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Idea to Value - Creativity and Innovation with Nick Skillicorn

Apr 14, 2022

In today's episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Paul Ruppert. Paul is a veteran of the Telecommunications industry, and his companies have helped bring breakthrough technologies like worldwide mobile calling and SMS to the masses.

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In this interview, we speak about what it takes for companies to innovate in new markets, the challenges with new technology and whether you are better off being a first mover or fast follower.

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Topics covered in this episode:

  • 00:01:30 - Paul's journey helping to launch the company that became AT&T in America, and then at the company which brought SMS to the next level
  • 00:04:45 - What it was like innovating in an industry when the technology was only just being developed
  • 00:10:45 - The advantage of bringing in ideas from outside, as well as developing your own innovations internally at the same time
  • 00:13:00 - How do you convince Venture Capital to invest millions in a new idea, with a view on growth
  • 00:16:00 - Instead of going Zero to One, aiming for going from Zero to a Billion
  • 00:19:30 - The work which Paul is currently doing around messaging and CPAAS
  • 00:22:00 - Is your company a predator or bait, when it comes to acquisitions?

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