Michael J. Ahearn founded True North Venture Partners based on a belief that early stage companies seeking to disrupt socially important business sectors require a fundamentally unique approach to funding, growth and market expansion. His perspective is based on his experience with First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), a company he co-founded in 1999, led as CEO from 2000-2009 and currently serves as its Chairman. After an initial public offering in 2006, First Solar became a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ and later became the first pure play renewable energy company to be listed on the S&P 500. Mike co-founded True North in 1996.
Mike serves on several boards of directors, including the boards of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company with revenues of nearly $16 billion and approximately 50,000 employees; and Endeavor, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the economies of emerging markets by identifying and supporting high growth, innovative entrepreneurs. Mike oversees True North.
Mike holds B.S. and J.D. degrees from Arizona State University.
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