Danny Crichton

Danny Crichton

Danny Crichton is an award-winning researcher and writer on regional innovation hubs with an intense passion for building companies and building nations. He is currently a doctoral student at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a contributing writer for TechCrunch.

Founding his first company in high school, Danny was formerly an investor at General Catalyst Partners, where he engaged companies in the mobile, labor, defense and security spaces. He led the technical infrastructure for SignalFire, a data-driven talent firm, and worked on several of the firm's investments.

In 2011-2012, Danny was a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea, where he was a visiting researcher at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon. His research investigated the impact of Korean government policy on the engineering pipeline of new graduates between high school and the workforce, as well as the individuals and groups that have formed in the Seoul regional innovation hub. He presented his research at KAIST, the Korean-American Education Commission (KAEC), Samsung's Global Strategy Group, and on the Korean radio station Arirang.

Before leaving the United States, he worked in product management at Google, where he conceived and launched Google+ Search.

While at Stanford University in California, Danny wrote an award-winning thesis on the history of Silicon Valley and Stanford's Department of Computer Science, developing a novel ecosystem-based model to analyze the unique development of the world's most recognized regional innovation hub. He presented the paper at the Triple Helix Conference, one of the largest research organizations devoted to building regional innovation throughout the world.

He has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, New York Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, BusinessInsider, as well as by the National Academies of Science.

Danny graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science.

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  • Approaching Policy After Uber’s Scorched Earth

    Approaching Policy After Uber’s Scorched Earth

    The blowback to Uber reached a new level of intensity this week with massive and occasionally violent street protests in France. Our very own Romain Dillet walked around Paris snapping photos of the protests, which included overturned cars, smashed windows, and tires set on fire. Even for a nation with a storied past of truculent protest politics, the anti-Uber mobs were notable. It should come… Read More

  • The Millennial Delusion

    The Millennial Delusion

    The obsession with “millennials” continues to fascinate me. Despite being the most outspoken generation in history, people – very important and powerful people – claim they don’t understand us. We make no sense apparently, as if the actions and career paths of our parents make total and complete sense. There are even consulting firms that specialize in… Read More

  • Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

    Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

    I’m going to come right out and say it: few areas have been as hopeful and as disappointing as innovation in education. Education is probably the single most important function in our society today, yet it remains one of the least understood, despite incredible levels of investment from venture capitalists and governments. Why do students continue to show up in a classroom or start an… Read More

  • The Fundamental Fallacy of Modern Recruiting

    The Fundamental Fallacy of Modern Recruiting

    Think the hiring process is tedious and a waste of time? You are not alone. Lately, there has been growing concern among policymakers and journalists about the increasing time gap between the posting of a job listing and the actual hiring of a worker. The most popular explanation for this trend among economists is that labor quality is dwindling – that there is a “skills… Read More

  • Vote Machine Learning For President!

    Vote Machine Learning For President!

    You have to hand it to American democracy. After many years of political back-and-forth, we have finally reached a consensus: government blows. Government can’t do anything, least of all build an HTML website with a form on it to collect health information. It’s popular these days to trash policy and policymakers, and certainly the politicians who watch over them. In contrast to… Read More

  • Adblocking And The End Of Big Advertising

    Adblocking And The End Of Big Advertising

    I have a confession to make as an internet writer: I block ads. It’s not a habit I formed recently – I have pretty much blocked ads my entire life, in every medium that I can. In middle school, I bought the first-generation TiVo in order to skip television ads (my mother may have helped with this purchase). I still saw the ads though while scrolling the video, so I resorted to… Read More

  • The Death And Life Of Truth In The Internet Age

    The Death And Life Of Truth In The Internet Age

    I’m a two-foot-five short gnome. That’s a lie, but this supposed fact is now in the pool of information that is the internet (cesspool may be the more apt term). The chances are good that this post will be shared by someone on a social network (this is your hint to click on one of those social share buttons. Except StumbleUpon. No one likes StumbleUpon. We keep it there… Read More

  • When Seconds Count, RapidSOS Will Be Ready When 911 Isn’t

    When Seconds Count, RapidSOS Will Be Ready When 911 Isn’t

    In our lives, there will be moments when mere seconds can make the difference between life and death. A fire starts in a home and quickly starts to spread while the occupants are asleep upstairs. A kidnapper grabs a person on the street and begins to drive away. A diner at a restaurant starts choking on their food and enters cardiac arrest. Too often though, 911 services fail to help, plagued… Read More

  • How Should We Learn?

    How Should We Learn?

    Ignorance has been a fait accompli throughout the history of human society. There was never enough information about the world and how it functions, and even when we had it, few people had access. Whole branches of knowledge could be lost or simply stagnate, like much of science and mathematics in the European Dark Ages. The internet changed all that. Data is everywhere, and knowledge is… Read More

  • The Obsession With Silicon Everywhere

    The Obsession With Silicon Everywhere

    There are many commentators who argue that there is a bubble in Silicon Valley today. They may or may not be right, but there is certainly a bubble in places named after the preeminent global tech ecosystem. Silicon Border. Silicon Hills. Silicon Steppe. Silicon Prairie. Silicon Roundabout. Silicon Gulf. Silicon Avenue. Silicon Canal. Silicon Alley. Silicon Beach. Silicon Forest. Philadelphia… Read More

  • Millennials Are Destroying Banks, And It’s The Banks’ Fault

    Millennials Are Destroying Banks, And It’s The Banks’ Fault

    Millennials are rejecting home ownership across the land. Millennials aren’t buying crap anymore, destroying businesses that, well, sell crap. Millennials are changing the workplace to be, I kid you not, more friendly to “millennial values.” Millennials this, millennials that, and those are just some of the stories published this week on this critical, hot-button… Read More

  • Lockstep Salaries Are Making A Comeback

    Lockstep Salaries Are Making A Comeback

    With the closing of the Mad Men era, what is old is popular once again. Silicon Valley may be known for its colorful workplaces and free catered lunches, but its true innovation in compensation was exchanging the rigid tenure-based salary systems of East Coast professional firms for the meritocracy of the pure labor market. Everyone must discover their own competitive wage and equity level in… Read More

  • Algocracy


    Every day throughout the United States, there are thousands of patients waiting for a compatible organ. Supply never meets demand, a function of our voluntary system of organ donation as well as the consistent ban on paid organs. Some patients may get lucky and get an organ just in time, while others never do. Luck, though, is only a small part of the probability of receiving an organ. UNOS… Read More

  • In Ambitious Security Play, Skyport Launches The Next Generation of Secure Infrastructure

    In Ambitious Security Play, Skyport Launches The Next Generation of Secure Infrastructure

    Winter is coming to the icy land of IT departments. Ferocious cyberattacks against corporate IT infrastructures are proliferating, and it seems like every day we hear about another company experiencing a critical data breach. Sometimes those leaks are minor, but other times, the leaks are an entire company’s email archive. The threat environment for IT systems has arguably never been… Read More

  • Why Is The University Still Here?

    Why Is The University Still Here?

    Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis. And yet after years of efforts, we have arrived in 2015 and almost nothing seems to have changed about the way we get… Read More

  • A Mission Of Excellence

    A Mission Of Excellence

    Changing the world. You do it every time you walk on a sidewalk kicking dirt (entropy!) and every time you join a startup in San Francisco. Many of the Valley’s top companies have had such broad cri de coeurs. Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Facebook’s is to “make the world more… Read More

  • The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris

    The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris

    By now, the outrage machine is in full bore over the shutdown of Valley darling Secret. The once high-flying app, which allowed you to anonymously share details with your friends and the wider world, eventually sputtered in its growth, leading its founders to shut it down yesterday. Startups fail all the time, but what made this one special was that the founders, David Byttow and Chrys… Read More

  • You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    I always love peering into the world of executive recruiting. As a grad student and as a writer, the thought that there are people out there chasing other people to get them to work at massive wages always seemed to me like a bounty hunter scene out of a strange science fiction movie. Sometimes the wages offered are as much as $1 million; sometimes, that’s not enough. Competition in… Read More

  • With Water Running Out, Freight Farms Launches 2015 Farm-In-A-Box

    With Water Running Out, Freight Farms Launches 2015 Farm-In-A-Box

    Climate change is real, and it is getting uglier. Global temperatures are continuing to rise, placing enormous strain on water and food supplies throughout the world. Many areas have been hit hard by the climate disruption, but none more prominently than California, where the state has entered its fourth year of drought with massively diminishing water supplies and hectares of fallow… Read More

  • Oh, The Places You Will Go With Hackers

    Oh, The Places You Will Go With Hackers

    Wanderlust in San Francisco used to mean going anywhere west of Mount Sutro to exotic locales like the Outer Sunset. But a new generation of creative worker, backed by the cloud and increasingly ubiquitous worldwide internet connectivity, is seeking to travel outside of the 7×7 to the wider world of the seven continents. Two startups, RemoteYear and Hacker Paradise, are taking… Read More

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