Innovation & the Future of Software, with David DeWolf

David DeWolf, Founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, joins us for the 25th episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast to discuss innovation and the future of software. We discuss how software is driving results in industries we never could’ve foreseen, look at the impact software will have on the next generation of smart products, and talk about what some of the world’s foremost thought leaders had to say at the recent Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference.

We kick off the episode off by recapping David’s experience at the 2014 Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, an invite-only gathering of thought leaders where invitees discuss technology, software, industry trends and much more. David discusses the environment the conference breeds and we discuss how software makes innovation applicable to its audience. Among the most talked about trends of this year’s conference were digital currencies, the Internet of Things, and the coming boom of big data that will enable entirely new applications, products, and services.

David’s pioneering leadership has led 3Pillar to become one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Established in 2006, 3Pillar Global is regarded as a leading company in the Product Development Services (PDS) sector and known for its cutting edge software solutions that drive revenue for content, information, and data-rich companies looking to grow their companies through strong software.

David is passionate about software products, entrepreneurship, and principled leadership. He is a prolific writer and pens his thoughts frequently on leadership, business, life and technology on his website DavidDeWolf.com. His thought leadership has also appeared in publications like Fast Company, Pando Daily, ZDNet, and many more. In 2012, David was named one of SmartCEO Magazine’s “Future 50.” In 2011, he was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of “40 Under 40” who are Washington, D.C.’s brightest young business leaders. 3Pillar was most recently recognized by The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces list for 2014.

Additional highlights from this episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast include:

  • David notes the explosion of data the world is seeing, citing the stat that in the past 2.5 years alone, more data has been created than in the entire history of the world leading combined
  • We discuss opportunities available for companies that can take this data and drive actionable insights out of them
  • He describes the evolution of wearables from his personal experience of using the Fitbit device.
  • We talk about why innovation is more about connecting dots and ideas, not “a light bulb that goes off in the shower”
  • David gives his opinion on whether or not people are sick of talking about the concept of “disruptive innovation”

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Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

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