I am dedicated to supporting and enabling the flourishing of humanity in the 21st century.

I am an entrepreneur, strategist, philosopher, systems architect, mapmaker, life athlete and yogi.

My maps have led me to found technology companies, conduct original research in business management theory and write a variety of essays about the intersections between business, psychology, macroeconomics and philosophy.

I am committed to being an ever-developing multi-paradigmatic polymath.

Below are a variety of my skills and areas of expertise:

[Lean Startup, Customer Development], [Evolutionary Developmental Systems Theory, Strategic Foresight, Singularitarianism, Accelerating Technological Change], [Developmental Psychology, Personality Systems, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Intersubjective dynamics], [Integral Theory, Vajrayana Buddhism, Trans-lineage Metatheory, Post-Metaphysical Spirituality, Cultural Evolution], [High Intensity Interval Training, Nutrition, Biohacking, Breakdancing, Energy Management, Getting Things Done].


I left Stanford in 2010 during my freshman year to found a company that produced the Startup Genome Project and a software product called Compass.

To date the Startup Genome has collected the world’s largest comprehensive dataset of high growth early stage technology startups and released 4 highly-regarded reports that have been read by over 1 Million people and covered in many national publications including WSJ, HBR & PBS, adopted into the curriculum of 100+ universities & startup accelerators and inspired numerous businesses and political initiatives.

Compass has developed technology that is essentially a “data refinery” or an “analyst in the cloud”: the user puts low value data in and gets high value data back. It is currently used by more than 30,000 CEOs worldwide.

I left the company in 2013 but continue to advise on strategy and work on special projects.

Like Theseus, I am trying to leave a trail to find my way back through the labyrinth. Here is my ball of string for my intellectual development and more about my personal journey can be found here.

My Project and Work history is most accurately reflected on my LinkedIn Profile.

  • Paulina
    August 31, 2011

    Hi Max,

    Hope you are great. I’m an entrepreneurship student at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Hermosillo Mexico, and the student asociation of my bachelor is organizing the 2nd Forum of Innovation and entrepreneurship at our University with the theme of startup, and we are interesting in you coming and talk us about your story and entrepreneurship experience.
    The date of the event is 14,15 y 16 of October. Your talk would be (if you are available of curse) on Friday. The same Friday and the rest of the weekend is going to be The Startupweekend (http://hermosillo.startupweekend.org/), for completing the Forum with the talks and practicing what they learn on it.
    We already have two other confirmed speakers Tristan( http://tristankromer.com/) and Rebeca Hwang (http://www.younoodle.com/people/rebeca_hwang), and we are waiting another confirmation of a speaker, we are planing 4 talks.
    We are going to cover all the expenses of flight, accommodation and thing you could need on your stay in Hermosillo.
    We are looking foward to have you here!!


    Paulina 🙂

  • Matt Beauchamp
    October 28, 2014

    You ARE gay, right?