Michael Borrus is the founding General Partner of XSeed Capital and of Wilson Hill Ventures. He is the author of three books and more than 70 published papers on strategy, competition, and policy in growth technology industries. Michael currently participates on the Boards of Artisan Bio, AtScale, Biota, Citrine Informatics, Enya.ai, Life Signals, Lilt, Migo, PeerWell and Widesense, as well as stealth mobility startup Toofon. His exits include GeneWeave Biosciences (acq. by Roche), OPXBIO (acq. by Cargill), Playnomics (acq. by Unity), BrightBox (acq. by FLEX), Eloquent Labs (acq. by SQ), and Allopartis (acq. by NVZMY). He is past Vice-Chairman of the National Academies’ (NAS/NAE) Committee on Competing in the 21st Century and sits on the UC Berkeley School of Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board. Prior to XSeed, he served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures, preceded by five years as partner of a financial services start-up. He is a former Adjunct Professor in UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and Co-founder of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. Michael holds a BA from Princeton University, an MA from UC Berkeley, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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