As a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Head of Design & Social Impact at Autodesk Research, Ramtin focuses on projects that build strategic partnerships and bolster growth through collaborations of agencies, divisions, and sectors. A passionate city-builder, Ramtin is also a DiverseCity Fellow with deep interest in innovation ecosystems and future of cities. We asked him for insights on how the Autodesk team manages to run so many projects at such a brisk pace.
What does intrapreneurship mean to you? How would you define it?
Intrapreneurship is vital to the long-term performance of companies. I look at it from the perspective of someone working for a large organization; it’s a set of traits that enable organizational transformation as well as a capacity to spur new ventures either related or unrelated to company’s core business.
Tell me about your day job: how do you do what you do? What motivates you to keep moving forward
Autodesk Research is a unique team dedicated to innovation; we tackle a wide range of technical topics and focus on the future of making things. We work with a long-term view of how key technology trends could impact our business and customers. In short, research team provides deep expertise, thought leadership and advancement outside of product development cycles. Hence, research team is organizationally situated outside of individual product groups because that gives us the agility to explore and assume risk. On the other hand, not being embedded in the machinery of product development limits access to key resources and business processes that are key to bringing larger innovations to the market. Naturally there’s always a gap to bridge between research and product that I refer to as the hot zone of intrapreneurship; as researchers, we need to be highly entrepreneurial and be able to take risk, generate support for our ideas, influence others, and solve problems along the way.