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.
You, your mom, or that random guy down your block will all soon be able to join the ranks of startup investors.
Crowdfunding has been celebrated as the grand democratization of finance—a mechanism for anyone with a business idea to raise money from their peers, outside the bureaucracy and nepotism of more...
There’s a whole lot more to innovation than thinking up a great new idea. A new study suggests that when budding entrepreneurs get time off of their normal activities to work on other things–dubbed...
When budding entrepreneurs get time off from their normal activities to work on other things – dubbed "slack" time—they use it to complete the less exciting jobs needed to bring a project to life.
A similar trend is observed in the United States: according to three leading researchers from MIT Sloan School of Management and University of Toronto (Agrawal, Catalini and Goldfarb) AngelList...
Christian Catalini believes he has discovered the “killer app” for crowdfunding in partnering professional investors with the crowd.
This paper looks at how slack time facilitates creative activities such as ideation, experimentation, and prototype development.
Reward-based crowdfunding has become a common way for startups to raise capital.
Bitcoin is an innovative payment network that allows for instant peer-to-peer transactions with zero or very low processing fees on a worldwide scale.
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.
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