Golden Gate Ventures
Michael moved his family to Singapore to join Golden Gate Ventures as Venture Partner in 2013, where he assisted with fundraising, strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions. He has helped raise over US$60M for Golden Gate Ventures and its portfolio companies and became a Partner in 2017.
Michael became acquainted with Golden Gate Ventures through his earlier work in the Netherlands. He was the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam, which helped him build an extensive international network. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch small- and medium-sized enterprise companies to help them with capital financing, development, and relevant support and strategy.
Michael worked briefly as a project manager at ING Group/Nationale Nederlanden, Netherlands' largest insurance and asset management company. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after that and he went on to start his own IT business specializing in Microsoft environments and IT project management.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Michael graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science. He also attended Harvard Business School, where he completed executive education certificates in Private Equity and Venture Capital and Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation.
Michael is a true believer in a work/life balance and has completed marathons, cycling, and Ironman races all over the world in his spare time and was recently appointed the Singapore ambassador for top cycling brand distributor Treknology3.
Michael is serving his fellowship at Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures as a member of Class 23.