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Talking through my hat


Talking Through My Hat explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs. To avoid missing anything, why not subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter? The podcast is on hiatus from Easter 2019 for a few months, but we'll be back with more great interviews later in the year!

Jan 29, 2019

Ron Martinez is the Founder and Principal of design and product-innovation firm Invention Arts, and also a prolific inventor with >60 US patents and many more worldwide in the fields of media, mobile and social technologies, and commerce. He's worked in Intellectual Property Innovation for Yahoo!, and enjoyed a long and successful career designing, producing, and coding consumer software products, including pioneering interactive fiction, entertainment and educational software, massively multiplayer games. And when he was younger, he wrote fiction, young adult pathway books, and comics.

In this episode, we talk about his journey from fisherman and writer to successful inventor and entrepreneur, via a brief flirtation with corporate life and even working with Arthur C. Clarke. He learned to program computers because he enjoyed writing unusual stories so much - so that he could create his own software to enable those stories. Now, he spends his time balancing "going deep" and "going broad", and he believes that "you are what you ship," as a business. That is, you are what you give the world.