Mike is co-founder of the Seattle based venture capital company, Second Avenue Partners. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Starwave, Paul Allenâ€™s multimedia and internet startup, where he was a key figure in the creation of the consumer internet, launching key sites ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, ABCNews.com, Mr. Showbiz and the Go.com network. Prior to Starwave, Mike spent 10 years in executive roles at both Steve Jobsâ€™ NeXT Computer, Inc. and Microsoft (where he introduced products, including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Works). He has also served as a high-level consultant at Apple Computer and Disney Internet Group. In 2000, he and two other former Microsoft executives purchased and re-launched the Professional Bowlers Association, where he currently sits on the board of directors. Mike is a board member of startups Fantasy Moguls, Azaleos, and GotVoice. He is active in the nonprofit field as a board member of the Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre Company and the Seattle Theatre Group, and he also sits on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Colorado College.
Mike Slade began his career at Microsoft in 1983 and spent seven years there in a variety of product marketing roles. Products he introduced to the market at Microsoft include Excel (1985), Works (1987), and Microsoft Office (1989). He served as director of corporate marketing in Microsoft’s systems software division before leaving in late 1990. He formerly served on the boards of two public companies; Metricom, Inc (1994-96); and The CKS Group (1996-98).
Slade joined Starwave, Paul Allen’s trailblazing venture into the Internet and multimedia products arena, in 1993 after briefly serving as vice president of special projects for Asymetrix Corp., reporting to Mr. Allen. While at Starwave, Slade launched ESPN.com, ABCNews.com and the Go.com network, among other premier websites that have now become household names. Mike Slade retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Starwave Corporation upon the completion of its sale to the Walt Disney Corp. in late 1998.