Harrison Metal is a new kind of business school. We teach business and management fundamentals. Our goal is to help every generation of business managers and leaders achieve their career heart's desire.

We invest in early-stage companies out of our endowment. Our endowment comes from past investment profits and from a small number of institutional partners whose values we share.


Michael Dearing

I founded Harrison Metal in 2006. I started in business because I love turning technology into products, taking those products to market, and then making those products into self-sustaining companies. Now I teach classes business administration, management, and leadership for people who are running high-growth companies like the ones I loved building. The class content comes from my work as a general manager and as a teacher 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 our endowment fund in technology companies, many of whom send their team member to take classes at Harrison Metal. The endowment fund consists of our profits from past investments (companies like Harry's, MoPub, Pagerduty, and PopCap) plus capital from our trusted institutional partners (universities, foundations, and pension funds). The endowment fund enables all the business education work we do.

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, 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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