Michael Hagele works with a consortium of technology companies as an outside general counsel. He provides legal services for enterprises in various technology sectors, including biotechnology, aerospace, defense, and internet. Besides working as general counsel, he is a founder and investor of several tech companies. He has ventured into the hospitality industry as well with a few restaurants under his name. With a J.D from Berkley and a B.A from the University of Iowa, Michael worked as an in-house and outside counsel for various enterprises, dealing with matters of corporate governance, stock option plan administration, and intellectual property strategy, among others.
Earlier in his career, Hagele was at Fenwick & West LLP where he handled the licensing and online commerce division of the Silicon Valley offices. This experience introduced him to different areas of technology. It also showed him the role that sole practitioners play in tech businesses, which is why he started his outside general counsel services. Artificial intelligence is one of the trends in the industry that Hagele keeps an eye on. He is currently an investor in a company that has developed a tool that uses machine learning to help nonprofits analyze their funding.
Michael Hagele believes that tenacity is a trait that every entrepreneur must possess to enjoy success. When it comes to improving productivity as a professional, Hagele recommends prioritizing the customer at all time. As a lawyer, all his efforts are about meeting the client’s best interests. On a personal level, Michael is passionate about exercise. According to him, working out helps clear the mind and rejuvenate it, which makes an individual more effective.
He tries to make time for mountain or bike rides that help him tap into his creativity. This activity is usually scheduled for early afternoons as part of his break. His mornings are occupied by legal matters that relate to general or intellectual property issues. He also deals with contract drafting and reviews. Evening time is set aside for communicating with overseas investment partners to keep up with the company’s progress.
One challenge that Hagele encountered was when his restaurant partner did not want to get compensation in equity, which Michael advises should be a warning sign. Michael recommends reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.