We believe that success in business is directly correlated to the caliber of the people on the team. With this in mind, we created a group we called Mistral Executive Fellows.

Mike Weider

CEO & Founder x3


Michael Weider was the CEO & founder of three startups, Shoebox, Watchfire and Blaze, which were acquired by WS Audiology, IBM and Akamai respectively. He sits on the board of numerous companies and advises many others. Michael is also a board member of the Youth Services Bureau Charitable Foundation of Ottawa.

From 2010-2012, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of Blaze. Blaze was a Website acceleration service that was acquired by Akamai in 2012. At Akamai, Michael served as a Vice President in the Web Experience product group, helping to integrate Blaze and assist with other new product introductions.

From 1996-2007, Michael was the Founder, Chairman and CTO of Watchfire. Watchfire was the largest provider of Web Application Security testing software. Watchfire was acquired by IBM in 2007. Michael remained for 3 years at IBM and was responsible for the Security and Cloud product lines in the Rational Software division.