Michael’s background is diverse and combines computer science, human factors, linguistics (with a specialty in writing systems), genetics, molecular biology, technology, audio, video, color science, photography, writing, and music (performance, literature, composition, and theory).
Michael studied music for five years at UC Santa Cruz (with a minor in art) and later graduated as valedictorian from St. Mary’s College of Moraga with a degree in management. He has worked as a composer, arranger, musician, musical director, and teacher. He has also been a disc jockey for a large classical music station (KBOQ), worked for PG&E as a state-licensed home inspector and auditor (and energy conservation specialist), and he taught mathematics at a community college (when he was still in high school). Michael currently holds an active C-10 electrical license.
Before founding Audio High and it’s division, HausBaus, Michael was involved with a number of technology companies in the Bay Area. For seven years, Michael was a development manager at Apple Computer, overseeing three groups concurrently. During his tenure at Apple, he wrote and published a programming book; wrote the telecommunications code that sent the first e-mail from space and supported the astronauts during that mission; and re-architected America Online to support other languages, cultures, and writing systems. In addition, he co-designed the telecommunications language used by AOL, Apple, CompuServe, GE, and others; and he designed the Unicode compression algorithm used by Apple and AOL. Michael also designed the user interfaces for several Apple products, wrote a suite of online content-publishing tools, and was the technical editor for numerous publications.
Michael has co-founded three technology companies and founded six other successful businesses. He has authored a number of patents. For his work with NASA on several projects, Michael was made an honorary Air Force Captain.