Michiel started working in technology as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley in 1999, when he founded Digital Jones, an online shopping assistant. He successfully sold the company to Shopping.com, a company he then helped manage from New York and Israel. Before joining Accel Partners he was based in Amsterdam helping start-up companies with strategy and funding. Previously he managed the local operations of a global healthcare company in Latin America after spending time at their US headquarters as assistant to the CEO. He started his career as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Michiel has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School.