The Team

We founded Commodore to solve the biggest
problem in innovation.

Don’t tell us haphazard—or nonexistent—measurement is just the nature of the beast, or too complicated to fix. Between us, we’ve worked to address climate change, healthy aging, post-disaster redevelopment, sanitation in the developing world, and getting kids to walk to school. Effective metrics for innovation: Hard? Sure. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Impossible? Definitely not.   

We want to make corporate innovation more effective. We want people to have the information they need in order to know they’re making the right choices about innovation initiatives. We want people to know that the contributions they make, every day, will have impact.

At Commodore we know innovation is a balancing act, so we respect and value logic and creativity equally. Design and finance. Quantification and communication. Analysis and intuition. Orchestration and collision.

Adrienne Brown makes sure your measurement systems incorporate an understanding of team dynamics, organizational culture, and creative processes. She has 25 years of experience in innovation- and strategy-centered roles in corporate R&D, economic development, and real estate economics. She has advised clients like PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, and USAID on innovation culture, new product/service development, and process change. 

True story: Adrienne tried to run away with the circus as a kid. She’s not afraid.

Phil Watson uses logic and system dynamics methods to design simple measurement systems in the midst of complexity. He has 18 years of experience in innovation management consulting, strategy consulting, and national and international policy. Phil ran a $5 million/year program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to accelerate technologies for the 4.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to safe sanitation. He has advised clients like PPG, Kraft, and Air Products on commercialization, go-to market strategy, and innovation processes. 

True story: Phil’s family holds the Guinness World Record for wheat yield. He has high standards.