Michael Hagele is the outside general counsel for several technology companies in the aerospace, defense, internet and biotechnology industries. He has also been an investor in technology companies in their early stages and an investor and founder of many firms in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Hagele’s involvement in these industries has given him experience in negotiating, drafting, licensing distribution, development agreements and many more. He has worked in commercial agreements in relation to technology companies and does promotional marketing, intellectual property, and sales.
Michael Hagele has served as the general counsel of internet companies supported by venture capital where he helped manage legal affairs like stock option plans, intellectual property, corporate governance, employment issues, and mergers and acquisitions issues.
His experience as both an outside and in-house general counsel has shown him that no matter how small a firm is, high quality and affordable legal services is possible with technology businesses. He has also learned that being tenacious and it’s best to keep going while challenging assumptions and dealing with new information and opportunities as they come around. He also suggests exercising, as it helps with recharging and improving your mind.
Social media has been a huge strategy for growing his businesses, which he utilizes by talking with customers about his products. He also uses various software like TSA PreCheck, MS Office, and many products offered by Google. The book he recommends to entrepreneurs is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
Michael Hagele has an interest in artificial intelligence and has invested in and advised in a company that has created an app dedicated to finding the best use of funding. The app uses a machine learning algorithmn.
Michael Hagele graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree and from the University of California at Berkeley with a JD.