Jennifer Lawton

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Jennifer Lawton (born 1963) is an American businesswoman and applied mathematician. She is COO of Techstars, a startup accelerator.

Early life and education[edit]

Jennifer Lawton was born in 1963 in Quantico, Virginia. She settled in Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from Council Rock High School North. Lawton graduated from Union College with B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics in 1985. Her first job out of college was as an administrative assistant at a small consulting company, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers.

In 1991, she co-founded a computer support consulting firm, Net Daemons Associates (NDA) in Boston. With Lawton's leadership Net Daemons was recognized in the 1998 Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately held United States companies Net Daemons was also on the Deloitte and Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists for 1997 and 1998.

After the events on September 11, 2001 Jennifer Lawton left the technology business and became an independent business owner in downtown Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Lawton opened the bookstores Just Books and Just Books as well as Arcadia Cafe.


Lawton reentered the technology business and accepted the position of Chief Strategy Officer at MakerBot. In 2014, Lawton was named the CEO of Makerbot. Under her leadership Makerbot was named Popular Mechanics' "Overall Winner" for best 3D printer, Popular Science's "Product of the Year", one of Times' "Best Inventions of 2012," and Fast Company included it as "One of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics."[citation needed]

On March 1, 2015, Lawton was replaced as Makerbot CEO by Stratasys Asia Pacific Japan general manager Jonathan Jaglom. The move came after Stratasys' disappointing financial performance in 2014 following the acquisition of Makerbot. Lawton took on a new role as VP of Special Projects and left Stratasys four months later.[1]

In 2014, Jennifer Lawton was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame for her work in business and labor.[2]


Jennifer Lawton was named the COO of Techstars in the fall of 2016, a technology start-up incubator.[3]


  1. ^ "Makerbot's Jenny Lawton out as CEO in another executive shuffle". ZDNet.
  2. ^ "Jennifer Lawton | Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  3. ^ "Jenny Lawton - Techstars Mentor". Techstars. Retrieved 2017-02-02.