Michael McClune has extensive experience in international business as a two-decade business owner. His global perspective began in the 1980s while traveling to Europe as a middle-school athlete and studying Russian in high school.
In the 90s, after graduating University of Pennsylvania and working for a NYC tech company, he left to develop the LATAM market from Chile and enjoyed assisting founders with international trade.
Returning to the US (backpacking 7 months & 15 countries), he owned and operated successful international businesses including a PR & Marketing firm with an international client roster.
Before joining Chris in 2017 to expand the IBA from Orange County and Long Beach into Los Angeles' Silicon Beach, DTLA and SF Valley, he co-owned a joint partnership in the natural supplement space with an Eastern European company.
Michael also co-chairs the Los Angeles Venture Association's (LAVA.org) Global Committee to connect US and foreign founders with investors who understand the potential of cross-border growth.
He is happily married to a foreigner and proudly raising two bi-cultural, global mini-citizens. He insists he fell in love long before realizing her country has the lowest corporate tax rate in the EU.