Michael Phillips Moskowitz

Shorenstein Center Announces Michael Phillips Moskowitz as Entrepreneurship Fellow

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September 6, 2016, 10:59 am

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, located at the Harvard Kennedy School, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Phillips Moskowitz as the Center’s first Entrepreneurship Fellow.

The newly established Entrepreneurship Fellow program will invite experienced technology entrepreneurs to provide guidance and mentorship to students, and to work with faculty on research and course development. “The explosion of innovation coming out of emerging technology companies has profound consequences for the public sphere — from media to public policy,” said Nicco Mele, the Center’s Director. “By developing relationships between communities of private sector entrepreneurs and Kennedy School students, we hope to do two things: encourage more thoughtful approaches to public policy on the part of disruptive startups, and better support Kennedy School students looking to start new organizations and programs. Michael Phillips Moskowitz has an exceptional and unusual ability to think outside the box; this has served him well in his entrepreneurial ventures. Students on campus will find they have a lot to learn from a leading creative thinker at the intersection of technology and design.”

While at the Shorenstein Center, Moskowitz will focus on how to apply user experience and usability design practices to improve online engagement, ranging from from news consumption to government service. Moskowitz will be in residence for the fall 2016 semester beginning on September 12, joining the Center’s Joan Shorenstein Fellows, Derrick Z. Jackson, Erie Meyer, Markus Prior, and Yeganeh Rezaian, and the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, Bob Schieffer.

Michael Phillips Moskowitz

Michael Phillips Moskowitz is currently an Executive-in-Residence at Foundation Capital, a venture capital firm headquartered in Menlo Park, CA. Prior to joining Foundation, he served as eBay’s Global Chief Curator, a position created following the 2013 acquisition of the startup he founded, Bureau of Trade. Moskowitz has been named one of the Top 100 Creatives in Business by Fast Company, and has been widely profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, as well as in the tech and art world press more broadly. He actively advises a dozen early-stage startups and cultural institutions across the U.S., Europe, and Middle East, and appears on cable TV shows ranging from business and technology programs to season-long entertainment specials like FYI’s “Style Unzipped” and the Science Channel’s “How to Build a Rocket Ship,” which debuts in September.

About the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy           

The Shorenstein Center is a research center based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a mission to study and analyze the power of media and technology and its impact on governance, public policy, and politics. Research, courses, fellowships, public events, and engagement with students, scholars, and journalists form the core of the Center.

Media contact: Nilagia McCoy, nilagia_mccoy@hks.harvard.edu or 617-495-2233