Bruce Lawler, SM ‘92

I am a technology entrepreneur and executive leader with consecutive public and private exits, and early stage investing success with leading venture firms including Accel, CRV, KPCB, Redpoint, Sequoia, and Softbank. An industry thought leader and public speaker, I have development expertise in mobile applications, SaaS, artificial intelligence systems and video distribution networks with operations leadership ranging from consumer and industrial hardware/electronics manufacturing to wireless and video network operations (DevOps). I am currently the Managing Director of MIT MIMO (Machine Intelligence for Manufacturing and Operations), an MIT research facility focused on resolving the most challenging issues surrounding artificial intelligence implementation in manufacturing and operations. Prior to this role, I was the founder and Chief Product Officer of Kodiak, a company he launched in 2003 to write applications for mobile phones; I sold my company to Motorola Solutions in 2018. From 2001-2003, I was the founder and General Partner of inOvate Communication Group, a venture capital firm focused on investing in mobile phone technology through which I invested in other successful entrepreneurs like Andy Rubin, the inventor of the Android phone that most of you have in your pocket. Earlier, in 1998, I founded my first company iBeam Broadcasting which delivered digital video over the internet and had a successful IPO 2 years later. I attended Purdue University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a President’s Honor Award recipient. In 1990 I was awarded the LGO Fellowship to attend MIT, where I obtained both a MS in Engineering and a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.