Michael Rubin is an entrepreneur and product creator. From 1985-1994 he designed editing systems and edited feature films and television shows in Hollywood.
In 1993 he co-founded Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge, an "experiential" retail business that is centered on creativity-painting bisque ceramics-and it catalyzed a national phenomenon in "contemporary ceramics" studios. He was CEO until 2009.
In 1999, with the release of Apple's Final Cut Pro, Rubin returned to editing tools, but solely focused on consumer education. Between 1999 and 2004 Rubin wrote four books on digital video, designed an online curriculum for Columbia University and the American Film Institute, and consulted for Sony and Apple regarding video literacy. In 2006 Rubin became Director of Product Management at Netflix, specializing in Web 2.0 and social effects.
In 2009 Rubin joined start-up PublicEarth, Inc. as Chief Product Officer. In 2010 he was made CEO, moved the company to Silicon Valley, and created the travel and location-service TripTrace (originally named PlaceBook). Closing PublicEarth in 2011, Rubin launched a new company to deliver mobile location applications. Then in 2012 he joined CloudMade to create and introduce new location-enabled monetization tools for mobile games. After the launch of Zigi.com, Rubin returned to Petroglyph briefly to launch the new retail concept GLOW Candle Lounge (opening a flagship studio in San Jose in Dec 2012).
Most recently in 2013, Rubin has joined Adobe as a Senior Innovator at the new Disruptive Innovation Group (DIG).
|Dec 9, 2010||Venture Beat - After getting hassled by Facebook, travel planner TripTrace goes live|
|Oct 16, 2010||TechCrunch - TripTrace: A Place Book For Where You’ve Been And Where You’re Going|
|Aug 10, 2010||TechCrunch - Facebook Bullies PlaceBook Into Changing Their Name — Or The Way It’s Pronounced|
|Jun 15, 2010||Venture Beat - PlaceBook bets on privacy when it comes to location data|
|Nov 16, 2009||CNet - Crowdsourced cartography in PublicEarth, OpenStreetMap - CNET|