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Motley Fool CAPS is about community — a community working together to find better stocks and to become better investors. And those of us who work on CAPS every day are a little bit smarter because of the support of our CAPS mentors. Our mentors have guided, challenged, and inspired us, and helped to make CAPS a better resource because of their generous support.

Clayton M. Christensen

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  • Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • www.claytonchristensen.com
  • Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. His research and teaching interests center on managing innovation and creating new growth markets. He is author or co-author of five books, including: The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), which received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book published in 1997; The Innovator's Solution (2003), also a New York Times best seller; and Seeing What’s Next (2004). A seasoned entrepreneur, Christensen has founded three successful companies. In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole. He presently is completing two books that examine the problems of our healthcare and public education systems through the lenses of his theories. These works also will show how the problems in these industries can be resolved.

Paul DePodesta

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  • San Diego Padres
  • www.padres.com
  • Paul DePodesta is a baseball front-office assistant for the San Diego Padres. He was a key figure in Michael Lewis's book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It was in this book that sabermetric baseball analysis was thrust into the mainstream. Sabermetrics is a rigorous approach to understanding the statistics that meaningfully measure a members contributions towards winning baseball games. He has also served as general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from February 16, 2004 to October 29, 2005. In 1999, he joined the Oakland Athletics organization as an assistant to general manager Billy Beane. He is a native of Alexandria, Virginia and attended Harvard University, where he played baseball and football and graduated cum laude in 1995 with a degree in economics. DePodesta worked for the Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League and the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League.

William R. Hambrecht

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  • Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, WR Hambrecht + Co
  • www.wrhambrecht.com
  • In 1968, Bill co-founded Hambrecht & Quist, an investment banking firm specializing in emerging high-growth technology companies. He founded WR Hambrecht + Co in 1998, introducing OpenIPO(r) as a means to level the playing field for both investors and issuers. Bill has served as a director for numerous private and public companies. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The American University of Beirut and is on the Advisory Investment Committee to the Board of Regents of the University of California. Bill graduated from Princeton University.

Guy Kawasaki

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  • blog.guykawasaki.com
  • Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of eight books including The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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