The Limits of the Lean Startup Method

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The Lean Startup Method promises to help entrepreneurs efficiently and inexpensively design business models for new ventures that will have a higher likelihood of success. Ted Ladd, Professor of Internet Economics and Strategy on Hult’s San Francisco campus and a research fellow at the Center for Disruptive Innovation, uses empirical evidence from a cleantech accelerator program to explore that claim in a recent article the Harvard Business Review.

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Ted Ladd is a Professor of Internet Economics and Strategy and research fellow at the Center for Disruptive Innovation at Hult International Business School. He specializes in the methods used by entrepreneurs to construct successful business models for high-tech start-ups. Ted holds a PhD from Case Western Reserve, an MBA from Wharton, a masters in international economics with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA cum laude with distinction from Cornell as a triple major in biology, government, and technical sociology.

Ted has founded, led and participated in several venture-backed high-tech start-up ventures. Most recently, he was the Director of Ecosystems at WIMM Labs, which pioneered wearable consumer computing devices (i.e. smartwatches) and was subsequently purchased by Google. He serves on the boards of several public, private, and non-profit boards for energy generation and economic development in his home state of Wyoming.

Ted has been a Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, a member of the core faculty at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Seattle) and an entrepreneurship mentor at Stanford University (Palo Alto). His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, several academic journals and the annual conferences of the Academy of Management, USASBE, Net Impact, and Ashoka. He was named a fellow at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western and received several grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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