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In 1998, Mike Slade retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Starwave, Paul Allenís trailblazing venture into the Internet and multimedia products arena, upon its sale to The Walt Disney Company. He has since divided his time between strategic consulting to various high-tech firms, working with various start-ups with his associates at Second Avenue Partners, and working closely with the management of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), of which he is a co-owner.
From 1998 until 2004, Slade served as a consultant for Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs, and he has also been a consultant for the NBA and Starbucks. In 2005, he became strategic advisor to Real Networks, and currently serves as strategic advisor to Disney and the NFL.
Slade joined Starwave in 1993 after briefly serving as vice president of special projects for Asymetrix. During Sladeís tenure, Starwave launched ESPN.com, ABCNews.com and the Go.com network, among other premier Web sites that have become household names. He spent 1991-92 as vice president of marketing for NeXT Computer, and he also served on the corporate boards of Metricom (1994-96) and the CKS Group (1996-98).
Slade began his career at Microsoft in 1983 and spent seven years there in a variety of product marketing roles. Microsoft products that he helped introduce to the market include Excel (1985), Works (1987) and Office (1989). He served as director of corporate marketing in Microsoftís systems software division before leaving in late 1990.
Slade earned his bachelorís degree in economics from Colorado College and his masterís degree in business administration from Stanford. He currently serves on the corporate boards for aQuantive, the PBA, Azaleos, Atomic Moguls, Got Voice, Sports Technology and Newsvine. He also serves on the boards of trustees for Colorado College and the Broadway Bound Childrenís Theatre.