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Michael McDermott

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Previously Vice President Corporate Development

Previously Vice President Corporate Development

2 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Product

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Product

Involved In




Advisor Pijon April 2016 - present
Principal MAM Consulting November 2009 - present
Vice President Corporate Development Catalina Marketing July 2014 - June 2015
Executive Director of Corporate Development Catalina Marketing May 2013 - July 2014
Executive Director of Innovation and Strategic Ventures Catalina Marketing May 2012 - May 2013
Director of Operations and Communications APEC 2011 USA Host Committee August 2011 - December 2011
Vice President, Corporate Development QL2 Software June 2009 - September 2009
Director of Corporate Development QL2 Software October 2007 - June 2009
Senior Product Manager 2005 - 2007
Competitive Intelligence Senior Manager PeopleSoft 2003 - 2005
Senior Consultant McKenna Group 2000 - 2002
Manager ASP Channels Onyx Software 1997 - 2000


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Physics 1988 - 1991
Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy International Business

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Advisor With
  • • Mobile user experience design
  • • Retail Technology
  • • Social Network Analysis
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Smart Home

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product strategy • Marketing Strategy • Strategic Partnerships • Strategy • Growth Stage Strategy

Key Accomplishments

I have experience in both building products and relationships that help companies to scale. My passion is figuring out how to grow things whether it is an individual product a portfolio or a company. I also ask a lot of questions to make sure that things are on the right track for where things are going.

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Will Gardenswartz
We worked together  •  CEO, WinUru, Inc. and President, Gardenswartz Consulting. Wharton grad. Stanford grad.
MIchael has great vision ... he can see opportunity in "messy" situations. He can see "puzzle prices" others don't ... and he can put them ... together into something new and valuable. A very entrepreneurial skill set.
Susan ONeal Gear
We worked together  •  Founder, CEO, myNFO and Principal Consultant, Upstream Insight LLC. University of Florida grad.
Smart, focused, driven....but mostly a really, really smart strategic thinker.

Vishal Mahtani
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kindermint Inc. Previously Founder & Chief Executive Officer, GoldCycler LLC. Harvard grad.
He is a proven founder and knows how to execute resourcefully.

Robert Drescher
We worked together  •  CEO, Cellfire, A Catalina Company. Previously CEO, SoftCoin, Inc.. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
Experience, analytical skill and network

Ben Holzman
Investor, Board Member, ObserveIT and Investor, Board Member, Sysdig. Duke grad.
The amount of companies he sees as a VC. The number of successful exits he has helped to fund. The number of boards where he has advised sta ... rtups through various circumstances.