After over two decades at Goldman Sachs, Michael has been active investor & entrepreneur over the past decade, focused on both private & public technology-driven opportunities. He also serves on various advisory boards of start-up internet companies.
A Wall Streeter for over 20 years, former partner at Goldman Sachs, and founder of its Internet Research effort in 1994, Michael has been living online since the early days of CompuServe in the 80s and AOL in the '90s.
Michael helped build the Internet Research effort at the firm, which eventually comprised of many analysts covering major internet segments around the world.
A native of India, Michael, aka Mukesh, grew up in the Middle East, coming to the US in 1977 for college. He got his MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, and BSc at Auburn University in 1980.
Michael started his career at Goldman Sachs in 1982, developing the firm's equities business in the Middle East, with high net worth family offices and sovereign wealth funds.
In 1989, Michael shifted focus to Institutional Equities Sales at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he launched a pioneering effort providing dedicated Technology Research Sales to buy-side Institutional counter-parts. This initiative became a mainstay Institutional service at many investment banks in the 1990s.
In 1994, Michael moved to Equities Research at Goldman Sachs, starting a career as a Technology Research Analyst.
His focus spanned Internet sectors from software, access, infrastructure, and wireless to online commerce and content companies worldwide.
Michael was the lead research analyst for the IPOs of Internet companies like UUNET, Yahoo!, eBay, DoubleClick, Webex, Real Networks, Exodus, LoudCloud, Equinix, amongst many other pioneering companies, as well as covering companies like America Online and Netscape.
He was an Institutional Investor ranked analyst for several years. Michael also helped build the Internet Research effort Goldman Sachs, which eventually comprised of many analysts covering major internet segments around the world.
Michael lives in Southern California, with frequent visits to the Bay Area and New York. His wife Jennifer, is an active private equity investor.
Board & Advisor Roles (1)Update
Board of Directors
|Jul, 2011||just.me Inc||$500k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2010||Path||$2.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2010||Fluidinfo||$1.79M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2009||Bump Technologies||$3.4M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2008||StockTwits||undisclosed amount / Angel||Personal Investment|
|May, 2008||Blekko||$3M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2008||EQAL||$5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2007||Seesmic||$6M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2007||Blekko||$2M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2007||Rupture||$3M / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2007||Fraudwall Technologies||$1.01M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2007||Anchor Intelligence||$2M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2006||Dogster||$1M / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2005||Loomia||$1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 1999||Answers Corporation||$1.36M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Dec 19, 2013||Venture Beat - Funding Daily: Wrapping up|
|Apr 16, 2013||TechCrunch - Google Ventures-Backed Messaging Startup, Just.me, Launches iOS App In 155 Countries/32 Languages, Aiming To Rattle Social’s Cage|
|Jan 23, 2013||TechCrunch - Can A Messaging App Beat Standalone Social Networking? Khosla-Backed Stealth Startup Just.me Gears Up For Launch With iOS Beta|
|Dec 29, 2011||TechCrunch - Fund.me: Mobile Social Network Startup Just.me Raises $2.7 Million|
|Dec 5, 2011||Fast Company - SoLoMo And The Future Of Mobile Technology|
|Nov 9, 2011||Fast Company - Think Mobile, Act Global [Video]|
|Oct 25, 2011||Fast Company - Are Apps Evolving From Useful To Universal? [Video]|
|Sep 13, 2011||TechCrunch - TechCrunch|