Meet Jon Lapham, Strategic Sales

This week we would like to introduce you to Jon - part of our Strategic Sales team here at Idea Drop. Apart from helping businesses harness the power of innovation, he is also a proud father of the most adorable baby girl - Teddy. Find out more about what he is up to in this interview.

Indre Kulakauskaite
by Indre Kulakauskaite
Jon Lapham next to brick wall

Tell us about yourself and what do you do here at Idea Drop.

I’m Jon Lapham, part of the Strategic Sales and Account Management team at Idea Drop. I help enterprise clients to drive innovation by tapping into the collective brainpower of their employees.

Why have you decided to join a startup?

I’ve always worked for large, mostly corporate organisations so the opportunity to put my own stamp on how the business is run was really attractive.

What was the best advice you ever got from someone?

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”.

Tell us about your team and what do you enjoy the most about it?

Our team is full of ideas and I love that we’re always open to trying new ways of working.

How and where do you come up with your best ideas?

The daily commute is a great time to plan the workday ahead and I often have my best ideas on the 6.35 am train to Waterloo.

How do you recharge? How do you spend your time outside work?

I have a 6-month-old baby girl named Teddy so I spend as much time with her as possible, although when I get the chance I love to get down to the gym or go for a run to clear my head and stay fit. I’m a huge football and rugby fan, but having hung up my boots a few years ago I am now enjoying watching games from the comfort of my sofa with a cold beer. I’m not too bad in the kitchen either.

What is your most anticipated new feature that is coming up on Idea Drop?

I’m really looking forward to the release of public links. This will allow our enterprise clients to start crowdsourcing ideas from partners, suppliers and customers.

What’s your opinion on AI and how is it going to affect or interact with innovation?

AI is really exciting! I can’t wait until my fridge has the ability to order more milk when I’m about to run out. In terms of innovation, AI will be a key factor in strengthening open innovation strategies, as it will help to refine and improve the effectiveness of the external crowdsourcing process.

What is open innovation and how can organisations benefit from it?

Open innovation is essentially about accessing the vast knowledge pool beyond your business, which is why Idea Drop’s public links are so exciting.

Creating an innovation culture in a workplace is a challenging task – do you have any recommendations or advices on what’s the best way to achieve it?

Run a top-down initiative – lead by example and ensure that all senior members are onboard as early as possible so that employees have multiple leads to follow.

Also in the series:

Meet Samantha Scott, Business Operations

Meet Phuong Kieu, Sales and Innovation expert

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