After studying Artificial Intelligence, a BSc. in Information Science, and a MSc. in Business Information Systems at the University of Amsterdam, Michiel went to do a Master in Management Research at the Said Business School in Oxford. There, he rowed the 2006 boat race against Cambridge. During his studies he worked as a free lance web developer and as a musician. After his studies in Oxford he founded Spaesuvius together with Michiel Baneke.