Name: Mike Grandinetti
Qualifications & Institution: MBA, Yale School of Management; BS Engineering, Rutgers University
Position at Hult: Global Discipline Lead, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Global Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation Marketing and Management and Leadership (Full time)
Experience: Mike has been continuously active in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship since earning his BS Engineering and beginning his career in Silicon Valley, as an entrepreneur, consultant, professor, board member and mentor. He was an early team member and CXO of five VC-backed startups. Two went public on the NASDAQ and five were acquired by large strategics including ATT, Iron Mountain, Oracle, Symantec and Synopsys.
He serves on the Board of Directors of numerous US and international startups in fields as diverse as medical devices and equipment, health IT, big data, enterprise software, financial technology and music festival management software. He is an active and top-rated mentor in top rated accelerator programs such as TechStars (ranked #2 in the US), BetaSpring (ranked #11 in the US), the Founders Institute and the MassChallenge as well as IBM SmartCamp and startupbootcamp internationally. Mike He served as a judge for 10 years in the MIT $100K Global Entrepreneurship Competition.
He is also very engaged in the field of Social Entrepreneurship. He mentored the winning team in the 2013 Hult Prize SF Regional Competition as they won against Stanford, U Cal Berkeley, and MIT and helped lead them to the Finals at the Clinton Global initiative Annual Meeting where they presented to luminaries including Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. He has served as an advisor to Engineers Without Borders as well as numerous social startup ventures. Mike has served as Co- Chairman of both the Business Development and the Nominating Committees of WGBH Public TV & Radio, the flagship operation within the US Public Broadcasting System while serving on the corporate executive board for the past 14 years.
Professor Grandinetti keynotes, lectures, moderates panels and facilitates workshops at many startup, entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital and social impact events and is active on the TEDx circuit.
Professor Grandinetti has also worked as a strategy consultant, beginning with a stint at McKinsey & Company after earning his MBA with distinction at Yale, and continues to serve as a Senior Adviser to businesses, venture capital firms, accelerators, universities, and national and regional governments on a broad range of strategic, innovation policy, entrepreneurship cluster formation, technology commercialization and tech transfer issues.
Awards and significant projects:
Mike was awarded a Hult Professor of the Year Award, four Global Teaching Excellence Awards and two Peer Recognition Awards, including being named the Professor most engaged with students. He was named Financial Times Global Professor of the Week.
In addition to serving as Discipline Lead, he served a core member of Hult’s global MBA Redesign team and serves on Hult’s Global Operating Committee. He is active in sharing his knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation with the broader global Hult community through an on-going series of webinars, workshops, tweet-ups, and self-authored case studies.
Mike received the Engineering Medal of Excellence for Career Achievement from Rutgers University and was named Alumni of the Year in 2012. In addition, he holds an appointment with the National Engineering Honor Society and serves on the Rutgers College of Engineering Corporate Advisory Board.
He was named the annual Jess Morrow Johns Memorial Scholar at Yale and was the first ever recipient of the Procter & Gamble Marketing Leadership award. He was also awarded a Yale Teaching Fellowship.
Prior to joining Hult, Mike served as Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management for over a decade, where he taught at both the MBA and Exec Ed levels, and served as an adjunct lecturer for the i-Teams course in the MIT Deshpande Center. During this time, he simultaneously served as a judge in the MIT $100K Global Entrepreneurship Competition. He’s currently a faculty member of the MIT Enterprise Forum Smart Start program for Founders. He also holds a long-standing appointment at the Technical University of Denmark where he teaches Corporate Venturing at the Executive Education level. He has guest lectured at institutions including Harvard Business School, U California Berkeley, Cambridge University (UK), Aalto University (Finland), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Boston College, Rutgers and Udemy.
He has a special interest in disruptive business model innovation, design thinking, raising early stage capital, digital marketing, advanced technology commercialization, corporate venturing, social entrepreneurship and innovation cluster formation.
TEDx Montreal Talk: The Entrepreneurial Renaissance and Crowd-Funding
TEDx Halifax Talk: The Entrepreneurial Renaissance
Interview: IBM Smarter Planet: The Entrepreneurial Renaissance
Keynote: Accelerated Growth Bootcamp at MaRS Discovery District
Webinar : Global Entrepreneurship
Video: MasterClass – Silicon Valley Style Entrepreneurship
Video: MasterClass: Entrepreneurship
Video: Lecture: Become a Start Up Founder via the Udemy Start-Up MBA
IBM MasterClass: on Strategic Marketing for StartUps
Interview: Entrepreneurship at Hult
Webinar: How to Succeed as a Global Entrepreneur
TweetUp: Why Has Global Entrepreneurship become a Global Phenomena
TweetUp: Entrepreneurship in Asia
Media Coverage: Hult’s Conference on Global Entrepreneruship Featuring Professor Mike Grandinetti’s Fireside Chats with IBM, Intuit and EMC
Keynote: Lean Startup and Product / Market Fit
Media Interview: The Lean Startup Methodology—A Movement Transforming Business
Blog Post: with Hult Labs on lean StartUp Mindset
Venture Capital, Angel Capital and Financing Your StartUp
Media Interview: Financial Times- Defining the Super Angel in the early stage capital ecosystem
Byline Article: Boston Innovation: Living the Entrepreneurial Dream and raising $500K at the Launch Conference
Interview with Boston Super Angel and Avid Technology Founder Bill Warner
Keynote: Best Practices in Financing Your Early Stage Start-Up
Podcast Media Interview: The Frank Peters Show on Angel Investing from Silicon Valley with Angel Investor Mike Grandinetti
Interview with Mike Grandinetti and Boston Super Angel and Avid Technology Founder Bill Warner
Media Interview ZD Net:Tech Acquisitions Can Pay Off
Blog Post: Relations Between Accelerators and VCs
Media Interview: Entrepreneur Magazine: Raising Corporate Venture Capital
Panel Discussion: Canadian Start Ups Raising US Venture Capital
TweetUp: Disruptive Business Models
Video: Overview on Disruptive Innovation
Case Study: Uber
Case Study: Airbnb
Blog Post: Waging War on the Traditional Business Model
Video: Workshop: Monetizing Your Business Model
Panel Moderation: Corporate Venturing and Innovation with Biogen, EMC, Fidelity, Intuit
Fireside Chat: w/Wendy Leung, VP and Partner IBM Venture Capital Group
Fireside Chat: w/Hugh Molotsi, VP Global Innovation Intuit
Fireside Chat: w/Stephen Manley, CTO, EMC
Blog Post: Disruption in the Education Sector
Kick Off Presentation: Best Practices in Global Innovation
Design Thinking / Human Centric Design
Keynote: Design Thinking
Video: Teaching MBAs to Do Digital Prototyping on iPads
Facilitated Q&A: with Design4America and Sproutel Co-Founder Hannah Chung
Keynote: InnoV8 Conference: Design Thinking and Customer Experience Mapping
Maker Movement and 3D Printing
Tweet Up: Maker Movement Part 1
Tweet Up: Maker Movement Part 2
Blog Post: An Overview of the Maker Movement
Managing Emerging Technology
Guest Blog Post on IBM Blog: Start Me Up on the Open Cloud
Keynote: New Brunswick Innovation Forum :” Ahead of the Cloud: The Importance of an Innovation Strategy”
Byline articles and interviews on Cloud Computing
Business Plan Competitions
Video: Keynote on How to effectively Pitch at the MIT $100K Global Entrepreneurship Competition
Blog Post and Media Interview with Entrepreneur Magazine: Crash Course in Business Plan Competitions
Video: IBM MasterClass on Strategic Marketing for StartUps
Lecture: Become a Start Up Founder via Udemy Start-Up MBA: Professor Mike Grandinetti on StartUp sales and Marketing
Panel Moderation: Professional Marketing Opportunities for MBAs
Media Interview: Huffington Post on Winning Hult Prize Regional Competition
Video: Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship for Engineers Without Borders at Rutgers University
TweetUp: Social Entrepreneurship
Video: Filling the Funding Gap: Introduction to the Social Venture Exchange and Direct Public Offering
Media Interview: Latitude News: “From Silicon Valley to Rift Valley- Entrepreneurship in Africa…”
Video: Panel Discussion with Principals of the Social Venture Exchange and Cutting Edge Capital
Careers and Employment
Media Interview: Knowledge at Wharton “ The Complex Economics of America's Minimum Wage”
Video: International Career Advice
Website/ Social Media Links
Linked In: linkedin.com/in/mikegrandinetti
Angel List Profile: angel.co/mike-grandinetti