Join Michael Gursha ’10, alumni entrepreneur in residence, for an in-person office hour in the LaunchPad on Otober 5 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Gursha is chairman and CEO of Rookie Road, Inc., a one of a kind digital destination that provides the rules, lingo, and gameplay for a variety of sports in an easy to understand way. He became CEO in 2016 after serving as a special advisor to the founder. He has a dual degree from both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
Before Joining Rookie Road, Inc., he was inaugural entrepreneur-in-residence at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where he also co-taught a course called New Ventures in Media.
Prior to Newhouse, he was the vice president of strategic initiatives at Curemark, LLC, a New York-based biotechnology company focused on the treatment of neurological disorders.
Earlier in his career, his interest in technology led him to Google, where, at age 18, he spent two summers working in the new business development group at the Mountain View, California headquarters. During his time there, he assisted the team responsible for improving the Google Search Index and supported the director of business development on early-stage partnerships for Google Health.
He serves on the board of directors for America On Tech a non-profit focused on technology education.
Gursha is a member of the advisory board for Oregon Public Broadcasting, the primary television and radio public broadcasting network for the state of Oregon and southern Washington.
In addition, he serves on the board of directors for PowerSpike, a private venture-backed company started by Syracuse University alumni when they were students.
Gursha is an active advisor to early-stage technology/media companies and has been actively engaged in the Syracuse University student startup scene as a mentor and also as a judge for numerous business plan competitions.