Michael Jurgen Garbade

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Michael Juergen Garbade
BornApril 1982
Essen, Germany
Other namesDr. Michael Juergen Garbade
Dr. Juergen Michael Garbade
CitizenshipGerman, American
EducationVenture capital financing
international management, technology & operations management
Alma materUniversity of Mannheim, Germany
University of Kassel, Germany
The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business
University of Richmond - Robins School of Business
OccupationTech entrepreneur
Years active2005–present
Known for
  • Founder of Education Ecosystem
  • Blockhchain expertise
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

Michael Juergen Garbade is a German American serial entrepreneur, engineer and author.[1] He is known for founding several technology companies including, Education Ecosystem (previously known as Livecoding.tv, LiveEdu), a decentralized learning platform and Kyuda, an e-commerce cashback platform.[2] Garbade has worked for Amazon General Electric, Rebate Networks, Photobucket, and Unicredit Group. He co-founded the venture-backed start-up Education Ecosystem. The company participated in the Y-combinator class of Summer 2015.[3][4][5]

Education Ecosystem (LEDU) is a project-based learning platform that teaches students how to build real products in areas such as programming, game development, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, and blockchain.[6][7]

Garbade is founder of Roundclock Investment and has a strong experience in the tech and blockchain industry and is involved with several tech and blockhchain startups.[8][9] He is also a contributor writer for Business Insider, Opensource.com, Computerworld, Huffingtonpost, Tech in Asia, Dzone and others.[10]

Early life and education

Garbade was born in April, 1982 in Essen, Germany. He studied international management, technology & operations management and physics at the University of Mannheim, from 2003 to 2006. Garbade attended University of Kassel, Germany to complete his doctoral dissertation in venture capital financing and completed Dissertation Paper on "Differences in Venture Capital Financing of U.S., UK, German and French Information Technology Start-ups”. He completed entrepreneurship, software development and system dynamics courses at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Virginia, Richmond.[11]


Garbade completed three internships, first at General Electric in corporate financial planning and analysis; and second from Unicredit Investment Banking in investment banking - mergers and acquisitions. He then joined Evionik Inc. to complete his third internship in financial planning and analysis.[12]

In 2006, he started his entrepreneurial career and started an e-commerce cashback platform, Kyuda with his college friends. Kyuda was similar to Rakuten.com but for the European market and offered 50% cashback to their customers who make purchases from their platform.[13] After the company was sold in 2008, he in 2008 to join Amazon as a business finance manager, where he was responsible for managing data analytics and business intelligence of the company. During his time at the company, he has managed $1.5 billion budget and launched several new projects for Amazon’s retail, Kindle, and supply chain teams.

Garbade also built the open source quiz application Bitcoinmillionaire to educate people on Bitcoin and blockchain.[14]

He simultaneously worked for the Rebate Network as their operations manager for technology and merger and acquisitions. Rebate Networks has raised over $150M from the investors and had over $200 million annual run rate.Garbade managed portfolio companies in South America and Eastern Europe with annual revenue over $75 million. He drafted several M&A and investment contracts and negotiated deal terms with investors and founders. Garbade left Rebate Network and launched Education Ecosystem, a decentralized learning platform for learning technologies.[15] The company received media attention n Techcrunch, CNN, Spiegel, Mashable, and Venturebeat after gaining thousands of active users in a short frame of time.[16] It raised $12 million in funding and it is considered as Netflix for professional development.[17][18]


Garbade is privately an angel investor and mentor to start-ups.[19] He works with start-ups and helps them solve their critical problems.[20] He speaks often at tech and blockchain conferences, meetups and hackathons.[21] Garbade is involved with many non-profits and open source projects.[22] He is a frequent judge at hackathons in the US, Europe and Asia.

Recognition and awards

Garbade has been praised by the major media houses for building the Education Ecosystem.[23][24]

  • 2017: Garbade was nominated for the 2017 People's Choice Award for “How to choose a PHP framework”.[25]
  • 2015: His company Education Ecosystem was selected as part of the Y-combinator class of Summer 2015 in Mountain View, California.
  • His company won a grant from the European Union Program Horizon.


Garbade has been featured in several conferences, meetups and panels.

Year Event Function Location Notes
2017 New York EDTECH WEEK 2017 Panel participant, speaker New York https://edtechweek.com/
2017 Blockchain Expo Global, London Panel participant, speaker London, UK https://blockchain-expo.com/global/speaker/michael-garbade/
2018 BlockShow Europe 2018 Panel participant, speaker Berlin, Germany https://blockshoweurope.com/
2018 Blockchain Expo Global, Santa Clara Panel participant, speaker Santa Clara https://blockchain-expo.com/global/
2018 CoinAgenda Summit Panel participant, speaker Las Vegas http://coinagenda.com/
2018 World Crypto Economic Forum (WCEF) Panel participant, speaker, Hackthon judge San Francisco http://wcef.co/
2018 Use Cases of Blockchain, Enterprise Blockchains, Industry networking Panel participant, speaker Los Angeles https://www.meetup.com/education-ecosystem/events/254053439/
2018 Education Ecosystem Meetup China Zoom Video speaker participation Guangzhou, China https://medium.com/ledu-tokens/education-ecosystem-guangzhou-meetup-review-how-blockchain-education-can-impact-china-57daff66706
2018 Seattle Blockchain Panel participant, speaker Seattle https://medium.com/ledu-tokens/ledu-at-blockchain-seattle-84330dc230b1
2018 Blockchain Fest Boston Panel participant, speaker Boston https://medium.com/ledu-tokens/ledu-at-token-fest-77372e6d39a4
2018 Post Token Fest Meetup Panel participant, speaker Boston https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Blockchain-Meetup/
2019 Blockshow Las Vegas Panel participant, speaker Las Vegas https://medium.com/ledu-tokens/ledu-at-blockshow-americas-97519a70176
2019 How to Become a Blockchain Developer | Bootcamp Open House w/ Education Eco... Panel participant, speaker San Francisco https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-become-a-blockchain-developer-bootcamp-open-house-w-education-ecosystem-anchainai-tickets-62027864011#
March 2020 South by Southwest SXSW Austin, TX https://schedule.sxswedu.com/2020/speakers/258925



Personal life

Garbade can fluently speak and write English and German language. He has one child, Maxwell Liam Garbade who lives in California.

In the media

Garbade has been frequently interviewed by the major media houses



  1. "Dr. Michael J. Garbade | Speakers". Blockchain Expo Global. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  2. "Michael Jurgen Garbade". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  3. Singh, Sanjai; blogger, ContributorAn avid; Enthusiast, Travel (2018-01-14). "Interview With Dr. Michael J. Garbade On Professional Development & Online Education". HuffPost. Retrieved 2020-02-10. {{cite web}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  4. "YC-Backed Livecoding.tv Is Twitch.tv For Coding". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  5. Garbade, Dr Michael J. (2019-04-04). "Top 3 most popular programming languages in 2018 (and their annual salaries)". Medium. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  6. SPIEGEL, Sebastian Meineck, DER. "Livecoding.tv: Programmierer im Echtzeit-Video - DER SPIEGEL - Netzwelt". www.spiegel.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-02-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. "Twitch for coders: Livecoding.tv lets you watch people coding live". International Business Times UK. 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  8. "The Global Games Market is About to Hit $138 Billion in 2018". www.gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  9. "4 Tricks To Know If eLearning Objectives Are Met". eLearning Industry. 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  10. Garbade, Michael Jurgen. "The Key Differences In VC Financing Of IT Startups In The U.S., UK, Germany And France". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  11. "Alumni US | The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business (2006)". alumnius.net. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  12. "Michael Jurgen Garbade". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  13. "Free easy 3d game engine". Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  14. "Michael Jurgen Garbade, PhD". F6S. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  15. Santus, Rex. "Watch people code in real time with Livecoding.tv". Mashable. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  16. Yavuz, Maria (2018-10-05). "'Netflix for Professional Growth': Platform Helps Users Learn by Watching Videos". Cointelegraph. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  17. King, Hope (2015-04-07). "Now you can watch people code -- live -- 24/7". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  18. "Blockchain In Online Education: Impact And Benefits". eLearning Industry. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  19. "3 Ways Technology Trends Alter The Education Industry". eLearning Industry. 2017-10-01. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  20. "Dr. Michael J. Garbade". Opensource.com. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  21. "Debunking the Top 4 Myths About Machine Learning". Techopedia.com. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  22. "Watching live streams of people coding is now officially a thing". VentureBeat. 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  23. "DZone". dzone.com. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  24. "Dr. Michael J. Garbade – codeburst". codeburst.io. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  25. comments, 23 Jan 2017 Jason HibbetsFeed 266up 3. "2017 People's Choice Awards: Cast your vote". Opensource.com. Retrieved 2020-02-10.

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