Bud Michael-President & CEO
As president and CEO of eSoft, Inc., Bud Michael is responsible for vision and strategic direction. Bud has more than 30 yearsof leadership experience in the high tech industry for leading hardware, software and services companies. He has served in executive level sales and marketing positions with large, industry-leading product companies including Intel, Tandem Computer and Sequent Computers. Bud has also successfully contributed to marketing, sales and general business leadership for mid-sized software and services companies.
Most recently, Bud was founder and managing director for Renaissance Management Services, a business strategy and management consulting firm for early stage technology ventures. Previously, Bud was president and CEO of Availigent, a provider of application management software for Linux applications. Bud sold Availigent to a privately held consortium in 2008. Prior to Availigent, Bud was president and CEO of Biz360, a leader in the web-based market intelligence industry. Before joining Biz360, Bud was executive vice president, products and marketing at KANA, where he was responsible for all product strategy, planning, development, all worldwide marketing functions, and information systems.
Bud is on the board of directors for Rockliffe, a leader in enterprise collaboration solutions for mid-tier companies, and is an advisor to Renewably First, a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the mass-market adoption of zero emission vehicles. Bud sits on the Business Advisory Councils of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif. and of the Business School at Mission Hills College in Santa Clara, Calif.. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University.
On a personal note, Bud is the author of “Favorite One-Liners for Business,” a collection of pithy quotes and business guidance published in 2010. When not running eSoft, Bud is an avid long distance runner with a track record of 28 marathons and counting, including nine Boston Marathons.