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Harrison Metal invests in early stage technology companies led by exceptional founders. We help founders build products that improve the daily lives of users, successfully take those products to market, and create a thriving business. If we do that right, we return many times our investors’ capital and help perpetuate the work of great institutions.


291 Alma Street
Palo Alto, California, 94301
info@harrisonmetal.com

Here are the upcoming classes at Harrison Metal. Location is noted in parens.


Foundations: General Management

Three Saturdays: July 11, 18, 25, 2015 from 10:00AM - 2:00PM (Palo Alto)

Many of you — the best and brightest of your generation — won’t go to business school. And you aren’t going to get long apprenticeships learning how to manage from a terrific boss. Many of you are being shoved into leadership and management roles because you are great at your jobs, because your company is growing rapidly, or both. You may or may not realize it, but the talents that make you a great individual contributor are not the same ones that will make you a great manager.

This six-session immersion in management thinking takes place over three weeks. Using simulations, case studies, and group exercises from the classrooms of Stanford University and Harvard Business School we will tackle:

— Setting goals for you and your team

— Performance management

— Managing engineers and artists

— Organization design

— Communication

— Tricky situations managing humans

This immersion comes with a big workload. In addition to twelve hours in-session, plan on about twenty hours of prep work during the three weeks. General Management 01 meets from 10AM to 2PM on three successive Saturdays at Harrison Metal’s classroom in Palo Alto (transportation from SF is offered at no charge). Each day is broken into two sessions with lunch served in between the sessions. Enrollment is limited so that we can all get to know each other.

Apply by emailing md@harrisonmetal.com with a short statement about why you want to attend and a link to your CV or your portfolio. If you have a recommendation from someone who has taken the class previously, please feel free to have her or him email on your behalf.

If you join the class, tuition is $1,500. The way you pay the tuition is to donate $1,500 to the Peninsula Humane Society. You can gift the money yourself, or you can raise it from your friends, family, or colleagues. You can pledge it over time. Your company can pay it on your behalf. The purpose of the tuition is to ensure that you are personally committed to the class and to provide much needed financial help to a terrific local organization.


Foundations: Finance for Management

Three Mondays - July 13, 20, 27, 2015 - 3PM - 6PM (San Francisco)

Cash is life. Growth eats cash. Cash only comes from debt, equity, or operations. Many of you — the best and brightest of your generation — won’t go to business school to learn this stuff. And you aren’t going to get a chance to learn and practice while you are busy doing your day jobs. Sadly, the Finance Priesthood has crusted over their domain with vocabulary and attitudes that attempt to keep the non-priests away. Worse, our current economic cycle is teaching many of the wrong lessons about how cash moves into, around, and out of a business.

This is highly fix-able. During my eight years teaching at Stanford, I taught one of the most popular and highly-regarded classes on campus: Entrepreneurial Finance in the School of Engineering. The purpose of the class was to make the fundamentals of finance accessible to everyone, particularly non-finance folks who wanted to someday play a leadership role in their companies.

This class takes place over three weeks. Using classroom-tested case studies and an excellent book by Robert C. Higgins, Analysis for Financial Management, we will tackle:

— Cash metabolism of business

— Growth and cash

— Sources of cash (debt, equity, operations)

— Time value of money

— Basic financial analysis

This class comes with a big workload. In addition to nine hours in-session, plan on about fifteen hours of prep work during the three weeks. Enrollment is limited.

Apply by emailing md@harrisonmetal.com with a short statement about why you want to attend and a link to your CV or your portfolio. If you have a recommendation from someone who has taken classes at Harrison Metal previously, please have her or him send a note on your behalf. Please don’t sign up if you have previously studied finance or if your current job is in the finance field. You will be bored and the other people in the class will sense that and there will be friction.

If you join the class, tuition is $1,500. The way you pay the tuition is to donate $1,500 to the Peninsula Humane Society. You can gift the money yourself, or you can raise it from your friends, family, or colleagues. You can pledge it over time. Your company can pay it on your behalf. The purpose of the tuition is to ensure that you are personally committed to the class and to provide much needed financial help to a terrific local organization. If you have previously taken either the General Management class or the Go-To-Market class and paid tuition for those, there is no charge for this class.


Michael Dearing

Founder

I think it’s weird when people write their own bios in the third person. So I am trying this instead. I founded Harrison Metal in 2006 (unofficially) and in 2008 (for real in the legal sense). I started the business because I love helping people productize new technology, take those products to market, and then make those products into businesses. I like to think of Harrison Metal as equal parts seed venture capital fund and management education lab. I don’t follow an organized religion but if I did it would be the Creative Destruction sect of Capitalism.

While building Harrison Metal, I was incredibly fortunate to work at Stanford University. From 2006 through 2014, I was a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering, teaching classes in Mechanical Engineering, Management Science & Engineering, and the d.school. With some out-of-this-world colleagues, I got to design and teach some of the most popular courses in entrepreneurship and management in the University — including Launchpad, Management in Complex Organizations, Creative Product Marketing, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Creating Infectious Action.

Prior to Stanford and Harrison Metal, I spent six-and-a-half years at eBay, where I had tours of duty in category management, corporate strategy, eBay Japan, U.S. marketing, and finally as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay.com. Before eBay, I worked at Industrial Shoe Warehouse (COO then CEO when the business started to fail), The Walt Disney Company (corporate strategy), Filene’s Basement (operations at the Downtown Boston store), and Bain & Company (Associate Consultant). I earned an AB in Economics, with a focus in economic history, from Brown University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

I live in the woods with four dogs, a cat, and four chickens. I am INTJ if you believe in that whole thing. I think David Sedaris is the funniest person in the world in terms of lifetime achievement. But A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole is the funniest single piece of writing I’ve read.

291 Alma Street
Palo Alto, California, 94301
info@harrisonmetal.com

Harrison Metal invests in early stage technology companies led by exceptional founders. We help founders build products that improve the daily lives of users, successfully take those products to market, and create a thriving business. If we do that right, we return many times our investors’ capital and help perpetuate the work of great institutions.