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By the Time a Problem Gets to the Executive Suite, the Answer Is Probably Not in the Building

Season 1, Ep. 30

“Think outside the box” is a famous adage. Yet many of us—as we advance in our education and begin to specialize in our careers—begin thinking more within the boxes defined by our areas of expertise. While our specialties are important and necessary, they can often create blind spots. It turns out that the majority of the problems faced by large organizations are solved by people outside of the organization. Companies are engaging talent from the gig economy and crowdsourcing platforms to partner with internal experts and tackle issues.


HeroX, a spin-off of XPRIZE, is the world’s largest problem-solver community and number one crowdsourcing platform. They empower everyday people to create, compete, share, and work with some of the world’s largest companies to solve some of the hardest problems.


HeroX Co-founder and CEO Christian Cotichini is a four-time founder with more than 20 years of experience leading startups and high-growth technology companies. He joins Paul to discuss remote work, the (literally) out-of-this-world problems that HeroX is helping to address, the future of work, and the innovative opportunities Christian believes crowdsourcing allows organizations.


Questions I ask:

  • What was Christian’s stance on remote work and the talent industry when he was running his previous companies and how has it evolved?
  • What are examples of problems that have been solved by the HeroX platform?
  • How does Christian convince organizations that it’s “ok” to seek help outside of their team?


In this episode, you will:

  • Gain key insights into how to foster a strong organizational culture within a remote/hybrid organization.
  • Learn about the HeroX platform, the benefits of crowdsourcing, and how you can get involved.
  • Understand how working with non-experts and tapping into their diversity of thought can help organizations address challenges.


Connect with Christian:

Abundance (Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler)

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