We provide OPEN INNOVATION services designed to bring cross-functional corporate teams together with perspectives and sources they DON’T traditionally consider, but SHOULD.       

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“We know the people you don't even know you need to know.”
- John Palumbo, Founder of BigHeads
"Innovation never comes from the established institution. It’s always a graduate student or a crazy person or somebody with great vision."
– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chariman of Google
“If you’re not making room for the unexpected meeting of minds, you could be missing out on the next big breakthrough.”
– Beth Comstock, Vice Chair of GE

Our OPEN INNOVATION processes are designed to bring cross-functional corporate teams together with bright minds from industries and areas they DON'T typically access, BUT SHOULD to help them solve business and creative challenges in new ways.

So when a COSMETICS company asks us to help them develop new product concepts, we’ll go beyond the typical sources they might access for ideas and tap into experts who "know color" from OUTSIDE industries (a paint industry executive, a tattoo artist, a car restoration specialist, etc.) and learn from their strategies, best-practices, technologies and tools.

Or we might proactively assemble a group of developers focused on the technologies everyone is talking about (augmented reality, artificial intelligence, IoT, virtual reality, etc.) and bring them together with corporate teams that want to GET SMART on these emerging areas. We’ll even hold our version of a “HACKATHON” to come up with unique ways our corporate partners can apply the tech to meet their business needs.

We call these unexpected (yet necessary) experts, BIGHEADS…and they are part of a vast network made up of big thinkers and bright minds from countless disciplines, areas and interests. Of course, having all this DIVERSE TALENT at our fingertips is what enables us to rapidly CONNECT-THE-DOTS between the challenges our corporate clients are facing and the (often surprising) BigHeads who will provide perspectives that inspire breakthrough results.

Meet The BigHeads

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  • …and many more

About Bigheads

How We Work

Here at BigHeads we pride ourselves on bringing corporate partners OPEN INNOVATION services that give them the unique opportunity to access UNEXPECTED, yet necessary, perspectives and sources. Here’s how it all works:
First, we’ll hold a "meet-and-greet" where we’ll show you how we “reframe” client problems to identify a new set of sources to consider. We’ll also show you sample deliverables and highlight Open Innovation projects we’ve executed. Then we’ll get to the important part and give you the floor so you can brief us on the specific challenge you’re facing.
Next, we’ll scour our network of BigHeads to determine the perfect team of talent to enlist for your specific challenge. We'll then regroup and take you through the BigHeads we'll be recruiting along with other details such as the step-by-step process we'll follow, the deliverables you can expect, the project timeline and, of course, pricing. If you like what you see, we’ll move forward. If it makes you too uncomfortable, we’ll walk away. No hard feelings.
If you decide to move forward, we’ll execute your project. On average, our engagements take 3-7 weeks, so you'll have results quickly!

The Biggest Heads

Meet the BigHeads senior management team

John Palumbo


Carlyn Kelly

EVP of Strategy & Innovation


Following are some areas where we focus and companies we’ve partnered with:
Beauty & Cosmetics
(J&J, PopSugar, Sephora, Unilever)
Fabric & Home Care
(Costco, Target, Westfield)
(Craft Coffee, P&G, Plated)
Financial Services & FinTech
(AmEx, Square)
Technology & IoT
(FitBit, Harman, IFTTT)
(GE, Imprint Energy)
Food & Beverage
(Domino's, Jack Daniel's, Kraft, Pepsi)
(Delta, GM, Tesla)
(NBC, STX, Walt Disney Pictures)
Healthcare & Pharma
(GE, Merck, Novartis)
Travel & Tourism
(Ramada, TRYP Hotels)
We're often asked which teams and departments we typically work with inside of corporations. Fact is, while we most commonly work with Open Innovation leads, we’re interested in collaborating with ANYONE who is tired of doing things the way they’ve always been done and wants to break out of their comfort zone and think differently.

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Our Book - Brand Opening

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Our Seminar - The Unusual Suspects

Schedule our seminar and learn about the benefits of going beyond the USUAL suspects and tapping the more UNUSUAL ones to drive innovation.

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