Christopher Michel

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Christopher Michel

Christopher P. Michel (born August 26, 1967) is an American investor, entrepreneur and photographer. He is the founder of Affinity Labs and Military.com and runs Nautilus Ventures,[1] a seed venture fund.

Early life and career[edit]

Education[edit]

Michel earned his commission from the NROTC program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as the distinguished naval graduate.[2] He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an honorary doctorate from Tiffin University.

Military[edit]

Prior to his business career, Michel served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. While on active duty, Michel flew as a Navigator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander aboard the P-3C Orion aircraft. Following his operational tour, he worked in The Pentagon as Aide to the Chief of the Naval Reserve.

Career[edit]

Business[edit]

In 1999, he founded Military.com, an online portal for servicemembers, veterans and their families.[3] In 2006, Michel founded Affinity Labs, which runs a portfolio of online professional communities. Both Military.com and Affinity Labs were purchased by Monster Worldwide.[citation needed]

Michel serves as a Director of Dale Carnegie, Catchlight, Kixeye,[4] and 3D Robotics,[5] he previously served on the boards of Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT),[6] International Data Group (IDG), the United Service Organizations (USO), United States Naval Institute (USNI), Tugboat Yards, the USS Arizona Memorial Fund, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Alliance Health & EZ Board. He was also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School during the 2010–2011 school year and served on the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,[7] and was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.[citation needed]

Writing and photography[edit]

Michel was a longtime columnist in Proceedings magazine.[citation needed] He is also one of three protagonists in Bill Murphy's book, The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship, published by Henry Holt in 2010.[8]

Michel is also a photographer whose photographs have been used by National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the New York Times, the BBC, Outside Magazine, and others.[citation needed]

Publications[edit]

  • The Military Advantage: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits, Simon & Schuster, 2005

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