• Friday, October 19, 2018

Michael Yoon

Favorite Destination

Switzerland is my favorite place to visit - I spent a summer as a teenager with a friend's family and loved the combination of farms, villages, cities, lakes, and mountains.  Canada is my home and favorite place to return.

Most Exotic Destination Traveled

On my first around the world business trip, I went from New York, San Fransisco, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Delhi, Dubai, London, back to NY. The differences in culture in such a short timeframe is what made this trip unique; taking off from the strict order of Singapore with a butterfly garden in Terminal 3, to the chaos of Delhi with cows in the street.

Travel Philosophy

Savor the experiences without rushing and try new perspectives.  Leave the bubble.
As the CTO of Galavante, Michael is responsible for the technical strategy of the Galavante product and services.  Michael has more than 20 years of executive management experience in product and technology in diverse environments from startups to large corporations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Pleiades Robotics, Advisor at RueOne Investments, and interim CTO at Thnks. Most recently, he was the CTO and head of Product at MiMedia, a consumer cloud startup company where he developed the product from 0 to 1.5M users and raised $25M in funding. Michael was also CTO for Smarton, a Kaplan TechStars digital education company. Earlier, Michael was Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he led Enterprise Architecture and was responsible for master data management and big data services. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Michael was VP Engineering at Barnes & Noble.com, a Fortune 500 e-commerce retailer overseeing software development through the online and digital expansion growing from $100M to over $1B in annual revenue. Before joining BN.com, Michael co-founded two companies, and earlier in his career, he built electronic trading systems and high transaction market monitoring systems at Bloomberg LLP. Yoon holds an MBA in Finance with Honors from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Canada.