For over 30 years Michael Tanner has worked with innovative technology companies as a leader of marketing, product, corporate development, sales/distribution, as CEO of a growing startup business, and as as a management consultant/advisor. He focuses on helping companies to achieve break-through growth through well-formed and well-executed strategies and go-to-market initiatives.
Michael presently leads strategy and corporate development for M-Files Corp., a global enterprise information management company. Prior to M-Files, he was VP Products and Marketing at Carrier iQ, Inc., a Big Data analytics company that served the mobile operator market. He was CEO at Bamboo Solutions Corporation, a collaborative application software company focused on the Microsoft SharePoint ecosystem, and Chief Strategy Officer at Edge Communications, a VoIP and infrastructure services business. Early in his career he held marketing, sales and product management leadership roles for companies such as Autodesk, Schlumberger/Applicon and two startups in the engineering software / CAD market.
During a ten year period Michael was co-founder and managing director at The Chasm Group, a well known Silicon Valley strategy consultancy where he led strategic and go-to-market programs for over 100 private and publicly held businesses across diverse markets such as enterprise application software, big data, analytics, IT infrastructure, telecommunications, content management, SaaS/PaaS, security, communications equipment, and others. His consulting work has included projects for a diverse set of both large and small companies including HP, IBM, CA, Agilent, and scores of early and growth stage ventures.
Michael has also been a guest instructor at Indiana University, where he taught an MBA-level course in Technology Market Strategy, a guest lecturer at the HaaS School of Business, Santa Clara University, UC San Ramon, and the Kauffman Foundation, speaking on topics such as market adoption, technology market strategy, and others. He has been a featured keynote speaker at industry and private corporate events and has served as a board member for five software and services businesses ranging from startup to $ 100M in sales.