Ignite DFW Speaker Profile: Michael Pratt

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place on Friday, April 15, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Downtown Dallas.

Speaker: Michael Pratt

Presentation title: The Star in Our Faults | Twitter: @mikepratt

Bio

Michael Pratt is the cofounder and CEO of Panamplify, a company building intelligent systems to eliminate grunt work and transform the way people do their jobs. Panamplify was born out of insights identified while running Extra Sauce, the digital marketing agency he founded in 2010. In a previous life, Pratt ran the Media, Telecommunication and Entertainment proprietary trading desk at Goldman Sachs for 10 years before forming the statistical arbitrage hedge fund Modulus Capital in 2005.

After a long career in finance, he went back to his first love, digital, and started Extra Sauce. Along the way, Pratt founded the 4,000+ member professional organization Digital Dallas after relocating from New York. He has a degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and after serving in the Army Corps of Engineers he received an MBA in finance from Duke University. Pratt currently resides in Dallas with his sons Harry and Jack and enjoys cycling.

  • Ateanna Uriri is a journalism major at UNT and currently an editorial intern for Launch DFW. When she is not at school or interning, she works as a library associate for the Dallas Public Library and is an active blerd (Black nerd) with a love for books, particularly the graphic variety, old films and documentaries.

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