Mike Knapp

Mike Knapp is the co-founder of Shoes of Prey - the ‘design your own shoe’ company that raised $25.5m from investors such as Khosla Ventures, Blue Sky, Blackbird and Nordstrom. Mike headed up the software engineering team and also spent 3 years in China overseeing the construction of the company’s multi-million dollar shoe factory. Today Shoes of Prey continues to operate from their headquarters in Los Angeles. Prior to Shoes of Prey Mike was a software engineer at Google and, prior to that, a lawyer. He’s currently in the early stages of his new startup idea - Mottle.

Jumping from law to tech, Knapp previously moved from a position as an Judge’s associate to becoming the senior associate for Google’s Adwords department, before transitioning into a software engineering role within the company.

Knapp later joined Jodie and Michael Fox to launch Shoes of Prey, a Sydney-based platform selling “custom-made” women’s shoes. Earlier this year saw Knapp step down from his position to launch Mottle, a pseudo social networking and dating app.

Harnessing user information from Facebook, Mottle connects like-minded users together to have a phone conversation. Once the call is over, both participants are able to rate each other based on their experience.

TOPICS

  • How to get started when all you've got is an idea
  • How to run a technology team
  • How to scale an organisation from a few people to a few hundred
  • How to manufacture in China / build a factory from 0 to 200 people
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