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

  • 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.

  • How the Global Stock Market Selloff Will Affect Crowdfunding

    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...

  • Tedious Tasks of Innovation Get a Boost from Slack Time

    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...

  • Slack Time is the Must-Have Ingredient in Innovation, Say Researchers

    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.

  • VC Investment Slowdown: An Important Test for Equity Crowdfunding

    To succeed, these two-sided markets need enough good investors to be attractive for entrepreneurs to post their ventures, and enough high-quality ventures to be worthwhile for investors to spend...

  • Crowdfunding Grows Up: Co-Investing With The Professionals

    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 Talks Crowdfunding and the Power of the Syndicate

    Christian Catalini believes he has discovered the “killer app” for crowdfunding in partnering professional investors with the crowd.

  • Slack Time and Innovation

    This paper looks at how slack time facilitates creative activities such as ideation, experimentation, and prototype development.


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