Boston Angel Investor and Startup Growth Advisor

I'm Mike.  I'm an angel investor, startup advisor, go to market and growth executive.  I've made more than 15 angel investments with 3 exits so far.  I serve as an advisor to a number of companies and am on the board of directors of Repsly, a Boston mobile CRM company.  I've worked in marketing at a number of different startups in Boston and San Francisco.  Most recently I joined HubSpot as the fifth employee and as CMO helped the company grow from about a dozen beta customers to over 15,000 customers, 1,000 employees, $150m in revenue, and an IPO leading to a $1.7B market cap.

I'm passionate about giving back to the Boston tech community and hold open office hours to pay forward all the amazing advice and guidance I've received from others over the years.  Let's chat!

Startup Blog Articles

Why I Joined the Board of Attend

Today Attend is announcing that I have been elected to their board of directors.  There are a lot of reasons I’m very excited about this new role - in many ways it is the perfect company for me to dive into - so I thought I’d share how I think about the opportunity for the company. Huge market with favorable changes.  Companies spend billions of dollars on events every year - the event...Read more

The Pixie Dust in Your Revenue Plan

While reviewing revenue plans with two different companies I advise, I had some flashbacks to a bad experience years ago where our team learned something important: never put pixie dust in your board plan. "Pixie dust" is forecast revenue growth from something that is unfunded, has no track record, or has no owner.  This magical revenue is expected to materialize from new...Read more

What's Next for Mike Volpe?

tl;dr: I'm not sure what I am up to, but I am all in on Boston tech and am launching open office hours with a diversity component. After a pretty crazy summer I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what I want to do with the next decade of my professional life.  So, what's next? I am all in on Boston tech. I've lived in San Francisco, but moved back here 15 years ago to get my...Read more

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