Maxwell Wessel

Maxwell Wessel
Contact Info
Lecturer in Management


Max is the GM of, a unit inside SAP chartered with the development and scaling of new businesses that can meaningfully increase SAP’s more than $25B in annual revenue. 

Max also lectures on innovation and strategy at the Stanford Graduate school of Business and writes for the Harvard Business Review, Techcrunch, and Business Insider. Max frequently collaborates with the Forum for Growth and Innovation, Clayton Christensen’s think tank, where he served as a senior research fellow.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BA, Northwestern University,

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2015-present

Professional Experience

  • General Manager,
  • Venture Partner, NextGen Venture Partners
  • VP, Sapphire Ventures
  • Global Agenda Council Member, World Economic Forum
  • Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School


Journal Articles

Robert E. Siegel, Aaron Levie, Maxwell Wessel. Harvard Business Review. Harvard University: November 2016, Pages 68-74.
Nikhil R. Sahni, Maxwell Wessel, Clayton M. Christensen. Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Leland Stanford Jr. University , 2013.
Maxwell Wessel, Clayton M. Christensen. Harvard Business Review. Harvard University Press, December 2012.


Degree Courses


This course explores how digital disruptions are having tectonic shifts on large, successful and established companies, whether they have a digital foundation or not. Both new and existing high technology firms such as Google, Amazon, Stripe,...

School News

November 2, 2016
This fall, the Stanford Graduate School of Business welcomed six new professors — including the 2016 winner of the prestigious John Bates Clark award, Yuliy Sannikov — and 11 lecturers.