Hi, I'm Michael.

My life mission is to ensure every child, regardless of background, has the opportunity to become the next Michelle Obama or Bill Gates.

My current focus is on scalable solutions to improve early childhood development. Most recently, I was on the Founding Team of Promise Venture Studio, an innovation studio supporting early childhood entrepreneurs backed by Omidyar Network ($1.3B committed to social impact). I’m also a volunteer toddler & preschool teacher.

Previously, I was a Director at Minerva, a new university funded with $75MM and led by a Harvard Dean and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to reinvent higher education. Learn more about Minerva in my TEDx talk here. Before that, I worked on education initiatives at and Noodle. I graduated with honors from Harvard, where I taught 4th, 5th, and 8th graders, built community at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and competed for the Varsity Men's Golf Team.

I live in The Archive and work from The Commons.

In my free time, I love readinglife hacks, meditation, surfing, and dancing. Occasionally, I've been known to start flashmobs in cafeterias and libraries... 

Contact me at michaeltclai [at] Gmail [dot] com