Mike is the Founder and CEO of Gitter. Mike started coding in BASIC on a ZX Spectrum, where he built spoof games at primary school - titles included School Quest I & II and Teenage Mutant Ninja Kittens. As well as gaming, Mike built GUI interfaces to help his mother navigate their first ‘scary’ computer and in 1996 he interned at ECnet, one of South Africa’s first eCommerce providers.
The following year, Mike co-founded < eye2eye > specialising in Enterprise CMS and web development. Customers included Investec, Metropolitan Life, Janssen Cilag and Anglo American. His next move saw him run Programme Management for Workshare. Enterprise document collaboration. 95% Top 100 Legal penetration.
Mike joined Skype as a Project Manager in 2005, and grew through the ranks to become Director of Product Strategy, and the Management for over 7 years, until leaving shortly after the company was acquired by Microsoft.
It was shortly after this that he founded Gitter alongside Andrew to build on all he had learned with Skype, and create a world-class communications platform for developers.
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