Professor Tom Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation. At Stanford University since 1995, he is the first holder of the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the School of Engineering, and is also a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He has been a faculty director since the inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. Byers is co-author of the widely used entrepreneurship textbook “Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise,” along with Professors Richard Dorf (UC Davis) and Andrew Nelson (University of Oregon).
Byers was the director and lead principal investigator of the Epicenter, which was funded by the National Science Foundation to stimulate entrepreneurship education at all U.S. engineering and science colleges. He has been a member of advisory boards at Harvard Business School, UC Berkeley, World Economic Forum and Conservation International.