Co-founder/COO Wishknish, Washington
Michael is a career Investments professional turned Tech Entrepreneur. After working in the Finance Industry at firms including Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo in Washington, DC and San Francisco, respectively, Michael’s strong entrepreneurial streak led him into the start-up arena in Silicon Valley. After launching two successful start ups of his own, Michael took his operating experience to the other side of the table and runs the East Coast practice for Propeller Venture Capital, based in Silicon Valley. Now, as COO of WishKnish, he looks to bring everything he’s learned into the Blockchain industry.
Michael co-founded Root Square, an innovative fundraising platform using gamification to enable political candidates and non-profits to raise funds across leading Social Media sites. Michael conceived the idea of Root Square and took it from the back of the napkin to a functional, monetizing product. At Root Square, Michael wore many hats to get the product off the ground from product design and go-to-market strategy. Root Square has been used by various Local, State and National Political campaigns, as well as Foundations of multiple Professional Athletes in the NFL.
He handed over the reigns of start up #2, Qubester, to his co-founders to establish his GovTech Fund in DC. Qubester, ahead of its time as RS is an innovative, out-of-the-box office sharing start-up designed to help governments at all levels become more efficient in their use and allocation of available office space by opening up perishable government space to private users, on demand.
Michael is a COO level Advisor to several startups among Washington, San Francisco and Texas. He also sits as the first Entrepreneur In Residence at University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School.