Michael is an entrepreneur and veteran technology executive with experience in both Fortune 500 and startup companies. Prior to co-founding AKF Partners, Michael was the Chief Technology Officer of Quigo, a startup internet advertising company that was acquired by AOL in 2007.
Prior to Quigo, Michael served as Vice President, Engineering & Architecture for PayPal, Inc. an eBay company. Prior to joining PayPal, Michael spent seven years at General Electric helping to develop the company’s technology strategy and was a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Michael served six years as a Captain and pilot in the US Army.
Michael received a PhD and MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, an MS in Information Systems from Hawaii-Pacific University, and a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy (West Point). Michael is an Adjunct Professor in the Design & Innovation Department at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Michael has co-authored with Marty Abbott two books on scalability that have been translated to 5 languages, a third book The Power of Customer Misbehavior, as well as several articles on growth and misuse. His issued and pending patents include video content association and the automated aesthetic optimization of content, products, and advertising.
The Art of Scalability teaches technology executives engineers and architects how to solve technology scalability problems through changes in their architecture, processes and organization structure.
Scalability Rules brings together 50 rules that are grounded in experience garnered from over a hundred companies. Put together and organized to be easily read and referenced for rapid application to nearly any technical environment.