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Michael H

- Research Program Mentor

MBA candidate at Stanford University


Entrepreneurship, Product Management, Management Consulting, Finance, Investment Banking, M&A


I am an entrepreneur who has had stops in investment banking, business operations and product management. I started in New York as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, where I built foundational skills in complex financial modeling and presenting business analysis. I then joined AppDirect, a software startup in San Francisco, during its hyper growth phase -- the company has now raised over $400 million. I began in business operations, working on many projects directly for the founders, and later worked in product management. I now consult other early stage startups and am an active angel investor. For fun, I love adventures (from scuba diving to flying stunt planes) and eating (I've been to the July 4th Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest 7 times!)

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Storyboard an App

In this project, you will build a storyboard for your own web or smartphone app. This will be a simulation for what product managers do at leading technology firms. Together, we will identify a market opportunity, conduct user research to validate pain points, identify user stories and then develop a story board based on user experience and user design principles. This project can be further tailored to be more technical to liaise with software developers who will build the app.

Investment Pitch (can be tailored to investment banking or venture capital)

In this project, you will pick a company that you admire and analyze its valuation to assess whether it would make a good investment. We will analyze the business model, addressable market, valuation (intrinsic and extrinsic) and craft the investment pitch highlights. We can tailor the project toward startups pitching to venture capital or established companies pitching to investment banks / private equity / hedge funds.

Coding skills

python, R, SQL

Languages I know


Teaching experience

1) Mentored and coached 100+ students to land top jobs in leading investment banking, management consulting and technology firms, as former president of the Corsair Society (the University of Georgia's premier student business organization for students entering such fields) and president and founder of Atlas Business Society (supporting pre-business students as freshmen and sophomores) 2) In partnership with the Honors program, I developed the curriculum and taught an application-based class titled "Markets and Enterprises" for course credit


Work experience

Goldman Sachs (2013 - 2015)
Investment Banking Analyst
AppDirect (2015 - 2019)
Business Operations, Product Management


University of Georgia
BA Bachelor of Arts (2013)
Finance and International Business
Stanford University
MBA Master of Business Administration candidate

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