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Ted Ladd

Ted Ladd is a full Professor of Entrepreneurship, former founding Global Dean of Research, former Dean of the San Francisco Campus, and former founding Academic Director of the Doctorate of Business Administration at the Hult International Business School. He is also a Visting Instructor of Platform Entrepreneurship at Harvard University and Stanford University. Previously, he taught at the Copenhagen Business School and the Presidio Graduate School.


His research focuses on innovation in general and multi-sided platforms in specific, published in a range of academic and practitioner-focused channels. His most recent book Innovating With Impact is published by the Economist. His teaching tools include The Platform Canvas, the multi-chapter, video-only, constantly updated case about GetMyBoat (the Case Centre's first video-only case), the BoatShare Simulation for multi-sided platforms (the Case Centre's first simulation),  and the SIMM case.

He was a member of seven different startups in Silicon Valley. A few succeeded; a few tanked. Palm, the maker of the Palm Pilot, enjoyed an IPO. An energy software company was acquired by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The most recent was acquired by Google to become WearOS.

He holds a PhD in Management from Case Western, an MBA from Wharton, an MA in economics from Johns Hopkins, and a BA from Cornell.

He is a frequent speaker at academic and industry-focused conferences, discussing trends at the intersection of technology and business.

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Ted's Story

Ted, his wife Laura Ladd and their dog The Project live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Ted's history on Wikipedia and LinkedIn

Ted's articles in his column at Forbes

Ted's TEDx talk (yes, I've heard the pun.)

Ted's full list of research publications and profile on Google Scholar

  Ted on Social Media

  Ted's Avatars in Web3

Ted's Teaching Impact

The chart below illustrates my evaluations, as reported from anonymous official surveys by the host institution from students collected at the end of each course. I've also included the (unrealistic!) regression line to show the trend in these evaluations.

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