Hi, I’m Mike, the goofy looking guy to the right. I grew up in a small town in California called Portola Valley which is roughly situated between San Francisco and San Jose. My family has lived there for nearly six decades and witnessed this suburb transition from a sleepy ranching community to a popular residence for Silicon Valley technology folks.
Despite my love of sourdough bread, sunshine, and the Giants (the SF ones), I opted for four traditional seasons after high school and attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After school, I sold my soul to Wall Street and moved to New York City before miraculously finagling my way into venture capital.
In my first VC job, I recognized the value for an investor to have both operating experience and an MBA; consequently, I joined one of our portfolio companies and ultimately attended business school at Columbia. After graduation, I traded in my snow boots for flip-flops and returned to the Bay Area where I work as a venture capitalist.
Outside of professional stuff, I apparently can’t get enough of working with entrepreneurs because I also serve on the Investor Board of Venture for America, a New York City-based nonprofit that places recent college grads with startups in cities needing revitalization, and am also a mentor for Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20” fellowship. Additionally, I was never the fastest runner as a kid, but in my twenties I realized I could stubbornly outlast almost anyone. As a result, I’ve taken up endurance sports and have somehow run a handful of marathons and recently completed two Ironman 70.3 triathlons. No, I’ve never won any of these, but I enjoy them..