Author: Mike Grandinetti
Mike Grandinetti has balanced several careers simultaneously, all centered around entrepreneurship & innovation. He’s been continuously active as a serial VC- backed entrepreneur, educator, public speaker, mentor, strategy consultant, experienced hackathon leader, startup accelerator Managing Director and board member for the past 25 years. His primary profession has been as a successful advanced technology entrepreneur, where he was an early team member and CXO of 7 VC- backed companies, 2 of which went public on the NASDAQ, and all of which were acquired in trade sales by iconic strategic acquirers such as AT&T, IBM and Oracle. Reduxio is his 8th startup. Mike’s team recently was named overall global winner of the MarketingTechnology “StackieAward” for designing and executing the industry’s most innovative marketing technology and organizational ‘stack’. As an educator, Mike held a long-standing faculty appointment as Senior Lecturer at MIT, where he taught for over a decade in the MBA & Executive Education programs. Today he teaches in the MIT Founders program. He is Global Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing at Hult International Business School, where he has been named Financial Times Global Professor of the Week, was named Hult Professor of the Year and is the recipient of numerous global teaching excellence awards. He is actively involved in social innovation initiatives. He has been Leader or Co-Leader of OpenIDEO Boston for 5 years. He’s been an active mentor of the annual $1M Hult Prize, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship competition, since 2011. One of his Hult teams wa s global finalist. He has been on the Corporate Executive Board of WGBH, the flagship operation of the Public Broadcasting System, since 1999. He is a former McKinsey consultant, and, in his own innovation and human centric design consultancy, has advised global brands including Accenture, Bemis, Dell / Quest, Education First, Ferrari, Kering, Pirelli, SAB Miller, and many others. He is a popular public speaker and panel moderator, and has spoken on the TEDx circuit, as well as at MarTech Silicon Valley, the Global Startup Festival, the MIT $100K Global Entrepreneurship Competition, MIT Enterprise Forum, America’s Growth Capital Conference, Startup Basecamp, Founders Institute, Startup Next, the Hult Prize Hackathon, the Nestle NYC Hackathon, the Hacking Health Montreal Hackathon, TIE –Con East, Center for Entrepreneurship Montreal, VM World, Linux World and many other conferences. He has been quoted in many print publications including the Harvard Business Review Italy, Wharton at Work, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, CIO Magazine, Boston Innovation, Venture Beat, Marketing Land, the San Francisco Business Journal, San Francisco Business Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, InfoWorld, & InfoWeek and has appeared on a number of national and global broadcast news stations, including New England Business News, CBS National TV News, National Public Radio and al Jazeera English Global News Network. He earned his BS Engineering, magna cum laude, at Rutgers, where he was named to the National Engineering Honor Society, was given the Rutgers Lifetime Career Achievement Award and was named Rutgers Alumni of the Year. He earned his MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he was awarded the Procter & Gamble Marketing Leadership Award and a Yale Teaching Fellowship and was named the annual Jess Morrow Johns Memorial Scholar.