Tough Tech Summit. 10.29.2018. Boston.

Technology & Product Strategy

13:00:00 14:30:00

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Moderated by a leader in Tough Tech, each track will explore a case study designed to provoke multiple viewpoints and constructive debate. Within each track, participants will be separated into smaller teams focused on addressing decisions fundamental to the case. They will present their conclusions to the track as a whole.

Supply Chain Strategy and Its Effects on Commercialization

How should a company consider what production capacity to build in-house vs. what external resources to leverage? What are the strategic trade-offs (speed, cost, control, quality, performance) when making these choices? Join us as we dive into frameworks to understand the factors when thinking through supply chain development and management.

Speakers

Kevin Munnelly

Kevin Munnelly

Executive in Residence, Biological Engineering Ventures

Sean LeBlanc

Sean LeBlanc

Director, DNA Synthesis Operations, Ginkgo Bioworks

Managing the Tension Between R&D and Market Demands

When commercializing an enabling technology, there are often many opportunities to partner with large organizations in the ecosystem. These opportunities have the possibility to lead to faster product development, early revenue, and market validation, but accessing these opportunities require time, energy, IP carve-outs, and upfront capital. How should companies balance long-term product development versus short-term opportunities that may deviate off the roadmap?

Speakers

David Bradwell

David Bradwell

Co-founder and CTO, Ambri

Michael Kearney

Michael Kearney

MIT Sloan School of Management

Strategies That Inform a Successful Product/Market Fit

Finding product-market fit is a long-term objective of every early-stage company. But when starting with a transformative technology or a specific scientific insight, what is the work to achieve product-market fit? We will discuss when and how to understand product-market fit at different stages of a company’s development.

Speakers

Stan Lapidus

Stan Lapidus

Managing Director, Lapidx Research

Theresa Tribble

Theresa Tribble

Chief Business Officer, EverlyWell