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Michael Hoffman

Entrepreneur • Advisor Portland, Oregon Area, US

Obsessed with incubating innovative solutions at two startups: Object Theory & Pijaz. Prior: Microsoft HoloLens, Google/YouTube & Nike.

Obsessed with incubating innovative solutions at two startups: Object Theory & Pijaz. Prior: Microsoft HoloLens, Google/YouTube & Nike.

16 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Product

Involved In


Alaras Corporation


Founding Partner Object Theory July 2015 - present
Founder / CEO Pijaz November 2010 - present
Principal Engineering Lead - Microsoft HoloLens Microsoft March 2014 - June 2015
iCTO Sqor Sports September 2012 - May 2013
Googler Google October 2011 - September 2012
Director, Solutions & Technology, Digital Sport Nike March 2010 - November 2010
Engineering Manager / Sr Architect, Nike+ TechLab Nike March 2007 - June 2010
Solution Consultant Nike November 2007 - March 2008
Director of Intellectual Property Analysis Concert Technology, Inc June 2006 - November 2007
Principle Hoffman Solutions Group August 2003 - June 2006
CTO Acclaima, Ltd. April 2001 - August 2003
Director of Platform Initiatives FlashPoint Technology 2000 - 2001
General Manager Pageflex, Inc. September 1998 - September 2000
CEO, CTO, Founder Alaras Corporation September 1992 - September 1998
Solution Strategist Microprose 1991 - 1992
Business Development Manager / Sr Scientist Alphatronix, Inc September 1989 - September 1991
Director of Software Development OnMobile Live, Inc. September 1987 - September 1989
Owner Micronics 1987 - 1988


University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Electrical Engineering 1982 - 1984
North Carolina State University School of Electrical Engineering 1981 - 1982

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
Advisor With
  • • Business Development
  • • Strategic Partnerships
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Photos
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices
  • • AI
  • • ML

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Plugins • Product Development • Social Media • Sports marketing • mobile devices

Key Accomplishments

I founded pijaz with a vision to revolutionize how the world communicates visually. I architected, coded and patented a real-time cloud media personalization workflow platform.

On the big company side, I drove Nike's software/firmware strategy for the Nike+ product line, and developed partner analytics tools for Google/YouTube's global live streaming initiative for the London 2012 Olympics.

Prior to this, I founded, built and sold a software company in the 1990's that enabled the worldwide print publishing industry to rapidly transition from proprietary systems to the Macintosh as a publishing platform.

I have driven platform solution strategy and development at small to large companies in a variety of verticals including entertainment, consumer electronics, media, social, sports, bioscience, telecom, storage solutions and embedded systems.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

My philosophy is to find partners I trust, communicate liberally and empower the team to own the mission.

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Hector Moll-Carrillo
We worked together at Nike
Michael has that rate combination of talent, skill, drive and a cool analytical stance.
David Alavi
They're my advisor
Michael has developed a very interesting product system and has worked with me to ensure that it will be protected as he moves forward with ... his business plan.
Meredith J. Harris
We worked together  •  Contracting @ Prezi | Previously VP, Product, Growth and Strategy | Director, Product and Analytics, Virtual Fan Network. Tufts grad.
He is intelligent and thoughtful. He is fun to work with and knows how to collaborate well, but can step up and execute or delicate if he ne ... eds to. He is full of great ideas that span far beyond any technical mind I've worked with including deep marketing and business insight.
Matt Schmunk
We worked together
From the years I've known and worked with Michael (in various capacities), he is one of the more passionate, driven, amazingly intelligent, ... thoughtful (in addition to being just a damn fine human being) people I know. His excitement and passion for what he is doing is highly infectious.
Tom Lakovic
We worked together at Nike
Skills wise, he is a one man wrecking crew. Business wise he has deep experience with both startups and the worlds biggest brands. Resourcef ... ul. Wicked smart. And infinitely positive.
Kara Sammet, Ph.D.
They're my friends
Who leaves an amazing job at Google to start their own company? Someone like Michael, whose brilliance and complete, utter belief in his id ... eas compel him to forge his own path of creative ventures. This is what I really want to say about Michael: he is unwavering in dedication to the people and the ideas he believes in. He gives them everything, tries everything, plans, researches, creates, falls down, gets up and charges forward again, and again and again. I watched in complete awe as he stood steadfast with a close friend of mine, his fiancé, as she passed away at a young age from cancer. It feels heavy-handed, possibly even trite, to compare Michael’s dedication to entrepreneurship to his dedication to a dying friend. Yet, this is the essence of Michael to me, and both my friend and I were awestruck by Michael’s combination of big heart, big ideas, and unswerving perseverance. Michael is one of the magic people in this world, and anyone who has the chance to work closely with him will be a better person for it.
Wendell Bishop
We worked together
When Michael has a vision for a new product/company, he is willing to devote man years of effort, and inspire others to do the same, before ... that vision sees the light of day. Through several successful past ventures, he's proven capable of handling all aspects of business - not letting important issues 'fall through the cracks', but making sure that everything is covered while perfecting the work product of the company.
Stephen Adams
We worked together at Alaras Corporation
Michael has been breaking new ground using technology since he was a child. But he has evolved over the years. His ability to innovate, buil ... d, communicate, influence, design, iterate, and polish all have resulted in multiple ventures into business and products. He has the ability to cast a vision, build buy-in to his ideas, and then collaborate and contribute significantly to the overall delivery of unique and impactful products/solutions that solve or meet unique problems. Michael is probably the most fun person I know to be around from an idea/thought generation perspective. Incredibly collaborative and capable.
Douglas Mayle
We worked together at Google
Besides Michael's obvious history as one, he is smart, accomplished, experienced, and good at creating new things.
Jason Nims
We worked together at Nike
Starting up businesses and shaping new technologies requires perserverence and creativity to navigate changing markets with new information ... and ideas to respond. In my experience with Michael I've seen he has this combination and the determination to work through solutions.
Alec Go
We worked together at Google
I have no doubt that Michael will succeed in his entrepreneurial efforts. Simply put, he is one of the smartest people I know. At Google, I ... was amazed at how quickly Michael came up to speed to learn the complicated infrastructure and codebase. Also, Michael's energy level is infectious. He is excited about technology and its possibilities. This energy rubbed off on our team and boosted productivity.
We worked together at Nike
Michael has tremendous technical experience and has proven dedication to his passion. With some focus, I am confident that Michael can be s ... uccessful in whatever he pursues.
We worked together
Michael is a brilliant and passionate entrepreneur & engineer. The time we worked together at one of his previous start-ups was one of my m ... ost rewarding work experiences. He was always willing & ready to do whatever needed to be done & never failed to stay positive while doing so - inspiring others around him in the process. He always has new ideas and loves to share them for feedback, accepting ideas from others as well as criticism of his. It was always a pleasure working with him both directly and indirectly - the office atmosphere that he nurtured was busy, fun, & exciting. His skills as an engineer & entrepreneur, his eye for talent in others, his positive & constructive attitude, and his ability to communicate & arrive at win-win solutions make him an ideal candidate for a co-founder.
hal Lindstrom
We worked together at Nike
Michael is an intelligent, possibilities type of person. His wide range of experiences makes him a good candidate as an entrepreneur to put ... together mashups of technologies for problem solving.
Steve Petersen
We worked together at Concert Technology, Inc  •  Working on a stealth startup in mHealth. Former VP Software Engineering, Vital Connect, Inc., Founder, AgileIP consulting. Stanford grad.
He is wicked smart, both in technology and business. He and I have worked together on and off for over a decade, and have kept a running di ... alog on new and interesting technology and new company ideas.
We worked together at Nike
Michael is an incredibly optimistic, intelligent, creative person with a lot of energy. I think he has all the attributes to come up with so ... mething great, and stick with it to see it succeed.

Steve Petersen
We worked together at Concert Technology, Inc  •  Working on a stealth startup in mHealth. Former VP Software Engineering, Vital Connect, Inc., Founder, AgileIP consulting. Stanford grad.
First and foremost, Steve is simply an amazing person. He is intelligent, accomplished, thoughtful, energetic, trustworthy and genuine. He ... is one of those rare people who simply knows how to parse any situation into its essential parts and act on it with confidence. Steve has a tremendous grasp of technology in the context of the big picture, knows how to build and lead sizeable teams, yet can code anything you throw his way when the situation demands getting your hands dirty. He is also a prolific inventor, with over 50 patents in the queue, and an expert in understanding the intellectual property landscape. He's the perfect person to help define and build a software or software/hardware platform from both a strategic and tactical perspective. Finally, he has the maturity and experience to remain relevant beyond the early years of a startup.

Relja Markovic
Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Studios, Microsoft. Previously Engineering Manager - Android, Facebook.

Steve Petersen
Working on a stealth startup in mHealth. Former VP Software Engineering, Vital Connect, Inc., Founder, AgileIP consulting. Stanford grad.
Steve has been a startup executive for nearly two decades. He has broad experience across many disciplines including patent law, architectur ... e, and product design. He would be a valuable asset on any team.