Educator in Stanford, California
I'm passionate about creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As Professor of the Practice in the department of Management Science and Engineering, faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and a founding member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford School of Engineering, I get a chance to work with others who embrace the idea that entrepreneurs do much more than imaginable with much less than seems possible.
I earned my Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School in Neuroscience. Since then, I've worked as a management consultant, multimedia producer, and was the founder of a multimedia company. I've written 17 books and educational games, including The Epicurean Laboratory and Incredible Edible Science, published by Scientific American; and a series of card games, 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), inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (2012), and Insight Out (2015).
I'm honored to have received recognition for my work, including the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the National Olympus Innovation Award, the SVForum Visionary Award, and several university teaching awards.