Matt Marx

Mitsui Career Development Professor, Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Matt Marx Matthew Marx is the Mitsui Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Drawing on his experience working in both Silicon Valley and Boston startups, Marx studies the systematic and institutional barriers to the growth of new ventures. His current research focuses on the implications of employee non-compete agreements, which are ostensibly used to protect trade secrets, but also may impact interorganizational and cross-regional mobility, utilization of expertise, and the ability of small companies to attract talent. In other work, he examines strategy formation in new ventures as well as the allocation of equity among co-founders. Marx holds seven patents, and was previously an inventor and an executive at multiple startup companies in the speech recognition industry. As vice president of professional services at Tellme Networks, he led a team of 75 in growing annualized revenue from $5 million to more than $100 million.

Marx holds a BS in symbolic systems from Stanford University, an SM in media arts and sciences from MIT, and an MBA and a DBA in business administration from Harvard University.

Faculty Media

  • Noncompete Agreements Spread, Cutting Off the Right to a New Job

    The growth of noncompete agreements is part of a broad shift in which companies assert ownership over work experience as well as work.

  • Friends That Change Jobs Together Make More Money

    Soon, you could be working with all your friends and making more money.

  • This Is the Year Boston Eradicates Noncompetes

    Marx puts it this way: “Where noncompetes are not enforced, there's a more open labor market — companies compete for talent. We used to have a saying at the Silicon Valley start-up where I worked,...

  • Switchback: The Startup Strategy That Might Be Right For You

    When launching a new technology or product, entrepreneurs typically can choose to bring it to market on their own, or partner up with others who have more expertise in the field. However, new...

  • State Holds Hearing on Non-compete Pacts

    Matt Marx, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, said that in the 10 years of research he has done on agreements barring employees from working for a...

  • Study Details the Quirky Geography of Knowledge-Sharing

    Scholars have long been interested in tracking “knowledge spillovers,” the way technical and intellectual advances spread among communities of researchers and innovators. And a significant body of...

  • Taking A Wait-And-See Approach With Disruptive Innovations

    There’s been quite the brouhaha lately about disruptive innovation. On one side is Harvard Professor Clay Christensen (author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) and his long-prevailing theory about...

  • Why Non-Compete Agreements are Not Always Good for Business

    My research paper Regional disadvantage? Employee non-compete agreements and brain drain (co-authored with Matt Marx of MIT Sloan School of Management and Lee Fleming of the University California,...


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