THE PRODIGIES

We provide you with an exclusive network of extraordinary minds and creative thinkers to help you innovate effectively and fast. 

Through intelligent crowd-sourcing, we tap into panels of brilliant moms, Mensa high-IQ thinkers, inventors, artists and renowned industry experts.

We also assemble the perfect mix of Prodigies to meet your specific innovation challenge. It’s not only their individual talents that accelerates the innovation process, but the diversity of thinking and experience that leads to unexpected insights and industry-leading solutions.

THE PROJECTS

Just a few of the companies and brands we’ve helped innovate. 

THE PROCESS

1) Understanding Your Innovation Challenge: We go deep into learning about your company, your market, and the opportunities and obstacles you face when innovating.

2) Recruiting the perfect Prodigies: We tap into our global network to select the perfect Prodigies for your assignment.

3) Prodigious Immersion: The Prodigies are then tasked with getting deep into your challenge, and looking both within and without the category for ideas and inspiration.

4) Agnostic Brainstorming: Working online, the Prodgies generate idea after idea without concerning themselves with whether or not they are good or bad. That comes in the next step.

5) Evaluation and Culling: Together with our ProdigyWorks team, ideas are evaluated, combined and developed to provide a smaller group of workable options. Consumer input can be collected at this point and/or after the next step.

6) Presentation: We then share our ideas with you. The concepts are further refined and culled, with your input. Here, too, consumer reactions can be quantified and evaluated.

THE PEOPLE

Ted Curtin|EVP Marketing & Innovation

 

Ted Curtin brings over 20 years of experience developing integrated marketing platforms, creative strategies and innovative solutions for top brands and leading agencies, across a wide range of industry vericals.

Gifted with deep strategic insight and an entreprenurial perspective, Ted is highly sought after as a speaker aound the world. He’s also a faculty member of The Association of Strategic Marketing and an active member of the Licensing Executives Society.

As a noted thought leader on digital marketing integration, Ted has been published more than 50 times in various online marketing publications. 

He holds and MBA from Pace University, and is based in New York. 

Alexandra Menk|Innovation Project Manager

 

Alexandra is a dynamic project leader with more than 10 years’ experience in qualitative and quantitative research. Her diverse background also includes interior decorating and design, teaching Spanish Immersion, and retail and customer service.

She is fluent in English and Spanish and enjoys traveling, cooking, and all things sports. She was a competitive gymnast for 20 years and has a passion for snow skiing, hiking, and biking. She expresses her creativity through her design work by helping others turn their ideal home aesthetic into reality.

Alexandra graduated from University of Minnesota with a degree in Marketing.

Brian Sayer|Consulting Innovation Strategist

 

Brian is a veteran Prodigy and seasoned innovation leader across numerous fields and industry verticals.

He’s a business strategist by day, creative cook by night, and an outdoor enthusiast who spends his weekends camping, climbing, and hiking. Brian’s also a corporate development nerd, millennial concert hippie, and a closet Lego lover that uses his nieces and nephews as an excuse to buy more sets.

Brian has a Masters degree from the University of Florida.

 

Shannon Varcoe|Consulting Innovation Strategist

 

Toy inventor, educator, innovator and entrepreneur, Shannon is a Mensa member with advanced degrees in engineering, arts, and product design.

She loves to cook new recipes and host dinner parties or game nights. Shannon also loves to work with kids – through volunteering or with family, and learning about new technologies.

Shannon has her Masters degree in Engineering and Technical Entrepreneurship from Lehigh University.

Kate Tovson|Consulting Innovation Strategist

 

Kate is a natural-born collaborator and storyteller with nonprofit, public, and private sector experience in writing, project management, communications strategy, and video production. She is a bilingual communications consultant with a love for words and wordplay. She enjoys connecting the dots — whether the “dots” are people or ideas — and approaches everything she does through a storytelling lens. She and her growing family are currently working on building an off-grid homestead in the “snow belt” of northern Minnesota.

Kate has a BS in Rhetoric and Spanish from the College of Saint benedict and her Project Management Certificate from Cornell University

Marsha Joseph|Consulting Innovation Strategist

 

Marsha is a multi-lingual creative writer, senior marketer, and passionate traveler with a background in consumer goods marketing, branding and innovation across confection, toys, and CPG.

She has extensive experience in developing, screening and launching new concepts into multiple channels -grocery, mass, specialty, and others.

Marsha has her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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