Founder Eureka Ranch - Doug Hall
Doug Hall began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 12 producing and marketing a line of magic and juggling kits. After earning a degree in Chemical Engineering he spent 10 years at Procter & Gamble where he rose to the rank of Master Marketing Inventor and shipped a record 9 new business initiatives in 12 months.
In 1986, Doug founded Eureka! Ranch to help companies think smarter and more creatively about innovation. Today, Doug remains CEO of Eureka! Ranch located in Cincinnati Ohio and it’s sister company Eureka! Research International with offices in Glasgow Scotland and Prince Edward Island Canada.
Eureka! Ranch International helps companies large and small accelerate profitable growth. It does this through consulting or facilitation in Fail Fast, Fail Cheap, Win Big – Open Innovation R&D. Since January 1, 2008 Eureka! Ranch clients have quantified over $2.5 Billion in innovation pipeline business opportunities.
Eureka! Research International specializes in qualitative mining and quantitative evaluation during the “fuzzy front end” of innovation development. It helps companies mine for insights and technologies to inspire more profitable products or services. It also helps companies make smarter innovation development decisions through a patented business simulation research system.
Eureka! Insight Sessions help clients discover 7 times more insights for new ideas or for improving existing ideas than classic focus groups. This patent pending process can be used with target audiences such as: industrial customers, consumers, technology experts, trend setters and supply chain partners.
Planet Eureka! Open Innovation Networks help companies find inventions and manufacturing resources that can spark breakthrough products and accelerate development. It’s the first internet networked marketplace where inventors and companies speak the same language. Two way publishing makes for painless finding and filtering – all inventions are presented with professional sales forecasts and company needs are presented as simple “benefit focused” innovation requests. Local connections are accelerated by the US Department of Commerce’s NIST/MEP Network of 1,600 professionals across the USA. Alliances in Canada and the United Kingdom make international connections.
Merwyn Business Simulation Research is the world’s most Truthful system for early stage innovation sales forecasting. This “flight simulator” for innovations helps innovators reduce risk of failure and better focus their energies on the key areas of variation and uncertainty. Over 20,000 innovations ranging from industrial products to consumer products and services have been tested using Merwyn over the past 10 years. The system has been statistically validated versus AcuPOLL, BASES, IRI Marketplace Scanner Data, Direct Response Tests and “black box” evaluated by a USA National Institute of Standards and Technologies statistician using the same methodology used to model the Twin Towers after 9/11.
Eureka! companies serve Fortune 500 clients such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and American Express directly through its corporate consulting group.The Ranch has a world-class 88% client repeat rate and survey’s indicate the average American home uses 18 products or services that Doug and his team have invented or reinvented.
Doug has an equal commitment to small businesses. He’s been called a “Business Robin hood” by the CBC TV network for his passion for helping small and mid sized companies. In the USA this is accomplished through a licensed partnership with over 200 Eureka! Coaches who are part of the MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Network, which is an alliance between the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and state governments.
Doug is a best-selling author of five books on courage, creativity and innovation including Jump Start Your Business Brain named one for the 100 best business books of all time by business book expert Jack Covert. Broadcast media appearances include: co-host Brain Brew Radio on Public Radio International, Truth Teller Judge on the first season of ABC’s American Inventor plus feature stories on NBC, CNBC, CNN, CBS, NPR and CBC.
Doug serves on a number of boards and hold and in recognition of his innovation research contributions, Doug has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Maine, honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, the George Land World Class Innovator Award, the YMCA Character Award and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Known for this truth telling and inspirational energy, Doug has a passion for using scientific methods to help people think smarter and more creatively.
Doug and his high school sweetheart, Debbie have three grown children. They split their time between Cincinnati, Ohio and Springbrook, Prince Edward Island, Canada enjoying bagpipe music, Scotch Whisky, Malpeque Oysters, Kayaking and Cross Country Skiiing. To book innovation speaker Doug Hall call Executive Speakers Bureau 800-754-9404.
Walt Disney Company Vice President
“When Doug meets Disney, creativity ne’er wanes; our team explodes when he ‘Jump Starts Our Brains!’”
“an eccentric entrepreneur who just might have what we’ve all been looking for…the happy secret to success.”
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