November 14, 2005 19:00
Mike Slade has always been interested in two things: sports and high technology. He is one of the four founding partners of Second Avenue Partners, a Seattle-based investment firm.
After selling the company to Disney, Slade retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Starwave Corp., Paul Allen's trailblazing venture into the Internet and multimedia products arena. Utilizing his high-technology and marketing skills, Slade launched ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, ABCNews.com and the Go.com network, among other premier websites that have now become household names. Slade joined Starwave in 1993 after briefly serving as vice president of special projects for Asymetrix Corp., where he evaluated business opportunities for Paul Allen.
Slade began his career at Microsoft in 1983 and spent seven years there in a variety of product marketing roles. He served as director of corporate marketing in Microsoft's systems software division before leaving in 1990. He also served as VP-Marketing for Steve Jobs' NeXT Computer, Inc, and now spends time consulting with Jobs on strategy issues at Apple. Slade serves on the board of Rivals.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and earned a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University.
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