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.