PE firm Unifies Customer Experience Across 14 Brands

The brand team of a FinTech company utilizes City Innovations’ rapid two-week Market Landscape Analysis to devise a customer-centric strategy that aimed to enhance customer lifetime value (LTV). Client: Financial Technology Private Equity Firm Industry: Financial Services Education and Training Funnel Process: Envision, Validate The Challenge Finance and technology are two ever-evolving sectors that require […]

How to Level Up Entrepreneurship Through Gamification

Yu-kai Chou

What if you could get the cheat code to successful entrepreneurship? Would you play to win? Or would you enjoy the journey and explore the side quests? In this edition of Venture unscripted., podcast host Josh Barker sits down with world-renowned gamification expert, developer, and author Yu-kai Chou for insights on how to gamify entrepreneurship, […]

Driving Innovation by Bringing Design and Technology Together

Taryn Kutches

No two journeys of innovation and entrepreneurship will look the same. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a creative thinker, or simply someone eager to learn from those who have walked unconventional paths, understanding how your collective experience can inform your journey might completely change your trajectory. This is exactly what happened for our latest guest […]

A Healthy Dose of Persistence


If you’re looking for instant success, the world of startups might not be for you. When you have an idea that you want to make into a reality, it will take time and a healthy dose of persistence.  In this edition of Venture unscripted., City Innovations CEO, Josh Barker, sat down with Todd Kuslikis, a […]

Lessons Learned After 20 Years of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is an extraordinary journey. The ups, downs, and everything in between often determines where your ventures go and how well they succeed. In this edition of Venture unscripted., podcast host Josh Barker sits down with longtime entrepreneur and filmmaker John Pottenger to talk about what a 20-year career in entrepreneurship entails and the lessons […]

Revolutionizing Software Development (Plus Helpful Advice for Entrepreneurs)

Thad Senti

Every team, venture, and startup has a story to tell. In this special edition of Venture unscripted., podcast host Josh Barker looks inward at City Innovations’ team to pick the brain of Thad Senti, Chief Digital Officer at the company. Thad has a unique entrepreneurial history and brings a special kind of experience and perspective […]

Creative Coworking: Revolutionizing Where Work is Done

Alysha Lach White

According to 2022 data from Statista, there are over 70 million freelancers in the United States. In 2028, that number is predicted to jump up to a whopping 90 million. But where do all these people work? Of course, some work from home. But wouldn’t that get distracting? And for those who don’t have a […]

From Educator to Entrepreneur — The Journey to Becoming a Leader in EdTech

Dr. Mac Adkins

Many people believe “If you build it, they will come.” But that’s almost never the case when it comes to building a venture. So, what does the journey from startup to first customer look like, and how do you become successful in the process? In this edition of Venture unscripted., City Innovations CEO, Josh Barker, […]

FrameShifting: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Innovative Problem-Solving

Mary OConnor Shaw

Facing complex challenges can put a serious strain on a team. Far too often, a series of seemingly endless meetings leave people frustrated and with little to show for their efforts. But what if there was a proven method for tackling problems that everyone on your team can adopt? A way that leaders, teams, and […]