Leader in Entrepreneurship
Bill Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and also a Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management. The Center is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT starting with education but also extending well outside the class room with student clubs, conferences, competitions, networking events, awards, hackathons, student trips, and accelerators.
Bill teaches numerous classes each semester (introductory to advanced entrepreneurship courses) in addition to his responsibilities of running the Center. His work has won numerous awards including the Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurial Mentoring at MIT.
During his time running the Center, Bill has conceived, designed, and overseen the implementation of many new innovative programs including: the MIT Clean Energy Prize, Trust Center TV, Energy Ventures Class, Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), MIT Entrepreneurship Review, Entrepreneurial Product Marketing and Development Class, Linked Data Ventures Class, Founders Skills Accelerator, t=0 Entrepreneurship Festival, Beehive Cooperative, Entrepreneurs Walk of Fame, Corporate Innovators Sponsor Group, Applications of Advanced Entrepreneurial Techniques (GSD Ninjas), and Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator.
Prior to joining MIT, Bill had a 25-year track record of success in business himself. He has directly raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies and more importantly has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars in market value in those companies.
Bill started his career at IBM getting training and experience in technical, marketing, sales, financial, and international business operations and management. After 11 years, he was named an MIT Sloan Fellow which resulted in him attending MIT for a one-year degree program. Upon graduation, he resigned from IBM and became a serial entrepreneur running two MIT spinouts as the president/chief executive officer (Cambridge Decision Dynamics and then SensAble Technologies). The latter became a two-time Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest-Growing Private Company. With a presence in over 20 countries, SensAble also won more than 24 awards and was featured in Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications for its innovative products and strong business foundation.
In 2003, he was recruited as chief financial officer to co-lead a turnaround of Viisage Technology, a security technology company with a dual focus in the areas of drivers’ licenses and facial recognition. During his tenure of two and a half years, Viisage developed a new strategy, overhauled its operations, made three major acquisitions, executed two major fundraising rounds, and, as a result, its market value increased from $50 million to over $500 million.
Today, in addition to his work at MIT, Bill works with individuals and companies to become more successful through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. From single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures all the way up to large multi-billion dollar corporations seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation. He also serves on the board of directors or advisors for a number of companies. He is a regularly featured speaker at management leadership programs on topics such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial marketing, technology innovation, creating sustainable and rapid profitable growth, financing strategies, and operational excellence.
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