We access a vast network of the brightest minds from all different industries and areas (our “BigHeads”) to find external, untapped and often unexpected insights, technologies, tools and ideas our client partners can use to solve their innovation challenges.

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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

When the time comes to innovate there are two paths you can take. You can head down the comfortable path and rely on all those familiar and expected sources for inspiration. Or you can break out of your comfort zone and see what you can learn from unfamiliar and unexpected sources.

Of course, taking the second path is uncomfortable. It can even be a bit scary. It requires lots of patience and a collaborative mindset. Simply put, it’s hard…BUT it’s worth it. It’s worth it, because you’ll find ways to solve tough problems or navigate emerging areas by learning how experts from other industries approached similar situations. It’s worth it, because you will come together with bright minds who will look at your projects through a completely different lens and give you ideas and recommendations you never would have considered. It’s worth it, because you will uncover strategies, technologies and tools from other industries that can be applied to your own. It’s worth it, because you will become a master at CONNECTING THE DOTS and everyone knows that innovation relies on making random connections.

Now, when you’re ready to take this unfamiliar and uncomfortable path, you should give us a call, because we can help you navigate it much more quickly and easily. We can help prepare you and your teams. We can help you harness disparate thinking and make connections back to your business. And we can give you access to our vast network of bright minds from all different disciplines and areas (we call them “BigHeads”) and hand-pick the members who we believe will best help you meet your objective.

Meet The BigHeads

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Beekeeper
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Broadway Performer
  • Car Restoration Specialist
  • Cardiologist
  • Cartoonist
  • Chemist
  • Chef
  • Chocolatier
  • Coder
  • Comedian
  • Concierge
  • CTO
  • Deejay
  • Documentary Producer
  • Dog Walker
  • Drone Pilot
  • Fashion Designer
  • Firefighter
  • Fortune 500 CEO
  • Food Blogger
  • Growth Hacker
  • Hotel Designer
  • IoT Architect
  • Iron Worker
  • Makeup Artist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Mayor
  • Mixologist
  • MLB Umpire
  • MMA Fighter
  • Mommy Blogger
  • Musician
  • NASA Engineer
  • Navy Seal
  • News Anchor
  • Novelist
  • Photographer
  • Preacher
  • Pro Skateboarder
  • Professor
  • Reality TV Producer
  • Relationship Expert
  • Restaurateur
  • Regulatory Affairs Director
  • Roadie
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Sculptor
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Sommelier
  • Super Mom
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Theme Park Designer
  • Toy Inventor
  • UX Guru
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Video Game Tester
  • Web Designer
  • Winemaker
  • Yoga Instructor
  • …and many more

About Bigheads

How We Work

Most business leaders can immediately rattle off a list of the individuals and sources they'd enlist to help them solve a business challenge...navigate an unfamiliar area…identify untapped opportunities...hunt for insights and inspiration...or get feedback and recommendations. Well, we pride ourselves on being able to see entirely DIFFERENT sources to consider. With that in mind, here are the steps we'd follow to bring you together with an unorthodox, yet powerful, mix of talent and expertise:
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 some work we’ve done for companies like AmEx, GE, P&G, Pepsi and more. Then we’ll get to the important part - we’ll give you the floor so you can brief us on the business or innovation challenge you’re facing.
Next, we’ll scour our network of BigHeads to determine the perfect "Think Tank" (team of talent) to enlist for your specific challenge. We'll then regroup and take you through the Think Tank members we recommend (and why we chose them) 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 we end up making it through the prior step unscathed, 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 traditionally work with innovation leads and focus on projects for groups across organizations including, Open Innovation, NPD, R&D, Marketing, Research, Global Operations, Finance, Regulatory, etc.

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