Michael Casella is the founder and managing director of Partnership Capital Ventures, focused on early-stage startups investments and actively guiding and mentoring founders. Michael was a member of the early founding team and SVP of Operations at Green Dot Corporation, a Sequoia-backed company. At Green Dot, Michael had the unique advantage of actively contributing to the company’s growth from private company to public company (Startup -> Seed -> Series priced rounds -> pre-IPO -> IPO -> Post-IPO) where it achieved a $4B+ valuation (NYSE: GDOT). Each of these phases required a unique set of experience and skill sets, including diversifying revenue by pivoting into new channels, introducing new product offerings, and via multiple acquisitions, all while consistently re-engineering processes, improving the customer experience and expanding gross margin which makes his viewpoints uniquely helpful to founders.
Michael is a solutions-focused founder and senior executive with more than 22 years of success across the management consulting, retail, e-commerce, financial services, and technology industries. (B2C, B2B and B2B2C) He also serves on the Board of Directors for PetMio, Qoins Technologies and Waverly Labs.
Michael earned a B.A. in International Business from U.C. Berkeley. He also holds a Certification in High-Performance Coaching from the High-Performance Institute. Michael has a passion for contributing to and helping others by sharing his time, knowledge and resources, both professionally and privately.