Mr. Newman is Chief Executive Officer of MediaPlatform and a member of the Board of Directors of the Nicholas Academic Center. Prior to joining MediaPlatform, Mike was most recently VP/GM at Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM), where he oversaw Polycom’s worldwide video content management and streaming business. Before Polycom, Mike was CEO and co-founder of Accordent Technologies, Inc. a high growth video content management company with operations in 13 countries. For nearly ten years, Mike was responsible for shaping Accordent’s strategic vision, running internal operations, and contributing to sales and business development. In 2011, Mike oversaw Accordent’s acquisition by Polycom, Inc. (PLCM); the transaction was recognized by LAVA as the “Most Capital Efficient Exit” of 2011.
Prior to founding Accordent, Mr. Newman was an attorney with the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he specialized in corporate litigation and debt restructuring. During his tenure at Milbank, Tweed, Mr. Newman helped represent some of California's largest venture funds in litigation involving distressed assets, securities fraud, and accountant's liability. Mr. Newman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Allegheny College.