Robin Gaster is president of Incumetrics Inc., a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University and a nonresident Fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
Mr. Gaster’s primary interests lie in economic innovation metrics and assessment, the gig economy, small business and particularly startups, regional economic development, transformation in education and the rise of the big technology companies.
Between 2004 and 2017, Robin was lead researcher on the National Academies multi-volume study of Small Business Innovation Research awards. He was responsible for drafting 10 inter-related volumes of reports, as well as for the underlying primary research. He was also lead researcher for the National Academies study of the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.
Consulting clients include the European Commission, the Saudi government, Deloitte and Touche, the Economist Intelligence Unit, TEKES (the Finnish National Technology Agency), VINNOVA (the Swedish National Technology Agency) and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as many corporate clients.
Mr. Gaster received a Ph.D from U.C.Berkeley in 1985, an M.A. from the University of Kent (UK) in 1978 and a B.A. from Oxford University (UK) in 1976.