Michael is an inventor, entrepreneur and veteran software and technology executive with experience in both Fortune 500 and startup companies. Prior to co-founding AKF Partners, Michael spent two years as the Chief Technology Officer of Quigo, a startup internet advertising company that was acquired by AOL in 2007.
Prior to Quigo, Michael served as Vice President, Engineering & Architecture for PayPal, Inc. an eBay company. Prior to joining PayPal, Michael spent seven years at General Electric helping to develop the company’s technology strategy and processes. Michael served six years as a Captain and pilot in the US Army.
His education includes a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, and an MS in Information Systems from Hawaii-Pacific University. Michael is currently pursuing a PhD in Management at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. His research paper on the viral growth of digital service platforms has been accepted to the 2011 Academy of Management Conference.
Michael’s issued and pending patents include video content association and the automated aesthetic optimization of content, products, and advertising. Michael is a certified Six-Sigma Master Black Belt, serves on the Board of Directors for ShareThis, Distributed Energy Management, and JDRF NEO. He is an advisor to FameBall, Lot18, LocalYokel Media, and Zirmed.