In July 1997, HBS opened the first of its off-campus research centers – the “California research Center” (CRC) in Silicon Valley. The CRC is located at 3000 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, and run by Alison Berkley Wagonfeld (MBA '96), Executive Director.
The charter of the center is to facilitate faculty research and case writing in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area in general. Since its opening, the CRC has helped develop more than 225 cases that are used in the School's MBA and Executive Education programs. Cases have focused on topics such as the issues faced by very early stage companies, venture capital firms focusing on early stage companies, angel financing, sales force issues in entrepreneurial companies, acquisition-related manufacturing integration processes, the commercialization of technology, capacity issues at biotech companies, growth challenges for clean-tech companies, and people-related issues in companies of all sizes.
In addition, our office also plays an important role in other functions of the school such as career services, student activities and alumni relations. For example, we help students with research projects relating to Bay Area companies, and we can provide counseling to students who are interested in finding jobs in the Bay Area. We also help organize a one-week Silicon Valley Immersion Program (focused on cleantech and consumer internet businesses) for students interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial career path.
The research center's Advisory Board is currently chaired by Stephanie Schear Tilenius (HBS '96). The previous chairs were Arthur Rock (HBS '51), considered the "father" of venture capital; James Breyer (HBS '87), Managing Partner of Accel Partners; Doug Mackenzie (HBS '89), an Affiliated Partner of Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and Jason Green (HBS '94), General Partner and Co-founder of Emergence Capital Partners. The Advisory Board includes HBS alumni, HBS professors, and several representatives from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and School of Engineering