About this Speaker
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 has advised 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 ecosystem development at Techstars, where he works with entrepreneurs, community leaders, and institutions around the world to support their path towards building better ecosystems. Ian is an active 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.