Ankur is a PhD student in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management (TIES) program at MIT Sloan. He researches the incentives for innovation within firms. His job market paper uses Netflix as an exogenous shock in television show production to explore the trade-off between two approaches to creating innovative products: real options and commitment.
Before starting his PhD, Ankur worked in the tech industry at startups in New York, London and Tokyo as well as Microsoft in Seattle. He had a number of roles at Microsoft, the last one focused on strategy for the Windows organization. Outside of the tech industry, he was a “stage” at the European Commission and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Iceland. Ankur holds undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania as well as masters degrees from the Free University of Brussels and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.