Harrison Metal invests in early stage technology.

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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

Upcoming classes. All classes take place at 291 Alma Street in Palo Alto and have limited space. If you have any questions, you can email us at classes@harrisonmetal.com.


Management 02 – Cirque du Soleil

October 23, 2014 5:30 - 7:30PM (in San Francisco)

For MGMT01 alums only. You know who you are.

Come join our first session of MGMT02. The ongoing series gives us a chance to read a case study in general management and practice our thinking skills together in a group format. The case for this session will be Cirque du Soleil (HBS Case 9-403-006 — copies will be provided to you) and we will explore the unique management challenges faced by the senior leaders. The group will meet in SF (location tbd). Dinner provided.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to classes@harrisonmetal.com.


Management 01

Three Saturdays: January 17, 24, 31, 2015 from 10:00AM - 2:00PM

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
— Tricky situations managing humans
— Managing engineers and artists
— Communication
— Organization design

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. MGMT01 meets from 10AM to 2PM on three successive Saturdays at Harrison Metal’s classroom in Menlo Park (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 classes at harrisonmetal dot com with a short statement about why you want to attend and a link to your linkedin profile, or your portfolio, or CV. If you have a recommendation from someone who has taken the class previously, please feel free to have her or him email too.

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. 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.


Go-to-Market 01

Offered again in January 2015.

Taking a new product to market is one of the most exciting things in the world. Unfortunately, schools and workplaces don’t spend much time helping people think through all that goes with taking a new product to market. In this four-session class, we will explore:

— Positioning a product
— Creative and emotional marketing
— Analytical marketing (including pricing)
— Producing the product
— Financing growth

Each session will include simulations, group experiences, and case studies designed around the key topics. All the material has been classroom tested at Harvard Business School and Stanford University. GTM01 meets two times in the evenings (dates in 2015 TBD) at 291 Alma Street, Palo Alto. Each day is broken into two sessions with dinner served in between the sessions. Enrollment is limited. Apply via email to classes at harrisonmetal dot com with a short statement about why you want to attend and a link to your linkedin profile, or your portfolio, or CV.

If you join the class, the tuition is a $1,500 donation to the Peninsula Humane Society. You can gift the money yourself, or you can raise it from your friends, family, or colleagues. The purpose of the tuition is to ensure that you are personally committed to the class and to provide financial help to a terrific community organization.

 


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.

Aside from Harrison Metal, I have been incredibly fortunate to work at Stanford University. Since 2006, I have been 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’ve gotten 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. My grades at Brown were not great so I worked extra hard in graduate school because I wanted to prove to myself that I could still do that if I wanted to.

I live alone in the woods. Except for 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.