Michael Sanchez is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Raptive (formerly CafeMedia and AdThrive). He is responsible for leading the Company as it builds a creator-first future where independent creators become the most valuable and important part of digital media. In his role, he is focused on supporting an extraordinary 300-person team while growing the company’s capabilities that empower 4,000 of the world’s best creators to build their businesses and compete at the highest levels on their own terms.
A serial entrepreneur, Michael co-founded and served as President of Do Something, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping millions of young people each year take action to improve their communities. He also co-founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the profitable ’94 Cup Daily, the nation’s only daily newspaper dedicated to the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament held in the United States.
Michael is an avid soccer player who played at the nation’s top-ranked University of Virginia team in college before playing professionally in Zimbabwe while teaching high school math. He currently enjoys playing in an overly competitive men’s soccer league and working to avoid injury. As a child, Michael traveled around the world as a top-ranked junior chess player. He received extensive media coverage as a chess prodigy, conducting dozens of chess exhibitions and earning a draw with the #3 ranked player in the world.
He graduated from Columbia Law School with honors and has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.