August 8, 1968

Person Details


Michael has started or been an initial employee at four startups, including Pipewise, Vontu, Kana, and I/PRO.

Two of the companies (Vontu, I/PRO) had large acquisitions, and one (Kana) had a successful IPO.

He was a co-founder of Vontu, an enterprise security software company, acquired by Symantec for $350M in 2007.

He spent two years at Symantec, including a year as the CTO of the Enterprise Product Group, a $4B business with 5000 engineers inside of Symantec.

Prior to Vontu, Michael was a founding employee and VP of Engineering at Kana, the pioneer in web-based CRM.

Kana went public in 1999 at a multi-billion dollar market capitalization and generated several hundred million dollars in revenue.

Mike started his career at Goldman Sachs in New York and London.

He has taught at Stanford University and lectured at Harvard, Dartmouth, ESADE, and St. Mary’s business schools.

When Mike is not working or with his family, he enjoys, triathlon, cyclocross, ultra-distance running, loves travel, and loves living in San Francisco.

Michael and his wife Mary support several local organizations, including D-Rev, where Michael is on the Board of Directors, Raphael House San Francisco, Stanford University, the University of Virginia, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Experience (7)

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    Sep, 2010 - Dec, 2012
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    Team Member
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    Entreprenuer In Residence
    Oct, 2009 - Sep, 2010
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    CTO, Enterprise Product Group
    Jan, 2009 - Oct, 2009
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    Co-Founder, VP of Technology and Services
    Feb, 2002 - Feb, 2009
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    KANA Software

    Vice President, Engineering
    Mar, 1997 - Mar, 2001
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    Director, Engineering
    Mar, 1995 - Mar, 1997

Advisory Roles (1)

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    Serial Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor
    Jan, 2014

Education (2)