Leslie Barry is currently the head of innovation at Sportsbet, Australia’s largest online bookmaker with $117M operating profit / 79.4 million pounds in 2015. He was previously the head of innovation at Thoughtworks Australia, was the General Manager of Professional Services at Dimension Data Australia and has also founded several companies including Exertack, a health and fitness tracking business acquired by Techstars alumni Gyminee in 2008 and GetViable, an an online innovation platform sold to Hong Kong based BigColors in 2011. He is an advisor to several startups including Scanned, CrowdsourceHire, he mentors this year’s intake at the Slingshot startup accelerator and also maintains a personal journal of his innovation journey at InsideInnovation.co I’ve had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of innovation managers across a range of companies and speak with countless thought leaders on the topic, and Leslie is one guy who just gets it. To put it simply, Leslie avoids innovation theatre at all costs and has very little appetite for bullshit. In his brief time at Sportsbet he has already had a profound impact on the way the company approaches innovation, culminating recently with the ideation, design, development and release of a product in just 12 weeks - unheard of in the company previously. What makes it all the more impressive is that in 2015 Sportsbet’s revenues grew by 54% so navigating internal politics, when things are rosy and stakeholders might see little reason, on the surface, to change the way they do things. As you will all know if you’ve listened to this show before, I am a massive advocate for the benefits of health and fitness, of both body and mind, on productivity, and we’ll also dive into Leslie’s approach to staying on top of his game.
- AI and the threat of human extinction
- Why an organisation like Sportsbet needs to innovate
- How to get buy-in from senior stakeholders and IT
- How to avoid innovation theatre
- Why Leslie says he won't have a job at Sportsbet in 2 years
- How to effectively partner with startups
- Leslie's 'fail button'
- What excites Leslie about the next ten years in tech
Leslie's Twitter - @lesliecbarry
Leslie's Blog - InsideInnovation.co
Leslie's Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/lesliebarry
Sportsbet's e-sports experiment - respawn.sportsbet.com.au
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