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Michael is founder of True North Venture Partners, which was built on the belief that early-stage companies in socially disruptive business sectors require a fundamentally unique approach to funding, growth and market expansion. Prior to founding True North Venture Partners, he co-founded First Solar in 1999, where he is currently 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. Michael was elected to the board of directors in April 2011.