Michael has had an extensive career in building and leading successful venture-backed software companies in Silicon Valley and London. For seven years he was the COO of Traiana, a financial network company, based in San Francisco and London. Traiana was backed by Sequoia and acquired by ICAP, a UK brokerage, in 2008. He has been the CEO of venture backed companies in London (Iris Financial, KWI) and Silicon Valley (Cohera, Infinity Financial & Coronet).
Michael has also assisted a number of technology companies as a Board member or Advisor including Almonde (Paris), EasySoft (Lisbon) & and Fog City Capital (San Francisco).
In his early career, Michael spent six years in Asia working for the United Nations and aid organizations. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. in International Affairs from The School for International Training and a M.Ed. from Harvard University.