Jon Eckhardt, Ph.D.

Jon got his first taste of entrepreneurship as an undergraduate student at Penn State; he’s been involved in entrepreneurship one way or another ever since. He’s been advising startups for over 10 years; he serves on boards and is an active angel investor. He is also a professor and executive director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin. He teaches in the undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. and executive education programs in the Wisconsin School of Business.

Jon’s published and ongoing empirical research projects involve the study of various aspects of the entrepreneurial process (including firm formation, venture finance, initial public offerings, the relationship between public innovation and commercial entrepreneurship; and the role of information in entrepreneurship). Much of his research involves the study of the formation of commercial software markets for mobile computing platforms, including the Palm Handheld Computer.

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