Michael Godwin has worked with venture backed startups in the software, consulting, wireless and online commerce industries since 1996. He has worked with many notable firms including: AT&T, Excite, Independent Online Distribution Alliance, Menlo Innovations, WebCrawler, and Zengine/MCSI.
Michael currently serves on the board of directors of Accio Energy and Pinoccio. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the following Ann Arbor, MI based non-profit organizations: Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association and the Moo Duk Martial Arts Institute.
Michael is a former managing director of the Wolverine Venture Fund’s student advisory board at the University of Michigan. During his time with the Wolverine Venture Fund, Michael conducted due diligence and invested in several companies across the information technology, manufacturing, life sciences and clean tech sectors. Michael spearheaded the effort to fully integrate the deal acquisition, collaboration, document tracking and knowledge transfer procedures into a single solution.
Prior to his role with the Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Michael was a consultant and software engineer with Menlo Innovations where he helped develop the software for the first production release of Accuri Cytometer’s C6 Flow Cytometer. In addition to his work with Accuri, he was also instrumental in helping Menlo secure some of its larger consulting agreements by applying his deep experience in early stage and corporate operations.
Before working with Menlo Innovations, Michael designed and built the royalty allocation system for the Independent Online Distribution Alliance. IODA was named one of Fortune magazine’s 25 Breakout Companies for 2005 and a “Rising Star” in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 for Silicon Valley. IODA was acquired by Sony Music Entertainment (SME) for an undisclosed sum in June 2009.
Prior to his role with IODA, Michael worked as a software engineer with WebCrawler, which was acquired by Excite. With Excite Prior, Michael was part of the $6.7B merger with AT&T/@Home – the largest M&A involving an internet firm at the time.
Michael holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston. During his time at the University of Michigan he won the VCIC Venture Capital Investment Challenge in 2008, the David T. Shelby Award for Outstanding Leadership through the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in 2010 and was elected to and served on the Board of Community Values and Ethics from 2008-2010.
Michael also has extensive experience in the music industry. Michael was a partner in a private San Francisco based publishing company and recording studio and has performed as a bassist, guitarist and singer with hundreds of independent and major label acts. He composed music for the feature film Way Past Cool, an independent feature film directed by academy award winner Adam Davidson. Michael was a prolific session player and performed on numerous releases by independent artists.
Finally, Michael is an Ann Arbor native who returned to Ann Arbor from San Francisco with his wife Karen and son Oliver in 2005. Karen helped establish the Google office in Ann Arbor where she is a senior manager of a global division of the company. The Godwins lead a very active lifestyle that involves multiple sports and activities. Michael and Karen chose to raise Oliver in vibrant Ann Arbor because of the close proximity to family and cultural richness of the area.