Michael Solomon

Johannesburg, South Africa

Michael's Skills
Business Development
Product Management

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.


University of Johannesburg

MA (Clinical Psychology)

1993 - 1993

University of Johannesburg

BA Communication

1986 - 1986