

14. Intel's Tick-Tock Strategy

Since 2007, Intel has used the Tick Tock strategy to improve their microprocessors. When the company's in 'tick' mode, it focuses on building smaller transistors. In 'tock' mode, it concentrates on maximizing power and speed. Why? Tune in to learn more.

15. Douglas Engelbart & The Mother of All Demos

U.S. inventor Douglas Engelbart was one of the visionaries of the computer age. Besides inventing the computer mouse, his insight laid the groundwork for the interactive technology we now take for granted. Engelbart was 88.

16. The Microsoft Story Part One

How did Microsoft get started? How were Microsoft and Apple closely tied together? How successful was Microsoft's IPO?

17. The Microsoft Story Part Two

What was Microsoft's Office of the President? When did Bill Gates step away from Microsoft? What are the latest developments at Microsoft?

18. The Kodak Story

How did Kodak get started? Did Kodak invent the first digital camera? What happened to Kodak? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris delve into the story of Kodak.

19. The Adobe Story, Part One

Who founded the company Adobe? What business was Adobe in? Who was Adobe's biggest customer in the early days of the company? Join Jonathan and Chris for the first part of their series on the origin and evolution of Adobe.

20. The Adobe Story, Part Two

How did Adobe expand its business? Why was the PDF format a big deal? What does Adobe have to do with Flash? Join Jonathan and Chris as they continue exploring the past, present and future of Adobe in the second episode of this series.

21. The Father of Video Games

Ralph Baer was working for a U.S. defense company when he invented the world's first video game system. Luckily, this Stuff of Genius was too fun to remain locked away from the public. Learn more about video games in this podcast from

22. The Story of Nintendo, Part 1

When was Nintendo founded? What did Nintendo make originally? How did Nintendo avoid financial trouble in the 1960s? Join Chris and Jonathan as they tackle on gaming's greatest giants in this podcast.

23. The Story of Nintendo, Part 2

When did Nintendo get into the video game business? Who is Shigero Miyamoto? What is Nintendo’s current place in the video game industry? Join Jonathan and Chris for the second part of their Nintendo series.

24. The Story of Yahoo So Far: Part 1

How did Yahoo get started? What contributed to its meteoric rise? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the origins, triumphs and travails of Yahoo in part one of this series.

25. The Story of Yahoo: Part 2

What problems did Yahoo encounter after the dot com bubble burst? Why did Yahoo go through five CEOs in five years? Why are some people optimistic about Yahoo's chances now that Marissa Mayer is CEO? Tune in to learn more about Yahoo.

26. Larry, Sergey and the Stuff of Searching Genius

Today, Google is one of the world's most well-known, influential companies. But how did it get its start? Tune in and learn how two Stanford graduate students took their Stuff of Genius from a garage to people across the globe.

27. The Story of Part 1

Who is Jeff Bezos? When did launch? How valuable was stock before the dotcom crash of 2000? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the origin story of in the first installment of this series.

28. The Story of Part 2

How far did the value fall for stock after the dotcom crash? How did survive when other companies failed? In what ways did branch out from being an online retail destination? Listen in to learn more about

29. The History of Smartphones: Part 1

Was there really a smartphone in a silent film from the 1920s? Who created the first cell phone? What exactly is a PDA? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they explore the origins of cell phones and smartphones in the first part of this two-part series.

30. The History of Smartphones: Part 2

What sets a smartphone apart from feature phones? What were the earliest smartphones? Which smartphones are important now? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the origin of smartphones in the conclusion of this two-part series.

31. The Internet of Things

What is the Internet of things? What sort of devices could be linked to the Internet? Could the Internet of things eliminate privacy? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore a future wherein common objects may communicate with the internet.

32. Are you ready for some (Internet of Things) Football? A data driven party?

Sensor-packed football helmets, camera-covered NBA stadiums and sensor-studded soccer balls are all generating a ton of data but it’s still unclear how all of it can and will be used. As we connect everything, the amounts of data are going to be astounding, and so is the opportunity to build and change businesses (and sports). To understand some of this, I spoke with David Jonker, the VP of product marketing for big data at SAP. We started with tracing the path of data from connected football helmets that can tell coaches when a hit was too hard and then went on to discuss how the National Basketball Association is sharing data gathered by cameras in certain stadiums to explore how business models around data might evolve. We also discussed how a German soccer team is sending data from a sensor-studded ball and sensors on the team members to understand play. In sports, such connected clothing and equipment might change the game entirely, leading coaches to develop personalized defenses (and offenses) for each player. What if you knew that a certain player has never scored a basket if another player is on his left side? That might change your defensive strategy. So check out the show as we focus on wearables, sports and big data. Show notes:Host: Stacey HigginbothamGuest: David Jonker, VP of pro

33. What is the Technological Singularity?

What is the technological singularity? How might the technological singularity come about? What do critics say about the idea of the singularity? Listen in as Jonathan and Lauren explore the technological singularity.

34. Alex Daley: Advances in Biotechnology Will Be a Major Game-Changer.

Automated Farming and Big Data Are Also Significant Game-Changing Technologies. Jim welcomes back Alex Daley, senior editor and technology analyst for Casey Research. Jim and Alex discuss a number of game-changing technologies that are on the way, or already here. Alex believes that autonomous driving vehicles are definitely possible, and even today the technology is coming to automated farming with self-guided tractors, which can operate 24 hours a day. Alex also discusses the huge technological advances in Big Data, and how the market has gone from zero five years ago to a projected $45 billion market in five years from now. Looking ahead, Alex sees the greatest game-changing technology coming in two areas; micro-electric mechanical systems and Biotechnology. In Biotech, Alex believes rapid advances will significantly change life on earth in the decades ahead.

35. TechStuff Looks at Elon Musk

Who is Elon Musk? What companies did Musk help create? What is the controversy about Musk and the New York Times? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they explore the life and work of Elon Musk.

36. Big Misses in Technology

The TechStuff guys discuss hardware that didn't make the cut in this podcast from

37. The Hackers

Science and technology now allow us to "hack" solutions to the biggest challenges of our time. But how far is too far? And what are the consequences of these hacks? We hear stories from TED speakers who dare to hack the brain, the climate, and even the animal kingdom in hopes of creating a better world. Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen describes how he discovered the first PC virus, and what he learned about protecting the Internet today. Environmentalist Stewart Brand says we now have the technology to bring back some of the species that humanity has wiped out. Climate scientist David Keith proposes a cheap and surprising way to address climate change. Inventor Jay Silver encourages everyone to play with the world around them. Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano talks about dramatic findings in deep brain stimulation.

38. From Mad Men to Math Men

Big Data has changed advertising, which led to the big merger in the ad business over the weekend. Advertising is all about reaching consumers with hyper-targeted ads; it's less about "connecting" with them using sentiment and emotional messaging. The guys with the numbers win, and everybody from Google to Coca-Cola has their own numbers now. Also, Amazon says it is hiring 5,000 new full-time workers for its fulfillment centers. The jobs pay 30 percent above average retail wages. So then, the question is: Is working at a fulfillment center a "good" job?

39. Are You Ready for Big Data Analytics?

In this podcast, Bill Jacobs from Revolution Analytics presents: Are You Ready for Big Data Analytics?. By building on open source R—the world's most powerful statistics software, Revolution Analytics meets the demands and requirements of modern data-driven businesses. Download the MP3

40. Big Data and Culturomics

Big Data — and how we use it — is changing the way we understand our culture and history. Research scientists Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean Baptiste Michel (Uncharted: Big Data as Lens on Human Culture) teamed up with Google to create the (highly addictive) Ngram Viewer: it sifts through millions of digitized books and charts the frequency with which words have been used. Aiden and Michel call their method of combing through text to map cultural trends “culturomics.” “It’s like genomics but with culture,” Aiden tells Kurt Andersen.

41. Not Just A Numbers Game – How Social Media and Big Data Are Changing Washington

I'll speak with JD Chang, CEO and founder of TrendPo, about its social media analytic tools. The company is making their analyses more relevant and actionable to users, especially those in politics. We'll discuss how it may change the way you see and engage with politics. We'll also hear about his journey of transforming himself from a filmmaker to a technology entrepreneur.

42. How an $8,000 garbage actually saves taxpayers money

It turns out the government can do more with Big Data than just spy -- they can use it to save money, too.

43. Solving the perils of parking with big data

New apps and pilot programs are helping ease the pain of parking.

44. Trace takes big data to extreme sports

A new device tells athletes more about the sports they play.

45. Big Profits with Internet Profiles

Data collection and analysis has turned into a big business. Hundreds of companies are now compiling all kinds of user data. Their goal is to provide the advertising industry with as much information as possible about potential customers. Made In Germany wanted to find out more about this phenomenon, so we had reporter Holger Trzeczak "analyzed" by the 3Q Group.

46. How to be Innovative (Plus Turn Ideas Into Profitable Products)

Have you ever had a bright idea; one that you thought would make you millions, but you didn't know how invent it or bring it to market? Well, in this weeks episode I have world famous inventor Chris Hawker to show you how it's done. Chris is a great friend, and one of my first mentors in business, and he has invented dozens of products seen in almost every big box retailer you can think of (and has helped countless other inventors get rich off of their ideas as well). It's a pleasure to introduce the genius of innovation and inventions, Chris Hawker. Subscribe on iTunes, on Stitcher Radio The School of Greatness Podcast (learn more about inventing a product with Chris here or here) "You want to pick students that are doing great things" -@InventorChris"Part of Greatness is Value Density" -@InventorChris"Inventing is like kite surfing: challenging but fun" -@InventorChris In This Episode, You Will Learn: How Chris Escaped the 9 to 5 The Importance of Mentors How to Get a Manufacturing Product Sold How to Add Value in a Mentor Relationship Learn a Big Piece of my Entrepreneur Story Where the Best Product Ideas Come From How Independent Inventors Monetize The Relentless Pursuit of Great Products to Understand Entrepreneurship in terms of Value Density The Difference between a Knock Off and an Innovation Plus much more... Continue Seeking Greatness: Sponsor Onnit and products: Shroomtech Sport, Alpha Brain & Hemp Force Protein Bars Learn More About the PowerSquid Fan of the week is Natalie Sisson for her Instagram Connect with Chris Hawker: Trident-Designs | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Pintrest Music Credit: Ellie Goulding - Hanging On (Sound Remedy Remix) Did you enjoy the podcast? What was the biggest takeaway from this episode for you?  Also what's the biggest idea you ever had that you thought would make you millions... but you later found it was already on the market?  Please shar

47. First Person: Inventor Saul Griffith

Saul Griffith is an inventor whose designs look like they're straight out of science fiction: wind turbines that float like kites, and inflatable robots that resemble walking animal balloons. The San Francisco-based co-founder of Squid Labs talks about his latest creations, his comic book for inventive kids, and his vision for the future of renewable energy. It's part of Forum's "First Person" series where we talk to the leaders and thinkers who make the Bay Area unique.

Download Stitcher Radio to Listen On the Go!

Get the Stitcher App for your iPhone, iPad, Android Device, Nook or Kindle Fire