David Shrier is the managing director of MIT Connection Science. He also incubates other new initiatives for MIT, and advises the European Commission on commercializing innovation with a focus on digital technology. Shrier specializes in guiding organizations through strategic growth and change, having developed $8.5 billion of growth opportunities with companies including GE/NBC Universal, D&B, Wolters Kluwer, Disney, Ernst & Young, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as leading private equity and VC funds. He has started and/or led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO, or COO. Shrier received an ScB from Brown University in biology and theatre, and has taught corporate innovation at NYU/Stern, EPFL, Columbia Business School, and other leading programs.