Atari 2600 for Christmas

First line of code on my Apple 2e

Joined WebCrawler

Founded Resonant

A little bit about me

Michael has worked with venture backed startups since 1996 and has been a venture capital investor since 2008.  He currently serves on the board of directors of Accio Energy and Filament.  Prior to founding Resonant, Michael worked with Menlo Innovations to help develop the first production release of Accuri Cytometer’s C6 Flow Cytometer.  Before Menlo, Michael built the royalty allocation system for the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, acquired in 2009 by Sony Music Entertainment (SME). Prior to IODA, Michael worked in the Bay Area as a software engineer with Zengine (IPO Nasdaq: ZNGN), WebCrawler and Excite which was acquired by AT&T for $6.7B– the largest M&A involving an internet company at the time.  Michael has a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business where he served as a Managing Director of the Wolverine Venture Fund’s student advisory board.  He currently serves as an advisor to the Wolverine Venture Fund and has served on several non-profit boards in the Ann Arbor area.

Why I love what I do

I have always been a geek of one subclass or another.  I am a tech nerd, musician, hockey player, golfer, martial artist, sci-fi enthusiast… the list goes on.  I have done a lot of different things and been successful because of my drive, focus and perseverance.  Being a geek is having passion and not being afraid to show it.  It’s not worrying about failure as you master your craft in pursuit of your passion.  I play for the love of the game, the thrill of the hunt, the flow that you find when playing with others.

The venture world is a commercial ecosystem where I am called on to utilize my diverse interests and talents on a daily basis.  I draw from my experience across multiple disciplines all the time.  The stakes are high and the competition fierce in venture.  Sometimes it feels like the net front battles in playoff hockey where you’re fighting for every inch.  Then there are the quiet moments to reflect and say to yourself: “What if…?”.  It’s all about people, all the time, from top to bottom.  Venture capital is the ultimate culmination of all my diverse pursuits into one awesome opportunity to collaborate with other geeks on the shape of the future.  We have a chance to fix the unintended consequences of previous waves of technology and shape the landscape of the future.  It is a very exciting time to be working in venture capital.

 

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1990
First Pro Recording Session
40
Years of Ice Hockey
2
Tang Soo Do Blackbelt Degrees

“In my experience as a start-up CEO managing multiple Boards of Directors, I have found that individual Board members bring different strengths and weaknesses to the table.  Some are good at fundraising strategy and deal-structuring .  Some are good at engaging their networks on behalf of the company.  Some are good advisors on overcoming operational challenges.  Michael leverages his background as both an experienced operating manager and as an investor to be exceptionally helpful on all of those fronts.  I deeply appreciate having his contributions as we chart a pathway to success.”

-Jen Baird, CEO Accio Energy

Michael has been very important in helping us with our vision of a connected future.  From running our hardware prototypes at his home to helping us evaluate the business and opportunity ahead of us, he’s certainly a contributor to where we stand as a company today.

-Eric Jennings, CEO Filament

Feel free to contact me directly by email at: michael@resonantvc.com

or by telephone: 734-353-0205