Michael Solomon, Founder

Marketer, Business Developer

Johannesburg, South Africa

Michael is looking for someone to join him/her or to join a startup

Business stage

Idea phase

Business plan mapped out

Minimum viable product built

Paying customers

Michael is looking for a founder who

Has expertise as

Designer Programmer

Can commit to working

20 hours per week

Is able to invest

Sweat equity only

Relevant industries

Technology Consulting Finance

Skills

Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Finance
Technical
Michael is open to joining a startup

Can commit to working

20 hours per week

Is able to invest

Sweat equity only

Relevant industries

Technology Consulting Finance

Skills

Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Managing People
Marketing
Product Management
Sales
Finance
Technical
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Michael

22 Feb 2014 - According to Silicon Valley's Y Combinator, the successful startup has three things: 1) people who take their work a little too seriously; who do what they do so well that they "pass right through professional and cross over into obsessive"; 2) a product or service customers actually want, and 3) as little money as possible.

I have been called obsessive about my work so often it's a stale joke in my family. I am so passionate about taking the customer view that I wrote a white paper about it which after ten years is still mandatory reading for banking students at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I was an executive with a blue-chip global IT company legendary for it's tightfisted financial culture, so frankly I don't know any other way of thinking about business.

I'm looking for fellow entrepreneurs (especially, but not only software developers) who can identify with these criteria.

I have five successful startups behind me, the last of which was a 15-employee, management consulting firm that survived for 10 years.

I'm less concerned about the business idea or industry I get involved in. I've consulted in government, petrochemicals, financial services, media and entertainment and telecommunications. What's important to me is a business idea I can relate to and get enthusiastic about.

If you've read Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares, all the better. We'll have something to talk about. Feel free to e-mail me on mchlslmn@live.co.uk.

Education

University of Johannesburg

MA (Clinical Psychology)

- 1993

University of Johannesburg

BA Communication

- 1986