Mike Abbott is the Co-Founder of Ascolta Ventures, LLC. Mike has led products from inception as well as scaled products and infrastructure for both consumers and enterprises. He is a product person. Mike most recently was the VP Engineering of Apple Cloud Services. Apple Cloud Services spans the infrastructure for all of Apple’s services – from core infrastructure services like storage/networking/compute to products like iCloud, account security, iMessage, Private Relay, Mail to the products in the Education and Enterprise space for Apple.
Prior to Apple, Mike was a visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) doing technical research in computer vision as well as building various products that he feels that the world needs. Previously, Mike was a General Partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and focused on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures.
Mike is an engineering leader, entrepreneur, and investor. He led the building of innovative, secure, high-performance applications and services at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before joining KPCB as a general partner. Mike is a member of the Board of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, Foundation Board at California Polytechnic State University, Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University’s CS Dept, was a member of the HealthCare.gov Tech Surge Team, has held numerous board seats of both investments and companies he founded. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University and was a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington.