About Us

WE ARE STRATEGIC PROGRAM PARTNERS

The Scramble Systems team earned its reputation for designing and facilitating culture-defining experiences for companies and campuses.  We stand as front-line partners with proven expertise in innovation program strategy, management and facilitation, and outcome assessment. Our mission is to create inspired, agile organizations–to deliver the premier evidence-based innovation platform for change-seeking leaders.

For Companies & Non-Profits

No matter the industry, you need a clear-cut path to find and act on the back-log of your organization’s most compelling ideas. Don’t risk alienating the most innovative and enterprising talent.  Scramble™ programs turn strategic challenges into internal proving-grounds for prototyping new products and services, accelerating revenue-generating and cost-saving initiatives, and driving new cross-department collaborations. Learn more about Scrambles for small and large enterprises here.

For Campuses

Today’s campuses are challenged to prove their worth as accelerants to real-world success. Campus Scramble™ programs place students (undergraduates, graduates, PhD, and executive-level) at the crossroads of “live” local and global challenges and opportunities. We’ve partnered with some of the world’s leading institutions – Harvard, MIT, Babson College, Boston College & NYU.  See how we’re evolving the student experience here.

Team

Stephen Douglass

Stephen Douglass ― Founder & Managing Director

Stephen specializes in innovation strategy and execution. He is responsible for creating Scramble Systems'™ signature approach that helps leaders roadmap, activate, and sustain strong, high-performance innovation delivery systems.

Stephen developed the RIPD™ (Rapid-Immersive Program Design) framework, which is now being deployed in organizations seeking unambiguous and immediate action steps to advance large-scale transformation initiatives. His past client and work experience spans financial services, manufacturing, media, telecommunications, technology, academia, and non-profits--enterprises and institutions such as Microsoft, Harvard University, Babson College, Boston College, and Ashoka Innovators for the Public. Stephen has also led and spoken on panels at the MIT Forum for Social Entrepreneurs (ForSE), the MIT-Beijing University Social Entrepreneurship Conference, and Babson College's "Go Make a Difference" Conference.

Prior to founding Scramble Systems, Stephen was the head of a leading program design and facilitation firm serving for- and non-profit clients. He assisted early-stage to mid-market companies ($10mm-$1b in revenue) in executing growth, capital raising, and merger & acquisition strategies as part of the Telecom & Technology Group at BB&T Capital Markets. Stephen executed turnaround strategies within an iconic U.S.-based camper trailer manufacturer, as well as the acquisition of an $81 million, 600-person direct marketer of consumer products and services.

When tough decisions must be made, Stephen's work at Scramble Systems™ never loses focus of the over-arching human element. His thought-leadership in immersive programming is rooted in the tragic loss of his friend in a teenage drunk driving accident. At age 16, this experience placed Stephen at the fore-front of a successful youth-led campaign to secure a teen activity center in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Outside of Scramble™, Stephen serves as the Head Coach of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Men's Gymnastics Team. He is a 2-time All-American and former Captain of a nationally-ranked NCAA Varsity Men’s Gymnastics Team. In 2013, Stephen co-hosted the Professional Gymnastics Challenge with 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Justin Spring which aired on ESPN2.

Stephen earned his MBA from Babson College where he was a Frederic C. Hamilton Entrepreneurial Scholar and a BA in Economics from the College of William & Mary. You can email Stephen at: stephen [at] scramblesystems.com.

Hadi El Heneidi

Hadi El Heneidi ― MedTech Innovation Program Lead

Hadi specializes in Scrambling clients in the Medical Technology and Life Sciences space. His engineering background and experience in healthcare sales & marketing, quality assurance and regulatory affairs is a force multiplier for innovation-focused clients.

Hadi began his career at a then startup called AgaMatrix, makers of the world's first iPhone-connected blood glucose meter for people with diabetes. He helped secure FDA approval, build a customer service department and launch 10+ blood glucose monitoring systems across the globe. Once the product was on big box retailers' shelves, he transitioned into Sales, bringing value to healthcare professionals, hospitals and pharmacies. After exponential growth at a startup, he joined DePuy Spine Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson company. There he led the limited launch of a new hybrid spine implant across 20 hospitals to gather clinical and financial feedback ahead of the worldwide launch. His most recent experience was at Misfit Wearables, where he led the launch of a wearable activity tracker via crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. The campaign raised over $850k in pre-orders and became the 5th highest funded campaign of all time.

Hadi has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Babson College. He is half German, half Egyptian and born in New York City.

Ben Goldsmith

Ben Goldsmith ― Operations & Program Associate

Ben specializes in operationalizing and enhancing Scramble Systems' innovation programs, processes, and policies.

Ben started his career as a research assistant at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC, specializing in research on the defense industry, national security policy, and military acquisitions. He later moved to defense contracting, spending several years with Detica, BAE Systems, and SAIC. As a contractor, his clients included the Missile Defense Agency, the Air Force Directorate for Strategic Plans and Programs, and the Navy Irregular Warfare Office. He spent most of his time in the Pentagon, where he assisted in the overhaul of the Air Force strategic planning system, developed of a long-term Air Force plan for investment in cyberspace, and managed a team which analyzing the Navy’s spending on emerging non-state threats. He also spent time with Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a DC-based consulting group specializing in the aerospace and defense industry.

Outside of his work, Ben has been involved in a number of political campaigns and non-profits, including Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; America’s Impact, a non-profit focused on the intersection of foreign policy and Congress; and the Harvard Kennedy School DC Alumni Council.

Ben has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jose Cecin

Jose Cecin ― Technology Convergence Lead

Jose Cecin specializes in Scrambling technology companies' biggest challenges. From ground-level operations to the future of product and service, he brings decades of management, executive, and board-level leadership experience across public and private industries. Jose partners with clients to execute proprietary tech-focused Scramble strategies that train and prepare teams to win in the fast-moving, radically uncertain future.

Jose has had a measurable impact on all stages of a company's life cycle, from founding/start-up through growth and maturity, to a successful exit/liquidity event. He recently served as co-founder and CEO of Vulcan Park Technologies, where he developed and delivered best-of-breed solutions in the wireless infrastructure sector, serving public safety, wireless carriers and the enterprise. Prior to serving as CEO of Vulcan Park, he served as the Chief Executive of the largest business unit of RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI) as well as a Board Member and Chief Operating Officer of the parent company. At RCN, Joe was responsible for a P&L approaching $600 million, with $160 million in EBITDA, and an annual capex program exceeding $100 million. He was accountable for a full executive team (CFO and five SVPs) overseeing 1,200 employees in a multistate regulated environment. RCN was acquired by ABRY Partners in a $1.2 billion take-private transaction in late 2010.

Prior to RCN, Joe was the Group Head of the Telecom/Tech investment banking practice at BB&T Capital Markets (NYSE: BBT) from 2003 to 2008. He initiated and closed multiple M&A and financing transactions on behalf of middle-market clients. In the late 1990s, Joe co-founded Cambrian Communications, a telecom infrastructure company backed by Cisco Systems.

Joe has served on the Board of Directors of 5 public companies, including as Chairman of the Board of Vuzix Corporation (TSX: VUZI), a leading supplier of optical and display products in the defense, consumer and industrial markets. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Arbinet Corp (NASDAQ: ARBX), which was acquired by Primus Telecom Group in 2011. He was also the lead Independent Director of SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (OTC: SKYT), now known as LightSquared, a satellite services company, where he was Chairman of the Special Committee of the Board and lead negotiator on $400 million in debt financing in 2009, and a $1.8 billion take-private transaction with Harbinger Capital Partners in 2010.

Joe currently serves as a Trustee of the United Way of the USA.

Joe earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from Stanford Business School. Prior to his business career, Joe was an officer in the U.S. Army with a Top Secret security clearance. He served with the 25th Infantry Division, and was Airborne and Ranger qualified. He is also an FAA certificated private pilot.

Advisors

Gary DiCamillo

Gary DiCamillo ― Managing Partner, Eaglepoint Advisors

Greta Robers

Greta Robers ― CEO, Talent Analytics

Gordon Jones

Gordon Jones ― Managing Director, Harvard innovation lab

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