Our Story

LaunchPad fills a critical need:
accelerating the path to business success.

Born in Silicon Valley, tested by a rapid rollout of our core methodology to 5000 teams globally, we started LaunchPad in 2012 in response to a growing sense of urgency around finding better ways to translate innovation into products and services that succeed.

The roots of our approach can be traced to co-founder Steve Blank’s Lean methods for rapid iteration and growth, which were chosen in 2011 by the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps to be the system standard for accelerating the transformation of government-funded scientific and technical projects into real-world commercial applications.

Since LaunchPad’s birth, our methodology has become the gold standard for the i-Corps at National Institutes of Health, fueling a wildfire spread of demand for evidence-based lean innovation for universities, governments, accelerators, and large enterprises.

Today, the LaunchPad team comprises leaders with expertise in driving a radically distinctive approach to bringing a product to market. We focus on an entirely novel discipline that puts Customer Discovery right up front and forces everyone to “get out of the building” to discover a path to market early on.

Our People

Founded by technology visionaries, the LaunchPad team is made up of startup veterans,
corporate innovation experts, hackers, and designers. Our roots in lean startup and
continuous innovation are the driving force behind everything we do.

Andrea Kates

CEO

For the past 20 years, Andrea has led large-scale initiatives designed to drive revenue expansion for more than 200 companies. Her conviction that the enterprise needs fundamentally new innovation tools was inspired by her research with more than 25 organizations including GE ecomagination, General Motors/OnStar, EMC, Hyatt Hotels, P.F. Chang's, Johnson & Johnson, Zappos, Autodesk, EMC, and IndieGoGo which resulted in her bestselling book, Find Your Next. In the healthcare arena, she has been responsible for strategy and commercialization projects on behalf of the Mayo Clinic, Humana, Johnson & Johnson, Texas Medical Center, Carolinas HealthCare System, Roche, as well as dozens of startups in the digital health, consumer health, and diagnostics arena.

She was inspired to join the LaunchPad team after experiencing the power of the methodology through Steve Blank’s work at Stanford and Berkeley, witnessing

She was inspired to join the LaunchPad team after experiencing the power of the methodology through Steve Blank’s work at Stanford and Berkeley, witnessing the impact of the NSF I-Corps teams, and leading the process in conjunction with Princeton University's eLAB Accelerator Program.

the impact of the NSF I-Corps teams, and leading the process in conjunction with Princeton University's eLAB Accelerator Program.

Andrea is a highly sought-after thought leader and convener and was selected to be the key opinion leader/keynote speaker for Cisco's Innovation Summit, Rueda de Innovación (Bogota), Insight One20 (Los Angeles), the Renaissance Executive Forum's 2014 Leadership Initiative, keynote speaker at the National Science Foundation's SBIR conference, TEDx University of Chicago, the Edison Awards (NY), CORE Club (NY), Soho House (LA), Zurich Financial's global innovation leadership conference, and Jones Lang LaSalle's global women's summit. She also gave the first and only "simul-talk" on the main stage at the TED conference. Andrea is one of the founding faculty members of the Business Institute in Aalborg, Denmark (Masters in Business Creativity).

John Petrone

CTO

John is a veteran technology leader and innovator, with over 20 years of experience in leading software development and technical operations at organizations ranging in size and scope from early-stage startups to public companies and large systems integrators. He’s passionate about the strategic application of leading-edge technologies to solve real-world problems.

Most recently, John was the first CTO of Zignal Labs, a leader in delivering data-driven insights from real-time media monitoring and big data analytics. He recruited the original engineering team, and designed, architected and led the building of a real time analytics platform that ingests tens of millions of news stories, blog entries and social media posts every day.

Prior to Zignal, John served as the SVP and CTO of Autobytel Inc (ABTL) from 2003–2008 and again from

2010–2012. At the awarding-winning pioneer of online car buying and automotive marketing services, he led all technology activities and initiatives including new-product development, technical operations and integration of acquired technology. He was selected as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders of 2006 by Computerworld Magazine.

Prior to Zignal, John served as the SVP and CTO of Autobytel Inc (ABTL) from 2003–2008 and again from 2010–2012. At the awarding-winning pioneer of online car buying and automotive marketing services, he led all technology activities and initiatives including new-product development, technical operations and integration of acquired technology. He was selected as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders of 2006 by Computerworld Magazine.

John was also EVP and CTO of Preview Travel, Inc. from 1995 to 1999, where he built the team and platform and led them through a successful IPO in November 1997. Prior to Preview, he held senior technology positions with Oracle, Lotus Consulting, Price Waterhouse and Andersen Consulting. John attended the University of Maryland where he received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and is also a graduate of the Executive Education Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Jonathan Wylie

VP of Product

Our VP of Product, Jonathan thrives on solving tough problems with a mix of technology, smart user experiences, and business model innovations. He’s built web and mobile products for both consumer & enterprise, and in partnership with the Berkeley Center for Executive Education he coaches Fortune 500 executives on Leading Innovative Change.

Prior to his work with LaunchPad, Jonathan served as VP of Product for Good.Co, where he built a cultural analytics platform to help enterprises utilize personality data to manage hiring and retention. As Strategic Projects Manager for The Crossings, he developed curriculum and strategic partnerships for the company’s corporate retreat center – and led two substantial business model pivots that resulted

Prior to his work with LaunchPad, Jonathan served as VP of Product for Good.Co, where he built a cultural analytics platform to help enterprises utilize personality data to manage hiring and retention. As Strategic Projects Manager for The Crossings, he developed curriculum and strategic partnerships for the company’s corporate retreat center – and led two substantial business model pivots that resulted in the sale of the company in 2009. He later developed a consulting practice focused on aligning high-risk ideas with validated markets and managing change. His clients have ranged from early-stage startups to multi-nationals, including Nestle, American Express, Apax Partners, Bentley Forbes, Raymond James Financial, E&J Gallo Winery and Young Presidents Organization, among others.

in the sale of the company in 2009. He later developed a consulting practice focused on aligning high-risk ideas with validated markets and managing change. His clients have ranged from early-stage startups to multi-nationals, including Nestle, American Express, Apax Partners, Bentley Forbes, Raymond James Financial, E&J Gallo Winery and Young Presidents Organization, among others.

Jonathan has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Professional Coach. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, mountain biking and sea kayaking, in addition to exploring regional cuisines, interesting wines and international travel.

Nathan Winkel

Director of Design

Nathan has lived in Silicon Valley for 8 years and has a passion for visual and product design. He started his career working at Roche Diagnostics Diabetes Care Concept Incubator in Palo Alto, developing behavioral products and services for Type II Diabetics. After 3 years, he went into consulting, working on a number of projects, including working with GoPro to develop a new community platform for posting and sharing video content.

Nathan next joined YouSendIt, at the time the 3rd-largest file sharing company after Dropbox and Box. He and the design team took YouSendIt through a renaming and rebranding to become Hightail Inc.

Nathan next joined YouSendIt, at the time the 3rd-largest file sharing company after Dropbox and Box. He and the design team took YouSendIt through a renaming and rebranding to become Hightail Inc. Nathan led the design of Hightail’s web app, focusing on growth and conversions. The design team flourished at Hightail and proved to be one of the best teams he’s ever worked on.

Nathan led the design of Hightail’s web app, focusing on growth and conversions. The design team flourished at Hightail and proved to be one of the best teams he’s ever worked on.

After working with a number of smaller startups on product strategy and design, Nathan had the pleasure of helping to conduct an innovation workshop held at Genentech in collaboration with Roche and LaunchPad Central. He then took on consulting work with LaunchPad that focused on a rebrand and redesign of the existing marketing website. Continued synergies with the LaunchPad team led him to join as head of design – to take the product and brand to the next step.

Alex Howard

Senior Software Engineer

Passion for technology and the open web directed Alex Howard to software development at an early age and taught him the importance of fluid UX. Over 8 years of experience developing & using enterprise software gives him strong insight into the big picture of software — and the aptitude to apply it.

When not coding, Alex can be found biking around Berkeley, working on cars, building mechanical keyboards, or cooking vegan food (where he only occasionally succeeds).

Jason Normandin

Software Engineer

Jason, a software engineer, has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects utilizing skills in HTML, CSS, php, and javascript. He has worked extensively in the Wordpress platform and more recently with Symfony and mongodb/node.js. In his spare time, he plays guitar and enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing.

Stepahanie Gluch

Accountant

As part of LaunchPad's Finance & Operations Team, Stephanie tackles HR, Bookkeeping, and Office Management challenges and enjoys keeping everyone paid, organized, and fed. Her experience at small startups has sparked a passion for seeing companies grow from a minimal budget, office, and personnel to larger budgets, spaces and talented teams.


 


Scott Armanini

Sales Director

Scott has sold and developed business at AT&T, Cisco, HP, and Microsoft, where he co-founded Avanade, a joint venture with Accenture that has generated over $40B in sales (www.avanade.com). He led sales and business development at the world's most successful Open Innovation company, RocketSpace, and as employee #12 recruited clients like Accenture, Canon, Fujitsu, LG and Samsung.

Scott’s specialties are disruptive innovation, relationship acceleration & expansion, entrepreneurship,

Scott’s specialties are disruptive innovation, relationship acceleration & expansion, entrepreneurship, and marketing & sales. He’s been advisor to Accenture's 2014 Technology Forecast, the G20’s Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit, and the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, and he’s led an Entrepreneurship and Innovation seminar for UC Berkeley Extension's International Diploma Program. An advisor to early-stage startups, companies in transition, global brands and governments, Scott is also an enthusiastic member of Peter Diamandis’ Abundance 360 Community.

and marketing & sales. He’s been advisor to Accenture's 2014 Technology Forecast, the G20’s Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit, and the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, and he’s led an Entrepreneurship and Innovation seminar for UC Berkeley Extension's International Diploma Program. An advisor to early-stage startups, companies in transition, global brands and governments, Scott is also an enthusiastic member of Peter Diamandis’ Abundance 360 Community.

Julie Dean

Director of Academic Sales

As the Director of Academic Sales, Julie is responsible for nurturing and managing relationships with Academic Institutions, Government Entities and Innovation Accelerator ecosystems.

Julie’s accomplished career in Business Development and Sales is diverse and spans over 20 years. Through business ownership as an Autodesk Reseller Partner, Wholesale/Retail Architectural Supply and Corporate/Residential Design business, she excels in sales operations and enterprise business

Julie’s accomplished career in Business Development and Sales is diverse and spans over 20 years. Through business ownership as an Autodesk Reseller Partner, Wholesale/Retail Architectural Supply and Corporate/Residential Design business, she excels in sales operations and enterprise business development for both turnaround and startup organizations.

development for both turnaround and startup organizations.

Referred to by some as "a bad ___", she is not afraid of just diving in and getting stuff done, and she does with most everything she sets her mind to. That includes where she calls home. Though born in England, Julie spent the majority of her life and obtained her degree while living in Canada. She now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, as she has for the past 6 years with her two boys.

Hannah Stonefield

Sales Operations Analyst

Hannah works for LaunchPad's Sales Team. She loves following new leads and converting customers to satisfied clients. She also loves supporting the sales team by keeping them organized and informed. Outside the office you will find Hannah, LaunchPad’s “adrenaline junkie”, riding bikes, horses and surf boards.

Nic Baughman

Customer Success Manager

Nic Baughman has been working with universities, accelerators, and government programs for the past year spreading the Lean Methodology across the globe. He takes great pride in providing real-world examples and supplemental materials that help our customers grow their programs at their specific organizations, and he thoroughly enjoys helping each team take their business to the next level. Nic’s main job is to be the bridge between the process and software. If you have any questions about the software or process, just ask Nic.


 


Amanda Laz

Research Analyst

Amanda Laz builds client relationships and partnerships. She’s passionate about growing the productive capacity of large corporations by driving engagement with internal data tracking initiatives.

Amanda has worked with early-stage tech companies to connect product strategy with end-user feedback. She previously built out an international network of data collection agents to bring transparency to the last mile of development, and enjoys aligning public and private growth incentives. She believes data should be approachable and facilitate the sharing of knowledge across industries. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University.

Patricia Malama

VP of Finance

Patricia is a financial professional with extensive operational and administrative experience in diverse industries. She specializes in startups, rapid growth entities and disruptive-model businesses. A hands-on manager with expertise in accounting systems development, fiscal management and financial reporting, Patricia has a proven track record developing and implementing financial and operating controls that impact P&L and cash flow while competitively positioning the business.

She began her career at Arthur Andersen & Co in the Emerging Business Division, where she earned her CPA. She then started a consulting practice, providing acting/interim CFO and other project services, until she joined Preview Travel, Inc. as one of the initial company hires.

She began her career at Arthur Andersen & Co in the Emerging Business Division, where she earned her CPA. She then started a consulting practice, providing acting/interim CFO and other project services, until

she joined Preview Travel, Inc. as one of the initial company hires.

Preview Travel evolved into a leader in the online travel industry. Patricia worked among a stellar group of colleagues and investors and helped navigate the challenging growth spurts that all startups face. She grew with the company over a 10-year period and departed as VP of Finance/Operations, when the company had over 100 employees and was pre-IPO.

As a consultant Patricia has enjoyed a diversity of industries and assignments, working with clients like Lucasfilm and THX, Ltd.

David Goldstein

VP of Operations

David is inspired by the opportunity to match critical customer needs with the problem-solving resources of LaunchPad Central. He brings a broad background in strategic planning, sales, marketing and implementation.

For Houston-based Petrolon, David led a sales and marketing program that grew annual sales from $9M to $150M in just four years, which led to a role managing the company’s overall international operations in Monaco.

David has guided strategic development and go-to-market strategies for companies in a variety of business segments for clients including

General Motors/OnStar (innovating and collaborating cross-industry in the area of digital health); Copano Energy (large leadership project and strategic process that led to a $500M new technology line of business and eventually the acquisition of the company by Kinder Morgan); Futures Forum (multi-month initiative focused on the future of healthcare facilities, in collaboration with Irvine Team, Ascension Health, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Catholic Charities West, Children’s Medical Center, Christus Health); as well as strategic growth projects for the Houston Texans, Air Liquide, Cameron, Boston Market and Jones Lang LaSalle.

David has guided strategic development and go-to-market strategies for companies in a variety of business segments for clients including General Motors/OnStar (innovating and collaborating cross-industry in the area of digital health); Copano Energy (large leadership project and strategic process that led to a $500M new technology line of business and eventually the acquisition of the company by Kinder Morgan); Futures Forum (multi-month initiative focused on the future of healthcare facilities, in collaboration with Irvine Team, Ascension Health, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Catholic Charities West, Children’s Medical Center, Christus Health); as well as strategic growth projects for the Houston Texans, Air Liquide, Cameron, Boston Market and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Clay Phillips

VP of Business Development

LaunchPad Central’s VP for Business Development, Clay leads the cultivation of new enterprise client relationships and partnerships. He also grows the consultant talent network and oversees the development of content for client engagements.

Clay has helped tech startups discover new growth opportunities, has partnered with an NGO on sustainable mobility technology and business model strategies, and has been an instructor for an Innovation Corps program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (and led by the University of Michigan and Next Energy, a Detroit based incubator) that focused on energy and transportation.

As an executive at GM, Clay led and participated in some of the most critical decisions faced by the company. These included working with Clayton Christensen

and his team on disruptive technologies and business models in the transportation sector for a new R&D structure and investment portfolio, leading the strategic due diligence effort for several major alliance partnerships, serving as a founding member of the company’s corporate venture capital arm, and overseeing the development of commercialization, open innovation and partnering strategies for several advanced technology internal startup programs.

As an executive at GM, Clay led and participated in some of the most critical decisions faced by the company. These included working with Clayton Christensen and his team on disruptive technologies and business models in the transportation sector for a new R&D structure and investment portfolio, leading the strategic due diligence effort for several major alliance partnerships, serving as a founding member of the company’s corporate venture capital arm, and overseeing the development of commercialization, open innovation and partnering strategies for several advanced technology internal startup programs.

Clay was an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy. He holds a BA degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an MBA from Columbia University in New York City. Clay is an avid musician who plays guitar and sings in a classic and originals rock band that performs for charities and fundraising events.

Steve Blank

Cofounder & Investor

Steve is a serial entrepreneur and the architect of the Lean LaunchPad framework. He has authored two groundbreaking entrepreneurship texts: The Startup Owner's Manual and The Four Steps to the Epiphany. Steve's experience and knowledge are irreplaceable components of our DNA, which drive us with steadfast clarity.

Over the last 35 years, Steve has co-founded or been part of eight Silicon Valley startups, spanning semiconductors, video games, personal computers, and supercomputers. (These include MIPS, Zilog, Rocket Science, SuperMac, Convergent Technologies, Ardent, and ESL.) His last company was E.piphany, an enterprise software company.

Steve is a past board member of California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), Audubon California,

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Startup Weekend. He served as a governors appointee to the California Coastal Commission.

Steve is a past board member of California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), Audubon California, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Startup Weekend. He served as a governors appointee to the California Coastal Commission.

Steve currently teaches entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; NYU; Stanford University Engineering School, and UCSF. In 2009 he was awarded the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the department of Management Science and Engineering, and 2010 he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In 2011 the National Science Foundation adopted his Lean Launchpad class as the U.S. standard for commercializing basic and applied research via the Innovation Corps.

Jim Hornthal

Cofounder & Investor

Entrepreneur, angel investor, and entrepreneurship educator, Jim is the co-founder and Chairman of Triporati/Algorithm Engines, Zignal Labs, LaunchPad Central and M34 Capital, and he sits on several private company boards. His private investment fund, Hornthal Investment Partners, has made investments in over 50 early stage companies, including Lending Club, Lyft, Change.org, Hightower Advisors, Krave Jerky, KIND Snacks and Hipmunk, and he invests in several venture capital funds, including several managed by CMEA Capital, TPG, and Kleiner Perkins.

As an entrepreneur, Jim is best known as the Founder of Preview Travel, one of the first online travel agencies. Jim took Preview Travel public in 1997, and later initiated its merger in 2000 with a division of Sabre Holdings to create Travelocity.com, where Jim served as Vice Chairman.

Jim has been a Lester Center Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley since 2002, where he now teaches The Lean Launchpad course to MBA and graduate engineering students. Jim has also taught the course at Princeton and Stanford, and has been part of the National Science Foundation's iCorps Teaching Team at UCSF and Stanford.

Philanthropically, Jim focuses on mentoring social entrepreneurs who are working to make the world a smaller place by bridging gaps between conflicting regions and nations.

As prior Chairman of the YPO/WPO Peace Action Network (PAN), he gets to work with business leaders who want to play an active role in effecting change and entrepreneurship in their own regions. PAN members share the belief that business leaders have a responsibility to engage and help create jobs, a vital part of improving the prospects for a sustainable peace. PAN has fostered the creation of an India-Pakistan Forum, an Israeli-Arab forum, and the Arab American Action Forum (A3F) that Mr. Hornthal co-founded and currently serves as co-Chair.

Philanthropically, Jim focuses on mentoring social entrepreneurs who are working to make the world a smaller place by bridging gaps between conflicting regions and nations. As prior Chairman of the YPO/WPO Peace Action Network (PAN), he gets to work with business leaders who want to play an active role in effecting change and entrepreneurship in their own regions. PAN members share the belief that business leaders have a responsibility to engage and help create jobs, a vital part of improving the prospects for a sustainable peace. PAN has fostered the creation of an India-Pakistan Forum, an Israeli-Arab forum, and the Arab American Action Forum (A3F) that Mr. Hornthal co-founded and currently serves as co-Chair.

Jim serves as a Trustee for The One Voice Movement, a grass roots organization made up of over 600,000 Palestinian and Israeli youth who work to amplify the voice of the mainstream while marginalizing extreme positions on both sides. He is an advisor to Just Vision, an active member of The Council on Foreign Relations and the Skoll World Forum, was a founding participant in the Clinton Global Initiative and a delegate to President Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Hornthal lives in San Francisco with his wife of 34 years, Bethany, and two rather independent-minded golden doodles named Snicker and Cleo.

His recent TED Book is “A Haystack Full of Needles”, and he freely shares his views and perspectives on innovation and entrepreneurship with anyone foolish enough to care on Twitter: @hornthal.

Tom Baruch

Cofounder & Investor

Tom began his career at Exxon Mobil. When he left in 1982, he was serving as President of the Exxon Materials Division. He then founded Microwave Technology, Inc., a manufacturer and seller of gallium arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits for defense applications. He was CEO for 6 years prior to founding CMEA Capital in 1988 with New Enterprise Associates (NEA). At CMEA he managed a total of $1.2 billion across seven funds from inception to July of 2010, and led major IPOs and significant liquidity events for Aclara Biosciences, Codexis, Inc., Entropic Communications, Flextronics, Inc., Intermolecular, Silicon Spice and Symyx Technologies. He is now Partner Emeritus of CMEA. Tom co-founded the technology investment firm Formation 8 and is now a Partner Emeritus / Strategic Advisor.

Currently, Tom serves as Chairman of the Board of Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS) and Intermolecular, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMI). Tom also currently serves on the boards of CNano Technologies, Exela Pharm Sci, Foro Energy and Wildcat Discovery Technologies.

Tom is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), where he advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness and a member of both the Steering Committee of its ESIS

(Energy, Security, Innovation and Sustainability) Initiative and the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative. He’s also a member of the “Brain Trust” of the ARPA-E program within the U.S. Department of Energy. He recently served as a member of the IPO Task Force advising the U.S. Department of the Treasury in stimulating startup activity in the U.S.

Tom is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), where he advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness and a member of both the Steering Committee of its ESIS (Energy, Security, Innovation and Sustainability) Initiative and the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative. He’s also a member of the “Brain Trust” of the ARPA-E program within the U.S. Department of Energy. He recently served as a member of the IPO Task Force advising the U.S. Department of the Treasury in stimulating startup activity in the U.S.

Tom is a member of the board of directors of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, a member of the Climate Recovery Cabinet of the Sierra Club, and a trustee of the “That Man May See” program within the University of California San Francisco. He is an advisor to Hasso Plattner Ventures, a leading German venture capital fund.

He is also a Trustee of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was Co-Chairman of its recent $1.1 billion Capital Campaign. He and his wife, Johanna, are Founders of the Baruch Center for Solar Biochemical Energy Research at the Institute’s School of Science, and the Richard Baruch, M.D. Endowed Chair in metabolic pathways of the School of Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Tom holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University. He is a member of the State Bar of Ohio and is a registered patent attorney.

Our founders together have

22

Companies founded or run

10

Number of IPO’s

$500M

Dollars raised

$12.5B

Created shareholder value

Together at LaunchPad

The LaunchPad team is currently working with leading healthcare organizations to build v2
of our software platform, a comprehensive innovation portfolio management system
de-signed to make continuous innovation a reality.

Great Benefits

From 100% paid health coverage and subsidized commutes to team lunches and stocked kitchens, we makes sure our team is covered.

Collaborative culture

We believe in continuous innovation, and that starts with us. We design our culture to enrich our lives and support creativity and execution.

Competitive compensation

We offer competitive salary and equity packages so that our team shares ownership in the achievements of the company, and we pay a healthy bonus for each successful candidate referred by our employees.

Inventing together

We work together to solve big, complex, and immensely valuable business problems. We are inventing the future of innovation.

LaunchPad provides the opportunity to dig into complex innovation challenges, working with industry leaders to grow their innovation capabilities. You aren’t simply following procedures; you’re working side by side to help create the story.

Amanda Laz

Research Analyst

I've witnessed first hand what happens when an industry fails to act on fundamental market changes. I joined LaunchPad to help our customers avoid the same pitfalls and realize the potential growth that can come from embracing transformative innovation.

Clay Phillips

VP of Business Development

Working at LaunchPad Central is an opportunity to use the world's most innovative technologies to change the way the world innovates It all feels so meta to follow the methodology that you're actually building a platform for. What engineer wouldn't want to work on that?

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Senior Software Engineer

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