“The successful companies of tomorrow will address the changing business and consumer values of today.”

Michael believes that the successful organizations of tomorrow will address the changing consumer lifestyles of today. Always pushing the innovation envelope, Michael is a leading advocate of better digital tools and simple, easy-to-use customer experiences. The rapid growth of digital marketing and technology around the globe has made Michael a sought-after catalyst to advance both ecosystems.


You’re an event organizer who needs someone who thinks different. The search is arduous. Viewing videos is a laborious process, and rarely provide insight into attendee satisfaction.


They’re today’s attendees, bored by monotonous speakers who use crowded and difficult to decipher PowerPoint slides full of pointless matrices and confusing illustrations.


A five-time entrepreneur with innovative startups in media, CRM, and digital marketing, with a proven ability to act as a transformational catalyst and a practical futurist.

Michael’s Bio

Michael is the founder of Social Revolution and a motivational speaker who specializes in trends and innovation. His speaking career was launched during the dotcom boom with the founding of ICONOCAST, an online marketing trendsetter. Michael has riveted audiences worldwide with inspirational insights into innovations, trends, social media and technology. His talks showcase brands that leverage trends in business and society, with an emphasis on massive market waves that reshape societies, dubbed “Ubertrends.” Michael is the author of Social Engagement Marketing (PDF; 21MB), an expert guide to the world of social media. My fifth startup will revolutionize digital marketing by focusing on the total user experience. His analysis and be found at: Ubercool.com.

Michael is the founder of Social Revolution — a start-up that aims to reshape the future of marketing by leveraging next-generation user experiences to help marketers improve their ROI.
Launched ICONOCAST — a media company devoted to internet marketing — by writing and editing a 50,000-circulation e-mail newsletter. Managed staff of 14 employees and added groundbreaking Web Attack! industry conference, attended by 950 people, and featuring the likes of Dennis Rodman, RuPaul and Cindy Margolis. ICONOCAST was created after CyberAtlas, a pre-eminent online market research site, was acquired by I/PRO (Internet Profiles Corp.) in May 1996. ICONOCAST was acquired by Imagine Media in January 1998.
In Spring 1991, Michael founded Atelier Systems, which focused on the growing category of “personal information managers” (PIM). After raising $1.2 million in venture capital, Atelier developed Hello, an innovative personal communication manager for the Macintosh, which featured an easy-to-use graphics user interface (GUI) and an extensible toolbar, features that would still be trendsetting today. As president of Atelier, Michael managed all phases of software development including manufacturing, distribution, marketing and customer service, plus a team of five engineers.

Founded and launched MacWEEK Magazine and built this weekly’s annual revenues from less than $500,000 to $18 million in just four years. In 1990, Ad Age named MacWEEK one of the 100 fastest-growing publications in America. Creatively solidified MacWEEK’s market position by inviting leading artists, such as Peter Max and Keith Haring, to create their first-ever artworks on the Macintosh. BusinessWeek reported that MacWEEK was the first U.S. weekly to produce four-color separations on the desktop. Ziff-Davis acquired the 30,000-circulation MacWEEK in 1988.
Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco School of Management, International and Executive Programs, San Francisco, CA; 2012-current
Innovation columnist at ReadWrite in San Francisco and FAST Company.

Loving Speaking, Loving Startups.

Leadership Competencies

Exceptional at breaking down strategies into tactical plans and processes to achieve aggressive business goals while boosting ROI. Established ability to lead cross-disciplinary teams to achieve project objectives and meet tight deadlines. Collaborative management style that relies on results-driven and innovative approaches to problem-solving. Strong believer in TQM. Proven faculty for resourceful thinking that produces successful outcomes and builds strategic alliances. Superior grasp of technical, marketing and media issues, due to extensive experience in desktop publishing, internet marketing and all technical aspects of online presence building plus substantial conference production experience with events boasting nearly 1,000 attendees.

Hire Michael!

A well-known commentator on the internet industry, Michael’s background in advertising, publishing and software development has earned him a unique perspective and insight into the vision of the future. He’s recognized as one of the great forward thinkers of the digital age.