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Michael Brown

General Partner
Joined Battery in 1998
Focus Areas: Application Software, Consumer, Infrastructure Software
"I have the utmost respect for entrepreneurs who risk everything to pursue the next big idea—and their dreams. After more than two decades in venture, it’s still exciting for me to help innovative companies grow and become market leaders."

Michael, the current chair of the National Venture Capital Association, is a seasoned investor with experience scaling software companies–including in financial technology–on both sides of the Atlantic.

Since joining Battery Ventures in 1998, Michael has made, or managed, multiple investments spanning the enterprise software, financial-services and technology-enabled business-services markets. Currently, Michael serves on the boards of AuditBoard, CarNow, Diametric Capital, GetYourGuide, Istra Research, Joor, KeyMe, Mews, MX, Newforma, Nitro Software (ASX: NTO), Obie, Quinyx, RiskIQ, ServiceTitan, Vidyard, VNDLY and Xenex. Michael is also a board observer for NorthOne and Shippeo and an investor in Next Insurance. Michael has also made seed investments in Fulcrumpro, LMX Labs and Whistic since 2019.

Michael was previously involved with Battery’s investments in Bonfire (merged into GTY Technology, NASDAQ: GTYH); Digby (NASDAQ: PHUN); ExactTarget (NYSE: ET, acquired by; IDI Direct Insurance (TASE: IDIN); J. Hilburn; JAMF (acquired by Vista Equity Partners); Mendix (acquired by Siemens); MRU Holdings (NASDAQ: UNCL); Neolane (acquired by Adobe); Panjiva (acquired by S&P); Precidian Investments; Q2 Holdings, or Q2ebanking (NYSE: QTWO); and TradeKing (acquired by Ally Financial).

From 1996 to 1998, Michael was a member of the high-technology group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked on debt and equity financings as well as mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he was a financial analyst within Goldman’s financial-institutions group. There, he focused on mergers and acquisitions within asset management, insurance, specialty finance and retail/mortgage banking. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a dual BS in finance and international business. He is currently on the board of the National Venture Capital Association, serving as the chair for the 2021-2022 term.

Michael, as chair of the NVCA, highlights on CNBC the chilling effect new tech antitrust laws could have on the startup M&A landscape.

As the U.S. moves toward a period of post-pandemic national recovery, the National Venture Capital Association highlights 5 policy recommendations Washington should consider to keep the U.S. positioned as a global innovation leader—from NVCA President Bobby Franklin and Chairman Michael Brown in TechCrunch.

Michael chats with Fortune about the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act–and other tech-industry priorities in Washington–as he takes the helm as chair of the National Venture Capital Association.

The National Venture Capital Association appoints Battery’s Michael Brown as the new board chair for the 2021-2022 term.

Michael discusses Battery XIII and Battery XIII Side Fund, capitalized at a combined $2 billion, in Bloomberg and Reuters.

Michael discusses financial-technology IPOs in Bloomberg and Forbes.