Mike has been continuously active in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing since earning his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, where he was named to the national Engineering Honor Society. He went on to earn his MBA degree with distinction at Yale, and was named the annual Jess Morrow Johns Memorial Scholar and was awarded a Yale Teaching Fellowship. He began his career in Silicon Valley and has spent his entire career working in the world’s leading innovation clusters of Silicon Valley / San Francisco, Boston / Cambridge, and Tel Aviv, Israel. He’s a successful serial tech entrepreneur, professor, innovation consultant, angel investor, board member, hackathon leader, keynote speaker, podcast author, and startup mentor.
VC -BACKED TECH ENTREPRENEUR
Mike was an early team member and CXO( typically Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer) of 8 prior VC-backed enterprise tech startups. Two went public on the NASDAQ and 7 were subsequently acquired by large corporate strategics including ATT, IBM, Iron Mountain, Oracle, Symantec and Synopsys. He co-led a global IPO roadshow and a subsequent secondary roadshow. He’s been a part of management teams that have cumulatively raised over $1B USD in venture and public equity capital. Investors included top tier VCs such as Bain Ventures, Greylock, Matrix Partners & Highland Capital; PE firm Silver Lake and corporate strategics Accenture, Dell, Intel Capital, and SAP.
PROFESSOR IN THE PRACTICE & EDUCATOR, INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MARKETING, LEADERSHIP
Mike has served as Global Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Marketing and Leadership at numerous institutions over the past 20+ years. He has taught at the Executive Education, EMBA, MBA, Masters & undergraduate levels. Over that time, Mike has been named Financial Times Global Professor of the Week, Professor of the Year, and was the recipient of multiple Global Teaching Excellence awards, as well as the Professor Most Engaged with Students award. He’s consistently highly rated in student course evaluations. He was part of a small faculty team to create a new MBA curriculum, which won the global AACSB award for the word’s most innovative MBA degree program curriculum. He teaches courses including Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship: New Product Innovation, Financing Innovation, Disruptive Business Model Innovation, the Future of Advertising & Marketing, Digital Marketing, Corporate Venturing, Transformative Leadership & Global Management.
MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MGMT & MIT EF FOUNDERS PROGRAM
Mike spent 10 plus years as a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, teaching MBAs and in the Executive Education program. He continues to serve as a faculty member for the MIT Smart Start Founders Program in the MIT Enterprise Forum. He’s also lectured and mentored in the award winning MIT Desphpande Center i-Teams program, which became the US standard for IP commercialization from university R&D labs. He spent over a decade as a judge in the MIT $100K global entrepreneurship competition. He’s been an co-organizer and facilitator of the first two MIT Media Lab Virtual and Augmented Reality Hackathons. He serves on the central MIT CIO Symposium Organizing Team, where his focus is on helping to define the annual program and to recruit world class CIOs as speakers and panelists. He’s also a mentor in the global MIT Solve Community.
Mike serves as Faculty Chairman and Lead Professor in the Rutgers “Leading Disruptive Innovation” Executive Education Certificate Program offered through the School of Professional Studies. Executive client-students hail from blue chip companies including FISERVE, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, NBA, Novartis, Salesforce.com. Tiffany, etc. In addition, Mike teaches a new hands-on design, product development and innovation course in the Rutgers Masters in Science and Business degree program.
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK (DTU)
Mike helped design and establish the unique 9 month DTU Executive Education certificate program, “Corporate Entrepreneurial Leadership” and was a charter member of the international faculty team, with colleagues from Babson, Dartmouth & RPI, where he was consistently the highest rated faculty member. Clients included many of the largest companies in Scandinavia and North – Central Europe including Novo Nordisk and Maersk.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Mike has served as both a mentor & pitch instructor in the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. He’s a member of the selection committee and mentor in the Berkeley SkyDeck startup accelerator and an industry mentor Berkeley Blockchain “Xcelerator.” He continues to mentor numerous Berkeley -lead startups that were born in the BMoE workshop.
McGill is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 universities globally. Mike consulted to the Provost on matters regarding technology commercialization, licensing and tech transfer, working directly with McGill’s elite group of “University Professors.”
MANAGEMENT INSTITUTES – PROFESSOR IN THE PRACTICES / ACADEMIC MENTOR / ADVISOR / GUEST LECTURER
Babson has perennially been ranked the premiere US institute of Higher Learning for the study of Entrepreneurship. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of the Babson College eTower, and an advisor to the Babson CODE Club The eTower was founded in 2001 with the goal of bringing together the highest levels of entrepreneurs within the Babson community. Mike also organizes and leads coding hackathons using the latest methodologies on behalf of the Babson Coding Club. He has also organized and led cross- campus collaborative hackathons between Northeastern, Babson, Olin and Wellesley students. Mike has also previously been a guest lecturer in Executive Education classes at Babson. He has served as a judged in Babson “Rocket Pitch” competitions and served as a Judge in the semi-finals of Babson “ePitch Second Century” pitch competition, celebrating the School’s Centennial. He’s consulting to the Dean that is responsible for the newly created Babson Labs, defining the how Babson will innovate its offerings to effectively educate entrepreneurs in its second century.
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Mike has mentored in the Harvard Innovation Lab, and included Harvard MBA and science students in his workshops, lectures and courses and in the pre-seed startup accelerator that he ran. He’s run focus groups for Harvard Innovation Lab student entrepreneurs. He has reviewed and commented on HBSP case studies, and he has taught the “Designing Your Life” workshop on Harvard campus. He’s moderated and served on panels at HBS “Cyberposium” and other entrepreneurship – related conferences on campus. He’s been a contributing reviewer on HBS case studies.
HULT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL
Mike served as Global Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Digital Marketing and Leadership, and was co-discipline lead of the school’s Entrepreneurship curriculum. He taught at all of Hult’s global campuses. He won numerous global teaching excellence awards and Professor of the Year Awards during his 8 year tenure at Hult. He created many of the entrepreneurship, innovation, social entrepreneurship and digital marketing courses now in use at the school.
INNOVATION & STRATEGY CONSULTANT
Early in his career Mike worked for McKinsey as a member of their innovation practice. Mike maintains an independent consulting practice, with a focus on corporate strategy, innovation and design thinking. Corporate clients have included Accenture, Ambu, Bemis, the Canadian Federal Government, Capital One, Dell EMC, Danske Post, EF Corporate Language Learning, Ferrari, Intuit, Maersk, McGill University, naviHealth, Nestle, Novo Nordisk, Omada, Pirelli, SAB Miller and Worthen Industries. Previous government clients include the Federal Government of Canada, The Department of Foreign Affairs & Investment, Canada, The Canadian Consulate in Boston, The Province of Quebec CN, the Province of Nova Scotia CN and the Province of New Brunswick CN, as well as the governments of Denmark and Scotland.
Mike actively shares his insights weekly on his Disruptive Innovation podcast series, which streams on Apple, Spotify, Google Play, Radio.com, SoundCloud, Anchor, Stitcher and Simplecast. He also posts his views daily on major innovation-related news and trends on LinkedIn and Twitter.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP MENTOR / STARTUP BOARD MEMBER
Mike founded the Boston Chapter of the StartupNext seed stage accelerator, and served as its Managing Director until it was acquired by Techstars. He’s been an active and top-rated mentor in top rated global accelerator & enablement programs such as TechStars, 500 Startups, the Founders Institute, Berkeley SkyDeck, Berkeley Blockchain “Xcelerator”, Berkeley Methods of Entreprenruship, Startup Weekend and the MassChallenge as well as IBM SmartCamp in the US, the Founders Institute, MaRS, Quebec Growth and CEIM in Canada, and Seedcamp London and startupbootcamp Denmark & Gazelle Growth internationally.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
Mike‘s been engaged in the field of Social Entrepreneurship for over a decade. He mentored the winning team in the 2013 Hult Prize SF Regional Competition as they won against Stanford, U Cal Berkeley, and MIT and helped lead them to the Finals at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting where they presented to luminaries including Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. He’s served as a judge in the Rutgers Chapter of the Hult Prize. He mentors in the global MIT Solve program. He served as an advisor to Engineers Without Borders Rutgers Chapter as well as numerous social startup ventures. He was one of the lead faculty members in the Hult Masters in Social Entrepreneurship degree program prior to its being closed down, teaching courses on Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. He’s led many hackathons focused on social impact.
Mike started and then served as the Boston/ Cambridge Chapter leader, then Co-Leader and Community Impact Fellow at various times. OpenIDEO uses IDEO’s design thinking methodology to drive actionable solutions for significant social challenges, from homelessness to affordable education to environmental protection.
Mike was presented with the prestigious 2018 Rosoff Award, as voted on by his peers, for his leadership on driving diversity and inclusion in the tech and startup communities.
HACKATHON LEADER (highlights)
- MIT Media Lab Virtual / Augmented Reality hackathon. Cambridge MA (largest in world) (multiple)
- Data Governance & Management Hackathon, focus on enterprise AI & anti-money laundering. SF
- Accenture “AI for Good” Hackathon. SF
- IBM AI and Cloud Database Hackathon, Boston, MA
- Capital One / Critical Stack “Code-a-thon”, Cambridge, MA
- Babson College, Wellesley Collge, Olin College of Engineering, Northeastern U, Hult International Business School “AI for Good” Code-athon. Babson Park, MA
- Nestle Global Skin Health and Wellness. NYC
- naviHealth “Innovation in Healthcare” hackathon
- Open IDEO Hacking Higher Education. Cambridge, MA
- Hult Prize $1M Social Entrepreneurship Competition Hackathon. SF
- Hacking Health Care Hackathon. Montreal
- General Assembly Social Impact Hackathon. Boston
- Hacking for Humanity Hackathon. Boston
- Design for America MIT Chapter Hackathon. Cambridge MA
ENTREPRENERUSHIP COMPETITION JUDGE (highlights)
- MIT $100K Prize Global Entrepreneurship Competition. Cambridge MA (10 yrs.)
- Open Data Science Global Startup Cup $1M prize
- Massachusetts Global Startup Challenge $1M in prize money. Boston
- Babson Rocket Pitch
- Babson $100K Prize “ePitch Second Century” pitch competition”, celebrating the School’s Centennial.
- Startup Grind (numerous)
- Startup Weekend (numerous)
- Canadian Dept. of Foreign Affairs Canadian US go-to-market Boot camp
- New England Clean Energy Commission US startup competition
- Hult Prize $1M Prize Social Entrepreneurship Regional Competition Hackathons. SF & Boston (multiple)
- Hult Prize $1M Prize Social Entrepreneurship Regional Competition; Rutgers Chapter
- Canadian National Research Foundation (numerous)
- Canadian Department Foreign Affairs & Investment (numerous)
Mike keynotes, lectures, moderates panels and facilitates workshops at many startup, entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital and social impact events and is active on the TEDx circuit. He has keynoted a wide range of events, including the Global Startup Festival, the Nestle SKIN Shield Hackathon, the Hacking Health global conference on Hacking Health IT, the Beyond Corporate Purpose Global Summit, and many others.
AUTHOR / COLUMNIST
Mike has written a regular columns on the themes of innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in Forbes online. He’s published in the Harvard Business Review Italy, Wharton at Work, Knowledge at Wharton, and 20 other publications.
Mike’s often quoted in business pubs including WSJ, Financial Times, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, Entrepreneur, San Jose Mercury News, SF Business Times, Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal & Boston Innovation; global broadcast TV & Radio news networks WCBS TV & Natonal Public Radio, & tech trade pubs CIO Magazine, CIO Dive, Tech Target, Baseline, The Register, Storage Newsletter, Database & Security Week.
EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS & ACADEMIC HONORS
YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Mike earned his MBA with high distinction at Yale, and was the recipient of the annual Jess Morrow Johns Memorial Scholar Award, the Procter & Gamble Marketing leadership award and a Yale Teaching Fellowship.
RUTGERS COLLGE OF ENGINEERING
Mike graduated magna cum laude (with highest honors) from Rutgers with a BS in Engineering. He was named to the National Engineering Honor Society and the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Fraternity. He was presented with the Rutgers Engineering Medal of Excellence Award for Career Achievement, as well being named Rutgers Alumni of the Year.