Mike Eckert is seasoned business executive with particular skills in start up businesses and early stage investing and financing.. Professionally he was a member of the launch team of The Weather Channel and served as its President and CEO for 14 years. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Pathfire, a technology start-up which grew into a leading digital asset management and distribution provider to media companies. Mike currently is actively engaged in various facets of the early stage business and investing eco-system: as Chairman of the NO/LA Angel Network in New Orleans, a member of the Investment Committee of the New Orleans Start-Up Fund, a member of the Advisory Board of the New Orleans Bio-Innovation Center, a member of the Advisory Board of Invest NOLA. and a member of the LP Advisory Council of the Louisiana VC Fund . He also served as Chairman of the Atlanta Technology Angels, leading the turn-around of a near defunct angel investing group and building it into one of the major angel investing groups in the US market; served two terms on the Board of Directors of the national Angel Capital Association, and as Chair of its Public Policy and Strategic Planning Committees;. as a Fellow at Georgia Tech’s VentureLab, on the Mentor-Steering-Committee at the Advanced Technology Development Center in Atlanta, on the Executive Committee of Start-Up Atlanta, as Executive in Residence at the Idea Village entrepreneur center and Executive Mentor at the Propeller Accelerator in New Orleans. . He also is an active angel investor, and a limited partner in a number of venture capital funds.