The Pioneers of Lean Innovation

(Our founders started the lean innovation movement)
We continue that legacy with GLIDR, utilizing the insights generated
by over 13,500 teams that have used our platform since 2012.

Our team
Our team
Our team

Innovation Drives Growth

That's why we built GLIDR. We believe that when you give innovators the tools and processes to be successful, they will turn amazing ideas into realities that drive growth.

Every company wants to identify their "next big thing" and we're here to help you find it. Our team of startup veterans, corporate innovation experts, developers, designers and dreamers are shaping the future of corporate innovation in San Francisco.

Just a few of Our Customers

  • BV
  • Gore
  • KK
  • Mayo
  • Siemens

Our Leadership

  • Jim Hornthal

    Jim Hornthal
    Executive Chairman

  • John Petrone

    John Petrone
    CTO

  • Jonathan Wylie

    Jonathan Wylie
    VP of Product

Investors
  • Todd Klein

    Todd Klein
    Investor & Board Member
    SWaN & Legend

  • Tom Baruch

    Tom Baruch
    Investor & Board Member

  • Steve Blank

    Steve Blank
    Co-Founder & Investor

I enjoy working in a challenging and inspiring environment. Where ideas and innovations are highlight and promoted. I’m lucky to work with smart and passionate people. It’s always a great pleasure for me to see the realization of a team effort succeed.
I’ve always enjoyed helping others launch companies and products, which led me to running entrepreneurship programs for startups and then eventually to Launchpad. For me, there’s nothing better than working alongside a motivated group of innovators on a platform dedicated to innovation.
Design has always been core to our software and it's a fun challenge to help shape the direction of our customer experience.
As part of the engineering team, we have the opportunity to use the bleeding edge technology; everyone in the company is encouraged to provide their own solutions using these new technologies.
Being part of the development team for GLIDR, I am grateful to work with a team that is building a compelling and innovative technology. It is a great place to work and solving problems with my team makes it a fun experience.
I enjoy working in a challenging and inspiring environment. Where ideas and innovations are highlight and promoted. I’m lucky to work with smart and passionate people. It’s always a great pleasure for me to see the realization of a team effort succeed.
I’ve always enjoyed helping others launch companies and products, which led me to running entrepreneurship programs for startups and then eventually to Launchpad. For me, there’s nothing better than working alongside a motivated group of innovators on a platform dedicated to innovation.
Design has always been core to our software and it's a fun challenge to help shape the direction of our customer experience.
As part of the engineering team, we have the opportunity to use the bleeding edge technology; everyone in the company is encouraged to provide their own solutions using these new technologies.
Being part of the development team of GLIDR, I am grateful to work with a team that is building a compelling and innovative technology. It is a great place to work and solving problems with my team makes it a fun experience.
Mélissa Issorat

Mélissa Issorat

Marketing Designer

Jake Disraeli

Jake Disraeli

Senior Sales Associate

Nathan Winkel

Nathan Winkel

Director of Design

Person

Can Yucel

Senior Software Engineer

Jessica Lombera

Jessica Lombera

Front End Engineer

Mélissa Issorat

Mélissa Issorat

Marketing Designer

Jake Disraeli

Jake Disraeli

Senior Sales Associate

Nathan Winkel

Nathan Winkel

Director of Design

Person

Can Yucel

Architect

Jessica Lombera

Jessica Lombera

Front End Engineer

"Launchpad provided us with a gold standard for innovation portfolio management based on corporate metrics versus simply voting."

Emily Watkins

SVP Innovation & Development

"Launchpad's iterative approach is one of the few that truly accelerates project progress in order to bring breakthrough products to market faster."

Marco De Polo

Head of Portfolio Strategy

"Launchpad’s process greatly elevates our ability to match what we learn about emerging patient needs with a tangible go-to market strategy."

Zeev E. Neuwirth

President

Our Milestones

GLIDR is the next-generation platform from Launchpad, which was founded in 2012 to empower lean methods in startups, accelerators and universities. GLIDR utilizes the insights of over 13,500 teams who have experienced the process and software to
drive continuous innovation into the enterprise.

  • January 2011

    Steve Blank and Jim Hornthal
    start the Lean Launchpad
    courses at UC Berkeley

  • August 2012

    Launchpad Central is founded to develop software to power the National Science Foundation's I-CORPS Program

  • November 2012

    NSF I-Corps begins use of the v1.0 Launchpad central software platform

  • May 2013

    Steve Blank's "How the Lean Startup Changes Everything" appears in Harvard Business Review

  • April 2014

    launchpad begins work in the enterprise with its first private sector engagement

  • February 2015

    SWaN & Legend Leads Launchpad's Series A Investment

  • October 2015

    Launchpad reaches 10,000 teams using its software

  • October 2015

    I-CORPS program expands to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • October 2016

    GLIDR by Launchpad deployed to enterprise customers

Come Work With Us!

We’re looking for exceptional people who want to transform corporate innovation with us.

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