This is episode #50 of Custom Made, and this week I’m excited to be sitting down with Jonah Staw, President of Ultimate Ears, a disruptive new business group at Logitech. Ultimate Ears is an organization that pushes the boundaries of what premium, custom-fit earphones can do.
Jonah has had an amazing career from consulting to start-up entrepreneur to board member to intraprenuer. A globally recognized executive, innovator and entrepreneur, here are just a few of his career highlights.
In addition to his role at Logitech, which we talk about in more detail in today’s episode, Jonah serves on the Board of Directors of Lands' End and is the Chairman of S.E.E., an advisory group focused on disruptive strategies, product innovation, brand development, marketing, business launch, and multi-channel retailing.
Prior to Logitech, Jonah was acting as a Business Unit President at Sears Holdings, where he led and started a variety of businesses inside the company. He launched brands with notable talent including Adam Levine and Nicki Minaj, as well as ran the footwear business for the corporation. In 2003, Jonah decided to convince the world that the unthinkable was possible and built a tween-focused apparel brand based on the notion that socks don’t have to match. Jonah co-founded LittleMissMatched and directed the company as Chairman and CEO for seven years of extraordinary growth.
And before all of this, Jonah was a Director & Strategist at frog design, developing disruptive strategies for Fortune 500 companies including Disney, Yahoo, Nextel, Target and Chrysler. Jonah has been profiled in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Fortune Small Business, CNN, and numerous other media outlets. In 2009 he was named to Crain’s New York Business’ 40 under Forty.
During this weeks episode, we dig deeper into Jonah’s entrepreneurial beginnings and how he became the ultimate insider, disrupting industries from the inside by bringing both an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mindset.
We discuss the challenges/opportunities that come with product innovation from within large organizations, how to build successful teams, and what leaders need to do within large organizations who are wanting to foster product innovation and to bring these products to market.
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