Tim Weiss is an organizational theorist who studies the rise of start-up entrepreneurship, particularly in Kenya and Silicon Valley. Through qualitative and ethnographic work, he creates new knowledge on how to build scalable businesses in contexts where there is no established blueprint for successfully commercializing innovation. He also conducts cultural analyses of start-up entrepreneurship to explain its worldwide expansion and social effects.
Tim’s doctoral work focused on Kenya’s start-up world and ICT sector. Since 2014, he has been engaged in a longitudinal, real-time ethnographic study of Kenyan start-up entrepreneurs. Tim’s other research projects include a cultural analysis of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit, and an examination of an informal industry clusters in Kenya. He is an editor of the open-access book Digital Kenya: An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making (Palgrave, 2017).
Tim joined the faculty of the Department of Management in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Area at Imperial College London in 2019. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Work, Technology & Organization in Stanford’s Management Science and Engineering Department. Tim holds a doctorate and master’s degree from a start-up academic institution, Zeppelin University in Germany, and a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Vienna.
Before becoming an academic researcher, Tim worked in international development aid in Kenya and Ethiopia. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young son as well as cycling, meditation and boxing.