Michael Stewart joins M12 as newest partner

Partner Announcement with headshot of Michael Stewart Partner Announcement with headshot of Michael Stewart
It’s my pleasure to welcome Michael Stewart to M12 as our newest investment partner. Based in San Francisco, Michael will focus on early-stage investments in deeptech and enterprise software in North America.

“I’m thrilled to join M12 at this five-year anniversary milestone to continue investing in cutting edge technology,” said Michael. “I look forward to helping more founders meaningfully accelerate growth with access to Microsoft as a platform.”

Michael brings great experience on both sides of the table, as the co-founder of consumer electronics focused startup JUSE, and most recently as an investment director at Applied Ventures, where he invested in AI/ML hardware and software, silicon photonics, high precision robotics, and printed electronics. He has served on the boards of twelve AV portfolio companies, including M12 portfolio company Syntiant, and Rockley Photonics (NYSE:RKLY). Prior to joining Applied Ventures, Michael spent 15 years in advanced technology development at Applied Materials and Intel Research, after postdoctoral work in a DARPA program.

Michael invented the low-cost CRAFT cell for silicon photovoltaics, holds over 40 US and world patents, and has authored 30 peer reviewed publications. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business. 

We’re excited to have Michael join the team, and advance our mission to empower entrepreneurs with capital, customer connections, and unparalleled access to Microsoft.