CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center
Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Tim Rowe is the Founder and CEO of CIC.
CIC Cambridge is the largest cluster of startups in the world. Founded in 1999, CIC Cambridge currently houses approximately 600 companies across 207,000 square feet in two adjacent office towers next to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). CIC Cambridge thus far has tracked approximately USD $2 billion of venture capital investment into the companies that started at CIC Cambridge. Google, Inc. began in New England within CIC, as did GreatPoint Energy and many companies. Over 1000 companies have gotten their start at CIC since it was founded in 1999, and venture capitalists have invested over $1.9B in these companies to date.
Tim is also a Founder and Venture Partner with New Atlantic Ventures, a $120M early-stage venture fund based in Kendall Square. Notable past investments include EnerNOC, a leader in demand response energy management, and Qliance, a Seattle based company revolutionizing how primary care is delivered. Tim has been invited to testify before the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and he has also met with senior White House officials on promoting entrepreneurship at a national level. His testimonies and advocacy played a key role in the success of the recently passed JOBS Act.
Tim co-founded the Kendall Square Association and served as president for 5 years. The KSA seeks to improve, promote, and protect Kendall Square as a global technology hub. Tim is also the founder of the Venture Cafe Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting connections among entrepreneurs through a weekly networking gathering. Venture Cafe is currently the largest weekly meetup for entrepreneurs in New England. Tim is the cofounder and chairman of Lab|Central, a nonprofit shared wet laboratory space. He is also the cofounder and chairman of Roomzilla, a cloud-based dynamic solution for managing conference room reservations.
Tim was named one of the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 Most Influential Bostonians and 40 Under 40 Young Business Leaders. He is also a recipient of BostInno’s “50 on Fire” award. In 2010 he received the Innovation Catalyst Award from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He currently serves on several boards, including the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA).
Tim’s past work includes 4 years’ work with Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Madrid, Tokyo, and Singapore; a two-year stint as a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; and a role in organizing the “Woodstock of the Web” at CERN in 1994. Tim is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and Amherst College. He is fluent in Japanese and Spanish and speaks basic Mandarin Chinese.