Mike Wilner

I'm a former founder helping startup founders strategize and prepare for fundraising.


My Story

Cutting my teeth

I joined the second inaugural class of Venture for America in 2013 and moved out to Detroit. I worked for a startup for two years alongside other VFA Fellows who helped scale their startups and start their own companies, like Banza, Slope, and Castle. In 2015, I moved to Philadelphia to start my own startup.

Shooting my shot

I started a web design marketplace called Compass with two other Venture for America Fellows, joined the VFA Accelerator based in First Round Capital's offices (alongside other fellow-founded startups like Leagueside, Ash & Erie, and Magnolia), raised over $800K in two angel rounds over the course of two years, built our team up to nine, and did over $500K in sales. Then, we pivoted to a SaaS client billing software for freelancers (Sail) which was acquired in early 2018. 

Helping both sides of the table

I now serve as an EIR to Chaac Ventures and a Venture Advisor for Venture for America. I help them evaluate seed stage deals while  helping their portfolio companies with early stage challenges. I also create fundraising resources for early stage founders as the co-founder of Propeller alongside Max Nussenbaum, including our book Oversubscribed: A Founder's Guide to Seed Fundraising.

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