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Matthew Hooper
Facilitator at Tsai Center, Yale University

Matt Hooper is a writer, entrepreneur and podcaster. He is also a specialist at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, where he facilitates the "Innovation From The Inside" intensive. He is the founder of LFT Media, a company that produces corporate innovation content for startup audiences, where his clients include IBM, Google and CAST Software, and is the creator and host of Live! From Tomorrow, the hit limited-series podcast from The Podglomerate. Prior to this, Hooper was a Vice President of Open Innovation at Barclays, and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at WeWork Labs.

Course Description:

There are few words as overused in business and tech as ‘the E word’. ‘Ecosystem’. You know it, you’ve heard it, and more likely than not, you’ve been befuddled by it.

What the heck is an ecosystem, anyway? How do startups and corporations alike participate in it? And how might business leaders leverage ecosystems all over the world to launch innovative products and services. This panel aims to answer these questions and many more.

Join moderator Matt Hooper as he sits down with a group of business leaders tasked with engaging, and creating, innovation ecosystems in both the startup and corporate realms.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:


  • Innovation is not an industry but a practice -- one that can be imbued in organizations both large and small

  • learn how to define and identify key stakeholders within a complex, bureaucratic organization in order to bring about change

  • There is a fulfilling career path for folks looking to launch innovative products without the risk and responsibility of building a startup