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Michael Linse
Founder & Managing Director at Linse and Levitate Capital

Michael Linseis the founder and Managing Director of Linseand LevitateCapital. Linse Capital invests in late stage technology companiesintransportation, energy,and logistics. Portfolio companies include ChargePoint, Redaptive,and Valens. Levitate Capital invests inadvanced aerialmobility. Portfolio companies includeMatternet, Elroy Air, Volocopter, Skyports, Dedrone, and Skydio. All capitalis raisedon a deal-by-deal basis.

Prior to foundingLinseand LevitateCapitalin 2015, Michael was a partner atKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)for seven yearsfrom 2009 to 2015wherehe invested in growth businesses like ChargePoint, Proterra,uShip,Telogis,Inrix,Friedola,Hyla,UpWind,and Redaptive. Before joiningKPCB, Michael worked at Goldman Sachsfrom 1997 to 2009,mostrecently astheManagingDirector of Goldman Sachs’ alternative energy investingteam within theLondon-basedEuropeanSpecial Situations Group where heledover20 investments includingNordex, CMP,andIFCO Systems.

Michael joined Goldman Sachs asan analyst intheFinancial Institutions Groupin1997 and workedinFrankfurtin 1997 and 1998andinHong Kongin 1999. Michael earned a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard Universityin 1997and anM. B.A. from Harvard Business Schoolin 2002.