Hello, I’m Joe Gerber

Managing Director, IDEO coLAB

I’m the MBA who’s skeptical of business people. At IDEO CoLab, I’m helping incubate and build new businesses at the intersection of cutting edge technologies and human-centered design.

What you won’t learn from my bio:
I’m a die hard Oakland A’s fan, despite the fact that they trade their best players every 3 years like clockwork.

Joined IDEO:
2009

Full Bio

Joe is Managing Director of the IDEO CoLab, a research and design network that brings together like-minded organizations to employ a proactive build-to-learn approach to understanding and acting on the potential of emerging technologies. 

Prior to founding the CoLab, Joe helped start IDEO Futures, a new ventures team focused on prototyping and incubating new businesses for IDEO and its network of friends. Joe been active as an advisor and teacher in the entrepreneurial community, mentoring at Techstars, General Assembly, and the Harvard iLab and teaching courses on design thinking and venture design at NYU and SVA. 

Before IDEO, Joe was a Product Manager at Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for developing and executing strategies for the next generation Fidelity.com. Joe began his career as a cancer biologist at biotechnology companies. Joe holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara. A Californian at heart, he loves to spend time outdoors and tends to use “dude” as a gender neutral term.