Ben Schlatka

Company Building Partner

Ben Schlatka

As a Company Building Partner at Material Impact, Ben’s mission is to make founders and their companies successful while leveraging unique insights into new areas of investment and firm driven venture creation.

Ben co-founded, served as the CEO and exited MC10, a pioneer in wearable sensors and new end point development in life science research (acquired by Dassault Systemes). He has spent his career specializing in deep tech, material science based commercialization at both mature and startup organizations.

While at Dassault, Ben launched Sensor Cloud, a new business leveraging MC10’s products and technology, intended to revolutionize the use of connected medical device sensors and data in life science research. Today the offering continues to grow through collaborations with market leaders like LabCorp, committed to introducing breakthrough innovations in healthcare.

Ben co-founded MC10 and guided the company through important commercial partnerships with leading companies including Reebok, Medtronic, L’Oreal, Flextronics, Walgreens, Marubun, and Medidata (a Dassault Systemes Brand). Although a general manager with respect to tough tech commercialization problems, his favorite entrepreneurial puzzle is the early customer and/or partner adoption of breakthrough technology.

He began his career as a corporate “intraprenuer” at IBM, and then went on to grow a series of successful startups including Volunteer (Sold to the United Way) and Nantero (Sold to Lockheed Martin). He frequently lectures on the formation and commercialization of disruptive science-based businesses.

Ben’s other favorite pursuits include coaching leaders on building meaningful careers in technology and he previously served as an executive and alumni coach at Harvard Business School for over 10 years. He can still occasionally be found in a coffee shop coaching when he is not overlanding in an old Land Rover.

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Ben Schlatka


MBAHarvard Business School

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