Featured Speaker – Michal Soclof, Principal, Matrix Equities, LLC

Michal Soclof’s deep technical and management experience is highlighted by a career in software development and strategy, both in start-up and established business and research environments. As a principal at Matrix Equities, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in technology, real estate and business ventures, Michal focuses on technology and growth based early-stage investments both in the United States and abroad. In addition, Michal is actively engaged in developing and growing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Cleveland, including evaluating new companies and investments for North Coast Angel Fund and supporting women-led initiatives.

Michal was involved in establishing and growing one of Cleveland’s first start-up technology ventures, NetGenics, focused on software for genomics research. During her tenure there, she rose to the position of Vice President responsible for strategy and software development. Later, Michal was responsible for new technology research and development for American Greetings Interactive, focused on emerging mobile technology. Prior to her entrepreneurship and corporate experience, Michal conducted research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University, and NASA Lewis (Glenn) Research Center concentrating on artificial intelligence, spoken language systems and scientific graphic simulations.

Michal earned her Master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

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