Michael leads Twitter’s global engineering team. Before joining Twitter, he co-founded BackType to focus on organizing online conversations and helping people follow what was being talked about. The company created and open-sourced the Apache Storm project, a distributed realtime computation system. BackType was acquired by Twitter in 2011. Since joining Twitter, Michael has led teams across the platform, advertiser products and the consumer product.
Michael grew up in Canada and studied Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.