Mike Cruz

Building something new! 🧑‍🎓

Chicago, IL

How does this work?

🛰 Looking for engineers, designers, and operations folks to build something new with our team! Message me to learn more. 🚂 I love to build things - from great teams to innovative products to solid processes. I believe any great technical leader should be so passionate about technology as to never be too far away from the code, that great teams are created by hiring people smarter than you that want to help others get better, and the keys to building great products are maintaining a pure vision and a laser focus. I strive to create these environments wherever I go.

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Work experience

Apr 2021 - Present




Mar 2020 - Apr 2021

CMG (Capital Markets Gateway)

Vice President Of Engineering

I'm building the engineering team that is modernizing the Equity Capital Markets (IPOs, FPOs, etc) by connecting investors and underwriters on our neutral platform, delivering integrated ECM data and analytics, unrivaled transparency, and workflow efficiencies to 100+ buy-side firms and investment banks today. We are backed by some of the largest financial institutions, including Barclays, Citi, Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley among others, and are expanding rapidly! Come join us!


May 2017 - Mar 2020

SwipeSense Inc.

VP Engineering and Operations

SwipeSense is building an operating system for the hospital of the future, today. Our mission is to eliminate Hospital Acquired Infections, a leading cause of death in the United States, through several products built on top of our connected hospital platform, a combination of sensor networks, wearable technologies, and big data insights. Our platform saves a life every two days, but we're just getting started. If you want to solve problems big and small, experiment relentlessly, and execute ruthlessly to help us save a life a day: welcome.

May 2013 - Apr 2017

Trunk Club

VP Engineering

I'm lucky enough to have had the opportunity to built the amazing engineering team that powers Trunk Club.

Nov 2011 - Apr 2017

Trunk Club


I'm building the engineering team, development processes, and technical platform that powers Trunk Club.


Mar 2011 - Oct 2011


Vice President, Agentry Development

I led the engineering teams to create the newest version of the Agentry platform, pushing the envelop on mobile development. I also designed new processes to increase transparency, improve communication, and break down walls between teams.

May 2009 - Mar 2011

Discovery Communications, Inc.

Director of Systems Development

Supervised the technical and infrastructure teams for the Education division. Created highly available applications that are used by k-12 educators around the world.

May 2005 - May 2009

Discovery Communications, Inc.

IT Manager

Led the application development group to create quality educational products and created and implemented processes that increased productivity and efficiency of the team.

Nov 2002 - May 2005

Discovery Communications, Inc.

Application Developer

Created amazing educational products and trained teachers on how to use them.


Sep 2001 - Jun 2002

Northwestern University

Academic Technologies Consultant Leader

* Managed 10 consultants working on the development of various technological projects with Northwestern staff, for use by students, faculty, and staff at Northwestern. * Supervised the work of my consultants and helped in the interaction between them and their staff counterparts on such projects. * Organized meetings, outings, and team bonding events to facilitate the growth of a team mentality of my consultants * Juggled many tasks simultaneously - Working both on managing 10 consultants, as well as tending to my own project work.


1998 - 2002

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering and Managerial Sciences

1994 - 1998

Father Duenas Memorial School

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