Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Founder & CEO

Linkedin mike.kelly@tech-dna.net

Mike is a 35-year technology industry veteran tapped by Microsoft to help set the standard for all of Microsoft’s 10,000+ software engineers. As Tech DNA founder, he has personally reviewed more code, at more companies, with a higher collective valuation at time of acquisition, than any other technology due diligence practitioner.

Mike’s career began with a position at the prestigious R&D department of the original AT&T before its breakup into the “Baby Bells.” He then led various technology efforts at various startups before being recruited by Microsoft in 1993 to help Microsoft manage the integration of Word, Excel and PowerPoint into Microsoft’s (and the world’s) single most profitable product: Microsoft Office.

After a decade at Microsoft, Mike rose to Partner level, a distinction of technical excellence conferred on fewer than 1% of all Microsoft employees since the company’s founding. Several years after making Partner, he was asked to help lead Microsoft’s Excellence in Engineering, the company’s standard setting body responsible for establishing the highest level of software development standards and practices for all Microsoft software engineers.

In 2009, Mike left Microsoft to found Tech DNA, one of the first companies dedicated to technology assessment, due diligence and M&A integration. Today, Tech DNA is a leader in technology due diligence on behalf of the world’s most active acquirers on the Global Fortune 500 and top 20 private equity firms.

Mike has published in UNIX Review and PC Magazine and spoken at numerous industry conferences including TechEd, PDC, ACG and USENIX, among others.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.