Michael Horn is an entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the founder/CEO of Craft Coffee, where his team is building a better way to buy coffee. Fortune Magazine called Craft Coffee "the internet coffee company."
Mike has been thinking about how to bring people great coffee experiences for over a decade. Even when he practiced law on Wall Street, he was ordering coffee from new micro-roasters every month and pulling espresso shots in his office. He spent nights and weekends learning to code in Ruby on Rails and set off to build the first truly online coffee company.
In 2011, Craft Coffee pioneered a new kind of coffee-of-the-month subscription. Building on its initial success, in 2014 Craft Coffee launched its Coffee DNA Project™. With the company's personalized coffee subscriptions, you can now brew better coffee at home while paying grocery store prices!
Craft Coffee was a member of YCombinator's S14 batch, and Mike is an active member of the New York startup community. Under his leadership, Craft Coffee has generated millions in sales, and secured investment from a group of industry-leading global investors, including YCombinator, Dave McClure's 500 Startups and many others. He and his companies have been featured in The New York Times (twice!), The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Techcrunch, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, The Next Web, Serious Eats, Tasting Table (twice!), Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food Republic (twice!), Real Simple, Fast Company, New York Magazine, Food and Wine, Gotham Magazine, Mashable (twice!), Wired Magazine, Food52, Esquire, FiveThirtyEight, Entrepreneur Magazine, PSFK (twice!), Bloomberg, Brink Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, InStyle (Best of the Web 2013), Every Day with Rachel Ray, and Martha Stewart's Everyday Food.
Mike has spoken about entrepreneurship on numerous panels alongside industry leaders at venues including Columbia Business School, Cornell's Johnson School of Management, New York's General Assembly, Alexis Ohanian's 'Without their Permission' university book tour (@ Cornell), the Great Googa Mooga Festival and the Brand Innovators E-Commerce Summit. Mike was also ranked among New York's top 20 startup lawyers by Chubby Brain.
Prior to Craft Coffee, Mike built WhatIsFresh.com, which helps New Yorkers connect with local farmers and markets in New York City. In December 2009, the New York Times wrote that "WhatIsFresh.com is the best guide to what is available in which Greenmarkets." In January 2010, Tasting Table wrote that "Horn's site brilliantly makes sense of the dozens of Greenmarkets scattered around Manhattan and Brooklyn."
Mike also provides legal counsel to emerging growth companies and investors. He began his career as an attorney at a leading New York City law firm. Mike graduated with a J.D. from Cornell Law School.