• Investment date: November 3, 2014
  • Initial investment stage: Seed
  • Current company stage: Series A
  • Market category: Active, Health, Media
Founder

Mike Porath

Mike is the founder and CEO of The Mighty. He got his start in journalism at ABC News, where he was the network’s first overseas digital reporter and was awarded the Society of Professional Journalist’s top honor for his reporting in Kosovo. He has held a variety of writing, editing, producing and executive roles at media companies including ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times and AOL. Mike is also on the board of directors and fundraising chair of The Dup15q Alliance, a non-profit organization that supports people with Dup15q syndrome like his daughter. You can reach him at mike@themighty.com and follow him on Twitter @mikeporath.

The Mighty

The Mighty is a digital health community with over 2 million registered users, created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities. Their stories and videos are viewed and shared more than 90 million times a month/ But those are just stats. This experience from a community member is what we’re really after:

“How is it that I read an essay on The Mighty and it is the only place in the world where I feel truly understood? Time and time again you speak to me through your contributors. I read this headline and it could have come from my very lips…I wanted to say thank you – words can never express how truly grateful I am to the author for sharing her story, for all Mighty contributors, and to The Mighty itself. You have changed my life. I have made a close friend who lives many miles away because of our shared pain. I gain insight every day and I finally, finally do not feel so alone in this world. Thank you. Bless you!”