Timothy Rowe is the founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), founder of Venture Café, partner of New Atlantic Ventures, Chair of LabCentral, and Chair of MassRobotics. Previously, Tim has served as a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a manager with the Boston Consulting Group, and an analyst with the Mitsubishi Research Institute. Tim speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently[2] and holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BA from Amherst College.[3][4]

Tim Rowe
Alma materAmherst College
MIT Sloan School of Management
Known forCoworking, Venture Cafe, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), New Atlantic Ventures

He was one of the major supporter of the Kendall Square Association, a group designed to nurture innovation in the area around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2012, he helped create their "Walk of Fame" to help make the contributions of innovators more obvious to the walking public. The group installed plaques on the sidewalks modeled after the stars along Hollywood Boulevard.[5]

Cambridge Innovation CenterEdit

Tim contacted MIT for their smallest space to lease, eventually signing a lease for a 3,000-square-foot office. The space was too large for just him and his wife, so they invited friends to stay with them. Tim, his wife Amy, and his friends begin starting companies and began using the offices for their new companies. It was during this time that Tim came up with the idea to create a shared work environment, which became the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).[6][7][8]

Rowe is a connector who is driven to bring people together to apply their talents to solving problems. When Joi Ito came to Boston to run the MIT Media Lab, Tim brought Joi to CIC with Rich Miner.[9] In 2014, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year.

CIC is the "largest space for startups." CIC currently has shared innovation spaces with the Cambridge Space, and spaces in Boston, Massachusetts; Miami, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island; St. Louis, Missouri; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and soon Philadelphia, Philadelphia.[2][10]

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  1. ^ "Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center - Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)". Speakerpedia. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Romero, Time (Mar 7, 2017). "76: Japan's Return Path to Innovation – Tim Rowe – CIC". Disrupting Japan. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  3. ^ "TIM ROWE". MIT Professional Website. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  4. ^ "CIC Official Website About". CIC Official Website. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. ^ "No longer walking the [entrepreneur] walk - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  6. ^ "The Mayor of Kendall Square". MIT Technology Review. 18 August 2015.
  7. ^ Borchers, Callum (January 17, 2014). "In his own words: Tim Rowe tells the Cambridge Innovation Center startup story". Boston.com. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. ^ Rowe, Tim (April 8, 2015). "5 GAME-CHANGING CREATIVITY HACKS". Ivy. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  9. ^ Nanos, Janelle (December 10, 2014). "A conduit to those navigating the city's innovation scene". Ivy. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ "CIC Locations". Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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