Christian Catalini

Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Christian Catalini Christian Catalini is an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Christian's main areas of interest are the economics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and scientific productivity. His research focuses on crowdfunding and online entrepreneurial finance, how proximity affects the recombination of ideas, the adoption of technology standards, science and technology interactions. In 2009-10 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard IQSS. He has presented his research on proximity and innovation at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, and London Business School.

Christian holds a BE in international markets and new technologies, and an MSc in economics and management of international markets and new technologies from Bocconi University, Milan, and a PhD in strategic management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Faculty Media

  • This Is The World's First Cryptocurrency Issued By A Hedge Fund

    With performance falling, investors fleeing and offices closing, hedge funds had a rough 2016. But San Francisco-based Numerai was just getting started.

  • Blockchain: New MIT Research Looks Beyond the Hype

    "With a market capitalization of approximately $12 billion and with the price of Bitcoin reaching towards its 2016 high, Bitcoin is both the most established and the most secure cryptocurrency."

  • FINTECH: MBAs Are Exploring The Investment Case For Blockchain Technologies

    MBA students have been exploring the investment case for bitcoin and ethers, digital currencies that backers hope will disrupt the financial services industry.

  • A Case for Public Blockchains

    Permissionless public blockchains have gotten a bad rap within the financial services industry as the market spends more time focused on developing permissioned private blockchain to connect its...

  • How Blockchain Will Affect Market Structures

    Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz talk to Christian Catalini, a professor at MIT, about Blockchain and why cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin could be widespread and disruptive.

  • Blockchain's Impact ‘Won’t Happen Overnight’

    The question of blockchain technology’s impact on financial markets and stock exchanges shouldn’t be one of ‘what’ but ‘when’, an expert says.

  • Bitcoin and Blockchain will Challenge Existing Models and Incumbent Businesses

    Christian Catalini of MIT is out with a new paper – this time on the future of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology.

  • A New Era for Crowdfunding?

    MIT Sloan's Christian Catalini explores the new rules enacted that allow average people to invest in start-ups through crowdfunding sites that reward investors with equity.

  • Syndicates Are Best Approach for Equity Crowdfunding Investors

    Catalini is part of an elite few academicians who are analyzing the emergent investment crowdfunding space, so when he shares his findings, and associated perspective, it is worth paying attention.

  • You Too Can Now Invest in Startups! What Could Go Wrong?!

    You, your mom, or that random guy down your block will all soon be able to join the ranks of startup investors.


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