Mike Mann is the founder and chairman of Grassroots.org a 501(c)(3) global network that provides free services to non-profits and promotes social action. He also founded and manages Make Change! Trust, a charitable fund that supports select 501(c)(3) organizations.
Mike is also the founder of several successful, active, for-profit corporations. Three of these corporations were listed among the 2012 Inc 500 fastest growing companies in America, including Phone.com, DomainMarket.com and SEO.com.
A few other additions to Mike’s portfolio include PRMarketing.com, PurePPC.com, and ProHR.com. In many cases his companies exchange resources, talent and technologies in their never-ending quest to deliver innovative, profitable digital products and services.
In 1994 he founded Internet Interstate, which he sold to Verio Inc. in 1997, then becoming President of VerioDC. After Mike left, Verio went public, and then sold to NTT of Japan in a multi-billion dollar transaction. (Years before Verio, Mike gave Internet training sessions to top NTT executives visiting the US.)
In 1998, he founded BuyDomains.com (now NameMedia), the world’s largest secondary market for domain names, and sold majority interest to Highland Capital and Summit Partners in 2005, along with the “Seeq.com” search engine portal.
Between 1998 and 2001, Mike served as the founding Chairman of the non-profit ByteBack.org, which is an innovator in operating free computer and job training centers serving inner-city communities.
In 2007, Mike and WashingtonVC.com founded Yield Software, a company which delivers cutting-edge online marketing software. Within two years the majority of Yield was sold to venture capitalists Draper Fisher and international marketing conglomerate WPP. In 2011 Yield Software was acquired by Autonomy Corporation, an HP company.
Mike is also the author of Make Millions and Make Change! a book focused on making money in small business so we can better serve society.
As an early Internet pioneer, Mike has received a patent for his groundbreaking domain name technology.
The Domain Name Suggestion Patent “WhoisPlus/NameFind” (Mike’s February 11, 2003 invention) is used or copied by virtually every domain name company, which ultimately represents the majority of end user registrations ever since, many millions of domains.