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Bio


Hello there!

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Bio


Hello there!

 

My name is Michel, and I'm an entrepreneur at heart, a computer scientist, and startup investor. I enjoy the creative process of making things and building software. Not only apps, but the engines and frameworks they run on. The things I build must have a purpose, and a good one. Before taking on any challenge, I need to buy into a vision or create one of my own and bring people along. The most important rule in my book: a good vision must have a quantifiable results towards the overall betterment of humanity. I have co-founded four tech startups, and led two successful exits. I continue my engagements with early stage companies as an angel investor, technical leader and business advisor. I'm a pragmatic business man, scientist, and big scale thinker. Sometimes, I'm told by people no longer working next to me, a little too pragmatic. I have no time to spare and there is no dull moment in my life. I like to squeeze the orange all the way. Other than that, I'm a naturally fast-talking-coherent-cursing mthrfckr, which means I will not apologize to anyone for speaking to loud, or being a well-educated nuclear-passionate hot-blooded guy.

Areas of interest:

  • Mobile, wearables, HCI, payment systems, and the internet of things.
  • Data Science, Machine Learning, NLP, KB Systems, and Data Representation.
  • Software Architecture, Interface Design, Security, Systems Integrations and APIs.
 

things I'm good at


things I'm good at

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things I'm good at


things I'm good at

I'm a product guy, but also a builder guy, but also a business guy... or so I'd like to think. I'm good at defining new products, visions, and experiences. After years doing it, I've come to be the guy that produces and drives winning technology strategy, product development, planning and advice.

Oh, yes, and I like getting things done, breaking things, and failing fast.

things I suck at


things I suck at

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things I suck at


things I suck at

Playing almost any sport.

Making jokes other people get.

Waiting for tomorrow on things that can happen today.

speaking


speaking

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speaking


speaking

Entrepreneurs and companies invite me to speak at their events occasionally, and it happens more often than not, they ask me a little too late. If you'd like to have me speak at your event, please allow for enough lead time prior to the event so I can prepare and schedule my time. Shoot me an email to and let me know what your event is about, the audience, and if you have a specific topic in mind. Here is a list with some of my past speaking engagements and some of the subjects I've covered:

2014:

  • Building Products that Matter (Dev, Biz, Strategy)
  • The Business of Software, Scale, and Startups (Dev, Biz)
  • Startup Metrics for Winners (Biz, Fin)
  • Invest in yourself. Do it now. (Biz, Fin)

2013:

  • Planning a good mobile strategy for any budget (Biz, Prod, Ent)
  • Cross-Platform Mobile Development. Strategies for Startups and Enterprises (Biz, IT, Dev)
  • Security Practices in Public Web APIs (Entrepreneurship, Devs)
  • Building the Web-API Revolution. Interoperability in the Internet of Things (Biz, Dev)
  • Applying Lean Startup Practices to Enterprise Teams (Biz, IT, Dev)

2012

  • The Importance of Building a Solid Company Culture (Biz)
  • How to Scale Fast, Without Breaking the Bank. Architecting Apps for the Long Run (Dev)
  • Big Data? What's the Big Deal? (Dev, Biz, IT)
  • NoSql for the SQL Expert (Dev)

2011

  • Talking Performance: The currency of software engineering (Dev)
  • Starting Up Your Big Idea (Biz, IT)

2010

  • Managing Risk in your Career (Biz)