About your hosts

Serving as the bridge between corporates, start-ups, investors, and other innovation ecosystem players, FFWD and Silicon Foundry help organizations to anticipate industry and technological change and navigate what’s next. By understanding the full range of challenges companies will face, we can provide forward-looking solutions to get ahead—and stay ahead.

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Lee Brailey
Co-host of Innovate, Validate, Repeat, co-founder and chief market listener, FFWD

Lee is co-founder of FFWD—Kearney’s business builder—with 20+ years’ experience in corporate and start-up brand building, ecosystem and partnership development, and go-to-market strategy and execution. A passion for the simplicity of communication to forge long-term, lasting relationships—both professional and personal—drives his brand ethos and shapes the way he works with global clients to connect and engage key stakeholder audiences to drive growth.

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David Meszaros
Co-host of Innovate, Validate, Repeat and growth strategist, FFWD

David draws on eight years of experience in entrepreneurship and leadership in the entertainment and media industry. He earned his MBA from Cass Business School in London before joining Kearney’s innovation and business building arm FFWD, where he helps businesses incubate and scale new offerings. A strong believer in the power of curiosity, David combines his real-world expertise with insight from industry specialists to uncover new approaches for launching, iterating, and future-proofing businesses in volatile times.

About FFWD

FFWD is Kearney’s dedicated business model innovation unit, working with companies across the globe to build new businesses and assets with a venture mindset. We collaborate with an extensive ecosystem of innovation partners and tap into deep-rooted Kearney operations know-how to co-design, build, and scale tech-driven solutions and execution capabilities with our clients. Our goal is to help organizations maximize investment returns, accelerate growth, and shape new areas of value creation.
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About Silicon Foundry

Silicon Foundry – a Kearney company - is a membership-based, corporate innovation advisory platform. Members seek to navigate the rapidly evolving technology landscape in order to identify, engage and leverage the most impactful and potentially disruptive new emerging companies, technologies, platforms and business model innovations. Calibrating on each Member’s existing priorities and evolving focus areas, our professionals provide a continuous and curated flow of insights, proprietary deal sourcing and diligence support, senior level introductions, bespoke executive experiences and a physical presence in the heart of Silicon Valley. Silicon Foundry delivers and facilitates actionable business opportunities ranging from strategic customer relationships and partnerships to investments or acquisitions. Members represent a diverse set of the world’s leading multinationals across all industry sectors. 
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