I am passionate about creativity, innnovation, and entrepreneurship. As Professor of the Practice in the department of Management Science and Engineering, the executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and a faculty member at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University School of Engineering, I get a chance to work with students and faculty who embrace the idea that entrepreneurs and innovators do more than is imaginable with less than seems possible.
I earned my Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School in Neuroscience. Since then I have worked as a management consultant, a multimedia producer, and the founder of a multimedia company. I have written 16 books and educational games, including The Epicurean Laboratory and Incredible Edible Science, published by Scientific American; and a series of 12 games for children called Games for Your Brain, published by Chronicle Books. My newest books, published by HarperCollins are What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009), and inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (2012).
I'm honored to have received several awards for my work, including the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Olympus Innovation Award, and the SVForum Visionary Award.
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