Christopher Michel

San Francisco, CA

Christopher Michel

San Francisco, CA

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I'm a founder turned investor & photographer. In 2008, I founded Nautilus Ventures, a seed-stage firm. Nautilus has made over 40 investments including Palantir, Luxe Valet, Doctor on Demand, Sparks,, Goodreads, Castlight Health, 3D Robotics, RelateIQ, Blue Bottle, Tinker, Ruby Ribbon, etc. I'm an active board member and serve as a Director of Dale Carnegie, Catchlight, Kixeye, and 3D Robotics.

Prior, I founded Military.com, an online portal for servicemembers, veterans and their families. In 2006, I founded Affinity Labs, which runs a portfolio of online professional communities. Both companies were purchased by Monster Worldwide.

I'm also on the President's Circle of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, spending time helping scientists better communicate with the public. I'm an advisor to the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Union of Concerned Scientists, and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

I was also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School during the 2010-2011 school year. Prior to my business career, I served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. While on active duty, I flew as a Navigator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander aboard the P-3C Orion aircraft. Following my operational tour, I worked in the Pentagon as Aide to the Chief of the Naval Reserve.

I earned my commission from the NROTC program at the University of Illinois, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as the distinguished naval graduate. I hold an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate from Tiffin University. I was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and serve as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Work
    • Nautilus Ventures
  • Education
    • University of Illinois
    • Harvard Business School