All about ideas
One big reason I chose to work at Innosight is our focus on helping companies grow their existing ideas or come up with new ideas that we help them grow. You get a lot of practice understanding how to conceive an idea, convince others that it’s a good idea and build out that idea into something that’s compelling, complete and a foundation you can build upon. And just as important, you learn what to do when something doesn’t succeed — knowing when to step away before spending too much time and resources on it.
A patent, quantum dots and other weird credentials
I studied engineering in college, and I hold a design patent for a device that improves the accessibility of multifunctional printers for people who are blind. I’m far from the only one at Innosight who has a weird credential like that on my résumé. For example, there’s a partner here who did his Ph.D. presentation on quantum dots, which are tiny, unstable pieces of the universe. Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds, and that variety creates room for creativity. It’s really cool that a relatively small firm has that kind of variety.
Helping a client confront change
The automotive industry hasn’t changed dramatically in the last century or so, but it will in the next couple of decades. Going to a gas station to fill up the tank, even owning a car — those things will become less and less common. We’ve worked with the CEO and executive team of an automotive company to help them understand what the future of their industry will look like. We’ve also helped them refine their strategy for what they want their company to be in response.
Bitten by the travel bug
I’ve had great opportunities to travel at Innosight. The first project I worked on here took me all over Europe and the U.S. In 2015, I spent a good chunk of the year working for a company with operations in Belgium. I really enjoy experiences like that. It’s a chance to see different parts of the world and interact with different types of work cultures. You get to see things and have experiences that you wouldn’t as a tourist.
Life through a different lens
In college, I started working with imaging equipment for a small military contractor. I got to use some of the best professional cameras out there. I began borrowing cameras and using them on my own time to learn how they worked. I fell in love with the idea that you could capture a moment in time forever, and do it in a way that reflects how you want that moment to be captured. Back then, I did a lot of urban landscapes — large-scale stuff. Now I do a lot of urban sidewalk photography, which is on a smaller scale and fits right in with my daily habit of wandering around the city in Boston.