March 23, 2022

When To SPAC with Michael Frankel

The SPAC market has exploded in the last couple of years. Many growth company CEOs are being contacted by a number of SPACs. These CEOs need to consider whether the SPAC is the right vehicle for the next phase of growth and just as importantly how to choose the right SPAC to partner with.

Michael is a seasoned executive with a track record of driving growth and strategic change through organic and inorganic investment/expansion.  He is a Founder/Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital, an investment firm focused on disruptive technologies in large addressable markets.  He is also President and CFO of Trajectory Alpha, a NYSE-listed (ticker: TCOA) special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

Michael has held corporate development, strategy and general management leadership roles in global technology, information services and professional services companies including VeriSign, LexisNexis Group, IRI, GE Capital and Deloitte.

Michael holds a BA, MA, JD and MBA from the University of Chicago.  Michael is a frequent speaker on corporate growth and innovation.  He is the author of three books and numerous articles on innovation, M&A and strategic transactions.  Michael has served on public and private corporate boards as well as the Alumni Board of Governors at the University of Chicago.  Michael lives in the New York area with his wife and daughter.

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Michael Frankel

Investor and Growth Operator

Michael Frankel is Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital and President and CFO of Trajectory Alpha (NYSE: TCOA). He has held c-level executive roles (corporate development, strategy/innovation, CFO, COO) at large and small growth companies. He is a Corporate Development, Innovation, Strategy and Corporate Venture leader who has driven disruptive innovation and aggressive growth/expansion at global technology, information services and professional services companies including Deloitte, LexisNexis Group, IRI, GE Capital and VeriSign. Michael has a track record of executing growth strategies using:
- Acquisitions (110+ acquisitions and strategic transactions)
- New offering/product development and innovation
- Complex ecosystems (alliances, co-development, licensing, partnerships)
- Market and geographic expansion
- Corporate venture investments (18+ CVC investments)

Michael has extensive experience supporting integration of acquired businesses and operational improvement and scaling of existing business units. Michael has served as a growth operator in CFO/COO and GM roles for high growth technology businesses and units as well as leading a portfolio operations team that builds operating capabilities in portfolio businesses including product development and management, pricing, sales and sales enablement, marketing and back-office operations.

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