For students and entrepreneurs, the i-lab provides foundational learning as the educational entry point for exploring entrepreneurship and innovation.
Gordon Jones is the Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Hired as the inaugural Director in 2011, Gordon has 20 years of experience in senior roles with startups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries, and a history of entrepreneurial activity and academic experience mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Gordon also brings a deep passion for education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a proven commitment to mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurial oriented leaders. He has previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Bentley University, teaching marketing to MBA and undergraduate students. Additionally, he has assisted the Admissions Office at Harvard Business School in evaluating applicants for admission to the MBA program since 2007. He graduated from Brown University (BA) and earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Organizations with whom he has worked include: American Biophysics (bought by Woodstream), Universal Pest Solutions (licensing deal with ServiceMaster/Terminix), Family Education Network (sold to Pearson), Gillette, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, PepsiCo, and The Orme School.
Jodi Goldstein is the Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. She focuses on bridging the gap between the i-Lab and the entrepreneurial community. Jodi brings over 15 years experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and investor with a focus on innovative consumer technologies. She has industry expertise in consumer, e-commerce, mobile, social networking, and luxury goods. Jodi has been on the management team of several venture-backed startups including iMarket (sold to D&B), Planetall (sold to Amazon for over $100M), Send.com, Hoteluxury.com, Mobicious, and most recently was a co-founder of Drync, a mobile app for wine (a 2011 MassChallenge winner). Jodi was also an investor at TA Associates (Venture Capital) where she specialized in retail and consumer products. She began her career at GE in their FMP program and was a member of their Corporate Audit Staff, the internal consulting arm of GE. Jodi has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in International Business from the University of Vermont. Jodi is an avid snowboarder, cyclist, rider and a Private Pilot.
Neal Doyle is the Assistant Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Hired as the i-lab’s second full-time employee, Neal directs the i-lab’s Operations team. Doyle's group organizes more than a thousand events per year, hosts 35,000 visits, maintains and upgrades the 30,000 square foot i-lab facility and technology, manages marketing and communications, and has a hand in all of the other cool details that keep the place running. Doyle’s nearly 15 years of professional experience includes time managing the Harvard Kennedy School's nuclear policy research project: Project on Managing the Atom, and his own startup, in the affiliate marketing and digital strategy space. After graduating from St. Norbert College with a B.S. in Environmental Policy, he worked for several years as an environmental consultant at Carlson Environmental in Chicago, and later for U.S. EPA in Boston; he is also a Fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). Doyle is an avid golfer, entrepreneur and arbitrager, clean-tech and nuclear energy advocate, home and i-lab DIYer (he’s the brains and (a little tiny bit of) brawn behind the i-lab boxing ring), and sometimes cyclist.
Alice Ly is the Assistant Director for Health and Sciences (H&S) at the Harvard Innovation Lab. She works with students, postdocs and clinical fellows to develop and execute on ideas that bring Health and Sciences innovation and entrepreneurship to society. To inspire and support the Harvard community, Alice oversees the Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, H&S workshop and event programming, advises students interested H&S entrepreneurship and manages on and off-campus resources for teams in the i-lab venture incubation program (VIP). Alice comes to the i-lab with 8 years' of Student and Academic Affairs experience at Yale University supporting students and scholars pursue their academic and professional goals, her most recent position being the Associate Director for Postdoctoral Affairs. She completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology at Yale University and her B.S. in Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine. Although originally from Canada, Alice is a poor excuse for a Canadian: she lacks proficiency in skating or curling, but makes up for it with self-deprecating humor.
Joe teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation in Business, Energy and Environment in the MBA Program as well as courses in the Executive Education Program. He is Faculty Chair of the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab. His academic and professional work focuses on high-potential ventures, including both those formed as new companies and those formed within existing organizations.
Joe began his career at MIT's Department of Ocean Engineering as an Instructor in 1970 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1972. He developed and taught a course on marine mineral resource economics. He lectured in hydrodynamics, marine transportation, and computer simulation modeling. In a joint program with Harvard Law School, he lectured on marine legal / regulatory policy. His research focused on forecasting economic and environmental consequences of offshore oil and gas development. He was appointed to the MIT-led National Academy of Engineering study on the future of engineering education. Joe received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT and was awarded National Science, Adams and McDermott Fellowships. He was elected to Sigma Xi.