Mike Mann www.MikeMann.com is the founder and chairman of Grassroots.org (501c3), a global network providing free services to non-profits and promoting social action. He also founded and manages Make Change! Trust, a charitable fund that supports select 501c3 organizations.
Mike is founder of successful, active, for-profit corporations also including Phone.com, SEO.com, DomainMarket.com, PRMarketing.com, PurePPC.com, and others. In many cases his companies exchange resources, talent and technologies in their never-ending quest to deliver innovative, profitable digital products and services.
In 1994 he founded Internet Interstate, which he sold to Verio Inc. in 1997.
In 1998, he founded BuyDomains.com (now NameMedia), the world’s largest secondary market for domain names, and sold majority interest to Highland Capital and Summit Partners in 2005, along with the “Seeq.com” search engine portal.
Between 1998 and 2001, Mike served as the founding Chairman of the non-profit ByteBack.org, which is an innovator in operating free computer and job training centers serving inner-city communities.
In 2007, Mike and WashingtonVC.com founded Yield Software, a company which delivers cutting-edge online marketing software. Within
two years the majority of Yield was sold to venture capitalists Draper Fisher and international marketing conglomerate WPP. In 2011 Yield Software was acquired by Autonomy Corporation, an HP company.
Mike is also the author of Make Millions and Make Change! a book focused on making money in small business so we can better serve society.
Here is a link to the Microsoft research paper on Domain Names that Mike spoke about also. Domain Bias in Web Search
I would like to thank Mike for his time on the podcast and hope to have him back at some stage in the future.