Better Innovation

Stories of how innovation is reshaping and transforming business

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The Better Innovation podcast series

Better Innovation is a podcast series hosted by EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano, featuring interviews with innovation thought leaders across all industries. It explores stories of how innovation is reshaping and transforming business in an inextricably digital world. Topics covered in this series include business model innovation, emerging trends, advanced technologies and fostering an innovation culture inside organizations.

 

  • Season 3, Ep. 3: Dr. Tommy Weir Part 2: Does AI know when you’re unproductive?

    “What’s the relationship between AI and leadership?” This week, we bring you Part 2 of Jeff’s conversation with Dr. Tommy Weir: self-described leadership nerd, Founder and CEO of enAIble and author of Leadership Dubai Style: The Habits to Achieve Remarkable Success.

    How do you measure productivity? Do you judge your workforce/team as a whole? Is it based on intuition or, worse, hearsay? Tommy’s company, enAIble, is using AI to measure productivity for leadership on an individual level, reading not just how an employee’s time is being used, but how consistent they are with their time and—most importantly—how their work performance affects their colleagues. It’s giving CEOs insights into their organizations that they’ve never had before—adding objectivity to a historically subjective problem.

    Join us for Part 2 of this very special look into the bleeding-edge of AI application and how leadership can be transformed by better, smarter, clearer use of data.

    Listen now

    Connect with Dr. Tommy Weir on Twitter @tommyweir. Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano.

  • Season 3, Ep. 2: Dr. Tommy Weir Part 1: How can AI make us better leaders?

    “What’s the relationship between AI and leadership?” This week, Jeff is joined by Dr. Tommy Weir, self-described leadership nerd, Founder and CEO of enAIble and author of Leadership Dubai Style: The Habits to Achieve Remarkable Success. An ardent skeptic just a few years ago, Dr. Weir walks through his journey from learning to understanding leadership, to learning to understand AI to learning how AI can enhance great leaders.

    How many leaders have you had in your life? How many do you remember? In Part 1 of our interview, Dr. Weir breaks down what it is in leaders that motivates or inspires us, and how that can inform who we are and how we work. He also takes us into his first look at AI a few years ago and the exciting applications that inspired his current career path.

    Join us for Part 1 before we dig deeper into AI applications for leadership in Part 2.

    Listen now

    Connect with Dr. Tommy Weir on Twitter @tommyweir. Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano.

  • Season 3, Ep. 1: Is AI automating human biases?

    And we’re back! In the premiere of season 3, Jeff begins our season-long focus on Artificial Intelligence with Bob Suh, Founder and CEO of OnCorps and a powerhouse of AI expertise.

    Bob looks at how human patterns of overconfidence, insecurity and self-denial get programmed deep into the systems we’ve designed to improve our decision-making. What happens when AI automates a mistake?

    As we move into another election cycle that will be dominated by the algorithmic spreading of information, Bob takes a reflective look at the human condition and how honest inputs—both when they’re good and when they’re bad—is the only way to build the integrity, efficacy and world-changing positive benefits that AI can, and should, provide. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

  • Season 2, Ep. 18: Embracing Law’s Disruptive Moment with Cornelius Grossman

    Are lawyers ready for the legal sector to be transformed? This week, Jeff is joined by EY Global Law Leader Cornelius Grossman at the Advanced Technology Tax Lab to discuss the future of law, the legal profession and how technology is being applied to it.

    After a first wave of overpromises and disappointments, the legal sector is starting to see the real fruits of artificial intelligence and platform technologies in their work. As these tools expedite once-tedious processes, lawyers have more time to focus on adding value to vital areas of the business—leaning more on their strategic insights than their domain knowledge.

    Jeff and Cornelius look at where law is headed through both an EY and global perspective, as one of the world’s most conservative professions faces its moment of disruption. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

  • Season 2: Summer Send-Off with Jeff and his Guests

    Oh the places you’ll go! Oh the places you’ll go!

    Over the course of two seasons of the Better Innovation podcast, Jeff has had the privilege of interviewing some of the brightest innovation minds in our world today. As season two winds down, we bring to you a compilation of some of the best advice that our guests have given over the past episodes. Think of it as our version of a commencement speech.

    You’ll hear amazing insights from Andy Card, Kate Barton, David Becker, Dr. Lucy Marcil, José María Lucia Moreno, Nicole Sahin, Dr. Patti Fletcher, Tucker Marion and Sebastian Fixson.

    As always, thank you for listening, subscribing and being part of this incredible journey with us. It is our privilege to bring these stories of innovation to you. We hope that you are as inspired as we are by our amazing guests. Listen now

    See you in September!

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

  • Season 2: Episode 16 The Four Archetypes of Innovation with Tucker Marion and Sebastian Fixson

    “What ever happened to Tucker and his book?” In this episode, Jeff is rejoined by the show’s second-ever guest, Tucker Marion, along with his writing collaborator, Sebastian Fixson, to discuss their book and its impact on business-led transformation.

    The Innovation Navigator looks at a world filled with disruptors and the disrupted, where the digitization of innovation and a culture of collaboration has seen the landscape explode with new ideas. While that inspires organizations to act faster than ever, the question remains—how do you put your best innovation foot forward? In this book, Tucker and Sebastian explore their four archetypes of innovation and how companies are applying this theory to cultivate the ideas that will transform businesses.

    Join us for a very special look inside the minds of two of academia’s brightest business innovation minds. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Follow Tucker Marion for his latest insights

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tucker-marion-0b1273/

    Follow Sebastian Fixson for his latest insights:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/fixson/

  • Season 2: Episode 15 Thinking Smart about Artificial Intelligence with Nigel Duffy

    Is an AI winter coming? In this episode, Jeff is joined by Nigel Duffy, EY Global Artificial Intelligence leader, to talk about the state of AI technology today and how we can better prepare for its future.

    Over the last few decades, hype around AI has swelled and deflated as our imagination has been sparked by the idea that we’re inching closer to machines imitating human intelligence – we call this ‘general AI’. But, not only is the idea of general AI a world away, it perhaps shouldn’t even be the goal. As deeper capabilities around machine perception and machine learning emerge, we’re already seeing transformative possibilities of AI helping human professionals sort through data, discover patterns and standardize repetitive tasks. Jeff and Nigel also discuss the impact of government regulation on AI development.

    Join us for a very special perspective on the application of artificial intelligence to business, from one of the field’s brightest minds. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Follow Nigel Duffy for his latest insights

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigelduffy/

  • Season 2: Episode 14 LIVE at Innovation Realized The Death of Innovation Theater with Emilie Sydney-Smith, CEO of ExO Works

    This week, Jeff recorded LIVE at the EY Innovation Realized Summit in Boston. In this episode, Jeff chats with Emilie Sydney-Smith, CEO of ExO Works and one of the event’s co-facilitators. Sydney-Smith is an expert on disruption theory and works with many organizations around the world to spot areas of disruption vulnerability – and take meaningful action. Join us for a powerful discussion on the ever-accelerating rate of change and effective transformation strategies for your organization. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Follow Emilie Sydney-Smith on Twitter for her latest insights @ENSS

    https://www.emiliesydneysmith.com/

  • Season 2: Episode 13 LIVE at EY Innovation Realized with Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering

    This week, Jeff recorded LIVE at the EY Innovation Realized Summit in Boston. In this episode, Jeff sits with the event’s keynote speaker: Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering and Founder of Thrive Labs. Parker shares insights in her book on the importance of in-person connections and how meeting with purpose can lead to disruptive and inspiring realizations. Join us for a fresh perspective on what it means to get together and how an infusion of humanity can lead to better innovation. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Follow @PriyaParker on Twitter for her latest insights and learn about her book and more: https://www.priyaparker.com/

  • Season 2: The Davos Talks The OECD’s Greg Medcraft on Blockchain and AI in the government

    World Economic Forum Special: Jeff is joined by Greg Medcraft, Director of Financial Enterprise Affairs with OECD. Greg and Jeff examine how blockchain and artificial intelligence are being utilized by governments around the world to fight corruption, standardize operations and decrease costs and risks. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Watch Jeff's talk from the World Economic Forum on the future of tax enterprise solutions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwH5nayK10I

    Follow @GregMedcraft on Twitter for his latest insights.

    Read the OECD's "Blockchains Unchained" working paper here: https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/blockchains-unchained_3c32c429-en

    Want to be a guest on the podcast? Reach out to @JenHemmerdinger on Twitter

  • Season 2: The Davos Talks Unlocking Blockchain’s Future with Daniel Peled

    World Economic Forum special: Jeff catches up with Daniel Peled, Co-Founder of Orbs, a startup promoting a public blockchain that scales base-layer protocols. Peled shares his insight on the importance of infrastructure in the future of public (and private) blockchains and the unique start-up culture in his home country of Israel. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Watch Jeff's talk from the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the future of tax enterprise solutions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwH5nayK10I

    Stay up-to-date on @orbs_network latest blockchain projects on Twitter. https://www.orbs.com/

    Want to be a guest on the podcast? Reach out to @JenHemmerdinger on Twitter

  • Season 2: The Davos Talks The Tokenized Future with MIT’s Thomas Hardjono

    World Economic Forum special: Jeff chats with Thomas Hardjono, Chief Technology Officer for the MIT Connection Science Lab, about the notion of homomorphic encryption and how the tokenization of assets is creating new opportunities to protect and securitize data. As the definition of “asset” expands, could we see a future where tax becomes tokenized too? Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Watch Jeff's talk from the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the future of tax enterprise solutions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwH5nayK10I

    Follow @ThomasHardjono on Twitter for his latest insights. http://hardjono.mit.edu/

    Watch Thomas' talk from the WEF on fiduciary relationships for personal data. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAXo8wEPCKU

  • Season 2: The Davos Talks Blockchain Tax Applications with Dennis Post from EY

    World Economic Forum special: Jeff talks blockchain with Dennis Post, EY Tax Partner and leader of Blockchain solutions for the EY Global Advanced Technology Tax Lab. Post discusses the remarkable advancement in blockchain development, and how this progress is creating a myriad of possibilities for new applications in the field of taxation. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Watch Jeff's talk from the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the future of tax enterprise solutions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwH5nayK10I

    Connect with Dennis on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennis-post-581508/

    Want to be a guest on the podcast? Reach out to @JenHemmerdinger on Twitter.

  • The Davos Talk Series

    We’re taking a short break in Season 2 to bring you to Davos, Switzerland, where Jeff attended the World Economic Forum 2019. During his time in Davos, Jeff had the opportunity to speak at a special event hosted by Sandy Pentland, leader of the MIT Connection Science Lab, on the convergence of human and machine. The event, ‘Blockchain+AI+Human=Magic,’ explored the opportunities presented by the convergence of these technologies - along with the best of humans. Over the next week, we’ll share our conversations with a wide range of thought leaders who attended this MIT event. You can watch Jeff’s talk on the future of tax enterprise solutions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwH5nayK10I. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Want to be a guest on the podcast? Reach out to @JenHemmerdinger on Twitter

  • Season 2: The Davos Talks Restoring Artistic Value with Panos Panay, Berklee College of Music

    World Economic Forum Special: Jeff talks with Panos Panay, fellow Bostonian, and VP of Innovation and Strategy at the Berklee College of Music, about how blockchain and AI are disrupting and will continue to disrupt, the music industry. Panay discusses the uniqueness of the industry and how new technologies can restore value to music artists. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Follow @PanayPanos on Twitter for his latest insights on music and innovation. https://www.berklee.edu/people/panos-panay

    Watch Panos' talk on blockchain and the future of music rights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XFE2cR2jos&t=102s

    Want to be a guest on the podcast? Reach out to @JenHemmerdinger on Twitter

  • Season 2: The Davos Talks The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence with Fabio Zoffi

    World Economic Forum Special: Jeff and Fabio Zoffi, President and Executive Chairman of ORS Group, discuss how far artificial intelligence has come and how an influx of data is creating a wave of new possibilities. Zoffi looks at how AI’s next evolution will help organizations enhance decision-making, planning and optimize operations that once seemed too complex to automate. Listen now

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Watch Jeff's talk from the World Economic Forum on the future of tax enterprise solutions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwH5nayK10I

    Follow @ORS_IT on Twitter for their latest insights. https://www.ors.ai/

  • Season 2: Episode 12 Be as Diverse as Your Customers with Karyn Twaronite

    The relationship between diversity, inclusiveness, and innovation is well recognized, but Karyn Twaronite, EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer, stressed that one of the most important tenets is building environments where professionals can thrive and feel a sense of belonging. Jeff and Karyn discuss why a leader's diversity and inclusiveness strategy should include more than just gender and cultural background. They explore why it's so hard for large organizations to implement diversity initiatives. Karyn shares practical tools that leaders can use to build diverse and high performing teams within their own organizations. Join us for a powerful discussion on belonging, innovation and the importance of representation at every level of your organization. Listen now

    To learn more about the EY Belonging Barometer click here:
    https://www.ey.com/us/en/about-us/ey-creating-a-strong-sense-of-belonging-for-all

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Want to be a guest on the podcast? Reach out to @JenHemmerdinger on Twitter

    Follow @KTwaronite_EY on Twitter for her latest insights on diversity and inclusiveness

  • Season 2: Episode 11 Why Are We Developing Artificial Intelligence?

    Why are we developing Artificial Intelligence? Professor Roz Picard, director and founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's famed Media Lab, argues scientists are not asking the right questions, but instead can be narrowly focused on turning a quick profit with an AI infused business. Host Jeff Saviano talks to Roz shortly after she delivered her TEDxBeaconStreet Talk. Roz, a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur, shares her thoughts about some of the things AI researchers should stop doing. Society trusts machines too much and humans and machines should partner and coevolve together, she says. Roz founded Empatica, Inc., which created the first AI-based smart watch cleared by the FDA in Neurology to monitor seizures. CNN named Roz one of seven "Tech Superheroes to watch in 2015." Listen now

    Watch Professor Roz Picard's TEDxBeaconStreet Talk here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itikdtdbevU   

    Read Roz's book, "Affective Computing."
    https://www.amazon.com/Affective-Computing-Press-Rosalind-Picard/dp/0262661152

    Have a question for Jeff? Find him on Twitter @JeffreySaviano

    Want to be a guest on the podcast? Reach out to @JenHemmerdinger on Twitter.

    Follow @RosalindPicard on Twitter for her latest insights on AI, MIT, and her organization @Empatica.


  • Season 2: Episode 10 Reimagining Alternative Business Models with Mike McKerr

    This week, Jeff keeps it in the EY family with Mike McKerr, Chairman EY Ireland and the EY Global Leader-Market Solutions. Mike and Jeff talk about the importance of unlearning—breaking down what you know to discover something new—and how it is driving innovation within alternative business models in the professional services industry and beyond. From his upbringing in Northern Ireland during much conflict to his current role at EY, Mike’s story is one you won’t want to miss. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 9 Breaking Barriers with Nicole Sahin and Dr. Patti Fletcher

    Two heads are better than one. For the first time, Jeff is joined by two guests: Nicole Sahin and Dr. Patti Fletcher. Sahin is an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 New England Award winner and the founder of Globalization Partners, the second-fastest growing company in Massachusetts. Dr. Fletcher is a gender equity advocate for women in business, leadership, and technology. She is also the author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold. Jeff speaks with these two powerful women about leadership and representation in the business world, what separates male and female leaders and the strategies that have helped women transcend the gender gap. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 8 Sparking Purpose-Driven Innovation with José María Lucía Moreno

    Jeff travels to Madrid to talk with José María Lucía Moreno, director of the EY flagship wavespace—the ‘EY Hubble Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence.’ José shares his insights on how the Hubble Center leadership team was able to bring together a diverse group of talented professionals to develop transformative client solutions. They also look at José’s life—from growing up in Spain to launching his career in the 90’s tech boom—and how it has inspired his unique approach to purposeful innovation. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 7 Inventing the Digital Camera with Steve Sasson

    What would the world look like without the digital camera? On this very special episode, Jeff interviews Steve Sasson, who invented the breakthrough device in 1975 while at Kodak. Since he was a kid taking apart TVs, Steve’s tinkering mindset has been a true inspiration to innovators around the world. Steve reflects on his upbringing in Brooklyn and when he accepted the National Medal of Technology and Innovation award from President Barack Obama. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 6 Prescribing Financial Wellness at the Doctor’s Office with Dr. Lucy Marcil

    Jeff sits down with Dr. Lucy Marcil, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and co-founder of the nonprofit Street Cred. Lucy is pioneering a new kind of social outreach, where low-income families can get free tax prep while they wait for their doctor—right in the waiting room. Join Jeff and Lucy as they reflect on her time in the Peace Corps, her role in the Boston medical community and her vision for a more empathetic future. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 5 Live Podcast Recording with Alexander Osterwalder, Inventor of the Business Model Canvas

    Renowned entrepreneur Alexander Osterwalder and EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano come to you live from downtown Boston. The co-founder of Strategyzer discusses his groundbreaking invention, the Business Model Canvas, a visual management tool that helps challenge, invent and reinvent business models. Jeff and Alex explore how the Business Model Canvas is integrated with Steve Blank’s Lean Startup Theory and how organizations can thrive with a keen commitment to business model innovation. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 4 Innovation in the Electoral System with David Becker

    Just in time for the 2018 midterm elections, Jeff sits down with David Becker, the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR). From his time trying voting rights cases in the Department of Justice to his current work improving election administration, no one is more qualified than David to share insights on the future of voter registration and election administration. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 3 Round Table Discussion at TEDxBeaconStreet Salon EmTech @ Kendall Square

    In this special episode, Jeff sits down with five guest speakers at TedxBeaconStreet Salon EmTech at Kendall Square to explore a wide range of technology shaping our future, both in and out of the tax sector. From using virtual reality to improve surgical accuracy to an artificial intelligence bot that can predict court decisions, this unique panel of innovators give us a glimpse of a not-too-distant tomorrow. Featuring Daniel Hashimoto, Benjamin Alarie, Francisco Aguilar, Sharon Goldberg and Danny Bigel. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 2 Discussing Public-Private Innovation and the Future of Healthcare with Suresh Kumar

    Jeff is joined by Suresh Kumar, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service under President Barack Obama, for a fresh perspective on what innovation means in the public and private sectors. With decades of experience leading teams in both government and industry, Suresh’s unique point-of-view gives a glimpse into public/private partnerships and how a community need can drive a wave of new commercial products. Listen now


  • Season 2: Episode 1 Shaping the Future of Tax with Kate Barton

    In our Season 2 premiere episode, Jeff talks with EY Global Vice Chair of Tax Kate Barton about the importance of innovation in client service. We explored Kate's Boston-Irish roots and how they influenced her growth mentality. With more than 30 years in the EY Tax practice, Kate reflects on her innovation journey, how far tax technology has advanced and the emerging technologies that will shape the future of tax. Listen now


  • Episode 14: Better Innovation Season 1 Finale

    Season 1 of the Better Innovation podcast is a wrap! Our guests in Season 1 were so thought-provoking that we wanted to highlight some of the more memorable moments in this special season-ending episode. Thank you for listening, subscribing and being part of this journey with us. We look forward to interviewing some of the most innovative thought leaders in the world in Season 2 – and beyond! We hope you’ll join us when we resume with new episodes in September. Listen now


  • Episode 13: Could the Digital Republic of Estonia, Serve as a Model for Other Governments?

    With a population of just 1.3 million, Estonia has been a world leader in technology since 1991, when the northeastern European country regained freedom with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Shortly after Estonia’s independence, the government reinvented itself and began a journey to modernize and digitize many of its platforms. Now, Estonia boasts an e-identity program, electronic voting, and health records stored on blockchain technology. Andres Kutt, former deputy director general for the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, responsible for IT, joins the podcast and discusses emerging technology, big data, and how new digital services offered to citizens is the norm in Estonia. Listen now


  • Episode 12: Secretary Andy Card on Why Successful Leaders Can’t Innovate Alone

    In the second half of our conversation with Secretary Andy Card he shares with us those intimate moments on 9/11 when he whispered in President George W. Bush’s ear in the Florida classroom that America was under attack. Secretary Card imparts on us the leadership lessons he learned from the events of 9/11 and his work with the president. Secretary Card says a successful leader is one whose responsibility it is to own the decision he or she makes and create a climate where others will want to implement it. Listen now


  • Episode 11: Leadership Lessons from a Statesman: Innovating Through Public Policy and Diplomacy

    Andy Card, former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, says there isn't just one definition of leadership. We explore the different types of leadership qualities that are critical to the success of innovation within any organization, and what it means to have ‘peripheral vision’ and possess ‘ambidextrous’ leadership traits. We learn about Secretary Card’s humble roots in Massachusetts and how he found his way to the nation’s capital. Listen now


  • Episode 10: Why Lean Startup Is One of the Greatest Contributions to Innovation

    We resume our conversation with Steve Blank and fast forward to May of 2013 when he wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review titled, “Why the lean startup changes everything.” That article resonated with entrepreneurs with visions for a new business. We unpack three components of Lean Startup: application of the business model canvas, customer development, and agile engineering. And Steve shares his point of view on the fifth anniversary of that famed HBR article. Listen now


  • Episode 9: The Foundation for Steve Blank’s Lean Startup Theory

    Steve Blank, retired serial entrepreneur turned educator, arrived in Silicon Valley at the beginning of the business boom in 1978 and never left. He kept creating one startup after another. The lessons learned from the successes and failures of those startups led him to develop his lean startup theory, which has been adopted by entrepreneurs and organizations worldwide. Listen now

    Teaser: Steve Blank, Lean Startup Architect
    Our conversation with Steve Blank, retired serial entrepreneur and one of the Godfathers of Silicon Valley, was so rich and compelling that we decided to try something new and split it into two separate episodes. Be sure to listen to both Better Innovation episodes for the full Lean Startup experience. Listen now


  • Episode 8: What was the Obama Administration’s Artificial Intelligence Legacy?

    Former President Barack Obama was one of the most science and technology oriented presidents, and took a personal interest in the work around Artificial Intelligence, according to Terah Lyons, former policy adviser to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Lyons, now the Executive Director at the Partnership on AI, sat down with EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano and discussed AI / data privacy policy, and the government's role in developing leading technology. Listen now


  • Episode 7: The Secret to Effective Artificial Intelligence / Data Analytics Teams? Diversity.

    EY Global Advisory AI / Analytics Leader Beatriz Sanz Saiz has adopted the mindset of asking, “why not? Not, why? Everything is possible.” And with the right technology, it’s possible to reinvent ourselves and the world, Beatriz says. One tenet of her successful leadership can be attributed to the uniquely diverse teams she builds around her. Listen now


  • Episode 6: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Robotics Process Automation are here today. What you and your business need to know

    Chris Mazzei, EY Global Innovation - Technology Leader and Chief Analytics Officer, has witnessed an explosion of data analytics business applications over the past 17 years during his time at EY. Those applications have expanded to other emerging technologies such as, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and robotics process automation. In this episode, Chris talks to EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano about key emerging technology trends relevant to your business. Listen now


  • Episode 5: Innovation within Government: How Adoption of Advanced Technologies Can Benefit Society

    Governments around the world are increasingly turning to advanced technologies, big data sets, and analytic tools to improve their decisions. Blockchain is just one advanced technology that is assisting governments with identity verification and fraud prevention. EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano and Sandy Pentland, the MIT Toshiba professor and one of the most cited scientists in the world, discuss government advanced technology adoption trends. Listen now


  • Episode 4: US Tax Reform: Friend or Foe to Corporate Innovation?

    Will the recent overhaul of the US tax code positively impact the US innovation ecosystem? Host EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano talks with former US Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy and EY Co-Director of National Tax, Michael Mundaca to explore whether the new tax law will ultimately promote or serve as a barrier to corporate innovation in the US. They also share their ideas about actions that Congress could have taken to spur more innovation. Listen now


  • Episode 3: How to Accelerate Growth through an Innovation Ecosystem

    Often large businesses are adept at incremental innovation but struggle with strategies to prevent disruption. How can your organization embrace startups, entrepreneurs and others within the innovation ecosystem to discover and commercialize disruptive ideas that could transform your industry? Carrie Earle Allen of the Cambridge Innovation Center explains to EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano why even thriving companies should avail themselves of an innovation ecosystem. Listen now


  • Episode 2: How to Apply Lean Innovation Methods in a Corporate Setting

    What are lean innovation principles? How can large business organizations apply them to successfully innovate and build new products and services? Tucker Marion, Faculty Director of Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Innovation Program, speaks with EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano about how to navigate the vast innovation ecosystem and successfully launch an innovation effort from within a large business organization. Listen now


  • Episode 1: Augmented Reality in Business Today

    In the inaugural podcast, EY Global Tax Innovation Leader Jeff Saviano talks about the potential of augmented reality (AR) with 3D data and heightened reality computing. AR isn’t mainstream yet, but it could be a $100 billion market by 2024. What is it? How is it different from VR? How is AR helping companies innovate? Listen now


Disclaimer: The views of third parties set out in this publication are not necessarily the views of the global EY organization or its member firms. Moreover, they should be seen in the context of the time they were made.