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Brigham Young University, BA 1975
Oxford University , M.Phil 1977
Applied Economics



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Clayton Christensen

Dr. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. His research and teaching interests center on managing innovation and creating new growth markets.

Dr. Christensen became a faculty member at the Harvard Business School in 1992. He is the bestselling author of nine books, including his seminal work The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997) which received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book of the year, The Innovator’s Solution (2003), and Seeing What’s Next (2004). Recently, Christensen has focused the lens of disruptive innovation on social issues such as education and health care. Disrupting Class (2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions, while The Innovator’s Prescription (late 2008) examines how to fix our healthcare system.

In 2000, Christensen founded Innosight, a consulting firm that builds on disruptive innovation frameworks to help companies create new growth opportunities. He is also the founder of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank, whose mission is to apply his theories to the most vexing problems in the social sector. Dr. Christensen continues to have a financial interest in Innosight, but no ownership interest. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Professor Christensen served as chairman and president of Ceramics Process Systems (NASD: CPS), a firm he co-founded in 1984 with several MIT professors. From 1979 to 1984 he worked with the Boston Consulting Group. In 1982, Dr. Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole. Dr. Christensen has served as a director on the boards of a number of public and private companies. He is currently a board member at Tata Consulting Services (NSE: TCS), Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC), W.R. Hambrecht and Vanu, Inc. Christensen also serves on Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council.

Given his academic and other commitments, Dr. Christensen will have no day-to-day management obligations pertaining to the Fund’s portfolio, although he will be available to consult with the Investment Manager from time to time regarding investment strategies. Dr. Christensen will work exclusively with the Investment Manager and the Fund with respect to applying the disruptive innovation framework to investment management activities. The Investment Manager may share information regarding investment ideas and portfolio holdings with Dr. Christensen.

Dr. Christensen holds a B.A. with highest honors in economics from Brigham Young University (1975), and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics and the economics of less-developed countries from Oxford University (1977), where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 1971 to 1973 he worked as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Republic of Korea, learning to speak fluent Korean. Professor Christensen received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. He was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
CircleUp 4/2012Seed$1.5M3



  1. Backed With $1.5M, CircleUp Aims To Be The AngelList For Consumer And Retail Startups ( [edit]
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