Mike Pinder

A multidisciplinary Innovation Consultant spanning Strategic Design, Business & Management & Innovation Management


End-to-end Innovation Consulting Specialist

Guiding corporate teams through innovation bootcamps, corporate accelerators, hackathons, Design Sprints & more+


My Work Process

See how I apply my background knowledge in Design, Business & Innovation to project work


Hands-on Innovation Consultant

From Design Thinking, Lean Start-up to Business Model Innovation & Pitching + more


User Innovation Research

Read my latest research on how external disruptive community innovation is absorbed across firm boundaries


Multidisciplinary Skills

See my range of skills & expertise in Design, Business, Research & Innovation Management

Who am I?

I’m a Senior Innovation Consultant with 10+ years experience. I originally came from an arts background, trained in the design process through visual communication, graphic design, Web technologies, UI/UX design and development. I gained an MSc in International Business & Management for Design and started my PhD in Innovation & Entrepreneurship; giving me broad skill-sets, tools and methodologies to apply at strategic, tactical and operational levels, coupled with hand-on industry experience new technology R&D.

What do I do?

I work for Board of Innovation, cross-industry and help internal Fortune500 teams to innovate like start-ups, by applying my multi-disciplinary background across design, business and innovation management through hands-on consulting, training and facilitation of tailored innovation programmes. Ranging from bootcamps, corporate accelerator’s programs, long-term cultural change programs using methods like Design Thinking, Design Sprints, Lean Start-up and AGILE methodologies, business model innovation, pitching and commercialisation in both B2B and B2C.

What makes me tick?

I’m naturally inquisitive; passionate about the near-possible; a critical design, business and innovation thinker who loves to uncover ‘why’ questions and is keen to learn from everywhere and anyone around me. I love all things digital including hacking technology, reading, writing, art, sliding down mountains, cycling all over, creating things and I have a keen interest in all that flies.

More about my expertise.

Selection of clients:

Research interests

I’m particularly interested in how firms can harness and capture value from their extreme users, creative consumers or hackers by proactively-facilitating and overtly-absorbing external generativity as a vital source of innovation and added-value. I have so far written on the topic at PhD level, carried-out research, authored papers and monograph.

Publications & Research

Effectively shifting gears between the different phases of the Innovation Pipeline

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Adventurous as the word innovation may sound, an innovation consultant’s job consists for a large part in de-risking the innovation process. In order for innovation to be a viable undertaking for any...

Good for Species Survival, Not So Great For Innovation: 16 Cognitive Biases that can Kill Your Decision Making

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A new article on how personal cognitive biases can specifically impact the innovation process within teams and what to do about them step-by-step. “The purpose of this article is to…

External Hacker Communities and Industry-wide Innovation Sources: The Role of Disruptive, Autonomous End-users and Consumers on Internal R&D Teams Within Device Manufacturing Firms

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Research paper: External hacker communities and industry-wide innovation sources: The role of disruptive, autonomous end-users and consumers on internal R&D teams within device manufacturing firms Abstract In a qualitative study…


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A summary of key takeaways from my Hacker Innovation Monograph. WRONG MEANING 1. The term ‘hacker’ has been popularised by the media in all the wrong ways. HACKING vs CRACKING...

E-Book: Hackers & Innovation Monograph now available in ePub & PDF Versions

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  If you prefer to read Hackers and Innovation: Redefinition and Examination of Outlaw Sources of Generativity for Future Product Development Strategies on your smartphone, tablet or your favourite desktop e-reader, you…

Hackers and Innovation Wiki Monograph

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I've just released a work-in-progress monograph entitled: "Hackers and Innovation: Redefinition and Examination of Outlaw Sources of Generativity for Future Product Development Strategies (2014)" as a Wiki book. To start...

Innovation Research

Design Strategy

Design Thinking

Design Research

Design Industry Research & Reports

KTN Design SIG: How businesses can use design in early stage innovation

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The benefits of using design in early stage innovation are well articulated and appreciated by Innovate UK. This latest KTN guide puts it into practice and sets out how businesses can…

Design For Europe: Strategic Design Thinking & Innovation Productivity Research

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New EU Commission research on the use of design and it’s impact on innovation and creativity. “EU survey shows strategic use of design linked to increased innovation and productivity” Companies…

Luma Institute: Taxonomy of Innovation

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The Luma Institute put together a useful design research methodology framework to help design researchers choose the appropriate tools for the varying stages of the innovation process with focus on...

Work featured in:

It is always amazing to see new talent with a desire for innovation and design emerging from academia and finding its way to industry. This is the case of Mike, whose management methodologies and new product development skills are outstanding and very desirable for any kind of industry.

Dr Sergio Castillo Garcia (Head of Electronics TITAN REALITY)

Mike has applied himself successfully to many disciplines in his role as Digital Innovation Strategist at Titan Reality and adopts new skills and technologies with enthusiasm. He is a pleasure to work with and demonstrates attention to detail, is always focused on the task in hand and has a thorough understanding of innovation and product development.

Jim Simons (Software Architect, TITAN REALITY)

I worked with Mike for several years within a multi-disciplinary team of software developers, research scientists, designers and engineers and had the pleasure of seeing him work seamlessly across design, business, management and innovation roles in the startup environment. I was particularly impressed by his wealth of knowledge across the design process, backup-up by a strong strategic business mindset as well as his ability to get people on board with new creative ideas from different disciplines. Mike is someone with strong ambition, is self-motivated and would be a tremendous asset to any team.

Vassilis Valavanis (DSP Engineer & Researcher)