Mike is a Managing Partner of Ringleader Ventures and functions as its chief operating officer, in charge of day-to-day operations. In his time leading Ringleader Ventures, Mike has established a reputation in Chicago, and across the country, as a rising VC. Mike’s first fund, Futurist Holdings I, was raised in 2014, and invested through 2016. FHI featured 12 seed-stage investments averaging $200k ea. At the time of this writing, all of FHI’s portfolio companies are still alive and growing, and one (PointDrive) has enjoyed a lucrative early exit to LinkedIn, a Microsoft Company. 

In addition to his role leading RLV, Mike serves on the Board of Directors with IrishAngels, a Notre Dame inspired angel investment group, and on the Board of Directors of 4 RLV startups: RIVS, Engage, PointDrive and EPIC. Mike is also a columnist for Inc. Magazine, where he writes about the intersection of established enterprises and scrappy startups in his regular column “David and Goliath, Inc.”

Mike comes to Ringleader Ventures from Accenture, where he worked for 12 years at the intersection of big business and emerging technology. There, Mike was Accenture’s Global Innovation Director. In this role, Mike was responsible for designing and driving “a culture of innovation” across Accenture’s twenty-thousand-person Management Consulting practice. His key achievement was the creation of an Intrapreneurship program, an internal venturing program which rewards entrepreneurial employees with equity stakes in their successful inventions.

From 2007 to 2009, Mike worked as a Senior Manager at Accenture Technology Labs, Accenture’s  Technology Research and Development group.  There, he led the invention and sales of Accenture’s Web 2.0 and Social Media offerings, resulting in a total of 12 US Patents. Most notably, Mike invented the crowd-powered online brainstorming tool “The Innovation Grapevine” which has been used by hundreds of thousands of users at dozens of Fortune 100 clients.

From 2004 to 2007, Mike consulted to C-level clients at a number of Fortune Global 100 companies on their technology strategy.  Notable projects included the co-development of BP’s business intelligence and analytics vision with BP’s CTO, and the enterprise technology & product marketing strategy for two $10+ Billion products:  Office 2007 and Windows Vista. 

Between 1999 and 2004, Mike implemented various emerging technology solutions for clients in virtually every major industry vertical including Pfizer, Ford, AT&T, Kellogg’s, ComEd, eBay, and Best Buy.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mike graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology and Government, and a minor in Philosophy and Economics.

Mike Bechtel
Managing Partner
Ringleader Ventures

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