David Michael Managing Partner, Anzu Partners

David Michael is an investor and advisor with nearly 30 years of international business experience. He co-founded Anzu Partners and developed the firm’s focus on breakthrough industrial technologies that shape and enable tomorrow’s industries. He has pioneered the financing and growth of several Anzu portfolio companies. These include the life sciences tools companies TeraPore Technologies (now also backed by RA Capital), Nanocellect Biomedical (now also backed by Warburg Pincus and Casdin Capital), Bioskryb Genomics, ImmunoScape (now also backed by the Singapore EDB Investments), and Intervenn Biosciences (now also backed by Softbank). In other industries, Mr. Michael has also helped pioneer Anzu portfolio firms Pivotal Systems (ASX:PVS) (also backed by Tokyo Electron), Niron Magnetics (now also backed by Volvo and Volta Technologies), and OTI Lumionics (now also backed by LG Technology Ventures and others).

Prior to his work at Anzu, Mr. Michael spent 24 years at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Senior Partner and served in numerous leadership roles. He founded the firm’s Beijing office and led the firm’s Greater China practice, and then subsequently established the firm’s overall emerging markets practice. His other roles have included member of BCG’s Asia-Pacific and North American Management Teams and head of the Asia Technology practice. Mr. Michael has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, and served clients in technology and life sciences across Asia and the Western U.S.

Mr. Michael has advised many of the world’s leading companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. His business networks across Asia and globally are extensive. He has served on the World Economic Forum’s Emerging Multinationals Council, the Strategy Board of China Mobile Corporation, and the US-China Business Council. He is on the International Advisory Board of the School of Global Policy at the University of California. Mr. Michael chaired the launch committee of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China, and founded the non-profit corporation Building Futures Now in East Palo Alto, CA.

Mr. Michael is the co-author of six articles in the Harvard Business Review, one MIT Sloan Management Review article, two business books, and has delivered a TED talk. Mr. Michael has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he received the school’s highest honor, the Ernest Arbuckle Award. He earned his BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and was a Rotary International Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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