Michael Hiles is a business executive with multiple startup and early stage company experience. He is a technology solutions architect with marketing, business operations, and financial experience. Michael began developing software on mainframe systems at an early age. His father was employed by Cincinnati-based CINCOM Systems in the late 1970’s, where Michael was exposed to software programming as a child. Michael has nearly forty years of software and data architecture and development experience.
In 1994, Michael was a founding member and CIO of the board for Lender’s Investment Group, a private mortgage insurance company headed by J. Cliff Dodson, the former CEO of General Electric Mortgage Insurance Corp. Michael created the actuarial financial algorithms and information management strategy to help enable the insurance company to obtain funding.
In 1995, Michael founded SoftLynx Interactive, one of the first web development companies in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. In 1999, he merged the company with Reach Publishing, one of the nation’s largest direct mail marketing companies. At Reach, Michael headed the web marketing team, which created and implemented hybrid marketing strategies for offline/online marketing efforts for thousands of Reach advertising clients nationally.
After exiting Reach in 2001, Michael sought to bring web technology to other industries. He became the lead internet architect for Proware, a Cincinnati-based govtech software provider. Proware builds judicial management solutions, and Michael’s team won a Smithsonian Award for being the first to ever connect a judicial system to the world wide web (courtclerk.org).
In 2010, Michael became a consultant, working with many SMB and mid-market clients to create and implement business development strategies. In 2011, Michael became the Director of Strategic Planning & Development for DSC Consulting, a former division of ToysRUs. He developed the turnaround strategy for new market entry into Microsoft solutions. In 2012, he spearheaded the launch of PAIT Group out of DSC, a services and training company in the SharePoint space. Michael continues to consult to many companies as a digital strategy adviser.
In 2012, Michael served as president of the board of directors for the Franklin County Economic Development Commission in Franklin County, Indiana. While acting as board president, Michael’s efforts led to the creation of a local business development TIF district and relocation of a large manufacturing plant (Uni-Ref) into a vacant facility, creating many career-wage jobs.
In 2016, Michael launched the Cincinnati chapter of Founder Institute, the local operation for the Silicon Valley-based global accelerator founded by Adeo Ressi. In two years, the local accelerator has launched 21 companies with pre-money valuations of $1 million each.
Also in 2016, Michael started planning 10XTS, a blockchain development company. Early in 2017, he formalized the team and launched the company, subsequently attracting immediate attention in the marketplace. Michael frequently speaks at blockchain and digital marketing events and conferences He consults with early and growth stage companies to help ownership teams define target markets, package their value proposition, and develop accelerated market development strategies.