Elaine Chen

Senior Lecturer

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Elaine Chen

Elaine Chen is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Elaine teaches entrepreneurship, leadership, primary market research, and product strategy and development to engineering, MBA, and EMBA students.  Specific areas of focus include: disciplined entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, leadership and team development, lean startup, customer development, and innovation management in an existing enterprise.

Elaine is a startup veteran who has brought more than 20 hardware and software products to market.  She is the founder and managing director of ConceptSpring, which provides executive level consulting services to executives and leaders of product teams to help them choose the right problems to solve, accelerate product development, and shorten the time to market.  

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 is a coinventor on 22 issued patents to date, and has managed IP portfolio strategies for several startups.

Elaine holds a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.


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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