Queen's Return on Innovation Podcast

In this episode, we chat with Rob Baker from Kingston's own The Tragically Hip.  We talk about The Tragically Hip through the lens of a startup, growing into a fully fledged company that had a significant impact on the lives of millions of music fans in Canada and around the world.

Rob talks about the 'Why?' of starting band. He provides insights into team dynamics and making decisions unanimously amongst the 5 band members. Learn where The Tragically Hip played their first gig! Rob provides a fascinating account of how the band developed a following (hint - the Kingston, Ontario advantage) and the 'product' they were refining in the early days. Listening to feedback from the fans was paramount from day one!  And, networking to find people to 'join them in the boat'. The Tragically Hip had an infinite mindset for goal setting - Rob describes their journey as always looking forward and being mindful of their activities to grow the band 'their way'. 

Follow the The Tragically Hip on Twitter @thehipofficial

Learn more about research and innovation at Queen's University:
  • Queen's Research (link)
  • Queen's Partnerships and Innovation (link)
  • Dunin Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (link)
  • Centre for Business Venture - Smith School of Business (link)

What is Queen's Return on Innovation Podcast?

Hear lessons learned and success stories from innovators and entrepreneurs from Queen's University and Eastern Ontario.