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Mike Moyer

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Chicago Area, US

Inventor of the Grunt Fund, career entrepreneur, marketing, operations, strategy and sales. Teaches entrepreneurship too.

Inventor of the Grunt Fund, career entrepreneur, marketing, operations, strategy and sales. Teaches entrepreneurship too.

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In



Adjunct Associate Professor University of Chicago Booth School of Business September 2012 - present
New Ventures Brierley & Partners 1996 - 1997
Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Northwestern University January 2012 - present
Managing Director Lake Shark Ventures, LLC January 2012 - present
Chief Executive Grunt Lake Shark Ventures, LLC November 2010 - present
Direct to Consumer Terlato Wine Group August 2010 - January 2012
Sensei Trade Show Samurai March 2010 - July 2010
Marketing Mather LifeWays July 2009 - March 2010
Teaching Assistant University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2009 - 2010
Co-Founder, President & COO June 2006 - April 2008
VP Brand Strategy Workhorse Custom Chassis/International Trucks November 2004 - June 2006
President Vicarious Communication October 2002 - November 2004
Vice President, Marketing HyperFeed Technologies June 2001 - October 2002
Director of Online Marketing RealNetworks November 2000 - April 2001
Director of Direct Marketing BISSELL Homecare, Inc. 1999 - 2000
New Ventures Brierley+Partners 1996 - 1997


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Entrepreneurship 2002 - 2004
Northwestern University Integrated Marketing Communication 1995 - 1996
The University of Kansas Communication 1990 - 1994

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Direct marketing • Online advertising • Marketing Communications • Startups • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

I've helped launch a number of companies and launched two angel-backed ventures myself. I teach entrepreneurship at Northwestern and University of Chicago

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

One of my core strengths is helping to manage the focus of an organization and push it through the proof of concept stage with minimal investment.

I\'ve built teams and written a book about using equity compensation in the early days.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Think Mike is awesome?
Vouch for them.

Zack Dakic
We worked together at Vicarious Communication
He already is :)
David Ellenbogen
President, Professional Decision Making. Previously CFO, Stockade Consulting Group.
Mike is not only an excellent entrepreneur; he is a superior teacher of the "start-up", as well as, a continuing aid to new businesses. He a ... s always made himself available to answer my inquiring mind. I would love to be in business with a person of his business skills and personal integrity.
Jason Hartman
President, Jason Hartman's Platinum Properties Investor Network and President, The Hartman Media Company.
Scott Anderson
Founder, Anderson Financial Services, LLC. Previously Senior Consultant, Focus Management Group. Northwestern grad.
Mike always has fresh insight on the entrepreneurial process and psyche. This is a major plus for anyone in the start-up space.

Zeljko Dakic
We worked together at Vicarious Communication
I've worked on a number of projects with Zak and I would work with him again. He is a good programmer and understands the needs of startup c ... ompanies. He understands how to move fast to implement concepts and the process of incorporating user feedback.

Chris Long
We worked together  •  Co-founder of live events mobile startup. Seeking marketing and tech co-founders. Massive opportunity to disrupt a billion dollar industry.
Chris is very detail-oriented and organized. A great tech operations guy!