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The goal of "The Innovation Conversation" is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory ... and one that Tom Furphy - a former Amazon executive, the originator of Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing Director of Consumer Equity Partners (CEP), a venture capital and venture development firm in Seattle, WA, that works with many top retailers and manufacturers - is uniquely positioned to address.

In today's Innovation Conversation, Tom and KC tackle the issue of whether retailers should buy or build technology solutions, and conclude that the answer has less to do with technology and more to do with vision and commitment to a unique consumer experience.  One size definitely does not fit all, and turnkey solutions may lock retailers into solutions ill-matched to their needs.

If you're interested in listening to an audio version of this Innovation Conversation, you can do so here (or can download this file):


The discussion sets the stage for Thursday's planned open conversation on Clubhouse, the new social networking app that enables real-time  audio conversation between the hosts (Tom and KC) and fellow members.

Date:  Thursday, February 25

Time:  4:30 pm EST / 1:30 pm PST


Come join the Innovation Conversation … and if you're not yet a member, get the app … reserve your username … and request access.  (It'll help if you know someone who already is a member…)

See you Thursday!