Michael E. Duffy is currently a Senior Programmer for Cryptic Studios where he works on core technologies supporting the company's massively-multiplayer online role-playing games, Neverwinter and Star Trek Online. He is also the long-time principal of Michael E. Duffy & Associates, a strategic technology consulting company based in Santa Rosa, CA.
From 2012 to 2015, Mike held the position of Chief Software Architect for AlterG, makers of the Anti-Gravity Treadmill, where he was developeed the architecture for a next-generation product.
Prior to that, he was Chief Information Officer for American Healthcare Finance, which offered patient financing programs to hospitals and healthcare providers, and a founding partner of Blood, Sweat & Capital LLC>, a private-equity partnership focused on creating innovative healthcare service companies. Mike was also a partner in, and Chief Information Officer for, Leprechaun LLC, a healthcare technology company. The company was sold to XLHealth for $90 million in July, 2007.
Mike spent ten years with Mindscape (formerly The Software Toolworks), rising to the position of Executive Vice-President and General Manager of its Game Division, where he was responsible for all entertainment products published under the Mindscape and SSI brands. He joined Mindscape in December, 1986 as one of the creators of the best-selling Chessmaster program. During his ten years with the company, he participated in the design and development of other Mindscape products, including Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing!, The Miracle Piano Teaching System, The San Diego Zoo presents...The ANIMALS!, Newsweek Interactive, The 20th Century Video Almanac, and How Your Body Works. He was directly involved with the sale of The Software Toolworks to Pearson plc for $462 million in April, 1994.
Mike graduated A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 1978, concentrating in Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to joining Mindscape, he held positions with Interactive Systems Corporation (1978-79) and Harvard University (1979-81). Mike founded Software By Design (1981-86), a programming and training company.
He is a former Trustee and Board Chair of Sonoma Country Day School and is a featured columnist for NorthBay Biz magazine. Among his other accomplishments, he attended school with both Bill Gates and Kevin Costner.