Trying Improvement on Purpose with Tatsuya “Tats” Nakagawa | S4 The EBFC Show 073

Tatsuya “Tats” Nakagawa shares insights on his journey as an entrepreneur and inventor in the construction industry. His passion for helping others through podcasting, TikTok, and his book "Overcoming Inventoritis, the silent killer of innovation” put the focus on overcoming the fear of failure to achieve success. Tats co-founded and leads Castagra Products, a sustainable roof coating manufacturer that has received recognition for its Ecodur Roof Coating. With over 20 years of experience launching products and services, Tats has spoken to various industry groups and has been featured in notable media outlets. He hosts the Specified Growth Podcast, which features interviews with leaders who have made a positive impact in the building materials and coatings industry. Tats also conducts the Roofer Reflections series on LinkedIn Live, where he interviews roofing professionals about their experiences in the industry.

0:00 Introduction of Tats Nakagawa
07:22 Importance of Patents
12:42 Challenges of inventory MGMT
16:38 Innovation in Large Corporations
20:31 The Role of Failure
26:09 Networking and building relationships
30:49 The Power of Storytelling
35:47 The Importance of Sustainability
41:01 The 3 AM Test
45:30 Smart risk-taking - Public Failures

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