Elaine Chen

Senior Lecturer

Elaine Chen

Elaine is a startup veteran and innovation and entrepreneurship consultant who has brought numerous  hardware and software products to market.  As founder and managing director of ConceptSpring, she works with executives and leaders of entrepreneurial teams to create product strategies and roadmaps, and to formulate aggressive but achievable program plans to implement the company’s vision.   

Elaine is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she teaches entrepreneurship, primary market research, and leadership development in startup settings.   She is the author of the book, Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production. 

Elaine has previously served at the VP level in engineering and product management at several startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote and SensAble Technologies.  She has built, grown and nurtured several technical organizations from the ground up.  She is a coinventor on 22 patents, and has managed IP portfolio strategies for several startups.   Her experience spans many industry verticals, including consumer electronics, collaborative and industrial robotics for manufacturing and warehouse applications, design software for product development and medical and dental applications, IT solutions for apparel design, manufacturing and retail, as well as consumer-facing hardware and software solutions in omni-channel retail.

Elaine holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.

General Expertise: Business plans; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Hi technology companies; Hi-technology / Hi-tech; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Intellectual property; Intellectual property; Leadership; Leadership; Management of technology; Manufacturing management; Market research; New venture development; New ventures; Open innovation; Patents; Positioning; Product design; Product development; Product innovation; Research and development; Robotics; Robots; Software engineering; Startups / Start-ups; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology; Technology strategy


For more background on this faculty member's research and academic initiatives, please visit the MIT Sloan faculty directory.

Contact Information

E-mail: eychen@mit.edu

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