Mike Michalowicz

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Mike Michalowicz
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Michalowicz in March 2017
Michael Michalowicz

(1970-09-19) September 19, 1970 (age 52)
Alma materVirginia Tech

Michael Michalowicz (/mɪˈkæləwɪts/ mick-AL-ə-wits;[1] born September 19, 1970) is an American non-fiction author, children’s author,[2] entrepreneur, and lecturer.[3][4] He is the author of seven business books published by Penguin Random House, including Get Different (2021),[5] Profit First (2017)[6] and Clockwork (2018), and is the former host of the "Business Rescue" segment for MSNBC's Your Business. He was previously the small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and hosted the reality television program called Bailout!.[7][8][9][10]


  • Michalowicz, Mike (2021). My Money Bunnies: Fun Money Management For Kids. New York: Obsidian Launch. ISBN 978-0578929989.
  • Michalowicz, Mike (2021). Get Different: Marketing That Can't Be Ignored. New York: Portfolio/Penguin. ISBN 978-0593330630.
  • Michalowicz, Mike (2020). Fix This Next: Make The Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business. New York: Portfolio/Penguin. ISBN 978-0593084410.
  • Michalowicz, Mike (2016). Surge: Time the Marketplace, Ride the Wave of Consumer Demand, and Become Your Industry's Big Kahuna. New York: Obsidian Press. ISBN 978-0981808246.
  • Michalowicz, Mike (2012). The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy To Grow A Remarkable Business In Any Field. New York: Portfolio/Penguin. ISBN 978-1591844884.
  • Michalowicz, Mike (2008). The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: The tell-it-like-it-is guide to cleaning up in business, even if you are at the end of your roll. New York: Obsidian Press. ISBN 978-0981808208.


Michalowicz founded Olmec Systems [11] in 1996 and sold the business in a private equity transaction in 2003. In 2003 he co-founded a computer forensic firm, which was a lead examiner in the Enron scandal. That company was acquired by Robert Half International in 2006. Terms were undisclosed.[12] Mike Michalowicz currently owns three companies and has four additional organizations with exclusively licensing rights to his work. [13]

Early life and education[edit]

A resident of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Michalowicz was raised in Boonton Township, New Jersey and attended Boonton High School.[14] Michalowicz graduated from Virginia Tech in 1993 and was captain of the Virginia Tech men’s lacrosse team. He graduated with two degrees, one in finance and the other in management science.[15]


  1. ^ "BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS & FIX THIS NEXT". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ Li Hayes. "New Children's Book By Business Author Mike Michalowicz Teaches Money Management For Kids". EIN News.
  3. ^ Dean DeChiaro. "Ideas on the Horizon". Hudson Reporter.
  4. ^ Dale Neal. "Asheville business gets MSNBC makeover". Citizen Times.
  5. ^ Pia Silva (September 21, 2021). "Is Mike Michalowicz's New Book "Get Different" Really That Different?". Forbes.
  6. ^ Juan José Cervantes. "¿Cómo lograr que la ganancia sea primero?". El Financiero.
  7. ^ Janice Celeste (January 14, 2016). "Not Making a Profit? This One Habit Will Help". HuffPost.
  8. ^ MSNBC's Your Business. "American Business: Makeover On Main with Mike Michalowicz". {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  9. ^ "Mike Michalowicz Biography". CNBC.
  10. ^ Walter O'Brien. "Television show films episode in Lebanon Borough, gives restaurant a 'reality' check".
  11. ^ "The Book That Taught Me I Was Doing Entrepreneurship Wrong". February 20, 2021.
  12. ^ "Protiviti Acquires P.G. Lewis & Associates". March 3, 2006.
  13. ^ "How Mike Michalowicz Schooled Me In Quarantine. Twice!". May 21, 2020.
  14. ^ "Book can help entrepreneurs", Neighbor News, December 3, 2008. Accessed December 26, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Michael (Mike) Michalowicz, who started and sold two businesses and now works as a consultant to individuals undertaking new business ventures, recently published The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.... The author, who lives in Mountain Lakes with his wife and three children, grew up in Boonton Township. He graduated from Boonton High School and the Virginia Institute of Technology."
  15. ^ "How To Hire And Develop A Team of A-Players". Forbes. October 26, 2017.

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