Gary King discusses the value of commercial partnership
Having recently launched two highly successful startup companies, Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard, is no stranger to taking his research to the marketplace. However, he did not start out as an entrepreneur. King and his research group develop and apply empirical methods in many areas of social science research. His work led to developing a method of data analysis that had significant commercial potential. In 2007, with the help of OTD’s Director of Business Development Alan Gordon, a new company venture, Crimson Hexagon, was formed.
I didn't know anything about the business world, and I had a personal tutor from OTD named Alan Gordon who came over and showed me how the business world works.
Soon after, a collaborative endeavor with fellow Harvard innovator Eric Mazur led to the formation of Learning Catalytics, a new company venture that was subsequently sold to Pearson Education. While King had enjoyed the experience of creating a startup company, he was excited that integration with Pearson offered a fast route to making a big impact.
This was the quickest road to the creation, preservation, and distribution of knowledge. It creates it because we have more experience with more students, it distributes it to many more students, and it also preserves the idea. Because if you give something commercial value, it's more likely to last.