What the Founders Say

"Michael Gonnerman joined my board of directors in 1997 and served as CFO through the successful acquisition of my company by Virata Corporation in 2000. Mike quickly developed a magnificent financial model for my business that proved to be a highly accurate predictor of cash flow. When the business ran into trouble, Mike's model and good counsel helped us keep our heads above water giving us the runway we needed to turn things around. Without Mike's help, I'm certain we would have folded."

— Ian Agranat, Former CEO, Agranat Systems

"Without Mike's active participation as a member of our board of advisors, I doubt we would have survived, much less grown to a level that we could be acquired by a publicly-held company. Mike asks the right questions at the right time, and insists on the right answers-everything a strategic advisor should be."

— David Gumpert, co-founder, NetMarquee

"Mike was the first external director and financial advisor for my previous and current companies. His advice, guidance, friendship, and financial model contributed significantly to our success. He'll be my first choice for financial advice for any ventures I am involved with in the future."

— Art Mellor, co-founder of both Midnight Networks and Gold Wire Technology

"While he was on my Board, Mike Gonnerman came up with several of the best ideas I was able to adopt in running my company. And they weren't limited to just financial topics - he contributed significantly to the success of our sales, marketing and business development activities."

— Peter H. Schmidt, co-founder and President, Midnight Networks

"Mike was a key financial architect in organizing and preparing Eprise to become a great company. His advice regarding finance and administration, coupled with strong cash management and financial modeling talents were an invaluable resource during the bootstrapping of the company. His help provided the foundation for three rounds of venture capital funding and ultimately a successful IPO."

— Jon Radoff, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Eprise

"Mike Gonnerman joined the board of LSEnterprises at an early stage in the company's history. His financial model and financial planning were critical in helping LSE get control of its cash flows, establish a line of credit and set the company on a path of sustained profitability. Through Mike, LSE also was able to find another key board member, first rate legal representation, and quality consultants providing a range of services that LSE needed for its growth. At the time of LSE's acquisition, Mike played a key role in determining LSE's valuation and provided invaluable advice during the negotiation of terms. His contributions were vital to LSE's success."

— Leora Schiff, co-founder and President, LSEnterprises


"In times like these a clear, unassailable picture of a company's financial status can be the difference between winning and losing. ProductFactory grew up during the most difficult times our industry has seen in the last 20 years and we couldn't have succeeded without Mike's help. Mike brings clarity and unflinching integrity to the table when it matters most."

— Edward Fields, founder and CEO, ProductFactory