I am an Assistant Professor in the Management and Organizations Department at the Marshall School of Business at USC. I study entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology strategy.
Exploring the interactions between entrepreneurship programs and ecosystems
In my research, I explore the role that entrepreneurship programs, particularly startup accelerators, play in shaping the performance of startups and, more broadly, the performance of innovation ecosystems.
My Job Market paper uses detailed administrative data from MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, to measure who benefits most from accelerator admission: startups from high-activity entrepreneurial ecosystems or startups from relatively inactive ecosystems.
Another paper in my dissertation (joint work with Yael Hochberg) explores the change in entrepreneurial activity associated with the arrival of an accelerator in a region. We find a dramatic rise in the number of early stage investments and investors after an accelerator arrives in a region.
I have built close connections with the startup accelerator community through my research on MassChallenge and more broadly through my work on the Seed Accelerator Ranking Project. I expect to leverage the detailed administrative data gained through these connections to explore a number of broad themes in early-stage entrepreneurship. This research trajectory is currently supported by both the NSF and the Kauffman Foundation.
Previous Entrepreneurial Experience
Prior to joining the PhD program at MIT Sloan, I spent four years as an entrepreneur building and then selling financial data products. In addition, I have worked with a number of entrepreneurs at MIT and beyond to launch and build their startups.