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    Michael Gursha

    Michael Gursha '10 is an Entrepreneur, Executive, Board Member & Startup Advisor.

    Gursha is currently the Chairman & CEO of Rookie Road Inc., a digital media technology company focused on creating unique and engaging educational content. Gursha became CEO in 2016 after serving as a special advisor to the founder.

    Prior to Rookie Road, Inc., Gursha was appointed as the inaugural entrepreneur-in- residence at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, one of the nation’s top schools of communications. At Newhouse, Gursha worked with students, faculty & staff on entrepreneurship & innovation, lectured at Newhouse and other schools on Syracuse University's campus and helped administration/senior leadership with new strategic ideas around innovation. He also co-taught a course called New Ventures in Media.

    Before Newhouse, Gursha was the vice president of strategic initiatives at Curemark, LLC, a New York-based biotechnology company focused on the treatment of neurological disorders. Gursha was one of the initial team members at Curemark and, over the years, held various positions with the company, including director of business development.

    Earlier in his career, Gursha’s interest in technology led him to Google, where, at age 18, he spent two summers working in the new business development group at the Mountain View, California headquarters. During his time there, he assisted the team responsible for improving the Google Search Index and supported the director of business development on early-stage partnerships for Google Health. He also spent several months at Time Inc. Home Entertainment, working on new product development for major brands such as People, InStyle, Sports Illustrated & Time magazine.

    Gursha currently serves on various boards including New York On Tech, the Whitman School of Management & SXSW Accelerator. In 2015, Gursha won the Young Alumnus of the Year Award at the Whitman School. He also chairs the Young Whitman Advisory Council, where he was one of sixteen founding members.

    Gursha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.