I'm a former software developer, serial entrepreneur, and executive-in-residence at Babson College. I co-founded SlideRocket.com, a software-as-a-service platform for sales and marketing presentations that was acquired by VMWare in 2011.
Since then, I’ve focused on helping both startups and enterprises launch disruptive businesses.
I have a broad range of experience including fundraising, management, operations, finance, sales, marketing, and product management. I’ve run several accelerator programs and have mentored a wide range of innovators—from startup founders to corporate executives—on how to build high-growth companies in many different industries. I also spent two years working with Salim Ismail, author of Exponential Organizations and co-founder of Singularity University, to help companies like Boston Scientific develop transformative new business models and cities like Miami solve traffic.
I build classes and templates to help entrepreneurs, many of whom wish they were better with numbers and spreadsheets. That's why I started Rocket Pro Forma.
Please connect with me on LinkedIn.
I started Rocket Pro Forma because now is a great to time to start or pivot a business. Check out my interview with Angela George of The Boss Mindset, including my three best tips for entrepreneurs:
Here are some nice things that people have said
about working with me
“It was fantastic to have Mike speak at our offsite for Google Cloud! He taught us how our clients can emulate the world’s fastest-growing companies using exponential innovation. Mike has the unique ability to simplify complex topics and turn them into practical suggestions that everyone can understand, and he delivers his message with energy and passion. My colleagues keep telling me how impressed they were.”
— Enrique Garza, Google
True genius is in making complicated things SIMPLE. For that, we thank you!”
— Brian McCullough, MINDBODY
“As a senior financial and operations professional I am finding your articles exceptionally focused—and for younger start-up founders they are great.”
— Steven Raft, Tandem Careplanning
“We loved having Mike Lingle present to our Data and AI org at IBM. Mike is not only a thought leader but also a terrific presenter! Over 100 IBM-ers came from cross-functional teams (engineering, sales, tech sales, product management, product marketing, etc). He demonstrated best practices by engaging us with stories from his experience in building companies and working with startups. I’ve been receiving positive feedback all day from both our employees and our executives!”
—Ambal Balakrishnan, IBM
“Thanks, Mike- Amazingly simple and value adding.”
— Sanjay Bhana, Eskom