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Michael Smolens CEO, Founder & Chairman,
Collector of Puzzle Pieces


A serial entrepreneur launching global manufacturing facilities in emerging economies, Michael has created more than 20,000 jobs supporting the livelihood of over a hundred thousand people in Haiti, Mexico, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Jordan, Russia and Azerbaijan. From 30 years of international experience, he developed a practical understanding of differences in the world's cultures and language roadblocks to cross-cultural understanding.

Michael's approach to problem solving and entrepreneurship is based on the principles of chaordic understanding and the collection of puzzle pieces. He operates without a preconceived notion of how a specific challenge must be solved, or what exactly is the path towards the final goal. All complex challenges are composed of numerous moving parts. People, technologies, resources are each pieces of the puzzle that Michael solves with creativity, humor, and an unbounded amount of energy.

Michael founded Dotsub, the leading browser based, one-stop, self contained system for creating and viewing subtitles for videos in multiple languages across all platforms and serves as its Executive Chairman. For his vision in founding Dotsub as a solution, he is a recognized leader in the language services and technology industries. He serves on the Board of Translators Without Borders.