Harrison Metal invests two types of capital: cash and ideas. The ideas come from thirty-plus years of studying the 'Creative Destruction' of American Capitalism. The cash comes from our endowment, a fund made up of Harrison Metal's past investing profits and capital from a small number of limited partners. The purpose of the endowment is to support the education programs in perpetuity, making business education more accessible and more relevant to up-and-coming generations.

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Michael Dearing

Michael Dearing

I founded Harrison Metal in 2006. I started this business because I love turning technology into products, taking those products to market, and then making those products into businesses. Now I teach classes in capitalism and business administration for people running high-growth companies like the ones I loved building. The class content comes from my work as a general manager and as a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University (2006 - 2014) where I taught some of the most popular classes in the University on management, entrepreneurship, and commercializing new technology.

I also invest in technology companies out of our endowment fund. The endowment fund consists of our profits from past investments plus capital from our trusted partners -- universities, foundations, and pension funds. Many of the companies in which we invest send their folks to take classes at Harrison Metal alongside folks from all over the world.

Prior to Harrison Metal and Stanford, I spent six-and-a-half years at eBay, where I had tours of duty in category management, corporate strategy, product 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 with a pack of dogs named Puppy, Cookie, Girl, and Doctor Zaius. 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 book I’ve read.

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