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Christopher Payton

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

Co-Founder, Academy of Executive Education. Previously Founding Partner, Hillstead Partners LLC. Harvard MBA.

Co-Founder, Academy of Executive Education. Previously Founding Partner, Hillstead Partners LLC. Harvard MBA.

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product

Involved In


Academy of Executive Education


Inside Ride Technologies
Academy of Executive Education
Downtime Parking
Hillstead Partners, LLC


Entrepreneurial Management Teaching Fellow Harvard Business School September 2014 - present
Co-Founder and Managing Director Academy of Executive Education April 2011 - October 2014
Founding Partner Hillstead Partners LLC July 2006 - October 2011
Research Associate Harvard Business School January 2006 - October 2006
Senior Investment Manager Westport Private Equity July 2004 - June 2005
Charles M. Williams Teaching Fellow Harvard Business School July 2003 - June 2004
Summer Associate Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein May 2002 - August 2002
Senior Analyst Scotia Merchant Capital January 1999 - July 2001


Harvard Business School 2001 - 2003
University of Waterloo Management Accounting 1994 - 1998
University of Toronto Schools 1988 - 1994

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Financial Services
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Higher Education

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Venture capital • Investments • Private equity • Emerging Markets

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

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Jason De Lorme
They're my advisor: Inside Ride Technologies  •  Global Business Development Manager, Microsoft and Platform Strategy Advisor, Microsoft.
Chris is very knowledgeable and a trusted advisor, I value his intuition and experience in the decisions we make.
Tom Leung
They're my school  •  Founder and CEO, Yabbly. Previously Senior Vice President, Product, Marchex. Harvard Business School grad.
Super smart, very calm under pressure, and easy guy to work with!
Christopher Mercer
They're my school  •  Vice President, Marketing, Rogers Communications. Previously Vice President, Allstream. Harvard Business School grad.
Chris has one of the sharpest analytical minds I've ever seen. He is both the classic PE trained guy looking for what can go wrong with a bu ... siness AND is incredibly creative, versatile, and resourceful to develop business models. I highly recommend Chris Payton.
Brian Hoskins
They're my school  •  Founder and CEO, Slingkast and Advisor, Naya Ventures. Harvard Business School grad. Vanderbilt grad.
Christopher is creative and resourceful, someone who has a knack for finding opportunities and figuring out a way to make things happen. In ... his previous role, he started and scaled a worldwide education company as pretty much a two-man shop. Christopher is intelligent and analytical and would be a valuable resource for any startup.

John Cavanaugh
They're my advisor  •  Founder, Roadacious. Biotech consultant and avid cyclist. Passionate about bringing people together around fitness.
I've known John for many years and have observed his work as a consultant, a founder, and an informal advisor. John is thoughtful in his app ... roach, and is driven to find ways to succeed in those areas about which he is most passionate.