Join HBS NEO for a conversation with Professor Daniel Isenberg on Scale Up Ecosystem™ For Driving Economic Growth.
Daniel Isenberg has been a pioneer in understanding and impacting entrepreneurship ecosystems and has led the development of the Scale Up Ecosystem™ program for economic growth and broad-based prosperity. In the context of Scale Up Ecosystems, Dan has created the Scalerator® , the online Scale Up Resilience and Scale Up Ecosystems Master Programs.
Professor at Columbia Business School and Babson College, from 1981-1987 and then from 1987 to 2005 was an entrepreneur and VC in Israel before joining HBS from 2005-2009 where he pioneered education in international entrepreneurship.
He has made investments in over two dozen technology startups as well as two MIT VC funds and Fortissimo Capital and authored Worthless Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value (Harvard Business Review Press 2013) and over 30 digital and print articles on entrepreneurship in the Harvard Business Review. He has been featured in the Economist, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, etc. Dan and colleagues have founded and directed Manizales-Mas, Scale Up Milwaukee, Scale Up Rio, Scale Up Atlantic Canada, Scale Up Guatemala, and ScaleratorNEO. Dan has conducted World Economic Forum events at Davos, Africa, Europe, Latin America and China, was an associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Growth Lab (2016-2017), and has lectured at MIT. In 2012 Mikhail Gorbachev awarded Dan the Pio Manzu Award for “Innovations in Economic Development.”
Dan holds the Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Dan has four grown children and two grandchildren. Dan enjoys salsa dancing (On2), collecting wine, art and fishing; but is most excited about spending time with his kids and his grandchildren, helping his devil investments grow, and by being surprised by what entrepreneurs around the world can accomplish.
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