Mike Shapiro

Director of Innovation
Major League Baseball.

Mike Shapiro is the Director of Innovation and Venture Investing at Major League Baseball.  His role at MLB includes sourcing and executing on venture investments in start-ups across a number of strategic areas including MLB’s broadcast and digital ecosystem, game and fan data analytics, marketing technology and ticketing.  In addition, Mike looks to identify innovative businesses for MLB’s 30 ball clubs to work with across areas such as player performance, in-stadium hospitality and fan engagement.

 Prior to MLB, Mike worked in content strategy and acquisition at Verizon, where he helped Verizon execute on partnerships with the NFL and NBA.  While in graduate school, Mike worked at both Courtside Ventures and the National Basketball Association and prior to graduate school Mike worked as an associate at Ballast Point Ventures, a southeast U.S. focused growth equity fund and an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.  Mike received a B.S. in Finance and M.A. in International Business from the University of Florida.  He also received an MBA from Columbia Business School.