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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.