Mr. Michael Gruber serves as Managing Partner at Salveo Capital. He also is an Angel Investor. He also serves as Investment Partner of the Fund and Member of Investment Committee at Independence Equity Management. He has extensive experience with early stage investments particularly in the information technology, material science, and energy sectors. Mr. Gruber is a Partner and Co-Founder of VentureLab, where he works with emerging growth companies in interim executive capacities on go-to-market and financial strategies. His prior industry experience includes key operational roles in high growth corporations (Koei Corporation, Intuit, InsWeb, Silicon Investor), two of which went public and one of which was acquired by a strategic investor. Mr. Gruber had founded Cornerstone Angels and Keiretsu Forum Chicago/ Midwest, private investment organizations of high net worth investors focused on growth stage investments. He was also a Director of Taproot Ventures, an early stage investment affiliate of the Harbour Group, an investment and holding company with assets under management of $1.3 Billion. Mr. Gruber currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACG Chicago as Co-Chair of the Venture Network and Cleantech Network, and serves on the Board of Advisors of Factory Physics, Inc., and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) and NUvention Energy at Northwestern University. He received a BA in International Relations and Economcis from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University..