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Mike serves on Ovation’s Investment Committee and is responsible for new asset selection, portfolio management, and investment allocation strategy.
Mike is an experienced leader in financial services who brings financial management, transaction structuring, and operational expertise to Ovation Partners. Additionally, Mike is a Founder of Vida Capital Inc., a firm he co-founded with Jeff Serra in 2009. Vida Capital manages an independent life settlements fund and originates and services Ovation’s insurance-backed asset portfolio.
Prior to founding Ovation Partners, Mike was a Partner at Austin Ventures, a private equity firm with $3.9 billion of capital under management. During his more than 11 years with Austin Ventures, Mike led the firm’s Financial Services Practice and was a stage-agnostic investor with a broad range of experience in startup formation, corporate spinouts, and growth equity. Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Mike led business development and mergers and acquisitions for Mission Critical Software, which went public on the NASDAQ in 1999. Earlier in his career, Mike served as a management consultant to FedEx Global Logistics and Electronic Commerce. Before this he held executive management positions with Stanford Technology Group (acquired by Informix) and Empart Technology (acquired by ARI Network Services), where he was a founder. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Mike serves on the board of directors of Austin Pets Alive! and is a supporter and past board member of Austin Habitat for Humanity, Animal Trustees of Austin, and Breakthrough Austin.