Koelbel - 302C
Mike is a new ventures guy, and has spent his career building, investing in, and growing new businesses. He's a former tech entrepreneur, CEO, strategy director, and head of corporate development with broad expertise in online real estate tech.
Mike is internationally recognized as an expert and thought-leader in real estate tech. His evidence-based analysis is widely read by global leaders, and he is a sought-after strategy and new ventures consultant.
By age 30, Mike had boot-strapped and sold his own startup tech firm, Agora Games. Agora worked on epic games such as Guitar Hero and Call of Duty. Four years in with a reach of over 100 million gamers, Mike sold Agora to the eSports giant Major League Gaming. After Agora, Mike moved to New Zealand to work as a corporate strategist identifying investment opportunities at Trade Me -- New Zealand's largest marketplace and classifieds website -- a $2 billion business.
During his time at Trade Me, Mike analyzed hundreds of promising businesses for potential investment and acquisition with an eye focused on growth. He led several seven- and eight-digit investments.
After moving back to the U.S. in 2016, Mike intensified his focus on online real estate tech. He has travelled the world forging relationships with leading property portals and real estate tech startups, gathering first-hand knowledge and insights on tech trends and themes. He enjoys working with startups, advising founders and executives, and working on challenging entrepreneurial projects.