Elaine Chen

Entrepreneur in Residence

Elaine is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she teaches entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship, primary market research, and and organization development for new ventures.

Elaine is a startup veteran and product strategy consultant who has brought numerous hardware and software products to market. As founder and managing director of ConceptSpring, she works with executives and leaders of entrepreneurial teams in established businesses to help them set up and run new product innovation initiatives with the speed and agility of a startup.

She is the author of the book, Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production. 

Elaine has previously served at the VP level in engineering and product management at several startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote and SensAble Technologies. She has built, grown, and nurtured several technical organizations from the ground up. She is a coinventor on 22 patents, and has managed IP portfolio strategies for several startups. Her experience spans many industry verticals, including consumer electronics, collaborative and industrial robotics for manufacturing and warehouse applications, design software for product development and medical and dental applications, IT solutions for apparel design, manufacturing and retail, as well as consumer-facing hardware and software solutions in omni-channel retail.

Elaine holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Areas of expertise: primary markets, product strategy, software

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