Dan Goodman is a serial entrepreneur, consultant, advisor and educator who has held leadership roles across several fields including electronic product development, technology commercialization, renewable energy, venture capital, and organizational development. Dan is the CEO of Relativity Sciences, Inc., a boutique consulting firm he founded in 2008, which provides culture change services in the areas of intrapreneurship, innovation, and customer intimacy to Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. He has personally been an advisor or consultant to more than 100 companies, from startups to venture capital firms to Fortune 100’s on a range of topics spanning entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, innovation, commercialization, product development, customer intimacy, strategy, and culture change.
Dan also serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Senior Fellow for Executive Development at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He was formerly the Entrepreneur-in-Residence Emeritus and Technology Commercialization Fellow at the Smith School, and co-taught MBA entrepreneurship classes. He is an alumnus and board member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMD’s Clark School of Engineering. Dan was recently recruited into Columbia University’s Columbia Technology Ventures technology transfer organization as Executive-in-Residence, where he will work with faculty entrepreneurs and inventors to facilitate the transfer of research innovations from the lab to the market, as well as supporting the university’s start-up efforts.
Among his roles in companies he has founded, Dan was Chairman and Managing Director of Zernike USA, the U.S. arm of Zernike Group, a Dutch venture capital and science park management firm; President and CEO of The Silverthorn Group, a product development firm specializing in building automation, transportation, medical and energy systems; and Partner and chief architect of Brainchild Maryland, the State of Maryland’s public-private partnership to accelerate the creation of spinout companies from the intellectual property in the State’s university and federal lab systems.