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Gary Dushnitsky, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Ahead of the next Faculty Research Lecture, Gary Dushnitsky spoke to us about his research, teaching, and life on and off campus.

  • You are an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Can you tell us a little bit about your research?
    I am fascinated by innovation to the way we finance innovation. Namely, I study accelerators, crowdfunding platforms, corporate venture capitalists. In academic terms, you may say that my work centres on the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. Broadly speaking, there are two streams of research. The first involves a deep dive into a focal financing vehicle (eg., accelerators); investigating such issues as its emergence, unique structure and ultimate performance (financial and otherwise). The second stream takes an holistic view of the entrepreneurial finance landscape; looking at opportunities, and frictions, that arise as those players co-exist within an ecosystem.

  • What do you enjoy most about teaching?
    Students, students, students. LBS students bring invaluable insights and energy that is truly stimulating. It drives me to develop and introduce cutting edge thinking into my sessions. And equally, I find I am learning a lot from students’ insights and way of thinking in a way that reshapes my research.

  • If you hadn’t become an academic what else would you have done?
    A venture capitalist or a mountain climber. I cannot comment as to the level of success I might have commanded, but either one would be approached with great enthusiasm.

  • What does being a part of the LBS community mean to you?
    At the risk of stating the obvious… "London experience. World impact"
  • Where is your favourite place on campus?
    R331, LT9, and a run around the outer circle – not necessarily in that order…

  • What does your typical work day look like?
    It depends. During a teaching term, it usually goes something like this; “I come, I teach, I am excited,” while during a research term, it’s more like this; “I come, I think, I am excited."

  • Where is your favourite holiday destination?
    Rosario islands, Colombia.

  • What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
    Parenthood has given me a new perspective on all facets of life. Highly recommended, with all the usual disclaimers applying to extreme sports.

  • Do you have any good recommendations from living in London? 
    Strolling, jogging, or cycling along the Regent Canal.

Make sure you don't miss Associate Professor Dushnitsky's Faculty Research Lecture, 'The Crowds behind Crowdfunding', LT1, 12.00 - 13.00 on Wednesday, 7 June, 2017. Save the date to your calendar and reserve your place today.