Christopher Thorpe '97, Ph.D. '08

CEO, Philo, Inc.

The "super power" of a Harvard education is its simultaneous depth and breadth. Undergraduate liberal arts requirements honed my communication skills, which have led to success in technology business leadership, just as graduate breadth requirements led me to discover an unexpected fit with cryptography; that research is now being adopted for real-world problems. The flexibility to learn about anything and work with people from any background, and the lifelong relationships I developed with mentors and friends at Harvard, have become the two cornerstones of a successful, rewarding career.