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“How can one person—or one anything—change the world?”

As a rainmaker with 22 years inside Apple who started as an engineer, lived through Apple’s looming bankruptcy, experienced the return of Steve Jobs, marketed the first “i” products to a skeptical world, and survived startups, I have had the chance to make a lasting difference for industry icons and outliers alike.

I have generated nearly a $1B in results—measured in revenue, partnerships, and now gifts—by knowing how to get the right partners to the table and inspire an innovative look at shared challenges.

Since my Apple journey, I have taken decidedly shorter excursions for broader experiences—think different—with an international software company, an Israeli startup, a STEM startup with global impact, and higher education institutions, with positions including corporate relations and being part of a $30M gift team. Recently, I was driving alliances behind the acquisition of an Atlanta-based, UK-owned software (SaaS) and interactive device developer by a Hong Kong entity.

“Our only security is our ability to change”

– JC Lilly

I pride myself in seeing around corners and influencing what is coming down the pike.

I never fear change. Instead, I drive change. Steve Jobs famously said to us, “The journey is the reward.” But I’ve found the journey is not the reward, it is a reward. I have found rewards in philanthropy, fundraising, producing unseen partnerships, and merely helping.

Thank you for your time here. “blog on” is from my real-world experiences. It is my journey, my show, if you will.

Remember, this thing we call life is not a rehearsal, so make every performance count.
michael hageloh