Michael Thomas Martin

Operator

SignalFire

Head of Community

Free Machine

Founder, Head of Policy

XPRIZE

Manager, AI XPRIZE

City of New York

Senior Planner, Housing Preservation & Development

University of New Orleans

Master's, Urban Planning

Pace University

B.A., Political Science

Why I joined M13: M13's perspective that community and network are core to helping grow successful companies resonates with my point of view and life experience. As M13’s Director, Network & Community, I believe in connecting the right people at the right time and hearing about them making magic together.


A transformative moment in my career: After graduate school, in post-Katrina New Orleans, I ran a community and economic development organization that convened five neighborhoods of vastly different socio-economic background and perspectives to improve an important commercial street in the city's Upper Ninth Ward. By being at the center of contentious conversations and liaising with New Orleans cultural icons; city, state, and federal officials; and local business owners, I gained great respect for people who fight daily to preserve and grow the fundamental elements of the richness of life and living.


What energizes me about working with entrepreneurs: Their vision on finding unique problems and chipping away at them until the solution becomes clear.

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