Mike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-KAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With limited resources and no experience, he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar technology business, sleeping in conference rooms to avoid hotel costs. After selling his first company, Mike launched a new business the very next day, and in less than three years, sold it to a Fortune 500. With his newest multi-million dollar venture, Provendus Group, he ignites explosive growth in businesses that have plateaued.
Mike is a graduate of Inc. & MIT’s “Birthing of Giants” Entrepreneurial Program. He has received multiple entrepreneurship awards, including the SBA’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mike hosts the business makeover segments on MSNBC’s Your Business with JJ Ramberg. He is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and now writes for Open Forum.
Mike is a frequent guest lecturer for business associations, entrepreneurial groups and professional business groups throughout the world. Mike is also a guest lecturer for collegiate entrepreneurial programs such as Babson, Boston College, Columbia, Copenhagen Business School, Emerson, Harvard, Penn State, Pepperdine and Princeton. His books are in the core curriculum for entrepreneur students at Pepperdine, Stanford University, and universities across the country, and have been translated into 7 languages.