Mike's background is a mixed bag - he's a British-born Canadian Jew of Iraqi and Moroccan descent. His father, whose parents moved to London to escape oppression in Iraq, moved the family to Montreal in 1989 and opened a chain of shoe retailers. His mother grew up in Israel and now devotes her personal time to volunteering at a local hospital. He’s tried to learn from both their entrepreneurship and social commitments but Mike's way to success has followed an unchartered path. Growing up, he became immersed in Montreal’s vibrant music scene and started a half-decent rock band. At 16, Mike gave up his rock star dreams and became the next best thing, a rock journalist, interviewing music icons from Yoko Ono to Flava Flav for Velvetpanda.com, an online Canadian cultural portal he founded. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Mike won a national Award for Innovation for his business plan for a wheelchair accessories (e.g., drink-holders, laptop bags) startup. At MIT Sloan, he was President of the Tech Club and created a curriculum for 60 classmates promoting the virtues of creativity in business. Mike spent two years in Product at Jawbone, where his accomplishments included launching UP for Groups, a software service that leverages behavioral science to help people live healthier and happier lives. Mike is now at wildfire.exchange, crafting products that will change the way people use home WiFi. Mike's other personal projects have included volunteering with MEET, where he taught business strategy to 59 deserving Israeli and Palestinian teenagers in Jerusalem.