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I’m Michael Yaroshefsky, founder and CEO of Visor. Welcome to my personal website, where I will share some chapters on my crazy journey and some random musings on my blog.

Visor

Visor is a data collaboration platform. I founded Visor (formerly RocketVisor) while studying at Harvard Business School in 2016. The company pivoted in mid-2019. Instead of trying to pull people out of their spreadsheets, we realized we should learn from what they loved about them. That led us to create this revolutionary new product.

Current data products work for experts, but today everyone needs to work with data. Everyone knows how to work in a spreadsheet, but no one knows how to integrate data across applications, let alone sync it both ways. Visor is a revolutionary new spreadsheet experience. It is built to bring people together with data, and it is built for everyone.

Visor is improving the way the world works. Stay tuned for more exciting updates to come…

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Real work is messy and doesn’t fit neatly into traditional SaaS applications. Visor provides flexibility, trustworthy two-way syncing, and sharability into one, familiar experience designed for everyone.

Insight Venture Partners

Before HBS, I was a senior analyst at Insight Venture Partners in New York, where I first began in 2011 as a summer intern and continued full-time in 2012.   In my 3 years at the firm, I sourced and helped lead investments in growth-stage technology companies, generally making investments between $10 million and $100 million.  Some of my investments include Docker, Flipp, Xamarin (acq. Microsoft), DataSift (acq. Meltwater), Ensighten, Famo.us, Alteryx (NYSE: AYX), and iSpot.TV, and I worked post-investment with  Anaqua and Frontline Technologies.  In particular, I focused on enterprise software, mobile technology, data analytics, and infrastructure.

At Insight, I became an authority on analyzing recurring revenue businesses (part of this analysis is featured in this blog post) and built a proprietary customer analytics toolkit to enable rapid, accurate evaluation of SaaS businesses. At the same time, I continued programming in Python, JavaScript, and a mix of other languages to stay sharp and build cool tools to help my team and my portfolio companies.

One tool I built enhanced Salesforce, our internal CRM, by improving the interface for quicker readability, adding new features, and adding keyboard shortcuts.  This enabled my fellow teammates to accomplish their daily tasks much more efficiently — saving hours per week.  The realization behind how much more productive I could make the team — and how passionate they became about what I built — is part of the impetus for our vision with RocketVisor.

Princeton

I graduated Princeton University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. The student body elected me twice to serve as president of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG).

One of the lessons I learned during my brief political career as the head of Princeton’s student government is that you should never trust newspaper photographers to take flattering pictures.

I focused the first term on the organization’s structure and the second term on major student concerns, including academics.  

One time I got invited to visit Russia, where I got to meet with Joe Biden:

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One of my most unusual and fascinating travel experiences was visiting Russia at the invitation of the Kremlin. The program was designed to foster US-Russian cooperation. On that trip, I got to meet Joe Biden in Moscow.

As the capstone to my student government service, I launched and led a year-long research project regarding academic life, the Academic Life Total Assessment, which achieved the highest voluntary response rate in campus history and ultimately contributed to a number of changes in academic life on campus, including giving students off the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the repeal of the unpopular “Grade Deflation” policy.  In addition, I emphasized how technology can improve students’ lives by rolling out popular apps including the Integrated Course Engine (ICE) and TigerCal for student events.

One of the more hilarious things to come of my USG presidency was a reputation for sending many emails to the student body. This apparently even reached Steve Carell, who in his Class Day speech asked:

“Wouldn’t it be nice to not receive 17 emails a day from Michael Yaroshefsky?”

Steve Carell
Skip to 25:08 for a personal shout-out by Steve Carell.

At graduation from Princeton, I was honored to receive from my classmates the Class of 1901 Medal, which is awarded by each graduating class to the senior who has done the most for Princeton.  The School of Engineering and Applied Science awarded me the Joseph Clifton Elgin Prize, which is given to the student who has done the most to advance the interests of the engineering school in the community at large.  My thesis, designing a productivity app called TDLoo while studying the psychology of UX/UI, received the Kenneth H. Condit Senior Thesis Prize for excellence in senior thesis research within my department.

Michael Yaroshefsky receiving the Elgin Prize from the Princeton School of Engineering and Applied Science
Receiving the Elgin Prize for my thesis on “The Psychology of UX Design”

Future Business Leaders of America

In high school, I was elected as National President of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the largest student-run organization in the United States, with 215,000 members.  I concurrently served as the New Jersey Chapter State President.  Over four years in the organization, I attended dozens of conferences around the country as an ambassador of the national office, setting the agenda for the national leadership team and building an expanded global team to achieve these goals.  During my term in office, we increased membership by 1,552 members, expanded our target contribution to the March of Dimes Foundation by 33% to $500,000, and produced tools, such as the FBLAction guide, to improve the learning experience of all members.

K-12

Entrepreneurship has always been in my blood.  I founded MikeYaroSoft, Inc. in 2008, to start sharing my passion for building beautiful websites and software applications, and helping clients succeed online.  In fourth grade, I sold candy to my classmates at lunch and ran a pencil lending operation for (modest) profit.  In first grade, I created a microeconomy in my classroom, with blue-colored staples as currency, which my classmates traded for snacks, supplies, and the coveted position of line leader… until I flooded the market and accidentally created a currency collapse. My parents swear I sold pacifiers in the nursery when I was born.

Discovering my passion for technology entrepreneurship at an early age…

On a Personal Note

There are a handful of things I am deeply (weirdly) passionate about. They include:

  • Corvettes
  • Helicopters
  • Blueberries
  • Pancakes
  • Maps
  • Weather Radar
  • Snow Leopards

Corvettes

Personal connection: lifelong goal setting.

At age 2, I began saving for a Corvette. At age 13, after socking away checks from every birthday and holiday, with the help of my parents and the proceeds from my web design business, I bought my first Corvette: a 2003 Corvette Z06. (Of course, my dad had to drive it for me until I got my license).

When at the age of 2 I said, “Mommy, I want a Corvette,” she didn’t dismiss it as a crazy idea. 11 years later, I had saved enough for a down payment and was making enough money by building websites to make the payments. I lobbied to get the car then, vs. later when I could drive it, because in 2005 the new Corvettes were losing the trademark pop-up headlights.
I set a plan to get a “couple corvettes” at age 2. Skip to 0:24. I was misunderstood as saying “blue Corvette.”
On my 30th birthday in 2019, I raced Corvettes around the track at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY.
The “Couple Corvettes” goal was fulfilled in 2019 when in an absurd coincidence, my dad and I won a Corvette that was being raffled by the National Corvette Museum. We had been playing the raffles for years, and the crazy coincidence is that they announced we had won the raffle the day before I was expected to be at the museum for my 30th birthday.

Helicopters

Personal connection: Fascinating aeronautical physics + a feeling of complete freedom + responsibility of taking your life in your own hands.

The feeling of flying a helicopter is completely liberating and all-consuming: you have one hand on the cyclic, one hand on the collective, and both feet on the pedals. You have authority to move in any direction, in any dimension, and even hover in the air. There is nothing like it.

I got inspired into aviation by watching planes takeoff and land at Newark Airport with my dad. But getting my hands on an RC helicopter and learning about the physics of their flight ignited a passion for flying rotorcraft.

Helicopter lesson at Princeton Airport (PCT) on a Robinson R22.
Helicopter lesson at Kahului Airport (Maui, HI) on a Schweizer.

Blueberries

Personal connection: Reminder of my summer birthdays at the Jersey Shore. (The blueberry is New Jersey’s state fruit, and they are at peak sweetness in season during my summer birthday)

There are amazing times when more than one of my passions come together, such as driving a Corvette to farms in NJ to buy blueberries.
Blueberry-rhubarb jam in progress.

Pancakes

Personal connection: I made pancakes for breakfast every day one summer in 2011 when I trained for my first cycling century.

I’m an aviation enthusiast (very) slowly working towards my helicopter private pilot license, and when I’m not in the air I am building or flying model aircraft.

Maps

Coming soon!

Weather Radar

Coming soon!

Snow Leopards

Coming soon!

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