We are an interdisciplinary team.

Our lab brings together entrepreneurs, researchers, designers, and technologists passionate about getting at the root of what drives innovation. 

Project Leads

 

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SEAN AMMIRATI

Partner at Birchmere Ventures
Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Sean joined Birchmere Ventures in 2012 as the partner leading Birchmere Labs, a seed and studio fund focused on community-driven commerce startups.

Most Recently Sean was COO of ReadWriteWeb, one of the most influential sites about the future of technology and innovation. In December 2011, the company was acquired by SAY Media to strengthen its technology channel. Sean was previously co-founder and CEO of mSpoke, which was the first acquisition of LinkedIn.

Sean teaches entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and Heinz College of Information Systems. His book, The Science of Growth: How Facebook Beat Friendster--and How Nine Other Startups Left the Rest in the Dust, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2016.
 

MATT CRESPI

PhD Candidate and Instructor, Carnegie Mellon University

Matt is currently a PhD candidate in Carnegie Mellon's doctoral program in Public Policy and Management, doing research in applied social network analysis. He is a frequent lecturer on topics including entrepreneurship, program evaluation, professional communications, and networks. Matt is also an independent consultant, with projects ranging from Excel tool development to policy advising (clients have included non-profits, financial services companies, governments, and political campaigns).

Matt previously worked as a Consultant in PFM's Quantitative Strategies Group, where he worked on new product development and financial modeling to help state and local governments, primarily around issues of debt issuance, investment management, and city budget management.

 

 

Interested in a workshop tailored for your team?

We're happy to chat about opportunities to bring our expertise in building corporate startups to you.

 

Current Collaborators

 

 
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Kristen Grove

Master of Public Management, 2018

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Krista Mobley

Master of Public Policy & Management, 2018

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Anna Finley

Master of Science in Information Technology, 2018

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Are you a Carnegie Mellon University student interested in doing an independent study or joining a group?

Our lab is always interested in bringing together collaborators from across the University.

 

Alumni

 

 
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Yousef Kazerooni

Master of Human-Computer Interaction, 2017

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MIN KIM

Master of Design,
2017

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TRISHA SURI

Master of Human-Computer Interaction, 2017

 
 
 
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MARK MICHELI

Master of Human-Computer Interaction, 2017

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SHAUN BURLEY

Master of Human-Computer Interaction, 2017

SARAH FOLEY

Master of Design, 2017

 
 
 
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ALBERT TOMASSO

Master of Human-Computer Interaction, 2017

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Gena Hong

Master of Human-Computer Interaction, 2017