Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in Create Account

Start-Up Thinking: How Systems Thinking Helps Entrepreneurial Ventures Start, Grow, and Mature — Sorin Grama and Sam White

About the Presentation

Soon after a business plan is hatched and long before manufacturing ramps up, start-ups begin to apply systems design principles to create their breakthrough products. It turns out that systems engineering, an art developed and perfected in large organizations, applies just as well to small entrepreneurial ventures. What can start-ups learn from the likes of Ford and Boeing? Sorin Grama and Sam White, who launched Promethean Power Systems just after Grama graduated from SDM, will discuss how systems thinking shaped their start-up journey and helped them address social challenges while developing their first product.

About the Speakers

Sorin Grama, SDM '06, is the co-founder and CEO of Promethean Power Systems. He previously worked for National Instruments. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and an MS in engineering and management from MIT.

Sam White is the co-founder of Promethean Power, where he lines up partners, customers, and funding. His experience in business development includes five years with the Institute of Management Resources in Madrid. He has a BA from Union College and recently graduated from the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Category: Education | Updated 19 days ago

November 30, 2011 15:34
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files

4490 times

More from MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

The Transformation of the Datacenter: How to solve the exascale problem with this one weird trick discovered by a housewife in Cambridge

The Transformation of the Datacente...

Added over 3 years ago | 00:48:23 | 3749 views

Designing and Operating Safety Systems: The Missing Link - SDM alumnus John Helferich, former senior vice president of R&D, Mars Inc., and Ph.D. student, MIT Engineering Systems Division

Designing and Operating Safety Syst...

Added 2 years ago | 00:59:21 | 1249 views

How to Secure and Grow Your Islands of Profit - Jonathan L.S. Byrnes, Senior Lecturer, MIT

How to Secure and Grow Your Islands...

Added almost 2 years ago | 00:59:00 | 2907 views

Hadoop-Based Data Exploration for the Healthcare Safety Net—Technical and Sociocultural Challenges to Big Data Usability

Hadoop-Based Data Exploration for t...

Added 6 months ago | 01:04:51 | 804 views

Investigations of Platform Savings Reveal Systemic Management Challenges - Bruce Cameron, PhD Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division

Investigations of Platform Savings ...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:27:00 | 3273 views

System Architecture: Strategy and Product Development For Complex Systems

System Architecture: Strategy and P...

Added 5 months ago | 01:11:35 | 414 views