Mike Muhney – CEO & Co-Founder of VIPorbit Software – Mobile Relationship Management For Your Smartphone & Tablets. Who’s In YOUR Orbit?
Mike is the CEO & Co-Founder of VIPorbit Software International, Inc., a software developer focusing on the Smartphone and Tablet marketplace, beginning with the iPhone and iPad devices, providing Mobile Relationship Management solutions for the globally ubiquitous device-enabled market. VIPorbit brings concentrated relationship-centric value to your personal relationships both business and social. VIPorbit is funded and released VIPorbit® on the market in February 2011 beginning with the iPhone, followed by the iPad version in February 2012. VIPorbit has had numerous exceptional editorial reviews that can be seen on the company website, along with video tutorials. It also recently received its’ first Editors’s Choice Award from iPhone Life Magazine. You can visit VIPorbit at www.VIPorbit.com.
Mike is truly one of the pioneers in the entire realm of software designed for relationship management. Beginning with Pat Sullivan and Mike’co-creation of ACT! Mike Muhney has been recognized as a global visionary and powerful speaker on the subject of effective business relationships. He has publicly spoken to over 150,000 people worldwide on improving the way they do business, and he has often been interviewed and written about in numerous global publications on the topics of entrepreneurship, market creation, penetration and leadership, global expansion, and motivational speaking.
Mike has enjoyed a varied, passionate and uniquely successful career in the high-tech industry. Born and raised in Chicago and graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance, with Honors, Mike began his career with IBM in 1975 and was professionally trained in their intensive full-time 6-month-long internal Sales School. He was ranked 6th out of his national class of 66 students, after which he sold mainframes and software solutions and achieved numerous Hundred Percent Clubs, IBM’s most successful sales fraternity.
In 1986 Mike and Pat Co-Founded the company Contact Software International and they co-created ACT! which is credited with creating the category of Contact Management applications. ACT! also has been frequently credited with pioneering today’s CRM (Customer Relationship Management) industry. Released in 1987, ACT! went on to win over 100 awards globally, including numerous PC Magazine Editor’s Choice awards (the “Oscar” of any and all PC Industry Awards), and is still, after 24 years, the predominant Contact Manager with an extremely loyal following, estimated since its release to have numbered in excess of 10 million users worldwide. Contact Software was sold to Symantec Corporation in 1993, earning handsome returns for all investors and employees.
After a few years in semi-retirement, Mike’s creativity, tenacious drive, confidence and visionary ability facilitated the opportunity to start another company, CelebritySoft, Inc., with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley as partners, until Michael Jordan returned to basketball. Mike also was the Executive-in-Residence at the University of Illinois’s College of Commerce for 7 consecutive years, teaching marketing students and lecturing to the MBA classes. Mike was approached during this time to work with Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Manager, and was hired to be one of only three worldwide speakers for Deloitte promoting their strategic implementation services for the successful deployment of CRM applications. Mike was chiefly responsible for architecting a lucrative partnership for Deloitte with Hewlett-Packard and CRM software company Baan across all of Europe. Soon after he was recruited to return as an executive to the software industry for Saleslogix, a NASDAQ-traded public software company and was the EVP and General Manager of all international operations with a global staff of over 110 people covering Europe, Asia Pac, and Latin America. Within two quarters of becoming the GM, he produced, for the first time in the history of the company, profitability in all three regions, none of which had ever before been profitable.
Presently, Mike serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UNT (University of North Texas), which has a student population of 36,000. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ProfitSee (www.myprofitsee.com), along with also serving on the Advisory Board of KaiNexus (www.KaiNexus.com), both of which are software companies targeting untapped market opportunities in the Financial and Healthcare Industries.
Mike is happily married to Janet and in addition to their 4 kids finds further delight in their 7 grandkids. Mike and Janet reside in the Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas area.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Power Hour Live Broadcast
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