Tim Courtney is a high-energy digital executive focused on developing loyal customers who care, using human-centered design, community business development, crowdsourcing, and open innovation. He brings over 20 years experience in community strategy, product management, early-stage development, reporting, and insights gathering. Tim Courtney has managed complex international projects with teams distributed between the US, Canada, Denmark, and Japan.

BETWEEN 2011-2018, TIM COURTNEY WORKED AT THE HEART OF LEGO® IDEAS, THE GLOBAL GOLD STANDARD BRAND CROWDSOURCING PLATFORM, as it grew from 20,000 to over one million users. He’s an alum of LEGO’s New Business Group, a corporate innovation lab nicknamed “quirky startup LEGO” by Fast Company in 2012.

Prior to joining LEGO, Courtney held various marketing roles in a web and mobile development agency, an ISP, a boutique B2B PR agency, and co-founded the SocialDevCamp Chicago conference (2008-2011). Courtney also co-founded LDraw.org in 1999 and co-wrote the book Virtual LEGO published by No Starch Press in 2003.

Tim Courtney lives in Palo Alto, California where he enjoys bicycle commuting, is an instrument rated private pilot, and practices hot yoga and Pilates regularly. He grew up in Wheaton, IL and has lived in Chicago, IL, Hartford, CT, and has visited Denmark over 30 times during his tenure at the LEGO Group.


IDEO Foundations in Design Thinking
SCRUM Certified Product Owner (SCPO)
B.A. Organizational Communication, North Central College (2005)