Benjamin Hallen is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Washington. A former entrepreneur, he received his PhD in Strategy, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University (Management Science and Engineering). His research examines how entrepreneurs “break in” to market networks, with a particular focus on how entrepreneurs may be more successful in raising and utilizing venture capital and other funding. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and Administrative Science Quarterly, and featured in Bloomberg Business Class, CNBC.com, and the Washington Post. He is the winner of the Academy of Management’s Best Paper Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division, the Academy of Management’s Best Dissertation Competition in Technology and Innovation Management, a finalist for Best Dissertation in Business Policy and Strategy, and the recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.