|Investments made||Dotcloud, Spigot, Greentree Apps, Founders Den|
Founders Den, Spigot Inc, Bluelight.com, Redbooth
Hearme, Paltalk, Vendio, Spigot Inc, Bluelight.com, Redbooth
I want to change the world.
Spigot, Branchout, Quora, Square, Dot Cloud
Things never go as fast as you hope no matter how much you will them to do so
Trying to do too much and not focusing on one real customer problem at a time
Focus, focus, focus (is that one or three?), don't count on a deal until the check clears, concentrate on building a great product that customers adopt in a big market and almost everything else takes care of itself
Michael is a serial entrepreneur and managing partner at the Founders Den where he advises startups and works on Spigot Inc., his fifth startup that he co-founded in 2008. Prior to Spigot Michael ran the business side of Vendio, an eCommerce platform, where he grew transactions to $1.5+ billion/ year before selling the business to Chinese giant Alibaba. Michael’s previous experience includes starting AOL’s Broadband division, running sales and marketing at Hearme and Paltalk, co-founding and overseeing Business Development at Bluelight.com a venture between Softbank, Martha Stewart, Kmart and Yahoo, and working in Accenture’s technology and strategy consulting practice where he co-founded the Internet Center in Palo Alto some 16 years ago. Michael is an active advisor and angel investor and he is the co-creator of TEDxSF, an organization dedicated to the sharing of ideas.