Mike is the founder and chairman of Grassroots.org (a 501c3 nonprofit), a global network providing free services to nonprofits and promoting social action. He also founded and manages Make Change! Trust, a charitable fund that supports select 501c3 organizations.
Mike was one of the first investors, advisors and promoters of the .Co (Colombia) domain name space and still owns some of its best domains including Bank.co, CreditCards.co, Advertising.co, Movies.co, Office.co, Investing.co, and Health.co. Mike’s .Co client cashed out for over $100M accordingly.
Mike was the Founder and Chairman of Grassroots.org (501c3) nonprofit which provided free services to over 10,000 other charities over a ten-year period, and built many topical charity oriented web sites.
Mike and Grassroots.org were the cofounders of ChangeTheWorld.org charity in partnership with University of Maryland and a dozen leading universities which builds mentorship programs between business students and nonprofit organizations around the US.
Mann is also the founder of excellent, active for profit corporations including Phone.com, SEO.com, Skateboards.com, DomainMarket.com, Yield Software, BrowserMedia, WebWave, and others. In many cases, his companies exchange resources, talent, and technologies in their never-ending quest to deliver innovative, profitable digital products and services.
In 1994, Mann founded Internet Interstate which he sold to Verio Inc. in 1997. In 1998, he founded BuyDomains.com (now NameMedia), the world’s largest secondary market for domain names and he sold the majority interest to Highland Capital and Summit Partners in 2005, along with the “Seeq.com” search engine portal. Between 1998 and 2001, he served as the founding chairman of the nonprofit ByteBack.org, a pioneering organization that operates free computer and job training centers that serve inner-city communities in DC.