132: Top 20 Countdown

Top 20 Countdown: Week 12

Welcome to Innovation City—powered by Venture Cafe—where Tyler Kelley and Michael Johnson, Co-Founders of SLAM! Agency, interview innovators, creators, and disruptors to discover how business is changing in the modern world.

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Today’s episode is the twelfth of several highlight shows where we are taking a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Today’s featured guests are:

Some key points from Freddy at Chargello:

  • What to expect when starting a business:
  • The need to pivot
  • Plans change, plans fail
  • Prepare to take your hits and get back up
  • The difference between being in the software business and being in the hardware business
  • “Are you solving a problem?”
  • Solving problems that are unknown often offers the biggest opportunity
  • The trouble of inventing solutions that don’t scale
  • Products can work in Miami, or San Francisco, that don’t work anywhere else, because of the specific ecosystems of those cities
  • “Solve a problem. Make sure that it scales. Make a difference that matters.”
  • Listen or watch Freddy’s full episode here

Some key points from Janisse at Health Foundation of South Florida:

  • Public Health’s focus on population health, improving overall health of populations
  • Creating a built environment that supports a higher quality of life for its residents; grocery stores, spaces to exercise
  • Health disparities in minority communities; lack of open space, parks, after-school programming, access to grocery stores and healthy foods, through streets and sidewalks
  • Creating a culture of health
  • Give people the space and opportunity to practice the healthy behaviors that health representatives have been trying to teach communities for years
  • Social determinants of health
  • 40% of what drives poor health resolves down to: whether people have access to jobs, primary care, and transportation
  • 30% comes down to healthy behaviors
  • Genetics makes up 10-15% of health determinants
  • The struggle of changing cultures internally at the Health Foundation; moving away from the traditional role of a foundation as grant-makers or grant-providers, to a role as co-partner to the organizations that they give grants to
  • Shaping the markets; aligning with other funders. Using the Foundation’s public capital to unlock other private capital
  • In the past, private businesses had a natural investment in their local communities; globalization has changed that. Janisse and her coworkers are thinking about how to drive reinvestment in local communities
  • The Anchor Institution Initiative, and other ways the Foundation, and Miami, are ahead of the national curve
  • Engaging the private sector to re-invest in the communities around them
  • Miami’s long history of committed private businesses headquartered in Miami
  • Disruption within philanthropy and hospitals; creating pool-funded models to address the social determinants of health
  • Impact investing; earning a financial rate of return, but with a social impact
  • Listen or watch Janisse’s full episode here