Michael Blonsky

Michael Blonsky

CTO at Family Independence Initiative

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Information Technology and Services

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Michael Blonsky's Overview

  • Principal at MIB Consulting Group
  • CEO, Founder at Perkvine
  • VP of Services and Support at GoingOn

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Michael Blonsky's Summary

Michael is a veteran technologist who has 20+ years of operations, business development, software sales, software architecture, software development and consulting experience with firms like VMware, Grant Thornton and Accenture.

Currently, Michael is the CTO at the Family Independence Initiative. Prior to joining Fii, Michael was consulting with a number of companies (both startups and established businesses) to provide strategic and technical consulting (including designing and developing iOS apps using Objective-C, web apps written in Python for Google App Engine, and web apps / sites using standard LAMP frameworks and WordPress).

Michael is a veteran of several Silicon Valley software companies and startups. His experience includes directing the efforts around building out the Virtual Appliances initiative for VMware (NASDAQ: VMW). By developing a successful ISV outreach program, Michael helped define a new category of software solutions. Prior to the last 11 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael spent 8 years in technology consulting with firms like Accenture and Grant Thornton.Michael holds a M.S. in Business and Technology from Johns Hopkins University.

Specialties: Objective C, Python, Django, Google App Engine, PHP, Flourish PHP Framework, Smarty Template Engine, LAMP, HTML 5, CSS3, jQuery, AJAX, C#, ASP.net, Visual Basic, Java, JBoss, Weblogic, MailChimp, SilverPop (and the list goes on and on).

Michael Blonsky's Experience

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2013Present (1 year) San Francisco Bay Area

The Family Independence Initiative is a national center for innovating new strength based approaches for economic and social mobility that put people in the driver’s seat of their own change. Over this last decade FII has demonstrated that investing in people’s strengths and initiative delivers more powerful, sustainable, and cost effective outcomes for low-income families. Our strength-based approach, as radical and as old as our democracy, is inspired by the historical successes of poor communities in the U.S.


ForteFive LLC

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

2010Present (4 years) San Francisco Bay Area

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer @ ForteFive LLC / Forte5 Consulting. Responsible for incubating and bootstrapping a number of ideas with a team of people I have worked with for 6+ years in various domains (Perkvine was the first project we incubated). Currently serving as CTO at Weedist and working on a number of stealth projects in the "green rush" space that we are bringing to market as cannabis legalization continues to spread across the US and the globe.

Co-Founder / CTO


Public Company; 11-50 employees; Accounting industry

2012Present (2 years) San Francisco Bay Area

Design and develop all technology related to the Weedist website (www.weedist.com). Built an iOS Mobile App for Weedist using Objective C on the client side and custom WordPress plugins on the server side to provide Weedist content in a clean, Facebook Paper-like format for our viewers (currently stuck in the app review cycle with Apple given the nature of the content and the inconsistent application of their app review policies). Part-time editor and occasional writer that works with an amazing staff of dozens of writers around the US. Non-smoker who believes in global access to an incredible natural medicine and who is staunchly against any form of prohibition because of the consequences associated with trying to prohibit something people want (including the creation of a violent black market and a prison nation here in the US).

Board Member / Acting CTO


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; International Trade and Development industry

2011Present (3 years) Saigon, Hue, New York, San Francisco

Fashion4Freedom is a social enterprise that seeks to balance fashion manufacturing with social responsibility and development. F4F is a design house that tailors production around a mission of ethical manufacturing. F4F believes that fashion matters because as the apparel industry demands more cheap goods, production will continue to shift towards cheaper labor in developing countries. F4F’s objective is to provide a new market place for high quality & ecologically minded fashion while fighting poverty through programs for skill development, infrastructure development, and empowerment of women and girls exploited in Vietnam and other developing countries. F4F is a garment industry alternative to the current production and sourcing options. F4F believes that beautiful & well-crafted fashion can be better made with resourceful collaboration and thoughtful processes.


MIB Consulting Group

20112013 (2 years) San Francisco Bay Area

Working with a number of clients across a variety of industries providing technical solutions and general consulting services that include web application design and development, technology strategy, email marketing campaign design and delivery and capturing metrics for various marketing efforts. Technologies: Objective-C, Python on Google App Engine, PHP + Smarty on LAMP, MailChimp, Google Analytics via the Google Data Source API, jQuery, AJAX, HTML 5, CSS3 and Wordpress.

CEO, Founder


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

20102011 (1 year) San Francisco Bay Area

Perkvine is a rewards network that was established to give restaurants, caterers and other merchants access to new, high-margin consumers and reward those consumers for their patronage. Simplistically, you can think of Perkvine as a "frequent flyer program" for people who dine out or cater in frequently for work.

Perkvine was conceived to combat the negative experiences merchants were having with the existing crop of Review, Rewards, and Deal-of-the-Day websites. After months of research, we discovered that the highest-margin patrons were not being properly targeted, so we created Perkvine to fill this need. Merchants can now realize both an increase in revenue and, for once, an equal or larger increase in profit margins. In short, Merchants get to Pay-For-Performance by investing in a rewards program that brings high-margin patronage into their establishments at the right price and without crippling their cash flow. The real value of the Perkvine model is our focus on professionals who dine out or cater in as part of their business. These professionals are highly networked, share with their peers, and are highly competitive. The Perkvine Rewards Program targets all of these behaviors and puts them to work for Perkvine Merchants.

VP of Services and Support


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

20092010 (1 year)

GoingOn is a leading provider of open-source Social Learning solutions. Our mission is rooted in the belief that knowledge is socially constructed and that learning is best achieved through dialog, collaboration and transparent sharing of information. To this end, we seek to extend traditional eLearning systems, by providing the fastest and most affordable way for organizations to deploy social learning communities where participants can connect, contribute and collaborate. Designed for educational and corporate environments, GoingOn communities can be deployed as a stand-alone environment for both online and blended learning, or can be tightly integrated with existing LCMS/LMS systems. GoingOn is a commercial open source software company providing products, services, and technical support on top of a Drupal and Moodle-based software foundation. Our commitment to the open-source model allows us to utilize the efforts and innovation of thousands of developers, while at the same time ensuring that our solution is affordable, non-proprietary and continually evolving to meet best practices. GoingOn is an active contributor to the Open Educational Research (OER) effort and is committed to working with non-profits in the area of global education.

VP of US Operations (consultant)

earthfaves AG

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

20092009 (less than a year)

earthfaves has been in business since 2007, was conceived and bootstrapped by a group of ex-SAP talent that has been quietly building an incredible new platform that adds a useful layer to the social networks that are currently exploding around the globe.

earthfaves is a platform that allows businesses to effectively build a community of promoters. earthfaves plugs into existing social networks and allows people to recommend their favorite places (restaurants, hotels, taverns, parks, virtually anything) to their network of friends. earthfaves allows people to perform "social searches" and find things to do, places to go, and amazing adventures that their network of trusted friends have favored. This social search delivers banded results that show earthfaves of a person's friends, friends-of-friends, subject matter experts, and then general Google search results. Instead of getting millions of results that were ranked by a third-party, users of earthfaves get trusted search results that leverage the collective intelligence and similar tastes of the people in their social networks.

VP Operations

PacketTrap Networks

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; Computer Software industry

20082009 (1 year)

PacketTrap Networks is a provider of IT network management and reporting solutions, including free IT network management tools, and affordable enterprise-class network analytics, diagnostics, discovery, monitoring, and endpoint management platforms.

Senior Manager of Virtual Appliances and ISV Solutions


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; VMW; Computer Software industry

20062008 (2 years)

Responsible for starting up and building out the virtual appliances initiative for VMware (NASDAQ: VMW). Planned and executed all of the virtual appliance evangelism initiatives globally for VMware and was responsible for defining and managing the VMware Certified Virtual Appliance Program.

Director of Advanced Solutions

Cast Iron Systems

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

20032006 (3 years)

Senior member of the Services organization. Responsible for both pre-sales and post-sales technical details of all key customer engagements globally.

Senior Solution Architect

Zaplet, Inc.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

20002003 (3 years)

Lead Zaplet’s Solutions Architecture team and helped deliver the Zaplet Appmail Server to key enterprise customers. Assisted in architecting the Zaplet Appmail Server and the Zaplet Development Environment. Provided technical support to the business development process.

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; Management Consulting industry

19982000 (2 years)

Managed the netSolutions consulting practice in the Bay Area. Responsible for business development and project delivery at several key accounts.

Senior Systems Architect


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

19971998 (1 year)

Lead architect for an Intranet based one-to-one marketing system based on a 2 million customer data mart for the Wealth Management Department of Royal Trust of Canada. Managed a team of five Java developers.

Senior Consultant


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ACN; Information Technology and Services industry

19941997 (3 years)

Senior member of technical team responsible for delivering two, large-scale Multimedia Goal-Based Business Simulations for GE Capital. Designed and implemented an object-oriented application architecture and framework that was used to develop several Multimedia Business Simulations (using Object Pascal, Visual Basic and various multimedia libraries).

Programmer Analyst/Systems Analyst

VIPS, Inc.

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

19911994 (3 years)

Founding member of the R&D Group tasked with architecting a client-server approach to handling offline data analysis of complex mainframe data (used for audit and compliance). Member of implementation teams for large-scale mainframe system conversions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and Transamerica Insurance in Los Angeles.

Michael Blonsky's Languages

  • Russian

Michael Blonsky's Skills & Expertise

  1. Python
  2. PHP
  3. Java
  4. JavaScript
  5. jQuery
  6. MySQL
  7. HTML 5
  8. Objective-C
  9. Django
  10. LAMP
  11. HTML5
  12. HTML + CSS
  13. C#
  14. Advanced CSS
  15. Smarty
  16. CSS
  17. Business Development
  18. IT Strategy
  19. VMware
  20. Web Applications
  21. Start-ups
  22. Enterprise Software
  23. Software Development
  24. HTML
  25. Cloud Computing
  26. Mobile Applications

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Michael Blonsky's Education

Johns Hopkins University

MS, Telecommunication and Information Systems for Business

September 1993August 1995

Tufts University

BA, Art History and Architectural Studies


Hackley School


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