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Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Change Expert, Co-Author of “The Innovator’s Method”, & Professor at BYU and INSEAD

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 Nathan Furr Biography

Innovation – specifically, repeatable innovation – has remained a mystery for far too long. Through his research, teaching and writing, Nathan Furr is working to unlock the ambiguity and help enterprise leaders and entrepreneurs create and manage breakthrough innovation.

Professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University (ranked top five in entrepreneurship education) and a visiting scholar at INSEAD and ESSEC, Furr is a recognized expert in the fields. His forthcoming book, “The Innovator’s Method” (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014) combines the two, bringing the radical “lean start-up” approach to innovation into established organizations. His previous book, “Nail It Then Scale It” (NISI Institute, 2011), underscores that the seeds to entrepreneurial success are sown before you build anything.

The principles and best practices framed in both books are rooted in Professor Furr’s decades of innovation and technology strategy research, which has been published in leading journals, such as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and he has received numerous national and international awards from the Academy of Management, the Kauffman Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and other prestigious academic institutions. Based on this research, Professor Furr has created or taught interdisciplinary innovation programs at BYU, Stanford, ESSEC and other schools.

His numerous published papers and speaking engagements zero in on how to capture new opportunities, how to balance the need for execution and flexibility, how firms develop innovative business models, and the impact of learning on new market success. Professor Furr also co-founded the International Business Model, a competition that reinforces the methodologies he teaches, attracting more than 2,500 teams from more than 250 universities around the world.

Professionally, Professor Furr has acted as the founder or advisor to corporations and startups in healthcare, clean technology, professional services, internet, retail and financial services industries. He also sits on the investment board of the Kickstart Seed Fund, an innovative early-stage venture fund, and previously served as a consultant with Monitor Group, working with senior executives on a range of strategic market and discovery initiatives. His clients have included such leading companies as AT&T, Sony, Tec de Monterrey and USTAR, among many others.

Professor Furr earned his Ph.D. from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University. He also holds BA, MA and MBA degrees.

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Leading Transformation: How to Take Charge of Your Company's Future

Leading Transformation: How to Take Charge of Your Company's Future

The Innovator's Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up into Your Organization

The Innovator's Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up into Your Organization

Nail It then Scale It: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation

Nail It then Scale It: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation

Speaking Topics
  • Avoiding "The Four Traps"


    • Create separation. Fight for your resources, then focus on creating independence from the primary business. Be relentless in seeking profitability over growth.
    • Watch, don’t ask. Observe your customers first, understand the tasks they are trying to accomplish and then propose innovative solutions.
    • Choose new over incremental. Incremental innovation usually results in less bang for your buck than bringing a new solution to new customers.
    • Go beyond core competencies. A broad search – combining technologies and ideas from different fields – typically outperforms a narrow one in generating solutions.

  • The Innovator’s Method to Help Established Firms Act Like Start-Ups

    More and more, established businesses say they want to act like a start-up – improve their entrepreneurial spirit, and enhance and encourage risk-taking. Most don’t follow through. The ideas and techniques required run counter to conventional thinking and practices, and managers struggle to implement them. But Professor Nathan Furr believes the radical new method – adapting the latest techniques honed by successful start-ups – to managing innovation in established businesses isn’t only possible, but increasingly important to companies’ abilities to create, refine and bring new ideas to market, more quickly and less expensively than competitors. Based on field work with thousands of managers – validated inside dozens of companies – he offers a beginning-to-end “how to” guide for applying the “lean start-up” approach, and helping companies turn around their innovation capabilities. This “Innovator’s Method” (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014) picks up where the popular “Innovator’s DNA” (Harvard Business Review Press, July 2011) leaves off, showing how to test, validate and commercialize ideas with the lean and agile techniques that make so many entrepreneurs successful.

  • The Innovator’s DNA: How to Create, Master and Lead Innovation

    How do great innovators come up with new ideas and create opportunities in an era of increasing uncertainty and intense competition? By identifying behaviors of the world’s best – from leaders at Amazon and Apple to Google and Skype, and more – Professor Nathan Furr outlines the skills that distinguish the extraordinary from the ordinary. He also discusses how to create and lead a culture of innovation throughout an organization, an advantage proven to improve companies’ innovation premium and spur real growth. Drawing from decades of his own research, and that of his innovation guru colleagues, Professor Furr teaches how organizations and leaders in any sector can apply these insights and tools to solve problems and create new opportunities.

  • Entrepreneurs: Nail It, Then Scale It

    The majority of new businesses fail, yet there are a handful of entrepreneurs who succeed over and over again. Interestingly, few of them understand the real reasons for their success. Most startups fail by doing the “right things,” but doing them out of order, says Professor Nathan Furr. He reveals his “Nail It Then Scale It” (NISI Institute, June 2011) method, drawing from years of research, trials and real world examples – from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs – and explores the pattern recognition of timeless principles and key practices used by successful entrepreneurs to repeatedly innovate. Better understand the entire process of innovation, identify customer pain, and test and validate solution hypotheses. By applying best practices, you’ll gain the confidence and the tools to “nail it, then scale it.”

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Nathan Furr

Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Change Expert, Co-Author of “The Innovator’s Method”, & Professor at BYU and INSEAD

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Nathan Furr Biography

Innovation – specifically, repeatable innovation – has remained a mystery for far too long. Through his research, teaching and writing, Nathan Furr is working to unlock the ambiguity and help enterprise leaders and entrepreneurs create and manage breakthrough innovation.

Professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University (ranked top five in entrepreneurship education) and a visiting scholar at INSEAD and ESSEC, Furr is a recognized expert in the fields. His forthcoming book, “The Innovator’s Method” (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014) combines the two, bringing the radical “lean start-up” approach to innovation into established organizations. His previous book, “Nail It Then Scale It” (NISI Institute, 2011), underscores that the seeds to entrepreneurial success are sown before you build anything.

The principles and best practices framed in both books are rooted in Professor Furr’s decades of innovation and technology strategy research, which has been published in leading journals, such as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and he has received numerous national and international awards from the Academy of Management, the Kauffman Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and other prestigious academic institutions. Based on this research, Professor Furr has created or taught interdisciplinary innovation programs at BYU, Stanford, ESSEC and other schools.

His numerous published papers and speaking engagements zero in on how to capture new opportunities, how to balance the need for execution and flexibility, how firms develop innovative business models, and the impact of learning on new market success. Professor Furr also co-founded the International Business Model, a competition that reinforces the methodologies he teaches, attracting more than 2,500 teams from more than 250 universities around the world.

Professionally, Professor Furr has acted as the founder or advisor to corporations and startups in healthcare, clean technology, professional services, internet, retail and financial services industries. He also sits on the investment board of the Kickstart Seed Fund, an innovative early-stage venture fund, and previously served as a consultant with Monitor Group, working with senior executives on a range of strategic market and discovery initiatives. His clients have included such leading companies as AT&T, Sony, Tec de Monterrey and USTAR, among many others.

Professor Furr earned his Ph.D. from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University. He also holds BA, MA and MBA degrees.

Nathan Furr Videos

  • Nathan Furr: The Innovator's DNA
  • Nathan Furr
  • BYU Innovation Academy presents Dr. Nathan Furr - YouTube

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Nathan Furr Speaking Topics

  • Avoiding "The Four Traps"


    • Create separation. Fight for your resources, then focus on creating independence from the primary business. Be relentless in seeking profitability over growth.
    • Watch, don’t ask. Observe your customers first, understand the tasks they are trying to accomplish and then propose innovative solutions.
    • Choose new over incremental. Incremental innovation usually results in less bang for your buck than bringing a new solution to new customers.
    • Go beyond core competencies. A broad search – combining technologies and ideas from different fields – typically outperforms a narrow one in generating solutions.

  • The Innovator’s Method to Help Established Firms Act Like Start-Ups

    More and more, established businesses say they want to act like a start-up – improve their entrepreneurial spirit, and enhance and encourage risk-taking. Most don’t follow through. The ideas and techniques required run counter to conventional thinking and practices, and managers struggle to implement them. But Professor Nathan Furr believes the radical new method – adapting the latest techniques honed by successful start-ups – to managing innovation in established businesses isn’t only possible, but increasingly important to companies’ abilities to create, refine and bring new ideas to market, more quickly and less expensively than competitors. Based on field work with thousands of managers – validated inside dozens of companies – he offers a beginning-to-end “how to” guide for applying the “lean start-up” approach, and helping companies turn around their innovation capabilities. This “Innovator’s Method” (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014) picks up where the popular “Innovator’s DNA” (Harvard Business Review Press, July 2011) leaves off, showing how to test, validate and commercialize ideas with the lean and agile techniques that make so many entrepreneurs successful.

  • The Innovator’s DNA: How to Create, Master and Lead Innovation

    How do great innovators come up with new ideas and create opportunities in an era of increasing uncertainty and intense competition? By identifying behaviors of the world’s best – from leaders at Amazon and Apple to Google and Skype, and more – Professor Nathan Furr outlines the skills that distinguish the extraordinary from the ordinary. He also discusses how to create and lead a culture of innovation throughout an organization, an advantage proven to improve companies’ innovation premium and spur real growth. Drawing from decades of his own research, and that of his innovation guru colleagues, Professor Furr teaches how organizations and leaders in any sector can apply these insights and tools to solve problems and create new opportunities.

  • Entrepreneurs: Nail It, Then Scale It

    The majority of new businesses fail, yet there are a handful of entrepreneurs who succeed over and over again. Interestingly, few of them understand the real reasons for their success. Most startups fail by doing the “right things,” but doing them out of order, says Professor Nathan Furr. He reveals his “Nail It Then Scale It” (NISI Institute, June 2011) method, drawing from years of research, trials and real world examples – from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs – and explores the pattern recognition of timeless principles and key practices used by successful entrepreneurs to repeatedly innovate. Better understand the entire process of innovation, identify customer pain, and test and validate solution hypotheses. By applying best practices, you’ll gain the confidence and the tools to “nail it, then scale it.”

FAQs on booking Nathan Furr

  • How to book Nathan Furr?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Nathan Furr for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Nathan Furr, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Nathan Furr or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Nathan Furr?

    Booking fees for Nathan Furr, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nathan Furr, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Nathan Furr?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nathan Furr for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nathan Furr for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Nathan Furr or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Nathan Furr or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Nathan Furr is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nathan Furr for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Nathan Furr generally travels from Provo, UT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matthew Luhn, Paul Topolos, Greg Verdino, R "Ray" Wang and Mike Walsh. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nathan Furr for an upcoming event.

Nathan Furr Speaker Videos

  • Nathan Furr: The Innovator's DNA
    Nathan Furr
  • BYU Innovation Academy presents Dr. Nathan Furr - YouTube

Nathan Furr Speaking Topics

  • Avoiding "The Four Traps"


    • Create separation. Fight for your resources, then focus on creating independence from the primary business. Be relentless in seeking profitability over growth.
    • Watch, don’t ask. Observe your customers first, understand the tasks they are trying to accomplish and then propose innovative solutions.
    • Choose new over incremental. Incremental innovation usually results in less bang for your buck than bringing a new solution to new customers.
    • Go beyond core competencies. A broad search – combining technologies and ideas from different fields – typically outperforms a narrow one in generating solutions.

  • The Innovator’s Method to Help Established Firms Act Like Start-Ups

    More and more, established businesses say they want to act like a start-up – improve their entrepreneurial spirit, and enhance and encourage risk-taking. Most don’t follow through. The ideas and techniques required run counter to conventional thinking and practices, and managers struggle to implement them. But Professor Nathan Furr believes the radical new method – adapting the latest techniques honed by successful start-ups – to managing innovation in established businesses isn’t only possible, but increasingly important to companies’ abilities to create, refine and bring new ideas to market, more quickly and less expensively than competitors. Based on field work with thousands of managers – validated inside dozens of companies – he offers a beginning-to-end “how to” guide for applying the “lean start-up” approach, and helping companies turn around their innovation capabilities. This “Innovator’s Method” (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014) picks up where the popular “Innovator’s DNA” (Harvard Business Review Press, July 2011) leaves off, showing how to test, validate and commercialize ideas with the lean and agile techniques that make so many entrepreneurs successful.

  • The Innovator’s DNA: How to Create, Master and Lead Innovation

    How do great innovators come up with new ideas and create opportunities in an era of increasing uncertainty and intense competition? By identifying behaviors of the world’s best – from leaders at Amazon and Apple to Google and Skype, and more – Professor Nathan Furr outlines the skills that distinguish the extraordinary from the ordinary. He also discusses how to create and lead a culture of innovation throughout an organization, an advantage proven to improve companies’ innovation premium and spur real growth. Drawing from decades of his own research, and that of his innovation guru colleagues, Professor Furr teaches how organizations and leaders in any sector can apply these insights and tools to solve problems and create new opportunities.

  • Entrepreneurs: Nail It, Then Scale It

    The majority of new businesses fail, yet there are a handful of entrepreneurs who succeed over and over again. Interestingly, few of them understand the real reasons for their success. Most startups fail by doing the “right things,” but doing them out of order, says Professor Nathan Furr. He reveals his “Nail It Then Scale It” (NISI Institute, June 2011) method, drawing from years of research, trials and real world examples – from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs – and explores the pattern recognition of timeless principles and key practices used by successful entrepreneurs to repeatedly innovate. Better understand the entire process of innovation, identify customer pain, and test and validate solution hypotheses. By applying best practices, you’ll gain the confidence and the tools to “nail it, then scale it.”

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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