Michael is a sci-fi geek who wants to one day live on Mars (don’t laugh). Michael joined the investment team at firstminute after 15 years in startups and the media, most recently as founding editor of the venture-backed Sifted.eu, and before that as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times.
At Sifted, he helped scale the company from an idea to an award-winning reporting and events platform with a team of 60 journalists and engineers producing world-class, in-depth coverage of the European technology landscape. At the Financial Times, he was senior correspondent and bureau chief in Paris, Madrid, Stockholm and New York. As a leading foreign correspondent, he interviewed hundreds of breakthrough tech founders as well as anonymous hackers, rogue traders, presidents, military dictators, global CEOs, and quirky billionaires.
At firstminute, he is focused on Generative AI looking after companies such as Resemble (AI voice generation) and Wayve (AI self driving cars) and also sits on the boards of Typology (France’s leading skincare start-up), Plum (a pan-European home design platform), Lyanne (a French InsureTech), Mediflash (a Healthcare marketplace), Tailwind (gaming) as well as working closely with companies such as HipHops (DevOps), Pensight (tooling for the creator economy), Sequence (in the FinOps space) and Testbox (DevOps). He has a first-class degree from Cambridge University.
Harking back to his journalism days, Michael also still likes to write, produce podcasts and videos to be part of the global conversation on the new economy. He believes that storytelling is a superpower and advises firstminute’s portfolio companies on shaping their central message for customers, staff, investors and themselves. If any of that above sounds interesting, and you are an entrepreneur trying to build a world-class company and looking for seed stage venture funding (or think you might be looking in the next year or so), please do send him an email or a LinkedIn or a carrier pigeon or whatever you prefer to set up a chat.