GUEST FOR FEBRUARY 2014 EXECBREAKFAST:
MICHAEL CHASEN, founder of Blackboard and SocialRadar
Michael Chasen is an entrepreneur who is focused in the technology, education and SoLoMo (Social Local Mobile) space. Michael co-founded Blackboard, Inc., which created e-learning software that is now used by over 30 million students and faculty at more than 20,000 institutions around the world. In Michael's 15 years as CEO, the company experienced rapid growth: establishing an enterprise software division, a software-as-service technology and a mobile software group; pioneering the first true cloud solution for education; and positioning Blackboard as a leader in open source. When Michael took Blackboard public in 2004, it was the second best performing IPO of the year. Seven years later, Providence Equity Partners bought Blackboard for $1.7 Billion.
Michael created Blackboard because he thought that the Internet was going to fundamentally change the way people teach and learn. Michael has now started SocialRadar because he believes that the combination of mobile, social media, and location services will redefine how people meet and connect in person. And SocialRadar is building that technology.
When Michael is not building the team, designing the product, or micromanaging the marketing plan, he focuses on being a Jon Stewart look-alike. Michael hopes that when Jon retires he is called to the plate.
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