Michelle Bonat
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Michelle Bonat

Vast experience in tech, social media, marketing, and analytics. Former Oracle apps exec, founded social media agency, created top Facebook application. Numbers geek and reformed banker. Kellogg MBA.

Website: http://about.me/michellebonat
Redowood City, California, United States
Member since August 29, 2012
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If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Better done than perfect.

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Michelle has a track record driving innovative initiatives to success at the executive level, backed by 20+ years of management experience spanning marketing, technology, social media, analytics, and finance. She is currently the CEO and founder of Data Simply, whose software helps brands put their social data to work for them.

Previously she founded RumbaFish, an enterprise social software and services company named one of the most innovative application companies in the world under $100 million. A reformed money-center banker, Michelle's experience includes 7 years in Oracle Applications Development, including building Oracle's self-service financial web applications suite to global market leadership and delivering it in 30+ languages. At Ariba she led product management and marketing for the platform and a dozen products: driving the first mid-market SaaS solution, creating a company-wide product planning process, and part of the team that helped monetize and globally relaunch the Ariba Network (now the world’s largest transacting network with $200+ billion in total annual spend across 130 countries). She has also led marketing and product groups for several high-tech startups.

A marketing and social media expert with an MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, she founded a social media marketing agency for SMB’s and created the award-winning social music game StompBox Tunes, which became a top 10% Facebook application by generating audience engagement.

Michelle is a sought after speaker adept at presenting to large groups in high impact situations. She resides in the Silicon Valley, California area and is an active member of the entrepreneurial community in that epicenter of innovation, where she contributes back as a startup advisor.

Favorite quote: "If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct." Henry Ford