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Simon Mak Ph.D

Professor, SMU Cox School of Business

Dr. Simon Mak is professor of practice in the department of strategy, entrepreneurship, and business economics and the associate director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business. He specializes in opportunity identification, start-up business planning, and corporate entrepreneurship. He is also the faculty advisor to the SMU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club and the SMU Cox MBA Entrepreneurship Club.

Prior to changing careers and joining SMU in 2004, he worked in engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing for Fortune 100 companies Raytheon and Digital Equipment Corporation, and then joined venture capital-backed software start-up Mercury Interactive in Silicon Valley that went IPO. He was involved in his own dental start-up and presented to top-tier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, and then was the vice president of sales and marketing for a start-up Asian business magazine, and most recently he was vice president of marketing and business development for a small private equity-backed Linux software company in Dallas and led the sales expansion into the Japanese market and the eventual company sale to a large Japanese systems integration company.

Dr. Mak’s research articles focus on the economic impact of technology entrepreneurship and improving investment methodologies, such as “The Economic Impact of Technology Entrepreneurship on Job Creation: An Analysis of Job Growth of Technology Firms Listed in the Fortune 1000 and Best Places To Work 2008 Rankings” and “Economic Value Creation from Technology Entrepreneurship: A Comparative Analysis of Sales Growth of High-Technology Industries Listed in the Fortune 1000 Rankings from 2006-2009”, and his PhD dissertation was on Improving Investment Performance of Venture Financing Utilizing Bayesian Fundamentals.

Dr. Mak earned his SB in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an MBA in Finance from SMU Cox School of Business, and a PhD in Applied Science (Systems Engineering focus) from the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, and was recently awarded the 2015 SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award for promoting and supporting entrepreneurship at SMU. Dr. Mak can be followed on Twitter @profsmak where he created a new hashtag #PeaceLoveStartups