Ben Compaine

I have divided my career between the academic world and private business. Currently I am Director, Fellows Program at the Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) and Lecturer, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University.

I am also a senior consultant for the Innovation International Media Consulting Group where my team created a strategic plan for the founders of an entreprenurial publishing company in Moscow, Russia.

Previously I was Research Consultant at the MIT Program on Internet & Telecoms Convergence, a Visiting Professor at Fordham University and Pennsylvania State University and held the endowed Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Chair at Temple University, where I created and was Chairman of the Center for Information Industry Research. For a time I was an instructor in financial and strategic management at Boston University.

My entrepreneurial roots might be inherited. My father and uncle pioneered big box discount merchandising in the late 1950s with the Kiddie Mart chain in the Philadelphia area. I founded the weekly Philadelphia Review and later was an angel investor and adviser for the Cambridge Review. Along the way I have mentored numerous small businesses. In 1986 I co-founded and through 1994 was chief executive of Nova Systems Inc., a firm that created and distributed software for management information reporting in telecommunications centers. Prior to that I was executive director of the Program on Information Resources Policy (PIRP) at Harvard University where I had responsibility for funding and directing research on the implications of changing information technology for business, government, and society. And even earlier I was Director of Books and Studies at Knowledge Industry Publications, Inc.

My complete life history (if you have the time or interest) is here.