Dr. Simon Mak

Dr. Simon Mak

Dr. Simon Mak is Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Business Economics and the Associate Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business. He specializes in business model strategies, lean launch, start-up business planning, entrepreneurial strategy, corporate entrepreneurship, global entrepreneurship, and blockchain entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining SMU, Dr. Mak worked in engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies Raytheon and Digital Equipment Corporation, and then joined a venture capital-backed software start-up Mercury Interactive in Silicon Valley that went IPO and was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $4.4 billion. He founded a health-related dot.com and presented to top-tier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, and then was the vice president of sales and marketing for a start-up Chinese business magazine, and most recently he was vice president of marketing and business development for a small, private-equity backed software company in Dallas and led the sales expansion into the Japanese market and the eventual company sale to a Japanese systems integration company.

Recent Awards:
2018 SMU Cox Teaching Innovation Award
2018 Nominee, Dallas Start-up Evangelist of the Year Award
2016 Global Educator of the Year by the Dallas Global Chamber of Commerce
2016 SMU Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award
2015 SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award (for work in promoting and supporting entrepreneurship at SMU)
Relevant Research:
Dr. Mak is creating a new MBA course called Blockchain Entrepreneurship: Business Model Strategies. His research for the class has taken him to Berlin, London, Malta, Shanghai, and Beijing where he has met with blockchain start-ups. Dr. Mak is also a crypto investor and has dabbled in crypto mining!
Dr. Mak is the faculty advisor for the SMU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club, the MBA Entrepreneurship Club, the SMU e-Sports Club, and SMU Intervarsity

Session Oct 13, 2018 9:30am KEYNOTE

“Blockchain: Looking Forward by Looking Back”

Simon S. Mak, BSME, MBA, PhD is not only an academic, but an entrepreneur with a track record of business successes.  He will share with us insights of how to move forward by learning from our past.  Professor Mak is the Faculty Advisor for SMU’s e-Sports Club and SMU Intervarsity.  This is sure to be a riveting presentation that will be relevant to the younger audience we expect today with the eSport tournament.