David Shrier
Founder and CEO, Distilled Identity

David L. Shrier is the Managing Director of MIT Connection Science. He leads other new initiatives for MIT, advises the European Commission on commercializing innovation and building regional innovation capacity, and counsels leadership at private and public companies on growth strategies.

David specializes in unleashing organizational potential, having developed $8.5 billion of growth opportunities globally with companies including GE/NBC Universal, D&B, Wolters Kluwer, The Walt Disney Company, Ernst & Young, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as leading private equity and VC funds. He has also started and/or led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO.

An accomplished public speaker, he has lectured on entrepreneurial finance and corporate innovation in the MBA programs of USC / Marshall, Columbia Business School, Fordham Business School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) near Geneva, Switzerland. He previously taught corporate venturing and entrepreneurship for three years in NYU’s MBA program, where he was an Adjunct Associate Professor. For MIT, David created and helps to lead “Future Commerce”, a highly reviewed fintech innovation course, which he is developing into an online version in spring 2016. He is creating and digitizing courses in “Big Data/Analytics” and “Human Capital Management 2.0”. David’s “Visionary Investing” workshops, for MIT Sloan, help build investor capacity for social enterprise. He also has a highly successful startup pitch clinic called “Inspiring Change Through Strategic Narrative”, and has co-taught “Data Driven Health”. His “Data Academy”, developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, has trained over 80 senior United Nations officials on the uses of data in humanitarian crises.

David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre.