Michael FitzGerald is the CEO of Submittable, a Missoula based company that helps businesses to accept, review, and make decisions on applications and documents. Submittable clients include Nike, NPR, Knight Foundation, Stanford University, Playboy, National Geographic, and the New Yorker.
Liberal arts student by training, Michael had a career in writing, but inspired by a fellow Montanian, chose to follow a path of entrepreneurship. In 2012, under Michael's leadership, Submittable was accepted into Y Combinator. Michael's stated goal has been to build a large company in Montana, so that his kids could work and live in their home state.
Shortly after raising Series A, FitzGerald found out that he was ill with a terminal cancer, but was able to overcome the diseases and return back to work. In order to help fellow cancer patients, Michael started a side project, a HAI Pump Finder, a website that help patients. In July 2019, Submittable announced a Series B round of funding, which Michael is planning to use in order to grow the company, and to hire more people.
Submittable raised a $5 million Series A and expanded by helping companies in a number of industries manage their submissions and applications.
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