Christopher Michel

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Michel in San Francisco, in 2021.

Christopher P. Michel is an American photographer and entrepreneur, who founded[1] He is the current artist in residence at the National Academies.

Early life and career[edit]

Michel attended the University of Illinois. He served as a flight officer in the US Navy,[2] and later as a lieutenant commander in the reserves. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998,[3] and returned to the school as an entrepreneur-in-residence in 2010.[4]



In 2000, Michel founded, an early website providing news and practical information about the military for active service members, veterans, and their family members.[5] It was acquired by Monster Worldwide in 2004.[6]

In 2006, he founded Affinity Labs, a company building social networking and career-building sites for professional communities. It was acquired in 2008.[7][8] In 2010, his work with these companies was profiled in The Intelligent Entrepreneur.[9]

In 2008 he started an early stage investment firm, Nautilus Ventures.[10][11]

Writing and photography[edit]

From 2005 to 2009 he wrote The Military Advantage, a guide to veterans benefits.[12] Starting in 2009, publication was taken over by the Naval Institute Press.[13]

He is a nature and portrait photographer,[14] producing collections for the Navy[15] and for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he advised on climate communication.[16][17] In 2021 he became their first artist in residence,[18] producing a portrait series of American scientists.[17][19] He has taught photography at the Esalen Institute[20] and Santa Fe Workshops,[21] and was an ambassador for Leica Camera.[22][23]

Selected photographs[edit]


  1. ^ Jaffe, Greg (2000-03-25). "Entrepreneurs, Generals Join Forces To Launch Web Sites for Soldiers". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2023-09-27.
  2. ^ "Chris Michel | Union of Concerned Scientists". Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  3. ^ "Developing Leaders Behind Bars - Alumni - Harvard Business School". 23 August 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Harvard Business School Welcomes Nine Entrepreneurs-in-Residence". Harvard Business School (Press release). Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  5. ^ Bransten, Lisa (2001-08-27). "Military Advantage Gets Funds For Targeting Veterans, Military". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  6. ^ "Monster Buys Military Site". Wall Street Journal. 2004-03-16. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  7. ^ Frommer, Dan. "Monster (MNST) Buys Career Verticals For $61M". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  8. ^ Dealbook (2008-01-07). "Monster to Acquire Affinity Labs for $61 Million". New York Times DealBook. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  9. ^ Bill Murphy, Jr (12 October 2010). The Intelligent Entrepreneur. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 978-0805091663.
  10. ^ "Nautilus Ventures Overview". Pitchbook. Retrieved September 19, 2023.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Former Foxconn and Samsung execs launch VC firm". Fortune. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  12. ^ Michel, Christopher P. (2005-12-20). The Military Advantage: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-6946-9.
  13. ^ Booher, Alice A. (2013). Veterans Law Review (PDF) (6th ed.). pp. 264–269.
  14. ^ Graham, Jefferson. "Chris Michel's tips on street and travel photography". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  15. ^ "On the edge of space: A photographer's out-of-this-world selfie, 70,000 feet above the Earth". Washington Post. 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  16. ^ "Climate Communications Initiative". Retrieved 2023-09-28.
  17. ^ a b "The 'New Heroes' of Caltech and JPL". Caltech Magazine. 2023-02-01. Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  18. ^ "National Academies Names Inaugural Artist in Residence". Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  19. ^ "Up Close – Engineering Education ASEE Prism". 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  20. ^ "Christopher Michel | Faculty Member | Esalen". Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  21. ^ "Christopher Michel". Santa Fe Workshops. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  22. ^ "Christopher Michel: The Best Stories Come From Inside - The Leica camera Blog". Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  23. ^ #StayHomewithLeica - TO THE END OF THE EARTH - Om Malik and Chris Michel interview, retrieved 2023-09-21

External links[edit]

Media related to Christopher Michel at Wikimedia Commons