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Alex Brown
Principal at Glaessel Ventures.
Boston, MA


Alex Brown is the founder and Principal at Glaessel Ventures, a training and strategy consulting firm focused on consumer-centric new product development across industries.  In this role, Alex connects effective Agile work methods with thoughtful strategy and consumer insight to help clients deliver successful products to market.

Prior to founding Glaessel Ventures, Alex was a partner at Recon Strategy LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in corportate strategy for the rapidly evolving healthcare industry.  Alex led Recon's innovation practice, where among other things he helps companies link agile practice and product development with their corporate strategy to deliver sustainable competetive advantage.

Previously, Alex was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Owner of Scrum Inc, where he learned Scrum directly from its creator Jeff Sutherland. As Chief Operating Officer, Alex led daily operations for a professional services firm that used Scrum as its principal organizational framework.  As Chief Product Owner, he implemented a disciplined backlog refinement, prioritization and release planning process that tripled firm profits within the first 18 months. He also created and led the Scrum training curriculum for senior executives as well as developing the modular Scrum at Scale framework to extend Scrum to larger organizations.

Prior to joining Scrum Inc., Alex was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, where he led more than twenty projects to improve competitive positioning and transform fortune 100 companies to leaner and more agile operations.  His project experience includes cases in the retail/consumer, IT, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and government sectors.  Alex holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.  He also earned a B.S. and Masters in Engineering from Cornell University.


Work Experience

Glaessel Ventures, Founder and Principal
2016-03-01 - Present, Boston, Massachusetts, US
Glaessel Ventures strives to improve the human condition through a combination of investment, advisory and educational services that support patient/customer-centered innovation. We focus on creating value at the intersection of effective strategy, consumer and market insight, and agile/iterative produce and service development approaches. We support effective innovation across multiple industries, with a particular focus in Healthcare, Consumer Goods, and Technology. Representative services include: - Agile training and support linking Agile product development to company strategy - Corporate strategic planning facilitation and analytical support - New product/service development, value proposition and go-to-market strategy - End user discovery, segmentation and understanding - Major investment decision support, portfolio strategy and cost/benefit analysis - Public/private interactions, policy and regulatory support Glaessel Ventures works closely with our client partners, using agile teaming methods adapted from the software development industry. These allow us to deliver a steady and transparent flow of value, reprioritize work scope based on early project insight to maximize project impact, and achieve actionable results faster and for less cost than traditional consultancies. Glaessel Ventures also stands behind its work through a willingness to receive equity in lieu of a portion of fees or to co-invest in promising new ventures.
Recon Strategy, Partner, Product Innovation Practice Head
2015-01-06 - Present, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Recon Strategy is a boutique management consulting firm specializing in competitive strategy for the dynamic healthcare industry. Alex leads a practice area that helps companies leverage agile management and leadership practices to deliver sustained competitive advantage in the market.
Scrum Inc., Chief Product Owner
2012-01-02 - 2015-01-05, Cambridge, MA, US
The Chief Product Owner orders the overall company backlog to optimize business value creation and return on investment. They then translate this "epic-level" product vision into actionable and ready backlog for the Scrum Inc teams to execute. Alex also co-teaches regular Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner classes with Jeff Sutherland, assess the effectiveness of client company's Scrum performance, and consults with client leadership on ways to better support their business strategy through improved Scrum performance.
The Boston Consulting Group, Principal
2005-08-01 - 2011-12-30, Boston, MA, United States
Developed competitive insight and strategic advice for Fortune 100 clients. Global case experience in: industrial goods, consumer behavior, healthcare, IT, and financial services sectors.