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University of Illinois, BA 1990
Harvard University, MBA 1998

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Christopher Michel

Chris is the Managing Director of Nautilus Ventures, a fund focused on supporting entrepreneurs in building great companies. He is also the Founder of Affinity Labs, a digital media company managing a portfolio of leading online professional communities. In 2008, Affinity Labs was acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW). He also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School during the 2010-2011 school year.

Prior to founding Affinity Labs, he founded Military.com, the nation’s largest military membership organization. Military.com connects its 11 million members to the lifelong benefits of military service and provides public and private sector clients efficient access to the military market. Members trust Military.com for career, education and financial services. In 2004, Military.com was also acquired by Monster.

Chris also served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. While on active duty, Chris flew as a P-3 Navigator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in support of maritime interdiction operations in the Red Sea, NATO enforcement operations in the Adriatic, and counter-narcotics missions in Central America. Following his operational tour, Chris worked in the Pentagon as Aide to the Chief of the Naval Reserve.

Chris serves as a Director of Dale Carnegie, IDG, Castlight Health & Kixeye. He is also a Governor on the USO World Board. In addition, he’s a Sector Advisor to Maveron LLC, a leading venture capital firm, and was recently appointed to the oversight committee for the Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS), one of six study divisions of the National Academies. He’s an advisor to the Oxford Internet Institute and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

He’s also an accomplished amateur photojournalist. His photographs have been published in all kinds of media from magazines to books.

Chris earned his commission from the NROTC program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high distinction and as the Distinguished Naval Graduate. In addition, he holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of The Military Advantage (Simon & Schuster 2006, Naval Institute Press 2009).

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Connected 6/2011Angel$500k6
LabPixies 6/2008Series A$1M8
Goodreads 11/2007Angel$750k6
RepairPal 11/2007Angel4

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  1. Connected Raises $500K For Contact Management Application (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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