I have a (fairly simple) thesis that the internet native will one day control large amounts of budgets and people within medium and large companies. I try and find these emerging internet natives (next gen CMO, CTO, CIO), listen to their problems, and invest around areas where they spend money.
Watching Mike speak with entrepreneurs taught me how to listen to pitches and ideas. In the meetings I got to join him for, he immediately understood the ideas, made suggestions for intros, and talked about the specifics problems and opportunities in the space. Even when an investment wasn't a good fit for his portfolio, he closed with "How can I help", and he genuinely meant it.
Mike is also extremely strategic about the portfolio at Bowery Capital - they invest when there's an opportunity for Bowery Capital to add a lot of value and help the company succeed. They're a true partner to their portfolio companies.
Co-founder of Tanooki Labs - We partner with startups to build products using Rails & iOS. Co-founder of NYC Resistor. Previously at QLabs. Drop.io, & Amplify
Mike is a massively value-add, no bullshit, founder-focused investor. He has been one of our most helpful investors over the past 12 months or so and I think that his new setup at Bowery will give him even more flexibility and resources to build on that.
Took us from Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt all the way to the Finals!
Mike has been invaluable as a mentor in my career. Without Mike, I probably wouldn't have dove head first into startups. He's been an invaluable guide as I've grown as an entrepreneur and I highly recommend him to anyone I know.