Innovation and the Digital Enterprise

Patrick Emmons

If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support.

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Making Trust Possible with Swati Shah

 Patrick Emmons  Nov 18, 2021 9:22:47 AM  1 Comment

At TransUnion, creating innovative products, building talent, and delivering excellent customer experiences start with an environment where trust is possible. Swati Shah, U.S. Markets CIO, talks with Patrick and Shelli this week about what cultivating that trust looks like for the organization.

She also describes the various programs in place to support continuous learning for cross-functional teams and the importance of helping engineers understand the ‘why’ in addition to the ‘what’ for the solutions they are building.

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Turning Adversity into Opportunities for Innovation with Matt DiBari

 Patrick Emmons  Nov 4, 2021 6:00:00 AM  1 Comment

Experiencing a sudden revenue drop is a formidable challenge for any business. When SpotHero found themselves there at the start of the pandemic, the team took it as an opportunity to pause and rethink their business.

In this episode, Matt DiBari, Chief Product Officer at SpotHero, talks with Patrick and Shelli about how creative thinking and a strong team foundation allowed SpotHero to weather the sudden downturn. He also discusses how a culture of looking around corners and reacting with wonder fuels innovation both today and for the company’s ‘horizon 3’ plans.

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Venture Capital Pros and Cons with Will McGivern-Smith

 Patrick Emmons  Oct 21, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

While eye-popping capital rounds make headlines, sometimes smaller is better when it comes to venture fundraising. Will McGivern-Smith, Chief Strategy Officer of TrueData joined Patrick and Shelli to discuss what questions to answer for your business when considering venture capital. Understanding the type of company you’re building, the problem you’re solving, and the total addressable market is a good place to start.

Listen in to get Will’s take on what factors to weigh when looking for the best fundraising partner, how to nail your pitch by keeping it simple, and what motivates different types of investors

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Product Thought Leadership with Timothy Alvis

 Patrick Emmons  Sep 23, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Timothy Alvis is the Chief Product Officer at SPINS and has over 20 years of experience marrying product, consumer needs, and business outcomes. He joined the podcast today to offer his tips for product teams and why they should focus on understanding problems rather than coming up with solutions.

Having started his career as the founder of multiple gaming companies, Tim also discusses the creativity involved with popular video games like Minecraft and Roblox. Tune in for his insights.

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Creating an Inclusive Tech Community with Desiree Vargas Wrigley

 Patrick Emmons  Sep 9, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Founders looking to secure funding face a long, arduous process. Founders of color can find it almost impossible and often receive significantly less money than their white counterparts. Desiree Vargas Wrigley believes that the tech ecosystem in Chicago needs to do more to support and nurture the untapped potential of Black and Latinx founders.

Desiree is our guest this week on Innovation and the Digital Enterprise. She shares her experience as one of the two Latinx women in the last decade to have raised over a million dollars and her vision for an inclusive Chicago tech community. Listen to the episode for more from Desiree and her company, P33.

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The Power of Machine Learning with Alex Muller

 Patrick Emmons  Aug 26, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are powerful tools that companies can leverage to create better customer experiences. However, they traditionally require millions of dollars’ worth of investment. Alex Muller believes that every product team, regardless of size, should benefit from the same machine learning capabilities used at the most successful companies in the world.

Alex, the founder of SAVVI AI, is our guest this week on Innovation and the Digital Enterprise. Listen to the episode to learn more about democratizing machine learning.

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Deep Tech in the World of Banking with Chintan Mehta

 Patrick Emmons  Aug 12, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Banking has been around for hundreds of years. How do you teach an old dog new tricks? Chintan Mehta, CIO and Head of Digital Technology and Innovation at Wells Fargo, joined Patrick and Shelli to discuss the technological revolution happening right now in banking. He talks about what the next five years look like for innovations such as quantum computing and cultural shifts such as the gig worker economy. Listen in and get inspired.

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Innovation Summit Highlights Part 2

 Patrick Emmons  Jul 29, 2021 6:00:00 PM  0 Comments

The Chicago Innovation Roundtable, a group that connects visionary Chicago leaders and the brainchild of IDE host Patrick Emmons, recently wrapped up their yearly Summit. For part 2 of the IDE season finale, Patrick shares some of the thought leadership from the Summit’s speakers.

Take a listen to the episode to hear from Dick Burke, Adam Kanouse, Thru Shivakumar, Greg Svitak, and Ari Kaplan. We'll be back with all new episodes for season 2 on August 12th.

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Innovation Summit Highlights Part 1

 Patrick Emmons  Jul 15, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

In addition to hosting Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Patrick Emmons is also the founder of the Chicago Innovation Roundtable, a group that connects visionary Chicago leaders. Each year, the group hosts a summit where leaders share their insights on what has helped them innovate in their respective fields.

For the IDE season finale, Patrick shares some of the highlights from the Chicago Innovation Roundtable Summit. In part 1, you will hear from Betsy Ziegler, Scott Prugh, Dustin Kirkland, and Catherine Clay. Tune in for the latest innovation thought leadership.

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Investing in Digital and Renewables with Brian Case

 Patrick Emmons  Jun 17, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Over the last few years, companies have been transitioning in mass to renewable energy and resources while taking a digital approach to operations. These two transitions have both been put into overdrive in light of COVID-19. Brian Case is at the center of it all as the Chief Digital Officer at GE Renewable Energy. He joins Shelli and Patrick on the podcast this week to talk about the importance of digitization and his approach to leadership.

Tune in to the episode to learn more about the importance of a company’s motivation to adopt digital, how the repetition of a problem leads to product advancement, and how to train the ideal team player.

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