Michael Schulte founded Thinking Fan Design and is credited as the innovator behind fantasy sports apparel, an emerging product category with $600M in total available revenues. He has raised seed capital for multiple companies and worked predominantly in high growth environments over the course of his career, including:
- TFD Apparel | Fantag: as the lone full-time employee, proved fantasy sports apparel concept, opened multiple large-scale sales channels, and sourced major co-development partner
- Academic Approach: raised funds from angel investors to scale high end test preparation tutoring business's operations, build proprietary online courses, and broaden exposure through strategic partnerships
- AEG Live: performed venue acquisition, joint venture, and sponsorship due diligence for the Chief Strategy and Chief Operating Officers of AEG's live music division during early growth phase
- Cognitive Arts: led 8-person, multidisciplinary project teams and managed Fortune 500 client relations for award-winning software startup backed by GE Capital
Michael serves as Board President of Opening Minds USA, the nation's foremost content advisor and conference producer for early childhood educators.
He received his BA from Williams College and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.