Michael is co-founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of GSV Capital, as well as co-founder of GSV Asset Management and an advisor to GSV Advisors. Widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on growth investing, he authored the acclaimed book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group). Michael has been an active investor in game changing companies such as Dropbox, Twitter, Lyft, Upwork, and Palantir.
Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusedsing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as head of global growth research at Merrill Lynch and head of growth research and strategy at Montgomery Securities.
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
The GSV Pioneer Summit is the conference for breakthrough innovation and game-changing entrepreneurs. Pioneer Summit is two-day technology conference (September 14-15, 2016) in the heart of Silicon Valley that is focused on the people and companies building tomorrow’s industries. The Pioneer Summit convenes a global community of daring entrepreneurs and connects them with leading growth investors and global corporations who can help scale their efforts. GSVlabs in Redwood City, California will host the 2016 GSV Pioneer Summit. Buy your ticket now to reserve your place.