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Emil Michael: From Egypt to Silicon Valley

October 28, 2016
 
With the exception of one small career detour between 2009 and 2011, when he worked as a special assistant to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Emil Michael's career has been almost entirely focused on helping technology start-ups with every aspect of their business and corporate development. He has guided some of the most prominent tech companies in Silicon Valley to lucrative multi-billion-dollar partnerships or buyouts by much larger tech companies, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Yelp and others.

Though born in Cairo, Egypt, Emil Michael came to the United States as a baby and settled with his family in New Rochelle, New York, where he grew up. After high school, he earned a B.A. in Government cum laude from Harvard, where he also wrote for the Harvard Crimson. He was also president of the Harvard Republican Club. After earning a law degree from Stanford, Emil worked at Goldman Sachs for a short time before he headed to Silicon Valley in 1999. There he co-founded Tellme Networks until it was sold to Microsoft in 2007. After his time in government service, he returned to Silicon Valley as the CEO of Klout in 2012 and Uber in 2013, where he is currently the senior vice president of business.

Executive Emil Michael

July 09, 2016
 
Currently Emil Michael works at Uber, as that company’s senior vice president of business. In his role as an Uber executive, he has been instrumental in a number of very important aspects of Uber's business. For example, he has assisted with international expansion, he has established a number of corporate partnerships with companies as diverse as Spotify and American Express, and he has raised a lot of capital for the company, including a recent round of financing that set the company's value at $17 billion.

Though he was born in Cairo, Egypt, Emil Michael came to the United States as a baby and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government cum laude from Harvard. While there, he wrote for the Harvard Crimson and served as president of the Harvard Republican Club. After earning a law degree from Stanford, he worked for a short time at Goldman Sachs, before heading to Silicon Valley in 1999, the peak of the dot-com bubble, where he co-founded Tellme Networks. That company developed voice recognition software designed for automated telephone systems. He worked with that company until 2007, when it was purchased by Microsoft.

Between 2009 and 2011, Emil Michael decided to serve his country and worked as a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a security adviser. He returned to Silicon Valley in 2012, as the CEO of Klout, a social media analytics company, before landing at Uber a year later.

For most of his career, Emil Michael has assisted numerous technology start-ups with their business strategy, corporate and business development, operations and sales force restructuring. He has advised some of the largest and most prominent tech companies in Silicon Valley, guiding many of them to lucrative multi-billion-dollar partnerships or buyouts by much larger tech companies, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Yelp and others.

Emil Michael As An Accomplished Entrepreneur

April 15, 2016
 
With a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor in law from Stanford Law School, businessman and entrepreneur Emil Michael immediately set his started his path on the right foot.

He began his career at the famed Goldman Sachs, where he remained for just more than one year in the role of Investment Banking Associate, specifically working within the Communications, Media and Technology Group. He then moved onto an extensive history with Tellme Networks -- nine years -- as Senior Vice President of Field Operations. Following this role, Michael worked for the nation’s government as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly a year and a half.

In January 2011, Michael moved into entrepreneurship as President of Technology Advisory and Consulting Services. This role included acting as advisor to numerous companies such as ChatID, Flipboard, LendingHome, Mercaris, Oyster, Signnow and ZenPayroll. Investments in this position included Boku, Fonality, Jelli, Koality, SweetGreen, Swipely and ThinkFuse. The well-rounded position encompassed technology with startups, such as business strategy, corporate and business development and operations. He remained in the position through July 2012, but gained a significant penchant for investments.

Following an additional position with Klout, Michael joined Uber as SVP of Business in September 2013. His work across these roles and as an investor/advisor has gained him significant notoriety, including his personal investments in companies such as Kidizen, AnyRoad, Xoopit and Playfab.