Michelle Gonzalez: M12

Microsoft is a company that needs no introduction – this very episode was recorded via its Windows operating system.

But what is this computing and technology giant up to in terms of investing in startups?

My guest today is Michelle Gonzalez, the global head of Microsoft’s corporate venturing unit, M12. She joined me to talk about the strategic shift that M12 has been executing since the beginning of this year to align the unit’s investments closer with Microsoft, as well as the ever-growing prospects of generative AI, the resilience of other verticals like cybersecurity and the enduring appeal of blockchain infrastructure technology despite a crypto-winter.

Take a listen to also find out about the parallels between helping get movies made and digitised (which Gonzalez was deep into earlier in her career both at MGM and at Apple) and, of course, what the “12” in “M12” stands for! And much more.

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