John Nottingham

co-CEO Nottingham Spirk & Managing Partner of Nottingham Unlimited Ventures, Nottingham Spirk John Nottingham, co-CEO of Nottingham Spirk, boasts over 1,350 patents with a 95% commercialization rate. His innovations, like Crest SpinBrush, have generated $50+ billion in sales. A top-tier inventor and National Academy of Inventors Fellow, he's a leader in transformative product innovation.

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John Nottingham is co-CEO of Nottingham Spirk, a leading business and product innovation firm with over 1,350 patents, of which 95% have been commercialized. The Nottingham Spirk “Vertical Innovation Process” has helped client / partner companies earn over $50 billion in combined sales. 

The NS innovation team has co-created such award-winning consumer and medical innovations as the Crest SpinBrush, the largest selling powered toothbrush line; Swiffer Sweep+Vac; Club Car Tempo Walk, world’s first autonomous golf caddie; Cardinal Health InPower Digital Medication Assistant; TecTraum, the first concussion therapy system and Medtronic CardioInsight EC Vue, the first non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping system. NS joined with InvestIndustrial in the acquisition of Jacuzzi Brands. Prior to the acquisition, NS performed an “Innovation Due Diligence Process.” NS is now helping to disrupt and re-imagine the entire hot tub and spa industry through its partnership with InvestIndustrial. As a result, Jacuzzi sales have over doubled and profits have quadrupled. 

John Nottingham serves on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, Case Western Reserve University Technology Commercialization Board, boards of CWRU think[box] maker space, Great Lakes Biomimicry, as well as several private equity company boards of directors. 

John is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. As the lead patent holder on hundreds of US and international patents, he is in the top tier of individual inventors in the US. John is an inductee of the Inside Business Hall of Fame and a Winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

John has presented numerous times on the subject of breakthrough innovation, and he has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, SiriusXM, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Japan Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wired, Fast Company and a TEDx Talk: “Embrace Ambiguity.”

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From Patents to Paradigms: The Art of Transforming Ideas into Industry-Changing Innovations

21 February 2024, 05:00 PM
John Nottingham

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