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Brown University, BA 1990
Harvard Business School, MBA 1996
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Michael Dearing

In Spring 2006, after seven years at eBay, Michael Dearing joined the faculty at Stanford University as Consulting Associate Professor. At the same time, he began working closely with and investing in a few early stage technology companies. In 2008, Michael established Harrison Metal.

In his work at Stanford, Michael has co-developed and co-taught courses including Creating Infectious Action, Creating Mass Market Experiences, and Entrepreneurial Finance. He also teaches graduate seminars including Innovation in Complex Organizations, Creative Product Marketing. Michael’s current interests include process design for new product development, productizing emerging technologies, web-based businesses, product marketing, and pricing.

Before joining the, Michael spent nearly seven years at eBay (NASDAQ - EBAY) serving most recently as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager of In that role, he led category management, product marketing, seller development, eBay Stores, and direct-to-consumer marketing for eBay North America. While at eBay, Michael and his colleagues were also responsible for the launch and growth of many new merchandise categories, and new businesses such as Buy-it-Now, the listings upgrade business, eBay Stores, and ProStores.

Prior to eBay, Michael held leadership positions at Bain & Company, Filene’s Basement, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE-DIS), and Industrial Shoe Warehouse.

Michael is an east coast native, now happily a citizen of the Bay Area. He holds an AB in Economics, with a focus in economic history, from Brown University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. Michael can be reached at [email protected]

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
TidePool 5/2012Seed$1.5M3
One Inc. 7/2011Seed$1M8
99designs 4/2011Series A$35M4
IndexTank 4/2011Seed$1.6M5
Birchbox 10/2010Seed$1.4M8
MocoSpace 8/2007Series A$3M3
Lumos Labs 6/2007Angel$400k2
LiveOps 2/2007Series C$28M4
Xoopit 12/2006Angel$1.5M12
AdMob 9/2006Series A$3.6M2
Panjiva 1/2006Seed$400k1



  1. TidePool Raises $1.5 Million To Discover And Match Personalities From Photos ( [edit]
  2. SV Angel, True Ventures And Others Put $1 Million Into Interest-Based Connections App One ( [edit]
  3. Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs…After Years of Trying ( [edit]
  4. IndexTank Raises $1.6M Seed Funding ( [edit]
  5. Makeup Discovery Service BirchBox Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round ( [edit]
  6. MocoSpace Raises $3M for Mobile Network ( []
  7. Lumosity raises $400,000 for games to improve brain ( [edit]
  8. Benchmark backs LiveOps $28M round ( [edit]
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