As an executive committed to innovation and fostering startups, Michael Callas leads Commercial Development for Vodafone xone. His role includes operations, strategy, and identifying and managing the global partnerships that facilitate growth for Vodafone xone's incubated companies.
Before joining Vodafone xone, Michael was Chief Executive Officer for StepOne Ventures, a group dedicated to helping high-potential Spanish technology companies with their entry into the U.S. market. While at StepOne Ventures, Michael oversaw more the growth of the Spain Tech Center, a San Francisco based incubator. Michael’s experience also includes leading Jóvenes con Futuro – a not for profit Madrid based organization dedicated to helping software engineers gain skills and experience. During his leadership at StepOne, Michael was also the Senior Advisor to BBVA Innovation & Technology. His career in business began as a real estate entrepreneur in New York City and has spanned several verticals and geographies.
Michael is the current Chairman of the Board for Bamboo Seed Capital in Spain, advises several VC funds, actively participates with New York City Economic Development Council, and frequently offers mentoring and serves on boards for startups in Europe and the Americas. He is a frequent speaker for the IE Business School, Instituto Europe di Design (where he also served as adjunct professor), the University of Texas, the State University of New York, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, and the ESIC Business School. Michael is a Brownsville, Texas native, fluent in both Spanish and English, and holds degrees from the State University of New York and Boston University.