MICHAEL LYNCHMichael is a creative and successful software executive with extensive leadership experience in delivering innovative software products and building businesses all over the world. Michael is focused on Digitization strategies and the Internet of Things. He joined SAP in late 2011 as part of the acquisition of Right Hemisphere Inc., where he held the position of CEO. As CEO of Right Hemisphere, he has transformed the company from a small tools provider for graphics professionals to the global leader in Visualization and Product Communications software for Global 1,000 manufacturers. He closed multiple rounds of venture financing with Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, SAP Ventures, NVIDIA, and other investors. Michael led the company to a successful acquisition by SAP. Previously, Michael was the VP in charge of creative product development at 7th Level where he helped grow the company from 20 employees to IPO. At 7th Level, he led the production of over thirty award winning Internet, education and entertainment software products for Disney, Real Networks, IBM, Microsoft and Sony. Prior to working in Technology, Michael was a successful actor/singer/dancer on Broadway where he starred in Fiddler on the Roof, Jerome Robbin's Broadway and Les Miserables. Michael also starred on Television's General Hospital and more. Michael attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied Opera. Specialties: Enterprise software, International Sales, Marketing and Operations Mgmt., Creative Design, 3D, Web Application Production, and Educational Software.
RESIDENCEWalnut Creek, CA
HOBBIESGuitar, Illustration, Coding
EDUCATIONManhattan School of Music
BIRTHPLACEEl Paso, TX
I AM SKILLED AT
LEADERSHIPStrong communications skills, creating a clear vision & building teams to execute
STRATEGYUnderstanding strengths and seeing the path of what and what NOT to do
DESIGNFocused on emotional engagement within every interaction to find unique and inspiring solutions to challenges
TECHNOLOGYBroad understanding of software, Hardware, and services as well as value development
OPERATIONSA selling CEO, operating every aspect and detail of growing businesses
As a waiter in high-end restaurants in NYC's theater district, I learned to multi-task under pressure and yet coordinate and deliver a delightful experience. Customers were paying for a great experience and I worked to make their dinner part of a perfect night out.
I realized early that to be successful as a performer in New York you needed to Sing, Dance and Act at a very high level. So I trained 10+ per day for a number of years and then was able to professionally perform full time. Knowing how to work incredibly hard has helped me in every thing I've done.
LEARNING TO LEAD
In the rapid pace of building businesses you make a lot of mistakes. You must either learn from the quickly or fail. I leaned to lead and not boss, build teams and not followers and about the power of spreading a clear Vision from a fully aligned executive team.
Beyond leadership a CEO has to understand and oversee every aspect of the business. I learned the details behind every discipline in a business, how to set meaningful goals, monitor progress and report to all stakeholders.
THE MATRIX OF PROGRESS
In startups you get 50 people to take 500 steps, In large organizations you get 5,000 people to take 5 steps. Leverage is the key! I learned to establish a vision with a broad community and build the relationships to execute.
NOT A SPRINT
For me success is daily with the understanding that engaging challenges with focused action is what it takes, and that has made all the difference.