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Tom Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Faculty Co-Chair of the Rock Center. He studies the management of new ventures and teaches an MBA elective course, Product Management 101, in which students specify and supervise development of a software application. In recent years, Eisenmann has served as Chair of Harvard's MBA Elective Curriculum—the second year of the MBA Program—and as course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 first-year MBA students. He co-led a Harvard Innovation Lab course, Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City, in which students from across Harvard spent a winter break week in New York exploring new ventures in fashion, food, and fine arts, and co-led four similar winter break trips to Silicon Valley. Eisenmann also created the MBA electives Launching Technology Ventures, which examines challenges that entrepreneurs encounter when starting and scaling new information technology businesses, and Managing Networked Business (now called The Online Economy), which surveys strategies for platform-based businesses that leverage network effects.

His blog Platforms & Networks is a widely read resource for the startup community.