BSV: "The Startup Community Way:" Ian Hathaway, Senior Executive Director, TechStars

by CWRU Entrepreneurship

Lecture Format: Virtual Student Life Topic: Entrepreneurship and Inno...

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

10 AM – 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join us on September 17 at 10 a.m. ET (4 p.m. SAST) via Zoom as part of the Case Western Reserve University class, Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, for a discussion with Ian Hathaway, Senior Executive Director, TechStars. He will discuss The Startup Community Way, his book on entrepreneurial ecosystems and how their complex nature leads people to make predictable mistakes.

Hathaway is an analyst, strategic advisor, writer and entrepreneur. He co-authored The Startup Community Way, which was published in July 2020. Currently, he leads product development for ecosystem advisory at Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Hathaway is also a senior fellow at the Brooking Institution, co-founder and board member at the Center for American Entrepreneurship as well as an investor at The Fund. 

Beyond Silicon Valley (BSV) is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed and taught by Michael Goldberg, Veale Institute's Executive Director, for CWRU and is taken by students around the world. We are live streaming lectures from BSV for our Open Class series.

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We will also be broadcasting this roundtable and future roundtables to Facebook Live on CWRU Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship's Facebook page on September 17 at 10 a.m.


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Ian Hathaway

Senior Executive Director


Ian Hathaway is an analyst, strategic advisor, writer, and entrepreneur. He works with leading organizations to solve complex problems, produce data-driven insights, develop new products, and shape competitive strategies. In addition to his research and advisory work, Ian has launched new ventures, helped young organizations get off the ground, and worked with established firms to expand into new markets.

Ian has published for prominent research institutions, universities, businesses, and periodicals, and is co-author of The Startup Community Way, a book on entrepreneurial ecosystems published in July 2020. His research and writing is regularly cited in leading press outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, and many others. He is a frequent contributor for outlets such as the Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal.

Ian advises organizations in the technology and media, startup and venture capital, financial and professional services, and non-profit and public policy sectors on a range of strategic, innovation, analytical, and content-related matters. His clients have include large multinationals, high-growth startups, leading investors and service providers, prominent research institutions and universities, and influential advocacy organizations, among others.

Currently, he leads product development for ecosystem advisory at Techstars, where he works with entrepreneurs and community leaders around the world to support their path towards building better ecosystems. Ian is a startup advisor, mentor, and investor, including at The Fund. He is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, co-founder and board member at the Center for American Entrepreneurship, and a research fellow at Boston University.

Previously, Ian was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank and World Trade Organization, lead corporate innovation initiatives at Bloomberg and Frontier Economics, was an advisor or early employee in Silicon Valley venture-backed startups (successes and failures), founded (and sold) an analytics advisory firm, and was an adjunct professor at New York University. Ian is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied economics and political economy. (

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