Harrison Metal invests money and time in technology companies. The money comes from great institutions -- universities, endowments, foundations, pensions -- and from me. The time = hand-made classroom experiences that will help you succeed in your life's work.


Michael Dearing

I founded Harrison Metal in 2006. I started the business because I love helping people productize new technology, take those products to market, and then make those products into businesses. At Harrison Metal, I invest in seed-stage technology companies. Typically I make about 10 new investments per year. The money comes from great institutions -- universities, endowments, foundations -- and from me. The realized returns so far mostly came from PopCap, Heroku, Craftsy, Acompli, and Mopub. I'm excited for what's still cooking at Harry's, Pagerduty, Grand Rounds Health, Guild Education, Crew, Markov Technologies, BStock Solutions, Lightstep, Signal Sciences, Color Genomics, and Masterclass.

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. I was lucky to have some out-of-this-world colleagues. Together we got to design and teach some of the most popular courses in entrepreneurship and management in the University.

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, 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), 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. I don’t follow an organized religion but if I did it would be the Creative Destruction sect of Capitalism. I am INTJ if you believe in that stuff. 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.

Dr. Emily Anhalt

I was born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, and have always had an interest in the psychology of the entrepreneur. I studied psychology at the University of Michigan and attained Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. For the past eight years, I've been working clinically with executives, founders, and tech employees, and have conducted hundreds of interviews with prominent psychologists and entrepreneurs. Through this work, I've identified key traits that emotionally fit leaders strive for and enjoy supporting entrepreneurs as they work to develop these traits.   

My favorite books are Shantaram, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Man's Search for Meaning. I live in San Francisco with my partner, and in my free time, I like to cook, eat, swim, camp, make puns, and take flying trapeze classes. 

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