Michael Girdley spends his days as an entrepreneur, investor and supporter of San Antonio’s start-up ecosystem. He currently operates Codeup, a training company for computer programmers and the Geekdom Fund, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Prior to returning to Texas, Michael was most recently Director of Product Strategy for BEA Systems (acquired by Oracle) in San Francisco, CA. He was head Product Manager for the BEA WebLogic Server during its growth to a half-billion dollar product. Prior to BEA, Michael was an engineer and product manager at RSA Security in San Mateo, CA. Michael is the lead author of several programming books on Java and J2EE, one of which was written while still an undergraduate. He received a BS in Computer Science with Honors from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.