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How 3 exciting brands are scaling with innovation, authenticity at their core
14th September 2023 • Take-Away with Sam Oches • Nation's Restaurant News
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In this episode of Take-Away with Sam Oches, Sam talks with three more leaders from the recent Prosper Forum in Amelia Island, Fla.: Andre Vener, cofounder of Dog Haus; Geoff Alexander, president and CEO of Wow Bao; and Josh Halpern, CEO of Big Chicken. They represent three fast-casual concepts that are quickly growing with innovation and talent development at the core of everything they do, and they joined the podcast to offer a look at how exciting young brands can scale while protecting the authenticity of the ideas that made them exciting in the first place. 

In this conversation, you’ll find out why:

  • Tech innovation requires smart tech minds in your leadership positions 
  • Carryout innovation is key to alleviating fee fatigue 
  • You can’t grow without innovation 
  • Innovation isn’t without bumps in the road; how you navigate those bumps ultimately decides your fate
  • Culture is hard to develop once you’re at scale, so start early 
  • Your workforce is probably Gen Z, so train them as such
  • If you authentically try to meet your teams where they are, they’ll give you the benefit of the doubt  

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