Hi, my name is Michael. I am 30 years old and have lived and worked in the Bay Area for the past 7 years. During that time I've been the Co-founder & CEO of both Socialcam and Justin.tv. Most recently, I've joined Y-Combinator as a part time partner. In my free time I enjoy helping startups, cooking, weightlifting, and driving convertibles. I currently live in Berkeley, CA with my amazing girlfriend Sarah.
Here is my formal bio:
Michael is the General Manager and co-founder of Socialcam a division of Autodesk Inc.
Socialcam is a smartphone app that makes it easy to create and share videos with friends. It is installed on over 20 million iPhone and Android devices around the world and was acquired by Autodesk Inc. on August 1, 2012 for $60 million. Michael is also a part time partner at Y-Combinator, a startup accelerator that provides seed money, advice, investor introductions, and connections. At Y-Combinator, he assists with interviews, office hours, and provides general advice on product, fundriaising, and organization.
Before Socialcam, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv, the largest live video site on the Web with over 30 million monthly unique visitors. Under the leadership of co-founder Emmett Shear, Justin.tv has recently morphed into Twitch.tv. Twitch.tv is the leading video platform and community for gamers where more than 23 million people gather every month to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming.
Michael's first job after graduating from college was on the Mfume for US Senate campaign in Baltimore, Maryland. He served as the finance director where he lead all fundraising activities. The candidate, Kweisi Mfume, was the former president of the NAACP and a 5 term congressmen from the 7th district of Maryland.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University in 2005. At Yale, he concentrated his studies on American goverment and politics. He also served as an officer of the following student groups: Focus on New Haven, Black Student Alliance, Yale Political Union and The New Journal.