VGMarket, a market research firm specializing in entertainment, media, and technology
- Where did you start your career and was it in gaming research?
- What was the turning point where you decided that you were going to create your own company and become a self made millionaire?
- How did you get your first client?
- Do you work in other industries for research aside from video games?
- Where would you say the future of interactive gaming is headed?
In 2007, at the age of 24, Michael started up VGMarket with $5,000 in savings and grew the company to $20,000,000 in revenue by the age of 30. By 2014, VGMarket had become a leading global market research provider, servicing Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 clients in the United States and internationally.
Outside of the market research industry, Michael is the Co-Owner of Court Street Grocers. Opening with a 29 Zagat rating and widespread critical acclaim, the Brooklyn food and sandwich shop is among the highest reviewed restaurants in New York. Michael is also Co-Founder and General Manager of Critical Hit, a video game music tribute band, as well as an investor in video game and technology startups.
Michael studied marketing, communication, and Japanese at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in the class of 2005. As a college student, he performed piano concerts and released an album under the stage name “Piano Squall” to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in support of a cure for the disease that took his grandmother’s life.
Michael grew up in Hollywood, Florida. He speaks Spanish and Japanese and enjoys piano, chess, ping-pong, bowling, and StarCraft II.
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