Brian Ardinger
Director of Innovation / Nelnet /

Brian is Director of Innovation at Nelnet, author of Accelerated: A Guide to Innovating at the Speed of Change, and founder of, makers of the weekly podcast, newsletter, and The IO Summit. For over 25 years Brian has been helping entrepreneurs and enterprises navigate and compete in a world of change and disruption. He has led efforts between startups and corporates to engage the latest trends, tools, and tactics to accelerate innovation, launch new ideas, and build better products. Previously, Brian founded the seed-stage accelerator NMotion and co-founded the corporate innovation consultancy Econic. Brian was Chief Marketing Officer at Nanonation working with clients including Pepsi, Target, Nike, Mazda, Harley-Davidson, and Royal Caribbean. Brian built out the consulting arm in Asia for Gartner and worked with technology giants including Microsoft, IBM, and HP. He also led the creation of Asia’s first dedicated customer experience lab as head of research at Ion Global, a Hong Kong-headquartered technology firm. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Nebraska Omaha and an MBA from Penn State.