Episode 88 • 04/25/2024

Amith Nagarajan, Chairman of Blue Cypress, on the Association Market, AI, Innovation and Culture

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How does your organization get started with AI? How does an organization develop deep AI expertise in AI, which arguably is the most transformative technology we will see in our lifetimes?

In this episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews Amith Nagarajan, Chairman at Blue Cypress. Amith discusses:

  • His ecosystem of companies that is focused on helping associations transform digitally through positive disruption.
  • How he stumbled across associations 30 years ago and never looked back.
  • How the people in the association market care deeply about their mission and members.
  • How there are two types of innovation: customer-led innovation and inspiration that comes from other sources, including outside the industry.
  • How, as a leader, he allocates a couple of days a week to experimentation.
  • When to kill ideas that don’t make sense, even if those products are in flight.
  • What leaders need to do is create more free time for themselves to think.
  • How most of his time is spent being a cheerleader for AI to associations. In his opinion, AI is the most transformative technology that any of us will experience in our lifetimes.
  • When it comes to AI, doing something is better than nothing. Start by allocating 15 minutes a week. By the end of the year, you will have developed deep AI expertise, especially when you dedicate time company-wide
  • How AI is here, and whether we ride the wave or are crushed by it, it will continue to accelerate and evolve for decades to come.
  • Blue Cypress has several events coming up about associations and AI (see links in the show notes).


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Associations Thrive podcast is hosted by Joanna Pineda, CEO & Chief Troublemaker at Matrix Group International. Joanna’s personal mission and the mission of Matrix Group is to help associations and nonprofits increase membership, generate revenue and thrive in the digital space. 

We believe that every association has a unique mission and unique story that demonstrates how they’re serving their members, impacting their industry, and ultimately changing the world. Every guest is an association Chief Executive, Executive Director or President. We’re here to help amplify their stories so all associations can learn and thrive, together.

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