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MARTIN KEEN | Why innovation is so hard and how to make it easy #043

Martin Keen was an innovation leader for Saucony, Timberland and several other shoe companies before he developed his own hybrid brand, Keen Footwear.

After selling his Keen Footwear ownership to his partner, he left to create a new office furniture dedicated to a healthier style of working. His company Focal Upright builds adjustable stand-up desks and chairs to create an active office with the mission to make work play.

On this show, we talk about creativity, the difficulty of corporate innovation, and building businesses.

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In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How we’ve changed the physical features of our species through footwear and chairs
  • Building the best products are typically born of your own need
  • What it’s like working with your spouse to build a business
  • How to get into creative flow
  • The 110% of starting a business
  • How  awareness of your feelings and thoughts can help you be more productive
  • Martin Keen’s AHA moment after September 11
  • How to minimize your risk by doing your homework
  • The power of feedback
  • Surrounding yourself with people smarter than you are
  • Why being cheeky and a little irreverent can be a good thing in a conservative market


Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:


Twitter:  @MartinKeen

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Keen Footwear

Venture for America Program


Ever work at a standup desk and could use a little support?

With the Focal Upright system, you can be more productive longer, while engaging your full body for a healthier and fun way to work. 

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