Mike Villar

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Villar

Mike Villar

Chief Executive Officer

Hi, I’m Mike! I am data-driven, Lean principles-guided digital marketing and business intelligence executive with extensive “big company” experience. Before co-founding and taking the lead at Growth Rocket, I was building and growing enterprise-level ecommerce brands and digital marketplaces. I’ve built and managed teams that range in size, from startups to NASDAQ-listed internet retailers with multi-million dollar budgets. After an eight-year run as Marketing Director at US Auto Parts, I got pulled in by the siren call of startups. I ended up working on three venture-backed startups as Chief Marketing Officer. Houman and I set up Growth Rocket in 2015, and I started working on the company exclusively in 2017. On May 2019, I was selected as a Growth Mentor at 500 Startups, the world’s most active early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator.

I (and Growth Rocket as an extension) treat marketing as a science. Our approach involves a lot of controlled experimentation, which is the reason we drive results for our clients. When I have time to spare, I read graphic novels and comic books.

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Saola Accelerator

Mike is a Growth Mentor at 500 Startups Vietnam's Saola Accelerator. 500 Startups’ flagship accelerator has been named a Top 3 accelerator in the U.S. by notable publications including Forbes and Entrepreneur. 500 Startups has also been running growth programs in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The Saola Accelerator is 500’s latest step in its mission to back talented entrepreneurs all over the world, help them build companies at scale, and develop thriving ecosystems around the world.

Digitize the Philippines

Mike is a speaker at Digitize the Philippines 2020. Digitize the Philippines is a digital conference launched by Axadra Ventures to address the growing need for digitization in the country. It aims to address, educate, and implement digital solutions for Filipino businesses to help them be competitive in the global market.

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