Michael J. Saylor is an American entrepreneur, author, and business executive who is best known for co-founding MicroStrategy, a leading provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, and for his strong advocacy of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency
Saylor was born on February 4, 1965, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1987.
In 1989, Saylor co-founded MicroStrategy with Sanju Bansal, his classmate at MIT. The company initially focused on providing software for data mining and business intelligence. However, it later shifted its focus to enterprise analytics and mobility software, which has become its core business.
Saylor served as MicroStrategy's CEO from its inception until 2020 and currently serves as the company's Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership, MicroStrategy grew into a publicly-traded company with over $5 billion market capitalization.
In addition to his work with MicroStrategy, Saylor is a prolific author and speaker. He has written several books on business strategy and technology, including "The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything" and "The Hyperconnected Enterprise: The Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Beyond." He is also a frequent guest on financial news networks and has spoken at numerous industry conferences and events.
In recent years, Saylor has gained widespread attention for his strong advocacy of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. In 2020, MicroStrategy made headlines when it announced that it had purchased $425 million worth of Bitcoin, with Saylor stating that the move was intended to protect the company's assets from inflation. Since then, MicroStrategy has continued to invest in Bitcoin, and Saylor has become a vocal proponent of the cryptocurrency, often appearing on news programs and social media to discuss its benefits and potential.