Josh Valman is the founder and CEO of RPD International. RPD
helps companies quickly develop new products, test them in their market, and
scale for the first 12 to 24 months, reducing the cost and risk of innovation
and exploring new ideas. The company, based in London, has offices in the
Netherlands, China and Singapore.
Josh’s passion for engineering and solving problems has seen RPD go on to power
over 100 R&D departments around the world, including the likes of Vodafone,
Air New Zealand and Unilever. RPD operate a global network, making use of the
best design minds from heavy and precision engineering to sculptors and
artists. This ‘distributed creativity’ model pools all sorts of talent and
experience. Josh’s vision is to solve problems from idea to implementation in
the best, most innovative, efficient way. RPD can produce anything; from a
unique prototype to a run of a million units; from a bracket to an engine. This
has allowed companies to run projects that would usually take them over a
decade in just a couple of years.
Josh specialises in making innovation happen, not just talked about. He
delivers practical steps for those seeking to change how they operate. Covering
everything from problem-solving to market disruption, supply chain to R&D,
he also looks beyond manufacturing to services and how they too can become more
creative, flexible, responsive and open up huge potential for growth. He also
speaks about his unique entrepreneurial journey and the lessons in
determination, commerce and success.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.