C. Pennetier

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The experienced Researcher Teacher Entrepreneur

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Think | Make | Inspire

PhD candidate in Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD Singapore, I am a researcher, a teacher, a strategic advisor, and an entrepreneur. I conduct research on the dynamics of innovation, in particular on identifying the effects of very specific moments in the life of companies: transitions.

My research primarily utilizes large datasets derived from sources on startups like Crunchbase, on big firms like Compustat, and on inventions like USPTO’s database. I focus on using data to find out how startups orchestrate pivots and business model innovation to sense and seize new opportunities. I also study how companies can optimize their transitions between pioneering and traditional innovation, between using close and distant technologies. I finally analyze the return on transitions between R&D-driven and design-driven innovation.

I have 12 years of professional experience carving out my way through the corridors of the best organizations worldwide. As a partner at Schoolab, I broaden my scope in education. Schoolab is an Innovation Studio where we have built an outstanding ecosystem to design and deliver great innovations to market. We make people, from students to CEOs, more innovative and entrepreneurial. We make organizations, from startups to large companies, build great products and services faster and better. We have built the perfect complement to traditional business, engineering and design education. The Innovation Studio is a place to experiment and go fast. No red tape. We work as the best startups do, with flexibility and a lean approach. We beta-test all our ideas and try to be steps ahead in terms of education and innovation.

Among other things, I serve as an advisor to 2 promising startups Quincus and Arcstone. I wrote a textbook for a Schoolab program, I founded my own design thinking consultancy specialized in innovation and growth, I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory designing deep space missions, and have worked in diplomacy, consulting, banking, and the food industry. I also received an MS in engineering from ENSTA, an MS in finance from Sorbonne University and an MBA from Stanford.

My personal mission is to THINK deeply, MAKE things happen, and INSPIRE others.

Facts About Me

12 years of professional experience spent in 5 different countries working with 192 different nationalities.

Status:

On the Job Market

Desired Salary:

To be Discussed

Education Level:

1 PhD, 3 Masters

Job Type:

Tenure Track

Mobility:

Ready to Relocate

Languages:

English, French, German

Position:

Assistant Professor

Industry:

Education, Business Schools

Speciality:

Business Model Innovation, Startups, Design, Innovation

Hobbies:

Track and Field (400m), Golf, Coaching and Teaching

Personal qualities

Creative leader with strong analytical and quantitative skills.

Creativity

"Creativity is intelligence having fun"... There are times to be disciplined and follow your left brain. I love times when I break rules and unleash my optimism, energy, and humor.

Leadership

I love to continuously learn and share what I know. Communication , presentation, sales. All that necessitates leadership. Professors and entrepreneurs share this same skill!

Problem Solving

I am proactive and like to influence decision. Every problem is a puzzle I passionately solve. I use my strong analytical and quantitative skills to tackle any problem I see in business.

Multitasking

My sharp big picture view and my experience as an entrepreneur help me manage time accurately. I forget the clock to focus on value-creating tasks that I balance efficiently.

Professional Timeline

Think | Make | Inspire

PhD candidate in Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD Singapore, I am a researcher, a teacher, a strategic advisor, and an entrepreneur.
I conduct research on the dynamics of innovation, in particular on the effects of very specific moments in the life of companies: transitions.

  • Jan 2010 - present

    Schoolab, Paris - Singapore

    Partner + Associate Consulting Professor

    Schoolab is an Innovation Studio headquartered in Paris and with branches in the US, Singapore and South America.
    At Schoolab for the past 12 years, we’ve built an outstanding ecosystem to design and deliver great innovations to market. We have found a new way to mix learning and doing. Today:
    * We make people, from students to CEOs, more innovative and entrepreneurial.
    * We make organizations, from startups to large companies, build great products and services faster and better.
    Schoolab is the perfect complement to traditional business, engineering and design education. The Innovation Studio is a place to experiment and go fast. No red tape. We work like the best startups with flexibility and a lean approach. We beta-test all our ideas and try to be steps ahead in terms of education and innovation.
    Coaching, sharing, giving, and being challenged is what I like the most when I teach graduate students from Centrale Paris, ESSEC, Strate College, UC Berkeley..., entrepreneurs, or C-executives from S&P500 and CAC40 firms.
    At Schoolab, I bring all my experience on Technology Management, Design Thinking, innovation and project management. I also lead the students through the difficulties of teamwork and the political aspects of the professional world.

  • Jul 2009 - Jun 2012

    Pennetier Design Factory, London

    Founder + CEO

    I founded my firm to use design thinking and human-centered design processes to solve strategic issues from the perspective of end users and extreme users.
    My values are simple:
    * I favor end users and try to enhance their lives
    * I build simple and pure solutions at the right cost
    * I make my clients gain time
    My motto: "Fail early and often, to succeed sooner and better."

  • Jun 2008 - Sep 2008

    Left Bank, San Francisco

    Business Development Intern + Assistant to the CEO

    I have a vivid passion for food. I am an extravagant palate with hedonistic values. Eating means sharing, seizing the day and living authentic moments with family and friends. I found these values working for Left Bank.
    I had there important responsibilities. I developed the business plan of a new Left Bank brasserie in Walnut Creek ($1.5m of equity, $5m projected sales) and assisted the CEO on his strategic work.

  • Apr 2005 - Jun 2007

    KPDP Consulting, Paris

    Consultant

    When I decided to work for a small boutique specialized in financial services, I wanted more than just being a consultant. I had the chance to have a crucial impact on strategic issues.
    I recruited and trained many outstanding consultants that inspired me as much as I inspired them. I helped the firm build a culture and teams by selling $800,000 worth projects to important clients

  • Mar 2004 - Mar 2005

    Natixis Aircraft Finance, Paris

    Junior Banking Analyst

    In the exciting and fast-paced environment of the front office of the Aircraft Finance department, I used my analytical and quantitative skills to develop the IT systems, build financial models and tools, setup commercial deals and prepare the business plan to transform the department into a subsidiary.

  • Sep 2002 - Dec 2003

    World Health Organization, Geneva

    Assistant to the Director of Governance

    Being a leader means creating an environment of success to empower people. achieve goals they could not even think they are capable of.
    The World Health Organization is the place where I became a leader, assisting the Director of Governance to organize 10 big events. Among ministers of health and VIPs like Bill Gates or former president Jimmy Carter, I grew up and woke up to a world of duty and power, of values and missions, of ethics and social responsibility.

  • Jun 2001 - Sep 2002

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena

    Systems Engineer

    One small step for man, one giant leap for the child I used to be. I always dreamt of working for NASA and have still stars in my eyes when I think of these period designing spacecraft for JPL's deep space missions.
    I learned there what it meant to target perfection. I felt there what it meant to be happy to go to my lab at 5am and spend the day doing an amazing job.
    There I analyzed the financial feasibility of new technologies on missions to collect rock samples on Mars, The Moon, Venus and Mercury. I led and designed the Technology Mass Sensitivity (T-MaS) project in order to develop a model estimating effects of technology improvements on spacecraft total mass. Wow, I had fun and a great time!