Matt Marx is the Bruce F. Failing Sr. Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cornell University. He also serves as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at MIT and BU. 

Professor Marx's research focuses on reducing barriers to the commercialization of science and technology, which he experienced firsthand during a decade as an executive and engineer at two startups in the speech-recognition industry. His work has appeared in journals from multiple disciplines including Management Science, the Review of Financial Studies, the American Sociological Review, and Science. His work on employee non-compete agreements and job mobility played a key role in policy reforms for Hawaii and Massachusetts. Press coverage includes the New York Times, BBC, The Economist, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Wired, Fortune, Forbes, and Bloomberg.

As part of the Innovation Information Initiative steering committee, Professor Marx has curated several large-scale, open datasets for the scientific commons. Available at, his comprehensive set of citations from worldwide patents to scientific articles has been downloaded more than 30,000 times and was featured at Supercomputing 2018.


Professor Marx holds six patents as well as a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University; a masters' degree from the MIT Media Lab; and both MBA and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.