The project is part of the Technological Innovation , Entrepreneurship and Strategy Management (TIES) Group at MIT Sloan School of Management. MIT Sloan's Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management (TIES) Group represents a group of scholars and practitioners with a shared interest in understanding the challenges of innovation—moving ideas from the earliest stages of basic research to effective products and services with an impact on the world. Within this broad set of interests our community explores the factors that enable effective production of basic research, the role of entrepreneurship and strategy in bringing ideas into the market, and the strategic challenges faced by large organizations as they strive to remain at the innovation frontier. Work in the group also explores the conditions that ensure that innovation and entrepreneurship is effective in driving economic and social impact at the local, regional, and national level; including the design of programs such as innovation contests, startup accelerators, etc., in developed as well as developing nations.
The main guide and supervisor for the project is Assistant Professor Neil Thompson at MIT Sloan School. Thompson researches how innovation happens and what's its effects are. This includes work around cutting-edge technologies: Moore's Law, Cloud Computing, and Synthetic Biology, as well as how firms race to come up with and patent their innovations.Thompson is also the CoDirector of the Experimental Innovation Lab (X-Lab), which partners with companies to use randomized control trials to answer important questions in business innovation and strategy. Before returning to academia, Thompson worked for such varied organizations as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Bain and Company, The United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.
The project is created and maintained by Yash Sherry , an undergraduate currently working as a Visiting Student at MIT Sloan School of Management. He has been associated with Stanford and Carnegie Mellon as a research intern before. He has also been a part of Microsoft and Mozilla and has many national-level competition wins on his resume. Currently , he is working on his own startups.