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Michael Watson

Professional Experience

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Jobs Team Lead

Aug '12 - present

Portland, OR

Treehouse is an online technology school with a Mission to bring affordable Technology education to people everywhere, in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world

  • Early days, focused on developing resources to help members achieve their career goals

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Navis Capital Partners

Investment Manager

Aug '07 - Aug '11

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Navis is a South-East-Asia focused, control only, non-leveraged private equity firm with $3 billion under management

  • First-hand experience with all stages of the deal process (transaction, portfolio management, and LP reporting) in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and USA
  • Led in-depth industry analysis and legal due diligence and documentation for a mining and O&G services deal that was successfully closed within 30 days of signing a non-binding offer letter
  • 6 month secondment to portfolio company as Director of Post-Merger-Integration (PMI)
    • Led team that successfully planned and executed PMI for portfolio company follow-on acquisition
    • Delivered purchasing, advertising, and overhead synergies ahead of schedule, and doubled company's revenue and EBITDA
  • Drove development and execution of strategy and business plans at executive committee level, working closely with senior management of portfolio companies
  • Developed and introduced key performance indicators at portfolio company to drive management towards a business model change (from prepaid to monthly cash collection)
  • Conducted comprehensive analysis of different businesses and industries, built bottom-up valuation and operating models, presented recommendations to Investment Committee, and worked with 3rd party advisors on deals and portfolio management exercises
  • Analyzed and recommended changes to pricing and incentive strategies at two portfolio companies that were implemented successfully; sales product mix and margins improved immediately


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Aug '11 - Jul '12

Fontainebleau, FRANCE

  • 1 year general management MBA program
  • VP of the Private Equity Club
  • Member of the Entrepreneurship Club

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Tufts University


Aug '03 - May '07

Medford, MA

  • Dual major in Political Science & Economics
  • Tufts in Washington Program participant- wrote research paper analyzing G.W. Bush's plan to halve the federal budget deficit by his exit from office while in Washington, concluding that the initiative was needed but destined to fail
  • Member of basketball, soccer, and softball intramural teams / concert board member


WIP. Will employ the Dreyfus model for assessing skill levels.

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