How a Failed Startup Helped Mike Muhney Find a $47 Million Idea
Mike Muhney is the co-founder and CEO of VIPOrbit Software, a company focused on building great contact management products. Their flagship product, Vipor CRM is available on iOS & Mac platforms. The company was founded in 2010 and to date has raised over $4 million in funding.
In 1986, Mike co-founded a software business that eventually failed. And with only $15,000 remaining from an angel investment of $100,000, they had to come up with another idea or close down the business. The idea they came up with was ACT! Contact Management Software, which they eventually sold for $47 million.
- “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.” — John Greenleaf Whittier
- “Every attempt does not produce a hit, and every hit does not produce a home run. But every home run is the result of both an attempt and a hit.”
- “How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits” by Judy Robinett
Links, Resources & People Mentioned
- VIPOrbit – @
- ACT! Contact Management Software
- Michael Jordan
- John Romero
- Charles Barkley
- Siebel Systems