Michael Abeyta is a serial entrepreneur, and brings much early-stage start up experience from Silicon Valley to the UK and Europe. He started his career in Santa Clara, California, where he managed a $40mm product line in the semiconductor software design industry. He also worked for a boutique management consulting firm advising top level executives on technology and market strategy. He later founded a company in the early days of electronic publishing (Thought Co.), creating digital versions of popular books.
Mike later spotted the opportunities in the burgeoning ecommerce and internet space, and became the first product manager for a shopping engine company, which was subsequently sold to Inktomi, a pioneering internet company, and later acquired by Yahoo! He moved to London from San Francisco to help build Inktomi’s European headquarters and subsequently managed business development for Yahoo! Search Marketing in London. Most recently he co-founded Akesios Search Analytics, a company that created an award-winning platform to manage search engine marketing for small and medium sized businesses. Clients included many directory companies, and Skype. During Akesios’ early years, it operated as a management consulting company to the directory sector, advising C-level executives on the effective creation and delivery of online products and services, and also included performing due diligence on planned acquisitions. One of the most significant projects involved the turnaround of a search engine marketing company.
After gaining experience raising funds for his startup, Mike switched roles and now connects investors and early stage startup companies, as part of a worldwide business angel network. He lectures at Groupe Inseec in London (where he started an academic incubator), and at Dauphine University Paris, where he is the Academic Lead for Leadership and Management, and the Head of the International Summer School.
Mike holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Utah and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.