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Michael Leeds

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder / CEO: Relish, IntroRocket, VersionOne, Cariocas. Advisory Board: Ayasdi, Identified, StoryBox. Stanford GSB.

Founder / CEO: Relish, IntroRocket, VersionOne, Cariocas. Advisory Board: Ayasdi, Identified, StoryBox. Stanford GSB.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising

Involved In

Founder

R3lish
IntroRocket, Inc.
VersionOne Inc.
Cariocas, Inc.
TwoLeeds Global Business Consulting

Advisor

Identified (Acquired by Workday)
StoryBox, Inc.
Ayasdi
Identified (Acquired by Workday)

Positions

Founder & CEO R3lish September 2013 - present
Advisory Board Member Ayasdi Inc October 2010 - present
Advisory Board Member VideoGenie November 2010 - present
Advisor, Acting CRO Identified (Acquired by Workday) April 2011 - March 2014
CEO & Founder IntroRocket, Inc. September 2010 - September 2013
Founder VersionOne Inc. 2004 - October 2010
Founder / VP Sales & Marketing Cariocas, Inc. 2000 - 2004
Founder TwoLeeds Global Business Consulting 1997 - 2000
Manager of Global Business Strategy, Analysis, and Pricing (Consumer Inkjet Printers) Lexmark International, Inc. 1991 - 1997

Education

Stanford University Graduate School of Business MBA 1998 - 2000
Washington University in St. Louis

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Front End Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Video

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Sales • Saas • Product management • Entrepreneurship • Product Marketing • Startups

Key Accomplishments

As a founder, I started VersionOne (SaaS PM for agile development) and grew the business from nothing to more than $20M in annual revenues. Earlier in my career, I managed a P&L at Lexmark that grew from ~ $30M to more than $700M over three years of rapid global growth. At the Stanford business school, I graduated with honors.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Leaders "do the right things" and managers "do things right." My leadership strengths lie in the ability to define an MVP, get up the very steep hill from $0 to the first $1M in revenue, rapidly scale through critical growth milestones, and keep a laser focus on success.

I know my strengths and weaknesses, and work best with a strong technical founder bringing both common sense and excellent technical abilities.

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Justin M. Nassiri
We worked together at VideoGenie
Michael is scrappy and driven; he has already demonstrated success as a metrics-oriented entrepreneur, and I know his next venture will be s ... uccessful.
Nigel Smith
They're my school
Michael is one of the smartest people I have ever known, and has a remarkable ability to see the forest and the trees (i.e., big picture as ... well as the details). He is also very driven and passionate, and always gives 200% leveraging all resources to achieve his goals. He is someone I would invest in, regardless of the entrepreneurial focus, because I know that it is a well thought-through opportunity, and that he will do whatever it takes to achieve home run success. I have been one of Mike's biggest fans for years, and am honored to vouch for him in this process.
Will Weisman
They're my school
Michael has an extraordinary mix of real world success and a deep hunger to continue to create new ventures that address big enterprise prob ... lems. He's smart, passionate and overall a great guy to work with. I've been an advisor and a friend for a long time now and have enormous respect for him as a business person and a human being.
Bart Munro
They're my school
Mike has a proven track record of entrepreneurship, including his own consulting company and multiple tech startups. His wisdom, humility, ... and genuineness attract stellar talent to his teams. He is excellent at casting vision and motivating investors and team members. And most importantly for a co-founder, he is a person that you will want to hang out with both during the day and on the weekend.
Peter Laub
They're my school
Mike is a great entrepreneur, who has successfully launched a few companies. He is inquisitive and understands technology, but he never loss ... es sight of the market need. He works hard and stays focused. Above all, he has an enormous amount of integrity.
Ian Brady
We worked together
Proven track record and passion to go after, and solve, large scale problems.
Jonathan Balser
They're my friends
He is visionary and intelligent, but is also resourceful and goal-oriented.
Jeremy Liew
They're my school
This isn't his first rodeo. He has started several companies across different industries and tasted both success and failure and learned fro ... m both.
Barry Sowerwine
They're my friends
Mike is an extremely intelligent and resourceful entrepreneur today. We have had many discussions where he has shared his vision and passio ... n about previous ventures. When Mike puts his heart and mind into something, it is likely to result in success. He is a great communicator and very analytical in his approach.
Robert Holler
We worked together
Michael is incredibly self-motivated and driven to succeed - essentially also refusing to allow himself or others to fail. He applies a grea ... t deal of logic and data in his decision-making, and has a very high degree of expertise in getting others to 'see the light'. He has a very high degree of integrity, always cognizant of doing things the right way.
Guy Marion
We worked together  •  Investor/Advisor, PicWell and Senior Director - High Velocity Sales & User Acquisition, Zendesk. Stanford grad.
Michael is a proven entrepreneur, having successfully co-built VersionOne, the SaaS-based Agile Development software company. He is driven, ... intelligent, and knows how to generate revenue fast.
Jason Seed
We worked together
Michael has successfully commercialized his ideas before and I have complete confidence that he will do so again.
Jan Jannink
We worked together
Michael has highly valuable startup experience, business smarts, silicon valley perspective. He is a template of a successful cofounder.
Jack Record
We worked together
I've known Mike for close to ten years and he's consistently (and successfully) had an unrivaled entrepreneurial spirit.
Jay Peir
They're my school
Michael is passionate about building great companies that make an impact. He has the personal qualities and experience to lead a company t ... hrough its various stages of growth. He is driven, optimistic, and is enjoyable to work with.
Clark Parsons
They're my friends
Michael knows exactly how to put the pieces in place for a successful venture. He can analyze markets and opportunities, see where things ar ... e headed, craft a great product or solution to fill a need, and then, most importantly, execute execute execute. He'd make a great asset to any founding team.
Colin McKee
They're my school
Michael is already a proven great entrepreneur. I have known him for almost 15 years, and during that time I have watched him incubate seve ... ral ideas, and build at least two (that I can remember) into successful businesses. Mike is intelligent, hard-working, and high character. I'd be delighted to work with him myself if I ever had the opportunity.