Mike is the founder of Soma (acquired) and advisor to Protocol Ventures, Solugen, Cora, Ode to Clean (acquired), and Panatea (acquired).
Soma makes beautifully designed, sustainable water filters, water bottles and coffee & tea products. Its mission is to hydrate the world. For every product sold, Soma makes a donation to charity: water, which provides clean and safe drinking water to people in need. Soma was named one of "25 Companies The Will Change the World" by Inc. magazine and the #1 Design Story of the Year by Fast Company. Soma has won many international design awards and is currently sold is more than a dozen countries.
Protocol Ventures is the leading fund of funds in the cryptocurrency asset class. Leveraging a diversified strategy, Protocol Ventures invests in 10 of the best crypto hedge funds in the world. Mike is playing an important role in Protocol Ventures' $100M fundraise.
Mike is the founder of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs. Mike's leadership earned Sparkseed a Financial Times Social Innovation Award and recognition in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN.
Before founding Sparkseed, Mike did short-term volunteer engagements as Christian Peacemaker in the West Bank, an orphanage volunteer in Jamaica, a microfinance consultant in Nepal, and part of a team that designed a child health care program in Kutch, India. Mike has degrees from Boston College and Yale University.