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Current CEO of PrecisionHawk, Co-Founder and former CEO of Blackboard, and Founder of SocialRadar--it seems Michael Chasen has done it all.
Michael Chasen is the CEO of PrecisionHawk, a leading provider of advanced commercial drone technologies. Previously, Chasen was the co-founder and CEO of Blackboard, the global education technology platform leader that he started in 1997 with a small group of young entrepreneurs in Washington, DC.
Under his leadership, the company grew to over 3,000 employees with over 20 offices worldwide. Chasen took Blackboard public on the Nasdaq in 2004 and led the company through 25 successful mergers and acquisitions. In 2011, Blackboard sold to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion.
After Blackboard, Michael founded SocialRadar, a company focused on using satellite and street level photos to geo-locate business storefronts. In 2016, SocialRadar sold to Verizion/MapQuest.
Chasen has been included in Forbes' list of “America's 15 Most Powerful CEOs 40 And Under” and Washington SmartCEO named Chasen as its first CEO of the Year in 2006.
Chasen was listed by Washington Techway Magazine as one of D.C.'s "most-admired bosses," and was featured in Washington Business Forward's list of the Washington, D.C. area's "rising stars." Additionally, Chasen is an active angel investor in the education and mapping spaces.
Chasen received an undergraduate degree in computer science from American University and earned an MBA from Georgetown University.
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