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Resonant Venture Partners is an emerging venture capital firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 2010, Resonant makes seed stage investments in companies developing cloud infrastructure, software and services. Entrepreneurs in their own right, the managing directors partner with portfolio companies through challenging product, market and operational issues at the earliest phases. At the same time, Resonant maintains a top tier back office, a disciplined approach to venture investing and a high level of service to their limited partners.
Resonant invests in companies that have technologies essential to the backbone of the cloud infrastructure. The ‘cloud’ is comprised of a vast array of hardware, software and communications platforms operating together to allow content and service providers to reach their customers. Cisco Systems has estimated that traffic in the cloud will quintuple by 2016 and the FCC estimates that the number of data-plan enabled smartphones will more than double in the same period. Demand for cloud based products and services continue to grow at an astonishing rate even as carriers scramble to maintain the existing capacity. This growth is accompanied by challenging engineering, management, social and economic problems. Resonant invests in companies with novel technologies that can add capabilities to the existing cloud infrastructure as well as those that improve pre-existing mission critical functions.
Resonant Venture Capital
Michael Godwin has worked with venture backed startups in the software, consulting, wireless and online commerce industries since 1996. He has worked with many notable firms including: AT&T, Excite, Independent Online Distribution Alliance, Menlo Innovations, WebCrawler, and Zengine/MCSI.
Michael currently serves on the board of directors of Accio Energy. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the following Ann Arbor, MI based non-profit organizations: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association and the Moo Duk Martial Arts Institute.
Michael is a former managing director of the Wolverine Venture Fund’s student advisory board at the University of Michigan. During his time with the Wolverine Venture Fund, Michael conducted due diligence and invested in several companies across the information technology, manufacturing, life sciences and clean tech sectors. Michael spearheaded the effort to fully integrate the deal acquisition, collaboration, document tracking and knowledge transfer procedures into a single solution.
Prior to his role with the Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Michael was a consultant and software engineer with Menlo Innovations where he helped develop the software for the first production release of Accuri Cytometer’s C6 Flow Cytometer. In addition to his work with Accuri, he was also instrumental in helping Menlo secure some of its larger consulting agreements by applying his deep experience in early stage and corporate operations.
Before working with Menlo Innovations, Michael designed and built the royalty allocation system for the Independent Online Distribution Alliance. IODA was named one of Fortune magazine’s 25 Breakout Companies for 2005 and a “Rising Star” in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 for Silicon Valley. IODA was acquired by Sony Music Entertainment (SME) for an undisclosed sum in June 2009.
Prior to his role with IODA, Michael worked as a software engineer with WebCrawler, which was acquired by Excite. With Excite Prior, Michael was part of the $6.7B merger with AT&T/@Home- the largest M&A involving an internet firm at the time.
Michael holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston. During his time at the University of Michigan he won the VCIC Venture Capital Investment Challenge in 2008, the David T. Shelby Award for Outstanding Leadership through the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in 2010 and was elected to and served on the Board of Community Values and Ethics from 2008-2010.
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