David Michaels is a 14-year veteran of Silicon Valley startups and an expert in designing and building secure, distributed systems capable of Internet scale. David was the first VP at Mint.com and the chief architect behind Mint’s security and scalability. Mint, the web’s largest free personal finance application, was acquired by Intuit for $170 million in November 2009. David enjoys the challenges and exhilaration of early-stage companies, having been among the first employees at seven venture-backed startups since 1996: starting with GeoCities where he built one of the first ad servers on the net. GeoCities became the third most popular destination on the web and was ultimately acquired by Yahoo for $5 billion. David implemented performance and scalability features for NetDynamics, the first Java-based application server (acquired by Sun), and most recently was at PGP Corporation where he managed the engineering teams behind the company’s flagship encryption products. Originally from New Jersey, David came to California in 1994 joining Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked on distributed systems and the (then nascent) WWW. David graduated magna cum laude from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. in Computer Science with honors from Stanford.