I love startups. Sometimes I am the guy who follows the founder of a business to help operationalize the vision. Sometimes I’m the coach and advisor. Sometimes I even start my own companies.
I have a passion for building – companies, markets, technologies, organizations.
You can also see a history of my experience, and here’s the more formal introduction:
Mike Krupit is a strategic leader, innovator, and entrepreneurial operator in business and technology.
His career in Senior Management and the technologies spans companies from small and start-up to large and mature. Mike is currently COO and Co-Founder of Real Food Works, a startup in the tech and food space that is trying to make healthy eating more easier – more desirable and convenient.
Recently, Mike was Founder and General Manager of Novotorium, a startup incubator created to help entrepreneurs operate and grow their businesses towards profitability. Novotorium was funded by Voice Systems Engineers, where Michael served as its Chief Innovation Officer for five years. VSE is a profitable telephony services company in Bucks County, PA.
In 2004, Mike partnered with Timothy Brown to found Myxa Consulting Group, a management consulting company focused on the alignment of technology to business needs. Before starting Myxa, Mike was the CEO and President of Knite, Inc., an early stage company that developed technologies for internal combustion engines to improve fuel efficiency and reduced harmful emissions. At Knite, Mike raised capital, focused the company on commercialization of the technology, and guided the development of customers and strategic partners.
Previously, Michael held senior management positions for online pioneer CDNOW. Appointed CEO when the company was sold to media giant, Bertelsmann AG, Michael transitioned and stabilized the business in a new environment and challenging economy. He worked with Bertelsmann to integrate CDNOW into its digital strategy, successful in large part due to his skills in building and leveraging a strong team. Prior to his CEO role, as COO, Michael led CDNOW’s day-to-day operations and instrumented key business transformations. He was successful in dramatically reducing the company’s expenses while maintaining revenues and preserving staff. Michael also had led CDNOW’s web site vision and technology strategy. Under Michael’s guidance, CDNOW became one of the most advanced companies doing business on the Internet, with industry-leading levels of customer satisfaction and operational effectiveness. Notably, he accomplished the major milestone of combining the technology platforms, web sites, and databases in the first-ever merger of two large e-commerce companies.
Prior to CDNOW, Mike led technology and product development at Infonautics Corporation where he oversaw the development and launch of successful consumer-oriented online information products such as Homework Helper and The Electric Library. Mike was successful in other engineering and management roles while living in Silicon Valley. He worked on emerging technologies at Verity, a pioneer in document search and retrieval, and KnowledgeSet, one of the first companies to put data onto CD.